Here is one I have been thinking about since Callahan has stated he wants huge $$. Would you trade Brown for Callahan straight up? As long as Callahan agreed to a deal on trade day (his numbers are insane - he is looking for 7 years $6.5-6.75 per) I would have to think long and hard about it. I still can't believe that NY of all places "can't afford" what he is asking for ... lot of interesting rumors out there.
I mean, if the moveable pieces being talked about are guys like Clifford, Nolan, Muzzin, Stoll, Regehr, Greene, low 1st round pick, etc. it's going to be a short discussion with the other team when what's being asked for in return is an upper echelon player. If what the team is willing to move isn't valuable then the target is going to be the next rung down on the ladder.
no LA scouts @ EDM game.
If NYI would take something like Clifford, Martinez + 2nd for Grabner and MacDonald that's the route I would go.
The math would be close. NYI would likely have to eat a portion of MacDonald's deal (he's pending UFA I believe) so it would only effect them for this year.
Grabner may not be Carter but he does have a lot of speed. I think he would score a lot with Kopitar.
Pair MacDonald with Doughty and move everyone down.
Then you still have your first to trade and Regehr can go if you need cap space for a second deal.
That's a deal I could get behind. NYI get two guys that play for them next year for cheap and save Grabner's $4M cap hit to go after Vanek plus the pick/prospect.
Kings get Grabner for one more year (I think) and they can try and re-sign MacDonald who may love L.A. after playing on Long Island.
I don't event think the Kings need to make some massive trade for scoring help.
I think just something to boost the offense slightly, give the lines a new look etc would be enough at this point.
It's pie in the sky talk that is obviously going to be slanted in the Canadian team's favor. The media up there are hoping and praying that they will finally overcome the NHL conspiracy and U.S. bias to bring home a Stanley Cup to the motherland.