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04-08-2013, 01:32 PM
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And now is the first time he's been on a relatively functional team. Voracek has turned into a quality player after looking like he was rushed to the NHL his rookie year. Give Brassard a full season to wash the Columbus suck off of him and see if he can be a good player on a contending team. If not? We can move him for some picks. No big loss.
I've already shown in this thread why this is a weak argument. Voracek isn't the only former BJ first round pick to be traded or to go to another team. They all did, but of the rest, none of them turned their careers around. Klesla, Zherdev, Filatov, Picard, Brule, Leclaire. Did any of them leave Columbus and improve? They either remained the players they were or they are out of the league.
Voracek wasn't bad for the Blue Jackets. His Corsi numbers were actually quite impressive. Furthermore, he's not 25. He's 23. He was the centerpiece of that deal for Carter, and the Flyers didn't trade Carter because he wasn't playing well. They traded him for a "culture change."
Also, if Brassard isn't the player you envision him becoming, how much are we really going to get back for him, at a point when it would seem like it wasn't just Columbus that was the problem with him?
The only times the Blue Jackets were able to get something significant for any of those bust picks was when they traded with the Rangers! Getting Gaborik for Brassard and Moore, and getting Tyutin for Zherdev were the only times the Blue Jackets traded any of those underachieving players for anything of value.
I just don't understand how the Rangers don't try to get a first round pick back for a guy with 2 40 goal seasons in the last 3 years, including last year. Just because he was struggling this year, in this weird, lockout season, doesn't mean his value drops so much. I'd rather have a first round pick in a deep draft than a 25 year old career underachiever who isn't likely to get much better than what he currently is, unless you aim to convince me that most players make that big leap after 6 NHL seasons.
What is the Rangers' agenda of team building? Acquire young depth that can potentially be a solid contributor in the future? I agree with you about team turnover, but the Gaborik move was a fairly solid move both now and for the future.
Constant team turnover that often features reclamation projects, tweeners, and overpaid players slotted into roles they aren't suited for.
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