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01-15-2004, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Habsaku
I want to know witch kids would be benched. The way I see it, if some players we're to go for the guys I had in mind, it would obviously be our dead weight mixed with future considerations. That doesn't sound like much, but teams out of the picture would be willing to take those guys for a few months if they can get their hands on a pick.
Let's look at the forwards.

Bulis Koivu Ryder -- Good two way line.

Zednik Ribeiro Dagenais -- Two good snipers with a good playmaker. This line would be expensive to upgrade. UFA or not, good scoring line players are expensive.

Sundstrom Juneau Dackell -- Experienced shutdown line they are good at what they do, plus they know the system well. If one of them gets down move Begin up and put Kilger in his place.

Langdon Begin Ward -- This line can grind with the best of them (no need to upgrade).

Sitting as it stands now:

Pleckanec
Kilger
Gratton

Where would you put a new guy? Would you sit him? Perrault can probably get us a 3rd or 4th rounder. Would you sacrifice that for a pending UFA you would end-up sitting? Remember a new guy wouldn't even know Julien's system, so he would probably make mistakes until he got the hang of it. He might never get the hang of it (Audette).

The players on the team who might sit if you were to get a good enough player for Perreault are Dags and Ward (kids who need experience). The other players all bring something to the table that would be expensive to upgrade from a rebuilding team's point of view.

Unless you can get a good 3rd line centre (better than Juneau) for Perreault and Juneau, there is no real point in trading anyone. Plus trades sometimes have negative affects on chemistry, morale, and team spirit. That's why most trades happen during the summer.

We have plenty of players in Hamilton who could fill holes if we have many injuries.

It's just not worth it this year. The team just isn't ready to contend yet.

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