The Malik Report
by George Malik on 08/03/12 at 02:09 PM ET
Once again it’s Paul and this time I have a question for you.
A Detroit fan at HFBoards proposed the following trade: Valtteri Filppula, Gustav Nyquist, Jakub Kindl and a 2nd round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft for Ryan Kesler.
Both Kindl ($833K) and Nyquist ($875K) will be RFAs after this season and Filppula ($3M) will have UFA status on July 1st, 2013. Kesler ($5M) is signed for four more season. (all salary numbers via CapGeek.)
Now on to some of the responses to the proposal…
• I dont think that even comes close to getting it done. When Kesler is healthy he is a top 20 centre in the league easily. Who would centre the 2nd line and why would the Canucks take that drop off? Most likely you would have a centre who isnt even remotely close defensively and then they have 2 centres who cant/dont/wont play defense.
• If Kesler is going to Detroit, Datsyuk is coming back to Vancouver. 1 for 1 deal
• If Filppula can play centre well, then him, Smith/Nyquist, 1st.
You can read about 130 more responses but I think you get the idea.
So, what do you think about the original trade proposal or do you have a better package to get Kesler to Detroit?
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