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[Proposal] VAN - PIT

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To VAN: Chris Kunitz, Scott Harrington, 2016 1st

To PIT: Radim Vrbata, Dan Hamhuis

Why for Pittsburgh? Pittsburgh is a thin team. Their two stars are not getting any younger but their window is still very much open. Getting a legitimate finisher on the wing for a much more friendly cap hit than Kessel. Also, with Ehrhoff and Martin off the books, they have a weak defensive core and overpaying for Green or Phaneuf is hardly an option. This trade buys them 30+ goals and gives them a top 4 defenseman with a steady, solid play. Pitt has a deep prospect pool on defense that they can afford to pillage a bit, and getting rid of Kunitz is a win.

Why for Vancouver? Vancouver lands a very good defensive prospect, a 1st (which could be anywhere from 10 to 30), and a cap dump who is not too far removed from being a goodish player. You now have a replacement for Vrbata that can play in your middle 6.

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Unless Harrington is a for-sure prospect, we lose this trade. The 1st will probably be a low 1st, we could get much more for Hammer at the deadline, same with Vrbata.


Harrington is a for-sure prospect. He could handle bottom pairing minutes this season and I can see him easily being a #2 guy. He is not Doughty but I put him in the same category as Ohlund in his prime.

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