Poni would be an upgrade in LA.s top 6, but why would they want two defensemen when they have so many young d that need ice time. Kaberle, I can see, but not White. And trading a #1 draft pick that could be a top five pick is crazy. Seems like wishful thinking of a sort out of Toronto.
The 1st would most likely be top 10 protected. Assuming any of this is true at all.
One of the author's sources doesn't realize that Lombardi was joking about taking Schenn out of spite. Here's what Dean said on-the-record to a local reporter:
"That was the main reason we took him, knowing that it would totally piss off Burkie. It was worth it."
Obviously, that can't be taken seriously. The two are very close friends and that's how they joke with each other, especially since being cross-town rivals until recently.
Regarding the rumor, it does make some sense for LA. Lombardi has suggested recently that he wouldn't mind adding a veteran defenseman (Kaberle) and everyone knows that they need a left wing (Ponikarovsky). Age-wise, Ponikarovsky and White both fit into the 25-29 age range that Lombardi is so keen on, and Kaberle is only 31 and a UFA in a year.
I see two problems, though. First, it adds two defensemen to LA, meaning that a defenseman would absolutely need to be traded... probably Johnson, but the forced hand would lower his value. Second, it reduces LA's free cap space by $7.65M (not counting traded salaries), which is enough that it may take Lombardi out of the running for free agency, and he's said recently that he doesn't want to do that. As helpful as Kaberle and Ponikarovsky would be, they may not provide as much of a scoring boost as the Kings need.
I can see Burke offering it and Lombardi mulling over it, but I don't think that Lombardi would actually take it.
This all seems somewhat amusing, though. Burke wants Schenn so badly that he'll give the world for him, but doesn't have much that Lombardi wants, while Lombardi seems to be interested in Heatley, but Murray wants the world for him. It would seem kind of natural for the three teams to see if they can work something out so that Toronto gets Schenn, LA gets Heatley and Ottawa gets whatever they want from Toronto (except Luke Schenn) and a piece or two from LA. Ottawa could probably get a better deal by taking from both Toronto and LA (ex. get each team's 2010 1st-rounder) than they could get from any one team. Maybe Ottawa and Toronto don't want to trade with one another, though; I don't know.
I have no doubt that Burke has a tremendous interest in Schenn and may have possibly inquired further into acquiring him with Lombardi, but other than that fleeting possibility, this has no bearing whatsoever. GMs talk everyday, all the time, and deals are proposed constantly -- doesn't mean they have any legs or are even close to happening.
Dean made a joke in his interview after he took Schenn and that is probably why all the speculations over the "spite" of the pick originated. But Dean and Burke have been friends long before they were GMs and there was nothing to it. Yes, if Kane was there, LA would have taken him instead, but they also didn't care... They were happy with whoever they got, it was impossible for them to be disappointed this year. They knew they were getting either Schenn or Kane and they were quite at ease knowing that and quite happy with either one... There was no incentive to take Schenn out of spite.
The problem with all of this is that Dean was only shopping the pick for an elite goal-scoring talent or some undeniable offer. That offer is not coming from the Leafs. They just don't have the assets to pull off this type of deal unless they include their Schenn and there is no point in doing so. LA and Toronto don't have compatible assets to get the deal done in the first place. It is not like the deal is of horrible value or anything, it is that the deal has little interest to the Kings. They aren't looking to add verteranS, they are looking to at an established top 3 offensive talent.
“Every good army needs a couple of criminals.” - Dean Lombardi
Best part of the rumour is the first rounder in 2010---
nearly all so-clled experts are saying that after the top 3--that guy who goes 4 in 2010 might have gone late in the first this draft.
It is no secret that Burke wanted Schenn.
This is my take on the weekend draft.
Burke was offer Kaberle around for a first liner and or a first rounder and refusing to move the number 7.
There has been a "lovely" debate on this board about what Kaberle's value is and I think the market is dictating what the true value is.
I think the leafs offered Kabele for the number 5 pick and got turned down. We are now in the conjecture area of what if's and I think teams are telling Burke that they do not think Kaberle is worth what the leafs are asking for.
If there is any truth to the fact that the Bruins were willing to trade Kessel for Kaberle and the 7th adn when TO said they were not going to trade the number 7 in the deal and that killed the deal. A report out of Boston makes it clear that the bb gave more value to the number 7 pick then to Kaberle and that is why it got dropped right away.
When Kaberle finally does move--it could be interesting to see what they get.
On a side note, is it just me or Burke looking like a school yard bully during the draft and that is puting off the other teams?
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