Well with the break settling in and only a few days of Olympic hockey in said break, I have been thinking (as we all have, I'm sure) about the trade deadline and what moves we'd like to see GMGM make. There's been a lot of talk about which defenseman we should trade for (defense being our #1 concern), but not much from what I've seen in discussion about what we're willing to give up.
To those who are in the camp of "don't mess with team chemistry"/"our defense is fine! just look at the streak!" I kindly point you to this excellent fanpost: Analysis - Takeaways From the Streak. Return after you've read it and discuss.
For me, particularly, I'm a fan of Dan Hamhuis as our upgrade on the blue line - he's a solid shut down defenseman, and a team like the Predators can afford to give him away due to their excellent depth at the defenseman position. I assume that David Poile would want a replacement defenseman (The Cost of Dan Hamhuis) in addition to at least one forward to spark the Predators lacking offense. With these details in mind, there are, in my mind, a couple of trade scenarios. For the return defenseman, I think it would either be Brian Pothier or Shaone Morrisonn. Green and Schultz aren't going anywhere, Poti is currently our veteran defenseman, and Erskine/Sloan aren't exactly what Nashville's GM is looking for, to say the least. Since they're looking for someone to play big minutes, I say ShaMo goes. He's played big minutes with Green, and while he's clearly a downgrade for them, they'll take it because they don't need another puck mover like Pothier.
Then it becomes tricky. What forward do we send, if at all? Do we send a prospect? A draft pick? How much is Hamhuis (or any defenseman) worth for rental? My suggestion (for Hamhuis specifically) is either Fehrsie (which, admittedly, would depress me a tad bit, but he has fallen out of favor with Gabby it seems) or a prospect like Francois Bouchard. If necessary, I'm not opposed to sending a draft pick in addition, maybe second round.
So, my verdict:
Caps get: Dan Hamhuis
Preds get: Shaone Morrisonn, Eric Fehr/Francois Bouchard, 2nd Round draft pick (possibly)
So, my question to you: Who would you pick as the defenseman we need/want, and what would you trade for him, realistically? Your decision may factor in us trading for a second line center, back up goalie, etc. Please provide reasoning for your trade suggestions - if you still think we're fine, tell me why.
So Rink Rats - What say you?
Note: Been lurking for a while, but I'm interested to know what you all think so I'm joining the fray. I'd just like to say thanks to everyone for making the best community on a sports blog I've ever seen. You guys rock.