Just crazy enough to work
There doesn’t seem to be a lot of serious trade talks so far this year and this may be because most teams don’t have compatible trade partners. But there are two teams out there that both have glaring needs and both have what the others would want, I’m talking about Pittsburgh and Columbus. Here are two teams that should be talking because they have what each other wants. In Columbus their needs are obvious, a number one center and a PP quarterback. Pittsburgh on the other hand is in desperate need of a scoring winger to help out Crosby on the top line. They also happen to be over stocked with number one centers and PP quarterbacks. With Crosby, Malkin and Stall all playing for this team it is painfully obvious that somebody has to be moved and the only logical choice is Stall. Sure he plays a solid checking role but he is destined for so much more and from what we’ve seen so far he isn’t a very good winger. Because of this, he will never find a role on the top two lines not to mention he is in line for a nice raise this summer. Pittsburgh also has four offensive defensemen roaming their back end when Gonchar comes back. Both Letang and Goligoski have shown that they have the tools to be contributors not only in the future but in the present as well. Now don’t get me wrong Whitney is an excellent D-man but the Pens have shown that in his absence they can still be a good team.
On the other hand Columbus’s PP stinks and Umberger has proven to not be the answer to their number one center problem. Also they have a nice young core of wingers coming up the ranks and this makes Rick Nash expendable. Now I know he is the face of the franchise and their only superstar but he isn’t going to help their PP (he only has 8 PP points so far!) or help out in the face off circle.
So here is the trade I think both teams would greatly benefit from: Ryan Whitney and Jordan Stall for Rick Nash and a first round pick. Of course I am no GM so maybe the first round pick is a little high, in that case the Pens can either throw in a proven role player such as Tyler Kennedy or Matt Cooke, or throw in a lower draft pick of their own. It’s not like the Blue Jackets have been on fire with their first round picks anyway.
Columbus might miss Nash at first but I think Stall in a number one center position can be just as effective if not more then Nash has been. And Whitney will help solve some of their PP woes. I can just see a number one line of Stall/Filatov/Voracek burning up the league in a year or two, and Nash with Crosby and who ever else is scary. The salaries work out and both teams should better. I just think this trade makes too much sense for it not to happen, but hey I’m just a fan not a GM.