NHL Trade Rumors: 7 Teams That Would Love to Land Calgary's Rene Bourque
The Calgary Flames aren't off to that good of a start, sitting in 27th place in the NHL standings. I know it's early in the season, but fans are quick to push the panic button, and maybe, just maybe, Jay Feaster is too.
Bourque is a six-year NHL veteran who can provide experience and added depth to any team he would be moved to. He had a breakout offensive season in the 2009-10 campaign, scoring a total of 58 points. His previous career-high was 40. Last season, he dipped back to 50 points but if he can maintain that total for the next few seasons, he will continue to be a valuable member to any team he is playing for.
Who would most like to acquire the services of Rene Bourque? Here are seven teams that will be at the front of the line.
When Jason Blake went down with a wrist injury, the Anaheim Ducks lost a vital cog to their lineup. OK, who am I kidding, Blake is never going to be an important player for any team he plays for. For now, however, the Ducks have lost depth.
Bourque would be a good fit on the second line alongside Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne. With the exception of Blake, all of the Ducks left wingers are 23 years old or younger. Acquiring the 29-year-old Bourque would give the younger Ducks left wingers—Bobby Ryan not included—more time to develop.
What they could offer: Brandon McMillan and a 2012 second-round draft pick.
Another team who could use the experience of Bourque, the Colorado Avalanche have an average age of 26.25. Take away the 35-year-old Milan Hejduk and the average age dips to 25.7. Now, the Av's have young superstars-to-be in Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog, but they are not going to bring the team to the playoffs by themselves.
Bourque could also help the Avalanche this season and keep up the pace they have set for themselves in the early part of the season.
What they could offer: Paul Stastny, Kyle Quincey, and a 2012 fourth-round draft pick in return for Rene Bourque and Jay Bouwmeester.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Rick Nash? Not enough. Jeff Carter? Not enough.
While Nash and Carter will hopefully improve the Columbus Blue Jackets' fortunes after their 0-7-1 start, for the time being general manager Scott Howson's work on improving the Blue Jackets is clearly not finished.
Quite simply, Columbus should be at the top of the list of teams trying to acquire Bourque.
What they could offer: Derick Brassard and a 2012 third-round draft pick.
Let me just say this: This is the worst start in the Montreal Canadiens' history since 1941.
Something needs to change, and something more than acquiring Petteri Nokelainen.
What they could offer: Andrei Kostitsyn and a second-round draft pick
New York Rangers
Apparently, the Rangers are not as good as they thought they were.
What they could offer: Wojtek Wolski and a second-round draft pick
The Ottawa Senators are at the start of a rebuilding process and therefore aren't going to be a prime destination for free agents for the next few seasons. They are going to have to make trades to improve their team more quickly than the standard rebuild.
Bourque would be an ideal mentor to the young Senators.
What could they offer: Jason Spezza, Filip Kuba, and a 2012 third-round draft pick in return for Rene Bourque and Jay Bouwmeester
The Winnipeg Jets are not off to the start that fans would have hoped for, and if they continue to play like they have for the rest of the season, they have no chance of making the playoffs.
They need some additional depth and the acquisition of Bourque would give them added depth and more scoring touch.
What they could offer: 2012 first-round draft pick