"How many picks? ALL the picks? You're kidding me."

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.

From Portzline:

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:

Comments (11)

  1. Rumour: Rick DiPietro just signed a 10-year extension worth $50 million.

  2. How can Howson not take that deal? He can turn around and trade a bunch of those picks for, I dunno, an actual breathing, playing-right-now, defenseman? And get Reinhart at 4.

    If I’m a CBJ fan,… well, do what us Blackhawk fans did during the Bill Wirtz era… just hide your head in shame and hope you outlive the bad times.

    (If you’re over 60, just find a new team, save yourself the heart attack.)

    (Same applies to Islander fans.)

    • Not sure who’s crazier, Garth Snow for offering the trade or Howson for turning it down. Does explain though why both teams have been near the bottom of the standings for a while with no hope in sight.

  3. Here is how Scott Howson could say no to that deal: http://www.theunionblue.com/2012/06/25/why-scott-howson-made-the-right-decision/

    It’s a big drop down from #2 to #4 historically, and the later picks are all a pretty low chance at even getting an NHL player. People tend to grossly overvalue draft picks outside of the first round.

    • That’s an extremely flawed way of looking at it. It reeks of desperation on the part of a fan to justify a horrible decision by their idiot of a GM. The NHL is loaded with players taken in later rounds, many of whom are not only exemplary role players but in some cases genuine stars. Pavel Datsyuk was drafted 171st overall. Rob Scuderi (who just lifted his 2nd Cup) was selected 134th overall. Max Talbot was 234th overall. Anze Kopitar was 11th overall (yeah, real big drop off from the #2 slot). Niklas Lidstrom was 53rd overall. Brad Richards was 64th overall. I could go on and on….those were just off the top of my head.

      Sorry Jackets fans…..your GM is a moron and your franchise is a complete joke (and as Justin says, Isles fans aren’t feeling so hot either).

  4. *hugs* Your team is officially batshit crazy.

  5. Wow. I’d have taken the picks and run. Oh well, at least Columbus is loaded with talen….oh, wait…

  6. Proper attribution to that pic belongs to Allie at http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.ca/ ;)

  7. I’m pretty sure this did not actually happen.

  8. wow how can you not accept that ludacris deal. Horrible job by Howson.

  9. 90% of what the press writes about the Isles is BS (which is partially their fault for being as tight lipped as North Korea, but a great deal of it is unfair). There is no way the deal was all the picks to move up two spots. There had to be a roster player or two involved. How do I know? Because no GM would turn down the deal as presented. None. We are not talking about a generational talent here. If that was really the deal it would have been done in a heartbeat. The Isles were looking to improve their blueline right away. I’d guess the deal included Johnson.

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