Thread: Proposal: Leafs-Islanders
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03-07-2013, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by SFD22 View Post
TO TOR: John Tavares + Rick Dipietro (to be bought out)

TO NYI: Phil Kessel + Jake Gardiner + Tyler Bozak + Joe Colborne/Carter Ashton

Leafs pay the price for their #1 centreman. It costs them lots of talent and millions in a Dipietro buyout to get it done. They give up similar point production in Kessel and lose a potential top pairing offensive defender in Gardiner. Kessel's buddy Bozak and a forward prospect sweeten the deal.

Islanders get similar production out of Kessel and add a bluechip blueliner to their team. Isles ownership pockets the ~36 million owed to Dipietro which in turn makes the team easier to sell. Americans Kessel and Gardiner easy to market and still put butts in seats until the team moves to a new arena.

I was inspired by Lindros/Gretzky style trades involving lots of money being components of the deal and possibly the only reason why a team like the Islanders would move Tavares in a blockbuster.

How orginal. Never seen such a fantasy proposal before.

Wang bought out Yashin, when Yashin had more money left on his contract. He's bought out Witt and Bates. DiPietro's buyout, is a very affordable $1.5m per.

Isles will go into Brooklyn, with Tavares as the face of the franchise, the big ticket draw.

Here's a novel idea... why don't the Leafs draft and develop their own #1 center?

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