So, as everyone knows, Super Joe Sakic is out for the next three months thanks to his snowblower accident. Avs bloggers have already began talking about possibilities and so this blog is simply a continuation of their ideas.
If Colorado decides they need to trade for a center, it should be someone who is a great team player and a really good all-around player. Scotty Gomez's name continues to float around, the latest rumor having him go to Vancouver for Schneider, a top-6 roster forward and a 1st rd pick (see www.hockeyleaks.com for more information). I don't think Gomez is someone we need. He's a great player and a leader, but is not the kind of goal scorer this team needs.
We could start rattling off a huge list of names that would be a good fit for this team, centers and wingers, but let's narrow it down to one particular Russian player. His name? Evgeni Malkin.
Now before you start trying to crucify me for what will come next, just think through it with me. I'm not a GM, so I don't know that this would work at all. The crucial thing to keep in mind is that this is an idea, nothing more.
The Penguins are searching desperately for depth on the wings, as well as some help on D, especially with the loss of Hal Gill recently. While Colorado doesn't have a HUGE amount of depth I think we could give our young guns a shot...
To Colorado: Evgeni Malkin (and MAYBE a 2nd or 3rd Rd pick in either '09 or '10)
To Pittsburgh: Marek Svatos, Wojtek Wolski, Brett Clark and a 1st Rd pick in 2010
For Colorado, our salary would sit around $46.6M this year, while Pittsburgh would sit $54.9M this year. I know, this doesn't sound like a great deal for the Pens money-wise.
Pros: Malkin is a great team player, a setup man AND a sniper. He's an all-around All-Star and, IMO, a complete player. He can take control of a game and win it for you single-handedly. Also, his contract ends in 2013.
Cons: We give up a lot of good young talent. While some can stomach the idea of losing Svatos, it's even more wrenching to think about losing Wolly. Malkin's salary for 2009/2010-2012/2013 is a balmy $8.7M per. Ouch. We would lose depth on our wings.
This might leave our roster looking like this:
Hensick, Malkin, Hejduk
Smyth, Stastny, Stewart
Tucker, Arnason, Jones
McLeod, McCormick, Lapperiere
As for Cap considerations the following year...
Colorado: approx. $43.5M committed to just 8 players.
Pittsburgh: approx. $41M committed to 14 players.
I understand that the salary concerns would make both parties prob shy away from completing this deal but hey, I guy can dream can't he?!
What are your thoughts? And please try to refrain from saying things like, "what a stupid idea". I'm cool with that, but back it up with some reasons why or a counter offer or something.