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02-19-2013, 08:49 AM
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Gotta lay some of this at the feet of Don Waddell and not just the scouting staff. He was able to overrule them and made the ultimate choices. When Atlanta Spirit acquired the team, DW's mandate was to fill the building with fans for one season in the hopes that the team could be sold the next and that mandate lasted for several years running. To help achieve that mandate, some of the picks had demographically motivated components to them in an attempt to bring in fans. He (and to an extent Dudley) would take a slightly less qualified American player in some instances. I am not a DWad defender by any stretch, and Stefan was a horrible bust, but the Sedin's said they would not sign to separate teams so that was a factor. I hope I don't have to mention the factors involved in the "suspect" Dany Heatly trade...

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