Regardless of what side of the Logan Brown debate you sit on, it really looks like the team is going to move on from him soon. With the emergence of Josh Norris as a top-line centre and the rapidly improving Shane Pinto already playing well with Tim Stützle, it appears that the window for Logan Brown being part of this team's plans is closing, if not closed. Whether Seattle picks him up in the expansion draft or the Sens make a trade, Logan Brown may have suited up for his last game here in Ottawa.
With that in mind, here are some thoughts on potential returns for Ottawa, but I'd love to see what other things people think might come back in a Brown deal.
Matt Dumba for Logan Brown and a 3rd
Minnesota finds themselves in a tough spot heading into the expansion draft. With three other defencemen that they have to protect (thanks to NMCs) and more than four forwards they want to keep, Minnesota may be forced to leave Dumba exposed. Instead of losing him for nothing, they could pick up a potential Top-6 forward and a 3rd round pick. Ottawa gets an instant upgrade beside Thomas Chabot. Dumba's contract is up in 2023, so the Sens could walk away at that point if JBD and Thomson are knocking down the door.
Morgan Frost for Logan Brown
Just like Brown, Frost dominated at the OHL level, but has stumbled to begin his NHL career. There's ton of promise for both of these players, but they might be prime candidates for a change of scenery. Both could still become Top-6 centres in the NHL, but their current trajectory with their respective clubs is them ending up on the outside looking in. Does Philly ask for a sweetener since Frost is a year young and less injury prone? Maybe, but I like the deal as a one-for-one deal.
Cody Glass and Dylan Sikura for Logan Brown and a 2nd
Cody Glass is another great example of a great junior centre who projects in the Top-6 but has stumbled to start off his career. He's been given opportunities to play with some amazing players in Vegas, but just hasn't be able to figure it out. Sikura had a strong college career, but is becoming more of an AHL mainstay than an NHL regular. Vegas gives Brown the opportunity to walk in and compete for the pivot spot between Pacioretty and Stone. Chandler Stephenson has held down the role for the past two seasons, but he is not the long term solution. Brown could really thrive playing with two elite wingers as a complementary piece.
Three-way trade: Dominik Bokk to Ottawa, Logan Brown to Seattle, Expansion Draft Considerations to Carolina
Now that we have one German winger, why not grab another. Bokk has already been traded once since being picked in the first round in 2018. He's got skill and size and he's succeeded at the highest levels in Sweden. He could be that right-winger Stützle is going to need down the road (unless you think Connor Brown is that guy), and the German connection would certainly make his transition to the new system easier. Seattle gets a talented young centre who could have a chance to be a big part of what they're going to build out there. For Carolina, we have Seattle agreeing not to pick any of their defencemen, so that they can go with the 7-3-1 protection scheme and still keep their Top-4 intact.
Conor Timmins for Logan Brown
Timmins is buried behind the excellent depth on the Colorado blueline. He's a right-handed defender with a ton of upside and could end up being a long-term partner for Chabot or Sanderson down the line. Colorado gets a young centre they can shelter behind MacKinnon and Kadri, and they can afford to miss on this because of their excellent organizational depth.
What are some other deals you think the Sens could swing using Brown as the centrepiece.