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12-14-2009, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Peter Sidorkiewicz View Post
The Thrashers got 4 talented young players for Hossa (Christensen was a promising player at the time) so I would imagine they should get at least the same if not better quality for a Kovalchuk trade.

If you want to analyse the Hossa deal in detail for New York's perspective it breaks down like this. Atlanta received 2 young roster players, a top prospect and a first round pick. The cap hits were low, so again they won't be interested in taking back any high salaries.

Looking at the players involved in detail:

Player Received: Colby Armstrong
Then: Gritty 3rd line winger with 20 goal potential.
NYR Player Comparison: Ryan Callahan
Fits with Atlanta's needs: Yes, Armstrong is an UFA and may jump ship at the end of the season. Callahan would be a good replacement.

Player Received: Erik Christensen
Then: Point per game AHLer, showed glimpses of 2nd line potential playing limited minutes on Pittsburgh's 3rd line.
NYR Player Comparison: Artem Anisimov
Fits with Atlanta's needs: No. Atlanta is strong at center with Antropov, Peverley, White and Reasoner. Anismov is no doubt talented but wouldn't get a game ahead of Atlanta four centers at the moment. Atlanta needs a player that can contribute straight away and its current biggest need is a shut down d-man. Replace Anisimov with Staal.

Player Received: Angelo Esposito
Then: Pittsburgh highest ranked forward prospect.
NYR Player Comparison: Evgeny Grachev, current New York highest ranked forward prospect
Fits with Atlanta's needs: Yes, likely replacement for Kozlov at the end of the season with Evander Kane earning Kovalchuk's spot.

Add the first round pick and you've have a basis of what Atlanta would minimum accept from New York: Callahan, Staal, Grachev, 1st Round Pick for Kovalchuk and a throw in like Jim Slater.
I would not make that trade.

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