So, " IF " Toronto is the best trading partner, I would like to see something like this;
2013 3nd Round
Rights to Cody Franson
2013 2nd Round
For Toronto they get an allstar goalie,in Ballard they get a defenceman that could use a change of scenery and has played much better when in the east, a fast multi use player in Raymond that can play pp/pk/2 line/3line and has scored 25 goals in a season, an AHLer in Schroeder that hasn't lved up to potential, and the 3rd rounder to even it up a little.
To Vancouver they get a rental in Connelly (UFA at seasons end), Kadri a potential 2 line player, Gardiner a # 3 or 4 defenceman with some PP potential, Cody Franson who will probably sign for around 1.2 million ( Hometown discount ), and a 2nd rounder that will probably be around 45th over all, in a deep draft.
* With the pick up of both Gardiner and Franson, we should be able to either sign Edler at a decent cost or ship him off for a first and a top end prospect. ( which would be my choice )
** With the new CBA there could be a agreement where the Canucks pick up a portion of the last couple of years of his contract.
OK Flame away!
No flames, but some observations and thoughts:
1.) That's a heck of a lot of cap going to Toronto with Luongo and Ballard, while the Canucks have no real amount of cap other than what they'll have to pay Kadri and Gardiner in a year or so.
You'll likely get some folks suggesting that you'd have to include Tanev rather than Ballard, both for cap reasons and age.
2.) I'd be inclined to skew the picks in the deal. Toronto's pick would be a 1st in 2014 and the Vancouver pick a 2nd in 2013. This would make this part of the deal a bit more palatable to Leafs fans, and the Canucks will still likely get a pretty decent player with the leafs 1st in 2014.
3.) I'd include a conditional 2014 pick to the Leafs if Raymond doesn't re-sign with them (perhaps a 5th?).
4.) If the Canucks are going to accept back a salary cap dump/rental player, I think I'd prefer Bozak. I suspect that there's likely little chance that the Canucks would try to re-sign Connolly, and a much better chance that they'd try to re-sign Bozak. And if the Canucks were to try and re-sign either of these guys (depending on who was in the deal), then Bozak could likely be had for a cheaper price.
5.) I have some doubts that Franson would want to sign here. He'd look at the depth in front of him, and unless Edler left for greener pastures (or he was traded or there was an injury) he'd see that he'd be a bottom pairing guy here for quite some time. I suspect he'd choose to accept a qualifying offer from the Canucks and move on at his first opportunity. I have no problems with this as he would have to do what he feels is best for his career.
If he is included in the deal, he might be able to be packaged with additional assets and moved to another team for something the Canucks will need (maybe a good bottom pairing d-man at a reasonable cap hit, a solid prospect or even a high pick).
6.) While it might be nice if Gillis was to be able to get Gardiner in this deal, I'm not holding my breath.
Following the Canucks since before Don Cherry played here.