Doubt something like this would ever happen considering how deep the Leafs are with wingers, but what would Penguins fans think of this?
LW - James Neal
D - Matt Niskanen
LW - Nikolai Kulemin
D - Jake Gardiner
D - John-Michael Liles
LW/RW - Tyler Biggs
1st Round Pick in 2014
Again, this is just for value purposes, I know it doesn't really address either team's needs and I know it may not make sense in terms of cap space. This is just a proposal for discussion of fair or unfair value.
No keep up the Toronto proposals. We have to put up with 50 Edmonton proposals a day. Also, I like the value going back to the penguins. Leafs get a 40 goal scorer and a guy that can give them minutes. The penguins get a lot of pieces meaning that can add some depth to the penguins roster.
If we're trading a package that includes Gardiner, Kulemin, 1st round pick, and 1st round prospect (Biggs)... We better be getting a young(ish) #1 C back. And a pretty good one, that package is decently better value than what either Richards or Carter got given the value of Simmonds/Voracek at the time of the trade.
Leafs have NO reason to trade for a winger. We probably have top 5 winger depth in the league. Its considered the least important position in hockey. We DONT need to give up valuable pieces to add a winger.
This benefits neither team. Leafs aren't looking for a top-6 winger, Pens aren't looking for even more defensemen. Easy pass from both sides.
As far as value goes, I would have to say Toronto is giving up much more in this proposal. This would be brutal for the Leafs.
This is my thinking also. Pittsburgh literally has 0 reason to move Neal for fair value, he's a perfect fit playing on Malkin's wing. And as others have said, Toronto doesn't need more wingers. Doesn't really make sense for either team. But purely looking at the value without addressing needs or anything, I would say Toronto is giving up a bit too much, although it's not like JML has any value at all.
I don't think I asked if it benefits either team or not, I asked purely for fair value.
It's a bit of a weird question though, because it isn't some money transfer where you have an objective value printed on it. Gardiner has less value to Pittburgh than he may have to another team and Liles and his bad contract have negative value to them. You are trying to sell French spring water to a drowning man and get fair value.
Besides, we don't know where the 1st will even fall, so I wouldn't even be sure that Gardiner + late 1st + Biggs (the other three basically cancelling out) is that good an offer for Neal to begin with.
Malkin and Kulemin have ridiculous chemistry in all fairness. And Gardiner is far from worthless to the Pens. Having Letang and Gardiner on your first and second pairing would be filthy.
Gardiner is a great player, but he'd be redundant on the Penguins. We have a plethora of PMDs both on the current roster and in the pipeline.
The chemistry Kulemin has with Malkin does not compare to the chemistry Malkin has with Neal. (Which is more proven over a bigger sample size)
As for the rest of the deal, the Pens would be moving Niskanen for cap space and because we currently have 8 dmen on the big league roster, and some other defensive prospects who could be fighting for NHL time but are waiting in the minors. So why would they trade Niskanen for a more expensive, arguably worse version of him who's signed for three years?
I know the OP keeps saying he's asking about value, but value is relative to team need and this doesn't help either team.