Larry Brooks of the Post wrote Friday of how good Bill Guerin would look to the right of Scott Gomez. Larry points out that the Islanders' captain will not drop his no-move clause if it means leaving the area (he's probably right, although I would not rule out Boston). While the captain has done everything he can for the Islanders, Guerin is not so emotionally linked to the franchise that a trade to the rival Rangers would be heresy.
So here's our proposal for a deal close to the March 4 deadline:
- Bill Guerin and his pro-rated $4.5 million
sleep 5Islanders receive:
- Petr Prucha and his pro-rated $1.6 million
- A 2009 third round pick that becomes a second round pick if the Rangers advance to the Eastern Conference Final
My take: Guerin could give the Blueshirts the kick they need, but I'm fairly confident that's as much as the Rangers would offer. Highly doubtful the Islanders are getting a conditional first round pick from any team for Guerin. The Rangers have some leverage knowing Guerin determines his fate with the no-move.
Prucha has energy, hands and at age 26 would be a willing student under Scott Gordon. Give him a try and then decide if you want to re-sign him as a restricted free agent in the summer. If Prucha doesn't pass the test, you can add all this saved salary to the Komisarek Pool. The third (maybe second) round draft pick is more than the Islanders will get for Guerin when he bolts in the summer.
If I'm Garth Snow, I make the trade. Glen Sather, too.
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