The latest rumor care of Bleacher Report is of Setoguchi and a high pick for Marc Staal. This is ridiculous for many, many reasons, but let's break it down for a second.
First thing that makes this ridiculous? Well, for one, we're not trading for Marc Staal, we're trading for Staal's rights.
This means that DW has to believe that he's going to be able to sign Staal to a worthwhile contract. And what kind of contract would look worthwhile? It's going to be tough: even though Staal might like the move to a Cup contending team, he'll want to try to restrict his free agency years for a chance to really get paid, presumably. I believe Staal becomes a UFA in two years. Further, we're trading Setoguchi - a guy who just took a discount to play, and presumably, Setoguchi wants to be a life-long Shark. Why would you trade a first round pick who wants to stay for someone who's likely to want to leave in a few years?
Which leads me to another point: I don't believe we even can trade Seto right now, given that we've just signed him.
As for that "high draft pick"? Seto is a first round pick himself, and I don't think Staal is worth the weaving up of so much potential talent...
And while we're here, who would you trade to the Rangers for Staal?
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