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03-11-2013, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by leeaf83 View Post
Agreed. You could even make an argument he made more good moves than bad ones (not sure how much water that holds). Mason did win rookie of the year so understandably they were worried about giving up on him in case he could replicate that form.

Again like I said, that day was possibly the worst day any GM had in recent memory; he doesn't make that trade and they have Luongo and Jokinen instead of Kvasha and Parrish, and then instead of selecting DiPietro, he could have taken Heatley or Gaborik. Even with those bad moves, the islanders got decent the next 2 years so if he followed the general consensus, the isles may have been contenders before the lockout.

But despite having no budget pre-cap, he got them to the playoffs twice. That alone was enough to put him over Maclean in my books who spent 8 years there and only savvy move was taking the best player 1st overall in 2002.
Im pretty sure the Luongo deal stemmed from money. As Luongo only had one year left. Still a ****** trade and Ill never understand why Milbury never managed to get quality back from his trades. He did with Yashin but he also gave up alot more.

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