"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: