...so i thought it would be fun (or at least more entertaining than lockout talk) to discuss, not necessarily who's best, but who we'd take first on the team.
forgetting about trade value - who would you want to add most.
if you want brownie points for analysis (and just to encourage more chit chat) - if we were to do a trade, who would you be willing to give up for each player?
i went with Kesler. I hate his diving shenanigans and he seems like a real d-bag of a guy. i have a sense that the diving is part and parcel with the team he's on and if he were on a team that isn't known for diving (which we are not!) he'd improve. i think he's more skilled than Richards or Bergeron (although I really like both players a lot) and I like his size.
Since we can't just take a player without factoring in the contract into the equation anymore I think I ultimately take Bergeron.
If they had the same contract, I would take Richards slightly ahead of Bergeron. Tough to really pick one over the other but I think Richards makes the Hawks a little better (ignoring contracts). Kesler's injuries are too significant to ignore.