1. Parise - I think after we let AKost go (hopefully for a return) and find out exactly how much free space we have Parise will get a giant offer from us. We have the grit and the size on the wings, Parise could be what Cammy should've been - an elite scorer.
2. Vermette - I've always liked him and if CBJ is looking to dump I'd pick him up. He'd be a great/good 3rd line/2nd line centre.
GTFO: Gomez, Plekanec (Package him with AK or Moen or Gill or even the whole bloody bunch for a Star Center), AK, Gill, Moen, Gionta, Campoli and hey you know what? keep Kaberle, call me crazy but I think the guy fits here
Common' in: Paul Gaustad, Samuel Pahlsson (BAWSs Centers), Grossman, Burish, Suter, KENOPKA, Dj King, Oduya.
Potential Trade Partners (mix of rumors and sense): Moen+Plekanec+AK for Kesler and a throw in
Captain for next year: Erik Cole or Josh Gorges
I wouldn't wanna unload on Parise, for a "franchise" player that guy's never got his team beyond the first round of the playoffs and is now to choke add the fact that he is small and injury prone and will most likely command 7-8m to come here...No thanks
Suter I'd definitely go for and hope for a D with Suter, Subban, Gorges, Emelin and a healthy Markov, that is a sick sick top 5.
The only guy I would really break the bank for is Suter. He's a total stud and a legit 1st pairing D would be a game changer for our team and Ds usually stay effective late in their 30s so a long term front-loaded deal would be fine by me. IF Markov comes back healthy dump Kaberle and it leaves :
Suter - Gorges
Markov - Subban
Emelin - Diaz
Tinordi and/or Beaulieu can replace Markov in a yr or 2. Strong reliable top 6 for years to come. Start from there and worry about offense later.
Quite Honestly, the LA Kings are the perfect trade partners for us. They don't need Goaltenders (Price) so that is a advantage for us since it's one less obstacle to try to negotiate away from.
Doubt they ever will consider doing this, but I'd bid for Dustin Brown. As i said, doubt they trade him, but if Gretz got traded, anything is possible. I personally believe Plek is expandable only for the right price though.
Edited my post up top before you quoted If we get Richards, which I would be extremely happy. But, we would have to deal either Plek or Eller (supposing they won't take Gomez) to avoid having a surplus of surplus centers (What?).... As i said, Plek++For Richards, I'll sign asap. Me semble que Richards-Bourque would look like a solid duo.
The Bourque trade might be seen as positioning to attack the FA market. I will be shocked if Suter or Parise reach the open market, but Semin might be a possibility, expensive though it may be. Ales Hemsky is also intriguing. Otherwise, pickings are pretty slim.