-Avs decline this. They've emptied the cupboards going after that Cup, and since it paid off, I definitely see them being less desperate in terms of unloading assets. They traded their first 5 rounds of picks in last year's draft; they traded 3 of their 7 picks in the 2021 draft; and as of right now, have only their 1st, 5th, 6th, & 7th in the 2023 draft. I can't see them trading the first two of those, plus a pair of their better prospects, for a less valuable one (Rathbone is similarly sized but 4 years older than Behrens; I would say Behrens' floor at this point is probably turning into Jack Rathbone) and a rental center that they might not even be able to afford to extend.
I see where you're coming from. In my mind, Sakic and Co. are going to do everything they can to try for a 2nd Cup, including gambling more picks/prospects. I was comparing Horvat to the Lekhonen deal last season (Barron + 2024 2nd), with Horvat being much better overall and in a more important position comparatively. At the time, Lekhonen wasn't expected to be re-signed either.
-LA doesn't need the LTIR space Ferland brings if they're trading Petersen; they also aren't really going to pay to dump him. If you wanted to do a Demko for Petersen swap (embrace that rebuild baby!) I could see LA kicking in some additional assets; but as it stands now, there's no reason for them to make that move right now.
Totally understandable, I was under the impression LA was wanting to prepare for a run in the final years of Arvidsson's and Durzi's deals, maximizing the 3.875M cap space for next season, not so much for this year. Ferland was there to essentially be a 'free' asset that wouldn't have an impact on the roster size.
-Boeser is a slightly better/younger version of Josh Bailey with a higher cap hit and an extra year of term. I don't hate the trade but I don't really see the reason for the Islanders to do it, nor do I see the reason for a supposedly rebuilding Vancouver team to acquire a 33 year old winger.
Vancouver does it to free up the cap space for the other trades to work and to replace Horvat's centre role. I think Boeser is considerably better than Bailey, and the a change of scenery would help him immensely. Boeser's been my second favourite player since coming to VAN, but I have to be a realist with the trade market where it is for underperforming wingers. Reports I've read had said NYI was looking for a scoring winger, so I thought it might have been a better solution for the Isles, too.
-I don't think the Rangers bite. If Vancouver doesn't have an appetite to re-sign a 26 year old Kuzmenko, why would the Rangers give up one of their better young players/trade chips for 20 games of a guy they can just sign themselves in July? Schenn doesn't address a big need for them (they need LD more than RD), so his value isn't really helping - and plus, I'd assume that if the Rangers are buying, they're going to want to move picks or prospects over current roster players. Kuzmenko might be an upgrade over Laf, sure, but it would do nothing to help their depth.
I absolutely want VAN to keep Kuzmenko, Pettersson and Kuzmenko are dynamite together. Moving Kuzmenko is better for the franchise though, if they're going back into the rebuild phase.