Lets see, one of two players who are on good contracts, are able to man a PP, and are pretty good defensively? I would have parted with one of Nyquist or Tatar and a B level prospect and a 2nd round pick easily.
Why? Because they are under team control, they are relatively young, and they fill a need that doesn't disappear the second week of April.
Thats all nice however what did Helene SJ say the Canucks wanted for Kesler: Young forwards (plural), prospect and a 1st rounder.
So if we ASSUME that the Canucks would at least want the same for Edler then you have to compare that trade to the Legwand trade.
I'll play devil's advocate here and say they would want both Nyquist and Tatar, the prospect being of better quality than Jarnkrok (I believe Mantha was mentioned) and that oh-so-delicious 1st round draft pick which no one wants to give up.
Seriously, is everyone just pissed about the Legwand deal because we got Legwand for Eaves, Jarnkrok and the 3rd/2nd instead of Kesler or Edler?
This is all about the insurance premiums that were paid to cover the NHL players' contracts. Do a google search on the subject and you will see that this was an extraordinary amount of money that needed to be paid to cover the salaries.
Now imagine what the terms of the insurance coverage are, i.e. what exactly does it cover and what does it not cover.