Do you really think NHL players don't pay any attention to other teams, other players? I'd bet that most of them have a good idea of what's going on in other cities. A lot of these guys have friends on other teams. They also play against these teams all season, every season. To say they don't study their opponents enough to know who's doing what for other teams... man, I wouldn't say that. And it's not one year of striking out, it's multiple years of July 1st and Trade Deadline swings and misses. Also, what do you call giving away early-round draft picks like Halloween candy in 1999 and sitting out the first round in 9 of the last 15 drafts?
You realize that most of those 1st round picks were traded before the cap era right? What does moves made in the precap era have to do with how the team is being built now? Short answer: nothing.
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