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02-28-2013, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by rangers1024 View Post
Calgary is going to have a really high 1st. I get the the age of O'Reilly, and that he's more proven blah blah blah. It still fits the same mentality that Calgary has had towards constructing a roster, they're always going for it. They haven't accepted, as an organization, that they need to blow things up.

Same arguments could've been made for Kessel, young, proven, >> draft picks. But it was the wrong time to make that move.
How high is really high? Right now they'd have the 7th. They're sitting at .500 and their goalie has been hurt for weeks. Add in Kiprusoff and O'Reilly and that team is going to compete for, but probably miss, a playoff spot. Every year they end up around the same place in the standings, which normally gets you an 8-15, though they seem to trade out of those spots. I think they'll end up 11-15 this year.

Trading for a 22 year old isn't "going for it." The problem with the Kessel deal wasn't the timing, it was the cost.

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