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02-10-2004, 07:31 PM
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Is it worth millions to develop players?

Seeing how little Burns and Bouchard actually play, I'm wondering if it was wise to keep them around. Both are earning big bucks, and if you think about it, Bouchard comes up for a new contract next season already. Gaborik was different because he was obviously ready to play regularly and contribute. I know these guys are learning from the coaches and practices and all that, but really, if they aren't ready to play on a semi-regular basis, why pay out money, years of service, etc.? Who knows what kind of moves these guys might have developed with regular ice time in game conditions.

In addition, there are more NHL ready guys in Houston, Wallin and Wanvig in particular, who could be getting their shot now as opposed to rotting away in the minors.

In conclusion, I question the Wild's resource management.

What do you all think?

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