Giving up Esche would leave us with Jamie Sotrr as a back up, last time that happened Hitch was animate about not using him. Everything about this trade is screwy except for trading a center for a winger, but why would Tampa want another center when they already have Vinny and Brad?
Out of all the Lightning St. Louis is the one I would like to have the most, but because of all things considered, the deal will most definately not happen.
I think that's too much for St Louis. We know it'd be a salary dump because they want to keep B. Richards, so why should we do them a favour by giving up our best goal-scoring prospect? St Louis does have a large contract, but people want Tkachuk and he's got a bigger contract so we can't really use that as an excuse. I think people really need to clue in that Carter will not be traded, yet.
I'm going to start going around the internet with different usernames spreading rumours that Crosby and Ovechkin are being traded.
At $5.25M for five more seasons beyond this one, he's one heck of a financial investment. Plus, as someone pointed out, Esche doesn't really help their goaltending situation, only clogs it up.
Even if Clarke wanted to do this, he really couldn't even if it meant doing nothing but agreeing to pay St. Louis's salary. He'd be robbing Peter to pay Paul in that he'd crush his future financial flexibility.