With the trade deadline approaching, fans get a chance to dream of what they’ve always wanted: to get rid of dead weight on their team for a possible superstar.
But that’s not the way it works, but that doesn’t stop fans from wishing for trades that only benefit their teams.
HFBoards is one of the funniest to pursue. Fans can play GM and post trades they believe should happen. But most of the time, the deal are pretty brutal. One example from a year ago was Eric Staal for Evgeni Malkin straight up.
Although I’m sure if someone could have posted Jaroslav Spacek for Tomas Kaberle earlier in the year, and he would have been laughed at. Still, some of these suggestions are brutal.
I thought, with today being trade deadline day, it would be fun to look at some the crazier trade offers people have posted there in the past week or so, along with a quick line of why it doesn’t make sense. Note, I haven’t included all the times, but about two-thirds of them.
Anaheim Ducks: Lubomir Visnovsky, Ryan Getzlaf and 1st rounder to Chicago for Patrick Kane & Nick Leddy. While there’s no way the Blackhawks make this deal either, the side is laughable from the Ducks side. Especially with a first rounder added in.
Boston Bruins: Thomas, Seguin and Hamilton to Chicago for Kane, Emery, 1st rounder and a top prospect. Makes no sense from the Boston side. You need a top goalie to win in the playoffs, and Emery/Rask wouldn’t be able to give the Bruins the same type of goaltending Thomas does. Plus Seguin and Hamilton are too good to give up.
Buffalo Sabres: I couldn’t find any that was bad for Buffalo. I did find out Sabres fans overvalue Tyler Myers way too much, and that they want Patrick Kane for pretty cheap.
Calgary Flames: Jarome Iginla to Boston for Dougie Hamilton. I like Hamilton a lot, but there’s no way the Flames give up their franchise player for a prospect.
Carolina Hurricanes: Jeff Skinner and Jamie McBain to Winnipeg for Dustin Byfuglien, Paul Postma and Carl Klingberg. I don’t even know where to start on this one. I don’t think Carolina makes this deal if it was just Skinner, much less adding McBain to it.
Chicago Blackhawks: Pat Kane to Nashville for Suter, Nsh 1st, Wilson and Hornqvist. There’s no way the Blackhawks give up Kane when the key part coming back is going to be a free agent this summer.
Colorado Avalanche: Paul Stasny to Florida for Garrison, Goc and a first. I’ve seen a lot of Stastny trade rumours this year. Why do people undervalue him so much?
Columbus BlueJackets: Rick Nash to Detroit for Jiri Hudler, Johan Franzen and Conditional First 2013 (Pick depends on how Detroit does in the playoffs). Not sure how any of those pieces help Columbus with a rebuild. But hey, why let logic get in the way of a trade offer?
Edmonton Oilers: Nugent Hopkins and Omark to Montreal for Plekanec, Tinordi and 1st rounder 2012. I’ve always thought Montreal fans were the worst at making up trading offers. And this now proves it.
Florida Panthers: Nick Bjugstad to Montreal for Scott Gomez and a late round pick. I don’t even know who Bjugstad is, but there’s no way Florida makes this trade. No one will take on Gomez at this stage of the season. Maybe by a team in the summer to get to the cap floor. But not now.
Los Angeles Kings: Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown to Buffalo for Jason Pominville and Derek Roy. Sigh. Sure, L.A. should trade their captain, along with their best offensive player, for a 25-goal scorer and a player having a brutal year. That’s how you improve on the worst offense in the league.
Montreal Canadiens: A player and a first rounder to Florida for Jonathan Huberdeau. This is one of those rare deals that no one does, but it definitely doesn’t make sense from Montreal’s point of view, as that first rounder has a chance to be first overall.
NY Islanders: PA Parenteau and Mark Eaton to Boston for Adam McQuaid and BOS 1st Round Pick. Now, this isn’t as bad a deal as many of the others. But it makes no sense for the Islanders to do this. They’re better off keeping their young core, which Parenteau is a part of.
NY Rangers: Dubisnky to Washington for Wideman. The Rangers don’t need another defenceman, and aren’t trading Dubinsky to get one.
Ottawa Senators: 1st, Foligno, Prince to Los Angeles for Brown. Ottawa is rebuilding. Why trade a first rounder and a prospect (along with Foligno) when they don’t have to?
Philadelphia Flyers: Bryzgalov, Van Riemsdyk and Schenn to Calgary for Iginla, Kiprusoff and Nemisz. Calgary doesn’t do this deal for the same reason mentioned in the Flames section of this post. But there’s a few problems for the Flyers. Why deal a young roster player, a top prospect they had to trade their captain to get, and someone they just signed to a nine-year deal for an old goalie, an old player and a prospect no one outside of Flames fans and keeper pool players have ever heard of? Plus, this neglects to mention that generally, top goalies are not traded for one another during the regular season.
Pittsburgh Penguins: G Brent Johnson and a 5th Round Pick to Tampa for Dwyane Roloson. Pittsburgh doesn’t need to improve their backup goalie, and Roloson has been brutal this year.
St. Louis Blues: Halak & Stewart to Toronto for Lupul & Reimer. I don’t think the Blues trade Stewart as he could still turn into a great power forward (and yes, I know he’s having a bad year). Plus Halak is playing great for St. Louis, as he’s splitting the starts with Elliott. Lupul may be having a great season, but there’s no guarantee he has the same chemistry in St. Louis as he does with Kessel. So I don’t think the Blues do this.
Toronto Maple Leafs: First round pick to Montreal for Peter Budaj + Mike Blunden + Habs 2012 2nd round pick. This is just awful. Toronto needs a number one goalie, not a backup.
Vancouver Canucks: Ryan Kesler, Roberto Luongo and Ian Laperrière to Toronto for Dion Phanuef, Nik Kulimen, Jonas Gustavsson, Toronto 1st (2012 if they make the playoffs, 2013 if not). Wow. Vancouver gives up the heart of their team in Kesler, their #1 goalie and a player whom I am pretty sure the poster mis-identified (should be Maxim Lapierre). It doesn’t matter what is coming back. It doesn’t make sense.