Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/19/12 at 12:06 PM ET
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
If general manager Scott Howson and his top adviser, ex-Penguins GM Craig Patrick, play this correctly, they should be able to flip Nash for a No. 1 goalie (perhaps one in waiting) and two eager young NHLers, ideally a winger to play off Carter and a back liner to help steady a leaky defense.
The Bruins have a fit here with Tuukka Rask as the centerpiece. After Rask, they would have to give up, say, David Krejci or Milan Lucic. Lucic likely would be the Blue Jackets’ “ask,’’ in the hopes that he could ride-and-rip with Carter.
The defenseman would be someone such as Johnny Boychuk (just signed to a three-year extension) or Adam McQuaid, who entered the NHL as a Columbus draft pick (No. 55, 2005). All of this could change if the Blue Jackets instead asked for Rask and top defensive prospect Doug Hamilton. Possible from the Columbus end. Impossible for the Bruins to consider.
Vancouver could get the deal done around ex-BC goalie Cory Schneider, 2008 first-round pick (No. 10) Cody Hodgson, and young backliner Chris Tanev. Alex Edler would be too much, Keith Ballard too little.
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