Dogs did not expect Griffen to want to up and leave. But they'd been into Boyd for ages, would have tried to trade for him but not with their captain.
In the end Dogs actually paid a fortune for Boyd, was Griffin (part of his salary also) and pick 6... and Boyd's massive pay packet.
They won the flag and he could have been Norm smith so I guess they could say validated. His $1mil a year will never be worth it comparing against Buddy's output however, no flag for Swans yet though with him there.
At pick 6 they were also looking at picking Peter Wright... Had Boyd deal fallen through and I expect it would have with no star player going back their way. Then Dogs would have gotten whatever GWS paid for Griffen, and a player who arguably could have provided them exactly as Boyd has for tenth of cost.