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02-20-2013, 06:07 AM
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Originally Posted by GKJ View Post
It's different when they're your core pieces. We're not talking about a 42-year old Mark Recchi winning a Cup in Boston. Or even 37-year old Mark Recchi with Carolina.
But still, young core players get traded or switch teams through UFA as well (just the same as high ceiling prospects or aging vets). Some for cap reasons, some for re-building, some for other other reasons. Some of them win Cups, some of them don't. Timonen was a core player in Nashville (and Hartnell, Parent, and Upshall were in line to be the new core) and look how that turned out. Dan Boyle was a core player in TB. Zdeno Chara was a core player in Ottawa. J-Bo, though not playing to well as of late, was a core player in Florida. And so forth and so on. These trades or moves through UFA are not an indictment of the team they are leaving.

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