I agree that Malkin's in the discussion for best player in the NHL - but I wouldn't call his contract "cap-friendly", becuase at $8.7M he's tied for 2nd highest salary in the league. He's definetely worth it, but that doesn't make it cap friendly.
It is very cap friendly because Malkin is much more valuable than any other way to spend that money. Name me what you would rather have than a player that is 22 and not near his peak and is leading the league in points. You can spend your $8.7 million anyway you want but give me the next 6 years of Malkin over any way you come up with. In a cap league Malkin is not worth trading. If you really got what he was worth your cap hit would be crazy and you could not keep those players anyway. Lets say you got some combo of Kane, Toews, 1st, etc. for Malkin. When players like Kane and Toews contracts come up then you are paying them 6-7 million each and I rather have Malkin at $8.7 million than those two at 13-14 million. I think he is that much better and the Pens have enough big priced players and will build with the right middle priced ranged type wingers for Crosby and Malkin.
Lindros trade took a big package and he was not even NHL proven yet. Malkin is the leagues leading scorer at 22 and looks to be a 2 point a game guy in his prime. The package would be great for him but like I said you could not afford to keep those pieces the way the NHL is these days. Shero has Crosby, Malkin, and Fleury locked up for a long time for a 22.4 million cap hit. Before someone starts saying that is too much, you show me a better way to spend that amount using NHL players that can or are signed for the next 5+ seasons. If those players are any good they are going to cost at the very least $6 million a year so you could not even get 4 players at that price and honestly any combo of 3 to 4 players or any # players you get that fit that cap hit I would not take over those 3 who are not even in their primes yet.
The only reason I didn't mention defenseman is because I know Pittsburgh could use some wingers and they have a glut of defensemen with Letang, Whitney, Goligoski, Orpik, Boucher, Gonchar, Scuderi and Eaton. That is basically close to what I was thinking the center of a deal would be though.
Something like Kane + Seabrook + Versteeg/Beach + 1st for Malkin + Letang with possibly more coming from CHI
If your getting Malkin I can guarantee it won't be Malkin +. Don't be ridiculous
Toews and Kane? Are you serious? I realize that Geno is good, but lets take a look at the facts: Pittsburgh is out of the play-off picture (even with two of the top 3 players in the league). Chicago has 4th place pretty much locked up in the west (they will probably end up with the 3rd most points in the west behind only Detroit and San Jose). How exactly can it be justified from either side giving up that much for one player? Chicago would basically blow up their team to get a guy that can't even get his team into the playoffs. People have to realize that what they think a guy should be worth and what he actually is worth to NHL GMs are two different things. I mean take a look at the return Joe Thornton got (and at the time he was considered one of the best players in the league). If Pittsburgh were offered a package of Kane, Keith and anything else they would take it and run, but the Hawks would never offer it.
Pitt fans over value Malking way too much....Malking is the 2nd best player in the orld hands down....but trading the farm to get one player is not worth it....when pitt said Stall, Zherdev, Del Zotto, Naslund , 1st '09, 2nd and 3rd '10 was just a starting point and the rangers would have to add way more....no 1 guy is worth that much....When people say toews, kane and a 1st isnt enough to get malkin...i think its a fari deal but for it to be not enough for malkin then thats just plain homerism
Last edited by BrianLeetch2: 02-22-2009 at 11:07 AM.