||01-30-2009 03:25 AM
OK so let me preface this by saying that yes I am an Oiler fan and I'm not a big fan of proposals but I'm super sick and have nothing better to do, so here we go...
To Pittsburgh: Erik Cole, Robert Nilsson / Marc Pouliot (Pitts Choice)
To Edmonton: Ryan Whitney, Miro Satan
I know Cole is slumping this year, but IMO he is a more talented and faster version of Colby Armstrong, is an excellent team guy and could mesh very well with Crosby. Perhaps also include a conditional '10 pick should Cole not re-sign this summer, as Pittsburgh may be weary of UFAs after Hossa.
Before anyone says Nilsson has no trade value, neither does Satan and this element is just included as a bit of a salary dump to benefit Pittsburgh. I also think each player would benefit from the move, since Nilsson has all-world talent that could shine next to Crosby, and has shown some measure of chemistry with Cole. If not interested, take Pouliot instead, who is developing solidly this year and shone with Crosby in junior.
Satan, despite all his faults, can still shoot and that is something that the Oilers need badly, while he also trades the spotlight of being Crosby's failed sidekick for the fishbowl spotlight of playing in Edmonton, which he has experienced before.
To Boston: Ryan Whitney or Tom Gilbert (Boston's choice), 1st rounder '09, Rob Schremp
To Edmonton: Milan Lucic, 3rd rounder '09
I know Lucic is seen by many as the face of the franchise moving forward, but frankly I think this trade makes Boston a better team and a cup win this year or next would create a more lasting legacy than Lucic ever could by himself. The Oiler fan in me would hope that Boston would take Whitney in this trade but I'm sure they would request Gilbert seeing as how he is nearly as good offensively and more responsible defensively for the same cap hit. The fact that Whitney is a hometown boy may come into play though.
The loss of Looch would hurt, but I also believe that Boston will get Tkachuk this year and the projected position of Edm's 1st gives them a good shot to pick up Zach Kassian, who could potentially help fill that role soon enough. Like Nilsson, Schremp has no real trade value, but he still has potential and I'd bet he would be more likely to realize it in a city nearer his hometown, with a franchise who's rabid fanbase never expected him to be a superstar. Like in Edm, however, his style might clash poorly with Julien's coaching.
For Edm, this trade fills another need of a balls-to-the-wall power forward who hits, scores and who will be able to grow with the team, while the 3rd is basically a lottery ticket.
Essentially these trades are Whitney/Gilbert + '09 1st for Lucic and Cole for Whitney with whatever fleshing out is needed.
Now excuse me while I get the firehose ready...