Commodore for Kovalev?
This is the time of year when the GM’s get antsy.
they pretty much know how the regular season is going to end, vis-a-vis the post season, and the salary cap has become much more manageable, vis-a-vis trades.
They also know the shine will have come off of the early season hope, and hype, leaving them holding the bag for any of their decisions, should they have not panned out.
Two such GM’s are Bryan Murray and the Columbus Blue Jackets Scott Howson.
And, along with growing on and off ice issues, these two share a trade history, but not a conference.
They also share a desperation for shedding bad contracts, to players causing locker room strife, namely Alex Kovakev and Mike Commodore.
Unfortunately, the two players do not share contract terms. Commodore, unlike Kovalev, has 2 years remaining on his “bad deal”, a deal the Senators passed on when Commodore left the Senators roster upon reaching free agency.
But that doesn’t mean a deal cannot be had, it just means compensation will have to be agreed upon for his 2 remaining years of term.
I’ve spoken a great deal about Columbus in the past, because Murray has spoken with Columbus a great deal in the past, and present.
So here’s my .02 cents. It is based 99% on pure speculation, and 1% on past rumours and 2+2 guess work.
to Columbus, for
Commodore, Filatov, 2011 1st, 2012 3rd, 2013 4th.
The only way Ottawa wins this deal is if Filatov, or Commodore play well, and that remains a long shot. The picks, mainly the 1st, is the return for eating Commodores contract for 11 and 12.
Ottawa does need another shut down guy, with a mean streak, but does Commodore have enough game left in him to be a regular, or is he a highly paid Carkner?
And Filatov, is he a star stuck in a bad situation, just a new start away from reaching his full potential? Or is he a merging of Kiagarodov and Daigle, with a 2+ million dollar price tag?
We know what Kovalev is, and we know Lee can play, but won’t.
The cost, in terms of roster players, is low, but the long-term risk is big.
Would you do it?