You should be able to get a pretty good player if you can package Brown and Kaberle in a 2 for 1 deal. I had Brown for a while, but I traded him for Malone because I needed a LW. But him and Kaberle together should get you something decent. I never really got Brown's big appeal, but some people really like him, if you can find one of those people you're golden.
I agree about Backes, I grabbed him from FA 2 weeks ago and he's really heating up.
Thanks John. I greatly appreciate the input. I might keep Semin in IR for a little while to try to swing a trade. I normally like to give players a game or two before activating them, but it is hard to bench Semin. With Ovie suspended a couple games I might not miss out on too much. On the other hand, with Ovie others need to step it up.