Originally Posted by bizzl
If you're going for a rebuild I don't have a problem with this deal at all. Van Riemsdyk and Baertschi individually won't net you the ~70 points Zetterberg will, but they should be able to by the time Granlund and all your younger guys are hitting their stride. If the other guy is going for it in the near future I think this is a win-win.
I'm down with this too.
Zetterberg is a fairly legit PPG guy, but he seems to usually miss 7-10 games per year and his team is heading towards the unknown in the next few years (sans Lidstrom and Datsyuk aging - among others).
A year ago, JVR was all the rage. The bloom is off the rose a bit, but he still has the talent and will get plenty of opportunities in Toronto - something he wasn't getting in Philly. I like the trade for him.
Baertschi is also the future in Calgary. That team is ALSO in a flux, but Baertschi should get every chance in the book.
I like this trade for you.
Curiously enough, a year ago I decided I needed to get a bit older and had a chance to win some $, so moved JVR and Subban for Zetterberg and Lidstrom in a points-only pool. So I'm maybe a bit familiar with your thinking.