You are full of crap dude. I showed you the link a month ago. It was Markov for JVRD + a pick or Cammy + Halak (when he was a 2nd stringer) for him and a pick... And in that same link you'll see people saying it would be stupid to trade Markov for some kid named Claude Giroux and a pick. Go find any post where I said we should deal Max. I don't believe in dealing away propspects when you are rebuilding. It seems silly to you because you don't understand the concept of dealing for the future. You are also narrow minded and only see things through rose coloured glasses... You weren't able to understand that a core of Cammy, Gomez and Gionta wasn't going to take us anywhere... Does the proposal seem silly now? Will it seem silly three years from now or five? You STILL don't get it. He wasn't a question mark... He was an elite prospect. You're talking like it's a blind shot on a dartboard... it's not. Yeah... sure seems stupid now to have a 22 year old who's third in the NHL in goals. What was I thinking? The fact that you can't admit you were wrong with the evidence in front of you just shows that you have no idea what you're talking about. Two points: 1. The fans here didn't get it (and as our friend Mr. Lennon shows) still don't get it or can't admit it even when proven wrong... 2. Our club never shopped him. We should've been making those kinds of trades. And it makes sense to trade him now. It's not a prediction... it's a calculated risk. Elite prospects are not a roulette wheel. And hey maybe it doesn't work out... but it's worth the risk. Please don't waste my time with strawman crap.