Any takers on Niklas Hjalmarsson from the Hawks to pair with Mike Green. A little hefty contract (3.5M for next year and the season after that), but a good shotblocker adn reliable in his own zone. Does nothing fancy with the puck, but is only 25 and would probably come pretty cheap? Good enough to be a #4 on a Cup-winner. Had a little down year, but I think mostly due to consistently switching D-partners. B's 2nd and a mid-prospect might be enough.
Or maybe a bigger deal involving Bolland as well. Let's say you convince Chi-fans that Laich is their no 2C and build a trade around Laich-Schultz and Bolland-Hjalmarsson?
(My intentions are for the Caps to use Bolland as 3C)
Let's give up a boatload of young assets for a declining player who has a history of underwhelming when it matters most.
Maybe Jumbo Joe has had some decent playoff runs but his body of work in the post season is pretty brutal.
Not exactly the right kind of guy to bring into THIS environment and WAY too much t give up for him on top of it.
Thorton has led the Sharks in playoff scoring 5 of the past 6 years. I think he gets dumped on a lot because of the lack of team success.
His age is definitely a concern, as is his $7M for the next two years, but I think the playoff thing has been blown out of proportion. He has a better playoff ppg average than Nick since he's been in the league.