I love it. Pat Kane would light up the lamp for us. The rumour (per Hockeybuzz writer John Jaeckel) is Pat Kane and Nick Hjalmarsson for Tomas Plekanec and P.K Subban. Not only does this deal make sense for both teams, it is a PURE hockey trade at its finest.
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Hawks need a second line centre and an OFD with edginess. They get exactly that with Plekanec and Subban. Montreal, needs a top line scorer and a good 2nd pairing defenceman. They get exactly that.
IMO, Subban AND Plekanec are highly expendable. With young centre Lars Eller expected to improve his two way game (something Plekanec is highly regarded for), the selection of Sarnia Sting offensive juggernaut Alex Galchenyuk, and David Desharnais emerging as the teams number 1 centre, there may not be enough room for Plekanec on the roster -- and on the pay roll.
Now shift your focus to P.K Subban. A fan favourite in Montreal, P.K is a star just waiting to explode. He has unlimited potential to become a team's number 1 defender. His offensive talent is second to none. Why is he expendable? Nathan Beaulieu and Jarrod Tinordi are 2 years away from playing in the NHL. Ride out Markov's contract and play him alongside Gorges and there you have it. Montreal is surprisingly deep on the blueline with a ton of young talent (Beaulieu, Tinordi, then you have Morgan Ellis, Greg Pateryn, St. Denis, Brendon Nash, Mac Bennett and new draftee Dalton Thrower all slated to become full time NHL'ers) plus you have Hjalmarsson coming back, too.
Here's what I think the final trade would look like:
Patrick Kane, Nick Hjalmarsson, and a conditional 2013 4th round pick (if P.K signs long term in Chicago)
Tomas Plekanec, P.K Subban, Yannick Weber and a 2013 2nd round pick.
Okay, I think its fair. Chicago fans, you agree? Also Montreal would throw in a young player and likely a pick so I added Weber and the 2nd rounder. Montreal's top pick is untouchable (for right now) but I think a 2nd rounder would get it done anyways.
But, this does leave a hole in Chicago's lineup. BUT, Chicago is in the running for Shane Doan/Alex Semin, and I'm going to assume one of them signs there.
LW- Pat Sharp C- John Toews RW- Shane Doan/Alex Semin
LW- Michael Frolik C- Tomas Plekanec RW- Marian Hossa
LW- Andrew Shaw C- David Bolland RW- Viktor Stalberg
LW- Dan Carcillo C- Marcus Kruger RW- Jamal Mayers
D- Brent Seabrook D- Duncan Keith
D- P.K Subban D- Johnny Oduya
D- Nick Leddy D- Steve Montador
Starting Goalie - Corey Crawford
Back Up - Ray Emery
(Sorry if I butchered your line up Chicago fans lol don't watch much Blackhawks hockey... but you get the idea, pretty scary line up)
LW- Max Pacioretty C- David Desharnais RW-Erik Cole/ Patrick Kane
LW- Brian Gionta C- Lars Eller RW- Patrick Kane/ Erik Cole
LW- Travis Moen C- Ryan White RW- Rene Bourque ( :'( )
LW- Brandon Prust C- Petteri Nokelainen RW- Colby Armstrong
D- Josh Gorges D- Andrei Markov
D- Nick Hajalmarsson D- Alexi Emelin
D- Tomas Kaberle D- Francis Boullion
Starting Goalie - Carey Price
Back Up - Peter Budaj
Getting better, but not quite there yet... I'd think this Habs roster would compete for the eight seed, but would fall maybe in spot 9-12... the East is going to be very tough next year.
Okay guys so that's it. Tell me what you think!
P.S, I'm looking for someone to start a TRADE WARS blog with, so if you're a fan of a Western conference team and looking to have some fun, send me a message through my inbox! This is just gonna make your summer pass by faster!
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