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03-21-2014, 11:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Thatguystevie View Post
The chances of signing Moulson and Vanek were equal. I don't know why you're assuming he would resign when he clearly was going to FA just like Vanek. The isles have needed goaltending, a top 4 d-man, and a top line winger for years. This addresses one of those needs. Maybe not the most important one but one of the glaring needs of the organization. You're stressing about trading a 2nd for an established NHL player? Oh, honey, I know this is hfboards but in the real world an established NHL winger> any pick or prospect.

They traded a "heart" guy and picks for a all round better player. That's the right move 100% of the time. This isn't the mighty ducks, little giants, or Pokemon where you can win through the power of love and friendship. In the real world talent beats out "friendship" and "heart" and sunshine every time.
This....also, it can be argued that much of the salt in the Moulson wound lives and dies in hindsight. I liked Moulson too, though (also thanks to hindsight, admittedly) having had a glimpse of Lee, I'll live with the dice roll of a former 6th round pick taking that place, if we're truly doomed to build only from within. He looks like he may do well at it.

The only thing I would have changed about that trade is the return - I wouldn't likely have played fiddle for Buffalo becoming Edmonton East, and I would have cooked up a bidding war in the West with Moulson or whomever else I could have traded. (Sidenote: Tweedle-Dangle (PMB) and Tweedle-Derp (Regin) should NOT have happened. 'The kids are alright,' but I would have sooner put Brendan Morrow on this team than either of those malakas, but that involves paying a candidate for the job of he next Brian Rolston to not be Brian Rolston. Good luck.)

If I had to trade Moulson early in the season, different package. If I had to trade Moulson for Vanek and then move Vanek again, I would have done it before the game of "Chicken" grew blatantly disadvantageous.

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