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11-15-2012, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by rt View Post
Ballard (as much as I love the guy) is probably a no go, considering the potential log-jam at D.

I'm sure the Nordiques will be looking to throw some money around during Free Agency, so I wouldn't expect a roster player is totally necessary in return. I know Phoenix management was really, really high on Gaunce at the draft, but I'm not sure that'd matter much in this scenario. Obviously Jensen would be tremendously appealing, but I can't believe Vancouver would part with him, at this point.

Also, the deal could potentially be expanded to include guys like David Rundblad, Connor Murphy, Max Goncharov, David Schlemko, Chris Summers, Mike Stone, etc. Looks like you guys are prospect deep on F and we are prospect deep on D. Could make some sense.

Something simple like picks could also work, I suppose.
I wouldn't mind dealing Gaunce, but Kassian and Jensen I'd be reluctant to give up. Rundblad/Stone might make sense as we could use some prospect depth at RD, but I don't know if trading for Doan would include a prospect swap as well. Right now our roster is pretty much set at D though, so unless Ballard is included I don't see us having room for NHL-ready D prospects.

The key thing for us is fitting under the cap, so if forwards are more needed, then maybe Raymond, Malhotra, Gaunce, and cond. 1st in 2014 if we make the finals in the next two years? I'd be okay with somehing like that too.

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