I’d hope the conversation went something like this:If you told them you wanted them to leave to help reboot the rebuild, sort of a win/win, we get assets they get to finish careers at a stronger team then I'm tipping they'd be open minded about moving. I don't think we pushed that idea hard enough to them.
“Hey boys, we are going to invest in the draft for the next few years, which means we might not be a finals side
Any interest in finishing up at another club, or do you want to stay and help with the rebuild?”
If they say stay, you wouldn’t mention trade to them again, and certainly not push the agenda