Conditional 3rd Round pick 2010 if Penner surpasses 60 points
To San Jose:
2nd Round Pick, 2009
Jeff Petry/Riley Nash (choose one)
Rights to Linus Omark
-Edmonton needs a complementary player to Ales Hemsky, and Jumbo Joe adds size and soft hands to Edmonton's first line. IMO the key to a playoff birth is igniting Ales, and Thornton would be a great fit.
-Tambellini wants to get bigger, and Lukowich is a solid stay-at-home dman
-San Jose is a team that lacks size up front, and Penner brings that to the table, and it wouldn't be surprising AT ALL to see him increase his point production with the Sharks under Todd McLellan
-The Sharks don't have a great farm system, and Eberle is a goal-scorer who needs just a year or two before becoming a regular in the NHL. Won't be a Superstar, but should get 25-40 goals and 60-80 points in his prime IMO
-Both Petry and Nash are solid prospects, Nash being more of a two-way threat. Petry, like Eberle was a Top75 prospect in a poll conducted by THN
-We've all seen the goals Linus Omark has scored in Europe. Even though he's under contract in the KHL for the next couple of seasons, he's still an asset and he still could come to North America
Of course you'd make the playoffs with Thornton...You could trade hemsky for thornton and make the playoffs. Except you'd still need to package even more on top of hemsky to make a thornton trade worthwhile so perhaps you wouldn't make it. Thornton elevates the game of average players into good players, good players into great players, and great players into amazing players. Now why would a guy like that be traded for another clowe-like player and some prospects that may or may not become scorers?
gotta love it when the oilker fans are the one shooting down a deal the win in a walk.
I think for the sharks to consider it you are looking at
You're probably right but that's a lot to give up for 2 years of Thornton. Considering his playoff performances, the fact that we'd have to dump salary somewhere else just to fit him under the cap and he most likely wouldn't lead us to a cup, I'd rather just wait out the four young players and hope for the best.