shmenguin wrote:the problem with this year is that we're missing colby armstrong to trade away. we have almost nothing to offer in terms of actual NHL players. hell, even christensen had more value than the roster players that we'd give up. jeffrey is nothing, kennedy is an RFA with a high qualification price, cooke is a UFA and our 4th liners are borderline scrubs. niskanen probably has a little value, i guess. and maybe engelland's fists are appealing to some GM out there. but it's impossible for us to make a deal comparable to the hossa deal since we got jack squat in terms of NHL-ready assets.
I think Jeffrey is a much better player than EC. He was good in shootouts, that's all. Esposito was garbage, Maata is a much better prospect.
So yes, Armstrong vs Kennedy, Armstrong would seem to win. But are there stats really that different? Granted Kennedy makes too much for a 3rd line wing on this team but on a bad team he can easily be a 2nd line wing, like Colby was. Kennedy actually has .02 goals and points per game more than Armstrong does too. I don't think the gap for the deal is as big as you might think it is if Shero were to offer that to get Iginla. There's hitting and PK but Kennedy on a bad team can be 2nd line RW at ES and PP which would be fine for Calgary.
There's also the fact that Hossa in 2008 was much better than Iginla of 2013. The talent gap between Hossa and Iginla is greater than that of Armstrong and Kennedy.
But ultimately, Don Waddell is an idiot, this deal and Zhitnik for Coburn and I;m sure we can find others. I know Feaster is horrible at paying correctly for free agents but not so sure on his trade history.