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02-17-2013, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyingV View Post
Actually, it makes perfect sense. You trade the guy who would bring the biggest return, that you could somewhat replace internally.

We have Phaneuf, Gunnarsson, Liles, Gardiner, Franson, Komisarek, Fraser, Holzer, and Kostka that have all showed they can play NHL minutes. That is 9 players. The only person that can go through waivers without being lost is Gardiner. We also may have Rielly and Ranger in the mix next year as well.
Edmonton hasn't been getting blown out in most games and it's tight despite the lack of scoring on our end most games. So our top 4 D are doing a good job for what's expected of a rebuilding team.

So in our D we have top 4 of Smid-Petry, Schultz-Schultz and no need for Gunnar as the pairings compliment eachother well. On top of that we have Klefbom and Marincin who will be in camp this next year and could likely earn a bottom pairing role; Klefbom possibly more. There's Peckham/Teubert/Plante for a bottom pairing callup and Musil and Gernat developing nicely.

There's no reason for Edmonton to make a knee-jerk trade like this when the position of our 1st is very much in question. It makes sense for Gunnar to be the trade bait in Toronto, but look to a contending team not one like Edmonton.

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