The team that gets McDavid is keeping McDavid. The only time I can remember a player of his calibre being traded at a young age was Eric Lindros, who was only traded because he refused to play for Quebec. Even with their hands tied, the Nordiques still managed to get Peter Forsberg, Ron Hextall, Chris Simon, Mike Ricci, Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne, two first round draft picks and $15 million cash (back when you could do that).
McDavid's talent level will be somewhere in the Tavares to Crosby range (possibly better). He's so good that Buffalo is clearly tanking to get him. They want to finish last just to give themselves the best chance. Look at them.
You can't trade for the first overall, you need to win the lottery. The best we could do is try to accumulate first rounders now in hopes that the teams that give them to use collapse.
The only thing that gives me hope is Benning's relationship with Iginla and Boston's inability to sign him. Benning would need to convince him that we're a contender, and Iginla puts us one step closer.
I'm probably crazy, but I could imagine us being really good next season if Benning can sign the right guys to the right contracts. We have almost $18 million in cap space, around $6 million will probably go to resigning RFAs. That leaves us enough space to sign a couple of good free agents. If we could sign Iginla and another difference-maker, and have some of the young guys step up and the Sedins return to point-per-game form, we could be pretty good. Probably not Stanley Cup good, but competitive.
The Canucks want the first round pick from Florida. Florida reportedly wants a top 8 pick, a young defenseman and another player in return. Anaheim wants Kesler. So, a trade could look like...
Kesler to Anaheim
6th overall pick, Sbisa and Silfverberg to Florida
1st overall pick, 10th overall pick to Vancouver
Anaheim is getting Kesler for the 10th, Sbisa and Silfverberg; Florida is getting the 6th, Sbisa and Silfverberg for their 1st overall; and Vancouver is getting the 1st and 10th in exchange for Kesler.
What do you think? Should we call Benning and let him know?
Word from the Aurora Police Dept. is that the Avalanche goalie has been arrested on the above charge. Will post more details when they are available on Denverpost.com…
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club has issued the following statement regarding goaltender Semyon Varlamov:
"The Colorado Avalanche organization is aware of the allegations concerning Semyon Varlamov. At this time, and until the conclusion of this investigation, the Avalanche organization will have no further comment on this situation."
Patrick Roy was arrested for domestic assault on Oct 22, 2000. Now his goalie was arrested for the same thing on October 30, 2013. That's some Illuminati stuff. At least it should help my hockey pool.
The biggest reason they were kept over Guance is that we wouldn't be able to recall them part way through the season. They'll get a short tryout, then probably go back to the minors. Guance and Corrado will probably play more games this year than either of them.