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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

We thought we’d have a little fun by matching up sellers with prospective buyers to see where there might be some mutual ground. And just to be sure that we’re not veering wildly into fantasy land, we asked an NHL pro scout to give these proposals a once-over. Most, repeat most, passed the smell test, but there are a couple that he thought were “worse than what those message board guys come up with.”

But then he added, “I can’t figure out what’s going on with a lot of [real] trades. Remember [Martin] Erat for [Filip] Forsberg? Nothing surprises me anymore.”...

Buffalo sends Jaroslav Halak to Washington for Michal Neuvirth: After watching the Capitals’ Sunday meltdown against the Flyers, I’m thinking that they have more issues on the blueline than in goal, but this deal allows Washington to add some veteran presence between the pipes for a possible playoff run and move a player who has made it clear that he wants out. The Sabres get an NHL-ready puckstopper with some upside who can challenge Jhonas Enroth for playing time.

read on for nine more of these types of trades...

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Some interesting ideas, but Muir has Buffalo getting a lot of d-men back in deals (along with picks) when their clear need is forwards. Defense may be the one area where there aren’t a lot of question marks with what has the appearance to be a solid young core of Myers, Ristolainen, Zadarov, Pysyk, and McNabb. Not that they wouldn’t be amenable to taking back one here or there for the right player, but I’d imagine they’d probably focus more on bolstering the forward/goalie depth first and also try to stockpile even more 2015 first rounders. Not that they don’t already have an absurd number of first and second round draft picks in 2014 and 15 already.

Posted by Dan_T on 03/03/14 at 03:34 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

That Anaheim deal for Ehrhoff would be a tough one for Detroit to match if they were so inclined.  Although if Buffalo doesnt trade Halak, it seems silly to get a goalie in return on that deal.  Maybe Palmieri or Etem would make more sense.  Either way, the first rounder would put Detroit out of the running.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 03/03/14 at 04:07 PM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

The Islanders send Thomas Vanek to the Kings for a 2015 first rounder, a 2016 second rounder, Hudson Fasching and Matt Greene:

Just to give an example of what a horrible trade-meister Garth Snow is and what a feck-up the Moulson trade was….

This would be equivalent to NYI not making the Moulson/Vanek trade at all, and then trading Moulson at the deadline for:

* a college-player,
* a swap of their top-5 pick for LA’s ~20th pick,
* a swap of their high-2nd rounder for LA’s mid-2nd rounder, and
* take a player who LA is dumping for salary reasons.


I don’t like the NYI, not even a little bit, but you gotta have a little sympathy for their fans.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 03/03/14 at 05:58 PM ET

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