I like Buff but he's not worth a 30 goal scorer, a roster defenseman and a fairly high ranking prospect.
I think this would be a good deal for the Wings. You have to give something to get something.
E would need to be included as Buff will eat up some cap space, Nyquist is good and I love him as a wing but let's be realistic, he's barely a 30 goal scorer and the Wings have enough young, small, skilled forwards that we can use one in a trade. And Sproul is just that, a prospect. Like Kindl and Smith were. What are the odds that he turns into a 1st or 2nd pairing Dman? 30%? 40%?
At the rate Howard is going - we either keep him as an expensive (yet experienced) back-up netminder, or trade him for whatever we can get, but looking at it as a salary dump.
Personally - I'd just assume keep him since who else is out there (netminder wise) that can come in, and back up Mrazek, or take over the starting role if Mrazek were to get injured?
We should be working hard to move Howard. If Mrazek goes down is Howard going to take us to the ECF? Highly unlikely. We need that flexibility in cap space badly, would be nice to have the cap space to actually improve the team. Spending more that $2 million on a backup goaltender is insanity.