I don’t want to say what both teams should or shouldn’t do, or compare players to see who would get the best deal. To me, this one just makes sense, and it falls into place with the only scenario I can realistically think would work (for both).
Savard already expressed interest in waiving his NTC for both Ontario Teams if the right trade came along. Does it make sense for both teams? Yes. But what could we offer? BM is reluctant to change the team's chemistry or get rid of any core guys, and the way its looking I’m getting the feeling he’s not gonna change a whole lot. So how could we make it work? And what would it leave us with?
Ottawa has 4 spots at Center with almost twice the number of guys who can fill in. Line 1 and 2 are pretty much set, line 3 could be juggled, and line 4 you probably don’t want him playing there. We’d most likely need to send 1 Centerman back. Boston needs to free up some space, and they don’t need another C with Seguin coming up.
They need a decent return and cap space.
We got Jason Spezza - Mike Fisher – Peter Regin – Chris Kelly - Jesse Winchester - Zack Smith. Fisher, Regin, Kelly and Winchester can all play wing, so there’s a lot of room to make it work. Coming into Camp, we got to many bodies competing for the same position, so if I’m the GM, I see this as an opportunity to make the team significantly better, and clean up a log jam up front. So a Chris Kelly package might be the best damn thing to make it work.
He can play Wing, and he can do it well. And at 2.125 a season that’s a good chuck towards comparable dollars. We’d obviously need to send in a few prospects, probably with NHL experience, and that can be sent down or worked on at a cheap cost. 2 of either Brian Lee, Chris Campoli, Ryan Shannon or Jesse Winchester. Ottawa got to much depth, and they need a top 6 guy. Boston needs the space, and could send down a few guys to make it work.
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So In the end, it makes Ottawa a better team without changing a whole lot overall and cleans things up. It gives Boston options, a descent winger and a few good projects to work on. This is purely speculation, It’s just my opinion, but to me this just makes sense. The cap dollars work, and both teams get what they need.
Is it enough to give back? Is it to much? I dunno.. Again, I’m not trying to compare player to players, to me this just makes sense.