I think the Caps would be great partners for the Coyotes. Yotes fans, who are you interested in from the Caps? We have a glaring need at 2LD. Ovechkin, Backstrom, Brouwer and possibly Grabovski are the only forwards I see as untouchable.
I'm sure if Franzen doesn't start to improve he could be on the block. It does go against everything Holand has done since the 04-05 lockout but Franzen at this point has played himself into Babcock's doghouse. I'm not sure what we could get for him because of his contract, though Holland views it as a positive & has said in the past that Franzen isn't like to be moved because of the value it provides to the Wings.
Who is in position to trade a top 6 forward though, why would anyone do that? Unless they really need a d-man.
The Washington Capitals say hello. We have John Erksine and Jack Hillen as our 2LD, and a complete log jam at forward. Evgeni Kuznetsov will be another top 6 forward and he'll be here in the Spring (fingers crossed).
Though as an Avs fan, not 100% ready to give up on Paul regaining star status under Roy. Would like to see more come back to the Avs, but in terms of pure value today, that's the deal that gets it done for me. Yotes would have to take Hunwick, both for the roster spot and the financial end of it.
Avs can either put O'Reilly back at center or move Mac up to the second line and have Mitchell center the third line.
That said, I don't see the Avs trading Stastny until they see more of Mac in action.