Hidden Panda Posted February 14, 2015 Share Posted February 14, 2015 With the recent talks of the fire sale in Toronto and the statement that Kessel will be available for trade, do you think he's a viable pick up for the Canucks? With the recent Kane trade as a precedent, it will 100% cost way too much but for conversations sake, lets speculate. Quick facts: -After 1 60 point season he fetched 2 1st's and a 2nd. -In the 5 years since that trade his production has not dipped below 50 points. Not even in the most recent lockout year. -8 million dollar cap hit over the next 7 years Salary would have to be retained by Toronto for Vancouver to even think about taking on that contract. In the even that it does (low balling at 25%), I think a deal could be made. Right off the bat, Toronto is justified in asking for our cherished 2015 1st. And with the given precedent, our 2015 2nd and our 2016 1st would probably be necessary. Kessel is a RW with size so the player on our team that could immediately fill that spot is Kassian. For the tangible part of the trade, as odd as it sounds, we would need to focus on what players we have that can make the leafs better. They're in a rebuild so that's what they're going to be looking for. Right away, an apparent issue is goaltending. Bernier is going to be retained, which leaves Reimer as the odd one out. I propose a straight swap of Lack for Reimer. Lack would definitely see more starts in Toronto and Reimer seems like he would welcome a change of scenery. Depth wise, the Leafs could use a guy like Matthias or Hansen. So I propose either one of those guys in exchange for a 2015 3rd OR a guy like Daniel Winnik. To fill the hole in the draft pick option, Richardson, Jensen or Gaunce could easily slot in. As an incentive, we may also have to throw in one of either Jensen, Gaunce, Shinkaruk, or McCann. (I know McCann is our golden boy but if he could seal it, why not?) TL:DR: 2015 1st+2nd, 2016 1st, Zack Kassian, Eddie Lack, Matthias/Hansen, Jen/Gnce/Shink/Mac -for- Phil Kessel (some salary retained) James Reimer, Daniel Winnik/2015 3rd Like I said it's far too much, it ruins JB's plan to build our future, and I haven't even bothered to factor salary cap into this deal. But this is a discussion forum so let us discuss about the possibilities. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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