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02-19-2013, 06:47 PM
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This seems to be a common misconception around here...that top defenders are developed, not traded for/signed. While it is more cost-effective to develop your own #1, a lot of the top defenders in the league have been signed as UFAs or traded for. There are lot of young defensemen out there with #1 POTENTIAL, but that doesn't mean they will ever develop into that or that they will stay with their current team.
That kind of thing is on the decrease in the Cap era...and when those guys do become available, they get pursued by a lot of teams. It's not a sure-fire way to obtain them, and generally by that point they're getting a big cap hit that will last into their decline years...something this team has in abundance, and we are being treated to its effects this season. Relying solely on FA is a bad way to get those guys, especially since you're paying a premium. Being at least partially capable of drafting your own Dmen is more cost effective and provides a safety net if the team doesn't manage to hit a home run every 5-6 years when they need a new #1 FA, because the last #1 FA is aging.
Buying and trading for those guys is certainly possible, but making it the only option is a bad way to go about it.
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Last edited by Beef Invictus: 02-19-2013 at
. Reason: Buying, not drafting. I r good at comyunikating
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