Todd Bersnoozi wrote: SKYO wrote:
Are you hearing Kane to Van is almost done? Reports out of Van have a package around Hansen, Guance and Tanev going to the Jets
Hmmm.. I dunno. As much as I would luv to see Evander back in Van-city, this might have the makings of an Alex Mogilny for Peca, Wilson + Mckee(?). I know u gotta give something to get something and maybe this is going to be Gillis's first bold trade. Hansen is a great utility player for us, he can do just about everything, PP, PK, 1st-3rd line (albeit not @ elite lvl). I'd like to keep Gaunce, I think it's nice to have a big strapping young centreman coming along, but he's probably most expendible as we have BoHo and K.Lain for that position too. The guy u don't want to lose is Tanev. He's really starting to come to his own, has probably been our best D-man most nites and is the youngest guy on our D core. That speaks volumes when we have the likes of Edler, Hammer, Garrison, Juice.
You are on point with Tanev, but that could be one of the reasons to trade him now. He has immediate and future value. His cap hit this year is $1.5M and he is a RFA at the end of this season, considering his play, as you just said one of our best defensemen, there is no reason to think he won't be asking for something in the $3M+ range, if his play continues to be steady and showing improvement every couple of weeks, then his agent asking even something approaching $4M won't be a surprise. A deal like this is something Gillis has to pull the trigger on. Our top 6 forward group has been our achilles heel for too long, the Sedins are slowing down and having more trouble being effective against top defenders who have read the book on them. Adding a top-6 forward like Kane means that opponents will have to pick and choose, and the Sedins are still good enough to pick apart secondary defenders.
That is a deadly top 6 (if Santo and Kas keep playing the way they are).
The bottom six would take a hit with the loss of Hansen, but not one that couldn't be covered.
And who knows what other tweaks Gillis can make at the deadline.
Our blueline would still be.....
Losing Tanev on the blueline would definitely hurt our depth, but like you said, you gotta give to get, and I don't want to see us commit another $3.5M-$4M to our blueline and not improve the top 6 forward group.