I think he'd be overvalued because of his size and supposed potential. I wouldn't give up anything more than a late 2nd to get him, but I bet he could fetch:
late 1st + 7-8th dman
late 1st + 13th/14th forward
Hunter is tad overrated (I'm a big fan of him, however) but from the Canucks I'd offer the 40th overall pick and hard-nosed defensive prospect Nathan McIver.
Which is basically the same as offering the 40th pick and nothing else. McIver is a marginal prospect at best (no disrespect meant).
I don't really know what Hunter's trade value is but I think it depends greatly on the time of year. A gutty player like that could command a serious overpayment at the deadline. And, with a contract that is that much of a bargain, I think he'd attract the same sort of interest as some impending UFAs.
I'd suggest that, under the present conditions, the right question might be "What would it take to get up the Isles to give up a player management loves, who plays a key role on the team, and who is signed to a bargain contract?" The answer is going to be a lot more than a 2nd rounder. I'm not saying that other GMs would pay more than a 2nd rounder (which I agree is his likely value), I'm saying the Isles wouldn't move him for a 2nd rounder.
Last edited by Darth Milbury: 05-28-2008 at 11:24 AM.
Hunter just gave up a chance to shop his services as an UFA to re-sign long term with the Isles, why would New York trade him? And if they did, they wouldn't be helping their cause to attract players to their team.