In another thread a Habs fan proposed 3OA for Skjei + 9OA, which was instantly rejected for too much demanded. Previously, there had been some consensus on 90A + Howden for 3OA + a second, which IMO should be the Hawks at 38OA. Canadiens need a foundation piece for LD; Skjei is 90% of pre-injury McDonagh rfa for long term deal covering his prime. Howden at 2C during 2019 is another immediate help added. Rangers not giving away Skjei, but they have 4LDs not immediately an option who they want to promote as soon as they become ready and, until moved, Staal and Smith. Keeping 9OA = flexibility; add 3OA for possible impact asset down the road and slightly upgrade 2 2nds in this deal = win win. Skjei rfa + Howden elc + 39OA [Rangers 2nd] + 48OA [Devils 2nd] for Mon. 1st 3OA + Mon. 2nd [35OA] + Hawks 2nd [38OA] Skjei a very, very strong skater LD who actually plays d, barely entering his prime at 24, helps get Montreal defense back on track and anchors it for 6 or so years. Howden, a late 1st, projects as a 2C and more plausibly may be ready as early as late this season or the following but a surprise out of camp on a team w/lack of pivot depth is not inconceivable. Instant adds, acceptable price to flip two 2nds. NY gambles w/higher pick. ___________________ Zucarello 4.5 expiring to Calgary for rights to RD Fox, with conditional add on applicable 2021 covering small chance if he walks. The value of Zuc is a 2018 1st around 15-22, approx.; Panthers not biting with FL 2018 1st [15OA]. You can gamble due to injury another team will pay more at the deadline, but acquiring club gets more use out of rental at start of season than after its start. Flames get good productive guy, 1 full yr rental w/inside track to extend. Fox has high upside, but said he would definitely go back to Harvard and is a legit risk to go college UFA, esp since CAL has stacked RD side. For Flames, worst is they get likely shot in the arm w/Zuc one year only, and a couple of years later, have to pony up a pick if Fox walks, but that is a greater risk with them than with a club like Rangers who need RD. For NYR the gain is RD sooner than later even if not immediately, although they too have some risk Fox walks and they would have to wait for conditional compensation. Thoughts?