Thursday, February 19, 2009

Cole for Kovalev, would you do it?

I would say yes in a heartbeat.

TSN's Darren Dreger is reporting that the Edmonton Oilers would have interest in trading for Alex Kovalev, and that former Habs-killer Erik Cole could be part of a package they would send to Montreal. Can you say no-brainer?

The salary figures are practically a wash with Kovalev making only $500,000 more than Cole this season, and both wingers are slated for unrestricted free ageny in July with little chance of their repsective teams re-signing them. Furthermore, they both bring skill sets that are sorely lacking on either club - Kovalev brings front-line talent and game-changing skill, while Cole brings grit, jam and a propensity for driving the net.

If this is an actual possibility and not just some made-for-TV make-believe, then Bob Gainey should get on the phone with his Oilers counterpart Steve Tambellini right away and get this deal done. Forget the package, just go Kovalev for Cole straight up, and you could wind up with a win-win, an honest to goodness hockey trade where both teams benefit.

How refreshing would that be?


Arjun said...

We need so much jam. We're all peanut butter, our team. And not Kraft or Skippy. No name PB or even Peter Pan (which was always disappointing).

pmk said...

kinda have my heart set on ryan smyth but cole plays a similar style without the hefty contract so it really does seem like a no brainer... I approve bob1 (thats all you're waiting for right?!) - get'er done.

arp - what do you think of these jokinen rumours?

Arpon Basu said...

The main problem with Jokinen is the Habs would have to ship salary to Phoenix in order to fit him in, as far as I can tell, and I don't think that's something the Coyotes are willing to do. At the same time, I don't know if Gainey wants to ship out a bunch of prospects for anyone right now because he probably sees a lot of those guys on the team next year when all these free agents are gone.
But in pure hockey terms, Jokinen seems like a perfect fit. He'd help the power, he's big and I feel he's never gotten a chance to play on a solid team. He might flourish here.

pierre said...

Souray will kill that deal if he is made aware about is own club's interest about getting Kovy....... if any of it was true anyhow.