Originally Posted by NoWayOut
I agree with Blayze that your over-thinking it, but I see what your angling at.
Anytime you as the owner of a hot player are the one making trade overtures it amplifies the sell high vibe. The other guy senses real or perceived desperation and will hesitate to give as much. He sees this as your wanting to bail out because your thinking the correction will be ugly. So it kind of increases his concerns over what that correction will be and scares him into offering less to hedge his bets.
Personally I'd be wary of dealing for a hot player that is being shopped to me. That degree of wariness is also proportional to that player though. If I believe the player will be an upgrade even after the correction then I talk deal. In Marleau's case I would definitely talk deal as I think even after the inevitable correction he's still an valuable player for just about any but the most stacked roster.
Fair enough. I guess it can also come down to who you're targeting and their respective perceived value going forward, and whether the difference is negligible.
But generally, I thought it would be interesting to see what people thought about it. Thanks.