Re: what would it take
posted at 2/25/2013 6:06 PM EST
In response to SanDogBrewin's comment:
In response to stevegm's comment:
"Toronto, Philly, and Tampa"
Tampa is a small market team not looking to add salary and can't afford to let any good defensman go. Philly desperately needs both goaltending and better defenseman even worse than Tampa. Again the Islanders need NHL ready players so with Toronto currently in a playoff spot- Whom would they package to NY ?
I think Garth trades Thomas's rights at or a week before the draft.
Anything back to the Islanders would be a bonus, and if Thomas does plan on coming back, he probably won't want to play there. If this guy really does want that Olympic job, and he does still feel the need to prove something.....being the big man on deadline day would really soothe the ego.
I still go with the team needs for the Islanders, NY has plenty of forwards, and the teams Garth trades with. Would Holmgren or Yzerman be willing to throw in one of their prized forwards to entice Garth ?
I think TT is a free agent after this year, so if he decides to play next year, chances are slim he'd sign with the Islanders. If that's the case, I'm assuming it would take virtually nothing to pry him away from New York. If I'm Holmgren, I'm on the phone. ("let me talk to him, if I can get him to play for us, can we make a deal?")
Not much cash to be burned up, just considerable effort.
If TT is currently under suspension, and the Islanders have him for next year, that's a much different scenario, and the overall price in aquiring him short turn will be much higher. Probably too high.
Obviously, I have no idea if he's close to game shape either, but I can't believe a pro athlete at 40ish could be so delusional to believe he could totally walk away for a year, and come back anywhere close to "good enough", let alone elite.
If he's looking after himself, a bag of pucks and a million bucks would be considered a steal, if some of these teams could talk this guy into working for a couple months. Very low risk.