Just watching some TSN, and there is speculation that the Habs will trade P.K Subban and the 3rd overall pick to the Oilers for the 1st overall pick. Straight up, I think this is a bad deal for the Habs. Trading a young, semi-proven, future star in Subban and the 3rd overall pick for essentially Nail Yakupov (completely unproven) . I would totally take this deal if Edmonton was willing to offer up someone else. Below are the offers I'd accept if I were the Habs' Brass...
To EDM: P.K Subban, 3rd overall pick in 2012, conditional 1st rounder in 2013
To MTL: 1st overall pick in 2012, Magnus Paajarvi, Ladislav Smid
The condition to the pick in 2013 is if Montreal makes the playoffs next year. But really, I think this is a win-win.. Edmonton gets a bonafide 1st pairing defender, plus the 2 picks. Montreal on the other hand gets Yakupov, a serviceable defender in Smid and a wild card in Paajarvi.
To EDM: Brian Gionta, P.K Subban, Yannick Weber, the 3rd overall pick in 2012 and 2013 conditional 1st rounder
To MTL: 1st overall pick, Jordan Eberle and 2013 5th round pick
Again, same condition. But, this time Oilers get veteren scoring depth in Gionta, still gets Subban, and gets another promising D in Weber. Not sure how Oilers fans would react to trading Eberle but IMO this deal is worth it, because Eberle would get lost in the depth of the Oilers wingers. He'd be better off on another team.
Okay, last trade suggestion for you here...
To EDM: P.K Subban, Rene Bourque, Brendon Nash, Alain Berger and the 3rd overall pick in 2012
To MTL: 1st overall pick in 2012, Linus Omark, Corey Potter and a 3rd round pick in 2012
I like this one the best, because it is the most even sided presented.. Brendon Nash is a pretty good prospect and is slated to become atleast a decent 2nd pairing defender some day in the NHL. Berger is slated to become a 3rd line scorer. Bourque is moved to make room for Omark/Yakupov. Omark is interesting because he wants out of Oil Country. If he wants to play in Montreal, He'd certainly be welcomed. Potter is a quality defender and would no doubt start the year in Montreal. I love this deal, and if Montreal were to offer this, I would take it if I were Tambellini. Thanks for reading.