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12-30-2012, 06:33 AM
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Originally Posted by petrocelli View Post
Scaling down the trade a bit to something like this (Ballard for Nielsen) is pretty close and makes sense from a hockey standpoint, not necessarily from a salary standpoint, and unfortunately, it's the salary standpoint which holds the most weight.... Nielsen has a team friendly deal in place..... Ballard is earning a lot more than he is producing... But Ballard would certainly be an upgrade from Jurcina, Staois, Reese for the next new years...
I'm looking at your team structure from capgeek and seems like there isn't anything there (outside of Reasoner) that would allow more cap relief for the Isles in this deal.. so you must ride a really tight ship budgetwise. If I were to analyse this and propose a tweak, the only thing beneficial enough for both parties would be making a switch between Reasoner and a guy like Andrew Ebbett that costs (800k) less. Judging from talks last season he's close to being done, but he could still be used in the Wolves in the AHL, whereas Ebbett is a serviceable veteran that could be used for a variety of things, like stopgapping a bottom line or routine play on an AHL team (16 points in 26 games). Making an adjustment like this would also render the prospect swap meaningless as it's more even this say, so that would make the deal Frans Nielsen and Marty Reasoner for Keith Ballard and Andrew Ebbett. Add a minor prospect swap of equal value if you want but that would be the foundation.

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