Dude, that would be an amazing trade. Especially if the 1st is a 2013 1st. Just imagine us gaining 4 amazing/solid prospects (our 1st + Toronto's 1st along with Biggs and Colbourne). We would be golden for a long time to come.
I would like this, however I suspect Burke wouldn't go along with it, the jerk.
I think Franson would actually be quite useful here?
I believe he would beat out Tanev for 2knd line right D? On physical ability and talent he should anyway; but Tanev is pretty crafty. What we really have is a glut on the left side + Bieksa.(+ Tanev) on the right. This deal still leaves us with on insurance on Edler?
I agree Bozak is not really needed (certainly not with half a year of contract left).
Two top prospects + Franson & a pick would be a major score! I'd happily accept Biiggs, Franson and Colburne.
Franson could be very useful here, being a right side d-man. I believe he needs a few rough edges taken off his game, but that would come with experience. I also believe he would beat out Tanev, if for no other reason than he bigger, although there's a good argument that could be made that Tanev is a bit sounder in his defensive play and maybe a bit more mobile (not to say that Franson is a slug).
Were Edler to re-sign, then Franson would quite likely start as a bottom pairing d-man, likely playing with Ballard (assuming no additional trades involving Ballard or anyone else). If Edler does move on, the Franson moves to the 2nd pairing and plays with Garrison.
problem with that trade is the leafs would be really close to the cap
Good catch, Red. I'm usually the one who mentions this to others...
My short answer: Screw Burke.
Longer answer: Screw Burke. Let him figure it out. He'll still be a couple of hundred grand to the good.
Good point. But remember they could always dump someone like Connolly, Lombardi or Komisarek if the have to.
Connolly and Komisarek have NTC-type clauses so getting rid of them could be difficult. Perhaps something could be worked out in the way of a cap dump to a team looking to get to the cap floor, but once again, there's that NTC clause.
Komisarek could the easier of the two to move, depending upon the teams he submits to Burke. He is required to supply a list of teams to which he would accept a trade each June 15. He's not that bad of a d-man, but certainly overpaid for what he can do for a team. The downside is, the Leafs would be moving *another* d-man which is a bit of a short area for them. Yes, they have Rielly and Gardiner, but how much experience do they have? This leaves the Leafs with Phaneuf, Liles, Gunnarsson and ...
Lombardi is the likely guy to go. Doesn't have a NTC of any sort. Center, "only" $3.5 million cap hit for one year. Kind of average at face-offs.
Luongo and Alberts add $6.588 million to the cap. Alberts' deal is done after this year.... so why would Burke take Alberts?
Stupid me. Forgot the premise of my post and why Gillis wouldn't want Bozak. If Burke wants Alberts as a rental, then it is okay, if not, then the deal would have to take a different form. Maybe Ballard could be in this deal, and the Canucks would have to swallow some cap hit back.
So what happens if Burke doesn't want Alberts? Might not Ballard be included in the deal, and if so, what has to come back in the way of cap hit?
Luongo and Ballard = $9.533 million cap hit. The Canucks taking Lombardi drops it to $6 million and change. Acceptable, or do we think that Burke would demand to send out more? We also have to keep in mind the number of contracts each team has. The Canucks are currently at 48 while the Leafs are at 50 (not counting Franson).
So the revised deal could be:
To Toronto - Luongo, Ballard, Rodin
To Vancouver - Colborne, Biggs, 2013 or 2014 1st (Burke's choice), rights to Franson, Lombardi.
Leafs get lots of help for right now, the Canucks potentially get some help for now (assuming Franson agrees to play), some help for the near future (Colborne is close and could be in the line up in a year or so), and help for down the road (Biggs and the Toronto 1st).
Following the Canucks since before Don Cherry played here.