There are many guys that have been moved, several of which would have helped us. Hornqvuist who is Homer 2.0 for a front of net force. Neal a classic big forward that scores. Jordan Staal a big 2 way C. This year Perron would have been an upgrade at wing. Ryan a big scoring winger. Those are just some of the guys that actually moved, not the many "rumored" guys.
Point is, there are many trades made each year for high quality players. We are not a team that makes those moves. No team in any sport wins championships based on 100% drafted players. They all sign UFA's and make trades. Table scraps are not good enough-even if those are moves we may like.
We don't have 100% drafted players, but regardless, talent is talent. Doesn't matter where it comes from. In the past two years we've added two young 25+ goal scorers, the fact that we drafted them doesn't detract from that. That we've mostly (and perhaps permanently) lost one of the scorers we'd had hurts. That and that our big UFA signing hasn't lived up to expectations. If Franzen and Weiss had been healthy and Weiss was as productive as he was in Florida, it'd be a pretty big difference.
Franzen has been as productive as Staal the past two years, and Staal was healthy for one of them. Weiss's production has been about 60% of what it was in Florida. We could have brought in Ryan (though likely at the cost of Nyquist or Tatar), and he could have gotten hurt and/or his production could have dropped (has dropped in Ottawa in fact). Hornqvist and Neal were traded for each other, and neither produced more. Lateral move. Cole is as good or better than Perron. Zidlicky isn't great, but filled a need.
Yes, there are moves made for high quality players each year, from trades, UFAs, or promoting prospects. But not necessarily by every team every year. We have made some of them. What we've added at forward is as good or better than most teams. On defense, we've missed out on a few UFAs we tried to get. That does not mean we are not a team that makes those moves, or that we're trying to win a Cup with only drafted players. It only means that a few UFA defensemen chose other teams. Sucks that it's happened a few times in a row at a time when we really need it, but that's life. It's happened to every team, and will happen to every team again.
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