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03-30-2013, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by RC51 View Post
trade awy a few picks or prospect just to try to make a run this year?

One of the best GM the habs ever had was Sam Pollack. Maybe most of you don't remember how he did it.
Almost all trades went this way.
Sam would trade away 3rd or 4th line players for HUGE assets.
If you deal from a stacked team, every player looks like Crosby.
Keep you prospects, teach them well in the AHL ( remember the black aces) Other GM's will be glad to pay a 1st pick or more for your hand-me- downs from a stacked club. Sam got the better deal 90% of the time. This is how you keep getting the best 1st rounders
Yup, even when we were contending he'd still trade away vets for picks and prospects. He understood the value of the draft.

People say that we did so well because of our scouting back then... it wasn't just that. He stockpiled tons of picks. And many of those picks turned into busts. He just stacked the deck to the point that some of them were going to pan out. It's a great strategy for winning and I'm surprised we don't see more of it. Boston has done this of late but they're the only good team I can think of that has been willing to do it.

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