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Pittsburg : Malkin, 2nd

St Louis : Backes, Schwartz

St Louis gets a number 1 centre who is two years younger than Backes, would create an electrifying duo with Tarasenko and Malkin gets more minutes and more space to establish himself as one of the best in the NHL again. Pittsburg gets a great shutdown Centre with size and grit which is exactly who they need playing behind crosby and Kessel's line and Schwartz is a young guy who will provide great second line scoring. Also Backes is about 5 million cheaper than Malkin which makes more room for the next trade cap space.

Pittsburg : 1st

Boston: Chara

If Boston are sellers by the deadline and do not see themselves as a contender this stocks up their current prospect pool even more in addition to the previous draft making them come back strengthening their re-tool. Pittsburg gives up yet another 1st but with players like Crosby Kessel and Backes this trade really solidifies them as one of the top contenders for the Cup and provides a lot of nastiness and makes them much much harder and less enjoyable to play against and a very complete team.

St Louis lines: Pittsburg Lines:

Steen-Malkin-Tarasenko Kunitz-Crosby-Kessel

Jaskin-Stastny-Brouwer Schwartz-Backes-Hornqvist



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Good try, but take out the 2nd, Backes is a more grittier and better two-way player than Malkin. Backes and Schwartz combined don't really replace Malkin's offense but Schwartz is far younger and they both can help Pittsburgh with their aggressive skill game. I actually really like the Chara deal, nice job on that one, maybe Boston would send him to the Penguins and get the 1st. He's not worth a 1st anymore and likely only has 2-3 years left of even sub-par play. He will have a bounc back season but that's a good deal for both teams. And if Pittsburgh and Boston meet again in the playoffs, so be it, they could pull the trigger and say "we'll see who comes out on top".

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The Pittsburgh deal isn't nearly as bad as people think it is. There's no doubt that Malkin is probably one of the best players in the league, when healthy. Keyword, when healthy. He hasn't played a full season in nearly 8 years. Also, there's a lot of fans, questions his intensity level or lack of, when he is facing tougher opponents.

Point-wise, there isnt much of a drop off. Schwartz was almost a ppg player last season, playing on the second line and Backes is guarantee 45-50 points.

I think Pittsburgh, might actually consider this deal, if you take out the second pick. Especially, if they fail to do anything significant this playoffs.

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