With all due respect to Knuble, who is a great clubhouse leader the team could really use a top notch in front of the net big body that just can't get moved. We don't really have that with our current group of shifty forwards and when we do have that (Fehr), they are often injured. Our playoffs series losses have often been defined by not being able to get the dirty goal and our power play has reached anemic levels in the post season.
So since Atlanta is moving away, we should take a shot at getting Byfuglien , depending on the cost and moving him back to forward. His role in the Hawks cup victory was pretty substantial. We could also just use him up front on the PP and use him @ defense the other times. Its rare to see people trade in division, but now that the thrashers are moving this could be a good chance to get him from a team looking for a fresh start.
Another angle, and while this isn't a reason to trade for him, is a nice cherry on the sundae is that he is one of the leading African-American players in the NHL. DC obviously has a pretty large minority community and he could be a great ambassador to bring in a demographic that frankly pretty much ignores hockey.
What if anything would you want to trade for him?
Would you trade Mike Green for the recent all star. I think it would be a worthwhile trade, and it makes another player that we have locked up through the prime years of their career.