Everything I keep reading about this guy emphasizes his desire to stay in a Duck uniform. Seems like the negotiation issue is term...he wants 3 years to bring him to UFA status earlier while the Ducks want longer term.
You can't blame the Ducks for wanting to lock this guy up and Bobby really doesn't have any leverage as he is pretty much stuck with the Ducks unless they decide to trade him (to which I believe the GM has said would not happen). Although I am a little confused as to why he just doesn't sign a 3 year offer sheet with another team which undoubtedly would be matched by the Ducks in order to retain him. The only thing I can come up with is given that the Ducks will match, the other 29 teams simply feel there is no point?
So can we acquire this absolutely perfect young power forward who has a similar if not more impressive start to his career than Phil Kessel?
Given the above the only way is via trade and even if we did want to sign him to an offer sheet or it made sense to do so we don't have the draft picks to make it happen (1st, 2nd & 3rd next season). The Ducks are undoubtedly weak on the back end and any scenario would certainly have to include Luke Schenn. This begs the question, would you rather go after Bobby knowing the price is a potential Chris Pronger type player for many years to come? Knowing our ridiculous depth on the back end is it worth moving Schenner?
Schenn alone wouldn't even complete this deal. I would think another forward prospect...possibly Hanson? and a 2nd round draft pick would be needed to make this happen.
Under hundreds of different scenarios I wouldn't want to move Schenn. I believe the guy has a great amount of potential and envision him as an outstanding shut-down defenseman with a little bit of offensive flare for a long time. But considering our depth on the back end and not to mention big bad Keith Aulie waiting in the minors (a possible Schenn replacement?), the idea of Bobby in a Leafs uniform is too good to pass up.