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