I've been pondering (as you do on quiet winter nights) about what things the hurricanes might do soon to rectify our nice little basement position. I think, as its been widely said here, the team should tank the rest of the season in order to get a nice high draft pick for next year and that if the team does indeed do this it would make sense to sell anyone and everyone of value in order to rebuild for next year.
But having considered all the names people keep suggesting to trade (I'm a great fan of the idea of whoring Whitney to another team for the playoff stretch and then resigning him in the summer) I have thought of another few people that may be a possibility for trading - our goalies!
I think we are quite strong on the goalie front - obviously we have a very good young starter who will hopefully be with us for a long time in Ward. We have a good veteran backup in Legace who the team is obviously keen on keeping as backup and then we have two good young prospects - we have Peters who appears to coming into his own down in the AHL whilst putting up some very impressive numbers (11-5-2, 2.03 GAA, 0.931 SV%) as well as Mike Murphy who is making a name for himself with his unorthodox style.
I think that our young prospects could be very attractive to a team who are not so fortunate with their goalie situation (Philly comes to mind) and need someone for more of a long-term solution as opposed to a short-term playoff push. It would also make sense on the Canes end as I think one of these young goalies are expendable - I would imagine front office wanting to keep Legace for another year next year in order to give Peters and/or Murphy enough experience in order to step up into being a full time backup to Cam... and since (hopefully) Cam won't be going anywhere we won't need more than one of these young 'uns.
What do people think? Are there any teams around that you think may be in need of a goalie and who has something to give back in return - either player or picks? Or maybe even think of an extravagant package trade, say a forward and goalie for a 1st round pick... DISCUSS!