When approached with a trade offer in the draft for any league, it is important for the GM to weigh the pros and cons, investigate whether needs can be met if the trade is accepted, and ensure that his team will benefit from the trade without giving up too much. That is, unless you are offered another team’s entire draft in exchange for moving down two spots in the first round, in which case the GM should jump up and down, scream “Yee-haw!” and ask “where do I sign?”
That is precisely what Scott Howson, GM of the Blue Jackets, was offered by Garth Snow, GM of the Islanders. As the Columbus Dispatch reports:
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. And if that weren’t enough, the Jackets could have had the Kings’ No. 30 if they wanted it.
Fortunately for Snow and unfortunately for Blue Jackets fans, Howson declined the trade, opting instead to stick with his plans to draft defenseman Ryan Murray at the #2 spot. I’d understand if the Blue Jackets were reticent to give up their first round pick completely for the rest of the Islanders’ draft picks, but they would have been bumped down just two spots in the first round, and been able to draft Griffin Reinhart at No. 4. Yahoo! Sports mentions that many feel Reinhart is a better professional prospect than Murray anyway.
Maybe Howson got spooked by Snow’s generosity, and was fooled into thinking that one player could be worth more than seven. Maybe Howson doesn’t understand the law of averages. Maybe Howson really doesn’t like the shininess of the Stanley Cup and doesn’t want it anywhere near Columbus. Either way, I think, when looking back on the trade offer that he declined, Howson will definitely need a drink.
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