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01-22-2014, 05:39 PM
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Wow, I didn't expect the negativity here.... ok, I guess I did! This trade is all about Seth Jones, who should be playing on the right side and who probably will be in the Suter/Webber talent range in two years (far ahead of where they were at that age).
At the same time, people seem to forget KK's game at the age MdZ is at now. How quickly he moved from the brainfart king to rock solid, steady eddie is a good reminder of two things: 1. How freakin' good Seth Jones is right now; and 2. How long it takes to mature into this league typically. MdZ is a far safe bet than KK was at the same age.
As soon as Jones panned out (15 minutes into game 1 of the season), KK was blocking him from his annointed spot. Meanwhile, we were stuck with glaring holes at the forward position and the #2 LHD spot. KK had to be traded at some point for one or the other. Complain if you want that Poile filled the LHD spot first (or didn't get rid of Shea?) but this is a pure hockey trade.
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