Sunday, February 19, 2012

What Would You Give For Rick Nash?

Rick NashDuring last night’s beatdown of my Toronto Maple Leafs, I watched CBC’s Hot Stove segment during the second intermission and Elloitte Friedman stated it would take two prospects, a player (assuming a good one) and a first-round draft pick.

My Leafs are one of the few teams Nash would agree to be traded to, but should they make a trade when they have other glaring needs? The Leafs need a #1 goalie. James Reimer not only has been inconsistent but he’s lost his confidence. They also need a true #1 center. Tyler Bozak and Mikhail Grabovski are good players, but on any other team they would be centering the second line. The Leafs also need a top-pairing defenseman that can actually play defense and hit. Luke Schenn, like Reimer, does it infrequently and has also lost his confidence.

Rick Nash won’t stop the puck but he would be just the player to make Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul more dangerous than they already are. What would it take to get him? I’d propose Grabovski, Schenn, either Nazem Kadri or Joe Colborne, plus a first round pick. Grabbo is in a slump but he’s capable of nearly a point a game production. Schenn will turn out fine, but a change of scenery rather than seat time in the press box is what he needs right now. Kadri is not a bust, but with Nikolai Kulemin and Joffrey Lupul in front of him he’ll never get a chance to play on the top two lines in Toronto.

This is a steep price to pay, but how often do you get a chance to acquire a top player like Rick Nash?


Zebster said...

Apparently the Bruins and Rangers are on his six-team list. Going to a team like that, depending on what they'd have to give up, could guarantee a Cup Final. I'd love to have him and would consider even trading Rask. I'd hate to give up the future #1 goalie but what price is too high for a Stanley Cup trophy, plus the Bs need a shot in the arm right now.
I would not be surprised to see the Leafs pull the trigger on him though.

dasnake said...

hahahaha, snake doing a hockey comment, hahahahaha, anyway, enuff humor, zeb and other bruin fans, our vancouver province newspaper has an article about kanucks and bruins, run it on the net, it should be easy to find.

Brent said...

The Canes should give Tuomo Ruutu, Justin Peters, Joni Pikanen, the 1st rd choice in 2013 and a 3rd in 2014 for Nash. I can dream of a 1st line of Staal-Skinner-Nash. I'd put that line up against any other.