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06-10-2013, 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by rt View Post
Ray Whitney sure as hell fit the "team identity" pretty damn well. To the point that losing him proved absolutely devastating. Ray Whitney isn't very much like Gauthier at all. Just saying there is no point in taking a guy specifically because he seems similar to what you've already got.
Another good point.

To that end, "team identity" is more descriptive than prescriptive, and the prescriptive elements are dictated as much or more by budgetary constraints than philosophical ones. Regardless of coach, the Coyotes would still be icing guys like Kyle Chipchura, Rob Klinkhammer and Nick Johnson right now. Which is why the draft is hugely important, especially when it comes to offensive players. A player can score as much when he's 20 as when he's 30, but he'll be a lot cheaper. Conversely, almost every player will be much better defensively when he's 30 than when he's 20, and if he's a primarily defensive player, he won't cost all that much even in his prime.

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