Thread: Value of: Sens 1st and Fisher to move up
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05-10-2009, 11:57 AM
Maj. Conn Smythe
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Mike Fisher could be a good fit in the Western Conference with the Nashville Predators. The Predators are seeking a forward with some grit and scoring to help them make the playoffs. Ottawa could use some puck moving defenseman, along with sound defensive composure.

On paper, these two teams are perfect trading partners, as Nashville has a lot of defensive players and Ottawa lacks having defensive depth on their team. Ottawa has Mike Fisher, and I can see a possible trade where Ottawa moves down a couple of spots at the eleventh selection overall, while trading Fisher to Nashville for defensive help.

The Predators will have money free in the amount of $4.675 million from UFA Steve Sullivan ($3.2 million) and Radek Bonk ($1.475 million) off the cap space. By trading for Mike Fisher, the Predators get a two way center that is a playoff veteran that is dearly needed. Fisher would make $4.2 million, and still have an extra $475,000 to replace Bonk on the third line with a younger player on this line.

The only concern with this whole scenario is the fact Nashville has Jason Arnott and David Legwand tied up for another 2+ years at $4.5 million per season in the center position. With Fisher, the Predators would have $13.2 million tied up in three centers on their team.

This is manageable for the Predators, but it would be a lot to give up for three centers. In the end, the Predators could use Mike Fisher and the cost could be negated by not signing Sullivan and Bonk, while moving a defensive player from their roster to make room for other defenseman in the system and attaining other forwards on the roster.

With Predators defensive prospects of:

Jon Blum
Kevin Klein
Cody Franson

...the Predators can afford to trade Dan Hamhuis ($2 million) and maybe even Ryan Suter ($3.5 million) for the right price.

This could be a move both teams can make to help out their current situation to make the playoffs for the next two years. Nashville can use the extra playoff revenue, and with Fisher help this is a possibility to get into the playoffs next season.

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