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10-15-2013, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by SingnBluesOnBroadway View Post
They've gone back to their bad habits of tossing in draft picks. The Clowe trade and the way it was structured was so stupid and short-sighted. To lose a 2nd when you don't have a first is criminal in a salary cap world. To add a clause that punishes you for signing your own UFA is equally dumb.
Agreed.

The best teams, in any sports, are like hawks when it comes to their asset management. They make sure they avoid stupid, short-sited moves like the Clowe one. They also have a culture and directions in place that is not heavily effected by changing personnel. You come to that team, and you know what is expected from you from the get go.

In the NHL, while they may have lost it over the past few years due to financial and other issues, the Devils had that type of system in place for a long time -- I'd say it served them well in the mid 90's - mid 2000's.

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