if that is what it takes for one of the top three centers in the league at 23 freaking do it, make sure they take stoll as one of the roster players and we can recover from this..... in two years we have malkin kopi and schenn as our centers, all 25 or younger
But then you have the same problem that Pittsburgh is dealing with except for Kopitar makes what.. ~$2m less than Malkin?
Obviously, we could live without Drewiske and Stoll but replacing Brown and Johnson wouldn't be easy. Also, I'd prefer they gave up 2 firsts and not give up the prospects we have because they are already ahead in their development plus the firsts would likely be later first rounders.
I just don't think DL would make that kind of trade.
ANALYSIS: How to win it all next season - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
F. The Penguins won't trade Crosby, who aside from being team captain is the franchise's face. Malkin, already a scoring champion and playoff MVP at 23, is the guy to shop. Shero should start making calls to his contemporaries, and his first words should be: "Make me an offer for Malkin." It must include a top-line wing, a top-pairing defenseman, two roster players and either two top prospects or two first-round picks. To give up Geno, the Penguins must get the world in return. If they get it, their Cup window won't be limited to three seasons, as it will be with the three-center plan.
Any GM who makes a deal like that should be fired immediatly.
But everything depends on the point of view...
i give you
1st line Wing: Ivanans played 1st line once and scored a goal so he is
a PPG player on the 1st line.
Roster player : Stoll and Harrold
prospects: Constantin Braun and Clune
How does this look? Would Williams and Smyth look good on Crosby's wings?
Shero makes that deal and he'd never work in Pittsburgh again. Only way Malkin is leaving is if young (under 25), long-term talent is coming back. Ideally it'd be Doughty, beyond that maybe something around Brown + JJ + Simmonds + top-end prospects/picks. However, Dean Lombardi would never bleed that many assets so it's easy to see why LAK are better of pursuing other players (Kovalchuk?).
Williams and Smyth are nice complementary players but you don't part with a talent like Malkin for them as the core of a deal. Particularly when neither is signed beyond '11/'12, Williams has struggled with injuries for the last 3 years, and Smyth makes way too much $ to be a smart fit in the Pens cap structure.