With the current roster, it is difficult to find a good fit for Booth - despite his and Kesler's injuries and the fact they haven't really had much time where they're healthy and playing together, it's still a little difficult to imagine the two developing great chemistry. Raymond could still be a good setup type player on that line, with Higgins going back to the wing with Hansen and Schroeder - but that then leaves Kassian out of the mix and on the fourth line. Personally I'm probably more inclined to consider Higgins a top six than most people on these boards, and with Kesler, those are two guys that are difficult to play against - with more scoring punch added to the bottom six, I think it's a good trade off.
When it comes down to who's the odd man out - between Higgins, Booth and Raymond, it's a tough decision imo, particularly when cap considerations are taken into account. If Raymond and Higgins were to re-sign to terms comparable to what they are currently making, I don't think it's out of the question that Booth could be moved for a center or RW, particularly if a Luongo deal doesn't appear to be materializing.
I could see a deal like Booth and Weise for Chris Neil and Zack Smith being a move that could work for both teams.
The Sens are very thin at LW, and even moreso without Michalek - they have considerable young wealth at C - and Weise could bridge the loss of Neil.
If Booth were to be moved, imo it should be to add a depth RW like Neil, and a young depth center (Smith is also a good young faceoff guy and strong physical presence) - Booth's power and upside would be missed, but imo we'd be adding strength where needed. The fourth line becomes a line with even more physical presence (add 400+ hits to the lineup), but also a couple affordable players who combined for 27 goals and 54 points last year (and I'm always a fan of having 5 centers in the lineup).
Booth may be the value it would take, without crippling the depth on the roster - with the young Canucks rookies playing well, and Jensen knocking on the door, I wouldn't mind seeing a bit of cap shed.
Higgins Kesler Kassian
Raymond Schroeder Hansen
Edited by oldnews, 22 February 2013 - 12:36 PM.