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04-06-2013, 10:20 PM
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Originally Posted by PredsV82 View Post
actually the best trade in Preds history was "acquiring" Ed Belfour from the Leafs for a 5th round pick in late June 2002.

Back then low salary teams who "lost" high dollar free agents got compensatory picks, and so the way the scam worked was a team that wasnt eligible for a compensatory pick(like Toronto) would trade a pending UFA to a team that was eligible for compensatory picks(like Nashville) for a low pick (usually a 5th or worse). then when the UFA signed elsewhere the team was awarded a pick, usually higher.

In this case, for "losing" Belfour, we were awarded a 2nd round pick in the 2003 draft... a pick we used on some kid out of Kelowna.. I think that panned out pretty well, despite his current contract
Ha! That's pretty awesome.

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