I have to admit, Tantalum, you make a good case for Gleason as the 5th D. I could see that. And, who wouldn't want Ruutu?
Ballard and Raymond for Gleason and Ruutu, I would not hesitate!
Don't know if the Canes see it as an even swap, mind you. But what about that 4th line winger? As your priority 2a., would he be more important than getting someone like Ruutu? No? But, now that you've brought this up, I would be all over that Ballard/Raymond for Ruutu/Gleason trade! Please try to set her up, Tantalum!
You know, I think Nashville is on the way to losing both Suter and Weber. Weber signed last summer with the understanding that ownership was committed to spending more to build a winning team (at least that was the shpiel). That didn't happen! This year their spending is still under 50 mil (with a salary cap of 64+ mil). Where's the new commitment in that?
If they make the playoffs (not sure at the moment), they won't go far, especially given how the contenders in the West are on so much of a par now. So, if Weber is set to go in the summer (likely), Poile may choose not to deal Suter at the deadline, given what he can expect to rake in for Weber. But, if the package is tempting enough, and the team is not really weakened by the exit of Suter (a reasonable D man included in the trade, perhaps) then, I think Suter will be dealt. A lot of "ifs", I know, but that's how the cookie gets crumbled!
P.S. Glad to hear that there are more "Ballard realists" here! Let's not mention how that's not the case over at CDC!