As much as I've criticized Hartnell -- it may take a lot to get him. First, he'd have to waive. Second, management would have to feel pressure about the cap, which Holmgren has dismissed, but do you believe it? Third, if you're management, you may believe that his relationship woes are less significant now and his head is back in the game, which he showed in the playoffs. He could return to 30 goal vicinity form. Fourth, if Asham leaves, it increases Hartnell's value even more.
A lot of variables determine his future and have to go a certain way for him to get moved.
Even with my dislike of his play last year, his playoff run really made a statement that can't be overlooked as a GM. You gotta be thinking: "If he can play this way, I really need to hang onto this guy-- especially with our log jam at center, we need talented wingers and a PP front porch guy and he can be both, especially with Knubs gone."
I'd be interested in Kadri... but they won't give him up for Hartnell.
I agree that they won't give him up. I'm okay with that - I'm not a fan of the kid's game.
He may do very well - he's Corey Perry junior, complete with the diving. I have the same concerns about him that I did about Perry. He's terrific against average OHL defensemen, but I don't know that his go-to moves will work against NHL defensemen, when he had issues with some OHL defensemen (and I'm not talking about the all-stars). He's a better skater, but doesn't have the same level of sandpaper and sacrifice the body in front of the net attitude Perry has.
The only thing I'd enjoy about the deal is seeing is Leafs fans switch from "Kadri is God" to "he's overrated and not that good".