in the end we didnt win the cup ... trading filppula for a 1st would of been the right call ... and before you say it yes im sure a top contending team would of traded a 1st for filppula who even though he struggled has cup winning experience and is a great 2 way player
that being said its been reported months ago he was seeking 5mill+ per year and we all been saying hes not coming back at that price , at that time holland should of done what was best for the team longterm and gotten us a 2nd 1st round pick
So your argument is that because the team didn't win the Cup, Holland was stupid for not trading him. That doesn't have much basis, given that Holland cannot see the future. More, this team came only one goal away from the conference finals. The fact that the team performed so well in the playoffs vindicated his decision to keep Filppula, especially given that the latter set up one winning goal against Anaheim and scored another himself.
Anyway, to the crux of your argument: there is not the faintest chance that Filppula, who was having a terrible season, would have drawn a 1st-round pick. He'd have garnered a 2nd, at best. For reference, Filppula finished the season ranked 198th in scoring amongst forwards.
Edited by Crymson, 25 June 2013 - 05:35 PM.