Ok, I never do this but I am going to put an idea out there. Tell me if you'd do it. Please be kind, think about the deal before flaming.
First, leaving us will be Gardiner, Komisarek and one of Ashton or Colbourne and our 5th.
Coming back is Columbus's second overall and Rick Nash.
We roll the second for Edmontons first and add Gunnarson. He would be a good fit in Edmonton and they need D men big time. We draft Yukapov and have one of the premier scores in the league and a true power forward in Rick Nash.
We are still set on D with a few Marlies ready to make the jump. We draw in a big contract but also lose one in Komi. The over/under is how good Gardiner will become. If he becomes the next Scot Niedermayer, i'd be hung if I was Gm, but thats the risk one takes when making a deal like this. BB will put something together like this I am sure. Parise and Suter will re-sign.
To make room on the forward lines, I'd roll a few of them like Mac and Bozie for picks. I'd have no problem putting connolly on the third line for one more year, then kick his ass to the curb.
Columbus says an easy no. Seriously, this isn't even close enough for them to say yes...
...that's how it goes. other then the people i mentioned, who are other players we have that teams desperately want? brown? bozak? you think burke will deal kessel after all the hubbub? he's too proud.
If it means keeping or losing his job I think he will deal Kessel and Phaneuf as long as he is getting top players back.
I dont thnk Kessell or Phaneuf are going anywhere unless THEY ask for a trade/
In my opinion there are only three players on the leafs who BB will NOT trade
and they are the two mentioned above a Gradiner. Thats it!
Anyone and everyone and not named above on the big team,
draft picks and prospects will be traded if BB can find a #1C,
top six Power forward and a goaltender.
For example and I just mean as an example he will trade the 5th
overall plus plus plus for someone like Getzlaf is he is available .
He will do Schenn for JVR in a heartbeat if that trade is possible
He will trade whatever he has to for Luongo.
With those three pieces, plus Phaneuf,Kessell, Lupul,Grabovski
and Gardiner he will be very happy to give up anyone else on the team.
Lupul Getzlaf Kessell
Macarthur Grabovski JVR
Thats a pretty nice top 6
All kinds of players left for free agency(and not break the bank) or within the system to fill out the third or fourth line. As an example
Armstrong Stoll(FA good third line center with size) Frattin
Brown Steckel Prust(FA tough and good penalty killer)
Dmen Holzer, Blacker,Percey or a 5/6 veeren dman from free agency Barrett Jackman.Oduya,Rozival,Obrien etc lots of FA dmen to pick from if needed
Reimer Luongo in net
If Reimer is used as trade then Scrivens as backup
Here is a news flash. Burke, love him or hate him, has successfully traded seemingly untradable players for decent return on a yearly basis. It's like some people just started watching hockey this season.
Other than when he traded Blake for an equally bad contract in return in Giguere what are all these trades where he traded seemingly untradable players for decent returns?
Burke will get good value out of at least 1 of LACK this summer. Some of the dead weight has to go because younger players are getting close to NHL regular status (Frattin, Kadri, possibly D'Amigo in a short stint next season). Of course they have to earn their spots.