Well, then you are just plain wrong.
We lost in the last two playoffs because our players were pushed around and punished to the point they stopped making plays and started getting rid of the puck as soon as they could. We didn't score because our forwards were spending all their time with their heads on a swivel avoiding hits rather than looking for scoring chances.
Also, your logic saying that Raymond is unproven kind of defeats your own point about him being untradeable. You are arguing out of both sides of your mouth on that one.
You also need to spend some time reading and comprehending the posts that you quote. You say that Raymond is more valuable to us than to other teams... as I already pointed out (and as most folks are aware) we have a couple of non-physical players already in our top 6, so another much less skilled one is not actually of more use to us than other teams. He will be even less use when he is shuffled down to the 3rd line when Booth/Kesler return.
Kassian has taken Raymond's top 6 role and is likely to keep it for most of the season, if he slows down scoring... he still serves a very useful purpose on the ice.
Your just plain wrong, you can say we were beaten up against Boston, but we scored a grand total of 8 goals in 7 games, and the Sedins were in on atleast 5 or 6 of them. And once again the Boston series is overplayed, the only time we didn't match there physicality is after the whistle, check the stats sheets, we probably had 3 or more games where we had just as many hits as they did, the Boston point again being overplayed.
Against LA we weren't bruised and beaten, we didn't score, it's that simple.
Now we finally have a player showing what he can be, playing in a top 6 role and producing and you want to get rid of that? For what?
I think you are miss interpreting my value comment. If your another GM seeing Raymond play, are you suddenly jumping on the bandwagon that he will continue this all season and he is 100% without a doubt the exact same player he was in 09/10? Of course not.
Right now he is playing great for us, but we are what 4 games in? His value isn't much higher than it was. Other GM's are looking at this saying it could turn at any second and his value would once again be low. Right now we have to keep him, if he can continue this then maybe he can yield us a player who is worthwhile, but if he does return to the 09/10 form for the rest of the year, why would you want to trade him?
Considering our secondary scoring has been our Achilles heel in back to back playoff years and he finally provides what we are missing.
Your even jumping your gun on the Kassian comment, and I'm a huge Kassian fan who has been an advocate of the trade for a long time, he could easily go cold and find himself on the 3rd line (where he can still be effective) but we would then need a top 6 forward.
Putting all that aside, what do you propose we could get? Give me an idea of what we are actually talking about, so we can properly judge whether it would be accepted, or if it makes sense from our side.