From what I heard about the O'Neill situation, O'Neill was on the table to either the Canucks, Habs, or Stars. However, stupidly, Rutherford played him one more game and he got injured. Ridiculous, eh?
But if Zednik is seeking a contract in the range of 3M$ then I'd rather pay the 700K$ and get a little more bang for my bucks. O'neill is a proven 30 goals scorer (Three straight 30+ goals season) something that the Z man is not (one selfish 31 goals season).
Zednik also held out for 100K$ 2 seasons ago and I'm sure Gainey is aware of this. He's got a greedy agent and his contract is up this summer. In that light a Zednik-O'neill swap would have made a lot of sense at the deadline. Does it still make sense ?
I heard Gainey offered Hossa and 1st for O'Neill, but Rutherford wanted Higgins straight up. I think there will definitely be talks between Gainey and Rutherford this summer, because I think a deal was real close.