shmenguin wrote:I don't follow. Without dumoulin and pouliot, we still have depres and harrington waiting to step in. We could also be dangling them as trade bait, and still be ok. We just lose the luxury of having infinity dmen in the system - which, again, is a luxury. Don't get me wrong, from an asset management POV, that trade was a stunning success, but it didn't really address any specific need - aside from getting a good not great 3rd line center.
My point really is that some folks don't seem to realize what our farm system would look like and our potential trade deadline without that trade. I disagree that without that trade we would be ok dangling Harrington and maybe another. Our system would be almost completely empty if we did. Bort and Samuelson types are ok prospects at best but nobody is confusing them for serious trade bait or potential.
You could argue that we should have taken a forward with the trade pick up first round pick or included a forward prospect and not d in the trade. But either way our overall depth would be completely different without that trade. Matta, Despres, Harrington and Bennett. Not much else of real note. Drop one or two of them in a trade, lose Nisky to UFA and our future would look a lot different.