Except Burns is barely cheaper. Literally. Pavelski is at 6 flat and Burns is making 5.76 and is signed through 2017. Burns also has an NTC, so that could potentially bar a trade here. If they were making a move for Burns, they can just as easily make one for Pavelski. Both also have NTC. It seems like anyone that fits "major veteran asset" on that team do. To get any of these guys, we have to move salary out too.
I think a guy like Pavelski could succeed here, but Id be shocked to see the Sharks move him at this point. Thats a guy you move if you have secrets about (i.e. he has an injury thats creeping, locker room problem etc) or if your team is out of the race. Not for a guy that's making less than a million, has proven absolutely nothing in the NHL, and clearly wants out of here. It just doesnt fit. They're not going to give us a Pavelski or Burns for Larsson and Brunner or Larsson and Ryder, etc.
If a deal is done with the Sharks for Larsson, most Devils fans will be pissed with the return.
What could people be honestly expecting in return in a Larsson deal?!?!? His value is certainly not very high, and it seems like they are hurting his value further with every game he sits in the press box.
Will be interesting to see how he plays tonight vs the Rangers