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04-28-2013, 10:47 AM
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You disappoint me, you usually seem fairly reasonable, I didn't think of you as a Gillis apologist. It was a bad deal, hell anyone can even see it through rose coloured glasses
Grabner had value, not massive value but nonetheless had some plus the first would've returned much more than Ballard
and for the record I was against the trade when it first went down not just now, I was visiting inlaws in SJ and dropped a fbomb in the middle of his business condo.
Also Grabner was waived by FLA but that's on them not us and has no bearing or relavent on this conversation.
It's not about being a Gillis apologist. I am merely basing my analysis on the time of the trade and not with the benefit of hindsight. Ballard was initially planned insurance for Hamhuis, who was garnering substantial offers from both Pittsburgh and Philly. There was no way for Gillis to know the trade would turn out as it did, especially since was a solid player in Ballard, albeit with some slight consistency issues. It should also be noted, other teams were in pursuit of him, thus why Gillis acted fast instead of simply waiting out Hamhuis.
Grabner had no value, if he did Florida would have explored that option in lieu of tossing him on the waiver wire. What GM is going to pay more than a low pick for a prospect that had a horrible training camp and had been somewhat slow in his development to begin with? Meanwhile, Ballard did have value and to say otherwise is evaluating him today instead of then.
It wasn't a good trade because we gave up our first for what turned out not to be a need, but it isn't big enough a blunder I will harp on Gillis about. Every GM has decides they would fancy a do over if they knew what they do now. If this and Luongo are Gillis' we doing okay compared to many other teams.
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