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03-02-2013, 10:04 PM
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I'm not really sure Joe can be blamed for those seasons. Back then you really got the impression he was hamstrung in what he could do by the lenders, and they didn't want him to sell but try to push for the playoffs. It sucks, I know. But at least he always kept the draft picks to help restock the system.
And the Cole trade isn't really a move for the playoffs. Well it is, but it's also about the future to have a veteran beyond this season. So what if it's only two years? Young players still need veterans to look up to and help them learn how to be a pro.
I'm really starting to think the whole veteran part of the leadership dynamic is really being oversold these days. Based on what I see, a guy like Dillon is every bit the leader that some of the veterans on this team are. Same with Eakin. Those two players have been among the team's most consistent both in effort and results. Followers should follow true leaders, not just follow a guy because he was born during the Nixon administration.
Regarding Cole specifically, here are players who are veteran enough for rookies to "follow" if need be during the 2013-14 season:
...and I'll throw Benn in there as the team's best player and veteran of four NHL campaigns.
I'm not going to bemoan this trade forever, I just want to go on record saying that it appears to be a bad one. And if the point is to just get veteran voices in the room it's possible to pick up a bottom 6 type of veteran guy at the draft by a team looking to shed a bit of salary. It didn't have to be addressed in the trade of your most valuable asset.
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