Re: The NHL's All-Time Gave Up Too Soon Team
posted at 7/11/2013 2:33 PM EDT
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
In response to stevegm's comment:
I agree with everything except the summary. I think we need to consider more than Cups. One player doesn't win or lose them. I don't think winning a cup in 77 would have made any difference for the Rangers, in those Esposito, and Hodge deals. The Bruins won that one, because Park, Ratelle, and Middleton had a longer, more proficient body of work than Esposito, Vadnais, and Hodge. Kaberle is an example going the other way. The fact that the B's won the cup doesn't make this a great deal, it just glosses it over.
"Whoever gets the best player wins". That used to be a philosophy that many agreed with. I think it still applies, except money has to be tied to it now days, which really convolutes things. Makes it more interesting too though.
According to this, you believe Calgary "won" the Iginla/Niuwendyk trade?
I think that Dallas winning the Cup was worth a lot more than fans watching Iginla score 40 goals and not win the Cup.
If neither team wins a Cup with effects from a trade, then I agree it's a best player scenario. What happens if Matteau isn't on that Rangers team? Amonte was clearly the better player, but there isn't a Rangers fan on Earth that would trade 1994 for a couple of 100 point seasons.
You cant live in a "what if" world. Rangers had a need at the time, they deemed Matteau was valuable to trade Amonte for.,