TO CHI: Paul Stastny
TO COL: Dave Bolland (or Frolik), Niklas Hjalmarsson, Jimmy Hayes
Bolland would be a great vet for the avs young squad. This would allow ROR to move up as their 2nd line centre, and run a 1a/1b with Duchene. They also get a rock solid top 3 dman who would stabilize their blueline
Hawks get younger up front and get a legit 2nd line centre while Bolland is replacable on the 3rd line.
And we would want Hammer because....? We need a top pairing D. No interest in someone like Hjalmarsson.
Considering Hjalmarsson would be an improvement over pretty much every D in our team except for Johnson, he wouldn't be something we wouldn't want. But, yeah we have such an abundance in Dmen we would have to ship out someone if we take on Hjalmarsson.
The Hawks can't afford to trade Bolland for a 2C. They are better off having Kruger or Pirri center the second line between players like Sharp, Hossa, and Kane (who can and have successfully carried that line in the past) then having Kruger try (and fail) to carry the third line. Right now Bolland is the Hawks third line. He is the sole reason why that line has even been remotely respectable for the past 2 seasons and there is no one even close to ready to replace him. The top 6 will be effective no matter what because Toews, Kane, Sharp, and Hossa. The bottom six would be a disaster without Bolland.
This doesn't help either team. Duchene/O'Rielly are not ready to be a 1-2 punch right now, Stastny is their best center. This also takes away Chicago's depth, and Stastny is probably too expensive for them.
The downgrade at center is significantly bigger for the Avs than the upgrade from Hejda/Wilson/O'Byrne to Hammer. Staz may have had his production dip for a calendar year, but he's still an excellent playmaker, elite faceoff guy and damn good two-way player, there's a reason why he constantly shed his wingers when Dutchy's would get hurt. Bolland can carry a third line, but he can't carry a scoring line to take the pressure off of our kids and let them just develop at their own pace. Especially now that we finally have enough wingers for all 3 of our centers.