With two trade deadlines right around the corner, I thought I would give you my take on what teams might be interested in our players and what I feel we should be looking for in return. The Canes players listed are the players that I feel have a shot of being traded. The teams interested in them are teams that I feel could use their services. The players, prospects, and draft picks are what I think we could get in return for said player. This obviously does not mean that these are the only options out there, these are just my opinions.
I am breaking the FanPost down by players, because one FanPost would be just too large. I am going to start off with our most coveted play, Ray Whitney. Other players will follow over the next couple of days. Please let me know what you think, what players/prospects would you be interested in, and what possible trades you would like to see.
Ray Whitney – Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Vancouver, Boston, LA, Buffalo
Pittsburgh – I think this would be the best fit for Ray. He could be lined up with Crosby or Malkin and help make those dynamic players even better. He could use his crisp passing to set up chances and also be the sniper that Crosby has long needed. I believe he would have an immediate impact on Pittsburgh’s struggling power play.
The players that interest me are LW-Eric Tangradi, LW-Luca Caputi, and D-Simon Despres. I have read that Pittsburgh is up against the cap, so unless the Canes take back some salary – the deal will not be done or have to wait until the March 3rd deadline.
Ottawa – I think Ray could fill in on the 2nd line for an injured Nick Foligno. He would provide more offense and should mess pretty well with Spezza and Kovalev. Ray would add to some of the Ottawa players’ playoff experience and he actually knows what it is like to win one.
The players that interest me are F-Peter Regin, D-Jared Cowen, D-Patrick Wiercioch, and C-Jim O’Brien. Ottawa is also somewhat crunched by the cap and I have read that Ray doesn’t want to go to Canada. Either case, I don’t feel this would be the best trade partner for Ray.
Vancouver – This is the team that I feel would give Ray the best shot at another Cup. He would probably fit on the 2nd line, because their not disturbing the Sedin chemistry. He could also help them on their power play. The biggest thing Ray could bring to the Canucks is his “winning” playoff experience. This team has playoff experience, but they haven’t won a whole lot of playoff games, Ray could show them how. Vancouver is primed for a true Cup run and Ray would be an ideal piece to add.
The players that interest me are F-Mason Raymond and RW-Michael Gradner. Yet another team with cap issues, we would probably have to take back an expiring contract in any deal. The same thing in Ottawa holds true here; if Ray doesn’t want to go to Canada, this could be a problem. But, this team IMO has a better shot of winning it all than the Sens; would that effect Ray decision?
Boston – This team needs offensive help, but Ray and the Bruins don’t make a lot of sense to me. Boston looks to be heading in the wrong direction and Ray is simply a rental. So if Boston doesn’t turn things around, Ray will not be going to “the Hub of Hockey.” He would help a team that needs scoring and a line of Whitney-Savard-Lucic could be very dangerous.
The players that interest me are F-Blake Wheeler, C-Jordan Caron, D-Yuri Alexandrov, and D-Tommy Cross. The problem is the Bruins could be sellers and there would be no reason for Ray. If I was Eklund, this would have a minus-E3 rating.
Los Angeles – This would be another very good fit for “The Wizard.” He would add playoff experience to a very young team and still contributes on the score sheet. He could work in many different areas for the Kings, but would probably be on their 2nd line and PP.
The players that interest me are D-Thomas Hickey, F-Oscar Moller, D-Colton Teubert, and C-Trevor Lewis. Yeah I know Schenn should be included, but their not going to give him up. This might seem out of the question since Ray supposedly turned down a trade already, but anything is still possible and we don’t know the details of that alleged trade. I think LA and Pittsburgh are the most logical trade partner for Ray and the Hurricanes.
Buffalo – Buffalo could use help on the offensive side, but I really would hate to see Ray in a Sabres jersey. He would provide PP help and could fit on multiple lines. The city of Buffalo needs something to hang its hat on and a long playoff run by the Sabres would help. Could they stand pat, yes; but even they know, without some added firepower, they are not getting by teams like Pittsburgh, New Jersey, and Washington.
The players that interest me are RW-Zack Kassian, C-Paul Gausted, D-Mike Weber, and D-Marc-Andre Gragnani. The Buffalo organization is what I consider tight and I think they are unlikely to make a major move. I think picking up Ray would be a wise decision for them, but would they offer us anything of value in return? I don’t think a trade to Buffalo is likely to happen.
Here are the trades that I would like to see happen, in order of which one I would most like to see.
We would get an exciting young forward in Raymond, take back an expiring contract in Lukowich for some cap relief for Vancouver, and pick up a probable low 2nd. They would get the best rental player available in Whitney, an expiring two-way contract in Harrison, and a high 3rd to make up for losing the young, talented Raymond.
Trade LW-Ray Whitney and our 3rd round pick to Pittsburgh for (LW-Eric Tangradi or LW-Luca Caputi), LW-Matt Cooke, and a 1st round pick.
We would get a young LW with potential in Tangradi or Caputi, take back an expiring contract in Cooke for some cap relief for Pittsburgh, and pick up a probably low 1st. They would get Whitney to pair with Crosby and/or Malkin and a high 3rd to make up for losing one of their young prospects.
Trade LW-Ray Whitney to Los Angeles for (D-Thomas Hickey or D-Colton Teubert) and a conditional 1st round pick.
We would get a young offensive defenseman in Hickey or a young defensive defenseman in Teubert and a potential 1st round pick if LA makes it out of the first round of the playoffs (it would be a 2nd round pick if they lose in the first round). They would get a playoff tested LW that could handle the pressure of playoff hockey.