columbia wrote:farnham16 wrote:columbia wrote:The "everyone is a hit away from the end of their career" (and therefore it doesn't matter) argument in relation to Crosby is ignoring reality.
You do not trade someone like Staal and you especially don't because of Crosby's uncertain future.
That is true, but you can't deny that at this point Crosby's health is a much bigger question mark moving forward than anyone else really. One more concussion and it could be over for him. That is a scary thing to think about. That is why trading Malkin is the dumbest thing ever.
Yep....That's why you keep all of them, otherwise you risk - say two years from now - only having one of them still around:
Staal in another uniform and Crosby living with his parents, unable to play.
It's about conservative and appropriate management of risk and holding on to your cards, as is.
Your scenario could still happen even if nobody gets traded now. Crosby doesn't become a vegetable but gets a max contract. Malkin demands a max contract and the cap goes down. Staal demands 8 million dollars after a 40 goal season.
I'm not saying that trading Malkin is the right thing to do in general, but in terms of asset management it's at least a consideration (as I said above) depending on the return.