And yes, I am a fan of Backlund's. Would love to grab him cheap if possible. This may sound appealing to some people, but getting Bouwmeester and Backlund in a deal would do wonders for the Leafs. Bouwmeester isn't a crazy contract to take back, since it is only two years. Would also give us a legitimate top pairing on D finally.
Calgary would have to take a soft deal, but it is worth exploring.
I dont think we are in the running for Bouwmeester tbh. He can be an impact defensemen but with Phaneuf here I dont think so.
Since Vancouver is asking for an arm and a leg why not pick up Bernier for mere draft picks and a prospect...cheaper price to get and cheaper cap hit???
I agree , people are going to say he is unproven. But would like a shot at him . I think he would look good in the blue an white for years and Reiner and him might turn out to be great goalies and you get a rerun on one in the future
1. Doesn't need its own thread. There's a speculation/proposal sticky at the top of the page. I'm not trying to be an ass, but the number of threads being started recently is brutal.
2. Bernier has proved nothing in this league. He's got skill but still a risk.
3. "Mere" draft picks. I assure you, Luongo could be had for mere draft picks as well but it's the quality and quantity of the draft picks needed.
Were Bouwmeester and Phaneuf paired together in Calgary? Jay honestly seems like he'd be a great partner for Dion. I wouldn't be totally against this deal if we could unload some cap back at them, Lombardi perhaps.
Matt Carle would be an excellent addition, can't believe Philadelphia isn't re-signing him (must be going hard for Suter). He's far and away the best offensive defender on the market and his advanced defensive stats are pretty decent as well. He is definitely a #2 defenseman.
The reason we can't sign him though is because he's going to get between $5.0-$6.0M in this market thanks to guys like Wideman and Wisniewski and Liles. Why pay that premium when you can sign a Justin Schultz? Or when you already have a glut of defenders coming up in the next few years? This only makes sense if Komisarek is jettisoned and even then its a stretch.
Yea Burke most defiantly meant size is coming 'through the system'.
I'd take on Bouwmeester's contract if it got us a kid like Backlund. Similar to the Lupul deal. Send Lombo and a defenseman the other way.
Edit: Nvm. It appears that Jokinen will be testing FA which means Backlund is likely to be a flame. Still...we could get a 1st round pick out of it probably, and you know how keen those Calgarians are on the rebuilding process. Shedding some of that cap space should allow them to go after some of the big ticket names they 'think' they're actually going to get.