The Islanders make more sense than the Leafs - let the Leafs ride Reimer or go after Kipprusoff.
Long Island has no goaltender going forward - Dipietro is buyout contender #1, and buried, no one expects the cap circumvention Thomas to actually show up in NY, and Nabokov is a 37 year old UFA. The Isles have only 28 million in cap committed next year (even with their buried giants), and they have an exceptionally young blueline when you consider the two veteran UFAs they haven't managed to re-sign.
Nabokov is an ideal rental backup who expires, making room for (currently injured) Lack next season and moving him makes good sense to both sides.
The Isles have a great deal of young depth at center - I really like Cizikas as a young, affordable RFA 3C.
They could use and can afford a veteran blueliner - in fact, they'll have to spend this summer.
And they're poised right now to snatch a playoff berth if they finish strong.
Luo, Ballard, roster spot.
Nabokov(UFA), Streit (UFA), Cizikas, Nelson/1st.
If they want a veteran C, we can add Ebbett to that deal, and they essentially don't lose a single roster player in this deal.
The Canucks coud then go out and add a Boyd Gordon or whomever to supplement the depth at C, for not a significant cost. If anyone can afford to move a C prospect like Nelson (or a 1st), it's the Islanders (or Florida), and their 1st at the moment is looking like a mid round pick, not a top 5 as usual.
It would also be sweet to troll the Leafs and call all their bluffs by cutting a reasonable compromise like this with someone else.
Edited by oldnews, 29 March 2013 - 01:09 PM.