risteenhuis Posted November 1, 2008 Report Share Posted November 1, 2008 I don't think Montreal will land Kovalchuk if BG is even trying after last year dealings with Atlanta. However this is my trade suggestion. Higgins (RFA, $1.7 million) Kovalev (UFA, $4.5 million) O'Byrne ($942k) Dandenault (UFA, $1.725 million) 2nd round pick 2010 Atlanta takes on $8.867 million Kovalchuk ($6.4 million, 1 more year remaining on contract) Montreal brings up Chips ($943k) to replace Dandenault, Weber ($850k) to replace O'Byrne, and Patches ($850k) to replace Higgins. Total $2.643 for rookies. Montreal -8.867 + 6.4 + 2.643 = 176k salary cap increase for Montreal Atlanta gets 4 roster players. One is RFA and one has two more years remaining at which point OB will still be RFA. Kovalev is a very exciting player so the fans in Altanta should be happy this year. Dandenault can play forward or defence. Atlanta does not get Halak. Montreal needs Halak to backup Price and more importantly cover for Price if he is ever injuried or ill. Montreal lines after the trade. Goalies: Price and Halak Patches - Koivu - Tanguay (rookie shooter with two great passers) Kovalchuk - Pleks - A.Kostitsyn (the fastest line in the NHL with a 50 goal sniper on the wing) Chips - Lang - S.Kostitsyn (checking line with some offensive numbers, Chips would play center part of the time) Latendresse - Lapierre - Kostopolous (energy line) Markov - Komi (#1 D pairing) Hammer - Weber (rookie with veteran, PP specialist Weber) Gorges - Bouillon (two very solid D that will in some games get a lot of ice time as they are very good on PK) spares: Brisebois, Laraque, Begin The above trade could be modified to include Bouillon instead of Dandenault. Altanta does not get their hands on Halak. Montreal needs Halak at the very least until the trade deadline next season as there is no goalie (IMO) ready to backup Price. Maybe a 1st round pick instead of 2nd round pick if Atlanta gave a 2nd round pick back in return. Montreal would still have D'Agostini, White, Belle, Maxwell, Stewart, Carle, and Danis that could in an emergency play in Montreal. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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