The recent headlines regarding the closed negotiations for Kessler have generated some concern amongst the Canuck faithful. I have no doubt this will be resolved quickly once the season ends but for the sake of discussion, what if there is another agenda in place? If the Canucks are in the Kovalev sweepstakes, then consideration has to be given as to what would make them the most successful bidder. Raymond and Kessler are the only top six forwards who are not under contract for next year. Kessler's bargaining position is much better than Raymond's so it is safe to assume his contract will be much higher than Raymond's. By the same token, Raymond as the top six forward would not give the Canucks an advantage in a trade but Kessler would be an extremely attractive bargaining chip. If you throw in everyone's favorite whipping boy, Bieksa, Grabner and a second round draft pick, that could be sufficient to bring Kovalev to Vancouver. Demitra's money along with Bieksa's would go a long way towards meeting Kovalev's salary demands.My basic premise is that you have to give up quality to get quality and watering this package down too far simply won't get the job done.
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