26 February 2009
Since posting this I have spent the better part of 3 hours banging my head against my desk. It has left me pretty severely concussed... which means I'm ready to take a look at this trade from a Les Ailes fan's point of view.
And even from this incredibly mentally deficient point of view it doesn't make any sense for Les Ailes to trade for Lappy. Sure it makes hockey sense, any lineup would be improved by the great banana noses presence.
But in order for Avs management to not be completely crucified by the fanbase, Les Ailes would have to vastly overpay for one of the hated rivals most popular players. This makes no sense for Les Ailes because:
1) They aren't in the habit of throwing prospects away for arental players
2) They aren't in the habit of overpaying for anyone.
3) Les Ailes fans aren't exactly keen on Lappy, who hurt Lidstrom's knee last season.
I mean the only possible way the Avs could get away with trading Lappy to Les Ailes is if they got Goalie prospects: Daniel Larsson, Thomas McCollum, or Jimmy Howard and at least a second round pick. That's the bare minimum the Avs can accept if they don't want a full scale revolt of their fanbase (which is ready to revolt anyways). If the Avs are indeed demanding this, why would Les Ailes do that deal?