The price paid for Hossa was considered high at the time. In the event, Christensen, Armstrong and Esposito have not turned out to be anything special, and, as such, it can be said in hindsight that it was a decent deal. Kovalchuk came at a low price because Waddell wanted to trade with a familiar partner and allowed himself to be robbed in the process--utterly so.
I'll say that some
considered the price high for Hossa because of Esposito. Christensen was a solid younger who was getting 3rd line minutes. Armstrong had had a good rookie season but had been consistenly regressing (points wise). The total trade was:
I personally was surprised, at the time, Hossa was moved for that price especially considering Dupuis was a one time 20 goal scorer and still a serviceable 3rd line player (although older tahn Armstrong or Christensen).
Kovalchuk came at a low price because Waddell wanted to trade with a familiar partner and allowed himself to be robbed in the process--utterly so.
That's the bigest cop out of argument. No offense, but you can do better than that. That trade was what the market would bare at the time. Or at least the best offer Waddell felt he could get. Excusing it as a relative comparison for your quoted reason is ridiculous.