Hockey Widow wrote:Ottawa confirms Spezza has requested a trade as he is tired of being blamed when things don't go well in Ottawa. The why is unimportant but the fact that Murray has once again gone public that one of his stars has asked for a trade surprises me. Anyway, he is now being very actively shopped. Who he will waive for has not been released but he is asking to go to a contender.
Who will get the greater return? I say Kesler, cheaper and younger.
And more effective in all areas of the ice. Kesler can do it all. Players like Bergeron, Kopitar, and Toews seem to be highly favoured these days. Gotta play in all zones and be a force all over the ice. While players like Gaborik and Kane score a ton, it's the two-way leaders that seem to generate a ton of interest. His contract makes him even more of an asset. In a perfect world the Canucks wouldn't trade him... but circumstances are what they are and we need to make the best of them (and him as an asset).
Guys like Spezza and Thornton are first-line point-producing players, and require first-line commitments in terms of salary. A guy like Kesler can be absorbed as a second-line asset with a 1B production capability. He can still impact the game like a first-liner, but requires the commitment of a higher-end second liner. Put it this way: the cap hit for David Booth is $4.25M, for Alex Burrows it's $4.5. Ryan Kesler at $5M blows them both out of the water. A team like Anaheim or Chicago might have trouble fitting a $7M cap hit into their cap structure, but a $5M hit is much easier to absorb.
For a competitive team, Kesler is far easier to fit under the cap and impacts the game very similarly to Spezza and Thornton (might not score as much but can shut down/PK etc). He's also the youngest of the bunch, doesn't have the injury history of a Spezza, nor is he signed at a high cap hit until he's 38 like Thornton.