I would think about it from both sides.
Columbus could also move Nash for another blue-chip d-man plus a couple other pieces and start anew with an incredibly solid back-line and build from the net out - suck one more year and get another impact forward next draft.
If it's Scott Howson who would make this deal(highly highly unlikely) he would be on Mike Milbury's level. That's how bad this is. Also can guarantee himself that this is his last job in an NHL office.
I don't know. He might be able to find a job sweeping floors. Even that would be a stretch.
I think the return for the pick is AT LEAST a young Top 6 forward, a prospect and a pick.
Some people tend to post and look like homers. Hamilton isn't a franchise dman - maybe top pairing, but not a franchise dman (Weber, Lindstrom, Pie, Doughty, Karlson). Likely a step below.
The first overall this year is a franchise player.
Boston will not trade Sequin or Hamilton. Sequin is already the Bruins best offensive player and Hamilton is tearing up the minors. He'd be higher than 9 if they redrafted. Even if he isnt franchise #1A, he is still the Bruins best D prospect by a wide margin.
Rask and Krecji are the Bruins best trade assets if the return improves the team.
Would be stupid for the Bruins to move Rask at this point. Move Thomas for less and keep Rask.
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I think Boston's forgetting that goalies carry very little value.
Getting the #1 overall pick would require Rask+ going back to Columbus.
Apparently in the new HFBoards vision for NHL trade value promising young backup goalies are worth a lottery pick + a blue chip prospect. The overvaluing of unproven net minders is getting rather absurd.
as a realist... any talk that he is worth the first overall is absolutely crazy
but... i could see columbus willing to deal the first overall. now as for why boston would want it when they are trying to win cups now??? not sure...
as for who would be a more realistic trade partner for columbus for the first? why not do something with montreal now that they are in complete rebuild mold? subban would probably do alot better in a non-traditional market where he wouldnt be under the microscope and price might easily do better in such a market too?
a good young goalie that could win games by himself and a good young dman that can be a 22-24min per night top pairing guy is probably roughly what the first overall would be worth at a minimum... but rask/hamilton are not worth what price/subban would be. columbus will find a much better offer for the first overall if they do decide to deal it.
crazy rumor... not realistic value wise... and actually doesnt make sense for a win-now cup contender to make this type of move either
boston's cap room up front is already committed on the books for the forseeable future with the current core of the team all of whom are young and will be around for 5-6 years and already comprise a scoring nucleus that is able to rank in the top 5 best offenses around. with seguin maturing, this team is loaded up front with deep affordable talent.
having a young affordable goalie to take over from thomas and a good affordable young dman to take over from chara in a couple years is the team's biggest needs for the future. not a flashy smallish forward that will have to battle bergeron/seguin/lucic/krecji/marchand/spooner and company for limited icetime
trading Rask is a really huge step back for the Bruins since they don't have have any good goalies in Providence or the minors. Rask must be Awesome cause I keep seeing trade proposals where everyone is trying to get him.... Sorry he is NOT on the trading block.