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02-01-2013, 08:33 AM
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I would say no to that original proposal . . . mostly because I and any sane GM would never trade Rielly (as others pointed out, you don't deal blue-chip d-men), and mostly because . . . Washington would for sure require a piece or two back to put in their line-up.

I would consider dealing, say, MacArthur and Colbourne and you'd have to throw in a very high draft pick or a great prospect. Or another serviceable young guy like Kostka maybe?

And yet, Washington wouldn't do that deal probably - Ovechkin would have to really slump further, at any rate, to do that deal.

So in the end, knowing what would be asked for / what we'd have to give up . . . no. I love the way Ovechkin plays in terms of hitting and tenacity . . . and he is still an 80 point guy when motivated I think, and certainly has the potential for another 50 goal season still if all is well. But his salary and trade asking price I feel would still be at that A+ Crosby/Malkin level, and surely he has fallen well below that now.

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