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12-20-2012, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by letowskie View Post
What would it take to get a forward that has the skills to be a legit 1st line player, and one of the go-to players in the offensive zone. I'm primarily thinking of someone who has the creativity to generate offense as well as getting into the right spots for scoring at critical moments in the game. He also would need to be reasonably young, 27 or under, as to be able to grow with a young core of players at other positions.

It could be someone that's already established himself in the NHL, or someone with a high probability of doing so in the near future. Some names that could work are something like Kesler, Kane, Perron, Couture, Strome, B. Schenn, etc. Obviously these have various different values, that would take different packages.

What would it take, obviously trading from strength would mean trading a package that is centered on a young D-man. The most logical center piece would be Gormley, given his potential and how close he is to the NHL. Although another package around Rundblad could also work (probably have to add more in that case). OEL is obviously off the table, Yandle could be had for the right deal, although most of those names mentioned by themselves seem to fall short of the value of Yandle.

Any idea, something like Gormley + something moderate, or Rundblad + something significant get it done for one of those?
I think this is a pretty tough spot to fill if you are only talking about giving up a package of prospects.

Yandle is worth a lot, no doubt about it, but to get a top line player I suspect that a player like Yandle needs to be involved unless they were dealing with a team that was trying to rebuild. But it is highly unlikely that a team that is rebuilding is going to get rid of an under 27 year old top line forward.

If Yandle is expendable, there is the deal right there. Now you just need to find a team that wants D and has a top line forward 27 or under to spare.

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