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11-14-2012, 03:47 AM
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Gambles that paid off?

Basically, name some trades, signings or general team moves (management, roster, etc.) that were deemed very risky at the time, but paid off.

In recent memory, the Habs handling of Price/Halak comes to mind. Price had a great rookie year, took a big step down in his sophomore year, and was outplayed by Halak in his third year. Halak came off a spectacular post-season and looked to be a real keeper, then he was traded away for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz. Since then Price has been great, putting up a Vezina-calibre season in 2011 and having a good season behind a pretty bad team this past year.

It still remains to be seen who ends up having the better career, but I would bet on Price at this point. Halak has played well but I don't know if he can handle full starting duties, he seems best when playing in a tandem. Also, despite being 2 years older Price has played 71 more games than him in their careers. Of course, some of that is due to injury, but still.

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11-14-2012, 04:08 AM
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A lot of people on here thought reuniting Carter and Richards was a bad idea, especially in a town like L.A.........

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A lot of people on here thought reuniting Carter and Richards wouldn't work out for the Kings.

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The Kings won the Stanley Cup?!?!

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The Kings won the Stanley Cup?!?!
Not sure if serious... They beat the Dovalz

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The Panthers as a team have been one giant roll of the dice since Tallon took over. Signing a bunch of players to contracts most teams would have no business with, but getting pretty good success out of them in the end, including a playoff birth that the franchise badly needed.

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11-14-2012, 08:03 AM
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Kessel to the Leafs, although most expected that the Leafs were a team that would struggle and the Bruins would snag a reasonably decent pick, nobody could have anticipated that the Leafs struggles would have led to a 2nd pick (Seguin), then the 32nd pick(Knight, jury still out) and then Hamilton the next season in the 9th spot.

Risky getting rid of a 30+ goal man in Kessel but so far, already happy if the end result is only getting Seguin but................Hamilton will be a very significant NHL`er sooner than later and Knight could play a big role as a very solid 3rd line depth guy, max 2nd liner

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Selanne to Anaheim before the 05/06 season. Sure, he only signed for $1 mil, but had he been the player he was in Colorado, the Ducks would have had a glaring hole in the top six.

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11-14-2012, 08:31 AM
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Dallas gambled trading away a young Iginla for Nieuwendyk. Gamble paid off big time, not only did they win a cup with Nieuwendyk but he's currently their GM.

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Kari Lehtonen for Dallas. The Stars traded away their #1 prospect, and only PMD in the system in Ivan Vishnevsky for an oft injured starter. Ivan couldn't crack 2 team's rosters and bolted to the KHL, and the Kari is the Stars starter for the next 4-5 years.

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Detroit Red Wings investing heavily in Russians when other teams were afraid to.
Nicest pay off ever.

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I guess there is a few small undrafted players that could be included. St.Louis being one of the most notable, Tampa Bay gambled on him after Calgary bought him out when he wasn't selected in the expansion draft.

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The NJ Devils trading for pending UFA Kovalchuk. They seem to have won that trade (Gave up Bergfors, Oduya, Cormier & a 1st) And re-signed him at a reasonable $6.66m cap-hit.

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Montreal picking Carey Price in 2005. They didn't need a goalie at the time but they picked him and right now he's probably their best player.

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Toronto trading for Joffrey Lupul from Anaheim. I heard the player Brian Burke really wanted was Jake Gardiner and Bob Murrary said to have him they needed to take on Lupul's contract since he was coming off back surgey and an infection after that, which basically meant there wasn't any room for him with the Ducks. Thankfully this trade has paid off because Lupul plays great on the same line with Phil Kessel and Jake Gardiner had a fantastic rookie season which was a surprise because we didn't see him making the team out of training camp.

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Kyle Turris has worked out pretty well for Ottawa thus far given the amount of uncertainly & fear by Sens fans over the trade when it was made.

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Danny Cleary in Detroit.

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Kipprusoff for a 2nd round pick.

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Dallas gambled trading away a young Iginla for Nieuwendyk. Gamble paid off big time, not only did they win a cup with Nieuwendyk but he's currently their GM.
Came to post this. It was a gamble for both teams, and both teams got the best possible return. A rental that goes on to win the Conn Smyte on route to a Stanley Cup, traded for a prospect who ends up being the best player in franchise history. I think this is my 'favorite' trade in sports history just because it worked out so perfectly for both teams.


My contribution - $1 for Kris Draper. That $1 could have been used somewhere else, it could've been the difference between getting a superstar free agent and not getting one, but Detroit took the gamble anyways. And Draper ended up being a Selke winner and an important part of several Cup wining teams.

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Selanne to Anaheim before the 05/06 season. Sure, he only signed for $1 mil, but had he been the player he was in Colorado, the Ducks would have had a glaring hole in the top six.
Yup. That's why when people said it was a no brainer for Burke to sign him they were wrong.

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Flyers signing 39-year-old Jaromir Jagr last year, after he'd been out of the league for four years. Not only did he have a strong season, but he was a mentor to the team's many young players.

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People know a gamble involves risk right? Most of these are just moves that went better than expected. For an example what the Flyers did last summer was a gamble.

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Kyle Turris has worked out pretty well for Ottawa thus far given the amount of uncertainly & fear by Sens fans over the trade when it was made.
I'd still say it worked out better for Phoenix. They traded that 2nd rounder for an upgrade on Turris AND they got Ottawa's trophy prospect

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Blues trading stud D prospect in David Rundblad for the 16th pick. That pick became Tarasenko. Risky cause he could choose to stay in Russia. He has signed and looks like a home run selection. Thanks Jarmo!

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Danny Cleary in Detroit.
He was invited to training camp, made the team and was signed to a one year deal. That's like, the smallest gamble ever.

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The NJ Devils trading for pending UFA Kovalchuk. They seem to have won that trade (Gave up Bergfors, Oduya, Cormier & a 1st) And re-signed him at a reasonable $6.66m cap-hit.
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