I think Minnesota will find Paajarvi useful in the top 6 where they seem short on depth. He'd look really good a couple years down the road on a line with Granlund and Charlie Coyle. Omark has top 6 potential as well, just not in Edmonton. Seeing as he is unlikely to be resigning with the Wild, the conditional pick is based on Latendresse signing with the Oilers (2 years @ 2.5 million again?). He's an injury risk the Oilers can afford to take IMO. (unless he isn't just a throw-in for the Wild; is he going to be qualified, Wild fans?) *
For Oilers fans, this deal adds young, gritty forwards to the top 9 and creates more competition between players like Hartikainen, Eager, Petrell and Jones in the bottom 6. *
Gagner + Jones
McBain + Larose
The basis for this deal has been talked about for a while (Gagner - McBain). *Trading Gagner leaves a hole at second line center, which Hall can fill. Although Hemsky is also playing out of position, this second line, should they find chemistry, is incredibly dynamic and dangerous.
Pretty sure Minny says no as Omark has no value and although PRV has a nice ceiling, it's not enough to compensate for losing Clutterbuck and what he brings each and every game. With a small tweak (i.e. remove Omark and make the 3rd a 2nd) then you may get a deal done.
While Paajarvi and Omark might have top six potential which the Wild lacked LAST YEAR, compared to guys like Granlund and Coyle, not to mention Heatley, Setoguchi, Latendresse, and Bouchard, they just won't help the club.
I'd love Clutterbuck, but have no interest in Latendresse. Plus, I'm not sure I'd move Pajaarvi at all right now. His value must be lower than it will be in 9 months. Keep him. And honestly, I'd be surprised if Minnesota would want to trade Clutterbuck, despite speculation.
No thank you. Not a fan of either of those players. Though their shootout skills would've definitely helped the Wild win a handful of extra games last year.
EDIT: Also, I highly doubt Clutterbuck would ever be traded within the division (I know, I know- might not be in the same division soon enough), but the last thing Fletcher and Yeo will want is a former player pulverizing all their current ones six times a year. A spiteful Cal wouldn't be too fun for the Wild to play against.
I think MIN will ask for Klefbom in any trade with EDM.
Clutter for Klefa
Damn, that's a rough trade for the Oil. I'd be more inclined to say one of the other close D prospects (Marincin or Musil) + somethin else for Cluts. Maybe add PRV or I'd even give up one of our young good prospects like Rieder.