Article:Waddell stood pat for too long!
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02-09-2004, 02:31 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Buffalo, NY
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I would also agree with the risk adverse suggestion. He is just unwilling to give up quality to get quality. I believe Audette is the most talented player he has ever traded, and that was only at the trade deadline.
It's a tough proposition to give up quality when the depth isn't there to take it's place. The same risk doesn't exist with clubs that have stockpiled prospects and/or have the payroll to engineer favorable trades and sign free agents. Maybe Waddell could have done a little better, but he's done well adding veterans inexpensively while building a young, talented core for the future.
I suspect Waddell and other GM's are waiting for the new CBA, when in all likelihood, there will be a bevy of affordable UFA's. There's going to be an awful lot of young players currently in the $1-1.5 million range who haven't quite panned out, that won't be receiving qualifying offers in a salary cap enviroment.
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