LD Morgan Rielly (2012, 5th overall, Toronto) II
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09-11-2013, 07:44 PM
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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.
Not to derail this thread, but small market teams can't afford to make short term decisions. It's all about long term asset management. The Broncos were around the 7th seed at the trade deadline. They were likely going to face Calgary where they would be significant underdogs. In the unlikely event they pulled an upset, they would have then faced Edmonton as prohibitive underdogs. Like most teams tagged with the label "teams nobody wants to face in the playoffs" they lost and added a mere 2 playoff dates to their ledger. Trade Lowry/Scarlett and they likely miss those 2 playoff games, but with the assets they would have accrued they would have been in postion to take a decent run this year (3-5 home dates) and a deep run in 2014-2015 (6-10 home games). Instead, another treadmill year with maybe another couple of home playoff games. Not exactly a profile in courage by Lamb.
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