What would Calgary want? A first round draft pick would be the obvious starting point, what else that would be added to any potential trade would be totally up in the air. So in assuming that the Flames asking price is starting with a first, anything less would be not worth moving him, who’s first is most attractive? Obviously Edmonton’s but there is no way on both sides of that coin that a trade like that is even discussed. Columbus with the 2nd overall pick would certainly be very interesting to Calgary but would Columbus want a 35 year old goalie to start another re-build? Toronto’s 5th overall pick would be very attractive to Calgary, I’d have to think Burke would like Kipper (although Iggy would be his sticking point) and there is something to discuss there. Tampa would have interest I would think, they could afford him next year and still have roughly the same team or better, would the 10th overall pick be enough for the Flames though? Moving up four spots does not seem like a big leap. San Jose has a goalie that has won it all and is signed long term, Chicago has done pretty well with Crawford and he is very affordable.
So back to what Kipper is worth. The Flames asking for a first rounder as a start seems like a no brainer. With the defence he had in front of him this year his SV% and GAA were nothing short of spectacular.
It seems to me that when I break it down and look at who might actually like Kipper and make a decent trading partner I would rank them in order:
*Contingent upon Di Pietro retiring this summer as rumoured. Having Kiprusoff and Nabakov would be excellent and the cap situation vs. actual dollars would work well for Wang and getting the islanders to the floor.
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More then half the league would want Kipper if he were to become available.
What about Washinton?... they have 2 1rnd picks and Vokoun didn't really work out so well there.
sutters leaving...bring in boughner
washington for colorados 1st (11th) and one of carlson or alzner? might be a bit too much. maybe colorados 1st and another prospect like eakin
Kyle quincy is worth a 1st rounder... Kipper is the only reason Calgary wasn't 30th. The guy is worth the farm! but realistically 2 1sts, a top prospect, and a young roster from a contending team.
the market is huge and varied. I think the flames will want to at minimum advance their draft position THIS year. Hence I think Toronto and Columbus, possibly the islanders.
I'd think they need a play now young guy more then advancing in the draft.
A Roster player is always better than a pick
Wash, Chic, Tor are probably the most likely. Ward or Eakin for coach?