Suter wanted to play with Parise at home in Minnesota
Carle wanted to be back in Tampa
Garrison wanted to be in his hometown Vancouver
Bieksa was never moved and said publicly he had no intention of leaving Vancouver
Jovo wanted to be back in Florida
Pitkanen wanted to play with Jokinen in Carolina
Hamhuis wanted to be home in BC
So you have Gonchar, Salo, Hamrlik, and Allen. And Gonchar, Hamrlik, and Salo are all old shells of their former selves
Dang we shoulda chased Bryan Allen
1. They weren't traded, their rights were.
2. I'm not really too upset about a guy who is mildly dirty as long as he's physical. That Allen video didn't break my heart.
3. Salo and Gonchar had stats either better or favorable to Kronwall last season, despite their age. Hamrlik wasn't great last season, but his 13 points and plus 11 are still better than all but two of our returning d-men.
4. Also, I think you're stretching this "wanted to be back in..." such and such place argument. Carle played 12 games in Tampa about four years ago. Fairly sure his roots aren't sunk too deep. Jovo hadn't played in Florida in 13 years, and I can't find one source that suggests that the reason Pikanen signed with Carolina is because of Jussi Jokinen.
Edited by kipwinger, 21 November 2012 - 09:37 PM.