To Edmonton: Tangradi, Letestu, Niskanen, 2nd round pick
Pittsburgh trades parts that aren't working in their system right now for a very decent winger if he can stay healthy.
Edmonton gets a guy in tangradi who can maybe thrive with the youth movement in edmonton.
A decent player in Mark letestu who doesn't really have a spot in pittsburgh playing center with Crosby Malkin and Staal a had of him and he isn't exactly a 4th liner. He is a very solid 3rd line center and could pinch in at 2nd line if needed because of in jury.
Nisk has had a pretty decent camp for the penguins and put up some points again still relatively young and can maybe thrive on the back end in edmonton and put up some points. It has seemed to work out alright for whitney.
Seems a bit too much quantity for quality, at first glance. Though I guess it depends on how much the fact Hemsky is a UFA at season's end affects his value. For a rental, then it's more of a fair price. But just in terms of player value, I think it's a bit low.
I also don't think it solves any of the Oilers' needs. Letestu doesn't help with their size/speed down the middle, Tangradi plays their deepest position (LW), and Niskanen is hardly the top four defensive stalwart they could use.
Pens turn this down flat. As an oiler fan I do it in a heart beat. But that is a lot give up for a rental. .
im not saying its great for pens, but how is this good for oilers?
the two forwards are barely noteworthy we only have so many roster spots hartikainen and lander are already in a position where they should make the team but wont, soon pitlick and hamilton will join them
niskanen is a stop gap for us, and a cap dump for them
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as an oiler we do this in a hearbeat. Pens say no though. Giving up too much.
If I were Shero I would do this deal. Letestu is a good player, but he's somewhere around 4th and 6th on the Penguins depth chart at centre.
Niskanen is a reclamation project. Even though he has looked better in training camp he's not cracking the Penguins top 4 and he's not far and away a better option than 5 or 6 other guys looking to lock up a place on the bottom pair in the near term.
Second round picks are a crap shoot, especially in the 50-60 range where this pick with likely be.
Tangradi is a tough one to swallow. Five years ago he would have made the Pens team out of camp. Aggressive 6'4" 234 lb wingers don't grow on trees, but you have to give to get.
Hemsky is a high risk high reward acquisition. If he's healthy he's exactly Penguins need.
If anything I could see the Oilers passing. It looks a bit too much like quantity for quality to me...
It's not insulting but i wouldn't do it. Letestu is never going to supplant Hopkins, Gagner, Horcoff, Belanger, Lander. Even then we have Martindale, House, Pitlick who all seem to be good future options down the middle. Tangradi is going to clearly slot behind all of Hall, Smyth, Paajarvi, Eberle, Omark, and i would further argue Hartikainen, Hamilton, Pitlick/Martindale(one if not both will probably have to move over), are better prospects who shouldn't be too far off. Then we still have NHL role players that he would have a hard time beating out in Eager, and Jones. Nevermind that Hemsky, is far from unlikely to resign, and is a much better player than Tangradi who will probably never come close to replacing him.
Niskanen is a guy we could probably get as a contract dump, in fact i'm thinking there will be better options on the waiver wire. A 2nd round pick is very much uneeded, we can only have so many picks/prospects. It's why Tambellini asked for the 2nd in the cogs trade to be from 2012, we have too many prospects/contracts. We are already dangerously close to the contract limit, although there are ways around that.
I think the value of Hemsky is much greater than the sum of these parts, quality over quantity. Not to say there isn't a point where the quality of the quantity makes it worth while. Just as a refrence Tambellini wanted Schenn+ out of LA for Hemsky, not to say that price may not change, i just doubt it will have been by that much. It's a respectable offer, just really doesn't do it for me. I think team needs aren't addressed, and this makes us a worse team now and in the future as none of the assets are likely to have a role with the team, and if they do it will probably be minor.