This is a rough situation. Do we give up prospects/roster players and possible picks for a 1-year rental? We have no idea if he would extend with us, but if we really are on his 3-team short list, I also couldn't see that being a problem. He would bring leadership within the locker room, grit within the top 6, the drive, heart and passion to win a stanley cup, and scoring touch. We would finally have a bigger body with Pasha that can continuously pot them. That would allow for another speedy winger on the other side of Pasha, or atleast a smaller bodied playmaker. Really rough situation, but if he wants to come to Detroit, he wouldn't just be coming for this season.
I could see Pittsburgh getting him though; they desperately need a scoring winger and he would fit the bill. They have numerous defensive prospects that they could throw Calgary's way, BUT they aren't in the best shape cap space wise. They gotta re-sign Malkin and Letang which both are going to be asking for the cash flow.
I don't see Vancouver getting him at all. They don't have the pieces to offer, and Calgary can't be giving away their captain to a team they will be playing so much.
LAK doesn't really need him at this point, so I can't see them going nose forward with this.
Boston would be the other one competing with Detroit and Pittsburgh.
In reality, a lot of you probably will say it's not worth to pursue him but i'm going to say go for it. We need to get a trade done anyways soon, and we need to get rid of some people. I'm not even sure where we're standing right now at the 50-contract limit. I say we pursue him. If he wants to sign with Detroit right now, I couldn't see any problems signing an extension. He brings in veteran appeal (Holland loves that), heart, passion, drive, scoring touch, size, and relentless effort.... I mean I just don't see any problems here.