Re: Trading Partners
posted at 7/24/2014 4:04 PM EDT
Well there's history and then there's the present.
In the past, the Bruins have made a lot of deals with the Oil, it seems to me. Moog for Ranford and Courtnall. Guerin and a pick for Carter and two picks (one was Ales Hemsky). Ranford for Jerkoffsky, Brown and a pick (god, I hated that one at the time). Samsonov for Reasoner, Yann Stastny and a pick (Lucic!). LA seemed to come up more than a few times, and, of course, there was that window in time when every good player on the Rangers became a Bruin. Ancien regime stuff, though. Chiarelli's done business with Carolina, Florida, Dallas, Calgary (shudder), Toronto, and St Louis. Even then, though, the guys who he'd have worked with have largely changed seats. It would have been great to have that collection of morons back in Tampa Bay so Chiarelli could trade Hamill, Caron, and some of Ryan Button's used gear for St. Louis and a first round pick, but after Recchi and a second for a bunch of nothing prospects, they were a bit to obviously incompetent.
I wonder if the lack of impactful trades has anything to do with Chiarelli not having the same relationships with the guys now in the chairs. Now he's the GM of a Cup winning team, the guy with a fair amount of tenure and likely a fair amount of security, who can make you look bad if you're not careful. I'd bet a lot of less experienced GMs are hesitant to make deals with him.
Now, that said, anyone's a potential trade partner if they have a player you want, and you have assets they'd like. My advice to PC (tell him when you see him, Stanley) is figure out who's stupidest and plunder their roster.
Are you not entertained?!?!