Analyzing the Bogosian Trade Rumours

UPDATE: Bogosian signs on September 14 – cap number is $2.5M per year for 2 years. The actual salary payout is $2M in 2011-2012 and $3M in 2012-2013.

Zach Bogosian is a key piece of the future of the Winnipeg Jets. He is also the only Jet that remains unsigned, and as such has been the subject of persistent trade rumours.

The rumour mill is generally more entertaining than it is informative, and few exemplify this better than Eklund – a popular hockey blogger with ‘many sources’. Oftentimes his rumours seem outlandish, and rarely do they actually go down as speculated. Nevertheless, he provides interesting fodder for debate. Some of his most recent work discusses the possibility of Zach Bogosian being dealt. He lists 4 teams with significant interest in Bogo: New Jersey, Montreal, Buffalo, and the New York Islanders.

Before examining what these teams could offer in return, it’s important to define what type of trade package the Jets would (or should) accept for Bogosian. The Jets currently look pretty good in goal and on defence, but are thin at forward, particularly at centre ice. I strongly believe that a Bogosian deal would bring a young NHL-ready forward (rather than a draft pick or teenage prospect who could end up being a bust) – a somewhat established player of ~21-24 years old, and preferably a centre. With that in mind, let’s consider what potential proposals might look like. Continue reading