Laraque's too costly, Pens targetting Boyes?

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the talks between Phoenix and Pittsburgh involving a trade for Georges Laraque, are unlikely to produce an actual trade, because Mike Barnett’s asking price for Laraque is too steep for Ray Shero.

According to the Post-Gazette the Coyotes are not desperate to get rid of him, and they quote an “individual familiar with the situation.” The trade would have involved a 1st round pick and a prospect from the Penguins, for Laraque and 2nd or a 3rd round pick, according to media reports out of Phoenix The Post-Gazette also says in the report that there are at least 1 team in the East (other than the Penguins), and two in the West interested in acquiring Laraque.

To read the Post-Gazette article CLICK HERE.

Also member BruMagnus sent the following:

Bill Watters announced on the Leafs Lunch radio program that Brad Boyes could potentially go to Pittsburgh.
But many other rumours have George Laraque going to Pittsburgh. The Arizona Republic reports that George Laraque plus a 2nd or 3rd round pick could be going Pittsburgh’s way in exchange for a 1st round pick and an AHLer.

A struggling Brad Boyes would surely be rejuvenated in Pittsburgh. After all he played with Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron in the World’s last year. But, I personally doubt it and wonder how large the return would be. Especially considering the idea of giving up a 1st rounder for Laraque.

But with further analysis, if the Penguins did swap their 1st for Phoenix’s 2nd round, they’d only lose about 10 spots. Yet even still, I think that would be an unwise move for a team already replete with solid 3rd and 4th liners. I’d much prefer a real top 6 player like Brad Boyes in exchange for the 1st rounder plus prospects.