I am a hopeful Avs fan so I have been dreaming up trades for the trade deadline. Please give your input, I like hearing what others have to think about my ideas.
My first idea is Ryan Smyth and Jordan Leopold to Florida for Jay Bouwmeester and Richard Zednik. Of course I too am on the chase for Bouwmeester, how can I not? Liles is an alright defenseman and a pretty good scoring defenseman, but Bouwmeester is a franchise fellow and it's only fair to trade another franchise fellow for him.
Also, Florida could use the scoring from Smyth for the run for the cup and Leopold will not replace Bouwmeester, but I'd love to have a defensive corps of Boynton, Ballard, Leopold, and McCabe, along with Vokoun in net.
Although the question is can Florida really do anything without Bouwmeester?
Also, with all the youth growing in Colorado I think a veteran would be necessary to replace Smyth. Zednik is a guy who has seen alot and could definitely pass wisdom down to the likes of Mcleod, Stewart, Stastny, Wolski, etc.
My second idea is Leopold and Marek Svatos to Tampa Bay for Ryan Malone. Colorado could use a solid 20-goal guy rather than Svatos whose results parallel that of a bloody slot machine. The addition of Leopold makes the trade fair.
This would give Tampa Bay a pretty decent defensive corps with Meszaros, Ranger, Eminger, and Leopold. This also gives room for potentially budding star Steven Stamkos to play and grow. He may only have 30 points up to date, but another first overall pick got barely 40 points in his first season, and won the Richard the next season.
My third idea is Adam Foote to Boston for Manny Fernandez. First of all, Fernandez is WAY better than Budaj. Second of all, the guy deserves to be No. 1 somewhere. Third of all, there are rumors that Boston is looking for a defenseman like Pronger or Kaberle.
Foote may not live up to their scoring abilities, but he has years of playoff experience they could benefit from for their drive for Stanley. He could mesh well with Boston's rather physical defensive style.
Another flaw is Fernandez is 34-yearsold, and he probably wants a ring before he retires. Colorado isn't going to bring a cup home anytime soon.