EK, on his latest blog, was suggesting the Avs have been linked to Pavel Kubina of the Leafs. He also states that the Avs are in the Jay Bouwmeester sweepstakes. Let's take a look at some numbers (per TSN stats):
Kubina, signed at $5M per until 2010:
Age 31, Games-664, Goals-83, Assists-187, Points-270, +/- of -86, PIM-827, Shots-1252
Boumeester, RFA, seeking close to $6M per with a long-term deal:
Age 24, Games-389, Goals-38, Assists-123, Points-161, +/- of -25, PIM-261, Shots-740
The stats for both aren't great. But please keep in mind both played (and still play) for horrible teams (Not that they're bad now, just saying they have been terrible before).
While both bring an offensive upside, it's easy to jump all over Jay B because he's younger and hasn't yet signed the big deal. But let's not kid ourselves, he will get his money one way or another and he probably deserves it. He's a franchise d-man, unlike Kubina who is now past his prime and while he may prove useful to some team, I hope it's not the Avs. I would MUCH rather FG take a shot at trading for Jay B even though it would be a steep price, rather than bring in Kubina.
There are certainly the Tucker and Raycroft connections that could prove useful in landing Kubina. A plus is that he has a great shot and isn't afraid to jump into the rush. A minus is that he had over a 120PIM last year. For Jay B, he was a -5 with close to 40pts last year, but again he is a franchise d-man.
So what would it take? I would say Svatos with certainty, along with one of Brett Clark or Jordan Leopold (or perhaps even both if going for Jay B) and maybe a higher-ranked prospect or pick (especially if going for Jay B). While I hate the idea of trading Svatty and even Clark, if it brings a guy like Bouwmeester into the fold, please please do it - it's steep but it's well worth it in the end because you can build the franchise around him.
Covering the Avs from Wonju, South Korea and as always: go avs go!