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06-18-2012, 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by shotsavereboundSCORE View Post
EDM gets:

8th Overall Pick (car)
Ryan Murphy
Robert Bortuzzo
Jamie McBain

CAR gets:

Jordan Staal
Brian Strait
22th Overall pick (pit)

Pit gets:

#1 overall pick (edm)
Carolina's 2013 first rounder


Have a great young forward core but need defenseman badly. Instead of getting a potentially dynamic winger at #1, they get a solid young top 4 d-man in McBain, a still developing but top-notch offensive d-man prospect in Murphy, and an unproven but highly regarded prospect generally regarded as ready for a top-6 role in Bortuzzo. There should still be very good D-men available at the #8 pick. I know they said they won't trade the pick but this is a way for them to legitimately fix their greatest organizational weakness by pumping the team up with quality D-man prospects all in one shot.

CAR: With several NHL-caliber D-men locked in for the near future, Justin Schultz's emergence as a top young defenseman, and Brian Dumolin's emergence as a top D prospect, they can afford to part ways with McBain and Murphy. Get a #1 center who can either anchor the second line or play on the top line with his brother on his wing. Gives Carolina a forward core of Staal, Staal, Skinner, Rutuu, Joikinen, and Sutter - not too shabby, and is the type of move that should move them into the playoffs and not make the 2013 first rounder too high.

They won't/don't want to move Michalek or Martin, and Simon Despres, Joe Morrow, and Scott Harrington look like they are going to be studs int he near future, so the timing just isn't right for Pittsburgh to hold onto Bortuzzo and Strait. The need to move Staal now has been well discussed (and for my money, wouldn't be an issue if one of the big 3 was just a damn winger), and with the #1 pick they get a forward who can step into the top 6 right now for a moderate cap hit in a position they need to fill - scoring winger for Sid.
Not bad

Rather do Staal + Bortuzzo + Strait + Lovejoy + 2012 1st for Eberle
You can have Martin if you want.

BTW what does Schultz have to do with Carolina?

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