Staal has shown he can be a crucial cog in a Cup winner, Setoguchi has not.
Staal has played 6 fewer games than Setoguchi this year, but has 7 more goals and 13 more points.
In other words, not a snowball's chance.
It would be the only thing that makes sense to Minnesota... They just traded Burns for Setoguchi + and now he plays on their top line.. While his stats are not great, he has also been missing his #1 center for much of the year. Plus, Staal is playing on a top team, Setoguchi is playing on a bottom team.
Setoguchi has played well for the Sharks in the playoffs...
Morrow and Despres are untouchable prospects unless it's part of a package to land a player that's on a whole other level than Seto.
I can see why Martin isn't a fit in a Seto trade. Martin is a good player and gets way too much crap from people because he got off to a bad start this season. He's already rebounded from that bad start and is back to being the big minute, plus player that he's always been. I'd imagine the Wild still want someone younger with more upside if they deal Seto though.
At least everyone suggested is Minnesotan...that's just how the trade forum rolls.
But yeah, like everyone's said as much as Fletcher has built his team in a mold of Pittsburgh and brought in players from the Pens organization, I can't see anything built around Setoguchi happening. Not that Setoguchi's untouchable (although I do believe this would be selling low on a 24 year-old) but can't see him being traded for any prospects (already having a youth movement), Paul Martin in terms of age and contract (and I'm as big of a Paul Martin fan as you'll find).
It would only make sense to trade for Staal (which would be a Burns-type deal on Minnesota's end) but there's no rationale for the Penguins to do that.
Blog: First Round Bust: A Cast of Thousands celebrating a rather dodgy track record of Minnesota Wild Drafting.
"Will beats skill when skill doesn't have enough will."
You think wrong then...Not even close to what Minn would want. He was a key piece in the Burns trade.
Yeah, but Niskanen is going to be reasonably priced, and brings a puck moving element that Minny, even with the Gilbert acquisition, lacks. I would also argue that Seto was added as a salary dump and was expendable with the emergence of Couture. The Sharks seem to have no problem moving guys they deem expendable...
But Niskanen is a decent 2nd pair dman who is having a great year... Maybe I just don't feel Seto is worth a king's ransom after two underachieving seasons...