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Mar 11, 2021
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Quillanrocks</b></div><div>Just another reason yesterday's trade sucked. Holland better convince Larsson to wait until after the ED to ink the deal, if they have one.
It was also reported by Bob Stauffer (before the Keith trade) that Kassian might actually be one of their protected forwards, if you can believe it. Again, this presumed both RNH and Larsson would re-sign ahead of the ED and Oilers would go with the 7-3-1 format, but I don't know what thinking would possess anyone at this point to not protect other assets. Benson, for example.</div></div>
I watched Ken Holland's media availability on the Keith trade yesterday. He was surprisingly confrontational in comparison to the usual "GM-speak" of just explaining the how, not the why.
It gave more insight that he's not in fact playing 4d chess and it's probably as bad as it looks on face value. Quoting that instead of analytics and stats, he reads the record books and that's how he decides who to get :(
There was a point where he asked "what would you want me to do?! I had to either give more assets to get cap retention, or less assets and pay full cap price"
But nobody said to him, "you could have just walked from the deal, did you ever consider that?".