To Van: Andy McDonald
To STL: Keith Ballard
McDonald is the better player, but a pending UFA with some injury history. He's currently injured but very close to returning and St Louis has plenty of center depth and is looking for a LH defenceman. Ballard could be that guy to step up and regain some of his form and his cap hit isn't an issue.
To Van: John-Michael Liles
To Tor: David Booth
Booth has had some struggles for us but is still capable of being secondary support. He plays physical and could be useful to Toronto - at least more useful than Liles, who's been a healthy scratch recently. Liles brings a better PP option for us, and it's just too bad he's not right handed.
Both deals have similar amounts of cap moving (we take on $225K more in cap hit). McDonald can be re-signed in the summer for less as he fits well in this team for the short term. Liles does have 4 more years, but is cheaper than Ballard and has more value in a trade. If we feel he doesn't fit and still need to cut cap, we have better options to move him.
We still have potential upgrades through a goalie deal, and a little more room for younger players.
Sedin Sedin Burrows
Jensen McDonald Kassian
Higgins Raymond Hansen
Sestito Lapierre Weise
Once Kesler returns, we can put him back on the second and drop Jensen, or keep the 2nd as is and improve the 3rd line (since we really need some better faceoff ability).
Edited by elvis15, 11 March 2013 - 12:16 PM.