Thread: Proposal: Ottawa-San Jose (Yes, Heatley)
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06-10-2009, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Hemsky_83 View Post
I don't see a major advantage taking him over Gilbert, other than the 0.9M cap hit you save. He's been sheltered defensively with SJS, and enjoys the services of Boyle as his PP partner. I doubt he'd hit 40 with Ottawa.
Christian Ehrhoff rarely, if ever, paired with Dan Boyle even on the power play. Generally, the Sharks power play had a Dan Boyle and Rob Blake pairing with Vlasic and Ehrhoff as the 2nd pairing. It's also proven that the Sharks power play was more effective with Ehrhoff out moreso than any other defenseman. Ehrhoff is not fully playing to his offensive potential but a consistent 40 point defenseman is what he should be if the system isn't completely conservative as it was under Ron Wilson.

Ehrhoff would hit 40 with Ottawa and would improve Ottawa's power play percentage by a good 2 or 3 points. He's the team's most skilled defenseman. If anybody's been sheltered in terms of productivity, it's Vlasic with Blake. Ehrhoff was generally playing with Murray and covering his ass a lot.

Originally Posted by SpezDispenser View Post
I'd also take Clowe and Michalek and a 2nd rounder in lieu of Ehrhoff.
This premise is probably the only way it'll work for the Sharks cap-wise. If the Senators accepted a trade that did not involve either Vlasic or Ehrhoff there would be a lot better possibility for the Sharks to make it work under the cap. If we assume your trade as the one that is accepted, the Sharks would likely look like this afterwards...

Shelley(725k)/Staubitz(500k)-Plihal(500k)-FA/AHL'er roughly around 500k/extra 500k



Total: 53 mil and change. This also assumes that Jonathan Cheechoo and Douglas Murray are dealt for assets not counting against the cap. Conceivably, you can trade them for cheap pro players to improve the 4th line and the 3rd pairing. Douglas Murray could be dealt to Philly for Arron Asham and Cheechoo to Carolina for Wallin. Not trying to make those deals seem acceptable...just using them as an example. That kind of deal or trade for picks and pick them up in UFA.

It can be done only this way. If Ottawa requires one of the two defensemen, the deal cannot be made. This is simply because there's no replacements available on the free agent market for the defensemen the Sharks would be losing.

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