Take out the "or a mid round pick" and insert Stoll as also suggested. Now you've added $3.6m going back to Philly. LA is looking to add 5-on-5 scoring and also get better on defense with a puck-mover. Instead of signing FAs, they simply make a trade to do so with assets they've been stockpiling for just the right occasion.
That being said, it will be shocking if LA trades Quick or Bernier this summer.
I am thinking more and more that Lombardi is interested in Carter though. He highly values centers; I'm sure he'd love to roll Kopitar/Carter/Schenn for the next 5-6 years.
This whole Quick is mediocre thing is getting really old. You don't want him ok, but he's not mediocre.
I agree, I can't see how someone wouldn't give up a Gagne who is 30 years old going on 31 making 5 mil with one year left before becoming a UFA for a goalie who has been stellar the past 2 season, makes nothing and is signed for 2 years. I'd take it in a heartbeat.