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A trade opportunity?

Posted 3:17 PM ET | Comments 9
Rumors persist that Burke has offers for other Dmen not named Kaberle coming in.

It would seem wise to retain Kaberle at his cap hit and given the lackluster offensive abilities of Toronto's truculent defense. The key is to turn a 4-10 defenceman with other parts into a "top 6" forward

Given Chicago's cap situation and the recent firing of Tallon regarding that cap situation, let me know what you think of a trade involving:

(Cap hit)

Patrick Sharp (3.9)
Jack Skille (1.25)


Lee Stempniak (2.5)
Ian White (850K)
Dale Mitchell (entry level)
and a 5th round pick

Stempniak is a very poor man's Sharp there is no doubt, but he's a UFA after this year, while Sharp has 3 years at 3.9.

White would be a great addition to Chicago's backend and can provide that great outlet pass to their skill up front. The move saves them almost $2M in cap space this year and next year gives them way more options as Stempniak can walk or sign for similar/lower dollars. Aliu and others are coming through Chicago's system and could be ready next year for full time duty. They could retain White for cheap and he is a fantastic utility player (forward/defense) and Mitchell and the 5th rounder are further depth to their system.

With over $7 million tied up on Campbell, White is a perfect complimentary piece to Chicago's back end and brings that smooth puck moving ability to Sopel's rough and tumble game. They would pair nicely as Gill and White did during his rookie season.

Skille has been a bust so far but might need a new environment to succeed (high risk/high reward). He was a 7th overall first round pick and Toronto may be able to turn him into that tenacious 20 goal man he was meant to be. It will take time. Sharp is a "top 6" 30 goal man that could slot in well with Stajan and Ponikarovsky for the Leafs.

Leafs then look like this:


VanRyn- Exelby/Finger


Frogren as a spare.

Blackhawks looks like this:


Eager as a spare



What do you think?

This may be one of those instances in a cap world that a trade is made to just create that breathing room. Toronto has some cap spaces and this shores up needs for both teams!

I really like Chicago's chances to be a top 4 team in the West for sometime and this trade from a Leafs perspective gives them the potential offense to make the playoffs this year. Retaining Kaberle should be a priority, his value will only go up at the trade deadline should Toronto be out of a playoff race (which I doubt). The two teams above would both at least meet expectation from the perspective of their fans with these rosters and the management on both sides could rest assured in their cap management.
July 18, 2009 2:45 PM ET | Delete
kaberle has a no trade clause that kicks back in on aug 15 so it doesnt what his trade value is at the deadline unless he waives it. they need to trade him now. i look forward to seeing cody hodgson in blue and white.
July 18, 2009 4:09 PM ET | Delete
I feel like Skille doesn't have the upside that many seem to tab him with. He could potentially play a second line role but that potential is disappearing quickly and at times he looks like he could be a solid checker. I am just kind of reluctant to part with a pick and prospect for a guy who's a marginal upgrade as a prospect.
July 18, 2009 11:45 PM ET | Delete
IF Hodgson is on the table they need to take that deal and run before being prosecuted for Grand Larseny. Hodgson is that 1st line top centre man that captains and leads your team in scoring for a decade....he's would be the answer to Sundin's void. I just can't see the Nucks parting with him.
July 19, 2009 7:30 AM ET | Delete
neither can I. i would think we have to pry him from their cold, dead fingertips... which judging by the Leafs newfound strengths, shouldn't be too problematic... ;-)
July 19, 2009 7:42 AM ET | Delete
If we can get Sharp for White (which I personally think is possible) and we still have Kaberle that we can parlay into a top line forward we could be in good shape offensively for sure. Especially if we can get a Kessel or similar player.
July 19, 2009 8:34 PM ET | Delete
To be honest I think I was about to erect a Brian Burke shrine when I was hearing from TSN that the Kaberle for Kessel and a pick was on the table... Kessel would be a spectacular pick up... and I doubt there's another young forward with his dynamic skill set that is being as openly shopped.
July 21, 2009 11:22 AM ET | Delete
Nice blog I agree about Skille, he has been a disappointment in Chicago and might just need a change of scenery. Great ideas you gave.
July 28, 2009 11:21 PM ET | Delete
July 28, 2009 11:21 PM ET | Delete
Keep dreaming Why would the Hawks make this trade?
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