RUMOUR: Sens Ready To Part With #1 Pick?
WARNING: If you hate rumours, do not read. If you read, do not complain about how you hate rumours!
There’s talk out there that it may be about to happen. I pass this rumour along for two reasons;
- Because it’s fun, it is entertainment after all.
- Because it has the ring of truth, albeit not fact, NOT FACT!
It is a poorly kept secret that CHI has been scouting Sens games of late, and it is a well known fact that CHI has impending cap issues.
Murray, according to recent claims (both by him and the media), is trying to land a top 6 winger. Now, as discussed in my previous post, there are 2 ways to achieve this goal; trade for a longer term contracted player you want, at a significant cost; Or trade for a rent-a-player, for a lesser cost.
If in fact the rumour of CHI and OTT talking trade has some merit to it, one would have to think the Hawks would want to move a term salary off of the books, and in order to do so, would expect fairly high compensation in return.
Hence, the substance of the rumour rings true. The rumour being that, with Bolland back on the active roster, CHI is looking to land a roster player and 1st round pick in return for a legit top 6 winger.
The pick part is obvious, the player part, not so much. One would have to assume this player would provide some depth for a team hoping to make a Cup run. It’s also reasonable to assume the Hawks would want this player to be un-signed beyond the 09/10 season.
So who on the Sens roster fits this bill?
Ryan Shannon, Peter Regin, Nick Foligno, Jesse Winchester or Shean Donovan.
Of those on that list, only Donovan and Shannon are UFA’s, the remainder are RFA’s and thus represent manageable impending contracts for the performances they provide.
One would have to think the players on that list most desired by CHI would be Regin or Foligno, the ones most available would be Shannon or Donovan.
Would Bowman move Versteeg, Bolland or Sharp for a 1st and one of Shannon or Donovan?
Ahhhh, ’tis the season, like it or not!