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Hey guys. We're back with the next part of Trade Wars. Please vote on the above polls as we appreciate your feed back on the trades, and don't forget to comment to tell us what you think of the series! Before we get into things, lets see all of the accepted trades so far.
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:
Vancouver Canucks trade
To the Florida Panthers for
Scott Clemmenson, Rasmus Bengtsson, Nick Bjugstad and Florida's 1st round pick in 2012
Buffalo Sabres trade:
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
Philadelphia Flyers trade
James Van Riemsdyke, Jody Shelley, Marc-Andre Bourdon and a 2012 2rd round draft pick
To the Los Angeles Kings for:
Jack Johnson, Trent Hunter and Thomas Hickey
And the latest trade..
Nashville Predators trade
Ryan Suter and Chet Pickard
To the Pittsburgh Penguins for
Paul Martin and Tyler Kennedy
You may as well give Pittsburgh the cup right now. This trade definitely would set up a potential Hawks-Penguins cup final. That'd be epic, wouldn't it? If Sidney Crosby returns well before the playoffs (and if you believe Ek's ''sources'', then he will) the Penguins are the best team in the NHL, in my opinion. Add Suter to the mix and he solidifies an already solid defence. Chet Pickard on the other hand is a good goaltending prospect and I'm glad I got him in the deal, even though we will have M.A Fleury for the next 10 years, Pickard has the potential to be the #1 in Pittsburgh and give Fleury a run for his money. Just give him time. To Nashville, we lose serviceable guys Martin and Kennedy. Paul Martin though, is far too mediocre for us, and we needed to get his 5 000 000 dollar cap hit off the books. Kennedy (who I have been trying to trade through-out this whole series, good job to HF for noticing) is someone who will flourish on a new team. He can be a solid #2 centre in Nashville. He's been greatly overshadowed in Pittsburgh by Crosby, Malkin, Neal and Staal. Its hard to lose a guy like him but it would be best for his career if he was sent packing.
Now to get to the other deals HF proposed in his latest blog.
The Edmonton Oilers offer:
Sam Gagner and Andy Sutton and Ben Eager and a third round pick in the 2012 draft
To the Montreal Canadiens for
Scott Gomez and Nathan Beaulieu
Offer Declined: I know what you're wondering: "A trade offer that involves Scott Gomez and includes the next Wayne Gretzky Sam Gagner?! What a steal!" Well, not exactly. Being a DIE HARD Habs fan, this is hard to say no to, but easy at the same time. Gagner I think could fit nicely into the Habs, but the real x factor here is Nathan Beaulieu. NO WAY we give him up. He was supposed to be a top 5-10 pick, but slipped to us at 17. He is our future power play QB and maybe even captain. So for that reason, no, but I will propose something else since I know he's interested in Gomez
Montreal Canadiens offer:
Scott Gomez, Andrei Kostitsyn, Raphael Diaz, and Jarred Tinordi
To The Edmonton Oilers for
Sam Gagner, Ben Eager, and Magnus Paargarvi-Svensson
I like this trade better for both teams, because Edmonton gets the vet they wanted in Gomez, plus a scoring threat in Andrei Kostitsyn (who is an UFA this summer). Also, they get powerplay specialist Raphael Diaz, who made the all rookie all star team this year, and could benefit mightily from passing to Nuge, Hall or Eberle on the power play. Then there's Jarred Tinordi, who the Habs traded up to draft 22nd overall in 2010. He's a big, hitting defender who plays with London right now. Montreal on the other hand will get Sam Gagner, who is on a note worthy streak (12 P in 3 GP) and pest Ben Eager. Paargarvi is the interesting piece of this trade. Some say Edmonton should keep him, but I think this is the perfect time to trade him. He's having a bad sophomore year and is currently playing with Edmonton's AHL affiliate Oklahoma. He was a high draft pick (10th overall in 2009), but if you look at all the depth Edmonton has at forward, it makes him expendable. Especially for 2 good defence prospects.
The San Jose Sharks offer:
Matt Neito and the Sharks third round pick in the 2012 draft
To the Carolina Hurricanes for
Offer Declined: This offer is declined because I don't really think Carolina needs a young dynamic forward like Matt Neito right now. If HF is still interested, I'd like to negotiate a different deal.
The Columbus Blue Jackets offer:
To the Washington Capitals for
Brooks Laich, Jeff Schultz and a 1st round pick (Colorado)
Offer Declined: I don't feel that Carter straight up is worth Laich and Schultz alone, plus the potential top 15 pick. I feel that if we are gonna trade Laich and Schultz, it should be for a player that would compliment Ovechkin's style of play. Carter doesn't really do that, as he, along with Ovechkin, is a shooter. Washington is out of their slump, but Ovie isn't. So for that reason, I respectfully decline.
The Minnesota Wild offer:
Marek Zidlicky and Tyler Cuma
To the New York Islanders for
Brian Rolston and Brock Nelson
Offer Declined: Cuma and Nelson are the players I had to ponder about this deal. It was really tempting, but I don't want to lose Nelson, since he has top six potential and I think he will compliment John Tavares nicely. Cuma is a nice prospect, but I think that in the long run I'd rather have Nelson. The two vets in the deal, Rolston and Zidlicky, would help both teams but the major factor was Nelson, so was again I respectfully decline.
Now to get to the 5 trades I must propose to HF101.
The Toronto Maple Leafs offer:
Clarke MacArthur, Tyler Bozak and a 2012 1st round pick
to The Columbus Blue Jackets for
Jeff Carter has been long rumored to be going to Toronto, ever since his Philadelphia party days. He would fit nicely into Toronto's aggressive attack. Clarke MacArthur has been rumored to be floating around the trade block and is a decent forward that Columbus would benefit from having. Bozak is a speedy, play making centre with lots of skill. The pick could be in the bottom 20's if Toronto continues to play they way they are. The main point of this deal is to get Carter out of Columbus.
The Winnipeg Jets offer:
to The Detroit Red Wings for
Justin Abdelkater, Landon Ferraro and a 2012 3rd round pick
Blake Wheeler is having a pretty good year this year with 35 points. He is a big power forward who has a great shot. The Wings could really use a depth forward for their playoff run, and Winnipeg may be sellers. Landon Ferraro (son of Ray) is projected as a future second line sniper. Will compete for a job on the Griffins for the 2011-12 season, but could be sent down to the ECHL if he does not earn a job out of training camp. Abdelkater has the size and skill combination to be a prototypical power forward.
The Boston Bruins offer
Zach Hamill and Steve Kampfer
to The Quebec Nordi... Phoenix Coyotes for
Ray Whitney is cagey vet who will score some goals for Boston down the stretch and in the play offs and will help Boston try to repeat as Cup Champs and will become a UFA after the play offs end or he will retire. Phoenix, will get a solid young defender in Kampfer and a forward who was just placed on waivers yesterday and went unclaimed. Hamill is a speedy centre who does drive the lane well and can play in any situation. I think this is a fair offer for both sides.
The New Jersey Devils offer:
Zach Parise, Johan Hedberg and a 2012 7th round pick
To the Minnesota Wild for:
Josh Harding, Marek Zidlicky, Jarred Spurgeon, and Cal Clutterbuck
You had to know I`d be coming back with a block buster after two rentals. Parise is a perfect fit for Minnesota. Its his home state and he`d be the future captain for sure. I also think him on a line with Koivu and Heatley would be deadly. If its true the Devils are in financial troubles, they need to get Parise off the books at the deadline and I think the best fit for him is Minnesota. In return, we get our future #1 goalie in Harding, a defenceman that they want gone in Zidlicky, a solid defenceman prospect in Spurgeon and hitting machine Cal Clutterbuck, who is the second main piece that I want in return.
The Tampa Bay Lightning offer:
Ryan Malone, Mathieu Garon and Carter Ashton
To the St.Louis Blues for
Jaroslav Halak and T.J Oshie
Okay, so you're thinking: " What?! No way St.Louis gives up Halak! Elliot's not proven!" Well I say to that, cool your jets. Brian Elliot may not be proven as a legit NHL starter for now, but lets not forget how deep the Blues are in net. They have WJC goalie Jake Allen in the minors who is playing well along side the 6'7 giant Ben Bishop in Peoria. Both of these goalies have starting potential. SO, if St.Louis wants to get Halak off the books for maybe a future Semin or Parise signing this summer, this is the best way to do it. They also get Ryan Malone who is a beast and will excel under Hitchcock. Garon can serve as a back up to Elliot and Carter Ashton is playing well in the minors and he also has a WJC gold medal. In the deal, Tampa would also get the power forward T.J Oshie, who has had injury problems in the past but is playing decently this season. He would fit nicely on a line with Stamkos or Lecavalier.
Okay guys so there it is. Sorry if I didn't go to well into detail on some of them, its just pretty late and I needed to get this up tonight. Leave a comment and don't forget to vote!