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03-10-2013, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Shawnofthedeadz View Post
I disagree completely, Iginla's skill is almost as high as when he was in his prime. The only problem is he has been a notoriously slow starter the last 5 years for some ridiculous reason. If he didn't have these starts he would be right up there in the top 20 for point production. Even last night, in a back to back game, one where you expect an older player to struggle more, Iginla fought hard. He was able to push and beat Doughty off the puck multiple times and control the play down low.

Also, Iginla should not be traded. We should mimic a rebuild similar to Ottawa, who kept their franchise player, Alfredsson. Blowing up the team, which is what a lot of people seem to want does not work. I do not want to watch crap for the next 5-7 years. I honestly do not care if the Oilers get the first overall for the next decade.

If we just make a couple of smart trades we can be right back in there. While I'm not an expert at creating trades, an example which I personally would like to happen is, which may or not be of equal value is:

Jay Bouwmeester + Mark Giordano + Curtis Glencross + 1st for Brayden Schenn + Luke Schenn + Braydon Coburn

Our lines would then be:

Cammalleri - B.Schenn - Iginla
Cervenka - Backlund - Hudler
Tanguay - Stajan - Stepniak
Comeau - Begin - McGrattan

Wideman - Butler
L. Schenn - Brodie
Coburn - Sairch/Smith/Babchuk

Make another trade, say Tanguay for a 1st, put Baertschi in there and we have a young competitive team again.
I don't want them to trade Iginla as part of a rebuild. I want them to trade him because I want to see him win. I don't advocate tearing down and tanking to rebuild. I don't advocate free agent frenzies to rebuild, though signing a corner stone player in july in the vein of Chara is something I would do.

I also don't waste my time thinking blockbuster trades can be orchestrated at any time to prevent a rebuild. Specifically, your trade doesn't make any sense for Philly and is so dreamlike in getting rid of and acquiring what you want for Calgary.

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