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02-20-2013, 08:05 AM
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Going over the standings and looking for a trade partner that could use a guy like Brad Richards is a tough thing to do, but I think that I may have found a team that could use a solid center.

The Minnesota Wild are currently 10th in the West, 2 points out of the 8th spot. They have Koivu and Parise leading the team in scoring. The teams listed 2nd line center according to this site is Kyle Brodziak. Kyle has 2 points on the season. Mikael Granlund isn't faring much better with 6 points on the season.

The problem is that they would need to send salary back our way and the only guy I think they would be willing to part with in that regards would be Heatley.

Not an ideal choice, but one to consider as his contract is just for this season and next allowing us the financial flexibility to do some creative things during the summer of 2014

I would be looking for more than just Heater back because even when he struggles as he has this year, Richards is still putting up points to the tune of 60 points over a full season.

I know they are not going to part with Granlund or Coyle and they are going to look to retain Brodin as I believe he has vaulted to the top of their prospect listing regardless of what HF may have you believe.

That leads me to Dumba. A high risk, high reward kind of defenceman that would make me feel more comfortable pursuing a deal surrounding MDZ for ROR.

My thoughts are two-fold

Brad Richards to Minnesota for Heatley and Dumba

MDZ to Colorado for Ryan O'Reilly

The lines after these moves would look like this:

Hagelin - Stepan - Nash
Heatley - O'Reilly - Gaborik
Kreider - Miller - Callahan
Pyatt/Powe - Boyle/Halpern - Asham/Halpern/Boyle

On Defence we would take a step back this year

McDonagh - Girardi
Staal - Stralman
Eminger, Gilroy, Bickel

The defence is a little thin, but not for long.

Not sure if the Richards deal is pie in the sky or to low and the reason for that is Richards play is really concerning me. Is this what we can expect from him? or is this a phase he's going through.

Let me know what you guys think.

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