Thursday, October 27, 2011

Trade thoughts

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Lets Make a Deal!

The Province newspaper caused quite a stir when they propposed a trade with the Lightning involving a swap of superstars and mega contracts.  The solution to the goaltending graveyard in Vancouver: Trade Luongo for Lecavalier.  I like Vinny despite his falling production and huge contract, but I don't think he's the right player.  This innocent propposal has gathered a lot of steam with reports out of Tampa that Jonathan Bernier of LA and Cory Schneider are being considered as solutions to Tampa's goaltending issue, furthering that is yet another uninspiring loss by Tampa to Nashville by a final tally of 5 - 3.

Tampa does need a goalie and Vancouver needs another top six forward option, but it's not Lou for Vinny that I see working so much as Schneider for Teddy Purcell +.  Without offloading Lou's contract the Nux couldn't afford to take Lecavalier, but Purcell's reasonable cap hit of 2.35 could fit without dumping Lou, and it's arguable the Nux could re-stock the forward prospects out of the deal too as Cory Schneider's trade value is sky high right now.  Brett Connelly has stuck it appears after his 9 game trial period, and with St.Louis, Malone, Lecavalier, Stamkos and Downie there's room to move a top six guy and Purcell's playmaking ability, age and cap hit are super attractive.  He's off to a great start in Tampa with three goals and six assists but they might view him as colateral damage if they could find a 'keeper that could hold the offensively offensive Preds to three or fewer goals.

If I'm GM Mike Gillis and I get a Schneider and a pick for Purcell and a prospect offer from Stevie Y I'm on it like a fat kid on a smartie.

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