Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Would Trading Hemsky + For Staal Make Sense?

Firstly, I am not sure if you can deal a guy when he is on IR, IIRC Pascal Leclaire was dealt last year during the season. Let's just say that it is possible for the sake of discussion. Hemsky has a cheaper cap hit, but Staal might fit our team needs more than Ales does.

Eric Staal: 25 years old 6'3" 200lbs.
Signed through 2015-2016 $8.25 million cap hit
last 3 seasons before this one:
82gp. 30-40-70
82gp. 38-44-82
82gp. 40-35-75
Career Playoff Stats: 43gp. 19-24-43

Ales Hemsky: 26 years old 6'0" 192lbs.
Signed through 2011-2012 $4.1 million cap hit
last 3 seasons before this one:
64gp. 13-40-53
74gp. 20-51-71
72gp. 23-43-66
Career Playoff Stats: 30gp. 6-11-17

So why does Carolina do it? For one thing they shed a lot of salary and they don't get a player that can help them this season so that they can continue to spiral towards the 1st overall pick in the 2010 draft and add a 2nd round pick to their rebuilding process as well as a former 1st round pick.

If the Oilers decided to pursue this trade they'd also need to shed some salary from the blueline, 1 of Grebs, Gilbert, Lubo, or Souray would need to be dealt for futures or at least cheaper players. On top of that the Oilers would need to shed 1 of their current top 6 forwards in O'Sullivan, Gagner, or Brule to be able to afford signing their RFA's.

What I'd propose:

To Edmonton: Eric Staal
To Carolina: Ales Hemsky, Edmonton's 2010 2nd round pick, and Alex Plante

To Florida: Sam Gagner and Dennis Grebeshkov
To Edmonton: Nathan Horton and Florida's 2010 2nd round pick

To San Jose: Sheldon Souray
To Edmonton: Douglas Murray and SJ's 2010 1st round pick

Deal O'Sullivan, Moreau, and Staios at the deadline. Let Pisani walk at years end.



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