underrated Posted January 10, 2018 Share Posted January 10, 2018 I know this is a Canucks board, but as a Canucks fan, I have a proposal with two other teams. Would be interested to hear your feedback. My further explanation is below but essentially Ottawa has collapsed after trading for Duchene, which puts them in a strange spot of not wanting to rebuild, but being a terrible team this year. They need to make a move. Plus they need to focus on convincing Karlsson to re-sign. Arizona is clearly still rebuilding, and they risk losing OEL to free agency after next season so traded him now may fetch them top value. This deal helps both teams with their needs. To Ottawa: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Anthony Duclair, 2018 2nd round pick To Arizona: Cody Ceci, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Colin White, Ottawa's first round pick (2018 if top 10, 2019 otherwise. Essentially the opposite of what Colorado has. Likely a top 5 pick this year) Why for Ottawa: The Sens are in a very unique situation. They traded away a bunch of future assets for a player in his prime (Duchene) then the team went downhill. By selling, they admit it was not a smart decision. Also, Karlsson only has a year left on his contract after this season and convincing him to re-sign has to be priority #1. By trading for OEL, the Sens make a bold trade to help in several ways. They add an elite defense partner to go with Karlsson to make them the best tandem in the game. He's also Swedish. OEL shoots left, Karlsson right. He's only 25 so he fits the core age the Sense were going for with Duchene. With Melnyk under pressure and taking fire, it shows his fan base and team that he is serious about winning, not just getting a downtown arena. The pairing of OEL & Karlsson has potential to be so elite that Karlsson may re-sign. The Sens also get Duclair, who has asked for a trade from Arizona. He's only 21 and highly skilled, just needs to be put in the right situation to succeed. The second round pick helps offset the loss of the first rounder, since it should be first pick of the second round. Why for Arizona: Trading away their only true star player hurts, but OEL also only has one year left on his contract and the odds of him re-signing in Arizona are very slim. They sell now rather than next year to maximize value. The ever-rebuilding Coyotes add four good young pieces to their rebuild including likely a top 5 pick overall in this entry draft. This pick will be a potential top building block for the franchise, along with their 2018 first round pick. Ceci is a good young defensemen with years of contract control left, and Pageau is a good young forward to replace Duclair. Plus they get the Sens 2015 first round pick centerman Colin White. With four young assets in return, including the very highly valued top 5 pick in the draft, it's a very good return for OEL and a disgruntled Duclair. This deal helps both teams with their needs. For the Sens they get an elite young defenseman who is the perfect pair with Karlsson and gives them a truly dynamic duo in their prime to help convince Karlsson to stay. Arizona sells OEL realizing now is his top value before he becomes a rental next year and gets four very good young pieces for their roster including a top pick, a recent first rounder, and a very good young d-man. Thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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