Well, that's debatable, which I'd hope is what oldnews is saying. He'd be one of our better ones, I agree (ahead of guys like Rodin, Sweatt, Archibald, etc.), but I don't think he'd be the top of my list. He's doing well in any event, so good for him.
To put him in perspective with Luongo, once Toronto dropped Lombardi and Connelly, they pretty much signalled they wouldn't be trading any of the centers on their NHL roster away in a deal. They could move Connelly still, but otherwise they'd be leaving a hole in their lineup, so I think Kadri's out of the picture.
Beyond that, what do you think of the other suggestions, like the discussion Bookie and I were having earlier (see below)?
I think a really good perspective on Kadri is Hodgson last year, same age, doing the same thing pretty much (Except Cody wasn't producing as much, but that's to be expected with a lesser role on a better team)
I wanted Kadri in the summer as I thought he could fill a role on our 2nd well in Kesler's absence, and maybe beyond on the Wing (Plus the fact he would have added much need quality to a prospect pool full of quantity) But as you mention with them getting rid of 2 top 9 quality centers to make plenty of room for him, Kadri doesn't seem to be a possibility at this point. I would like to get Frattin though and I think Frattin + 1st is a perfectly reasonable request. Possibly with another lesser prospect/asset included, unless Frattin continues the tear he is on.
As for your conversation, I can't see NYI as a contender, I have already made that clear in conversations with oldnews. NYI can't afford both Dipietro and Luongo, they can't afford to buyout Rick, and we won't take him, so I don't see a way around that roundblock.
I would have thought Philly would eventually become a contender but with the way Bryz has been playing (Very well, one of the bright spots on their team thus-far) Perhaps they aren't in the market anymore.
Hopefully things heat up, hopefully Washington steps up, but right now things seem status-quo.
Edited by Smashian Kassian, 01 February 2013 - 06:46 PM.