Southern_Canuck wrote:The "end of an era" in Calgary started the same way - with a Phaneuf for Matt Stajan and Ian White trade.
They tried a few more veteran retreads (Jokinen, Cammalleri, etc), but eventually they accepted that they needed to tear the Calgary core apart and they netted mediocre future prospects and a couple of first round picks for Iginla and Bouwmeester. And Kiprusoff retired with a year left on his contract.
Hey - at least the Canucks got a 1st round pick along with their Stajan and White!
This is not a good comparison.
Phaneuf was younger and at the time had a much higher ceiling and was expected to only get better.
Sutter had two options to fix the room. Trade Regher : Trade Phaneuf. He opted to do the latter, despite the fact Regher was showing wear and tear and was by all accounts the player who initiated the stuff with Dion. Sutter went to the phones and made the first trade that was offered despite Phaneuf having no NTC and not seeing who else was interested in Dion (much like the Thronton trade, GMs said had they known Dion was on the block they would have offered a lot more than what Toronto gave up).
In this situation, Kesler is not going to get better. The hope Anaheim has is that he returns to form but that's no guarantee. Everyone knew Kesler was going, and teams made their offers. The number of teams were limited because of a NMC for Kesler so we didn't have the same options that Sutter had with the Phaneuf deal. The two or three GMs who could deal for Kesler, thanks to the NMC, likely knew what the other was offering and so there was no need to throw a home run trade out. Why blow the Canucks away if you know the competition is nickel and diming? Try and get him for less than you can offer to make more deals later.
In my mind, Benning got all he was going to get and we should be happy since we get some replacement pieces for more moves and a pick. In the case of the Phaneuf deal, Sutter fucked up hard despite having many options open to him. The Flames still haven't recovered from that absolute waste of assets (remember they also gave up a guy who became an NHLer in Aulie). The Hodgson deal would be more apt (moving our best prospect for one that another team might have given up for a lot less).