The sharks would not even do Couture alone for that package. Yakupov is completely unproven and Belanger is a waste of space. Same for the second deal, not a chance Leafs swap Gardiner for those players.
The canuck proposal lisnt enough to get Ballard alone, let alone adding in Luongo. But im certain the OP already knew what the reactions would be to these proposals.
I wouldn't trade one of those pieces straight up for Ballard. The last thing the Leafs need is another Komisarek on the bottom-pair.
Ballard may still be a top-4 defenseman, that remains to be seen. But, the Leafs are loaded up on left-handed defenseman and offensive defenseman, which would make Ballard a 5-7 guy on the Leafs, with a high probability of him playing on the wrong side.
Reimer is an important piece to the Leafs, although he wouldn't be if a trade for Luongo was made.
Connolly and Lombardi are on 1-year deals. The Leafs would be better off trading them for picks at the deadline or letting them finish up their deals in Toronto.
It's hard to tell which of these is least likely to happen. Second one. I think.
__________________ ďItís embarrassing. Iím embarrassed to be here right now. Itís not even funny. And itís just embarrassing, the way we, you know, the energy we have in the room and the way we approach practices and the way we approach this game. Itís not how youíre going to win any games in this league." - Jean-Sebastien Giguere, April 8 2013
Deal 1: Edmonton probably takes this deal because it makes them a better team.
Deal 2: Edmonton probably takes this deal, but I think you need to switch Magnus with Hemsky for it to get consideration. The downside of that is that after the other deals Toronto probably doesn't have any enough cap space.
Deal 3: The selling points for this proposal and the ONLY selling point is one thing: Cap space and LOTS of it. Allows Vancouver to go out and buy anything via free agency. I think Vancouver still declines.
Deal 4: Don't think the Devils take this... but who knows. Don't think Macarthur works well under their system.
Oilers overall: They're certainly a better team overall. They got bigger and tougher in their top six. Is Hemsky is switched with Pajarvi they're lacking offense in their top 6 and are in need of a 2nd line right winger. Their blueline is looking pretty good. They probably make the playoffs.
They've got their star goalie, They're better down the middle and their blueline is probably just as good as it was before. I think the upgrade in net is the only one of note.
Hat time for creativity, but I don't think it's worth all of the trouble for either Toronto or Edmonton.