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by Paul on 11/18/10 at 01:59 AM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Defencemen such as White that can play top-four minutes are usually at a premium at the trading deadline – and by then, the Flames would have had a clearer idea if they are a playoff contender or an also-ran once again. As it is, they’ve shuffled off one of their few useful trading assets too soon, someone they might have been able to flip for a younger, blue-chip prospect if they’d showed the requisite amount of patience….
The Flames are about three bad weeks – and one challenging road trip – away from falling out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference.
If that happens and they are given the green light to start rebuilding in a proper way, then the trade of White Tuesday removes one valuable piece of the trading puzzle far too soon. It is one more example of the odd managing-by-the-seat-of-your pants style employed in Calgary, and probably a good reason for the mess the organization finds itself in at the moment.
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