Requesting some intelligent feedback on a hypothetical trade proposal between my team (NYI) and your's.
Background: NYI, like most every other team, is trying to adhere to payroll restrictions, as in: not expanding budget significantly. They recently signed Aucoin for next year (arbitration ruling) and Niinimaa (3yr deal). Roman Hamrlik is unsigned beyond next year. There is speculation that NYI is trying to ink him to a longer deal right now, or may look to move him to clear some payroll space.
Hamrlik is the Isles most skilled dman, though he certainly was not their best dman last season (Jonnson and Aucoin were superior), in an off-season for him. He is in the prime of his career and has been a certified #1 in the past. He is not an elite dman, but he is very good on both ends of the ice, logs a lot of minutes and is NYI's most physical backliner. Unfortunately, he will not come inexpensively in his next contract (assume $4M per?).
Atlanta, it appears, has added significant depth (Modry, Havelid) this offseason to its backline. However, Hamrlik, respectfully, is currently superior to any Thrasher dman, a bonafide #1, while Coburn and Exelby, etc. continue to develop.
Thrasher lose some muscle, but get the best player in the deal. And they still have adequate pop on the backline with Kloucek, Exelby, even Majesky, no? Likewise, Brennan is an intriguing physical specimen, but you have Lessard, etc. to "clean up" at the forward position.
Note: Would be willing to expand this deal to help ATL unload more $$$ by taking on Jani Hurme, assuming he is healthy (is he?), with NYI adding a mid-round (#4) pick. That assumes he is expendable (Lehtonen, Nurminen) and, as such a drag on your payroll at $1M per.
Essentially, you are asking for Mapletoft for Hurme and adding it to the original proposal. If - big "if" - Hurme checked out medically, I'd consider it.
(approx. $4.1M in salary)
(approx. $2.2M in salary)
Again, the move of Hamrlik is predicated on NYI wanting/forced to pare payroll, so they would be in a slightly compromised position with any trading partner. (Otherwise, you are clearly getting the better player in a Sutton/Hamrlik swap.
That said, I do not see Mapletoft as more than a 4th liner in this league (read: eminently replacable), possibly a third-liner, but I'm doubtful. Much like Brennan, clearly a limited upside.
I'd be in the minority among NYI fans who would consider this offer.