As Florida's GM, what would you give up to acquire Kovy? The rules:
- This offer is for Kovalchuk and his expiring contract (cap hit: $6.389M) only. No secondary Atlanta players/picks to be included in the deal.
- The Panthers would also be acquiring the first right to sign him prior to July 1st.
- No sign-and-trade proposals.
Here are Atlanta's needs, per The Falconer:
- A roster player(s)
- Quality prospect(s)
- Conditional first-round pick(s) if Kovalchuk re-signs with Florida
- No goaltenders (though the Markstrom Effect may carry some weight)
- No one over 33 years old, nor "bloated" contracts (the Cats have very few of either)
You'll find player salary numbers at CapGeek (look under "projected final"). Mandatory: please provide a short explanation of your proposal, so we're all on the same page.
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And that's all there is to it. Each of SB Nation's hockey sites are taking part, so this promises to be a fun round of "What If".
Please have your trade submissions entered into the comments section of this post by 7pm Wednesday, January 13th (just prior to the Panthers/Capitals game). I will then submit the "winning" proposal (my discretion) to Bird Watchers Anonymous for use in an upcoming article on what's becoming a truly hot topic.
Get to work...