This ain't bad. Although I think the only way Philly will trade both Schenns AND Couturier is if Edler is coming as well. Maybe we can work out some kind of blockbuster
To Vancouver: Luke & Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, 2013 1st
To Philly: Ryan Kesler, Alex Edler, Keith Ballard, Yann Sauve
At first glance, I could live with this, however, there are a couple of issues I see with this deal.
1.) From a Canucks' perspective, they get Luke Schenn for three more years at a pretty reasonable cap hit, while Brayden Schenn and Couturier would each have a year remaining on their "EL" contracts, so on the whole this would be a big cap hit win for the Canucks.
The Flyers are taking back about $4 million in immediate extra cap hit in this deal, and Edler would be expecting a significant raise (next season, assuming he doesn't get an extra RFA year added by the new CBA) in order to stay, no? There might have to be some kind of an adjustment made to even things out a bit, like an additional contract going to the Canucks, or perhaps just not include Ballard in this trade. He could be moved in a different deal.
As it sits, if the Flyers got Edler they would not have a great need for Ballard. And if they were going to try and unload $4 million or so in cap in order to take Ballard, I'm not sure what's left that would be acceptable to the Canucks. I don't see the Flyers moving Meszaros, or Hartnell in this deal.
2.) In addition to this, I believe the Flyers are already over the 50 allowed contracts (51), so this could also be another reason that the Canucks would have to take back an additional contract, or perhaps just not include Sauve in the deal (A small point. Perhaps Holgren would be okay with it and would dump a contract elsewhere).
3.) With regard to 1st round picks, the Flyers are giving up a number of young, very promising players for players who have some mileage on them and a certain amount of risk. I could see the Flyers wanting a conditional Canucks' 1st in this deal, and not giving up their own.
Gillis would not want to trade the 2013 pick, so Holmgren would have to be content with a conditional Canucks' 2014 1st. If the Flyers did include a conditional pick, I could see it being a 2nd.
Assuming Edler chose to not re-sign with the Flyers, they could become very big losers in this deal. For this reason, I could see the 2nd being conditional on Edler re-signing, and it would probably have to be a 2014 pick, unless the Flyers signed Edler prior to the 2013 draft, in which case it would be Holmgren's choice of the 2013 pick or the 2014 pick.
To Vancouver: Luke & Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, 2013/14 2nd - conditional on Edler re-signing with the Flyers, (potentially, other salary cap/contract dump contracts, depending on whether Ballard and Sauve are kept in the deal)
To Philly: Ryan Kesler, Alex Edler, Vancouver's 2014 1st - conditional on Edler not re-signing with the Flyers, (Keith Ballard, Yann Sauve - only in other contract/salary dump contracts are added to the Flyers offer)
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