Dupuis and a 3rd to Atlanta for Alex Bourret
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02-27-2007, 10:20 PM
Change is good.
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With all due respect - because I don't want to troll or be considered a troll. But Atlanta's cupboard is hardly bare. They traded down twice in that draft accumulating two extra picks before taking Bourret. Those two picks were turned into Pavelec and Denny, both of whom have passed Bourret as prospects. Bourret was regularly benched at the AHL level. Coburn may turn out great, but they are deep in D prospects with Lewis, Valabik, Denny, Zubarev and Enstrom (the latter two are both projected to cross the pond next year.) I'll agree that the Thrashers are not deep at forward prospects, but that's no reason to hang on to a kid with weight and work-ethic issues who can't stay in an AHL line-up. His stock had fallen sharply this year and Atlanta was cutting their losses. If the Rangers can turn him around, good for them and him.
Well, I don't know the depth players in your system very well, so I'll accept that aspect of your response at face value.
However, given the Rangers history with bad-attitude and work-ethic challenged players (e.g. Pavel Brendl, Jamie Lundmark) and their recent definitive moves to change that history (e.g. dumping the very talented R.J. Umberger because he was a cancer), I have my doubts that Bourret is a character issue guy. Based on what I've read, he came to the A very young, speaking very little English and most likely a few pounds heavy. He was benched, learned his lesson and was recently playing at close to a PPG, no?
I can only go off of what I read, but given that description, my faith in the Ranger brass to know what they're doing when it comes to character issues, and what the scouts thought of him coming out of junior, I'll take him and RUN.
We gave up Pascal Dupuis, for crying out loud!
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