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01-24-2004, 12:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Liquidrage
Who cares how the players pan out?
That's hindsight. The value of what he gave up could have been better used to help the team in other ways. As parts to another trade, or just building up the farm system. Or, you know, like having Outlette in goal and seeing how it works out.

The trade sucked because Clarke drastically overpaid for a rental of Oates.
Clarke panicked after injuries and gave up a LOT of value for a soon to be UFA.
Well, I don't think Avs fans will argue that Pierre Lacroix gave up a ton of value in order to acquire Ray Bourque and Rob Blake. Fortunately for him, Bourque and Blake both decided to skip the open market and re-sign after being acquired.

And we hardly ever hear of the failed Theo Fleury to Colorado experiment (Robyn Regehr and a mid 2nd in a deep draft year). I'd rather have Robyn Regehr/mid 2nd over Ouellet + late 1st/late 2nd in a shallow draft year.

Basically, if Bourque had bolted the Avs to sign with somebody like the Flyers, would we be calling Lacroix an idiot for giving up a good 2nd liner in Brian Rolston, a then top 30 prospect in Sami Pahlsson, and a 1st rounder?

The value was there, the outcome was not for the Flyers and Oates.

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