Scott Laughton (thread originated in 2013)
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04-14-2013, 12:33 PM
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If you want to argue those were bad trades, okay, but you can hardly say that acquiring a 24 year-old Eminger and a 23 year-old Versteeg were done for short-term gain. The concept of Holmgren trading away young players for aging vets is a meme that needs to be debunked.
True, but outside of the Pronger trade, those other trades were significant overpayment for average players. Eminger for a first may the worst trade Homer has made in his time here, and a first and a third is a hefty price for a glorified third liner in Versteeg. You're right, they weren't trades for older players, they were trades for average to crappy players.
Just so I don't get dumped on, Versteeg has put up good numbers, but that in itself doesn't make him a great player. He's soft and plays mainly a perimeter game. I'm just not a fan of his, and it appears that a lot of successful franchises feel the same way since both Chicago and Philadelphia let him go without much hesitation.
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