Rumors have begun to fly with some pretty big names that are reportedly being shopped. The Wings have some pretty substantial cap space for the first time in years, but would they be interested in making a deal? I know I have been beating the trade scenarios like a dead horse, but it never hurts to look at some of the possibilities.
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Jarome Iginla – He’s 34 years old and has one year left at 7 mil. That would make him the highest paid Wing, which just doesn’t seem right. Yes he is highly skilled, and playing with Datsyuk and Zetterberg could be a huge boost for him. He’s had 10 seasons with 30+ goals, 4 with 40+ (including 43 last season), and 2 with 50+. What would it take to get him in the winged wheel? The flames would probably not want salary in return, so high picks and top prospects would be a must. Would you be willing to give up Smith, Tatar, Nyquist or a combination packaged with a few high picks for Iggy?
Alexander Semin – This rumor has been out there for a few years now, but has really heated up as of late due to Semin being a healthy scratch. This could be a low risk - high reward move for the Wings. Semin is 27 and is a UFA at seasons end, he can be an offensive beast when on a roll. Pair him up with Datsyuk and watch the sparks fly. He could also flop and not fit in with the Wings system, and is notorious for disappearing in the playoffs. The Caps are hard up against the cap and may part with the struggling winger for less than some would expect.
Zach Parise – He was one of the big names on the RFA market this summer, and ended up positioning himself to be the top prize come this July 1st. With New Jersey struggling to remain in the playoff picture and Parise likely to test the FA market the Devils would be best served to get something in return for the 27-year old sniper.
Bobby Ryan – The newest name on the market and probably the most intriguing of the bunch, Ryan is 24 and puts up the points consistently. In 3 seasons he has scored 31, 35 and 34 goals and looks to reach somewhere in that range again this year. It has been reported that the Ducks can’t afford the keep Ryan past this season. He comes with a 5.1 million dollar cap hit through the 2014-15 season and will be only 27 at the time his deal expires. It’s believed that the asking price would be a young defenseman, young forward and a high draft pick. I’d pull the trigger on Ericsson, Tatar and a 1st rounder.
Sam Gagner – Gagner’s name has been in the rumor mill the last two seasons. At 22 he hasn’t put up the numbers that the others on this list have, but again he is 22 and plays for the Oilers. This could be a more realistic deal for the Wings that wouldn’t cost them nearly as much. The Oilers are quickly building a young core that may see Gagner on the outside looking in.
Philadelphia Flyers – Injuries have left the Flyers looking for help on the blueline. The Wings could be an option as they are one of the few teams with defensive depth. The Flyers may be willing to part with a core player to get a deal done as well as shed some cap space. Who that player may be is unclear, but if it’s any one of Giroux, Hartnel, Voracek or Van Riemsdyk the Wings should kick that tire.
I originally wrote this to post on Wednesday but ended up making a last minute trip to Kentucky. So I left Bobby Ryan on here, even though he is supposedly not on the block now that Carlyle is gone, I wouldn't count him out since the reasons were monetary related.
Dunno about ericsson, tatar and a 1st for Ryan. Though I wouldn't care if shitbox is traded but given Kenny's seemingly immovable love for the guy I don't see it happening.
I hate to say it but if Brad Stuart doesn't resign, his departure will be more noticeable than Rafalski's next year...and we're not even talking about whether Lidstrom goes or comes back...
The idea of Datsyuk with Iginla just seems awesome to me. But Calgary will probably want a lot in return as they are looking to rebuild, but Iggy would still be a huge asset plus he wants a cup bad. He has probably the best wrist shot in the decade and he is gritty, mix that with veteran motivation and Pavel the wizard and we have the cup in Detroit.
Ryan would be an amazing pickup, especially if we could lock him up for longer. If Lidstrom retires we have even more cap space. This creates a stupid good core of players for a long time.
I see Semin as a large possibility. He may fit in with Pavel very well. But then again, who other than Cleary doesn't get better when they play with Pavel? I like Semin because he may be cheap and low risk. If he doesn't work out then we say goodbye at the end of the season. It would work out great and be safe. But does does safe win you cups?
What about Daniel Alfredsson? Being a swede he probably would fit better and be more rejuvenated than Iggy and I'm sure he would cost less. Another right handed shot too and would have that drive to win maybe too. Low cost, could be high reward. I also wouldn't mind us getting a backup. I think our offense is good and defense is solid too but the backup might need a bolster. I haven't given up on Conklin but I know that's been a point of discussion. I really loved how that Scott Clemmenson played when Brodeur was out for like 50 games a season or two ago. I remember I was really hopeful that the wings would bring him in as a backup when Osgood was hurt a while ago. I think Parise and Ryan are way too blue chip for the wings, unless they approached the wings or it was a situation similar to Hossa's. Those are my thoughts. I hope I don't get hung for them ha.
@teddywings you're right about Parise and Ryan, and even Iginla. Definitely too blue chip. We don't need someone of that ilk to win the cup. We just need another solid forward. We can do some heavy spending in the summer when we don't have to give anything up.
I like Parise if he ends up being a cheap rental, but I think Gagner or Hartnel could both be great pickups for us. They both could fill a void. Gagner could be a solid 2nd line center to keep Fil and Z on the wings or Hartnel could be top-six with a mean streak. There are so many options, We could go without any moves, but I dont see Kenny sitting tight with money to spend @marti783 @teddywings
my head explodes every time i try to think about this. there's so many different things to consider. prospects, draft picks, current players, and next years free agency. i hate trading prospects and draft picks because we've had such great success in the draft. there's only a couple players on the current team right now that i would trade and i don't think any of them would be enough to make a deal. and then there's next year when we will have BOAT LOADS of cash to spend. (i'm assuming Brad Stuart doesn't resign, otherwise it will just be LOADS of cash to spend.) I hope he does though.
I love the idea of Ryan and Parise, am neutral toward Iglina (though at the right price, yeah), and pro Gange. I actually love the idea of Gange for Hudler or Ericsson. I'd go for any of those Flyers as well, except for Voracek.
I'm int the same boat. Semin brings too much baggage and if we are going to do a blockbuster why go for a guy like Iginla that is neering the end. Gagner would be the cheapest and may only take E and a pick to get, plus he could all but guarantee Flip stays on the wing even through injuries @moorecha
I think Bobby Ryan might still be on the block based on salary issues and them needing to re-sign Perry and Getzlaf, though it all depends on how their season continues to play out with Boudreau in the mix. I think it would be a fantastic pickup for the Wings. Also, there's no way Philly is moving Giroux! I'd say him and Kessel are neck-and-neck in the Hart race so far.
I agree, the only thing that would guarantee Ryan stays with the Ducks is if they become a contender.
One name I have heard being thrown around as bait for the Wings that many people may not think about is Brad Stuart. He would make any package much more interesting than a Kindl or Ericsson would