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06-25-2013, 04:22 AM
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Originally Posted by DownieFaceSoftener View Post
Not really. Bernier, in fact, was an 11th overall selection and has been groomed for over six years. If, as an organization, one truly believes he is the real deal #1 you've needed, and Bryz needs to be bought out for various reasons (recapture, cap hit, etc), and your team is needing some serious retooling: Nothing wrong with sacrificing the 1st round pick.

Possible true #1 (if the team buys into that)
Shave off six years of grooming him
Eliminate a major cap fubar

Loss of #11 pick (and that is ALL it is at this point-- the pick has a gamble range of bust to superstar)

Keep in mind: There are ways to trade back into the 1st round.

That would not have been my first choice, but I would have increased my offer in hopes of getting Bernier.
I would have been willing to trade another prospect with Read to make it a better offer than Toronto's.
Read+Cousins/Heeter/Laughton + a 2nd for Bernier should have been enough.
With the goalie situation solved we could look toward bolstering the defense.

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