Neither of you got the point of my post. I wasn't saying that's what he would go for or what was equal value, my point was that in order to trade Kesler it is going to take a huge OVERPAYMENT in order to make Gillis consider. Otherwise there is no point in trading a 29 yr old top 6 center when we have zero depth in that position... unless Gillis is committed to a 5 year rebuild, which we all know that he and particularly Aquilini are not!
Well then Gillis is a shitty GM if needs a huge overpayment just to pull the trigger on a trade involving Ryan Kesler. No GM in his right mind is going to bend over and offer up a payment like you suggested. The point I am making is that this team has hitched its wagon right or wrong to the twins for four more years and 7 million per season. I can't see them coughing up another 7 or 8 million for a 32 year old Kesler which is what he will be when he signs his next contract.
There is good young depth coming through the system at the centre ice postion but the problem is the team doesn't have a good NHL centre between the ages of 21 - 28 unless you consider Zac Dalpe or Jordan Schroeder good players. Sean Couturier is 21 and in his 3rd season. He is going to be a perennial 50- 60 point guy who plays hard, plays good D and will be a solid 2nd line pivot for years to come.
No idea what your point about a five year rebuild is regarding. I am advocating bringing in a good young impact player who can help the team now. Guys like Schwartz, Couturier, Tarasenko, Etem, Silfverberg are what I'm talking about. This team needs to get younger, quicker and better but it doesn't have to be a total tear down of the roster . I am against dealing Kesler for draft picks but people have to realize he is one of the few players on this team that could get good value and speed up the mini rebuild this team needs moving forward.Burrows and Luongo have little to no value. Edler has decent value and likely so does Garrison . That said if i had to put money on a guy who wouldn't be devastated to move on to certain teams #17 is at the top of my list. I can see RK okaying Anaheim, Rangers, St Lou, Chicago, Philly or Detroit, maybe even Hogtown, Washington perhaps. Can't see Boston or Pittsburgh interested.
I shudder if Kesler and Henrik are the top 2 centres on this team in three seasons tripping over their grey beards and chewing up 14 - 15 million in cap space.