Btw I wouldn't at all be surprised if Burke trades Mac.
Like I said in the recent salary cap thread where I posted my 2011-2012 cap/roster suggestion, I suspect Burke has other Top 6 forwards in mind other/better than Mac if he can acquire them with assets at hand.
Burke's not going to lose his mind just because Mac's had a very good if not great season so far.
Say Mac gets a first rounder. I would do this because now you could definately lure a team to move a big player. What about Stamkos. If Tampa Bay has a limited cap and they have to move bodies would 3 firsts and Kadri be scratching the surface for Stamkos?
I didn't say anything about Crosby, Nash or Ovechkin. But there are cash strapped teams that have expensive players. I dont think Statsny is available but Tampa could be ****ed and New Jersey could possibly be.
Atlanta proved this year that you could almost make the playoffs with cheaper players and Phoenix did it last year. I think the package of 3 firsts and Kadri could be enticing to some teams that need to save some money.
I really like MacArthur, and he's really young, I wouldn't trade him for a 1st and 2nd if they're likely to be in the 25 and 55 range. BUT if we're fully committing to a rebuild through the draft, and we can get a 1st and 2nd from a more borderline playoff team (someone like Carolina, Dallas, etc.), then I'd be all for it, that would be a real nice return, and I want us to do a slow, patient rebuild regardless.
Still having 3 1st round pick in this upcoming draft would honeslty put burke in my high graces and completely turn this franshise around in about 1-3 years will all those young players growing and developing, including Colbrone and Kadri as well as Blacker and Gardiner
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If its another team locked to go far in the playoffs just looking to add depth, I'd rather keep him. If the pick is between 13-17 range, I'd take it and run. Trade 2 of the 3 picks for a top 10 pick and draft a good player. It'd be a steal if we got 1st and 2nd for Mac.
But then again if he continues his play next year it could come back to bite us in the ass.
If you can get a 1st and a 2nd for Mac you take it and run. I give him credit for stepping up this year and taking advantage of the opportunity that was presented to him and if he can turn that into a Jeff Finger like contract (14 over 4) then good for him, but I dont want to be the team paying him that.
3 1st and 2nds to take to the draft table, or parlay into someone like Richards or Parise is far more desirable to me than having Mac on our 2nd line.
Yeh, why have a productive, young player who actually likes playing here when we can have a draft pick. How about we trade everyone.. I mean, can you imagine how many draft picks we could get????!!!!! Only on HFboards
It would be a tough deal but I would accept a 1st and a 2nd for Macarthur.
These picks will be assets that can be used to help us to land a Top Line Centre if one becomes available now or at the draft.
We do have good prospect depth that can come in and take Mac`s spot. I still feel that Kadri would be a great LW addition with Grabo and Kulemin. He`s a creative passer like Mac and the russians can do the 2-way work on that line to keep them defensively responsible.
It would depend but it pretty much would be the nail in our playoff coffin to trade this warrior.
However, if you think Kadri and maybe Caputi project as second line wingers.... does Clarke have a spot in the future... I'd keep him because he is part of the solution but if he is asking for $3M per year then I take a deal.