Thread: Proposal: Trade Proposal: Anton Babchuk
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09-09-2009, 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Vagrant View Post
Here is the deal with Babchuk, for those that are curious or scared that Columbus is going to end up giving too much away for him.

1. He is a restricted free agent with salary compensation that would put him in the 2nd round pick bracket for an offer sheet. Carolina would clearly have no intention of matching any kind of offer to him, so the ceiling would obviously be a 2nd round pick. The fact that he has not been moved to this point would probably even lower that to a 3rd round pick or equivalent prospect. Carolina most likely does not want a pick, however, as they would rather deal Babchuk for a player. In particular a young defenseman that is not AHL ready or would be comfortable playing in Junior or the NCAA another season while we get our blue line straight.

2. Carolina has reached and exceeded their internal budget for next season. Any deal that sent Babchuk to any locale would require us to not take any salary in return regardless of how cap friendly the piece may be. No Chimera, No Klesa, No anybody to be frank.

3. Babchuk is not a flight risk for the KHL. He only did that as a means of last resort the season before last. He has been quoted several times as saying he does not like the way they play hockey over there and his future is in the NHL. Do not be afraid of the possibility of him bolting for Russia.
Thanks, as always, Vagrant, for your take.

I'm with you on 1 & 3 (although some here have a hangup on #3). The problem is #2. The CBJ is also at its internal budget number as well.

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