this is just pure speculation from a fans point of view
What Gillis wants:
Jose Theodore - vetran backup for schneider
Kris Versteeg - top six forward to play on kes' other side
Nick Bjugstad/Dmitry Kulikov/Quinton Howden - guys with big potential
What Tallon wants to give:
Jose Theodore - make room for lu
Scottie Upshall - salary dump
Jack Skille - spare part that can be let go
somewhere in there is a comprimise that Tallon and Gillis can reach. my hope is that Bjugstad is one of the pieces coming back. what do you guys think?
note: did not include gudbranson or huberdeau because im trying to be realistic and i think those two are a no go with Tallon.
I dont think Gudbranson is completely out of the question.
-Erik Gudbranson (6'5" 210 lbs, 20 years old and mean as hell)
-Jack Skille (6'1" 217 lbs, 25 yo. Versatile winger that can score and isn't afraid to throw the body)
-Scott Clemmensen (34 yo veteran would be an excellent backup to Cory, Also gives FLD a bit more incentive to do the trade in being able to keep their starting goalie last year as a back up, giving them insurance in net)
-Roberto Luongo (Proven all-star goalie, essentially guarantees FLD a playoff spot next season)
-Rights to Mason Raymond (Swapping Skille for MAY RAY gives VAN a grittier winger while not cutting down on team speed or scoring while giving FLD more team speed and a potential 20 goal 40 point winger if put in the right situation)
-1st round pick (gives FLD the chance to possibly replace Gudbranson in the first round this coming draft)
-Yann Sauve (Probably going to mature into a solid 3rd pairing Dman in the coming years with good PK skills and grit)
-Anton Rodin (Has good potential, could mature into a speedy 2nd liner with a good shot similar to MAY RAY)
I think this is a fair deal for both clubs. Florida gets; a proven all-star starting goalie for a future all-star d-man. A speedy winger who could rejuvenate his career as well as a good offensive prospect in Anton Rodin for a useful and versatile but expendable winger in Skille, and essentially a 1st rounder and a good blue line prospect in Yann Sauve for their back-up from last season.
What Vancouver gets is clear, Gudbranson who is looking like the next Chris Pronger at this point - look at his fights on hockeyfights.com, he's a mean mother f*cker. Aswell as a bigger tougher winger for the 3rd/4th lines than Raymond and a back-up for Corey. I think Tallon could get behind this deal with maybe a little tinkering.