Another rebuild dream based on pure speculation

George? - Ethan Miller

Everyone loves writing nearly nonsensical dream scenarios in which their team acquires a crazy number of great players for a pretty good price and immediately becomes a Stanley Cup contender. I'm no different, although I usually try to be realistic in my normal posts; for that reason, I'm going to FanPost this nonsense.

Below are four trades which seem to be semi-realistic to me, and would also drastically improve the on-ice quality of our team. My idea is that these deals would happen in the lead-up until the NHL trade deadline--which is, I should note, less than a month away. Without further ado...

1. The Ottawa Senators trade Patrick Wiercioch and Zack Smith to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for David Perron

The Sens get a very good left winger to play alongside Kyle Turris, while the Blues get a puck-moving defenceman to be the guy they'd hoped Wade Redden could be and also a good defensively-responsible, shit-disturbing centreman.

2. The Ottawa Senators trade Mika Zibanejad, Eric Gryba, and their 2014 first-round pick to the Anaheim Ducks for Corey Perry

Before this deal is done, Anaheim gives Ottawa permission to negotiate an extension with Perry; one is made. Bryan Murray loses someone he drafted and really liked, but acquires someone else he drafted and really likes but who is also a proven NHL scorer. (This deal probably wouldn't happen during the regular season.)

3. The Ottawa Senators trade two third-round picks (one conditional) to the Vancouver Canucks for Keith Ballard

The Canucks get rid of Ballard's contract in time for next season, and get a couple of good picks in return. The conditional pick is the 2013 third-rounder which, if Vancouver decides, can be swapped for a 2015 second rounder.

4. The Ottawa Senators trade Ben Bishop to the New York Islanders for Michael Grabner

The Islanders get a goalie. The Senators get a good, fast young player who will fit well in Paul MacLean's system and boosts the rebuild.

After all is said and done, the Ottawa Senators lineup looks like...

Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Corey Perry
David Perron - Kyle Turris - Jakob Silfverberg
Colin Greening - Peter Regin - Michael Grabner
Dave Dziurzynski - Jim O'Brien - Erik Condra

Erik Karlsson - Keith Ballard
Marc Methot - Jared Cowen
Cody Ceci - Chris Phillips

Craig Anderson
Robin Lehner

... for the 2013-14 season. What do you think? Too much? Not enough? Do you have a different plan in mind?

This FanPost was written by a member of the Silver Seven community, and does not necessarily reflect the beliefs or opinions of the site managers, editors, or Sports Blogs Nation, Inc.

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