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03-15-2013, 05:10 PM
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I think the major issue is that ribierio won't help the team make the playoffs this season, so why send assets to acquire him in a trade when he could be signed as a free agent in July?
You haven't answered that question.
We do this every year. We never land that free agent center and then we're stuck picking up scraps. I think Stempniak + Backlund can be recovered more or less, but we can't obtain a #1 center. There's plenty of depth centres and wingers every year to pick from. There's 30 clubs chasing that much needed hole and chances are Riberio won't go for us. But at least if we obtain him for spare parts, it's a lateral move, it's not detrimental to the future and it fills holes in the organization for a short term until the organization can find a better solution.
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