Let’s Make A Deal With The Panthers
The Florida Panthers currently hold the #3 overall pick in the 2010 Entry Draft. I think they could be a likely trade partner, but it’s more than just for that pick. * – The Sun Sentinel speculates that Nathan Horton will be gone from Florida at the draft. This speculation is spurred by Horton’s agent, Paul Krepelka. Darren Dreger has also confirmed Horton’s availability.
The article also suggest the Sabres would be a good trading partner, suggesting Tim Connolly coming back. I’m going to suggest that the Oilers give Dale Tallon a call and see first of all to see if the draft pick is available, and secondly, see if they have interest in any of the Oilers players for Horton.
What needs do the Panthers have? TSN’s Scott Cullen’s Off-season Game Plan for the Florida Panthers says the team will need one top six forward, a top four defenseman and an additional defenseman.
Some have suggested Sheldon Souray as a player the Panthers could be interested in for Horton. Souray will make $4.5M for the next and final 2 seasons ($5.4M cap hit) of his contract, which makes him a bit more marketable to teams with some cap space. The Panthers are sitting at $46.6M this coming season, but still have some signings to make. Perhaps we could spin this deal (be forewarned, I’ve never claimed to be good at drafting trade suggestions):
If Florida would shop #3…
2010 1st Round Pick (#3 overall)
2010 2nd Round Pick (#31 overall) or next year’s 1st Rounder if they don’t bite on that
With that #3 pick we would then, presumably, draft one of the big name d-men in this year’s draft – Gudbransson, Fowler, or Gormley.
The #3 overall pick is a bit of an added bonus. They may not have any intent on trading it, or it may take a lot to get it. The important part for me would be getting Nathan Horton, and I think we could make that happen for Sheldon Souray and perhaps a lesser prospect. As far as the #3 overall pick, we might have to give a bit more if we’re really after it (such as upgrade to our 2011 first rounder…. swap Cogliano with Brule…. add Omark or Rajala… and/or take on a bad contract).
If Florida isn’t shopping #3, we could try…
+ Salary dump player if necessary (** – Allen / Weiss / Reinprecht? – may need to balance the Edmonton end more)
Let’s presume we get Horton for the idea above… perhaps our forward lines in a couple years would look something like:
Penner Gagner Hemsky
Hall Brule Horton
MPS Potulny Eberle
Stortini Horcoff (random defensive UFA signing)
* – Credit to Copper N Blue for pointing out this story.
1st Overall Pick Is Up For Grabs (…sorta)
One last note… I see a newer article up on TSN tonight by Darren Dreger about the Oilers welcoming all trade offers for the #1 pick. Anyone else scared here? I doubt that Tambellini would mortgage the future for someone (like another Hossa), but you just never know. Stay the course. That said, if some insane, unpassable deal (ex. Kopitar for our 1st + a good player) comes along, that changes things. But for the most part, that pick should remain ours when it comes time to step up to the podium.
This article also brings up the Florida Panthers and how Nathan Horton is available. ** – The article also suggests that there are few players that will stay untouchable on the Panthers (Booth, Kulikov, Markstrom) and even brings up Stephen Weiss as being shopped. It’s unlikely, but perhaps we could get Bryan Allen along with Nathan Horton in some way. I’ve brought his name up before. I know he’s a solid d-man that the Panthers aren’t likely anxious to move, but if they’re serious about a rebuild it won’t hurt to ask.