Thread: Proposal: Trade Proposal: Anton Babchuk
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09-08-2009, 11:16 PM
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If Malhotra were willing to accept a contract for the league minimum, he'd be back.

Klesla isn't going anywhere unless a multitude of things happen. This would include multiple players who aren't expected to crack the top six putting on a clinic in training camp, a deal being made with a fair return for Klesla (basically overpayment), and at least another NHL defenseman joining the fold. Some people are so blinded over the fact that he hasn't developed into a premier offensive threat that they completely overlook what he is able to do out there. Pop in a tape of the stretch run the last two years if you've forgotten, or don't do it if you'd rather stew over it.

As for the talk of what exactly Babchuk is right now....don't forget Andrei Plekhanov. Two years ago everyone was so focused on his shot that the flaws in his game were overlooked; last year when the puck wasn't hitting the net, those flaws were magnified a great deal in a variety of ways.

Here is the list of what a Babchuk deal would bring.
1) A defenseman who fills a need right now for at least one year
2) Another player who, no matter the length or size of his contract, will be approached by the KHL during the offseason next year and possibly during the season
3) Someone who is of a very similar personality type as Alexander Svitov, for what that's worth (and it is only an issue due to point #2)
4) A high-reward player, but also a high-risk one on points #2 and #3
5) An unknown with the contract situation, unless Carolina is going to make his demands known to potential suitors and/or give his agent permission to discuss terms with other teams

All things considered, Columbus is not likely to offer very much to get a deal done. The highest to give up is roughly a third-rounder for two reasons.
1) Carolina can't really take on salary, thus nixing Chimera unless there's another player coming back (and none makes sense for both teams).
2) A draft pick in next year's draft would be at least a year behind a draft pick that has already been turned into a player. And it's also easier to either acquire a different pick for a player (i.e. Chimera) or package to move up with a player in conjunction with another pick than it is to turn a draft pick into a player on the rise who is a hot commodity. This is where Babchuk being on the block helps out; if he were under contract or at least on good terms, there's no way a deal would be done.

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