2. Concerning trades for Superstars, and how they are impossible + cost you your farm. Those days are over.
Thornton Trade <-- big time
New reality. In the Salary Cap world, if a team cannot afford a player/superstar, he will go for nothing. (see Thornton)
I dunno... not that such trades are impossible, but I just woulda thought people should try to consider all the reasons why such players would be traded. $$$ can be a big part... if a team is going broke or feels they're getting robbed by a player's poor showing (Fedorov, Jagr)... or a player is an impending free agent who they might not be able to re-sign (Pronger?)... or is just on the outs with management and seems to be some kind of poison somehow (Jagr again, Thornton)...
None of which seems to apply to Lecavalier, though. TB loves him, they don't have $$$ issues, Vinnie loves them in return (so would I if they gave me that much money), etc... superstars (or players paid like superstars) could be traded, but I'll never understand why people think Lecavalier would qualify in that category of availability. Unless you're Steve Simmons' mom, maybe. Somebody has to believe him, I guess.