Trade Wars Poll
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Hey guys, this is Habsguy here back with the third installment of Trade Wars. If you haven't been reading this series, go to the blogs section and check it out. Before we get started, how did you guys like the All Star Draft? I was there actually, and the whole crowd was really into it. The boo's were louder in person than they were on T.V though when Lupul drafted Kessel. As Habs fan it was great to see. A moment that made me laugh hysterically was when Chara drafted Carey Price, Chara went to shake Price's hand and Price totally snubbed him. Not sure if it was intentional but nonetheless it was still hilarious. But anyways, we do have one deal in place from HF101's latest entry and that trade is:
New York Rangers trade:
Wojtek Wolski, Artem Anisimov, Dan Girardi and a conditional 2012 1st round pick
(if the Rangers make it to the Eastern Conference Finals)
To the Calgary Flames for:
Okay, the first order of business is to go through HF101's proposed trades in the last entry. Funny story actually, I started doing this blog last Saturday and almost had it done, (literally accepted/declined all of HF's trades and proposed 4 of my own) when Google Chrome randomly crashed. Cue Chrome rage. I was so furious that I didn't even want to start over and just left it. To all you Chrome users out there, do you guys have the same problem? But anyways, the train of thought may be getting a bit derailed here so here we go to the trades!
Trade Proposal 1:
The L.A Kings offer
Jack Johnson. and Trent Hunter
To the Philadelphia Flyers for
James Van Reimsdyke and Marc-Andre Bourdon
Offer Declined: As much as we need a defender right now, I don't like the idea of essentially Van Riemsdyke and Bourdon for Johnson. Trent Hunter can be a solid bottom 6 contributor, but for how long? He doesn't fit into our long term plans while Van Riemsdyke and Bourdon do. But, for you Flyers fans, I will make a counter offer.
The Philadelphia Flyers offer:
James Van Riemsdyke, Jody Shelley, Marc-Andre Bourdon and a 2012 3rd round draft pick
To the Los Angeles Kings for:
Jack Johnson, Trent Hunter and Thomas Hickey
Hey, Jody Shelley is a great locker room guy.
In this trade, I decided to keep the Van Riemsdyke-Johnson core but added a few extras. Van Riemsdyke would benefit from a trade and a new system, while L.A also gets a great locker room guy in Jody Shelley, and a good prospect in Bourdon. While we would receive a top pairing defenceman, a solid forward and a decent prospect in Thomas Hickey.
Trade Proposal 2:
The Vancouver Canucks offer
To the Florida Panthers for
Clemmenson, Kulikov and a first round pick in 2012
Trade Accepted: Done, done, done, done, done. This is a steal on our end. Roberto Luongo would have no problems waiving his NTC to come here since his family lives here and he would definitely help us in our play off push(shocking, I know) No offense to Scott Clemmenson, who is a great back up, but the only real asset we lose here is Kulikov, who will be a solid defenceman for many years to come for Vancouver. Also to my surprise, our 1st round pick this year isn't really that valuable, and it will only get less valuable when the man known as "Lu" starts playing for us and pushes us deeper into the playoffs. Didn't even have to think about this one.
Trade Proposal 3:
The Edmonton Oilers offer
Sam Gagner, Alex Hemsky
To the Toronto Maple Leafs for
Cody Franson, M Grabovski and Jake Gardiner
Trade Declined: Okay look. Grabovski has been a great player since arriving here from Montreal. Also, Cody Franson has been great since Komi got injured and our resident Justin Bieber fan Jake Gardiner is having a pretty good rookie season. But, the main reason why I don't want this trade is because Hemsky has no motivation in Edmonton, why would he have motivation here? Plus we are kinda deep in the skilled wingers department anyways. I think Sam Gagner could benefit from a change of scenery, but unfortunately it can't be here in Toronto. We respectfully decline.
Trade Proposal 4:
The Minnesota Wild offer
Niklas Backstrom and Greg Zanon
To the Tampa Bay Lightning for
Trade Declined: Had to think about this one, but here is another prime example of a trade that would help both teams. Backstrom would help us tremendously in goal, and Lecavalier would give Minnesota that true veteran presence and someone for Heatley to play with (Not saying Koivu isn't worthy enough for the all mighty Dany Heatley, but he is injured). But that is exactly the reason why I don't want to give him up. Imagine what loosing Lecavalier would do to our locker room. He is also one of the only pieces remaining from our championship season. So for that reason, I'm going to decline. BUT, I will make a counter offer.
The Tampa Bay Lightning offer:
Mathieu Garon, Matt Gilroy, Carter Ashton and a conditional 2013 1st round draft pick (if Tampa makes the play offs in 2012)
to the Minnesota Wild for
Niklas Backstrom and Greg Zanon
Why I like this proposal better for both teams is that Minny would get a great back up for Harding in this deal, a great young defenceman in Gilroy and a World Junior stand out for Canada in Carter Aston. The draft pick is also a nice touch. Already covered why I want Backstrom, but Greg Zanon is an important piece too. He is among the league's best shot blockers (behind Josh Gorges of course ) and would help us out tremendously.
Trade Proposal 5:
The St Louis Blues offer
To the Carolina Hurricanes for
Offer Declined: "Ian who?" is what I said when I first read this. I actually had to scout him out. His scouting report didn't really say he is or will be anything special in the NHL, so for that reason I respectfully decline.
Okay, now that we got that out of the way, I'm gonna move on to what I'm going to offer HF101.
The Winnipeg Jets offer:
Eric Fehr, Tim Stapleton, and a 2012 4th round pick
to the Colorado Avalanche for
Shane O'Brien and Chuck Kobasew
When you strip this trade naked, it is basically struggling forward for struggling forward. Both could maybe benefit from playing for a new team. O'Brien on the other hand would add toughness to our blueline while Dustin Byfuglien remains injured. Tim Stapleton and the pick are just throw in's, but Stapleton can be a useful player, especially in the faceoff circle.
The Buffalo Sabres offer:
Paul Gaustad, Patrick Kaleta, Andrej Sekera and a 2012 2nd round pick
to the Chicago Blackhawks for
Brandon Pirri, Kyle Beach, Nick Leddy and Andrew Shaw
So, The Buffalo Sabres are gonna be sellers this year. After we signed a bunch of free agents, our season hasn't exactly turned out the way we'ved expected. I think Chicago could use some grittiness, especially after losing Carcillo to injury. Gaustad and Kaleta are perfect fits in Chicago and would definitely help them make a great playoff push. On our side of this deal, we get 4 decent prospects. I'm most excited about Nick Leddy, who has proved he can hang with the best in the NHL.
The Boston Bruins offer:
Benoit Pouliot, Zach Hamill, Steve Kampfer, Jordan Caron and a 2012 1st round pick
to the Columbus Blue Jackets for
Okay, lets face it: Jeffrey Carter has been a bust in Columbus and there is a possibility that he is available. While I don't like this trade from a Habs fan perspective, it makes tons of sense for us in Boston. We can take a risk on Carter while not giving up our chemistry. Columbus on the other hand gets a wild card in Benoit Pouliot, and 3 decent almost NHL ready prospects, among a late 1st rounder. Plus, they get Carter off the books so they can once again go into a full rebuild. Everyone wins.
The Pittsburgh Penguins offer:
Tyler Kennedy, Eric Tangradi, Craig Adams and a 2012 2nd round pick
to the Dallas Stars for
Brenden Morrow is apparently on the block and would be a good fit for us in Pittsburgh. He won't replace the offence we lost from Sidney Crosby, but he will be a good line mate for Malkin and Neal. Dallas, will receive a good forward in Tyler Kennedy who is very under rated and over shadowed by Crosby, Malkin and Neal. Throw in a good prospect in Eric Tangradi and the always solid fourth liner Craig Adams and this should be a good deal for both teams.
The Montreal Canadiens offer:
Scott Gomez,, Andrei Kostitsyn, Yannick Webber, Hal Gill, Jarred Tinordi and a 2013 1st round pick
to the Anaheim Ducks for
Ryan Getzlaf, George Parros and J.F Jacques
No, I'm not crazy. But this trade offer might be. This is very unrealistic and will NEVER happen, not in 1289472913518291237 million years, but hey, its worth a shot. Gomez of course is a risky part of this deal... but the good thing about the CBA is you can send any player you want down to the minors and erase their cap hits, and if Gomez persists to under perform in Anaheim that can be done. Andrei Kostitsyn and Hal Gill are both UFA's come July 1 but I can see both excelling under Bruce Boudreau. Then we get to Tinordi and Webber, two guys I would hate to see going. Tinordi may be an exact copy of Zdeno Chara. He has a big shot, he's VERY big, and gets into the passing lanes well. He can also fight and hit. Weber, as some of you may know, is expected to have a very good career in the NHL offensively and defensively. You know he's good when Cunneyworth plays him at forward. If you read my debut topic on this site, you know I'm a fan of George Parros. Go there (http://www.hockeyfor...-the-next-step/) to see why. Ryan Getzlaf is a premier centre in the NHL and Montreal would benefit from having him around. J.F Jacques on the other hand is a 4th liner at best, and to be honest I threw him in because he's francophone.
Okay guys, so there you have it. Part three of Trade Wars. Be sure to leave a comment below to tell us what kind of job we're doing and if you like the series! HF101 will be back with part 4 soon. But until then, see ya!