Ok, let's say this rumour is actually true (I know it's a stretch). Possible trades with Wsh (that help us somewhat)
Jagr is a huge risk, Bondra could work but he'd bolt right at season's end once he became a UFA, Nylander's hurt and Lang would only further screw up our position at C. We need scoring wingers but I guess blueline and 3rd/4th line toughness needs to be added if we were to trade with the Caps. Yet somehow, I don't believe a trade is going down.
Great! An other I-can't-name-my-source-but-I-heard rumor.
I don't see a single forward in Washington that would get Souray out of Montreal unless Gainey is not in his right mind. They're all overpaid like crazy, too old or just average NHLers. As I've previously mentioned, the only players interesting on that underacheiving squad would be Grier and possibly Halpern, but none would justify parting with Souray. Now if it was Rivet...
If Montreal is going to make a trade, Washington probably *would* be the best partner since they are in desperate need of defenders.
Having said that, Leonsis said today that the team sucked and that there were probably going to be no changes via the trade route to help out the club. Now, I know that's just talk and really anything can happen, but trades in the NHL today, under the economic climate that exists is problematic, to say the least.
The likelyhood that Souray is involved in a trade is significantly lower today than it was yesterday since Hainsey was sent down. Consider that the Habs now have more righties in the lineup than lefties, would it make sense to send away the number one lefty and then have to recall Hainsey within days of sending him down? Illogical. If a trade for Souray was in the works, I would suggest to you that Hainsey would be playing a whole lot more.
The fact that it was Komi who was called up leads me to believe that, if there is a trade, it's going to be a right defender on the move. We have plenty of 'established' vets including two that Montreal probably wants to get rid of sooner rather than later. There's no hiding from the fact that Breezer and Rivet make too much and each has elements that would get at least a little interest from a team like the Caps with virtually zero defence. Rivet is a big guy who can skate and even plays tough on occasion. There's no rapping his effort and his leadership qualities either. Breezer has been playing better and better and suddenly looks like he'd be worthwhile to have, even if somewhat overpaid. I would suggest that any trade with Washington would involve one of these two as the starter piece.
I'd be shocked if the Caps wanted Dagenais at all, but there's no accounting for taste, and the fact he was called up in curious indeed when most Hab fans consider that there were plenty of others they'd like to see more than he. Was he brought up to showcase? Perhaps a legitimate question considering the circumstances surrounding the club as of late. Does he actually do anything for the Caps? Debatable.
And what would we get in return in any trade? I've mentioned this on another post, but I think the likeliest candidates are Grier and Battaglia. I don't see us looking for another centre as we've already got a glut now, and there's not a whole lot more that's interesting on that squad. Remember that Leonsis also wants to reduce the payroll so if either Breezy or Rivet are involved, the person coming this way will probably have to make a fair bit. Does that mean Bondra is in the running? Perhaps, but it's a well-known fact that when he was virtually traded to Montreal a couple of years ago, he nixed the deal saying he'd not report. If he's the centrepiece, Gainey is going to have to do a lot of sweet-talking - assuming he gets that permission.
Jagr is, of course, the other interesting item on that team, though I can't see him really coming to Montreal. There's the payroll issue to consider, and one would have to expect that either the Caps would pay for some of Jagr, or some other big ticket Hab would be on his way over to Washington. As for Jagr's cost, let's be honest here and say the market isn't what it once was. Think of how little the Caps paid to get him - there's no reason to suspect the Habs would have to pay any more. May I suggest a solid defender, perhaps a youngish forward like a Hossa (or a Dagenais?) and a pick would probably suffice - especially if Montreal is convinced to eat salary. In fact, if they were, you might even look at taking that pick off the deal. Addition by subtraction for Washington as they free up payroll and get someone to take the collar off the organization.
But of course, all this is purely speculation and, while I've tried to take the economic and current Cap roster into consideration, any trade would probably look significantly different than what's written here. These two teams would probably make good trading partners, but that's in theory. In the reality of today's NHL, trades are the toughest thing going.
When people talk about a trade with the Caps they never mention Lang, even though he is in the top 5 of the league for scoring the Caps would still dump that salary because it is easier than dumping Jagr's. They were looking at doing that in the summer, I don't think they stopped.
Lang for Perreault would work for the Caps, Perreault is about 2 million cheaper plus a free agent. They would bite, but would Montreal? Only is they can dump salary elsewhere in a trade.
Two scoring lines:
Ryder - Koivu - Zednik
Hossa - Lang - Riberio (both Lang and Ribs could play centre)