THN has some interesting trade suggestions for the hockey world to see, but at the end of the day, I think they're still long shots. The Nagy trade suggestion for a draft pick is pretty useless. We don't have much to give up right now and it really wouldn't profit us to try and make incremental improvements right now to the team by risking more draft picks.
The Sundin trade, while nice and an excellent suggestion doesn't make a whole lot of sense either. From what I can tell Fletcher really wants value out of any move. We're not going to get Sundin for cheap. Cory Schneider as much as we want to think he's the next best thing since sliced bread, I'm not sure they would really be enticed by the move. They still have Pogge in waiting right? Toskala is decent enough, Raycroft is their worry.
The Canucks internal plan right now should be to get healthy, make the playoffs and do their best to try and move forward with some tough playoff hockey riding the coat-tails of our goalie.
We do however need to make a big splash in the UFA market this year and I would argue that we can even do so in the RFA market. The $11M that is freed up by Naslund/B-Mo/Cooke plus the slightly enlarged cap space next year should provide us with some flexibility. RFA's that can help us include Pavelski, RJ Umberger and J.Carter. It is unlikely a Pavelski offer will not get matched since SJS has cap space. Carter vs. Umberger will be an interesting decision point at Flyer camp. How big a deal will it take?
Carter or Umberger can help our team. A cheap naslund can too. Lastly, if we can sign Hossa (or trade for Sundin miraculously) I that that would be a huge help. It's not clear to me if Hossa is open to coming out west. 1Pt/G in his past few seasons, I can't see him being all that bad.
Then we need to fit in a 2-3M left winger... Perhaps Fedetenko or Prospal? Naslund for cheap helps too. If our depth chart next year has Sedins + Naslund and then Umberger+Hossa+Fedentenko, that would be pretty solid. Kesler on the 3rd line bringing up the depth and skill level there.
Fit all that into $11-13M player willing? I think it's a must do. We need to become an elite contender the next two seasons after this year for a few reasons. Fans will not tolerate the continued almost success that the team is offering and we will risk losing any ability to re-sign Luongo if we cannot prove our team wants to and can win.
This means that it can potentially be a very exciting time for Canucks fans. I'm really looking forward to the season as it goes through it's last few months heading into the playoffs.
For now, all the rumours will persist and the radio show callers will continue to call in dreaming up every which tradeable or untradeable situation. Some have even called for the trading of Luongo. Like that would really help much at this point.
That's all I have to say for now.