Trades within your own division are not as rare as one may think. We traded with LA for Norstrom and with Phoenix for Nagy().
Thanks again for the first rounder for Nagy, a completely lazy and useless hockey player now out of the league. Hard not to make a deal like that regardless if the trading partner is in the same division.
I think the head-shaking needs to be directed at people who have the stupid notion that Phoenix is looking to dump salary at all costs and therefore will part with their veteran players for a bag of pucks.
You yourself took most of your valuable assets out of the equation in your first post. So when you say, "Let's be realistic," you need to do so yourself before anyone else will chip in.
Lets be a realistic in estimating the value of him.
Dumping him would mean missing the playoffs and the potential for playoff money.
Dumping him would mean that there would be a greater loss of revenue for the season.
Dumping him would make acquiring new investor(s) harder.
Realistically, why would they trade him? And why would they increase the possibility of Dallas taking their spot in the playoffs?
Not saying that I would trade Derek Morris to the Stars, but if the Stars are holding down a playoff spot and the Yotes are on the outside looking in, in my opinion, it would take either a 1st rounder in 2009 or Ivan Vishnevskiy for these two teams to do this deal.
Phoenix could go under if they dont make the playoffs this year. They cant afford to trade Morris, as much as I'd love him in Boston.
Phoenix is no were near going under. Gary Bettman went on NHL Live last week and said that the Phoenix Coyotes will go nowwhere. Also the NHL awarded the Coyotes the 2011 All-Star game so they arent leaving.
Making the playoffs > additional late first round pick
In fact, I wouldn't mind seeing us move our own first to pick up an additional pending UFA, that could significantly improve our chances of making the post season, and forcing three home games.
Maybe you misinterpretted what I was saying.
If the Coyotes are in the top 8 (or a few points out) come the trade deadline, I would hang onto Morris however if their current slide continues and they fall to 8 or more points out of a playoff spot, you may as well get what you can for him.
In my opinion, if they fall to 8 or more points out of a playoff spot, they gotta rely on help from around the league to get in. These 4 games since the All Star break will be remembered.
I WOULD NOT throw away their 1st rounder in this draft for some UFA help that may or may not get them a mere 2 or 3 home games in the playoffs.
Enlighten me, which UFAs do you have in mind? Perhaps my stance could be swayed!!!
I don't think their chances of getting in would be greatly diminished if they could get the previously mentioned Parent in a deal. Highly unlikely though unless the Flyers brass covet what Morris has to offer.
Those playoff games would be of huge importance to the growth of the youngsters. The next 2 weeks will reveal what direction the team is headed.