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09-11-2013, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by dickiedunnwrotethis View Post
You're probably right. Sadly, it's decisions like that that keep treadmill organizations permanently on the treadmill. Lowry was the face of the Broncos last year and their unwillingness to move him last year is going to haunt their organization for years. The same will likely be true of Moose Jaw.
That's junior hockey though. For me, having star players like Lowry, Rielly etc play their entire careers in one spot is special and often necessary. It builds culture and legacy. For me, that is necessary to be seen as a strong franchise.

Sure, they could have got a boatload for a guy like Lowry last year, but you have to show confidence in your scouting staff. Have confidence that you can continue to be a good team, without trading guys like that to help stock the cupboard.

There are obviously different circumstances. Eberle in Regina is a good example of a situation that should have been handled differently. They were an awful team with him. They could have sped up their rebuild by two years just by dealing him.

In Swift Current's case last year, they were still a playoff team. For a franchise like that, just getting into the playoffs is HUGE. It can be the difference between losing $50,000-$100,000 and breaking even or turning a slight profit.

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