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05-17-2013, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by ThirdManIn View Post
Lombardi was 1) injured with no set return date and 2) more of the same. If he were still on the team for the past couple of seasons the mantra would be "Poile needs to stop stocking piling 3rd line centers, and trying to force them into the top six", as it is now.

If Lombardi were still on the team right now our needs would continue to be a top line center and a second pairing defenseman, neither of which we would be in a better position to land by having Lombardi as a tradeable asset.

It's a pointless debate.
Nobody cares about losing Lombardi. And yes, at the time the feeling was that he may not ever play again and that's why we had to throw in Franson and million bucks (Ledbda buyout). Then, he played the opener. Had he waited until Lombardi played the opener, we could've likely traded him for condition picks (like he was later traded by Toronto).

Franson would be a welcome addition on our team right now. Not to mention, Blum/Ellis would've had significant more trade value 2 years ago.

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