Except for that whole part where this is a bona fide NHL scorer, not a career AHLer. Oh, and also that other part where dealing Hudler isn't something they're going to be mulling over going into training camp, like they were with Quincey.
I think New Jersey would definitely do that deal. Hudler can slot in admirably as the second line centre. Lebda seems like a spare part, we have plenty of bottom pairing defencemen.
The point in dealing Hudler is to clear cap space but with a deal like this we would get a gritty guy who will stick up for his teamates. Meech can take over for Lebda and we move our 3rd into a second. All this and only adding under 200k to the cap.
He's RFA, which means he could be the subject of offer sheets. The right compensation comes along, and Hudler signs the offer sheet, Detroit would find themselves with draft picks coming back their way anyway.
Hudler could command somewhere between $3m and $3.5m per year. This gives Detroit a first and third round pick assuming Hudler receives and signs an offer sheet which pays him the above salary.
George McPhee....The Teflon GM. 15 years of failure and counting....
6 - Number of playoff series the Capitals have won since George McPhee took over as General Manager in 1997 (which makes him the third-longest-tenured GM in the League), three of which came in McPhee's first season on the job.