Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The apparent asking price for Columbus Blue Jackets' Rick Nash to Toronto Maple Leafs' GM Brian Burke is Joffery Lupul + a 1st Rounder or Lupul + Reimer. My question to you guys is would you do it?

Wexler Rumor: I heard the price for Nash was a 1st Rounder, Kulemin, Gardiner & either a prospect (Joe Colborne) or Macarthur.

Segal to Tampa; Fornataro to Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks have traded Brandon Segal to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Matt Fornataro. Segal, 28 has played over 70 NHL games and totals 20 points while Fornataro, who is 26 has no NHL experience.

Mahbod: I think the Lightning came out on top on this deal. Fornataro is 26 and still hasn't made his NHL debut and will most likely spend the rest of his career in the minors. Brandon Segal is a nice little mid-aged player to have scratched or in the minors so that when he comes up to fill in for an injured player, he can play with more confidence because of his prior experience.

Kyle: I Agree with Mahbod since Segal can be the emergency call up if there is an injury to any player on the NHL roster. He has NHL experience so that makes him get picked earlier for a call up than an untested rookie.

3 Team trade.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded F Steve Downie to the Colorado Avalanche. In return, the Colorado Avalanche gave up F Kyle Quincey. Lastly, Quincey has been traded to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for D Sebastien Piche and a 1st Round Pick in 2012.

Steve Downie is a gritty 2nd or 3rd liner that can fight, grit, and score every so often. He is a pending UFA earning $1.85Million this year.

Kyle Quincey is talented 2nd line defenseman that is good all around ability. He can score and do it all, but is inconsistent at times. If he becomes consistent, the Red Wings win this trade for sure.

Sebastien Piche is a projected depth defenseman that has a good slap shot, and ok defensive skills. I expect him to be a minor leaguer all his career.

Wexler: In my opinion the winner was Tampa because they are adding more and more picks to go along with their already youthful team. Also adding a young defenseman, Sebastien Piche who is currently playing in the AHL but has some potential. Also I do not think that Kyle Quincey will make a big impact on Detroit during their playoff run.

Mahbod: I believe that the Colorado Avalanche won in this deal. They have a decent defensive core including players such as Eric Johnson, Shane O'Brien and Ryan O'Byrne. The Avalanche are in 11th place in the West, but only 3 points out of the playoffs and with the addition of Steve Downie -a grinder who also lights up the score board- they have a much higher chance of making the playoffs, because now they have stacked offense. With Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny, Peter Mueller, Milan Hejduk, Gabe Landeskog and Steve Downie, not only do I think that they will make the playoffs, but they are probably going to have a deep run too.

Kyle: Red Wings because Quincey adds scoring to their defence. Downie is really only used as an enforcer and the first round pick of Detroit will be low in the draft because they are leading the Western Conference.