This deal wouldn't be done before the end of next season. We don't need Kostopoulos or a pick at the moment.
We need a D back for Souray, who will be as valuable as he is. Otherwise, he's staying here and leaves as a UFA or just before.
Oh, and that rumour has no source, it's as crappy as if it was someone who had posted it here without any source.
I agree we dont need guys like Kostopoulos with all the depth we have at the forward position.
But why would a team send us back the equivalent of Souray....wouldnt they be trading because they need such a guy? It might have to be a 3 way deal. Or we recieve picks and sign a guy like Markov and pray some guy steps up for the powerplay...maybe use a forward at D.
But why would a team send us back the equivalent of Souray....
That's why he'll stay.
Too late to grab another D-man on the UFA market to replace him.
If Souray really wanted to leave, he would have known his odds of going to California were better if Gainey can find a replacement on the UFA market. There were plenty, sure, we would have hat to overpay, but we had the cap space. Then, Souray could have been traded for a pick or a prospect.
'Cos this is not breaking news, this rumour about Souray wanting to be close to his daughter. It's like the Pronger wants out of Edmonton rumour. We already heard about this before, and Pronger formally requested his trade soon enough to allow Kevin Lowe to find the right deal.