What would happen though if either of those teams could sign Filppula as part of the deal? Then Filppula might not be just a rental?
And unless Buffalo does have a firesale I don't really see them trading Vanek.
However I'm big on Vanek just as a player. He could fit nicely into our top 6.
I mean anything's possible, but given their position in the standings I'm assuming that Buffalo wants picks or NHL ready prospects before they want an upcoming UFA. I definitely think Vanek could be had, it would just cost a lot and might not be worth it, as good as he is. I think Pominville is probably the more cost effective option if you're going to trade with Buffalo, and while he's a real good player, he's not as much a pure finisher as Vanek is. And I definitely want a pure goal scorer. Something that will bury those beautiful Datsyuk set ups. Vanek is that, so is Gaborik, Pominville...maybe, but a significant step down as a scorer.
Edit: One reason I like Gaborik over Vanek is because he's exactly the type of player I hope Brunner will become. He'd be a great example for Damien in terms of learning how to use that speed and shot effectively (and consistently) in the tighter checking, faster, NHL game.
Cola, Sammy and Helm.
Edited by kipwinger, 30 March 2013 - 01:58 PM.