Recently when the Columbus Blue Jackets traded for Sergei Bobrovsky, I used the following image, frequently seen on Reddit:
It was in reference to how many pics CBJ gave up to make the deal. I’m now mad I didn’t save that image until today.
Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch and Puck-Rakers Blog (amongst other sources) reported today that the Islanders, in an effort to move up from #4 in the draft to #2 (chasing Ryan Murray or Nail Yakupov) offered Columbus….all of the things. As in, every single draft pick that they had in the 2012 draft.
How highly did the Blue Jackets value defenseman Ryan Murray before taking him with the No. 2 overall pick in Friday’s first round of the NHL Draft? Enough to turn down an eye-opening offer from the New York Islanders, who, according to numerous NHL sources, offered all of their picks — one in each round — for the right to move up from No. 4 to No. 2 for Murray.
That’s right, for the Jackets’ No. 2 pick, the Islanders offered pick Nos. 4, 34, 65, 103, 125, 155 and 185. The bounty would have given the Jackets the following picks: 4, 31, 34, 62, 65, 95, 103, 125, 152, 155, 182 and 185.
(BTW, Greg Wyshynski noted over at Puck Daddy that another GM once tried to do the same thing. The non-shocker: it was Mike Milbury.)
How do you feel if you’re Griffin Reinhart, the d-man the Isles drafted with the fourth overall pick? The Isles so desperately wanted another player they offered every single pick they had to avoid having to take you.
I don’t know if Scott Howson did the right thing by turning that offer down (quality over quantity, sure, but the draft is a crapshoot, a rebuilding team should probably have taken the chance to have more irons in the fire), but I do know this: being an Isles fan is fucking terrifying.
UPDATE: Keep Charles Wang in mind here:
Those paying even a little attention must know offers like that aren’t suggested by Garth, so leave my old colleague alone.
— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) June 25, 2012