Re: Trades vs. Man-crushes
posted at 12/30/2010 5:38 PM EST
In Response to Re: Trades vs. Man-crushes
[QUOTE]No, there doesn't "have to be". And you can't forget about moving players on the present roster, because you need cap space to pay a $7M/yr defenseman.
And the only top end guy who might, just might be available via trade is Weber if Nashville panics and thinks they can't sign him. But you know what? That beeping is them backing up the dumptruck full of money. As long as Milbury and Keenan are talking heads, no one is going to trade you a Bogosian, a Doughty, a Johnson, a Pietrangelo, or any of the young franchise defenseman. Was there ever a package of picks and prospects you thought was a fair deal for Ray Bourque? Has any team ever improved by dealing Pronger away? Hm. Oilers? Nope. Cup finalists with him, DNQs without. Anaheim? Nope. Cup winners with him, speed bumps without. Sorry, matt, but in the end? You're just at #7 on the generic list of trade discussions: The Toronto #1. I'm out before someone takes us to #7a.
Posted by Bookboy007[/QUOTE]
Book: I think we all get your point about ridiculous trade proposals or pining for players no team will A) either give up or B) we shouldn'
t want here. I too am quickly bored by such unrealistic (lopsided in B's favor) thoughts, which is why I try not to put anything out here that's essentially fan-boy crap.
Having said that, I reiterate that the possibility of landing Bogosian idea is not without at least some merit, but would depend largely on things we have little idea about at this point, such as:
- What is B's assessment of Bogosian relative to what's likely to be available in the 2011 draft?
- What is Atlanta's potential motivation in acquiring B's potential lottery pick via Toronto? Such as:
A) Is there someone high in the 2011 draft that Atlanta specifically wants?
B) Is there a player the Thrashers feel they could acquire by landing the B's #1 Toronto pick?
We do know that Atlanta's young D PP tandem of Byfuglien and Enstrom have reduced Bogosian's numbers this season, which likely indicates that the Thrashers are in pretty good shape for offensive defenemen for the next 5-6 years. His reduced numbers also play to your point above about having to pay $7 million to acquire a top offensive D, as that is precisely
why I think Bogosian might be a reasonable target for the B's to pursue.
With his reduced numbers this year, Bogosian's not likely to command more than $3-3.5 million per year on his next contract which will go into effect next season. He's young, he has all kinds of upside, he's a player the B's could own throughout his prime, and he's been nudged aside this year by Byfuglien and Enstrom. And with what many pundits predict to be a less than stellar 2011 draft on the horizone, maybe...just maybe...the stars are aligning so that a young offensive D like Bogosian might become available to the B's without costing them $7 million per year. Or too much in the way of picks and prospects.
I think this is a legit possible scenario as opposed to more of the same-old same-old.