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02-09-2007, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Shabutie View Post
Doan is a UFA, that incredibly decreases his value. Ryder is a RFA, who will get 1/2 of Doan's salary if he's lucky.

If Doan were an RFA, he'd have much more value than Ryder...But Ryder gives Phoenix a 30 goal scorer for years to come. Hence the trade is very fair, if not in Phoenix' favor, since MTL won't have the money to re-sign Doan.
Ryder is not as highly touted a player as you seem to think he is. He does nothing but float around waiting for passes and to add insult to injury, he's about as good as he's going to get. Doan is a big experienced vet who can be used in any situation and makes things happen by himself. I would much rather take my chances on keeping a franchise player than a "proven" 30 goal scorer who's stock may go up in a couple years time and significantly takes away from what Doan brings the team.

Montreal doesn't even need Ryder, he's expendable. Trading him for a rental player wouldn't hurt their success in the future, I guarantee it.

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