I'm interested in what others think of the trade. I though all season about dangling Richards or Gaborik in a trade, but I was more interested in acquiring the serviceable, non-keeper players for a trade. When bhaw said he was willing to dance and mentioned Henrik was available, I feel this deal just kind of fell in place. I mostly wanted to rid myself of Richards and Gaborik. I'm selling uber-low, but I really want to make another run this year, and those two, even if they remain solid keepers, are dragging my team down. I lose a keeper (and a pick), but I thought Backes/Ennis/Wheeler are sufficient replacements for Gaborik going into next season.
At the very least, Sedin is much better than Richards and Backes is playing much better than Gagborik. Add Ryder and Steen plus Lupul who just got off IR, and I feel my offense received a much-needed shot in the arm.