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02-24-2013, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Fistfullofbeer View Post
This is totally dependent on the direction the team wants to go to. Trading Thornton would mean the team is in total rebuild mode. i.e no playoffs for 2-3 years (at least).

On the other hand, you can trade pieces like Pavs, Clowe, Murray to get us some decent picks/prospects. Also, getting a new coach is crucial for us right now.

Reason I am not in favor of trading Thornton is because I feel that he can carry youngsters better than Marleau, Pavs, etc. Will keep us pretty competitive.
Bad reason. A rebuild means the youngsters are taking over. Handing them a crutch is not a good thing as they will never learn to dominate on their own. JT's skills are unique and not likely to be passed to another generation. My counter is not a reason to trade him now, but your argument is horrid with regards a real rebuild and as a reason to keep JT. The best argument for keeping him is if he would be gracious in accepting a lesser role like 3c and PP specialist.

The only reason I am on the fence about trading JT now is that the org needs an overhaul in scouting and development until they commit to or accomplish that, wasting a pick is just stupid. Set the direction then fire away with trades. The same reason applies to trading either Marleau or Boyle.

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