There are a few things wrong with the deals going on, but that doesn't mean that all deadline deals are wrong.
Firstly, St. Cath should not be moving anyone - they are still in a playoff spot! What an awful message this sends to the team, fan base, and minor system. Moving top players because they won't get in the playoffs at all is one thing, but moving them while you are in position is quite another. They probably won't make the playoffs now - but that doesn't mean they wouln't have or couldn't have! Then add to that, the player they traded. The A's have several outstanding graduating players, all of whom have bled for the double blue for so many more games than the few that Attwood 'donated' this year - didn't they deserve to be moved ahead of him? Didn't the A's owe them a shot (if they owed anyone a shot), moreso than him? I realize Pychel is gone - but what about Matthews, Adams, Daradick, etc...? This team was going to make the playoffs, and they ALL should have gone to the playoffs together - with the team they have played with... for one more kick at it. If it didn't work out, then that's sport. There is this disease among the kids and those managing where they agree that some kids have a 'right to a shot at the championship'. Making the playoffs gives them that right, and that shot. Also, doesn't it reward them for falling short last years? Kids won't have the memory of when they let one get away, beacause they all have a championship run in their final year coming to them regardless! Is this a good life lesson? Furthermore - these big time players getting moved... does anyone honestly think that they are not playing lacrosse again? With Sr. B, MSL, MLL, CLAX, NLL... these top players will have another shot at a championship if they want to keep working at it! This all takes away from the integrity of the game. It seems to get worse every year... and now... playoff teams are even trading away their top guys!
Then, you have to consider the value of the 'draft'. The draft is so flawed to begin with because of the pool. The rich teams get richer, because they never have to worry about losing any kids. Open the draft up! Do it like Major! Each centre protects 5-6 players plus a goalie... then everyone else from the 'A' centres is open to the draft! Some say this punishes the A centre's because they lose the players that they 'invested' in (even though most Jr.A teams are so disconnected from their minor centre this argument is laughable) - but rather, it rewards the game. The old guard needs to progress the game, or we be content with sitting down watching the same guys compete year in year out.... and now they are even taking players from away from playoff calibre teams.
The A's still MIGHT finish 8th - and whoever they play (Six Nay or Whitby), have stolen their best defender and top scorer respectively. Is it that difficult to see something wrong with this picture?
Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 6:49 AM from IP address 188.8.131.52