Forget losing Edler.
You don't trade away your best defenseman.
I'd rather see Ballard or even newcomer Garrison gone before Edler to make room for a right sider.
Fixed the swearing for you, This is supposed to be a family-friendly board, Teemu, c'mon.
EDIT: I didn't actually fix that for you, I was just giving you a heads up to change it but someone must have reported it.
But on that note, if we could swing a deal with Nashville for Weber that didn't cost us much more than Edler, would you take it?
Of course we're likely to be moving Ballard with or without the extra salary of Weber to fit under the cap next year, so I didn't include him. With Weber's so so performance so far (it's only because of 4 points in the last two games that he has 7 points for the season, 3 points after 15 games does not look nearly as good) and what he gets paid by Nashville (particularly in the salary the first few years) it could drive his value down slightly for them. We would lose a lot with Edler's 40-50 points a year though if Weber really isn't the same offensively without Suter.
I disagree. As Smashian pointed out, Garrison had his man tied up in front of the net. If he lets him go to chase Hossa, he's leaving a man wide open just outside the crease. That's a far more dangerous player than one who's behind your goal line.
Personally, although Bieksa and the Canucks' forward on that side deserve some of the blame for allowing Hoss to walk out of the corner with the puck, I think Schneider misplayed that goal. He has to get his stick out and prevent the opposing player from an easy post to post right in front of him.
Schneids had a good game, but I bet he'd play that one differently, if he had a do-over...
I agree Schneider could have stopped that by extending his stick out to block the open path. Absolutely Hossa could have had more pressure on him from the corner as well, but if there's one thing I would have liked to see from Garrison is to have him on the low side of the Chicago player he was defending. That blocks that lane and Hossa can't get through anyway. Tough to always have position though.
As far as how all this works out for Luongo though, I'd like to see one of the pieces we get back be a young, left-handed defenceman to replace Ballard. He'd likely still be developing, and would need better upside as a 2nd/3rd pairing D-man than someone like Connauton. The other option would be a better right-handed defenceman who could allow Edler to move back to the left side, although that would mean us having a $4+M D on the 3rd pairing with Tanev again so that player would have to be on an affordable contract for at least next year.
Edited by elvis15, 20 February 2013 - 02:42 PM.