Sunday, July 14, 2019

MLB Trade Review: A's acquire Bailey

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         The Oakland Athletics have acquired RHP Homer Bailey from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for IF Kevin Merrell.

          Bailey is not a very serviceable starting pitcher, but he is having his best season since 2014. Also, he is hot as of late, with a 2.48 ERA in his last five starts, dating back to June 13. The only American League pitchers with a minimum of 25 innings pitched since that day with a lower ERA are recently traded Andrew Cashner, Gerrit Cole, Shane Bieber, Lance Lynn, and the A's very own Mike Fiers (per Elias Sports Bureau). Also, he is a bargain, as he is getting paid at the league minimum, and the A's are only paying him about $250k. The Dodgers are paying the remainder of his salary, as they acquired him from the Reds this offseason, and immediately DFA'd him.

           Bailey, 33, has a 4.80 ERA with 81 strikeouts in 90 innings for the Royals this season. In his MLB career for the Royals and Cincinnati Reds, Bailey has a 4.58 ERA with 1082 strikeouts in 1320.1 innings.

           I love this trade for the Royals. They trade Bailey, who was a Spring Training invitee on a minor league deal earning the league minimum, and has only pitched well as of late. In return, they get Merrell, the A's 17th best prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, which is a steal for a player of Bailey's caliber. Merrell has good speed, something the Royals prioritize. He was a first round pick, 33rd overall, by the A's in 2017. He also is already at AA, and as GM Dayton Moore pointed out, he doesn't need to be put on the 40 man roster for two more seasons before becoming Rule 5 Draft eligible.

            Merrell, 23, has a .246 average with two homers, 34 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 318 Plate Appearances for AA Midland. In his three year minor league career, he has a .277 average with four homers, 68 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in 778 Plate Appearances.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

MLB Trade Review: Red Sox acquire Cashner



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          The Boston Red Sox have acquired RHP Andrew Cashner and cash considerations from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for INF Noelberth Romero and OF Elio Prado.

          The Red Sox need a fifth starter, as when Nathan Eovaldi returns from the IL, they plan to use him as their closer, as they need bullpen arms. With Eovaldi in the bullpen, the team needed a fifth starter. They get that in Cashner. Cashner has had success on a terrible Orioles team this season, which is a good sign. He has won nine games this season. The Orioles have won 27 games. They were rumored to be interested in Zach Wheeler, who has a higher ERA than Cashner. Also, they get a starter and don't give up a top 30 prospect, especially Jarren Duran, their 9th best prospect per MLB Pipeline, who has been rumored in trades, and could be dealt for a reliever.

            Cashner, 32, has a 3.83 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 96.1 innings for the Orioles this season. In his MLB career for the Orioles, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs, Cashner has a 4.00 ERA with 859 strikeouts in 1142.1 innings.

             The Orioles have the least amount of wins in the MLB (27), most amount of losses (63), and are the most amount of games back (31.5). It is very clear that they are once again sellers. They don't have to talent to sell as they did last year, trading Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman, Brad Brach, Zack Britton and Darren O'Day. Cashner will be a free agent after this season, and his good season made it likely he would be dealt. Other players with multiple years left like Trey Mancini, Jonathan Villar, Dylan Bundy and Mychal Givens could be traded as well. In return, they get two seventeen year olds from the Dominican Summer League. The Orioles are trading for guys that wouldn't be in the majors for a while, because, well.... they won't be good for a while.

             Romero, 17, has a .264 batting average with two homers, 13 RBIs and two stolen bases in 123 Plate Appearances in the Dominican Summer League. Despite the fact that he is six feet tall, he is listed at just 145 pounds.

              Prado, 17, is hitting .303 with three homers, 26 RBIs and nine stolen bases in the Dominican Summer League. He is also considered underweight, as he is also 6'0 and 160 pounds.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

NHL Trade review: Sabres acquire Jokijarju


      The Buffalo Sabres have acquired D Henri Jokijarju from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for F Alex Nylander.

      I love this trade for the Sabres. Nylander has been a bust since being drafted 8th overall in 2016. Jokijarju got some NHL experience this past season, and is a budding defenseman. The Sabres have too many right handed defensemen, and Jokijarju adds to that. Rasmus Ristolainen will likely be traded, the team could bury the final year of Zach Bogosian's deal, and Jokijarju could go to the AHL.  Colin Miller, Brandon Montour and Casey Nelson are also options, though they are likely starters.

       Jokijarju, 20, debuted in 2018-19, scoring 12 points, all assists, in 38 games. He was drafted 29th overall in 2017.

       The Blackhawks have made many changes to their defense, but I still think Jokijarju could have made the team. Nylander hasn't lived up to expectations, and has struggled in the AHL. Like Dylan Strome, Nylander can be another high pick turned around in Chicago, but it doesn't look good for them at the moment.

        Nylander, 21, scored two goals with two assists in 12 games this past season. In his NHL career, he has scored three goals with three assists for six points in 19 games.

Monday, July 1, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Leafs acquire Barrie



         The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired D Tyson Barrie, F Alex Kerfoot and a 2020 6th round pick from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for F Nazem Kadri, D Calle Rosen and a 2020 3rd round pick. The Avalanche have also retained 50% of Barrie's $5.5 million cap hit.

         I absolutely love this trade for the Leafs. I think Kerfoot could potentially be better than Kadri, and Barrie is way better than Rosen. The picks don't matter, since the highest one is a third. Kerfoot is an RFA. At the moment, the Leafs free up $2.5 million for RFAs Mitch Marner and Cody Ceci, plus Kerfoot, though once Kerfoot signs the Leafs will actually lose cap space. Barrie is a top pairing defenseman on the right side, something the Leafs desperately need.

        Barrie, soon to be 28, scored 14 goals with 45 assists for 59 points in 78 games for the Avs this past season. In his NHL career, all in Colorado, Barrie has scored 75 goals with 232 assists for 307 points in 484 games.

        Kerfoot, soon to be 25, scored 15 goals with 27 assists for 42 points in 78 games for the Avalanche in 2018-19. In his two year NHL career, both in Colorado, Kerfoot has scored 34 goals with 51 assists for 85 points in 157 games.

        I don't know what the Avalanche are doing. Maybe they couldn't sign Kerfoot, and Barrie wasn't interested in an extension (he's a UFA after this next season). But even if that was the case, you could get so much for just Barrie alone, let alone both Barrie and Kerfoot. Rosen is at best a 7th defenseman, and Kadri is a second or third line center, and Colorado just traded a similar player in Carl Soderberg for pretty much nothing. I really don't like GM Joe Sakic's offseason. He has had so much cap space, and hasn't used it well.

        Kadri, 28, scored 16 goals with 28 assists for 44 points in 73 games for the Leafs this past season. In his NHL career, all in Toronto, Kadri has scored 161 goals with 196 assists for 357 points in 561 games.

        Rosen, 25, scored one point, a goal, in four games for the Leafs this season. In his two year NHL career, Rosen has scored a goal and an assist for two points in eight games.

NHL Free Agency: Blue Jackets sign Nyqvist

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         The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed F Gustav Nyqvist to a four year deal worth $22 million, with a $5.5 million cap hit.

         With the Blue Jackets losing Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel to free agency, Nyqvist is a replacement. He is a top six winger that can score. He has scored 20 goals four times in his career, but has never reached 30 goals. He is 30 now, so he isn't young. It's still a disappointing free agency for them, but at least this signing makes it slightly better.

          Nyqvist, who will be 30 in Opening Night, scored 22 goals with 38 assists for 60 points in 81 games for the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks this past year. In his NHL career for the Sharks and Red Wings, Nyqvist has scored 131 goals with 175 assists for 306 points in 500 games.

NHL Free Agency: Avalanche sign Donskoi



           The Colorado Avalanche have signed F Joonas Donskoi to a three year, $10.5 million deal. Donskoi will carry a cap hit of $3.5 million.

           Donskoi is a good middle six winger that can score some goals. He is coming off a season where he tied his career high in goals and set a career high in points. The Avs have a lot of cap space, and a good righty winger in Donskoi couldn't hurt. $3.5 million a year is a little much for a player who has never scored 15 goals with 40 points before.

           Donskoi, 27, scored 14 goals with 23 assists for 37 points in 80 games for the San Jose Sharks this past season. In his NHL career, all for the Sharks, Donskoi has scored 45 goals with 77 assists for 122 points in 283 games.

NHL Free Agency: Panthers sign Connolly



            The Florida Panthers have signed RW Brett Connolly to a four year deal worth $14 million. Connolly will have a $3.5 million cap hit.

            Connolly was drafted 6th overall in 2010, though he has never lived up to expectations. He posted career high this season, though the Panthers will be his fourth team in nine years. He is a good middle six winger, but he is best suited as a third liner. The Panthers could use a right winger. Mike Hoffman, Evgeni Dadonov and Frank Vatrano can all play on the right side, but they are all lefties. Connolly will be just their second pure right shot winger, behind Colton Sceviour. Connolly's upside is that he is as young as it will get for a UFA. That is, except for non-tendered players.

             Connolly, 27, scored 22 goals with 24 assists for 46 points in 81 games for the Washington Capitals this past season. In his NHL career for the Capitals, Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning, Connolly has scored 79 goals with 76 assists for 155 points in 427 games.

NHL Free Agency: Capitals sign Panik

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          The Washington Capitals have signed F Richard Panik to a four year deal worth $10 million. Panik will carry a $2.5 million cap hit.

          Panik is a good support winger for the third line, and will replace Brett Connolly on the third line. Connolly is going to Florida. This type of deal is obviously favored by the Capitals. Since the trade deadline, this is the third four years, $10 million deal they've given out. Nick Jensen and Carl Hagelin also got that deal. Over the last three seasons, Panik has scored 50 goals. This past season, Panik averaged 16:37 a game, the most ice time he's gotten in his career.

           Panik, 28, scored 14 goals with 19 assists for 33 points in 75 games for the Arizona Coyotes this past season. In his NHL career for the Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning, Panik has scored 75 goals with 84 assists for 159 points in 410 games.

NHL Free Agency: Panthers sign Bobrovsky



             The Florida Panthers have signed G Sergei Bobrovsky to a seven year deal worth $70 million, with an AAV of $10 million.

             The Panthers need a goalie. Sam Montembeault is best suited as a backup, Roberto Luongo just retired and James Reimer was traded to Carolina this morning. Bobrovsky is the best goalie on the market, though he comes with a hefty price. Bobrovsky is a two time Vezina winner, though isn't young at 30, and the Panthers just drafted goalie Spencer Knight in the first round of the draft, and he could be NHL ready in 2-3 years. Bobrovsky led the NHL with a career high nine shutouts in 2018-19.

             Bobrovsky, 30, had a .913 SV% with a 2.58 GAA in 62 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets. In his NHL career for the Blue Jackets and the Philadelphia Flyers, Bobrovsky has a .919 SV% and a 2.46 GAA in 457 games.

NHL Free Agency: Stars sign Pavelski, Perry and Sekera



            The Dallas Stars have signed C/RW Joe Pavelski to a three year, $21 million deal with a $7 million AAV. They have also signed RW Corey Perry and D Andrej Sekera to one year, $1.5 million contracts.

            Pavelski has spent his entire career with the Sharks since they drafted him in the 7th round in 2003. He was their captain, and scored 30 goals five times over 13 seasons. He signs a deal similar to former Sharks teammate Patrick Marleau. The big difference is that Pavelski got $750k a year more than Marleau. Pavelski is aging, but is still a top-notch scorer and a great leader. He can play both center and wing.

            Pavelski, 35, scored 38 goals with 26 assists for 64 points in 75 games for the San Jose Sharks this year. In his NHL career, all in San Jose, Pavelski has scored 355 goals with 406 assists for 761 points in 963 games.

             Perry was bought out by the Ducks, where he has spent his entire NHL career. He won a Rocket Richard trophy when he scored 50 goals in 2010-11. He has scored at least 30 goals six times in his 14 year career, though he has three straight seasons under 20 goals. He will be a good bottom six, gritty winger for the Stars. He had career lows in goals, assists, points and games played this past season.

            Perry, 34, scored six goals with four assists for 10 points in 31 games for the Ducks in 2018-19. In his NHL career, all in Anaheim, Perry has scored 372 goals with 404 assists for 776 points in 988 games.

            Like Perry, Sekera was just bought out by a Pacific Division team, with the Oilers saying goodbye to him. He has dealt with a lot of injuries in his career, especially as of late. The Stars could use a third pairing lefty, as Jamie Oleksiak might be better as a 7th defenseman, and Sekera will play behind Miro Heiskanen and Esa Lindell.

            Sekera, 33, scored four points, all assists, in 24 games for the Edmonton Oilers this past season. In his NHL career for the Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes, Buffalo Sabres and Los Angeles Kings, Sekera has scored 45 goals with 191 assists for 236 points in 707 games.

NHL Free Agency: Panthers sign Stralman and Acciari

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         The Florida Panthers have signed D Anton Stralman to a three year deal worth $16.5 million. Stralman will carry a $5.5 million cap hit. They have also signed F Noel Acciari to a three year deal worth $5 million, with a $1.67 million cap hit.

         The Panthers don't have a great defensive core, and behind Aaron Ekblad on the right side is Mark Pysyk and MacKenzie Weegar, so that's why they are signing Stralman. Pysyk could also be traded. Stralman is aging, so the deal isn't good. I think that's way too much money for Stralman, but with a limited defensive market, he cashes in big.

         Stralman, soon to be 33, scored two goals with 15 assists for 17 points in 47 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning this past season. In his NHL career for the Lightning and New York Rangers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs, Stralman has scored 47 goals with 195 assists for 242 points in 749 games.

         Acciari is a good fourth liner, and was a big help for the Bruins in their run to the Stanley Cup Final. He can center, and play the wing.

         Acciari, 27, scored six goals with eight assists for 14 points in 72 games for the Boston Bruins this past year. In his NHL career, all in Boston, Acciari has scored 18 goals with 13 assists for 31 points in 180 games.

NHL Free Agency: Canucks sign Myers



           The Vancouver Canucks have signed D Tyler Myers to a five year contract worth $30 million. Myers will have a cap hit of $6 million.

           The Canucks need one more right-handed defenseman. They already have Chris Tanev and Troy Stetcher, but now they get Myers. $6 million is less than expected. I thought a team, probably Vancouver, would overpay for Myers. Myers is a big defenseman (six foot-eight, 229 pounds), though he has had injury issues in the past. He's also a former first round pick and Calder winner.

            Myers, 28, scored nine goals with 22 assists for 31 points in 80 games for the Winnipeg Jets this past season. In his NHL career for the Jets and Buffalo Sabres, Myers has scored 74 goals with 191 assists for 265 points in 635 games.

NHL Free Agency: Predators sign Duchene



         The Nashville Predators have signed UFA C Matt Duchene to a seven year deal. The deal is worth $56 million with a cap hit of $8 million.

          Duchene has never been a point per game player, and is coming off a season where he tied his career high total in points. He also scored a career high in goals, and for the second time in his career, scored at least 30 goals in a season. He has scored at least 40 points in all but one of his 10 career seasons, and has put up at least 50 points in seven seasons. Eight million actually is pretty low for Duchene, after Kevin Hayes, a significantly worse player, got a $7 million AAV. But there is no state income tax in Tennessee, so he gets more money than if here were to sign an $8 million AAV contract with a Californian team. The Predators have a lot of centers, but Duchene is definitely the best. Ryan Johansen will probably move to the second line, and Kyle Turris could be traded or play on the wing. Turris and Duchene were traded for each other in the three team blockbuster trade with the Avalanche and Senators in 2017-18 that resulted in the Avalanche getting the fourth overall pick in this past draft.

           Duchene, 28, scored 31 goals with 39 assists for 70 points in 73 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators in 2018-19. In his NHL career for the Blue Jackets, Senators and Colorado Avalanche, Duchene has scored 232 goals with 315 assists for 547 points in 727 games.
          

NHL Free Agency: Rangers sign Panarin

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         The New York Rangers have signed F Artemi Panarin to a seven year deal. Panarin will get $81.2 million with a $11.6 million AAV.

         Panarin is the best free agent available. He gets a huge deal, but he is worth it. The Rangers have accelerated their rebuild by a lot this year by getting Panarin, Jacob Trouba, Kaapo Kakko and Adam Fox. He is a point per game player, and had many suitors. They got him for less money than the Islanders and Blue Jackets were reportedly offering.

          Panarin, 27, scored 28 goals with 59 assists for 82 points in 82 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets this past season. In his NHL career for the Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks, Panarin has scored 116 goals and 204 assists for 320 points in 322 games.

NHL Free Agency: Flames sign Talbot

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       The Calgary Flames have signed goalie Cam Talbot to a one year, $2.75 million deal.

       The Flames need a goalie to be the 1A or 1B to David Rittich, and Jon Gillies won't be the answer. Talbot has posted good numbers for the rival Oilers, but is coming off the worst season of his career. If Talbot had had a good season, then he could have gotten a 2-3 year deal in the $4 million range. But his awful season gives him a one year deal. For Talbot, this could be about opportunity. Not many teams would give him a chance to start. Rittich could start more than Talbot, but 40 games would be a win for him, especially if he has a good year, then hits free agency again.

        Talbot, 31, had a .892 SV% and a 3.40 GAA in 35 games for the Philadelphia Flyers and Edmonton Oilers in 2018-19. In his NHL career for the Flyers, Oilers and New York Rangers, Talbot has a .915 SV% and a 2.60 GAA in 288 games.

NHL Free Agency: Penguins sign Tanev



          The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed F Brandon Tanev to a six year deal worth $21 million. Tanev will carry a $3.5 million cap hit.

           This is a major overpay. The AAV is fine, but the term is way too much. No one thought Tanev would get six years, but it appears that Pittsburgh was very high on him. He is a third liner, but is very gritty and scored this past season. Pittsburgh definitely had the highest offer. Six years is big for a player that has never scored 30 points.

            Tanev, 27, scored 14 goals with 15 assists for 29 points in 80 games for the Winnipeg Jets this past season. In his NHL career, all in Winnipeg, Tanev has scored 24 goals with 27 assists for 51 points in 195 games.

NHL Free Agency: Wild sign Zuccarello, Hartman

         The Minnesota Wild have signed F Mats Zuccarello to a five year deal for around $30 million, with an AAV just over $6 million. They have also signed F Ryan Hartman to a two year deal at aroung $4 million with an AAV of $1.9 million.

          The Wild have just nine forwards until these deals, and Jason Zucker could be on the way out of Minnesota. Zuccarello is a good second line winger, though the Stars, who acquired him at the trade deadline, were only willing to go four years, though Zuccarello wanted five years. The Wild gave it to him. Zuccarello could replace Zucker on the top line, or if Zucker isn't traded, he'll be a good second liner for the Wild. They lack wingers, so these signings help a lot. Hartman was acquired by the Flyers at the trade deadline, but traded to the Stars last week as an RFA. In a surprise move, the Stars didn't tender Hartman a contract, making him a UFA. He is a bottom six winger, something Minnesota lacks.

          Zuccarello, who will be 32 when the season starts, scored 12 goals with 28 assists for 40 points in 48 games for the Dallas Stars and New York Rangers in 2018-19. In his NHL career for those two teams, he has scored 114 goals with 241 assists for 355 points in 511 games.

          Hartman, 24, scored 12 goals with 14 assists for 26 points in 83 games for the Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators this season. In his NHL career for the Flyers, Predators and Chicago Blackhawks, Hartman has scored 42 goals with 47 assists for 89 points in 245 games.

NHL Trade Review: Sabres acquire Vesey



       The Buffalo Sabres have acquired F Jimmy Vesey from the New York Rangers for a 2021 3rd round draft pick.

       The Rangers are looking to save cap space for Artemi Panarin or another big free agent. Vesey is a UFA after next year. When you are desperate, you don't get much value. The Rangers could have gotten much more for Vesey, but since it's a July 1st trade, and not a draft deal, they get less value.

       The Sabres have always been interested in Vesey. When he was in college, Buffalo acquired Vesey's rights from the Predators. Vesey ended up becoming a UFA after college and signed with the Rangers. The Sabres finally get Vesey, and don't give up much. It's a third round pick in two drafts.

        Vesey, 26, scored 17 goals with 18 assists for 35 points in 81 games for the Rangers this past season. In his NHL career, all in New York, Vesey has scored 50 goals with 40 assists for 90 points in 240 games.

NHL Free Agency: Sens sign a pair of former Leafs

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           The Ottawa Senators have signed D Ron Hainsey and F Tyler Ennis. Hainsey's AAV is $3.5 million, and both are one year deals. Both played for the Toronto Maple Leafs this past season.

           The Senators traded Ben Harpur to the Leafs, and switched Nikita Zaitsev and Cody Ceci this morning. Hainsey will take the roster spot that the Sens opened by trading Harpur. He is a veteran defenseman with tons of experience, and will mentor the Senators' young defense. The Senators also hired former Maple Leafs assistant and defensive coach DJ Smith as head coach last month. Ennis will be a depth forward for the Senators. In a depth role for the Leafs, Ennis scored his highest amount of goals since 2014-15.

            Hainsey, 38, scored five goals with 18 assists for 23 points in 81 games for the Leafs in 2018-19. In his NHL career for the Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets, Atlanta Thrashers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens, Hainsey has scored 58 goals with 241 assists for 299 points in 1068 games.

             Ennis, 29, scored 12 goals with six assists for 18 points in 51 games for the Leafs this year. In his NHL career for the Leafs, Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild, Ennis has scored 117 goals with 159 assists for 276 points in 543 games.

NHL Trade Review: Leafs, Sens make six player deal



            The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired D Cody Ceci, D Ben Harpur, F Aaron Luchuk and a 2020 3rd round pick from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for D Nikita Zaitsevm F Connor Brown and F Michael Carcone. The third round pick was originally from Columbus.

            The Leafs need to free cap space for Mitch Marner, who is an RFA. They currently have $11.4 million in cap space, though Nathan Horton and his $5.3 million cap hit can be put on LTIR. That lets the Maple Leafs go $5.3 million over the cap. Ceci is also an RFA, and could potentially get more than Zaitsev. On a terrible Senators team, Ceci has posted bad +/- numbers. Over the last three seasons, Ceci is a -60 defender. Harpur is a gritty 7th defenseman who also has a bad +/- in his career (-34). Luchuk is a young forward who played in the minors last year, his first pro season. They clear a lot of cap space, which is their priority right now.

             Ceci, 25, scored seven goals with 19 assists for 26 points in 74 games for the Senators this year. In his NHL career, all in Ottawa, the 15th overall pick in 2012 has scored 32 goals with 86 assists for 118 points in 440 games.

             Harpur, 24, scored one goal with four assists for five points in 51 games for the Senators this past season. In his NHL career, all in Ottawa, Harpur has scored one goal with six assists for seven points in 103 games.

             Luchuk, 22, scored scored four goals with five assists for nine points in 27 games for the AHL's Belleville Senators this past season. He also scored 10 goals with 12 assists for 22 points in 32 games for the ECHL's Brampton Beast.

             The Senators have loads of cap space, just over $27 million, in fact, and $9.5 million on LTIR between Clarke MacArthur and Marian Gaborik. They can afford to take on Zaitsev's contract, since they won't be contending for awhile. Zaitsev has five more years left at $4.5 million a season, and the Senators might not contend while Zaitsev is under contract. Unless they make a run for it in the last two seasons. Brown is a good third line scoring winger who scored 20 goals three seasons ago but struggled to score this year with the rise of Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen. Carcone is an RFA, though is likely just an AHL forward. He is better than Luchuk.

               Zaitsev, 27, scored three goals with 11 assists for 14 points in 81 games for the Leafs this past season. In his three year NHL career, all in Toronto, Zaitsev has scored 12 goals with 51 assists for 63 points in 223 games.

               Brown, 25, scored eight goals with 21 assists for 29 points in 82 games for the Leafs this past season. In his NHL career, all in Toronto, Brown has scored 43 goals with 56 assists for 99 points in 253 games.

               Carcone, 23, scored 14 goals with 13 assists for 27 points in 42 games for the AHL's Toronto Marlies this season. In his AHL career for the Marlies and Utica Comets, Carcone has scored 40 goals with 49 assists for 89 points in 191 games.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Blackhawks acquire Shaw



             The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired F Andrew Shaw and a 2021 7th round pick from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a 2020 2nd round pick, a 2021 3rd round and a 2020 7th round pick.

             The Blackhawks lack forwards, and they still do, after this trade. They now have eight forwards under contract, and Brendan Perlini is an RFA. Shaw is coming off a career high season in points. He was also drafted by the Blackhawks (5th round) in 2011. He played his first five seasons with the Blackhawks. He has three more years left at $3.9 million a season. This trade puts them at around $8 million in cap space, so it likely takes them out of the hunt for a big free agent like Anders Lee, who they were reportedly interested in. A second and a third is a little bit of a big ask, but Shaw does have three years left coming off a career season.

             Shaw, soon to be 28, scored 19 goals with 28 assists for 47 points in 63 games for the Canadiens this year. In his NHL career for the Canadiens and Blackhawks, Shaw has scored 111 goals with 122 assists for 233 points in 504 games.

             The Canadiens are looking to shed salary so they can go after a big name free agent like Matt Duchene or Lee. After this year and the trade of Nicolas Deslauriers, the Canadiens have about $13.5 million in cap space. They get really good value for Shaw. Shaw shouldn't net you a second and a third, but after scoring nearly 50 points in nearly 60 games, his value was up.

NHL Trade Review: Hurricanes acquire Reimer



               The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired G James Reimer from the Florida Panthers in exchange for G Scott Darling and a 2020 6th round pick. The 6th round pick was originally Buffalo's.

               The Canes need a goalie. Darling struggled in Carolina, and struggled in 14 AHL games this past season. They were going to buy him out, but now they have the Panthers buy him out for them. In return, they get Reimer, as they need a goalie, with both Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney becoming free agents tomorrow. Reimer has good seasons before, though the last two haven't been pretty. They give up a sixth as well. Between the two goalies, they get the one with value. Reimer has a lower cap hit as well, though Darling will cost less once bought out.

               Reimer, 31, had a .900 SV% with a 3.09 GAA in 36 games for the Panthers this year. In his NHL career for the Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks, Reimer has a .914 SV% and a 2.81 GAA in 338 games.

               The Panthers were looking to buyout or trade Reimer, and if they didn't make this deal, Reimer likely would have been bought out. This trade leaves them with just one goalie, Sam Montembeault. They also have Chris Driedger, who has played in three NHL games, all of them have been in relief, last in 2017. They will likely sign Sergei Bobrovsky tomorrow when free agency starts. Bobrovsky will be the starter and Montembeault the backup. They haven't signed Bobrovsky yet and might not sign him, so there is a chance they go with a lesser goalie like Semyon Varlamov or Mrazek.

               Darling, 30, had a .884 SV% with a 3.34 GAA in eight games for the Hurricanes this year. He had a .882 SV% and a 3.40 GAA in 14 games for AHL Charlotte. In his NHL career for the Hurricanes and Chicago Blackhawks, Darling has a .908 SV% and a 2.72 GAA in 126 games.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Coyotes acquire Kessel

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           The Arizona Coyotes have acquired F Phil Kessel, D Dane Birks and a 4th round pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for F Alex Galchenyuk and D Pierre-Oliver Joseph.

           Kessel is an elite scorer. He has averaged a point a game for two consecutive seasons, and has scored 20 goals in every year since 2008-09, when he scored 36 goals as a 21 year old. He won two Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh, but the team was looking to move on. An article from the Athletic stated that Kessel has issues with coach Mike Sullivan, and Evgeni Malkin didn't want Kessel on his line. Kessel reportedly blocked a trade to Minnesota earlier this offseason, but will take the opportunity to play under former Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet in Arizona. In return, the Penguins get Galchenyuk, who didn't adjust to well in Arizona, missing 20 goals for the third straight season, and putting up his lowest point total since he was 19 in 2013-14. Playing with better players (and being healthier) will get that goal total near 30, where it was in 2015-16. Galchenyuk is still young, but is a year away from unrestricted free agency. Joseph was drafted 23rd overall by the Coyotes in 2017. He is a defenseman, unlike his brother Mathieu, who plays on the Lightning. Not a terrible haul for Kessel. They also free cap space.

           Galchenyuk, 25, scored 19 goals with 22 assists for 41 points in 72 games for the Coyotes this past season, his only with the team. In his NHL career for the Coyotes and Montreal Canadiens, Galchenyuk has scored 127 goals with 169 assists for 296 points in 490 games.

            Joseph, who turns 20 in two days, scored two goals with 20 assists for 22 points in 35 games for the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs. In five QMJHL seasons for the Voltigeurs and Charlottetown Islanders, Joseph has scored 29 goals with 111 assists for 140 points in 235 games.

             The Coyotes could use some scoring, and Kessel instantly becomes their best forward. And their highest paid forward. He has a $6.8 million AAV, higher than Derek Stepan's $6.5 million. The Coyotes missed the playoffs last year, but have one of the tightest cap situations in the league. This trade brings them down to just over $1.8 million in cap space, second least in the league (Vegas). But, Kessel does have three more years left, and would get much more money if he was a free agent now. They get a 4th and Birks, an ECHL defenseman that was a 6th round pick in 2013.

              Kessel, 31, scored 27 goals with 55 assists for 82 points in 82 games for the Penguins in 2018-19. In his NHL career for the Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins, Kessel has scored 357 goals with 466 assists for 823 points in 996 games.

              Birks, 23, scored one goal with 13 assists for 14 points in 65 games for the ECHL's Wheeling Nailers. He also didn't score in one game for AHL Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

              

Friday, June 28, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Sabres acquire Miller



          The Buffalo Sabres have acquired D Colin Miller from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a 2021 2nd round pick and a 2022 5th round pick.

          The Sabres were likely going to trade Rasmus Ristolainen, and here is a candidate to replace him. Miller was a healthy scratch sometimes this season, and overall came down to earth from a great first season in Vegas. He is entering his prime, and his $3.875 million cap hit for three more seasons isn't bad. He isn't a top pairing defenseman, but can play on the second pairing. The Sabres now have five right defenseman. Casey Nelson isn't a starter, but Miller, Ristolainen, Zach Bogosian and Brandon Montour are. Bogosian could also be dealt, as he has one more year left at over $5 million. But Ristolainen has been rumored to be on the market since last trade deadline, so he could be the one to go, though he is probably the best of the four mentioned above.

           Miller, 26, scored three goals with 26 assists for 29 points in 65 games for the Golden Knights in 2018-19. In his NHL career for Vegas and the Boston Bruins, Miller has scored 22 goals with 77 assists for 99 points in 250 games.

           The Golden Knights are in cap hell. They are now just under $900k over the salary cap, but they can put David Clarkson and his $5.25 cap hit on LTIR. That means they can go $5.25 million over the cap, but they still need to sign Nikita Gusev and Malcolm Subban. They could still free up more cap space to sign a minor free agent once free agency opens on July 1st.

         

NHL Trade Review: Avalanche acquire Burakovsky

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           The Colorado Avalanche have acquired F Andre Burakovsky from the Washington Capitals in exchange for F Scott Kosmachuk, a 2020 2nd round pick and a 2020 third round pick.

           The Avalanche have the most cap space of any team, as they are $17.6 million under the cap floor. They can afford to take on some RFAs, as they do here with Burakovsky. Burakovsky is still young, but has plateaued out since a strong age 20 season where he scored 17 goals and 38 points, still career highs. The second rounder is really the only thing they really give up. The third was just acquired this week for Carl Soderberg and Kevin Connauton, and Kosmachuk will be a group 6 UFA.

            Burakovsky, 24, scored 12 goals with 13 assists for 25 points in 76 games for the Capitals this past year. In his NHL career, all in Washington, the 23rd overall pick in 2013 has scored 62 goals with 83 assists for 145 points in 328 games.

            I predicted during the draft that the Caps would trade Burakovsky. The Caps have just over $9.2 million in cap space, and have RFAs Jakub Vrana, Christian Djoos and Chandler Stephenson. They would also love to re-sign Brett Connolly, and maybe Devante Smith-Pelly as well. Keep in mind that they need to sign some AHL players as well. Trading Burakovsky saves cap room for the present and the future, as the Capitals need to sign both Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby, both of which are UFAs after 2019-20, and can be extended on July 1. Kosmachuk is a pending UFA, and now is one of four group 6 UFAs in the Caps organization, a list that includes Nathan Walker, Riley Barber and Michael Sgarbossa. They lack minor league forwards, so Kosmachuk could be signed. He hasn't played in the NHL since debuting four seasons ago.

             Kosmachuk, 25, scored three points, all assists, in eight games for the Winnipeg Jets on 2015-16, making up all of his NHL experience. For the AHL's Colorado Eagles this past season, Kosmachuk scored 12 goals with 11 assists for 23 points in 54 games.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Canes acquire Haula

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal


            The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired F Erik Haula from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for F Nicolas Roy and a conditional 2021 5th round pick. If Haula plays on the Hurricanes past next season, or the Canes trade Haula for a player, multiple draft picks or a pick rounds 1-5, the Knights get the draft pick. If Haula leaves as a free agent after next year, no pick will be given.

            The Hurricanes need a center, and Haula fits that need. He was picked from the Wild in the expansion draft, and scored 29 goals and 55 points in 76 games as the Golden Knights reached the Stanley Cup final in their first year. He played just 15 games this past season after taking an awful hit from now teammate (at the moment) Patrick Marleau. He had knee surgery, and spent time in a wheelchair before needing physical therapy to help him walk again. Roy and a 5th is a very slim price, though Haula might not return the same, as he hasn't played in an NHL game since the injury was sustained in Toronto on November 6th.

            Haula, 28, scored two goals with five assists for seven points in 15 games for the Golden Knights this past season. In his NHL career for the Knights and Minnesota Wild, he has scored 73 goals with 78 assists for 151 points in 357 games.

            The Golden Knights are already over the salary cap, so they need to free up a lot of space. Haula had one year left at $2.75 million, a trade-able salary. In return, the get Roy, who has little NHL experience. He will likely go back to the AHL this year.

             Roy, 22, scored no points in six NHL games this year, and hasn't scored in seven career NHL games. In 2018-19 for AHL Charlotte, Roy scored 17 goals with 19 assists for 36 points in 69 games.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Coyotes acquire Soderberg



         The Arizona Coyotes have acquired F Carl Soderberg from the Colorado Avalanche is exchange for D Kevin Connauton and a third round pick.

         Soderberg is a bottom six center coming off a career year at age 33. He has rebounded well from an awful 2016-17, when he scored just six goals with eight assists and was a -26, as the Avalanche were the worst team in the league. He had a career high in goals this year. He also finished 24th in Selke voting (he got one 4th place vote).

         Soderberg, 33, scored 23 goals with 26 assists for 49 points in 82 games for the Avalanche this year. In his NHL career for the Avs and Boston Bruins, Soderberg has scored 86 goals with 159 assists for 245 points in 482 games.

         The Avalanche already had the most amount of cap space in the league, and now they have more space, about $38.9 million. They have just five forwards under contract, seven RFAs, they only have one goalie under contract for next year, and they have five UFAs (including goalie Semyon Varlamov). One of those RFAs, Mikko Rantanen, could get up to $9 million a year. The Avs are also interested in free agent superstar Artemi Panarin. It might seem like they have a lot of cap space, but they could be out of it once the offseason concludes. Connauton is a decent depth defenseman, and getting him could mean the end of Patrik Nemeth (UFA) in Colorado.

           Connauton, 29, scored one goal with seven assists for eight points in 50 games for the Coyotes this year. In his NHL career for the Coyotes, Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars, Connauton has scored 27 goals with 49 assists for 76 points in 310 games.

Monday, June 24, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Blackhawks acquire De Haan



            The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defenseman Calvin de Haan and forward Aleksi Saarela from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Gustav Forsling and goalie Anton Forsberg.

             The Blackhawks have been improving, their defensemen, getting Olli Maatta from Pittsburgh, and now de Haan. But with 59 point man Erik Gustafsson and Duncan Keith, the Hawks now have four lefty defenseman. They could move one of those guys to the right side, with Brent Seabrook. Former first rounder Henri Jokijarju could also make the team. If Jokijarju makes the team, then Connor Murphy will probably be traded, or Jokijarju will be sent to the minors. This trade hurts the odds for Slater Koekkoek and Carl Dahlstrom. De Haan is a good second pairing defenseman, and is good defensively. He is under contract for three more years at $4.55 million a year. Saarela is a young forward who debuted this postseason.

              de Haan, 28, scored one goal with 13 assists for 14 points in 74 games for the Hurricanes this year. In his NHL career for the Canes and New York Islanders, de Haan has scored 13 goals with 82 assists for 95 points in 378 games, with 793 blocked shots.

              Saarela, 22, didn't score a point in one playoff game this year, his NHL debut. For AHL Charlotte, Saarela scored 30 goals with 24 assists for 54 points in 69 games, helping them win the Calder Cup.

             For the Canes, I don't get this trade. My guess is that they are trying to free cap space. They have nearly $25 million in space, but need to sign Sebastian Aho, Brock McGinn, Justin Williams, Michael Ferland, two goalies and now Forsling, who is an RFA. They get their backup goalie in Forsberg, who played in a career high 35 games two years ago, but didn't post great numbers. Forsling is a depth defenseman who can compete for a starting role.

             Forsberg, 26, had a 2.97 GAA and a .908 SV% in 35 games for the Blackhawks in 2017-18. He didn't play in the NHL this year. In his NHL career for the Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets, Forsberg has a .901 SV% and 3.21 GAA. He had a 2.64 GAA and a .919 SV% in 32 games for AHL Rockford this year.

             Forsling, 23, scored three goals with six assists for nine points in 43 games for the Hawks this year. In his NHL career, all for the Blackhawks, Forsling has scored eight goals with 19 assists for 27 points in 122 games.

NHL Trade Review: Flyers, Stars swap Hartman and Pitlick



             The Dallas Stars have acquired F Ryan Hartman from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for F Tyler Pitlick.

             In a way, this trade reminds me of a deal during the draft, in which Chicago and New Jersey flipped John Hayden and John Quenneville. Both Hartman and Pitlick are significantly better, but the concept of the trades are similar. Both bottom six forwards, and RFA and a forward with one year left. Hartman is the RFA, like Quenneville. They also were 30th overall picks in 2013 and 2014, Hartman being picked the year earlier. He had a decent 2017-18 with the Blackhawks before a surprise trade to the Predators. The surprising part of the deal was that Chicago got a first round pick in return. Hartman bombed in Nashville, and was traded to the Flyers for Wayne Simmonds this trade deadline. He has never scored 20 goals, and had a career low point total, despite playing in more games than the NHL schedule consists of. Dallas still gets good value out of him. He isn't a bad bottom six winger.

            Hartman, 24, scored 12 goals with 14 assists for 26 points in 83 games for the Flyers and Nashville Predators in 2018-19. In his NHL career for the Flyers, Predators and Chicago Blackhawks, the former late first rounder has scored 42 goals with 47 assists for 89 points in 245 games.

            Hartman was underwhelming for the Flyers post-trade, scoring just six points in 19 games (though he was better than Simmonds, who he was trading for). Pitlick is a similar player, but costs less. He has one more year left at $1 million, which is less than Hartman will get. The Flyers are looking to save cap room, with about $17 million in cap space. They need to sign Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny, Justin Bailey and Scott Laughton, plus a backup or 1B goalie to go along with soon to be 21 year old Carter Hart. Pitlick is also a right winger, and will likely will into Hartman's spot.

             Pitlick, 27, scored eight goals with four assists for 12 points in 47 games. In his NHL career for the Stars and Edmonton Oilers, Pitlick has scored 33 goals with 20 assists for 53 points in 185 games.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

One player from every NHL team that will be traded this offseason



         It's finally offseason time. And with that, it means there will be many, many trades, There already have been some deals, including Jacob Trouba to the Rangers, Justin Braun and Matt Niskanen to the Flyers, and Radko Gudas to the Capitals. But there will certainly be more deals, most likely including all 31 teams. Some teams might not actually trade away a player, but here are 31 candidates to be dealt, one from each team.

         Anaheim Ducks: Patrick Eaves
The Ducks have a decent amount of cap space, not many free agents, and even less hope. I don't think the Ducks will trade a defenseman after trading Brandon Montour to Buffalo last February. Rickard Rakell could net a lot, but his stock has fallen a lot after a tough season. He did have 67 goals from 2016-17 to 2017-18, including 120 points. Eaves scored 11 goals in 20 games with the Ducks as a rental in 2016-17, then re-signed to a three year deal. He has played a combined nine games in the first two years of the contract. If the Ducks take on a team's bad contract, such as Nikita Zaitsev or Patrick Marleau from the Leafs, Eaves could be sent to the other way. He could be placed on LTIR, and one year left at $3.15 million isn't a terrible burden. But that is the only way they'd deal him. They can't get any value for him without taking a contract back.

         Arizona Coyotes: Alex Goligoski
Arizona has to sign RFAs Nick Cousins, Lawson Crouse and Josh Archibald, and Richard Panik is a UFA. The Coyotes will have under $7 million in cap space, and they also would like to buff their offense, either through free agency or trade. After re-signing Ilya Lyubushkin, the team has nine defensemen, though Kyle Capobianco could go to the AHL. Both Goligoski and Niklas Hjalmarsson are getting up there in age, Goligoski will be 34 and Hjalmarsson just turned 32. Both have two years left, with a cap hit around $5 million. Goligoski is better offensively, and Hjalmarsson is a defensive defenseman. I think Goligoski could be moved for a middle six forward that costs less than Goligoski's $5.475 million cap hit. He has 98 points in 235 games over three seasons in the desert.

           Boston Bruins: David Backes
The Bruins have a big cap crunch that has gone pretty much unnoticed. They have just over $13 million in cap space, and they'll need to sign RFAs Charlie MacAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Danton Heinen. They'd also love to re-sign UFA Marcus Johansson. Backes' five year, $30 million deal has been a huge disappointment, with just 38 goals over three years. That includes seven this past year, and he was a healthy scratch in the last three games of the Stanley Cup. To free up cap space for Johansson, the Bruins could package Backes with a pick and/or a prospect like Zach Senyshyn to clear up $6 million in space.

           Buffalo Sabres: Rasmus Ristolainen
There has been Ristolainen trade rumors for nearly six months now. He scored 43 points last year, his 4th straight over 40. But every year in his six season NHL career he has been a minus. He had a league worst -41 rating this year. That could improve on a better team. His $5.4 million cap hit for three more years is manageable. The team seemingly traded for his replacement in February, Brandon Montour. The one issue is that only Ristolainen and last year's first overall pick, Rasmus Dahlin, are signed past next year. Jake McCabe is an RFA this year, Montour next year, and after next year Zach Bogosian, Marco Scandella and Casey Nelson are UFAs. The team is expecting big roles from Lawrence Pilut and maybe even William Borgen this upcoming season. Ristolainen, despite his bad rating, can still get a haul for the Sabres.

            Calgary Flames: Travis Hamonic
There has been rumors that the Flames are looking to move on from either Hamonic or T.J. Brodie this offseason. Hamonic has 30 points over two seasons in Calgary, and all the picks they gave up for him are going to hurt them, as the 1st they gave up ended up being Noah Dobson, one of the top defensive prospects in the league. Both of them have one year left on their contract, and Hamonic's $3.85 million cap hit is very affordable. They wouldn't get a turn like the Islanders did for Hamonic, but they could get a first for him, if the Islanders got a first and two second for Hamonic after playing 49 games and was a -21 in 2016-17.

             Carolina Hurricanes: Justin Faulk
There have been rumors that Faulk and his camp had a meeting with the Canes that didn't go well. The Canes have three good righty shot defensemen in Faulk, Dougie Hamilton and Brett Pesce. At least one of them will probably be traded. They also have a decent bottom pairing defenseman in Trevor van Riemsdyk. The significance of the meeting mentioned before is that Faulk will be entering free agency after 2019-20. He has a $4.83 cap hit. He could be moved for a forward. They only have seven forwards under contract. Sebastian Aho and Brock McGinn will be back, they are RFAs. But Michael Ferland and captain Justin Williams may not be back. They could use a boost there. Faulk scored 11 goals this year, and has double digits goals in four of the last five years.

              Chicago Blackhawks: Artem Anisimov
If the Blackhawks can find a taker for Anisimov, they'll look into it. Anisimov's streak of three straight 20 goal seasons was broken this year, when he scored 15. He'll be 31, and has two more years left at $4.55 million. They have good center depth, with Jonathan Toews and 3rd overall pick Kirby Dach. They could use Anisimov, but he is their most notable tradeable piece.
   
              Colorado Avalanche: Tyson Barrie
Barrie could be traded very soon. There are rumors that the Canucks are interested. Barrie, a defenseman, scored 14 goals with 59 points this year, his third 50 point season. The Canucks are a team rumored to be interested, and Bo Horvat or Jake Virtanen could be going Colorado's way. Barrie is a year away from unrestricted free agency, with a $5.5 million cap hit.

               Columbus Blue Jackets: Alex Wennberg
This is a big hypothetical. If the Blue Jackets lose all of Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene, Sergei Bobrovsky and Ryan Dzingel, then they could look to blow it up. Wennberg scored just two goals with 23 assists, but he is just 24, and scored 59 points two year prior. He has four more years left at $4.9 million. It would be interesting to see what a return for Wennberg would look like.

               Dallas Stars: Denis Gurianov
The Stars are a good candidate for a team to not make any trades where they give up a player, and just deal either picks or improve through free agency. They could really use a defenseman. There haven't been rumors surrounding Gurianov like other players on this list, but the team might be looking to move on from him, or throw him in a big role. He was drafted 12th overall in 2015, a star studded draft. The team passed on players like Mikko Rantanen, Mat Barzal, Brock Boeser, Kyle Connor and Sebastian Aho to pick Gurianov. He has played in just 22 career games, with a goal and three assists. They could trade him in a package for a defenseman, likely a righty to play behind John Klingberg, as on the left side they have Miro Heiskanen, Esa Lindell and Jamie Oleksiak.

                Detroit Red Wings: Jimmy Howard
It seems like Jimmy Howard trade rumors have gone on forever. Howard has one more year left at $4 million. He won't be a starter on a contender, but he'd be a very good backup, and because of his term, and age (35), they won't get too much for him. But they would need another goalie. Jonathan Bernier can't be the starter, and the next goalie is 20 year old Kaden Fulcher. Howard was an all-star despite a 3.07 GAA. 

                Edmonton Oilers: Jesse Puljujarvi
There is almost no way the Oilers don't trade Puljujarvi. Puljujarvi has been rumored to want out of Edmonton, and another rumor says if he isn't traded, he'll play in Europe. Yes, that should be easy to call bluff on for new GM Ken Holland. With a new coaching staff, maybe Puljujarvi gives it one more shot. The 2016 4th overall pick has just 17 goals and 20 assists in 139 career games over three years. He is just 21, so the reported asking price of a second rounder is a good bargain for a pursuing team.
         
                Florida Panthers: Mike Hoffman
There were Mike Hoffman trade rumors at the trade deadline. He now has one more year left at over $5 million. He scored a career high 36 goals and 70 points last year, his first in Florida. He could get a haul, especially if dealt before the season starts. His downside is that he is a -44 over the last two years.

                Los Angeles Kings: Trevor Lewis
The Kings have too many centers. Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter will definitely be there. Adrian Kempe and/or Alex Iafallo could be too. Blake Lizotte could play center as well, and 5th overall pick Alex Turcotte could make the team. Lewis scored just 12 points in 44 games last year, but scored a career high 14 the year before. He has a $2 million cap hit for one more season, then he is a UFA.

                 Minnesota Wild: Jason Zucker
A Zucker deal has been waiting for about six months. There have reportedly been two deals including Zucker that have fallen apart at the finish line. One to Calgary at the trade deadline, and one to Pittsburgh for Phil Kessel this offseason. He could still potentially go to Calgary. He has a very good deal, four more years left at $5.5 million. Zucker scored 21 goals last year, and scored 33 the year before.

                  Montreal Canadiens: Phillip Danault
This is a little bit of a reach. The Canadiens have 17 forwards (three, Joel Armia, Charles Hudon and Artturi Lehkonen are RFAs). But with Jonathan Drouin, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Nate Thompson, and maybe Ryan Poehling down the middle, Danault could become expandable. But, there are a lot of flaws with that idea. Will Poehling be a third line NHL center. Is Thompspon even good enough to be  fifth line center. It is a ballsy move, but they are selling high. Danault has two more years left at $3 million, and just had a 53 point season. Montreal fans, feel free to yell at me.

                    Nashville Predators: PK Subban
There have been rumors that Subban could be on the move as the Predators look to free cap space to either sign Matt Duchene or extend Roman Josi on July 1. Subban has three more years left at $9 million, which is too much for Subban. Subban played in just 63 games this year, with 31 points. He scored 16 goals with 59 points two years ago. He can still get a haul.
UPDATE: Subban has been traded to New Jersey.
                    New Jersey Devils: Pavel Zacha
Zacha is currently an RFA, and the former 6th overall pick has been a disappointment. Zacha scored a career high 13 goals and tied his career high in points with 25. That's really bad for a 6th overall pick five years ago. He's an RFA and destined to be their 4th line center, behind 1st overalls Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes, plus veteran Travis Zajac. Zacha could use a change of scenery badly.

                    New York Islanders: Nick Leddy
The Islanders have been rumored to be shopping Leddy and fellow defenseman Thomas Hickey. Leddy can net them a scorer that they really need. Either that, or picks or prospects they can use down the line. Leddy has three more years left at $5.5 million.  Leddy's four goals and 26 points were his lowest in a full season since he was 20 in 2011-12. Before that, he had three consecutive, 40 point seasons.

                     New York Rangers: Chris Kreider
Kreider, along with Jimmy Vesey and Vladislav Namestnikov, might be traded because they will be free agents after next year. Kreider is the best of the group. He tied his career high in goals with 28, and also had 24 assists. He is also the oldest of the group, and probably the least likely to re-sign as the team looks to get younger. He could command a first round pick.


                     Ottawa Senators: Mikkel Boedker
The Senators will need to get over the minimum salary cap, and trading away Boedker won't help. He'll be a free agent after this next year, with a current $4 million cap hit. Boedker's seven goals was his lowest since 2010-11, but he was on an awful Ottawa team. On a better team he could score 15 goals. That isn't bad for a third liner.

                      Philadelphia Flyers: Shayne Gostisbehere
There have been a lot of Gostisbehere rumors recently, and with the team acquiring Matt Niskanen and Justin Braun, and the team has Ivan Provorov, Robert Hagg and Sam Morin on the left side. Gostisbehere is still young and is on a very good deal. He will command a good amount of picks, prospects or roster players, depending on what Philly wants, and who their trade partner is. Gostisbehere has four more years left at $4.5 million. He scored 37 points this year, and had 65 points in 78 games the year before.

                       Pittsburgh Penguins: Jack Johnson
Right as this deal was signed, everyone knew it was bad. After one season, it is even worse. Johnson has four more years left at $3.25 million, and the Penguins are actively looking to get rid of it. He did have a career high 233 hits, but was a defensive liability, had just 13 points, and was a minus for the 13th time in his 14 year NHL career. The Penguins would need to add a sweetener with Johnson.

                       San Jose Sharks: Kevin LaBanc
The Sharks badly want to keep LaBanc, who is an RFA. But they won't have much cap space and they want to sign Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, and Timo Meier will also be an RFA. LaBanc isn't their priority, and they might not have cap space to sign him. He scored 17 goals with 56 points this past year.

                        St. Louis Blues: Robby Fabbri
The team that wins the Stanley Cup doesn't really trade away many players the following offseason. Fabbri is an RFA, and was a healthy scratch throughout the playoffs. Fabbri scored just six points in 32 games after missing all of 2017-18. He didn't return like the player he was his first two seasons. It could be time for the Blues to move on. Another team will want to take Fabbri, hoping that he can become the player he was when he was 20 and 21. He is currently 23.

                          Tampa Bay Lightning: JT Miller
The Lightning will have about $10.5 million in cap space, as they can put Ryan Callahan on LTIR as he can't play again due to a degenerative back disease. They need to sign RFA Brayden Point, and Cedric Paquette and Adam Erne are RFAs as well. Erne is a winger on a team with Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Alex Killorn, Matheiu Joseph, Erne, Yanni Gourde and Tyler Johnson. Miller still will have a spot, but has a $5.25 million cap hit for four more years. Miller might be moved since they won't have cap room for their RFAs. They could use a backup defenseman. Miller scored 13 goals with 47 points in 75 games, his first full year in Tampa.
UPDATE: Miller has been traded to Vancouver.

                           Toronto Maple Leafs: Nikita Zaitsev
The team already traded Patrick Marleau to free cap space. Zaitsev has a $4.5 million cap hit for five more seasons. They have $14 million in cap space to sign RFAs Mitch Marner, Andreas Johnson and Kasperi Kapanen, the latter reportedly having signed a three year deal over $3 million per year. Zaitsev might need to include a sweetener. Zaitsev had 14 points in 81 games this year. His ice time was down nearly two minutes a game this year.

                            Vancouver Canucks: Chris Tanev
The Canucks didn't trade Alex Edler when he was a pending UFA, so they might not deal Tanev. He has a year left at $4.45 million. He is a righty shot and is 29, so he can net a first rounder potentially. Tanev scored 12 points in 55 games this year, and is a career +39, despite playing on a lot of bad teams. Not a bad defensive defenseman.

                             Vegas Golden Knights: Jonathan Marchessault
I wouldn't trade Marchessault if I'm the Knights. But they have been rumored to be shopping him, as they need to sign RFA William Karlsson. Tomas Nosek and Nikita Gusev are also RFAs, and Brandon Pirri, Ryan Carpenter, Pierre-Edouard Bellmare and Deryk Engelland are UFAs. They are projected to have literally no cap space. Marchessault has five more years left at $5 million. He wouldn't be the only player they'd need to deal. Marchessault scored 25 goals with 34 assists for 59 points this year, and 82 goals over the last three seasons.

                              Washington Capitals: Andre Burakovksy
Burakovsky has yet to improve on his age 20 season. He is now 24 coming off back-to-back 25 point seasons. He is an arbitration eligible RFA, and the Caps may want to move on, though that is purely speculation. He is still fairly young, so they could receive something decent for him. He has 62 goals in 328 career games.
UPDATE: Burakovsky has been traded to Colorado.

                                Winnipeg Jets: Dmitry Kulikov
The Jets could use some cap space, and some forwards. They have seven forwards under contract, with RFAs Patrick Laine, Kyle Connor and Andrew Copp, and UFA Brandon Tanev. They would still need a forward, though a player like Mason Appleton could get a chance. They need to free up cap space to sign their forwards or another UFA. Kulikov has one year left at $4.3 million, which is not a good contract. They would need to add a sweetener in as well. Kulikov is coming off his first career no goal season, and had six assists in 57 games.

NHL Trade Review: Devils acquire Hayden



             The New Jersey Devils have acquired F John Hayden from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for F John Quenneville.

              Hayden is a decent depth forward. He has just a $750k cap hit, then he is an RFA. He has struggled offensively in time with the NHL club, but is more defense. He hasn't gotten much ice time, with 10:07 minutes a game in his career. They trade a former first rounder who has become a bust.

              Hayden, 24, scored three goals with two assists for five points in 54 games for the Blackhawks this year. In his NHL career, all in Chicago, Hayden has scored eight goals with 14 assists for 22 points in 113 games.

              The Blackhawks acquired a former first rounder that was perceived to be a bust midseason, in Dylan Strome. It worked out pretty well. Strome went 3rd overall, and Quenneville went 30th overall. So it isn't necessarily the exact same thing. But the Hawks are taking a chance on a player that was once highly touted, but hasn't played well in the NHL. Quenneville was picked in 2014.

               Quenneville, 23, scored one point, a goal, in 19 games for the Devils this year. In his three year NHL career, Quenneville has scored two goals and three assists for five points in 33 games.

NHL Trade Review: Canucks acquire Miller



             The Vancouver Canucks have acquired C/W JT Miller from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a 1st round pick, a 3rd round pick and goalie Marek Mazanec.

             Miller is a good forward. He is a two time 50 point scorer, and is signed long term, four more years at $5.25 million. A first and third round pick is a hefty price, but Miller is still young at 26. He can score, which will help the Canucks a lot, especially if they want to get back to the playoffs.

             Miller, 26, scored 13 goals with 34 assists for 47 points in 75 games for the Lightning this past year. In his NHL career for the Lightning and New York Rangers, Miller has scored 95 goals with 142 assists for 237 points in 435 games.

             For the Lightning, they need to free up cap space, with RFAs like Brayden Point, Cedric Paquette and Adam Erne, and might want to sign UFA Anton Stralman. Miller had a rough first full year with the Lightning, and they still get a first, third and depth goalie for him. Mazanec is an organizational third goalie.

              Mazanec, soon to be 28, last played in 206-17 with the Nashville Predators, with a .839 SV% and a 4.73 GAA in four games. In his NHL career, all for Nashville, Mazanec has a .895 SV% with a 2.98 GAA.

NHL Trade Review: Devils acquire Subban



               The New Jersey Devils have acquired D PK Subban from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defensemen Steven Santini and Jeremy Davies, plus two second round picks.

                For the Devils, Subban is a dynamic defenseman. He is coming off a bad year but is just a year removed from a 16 goal, 59 point season. He has three years left on his contract, but Nashville will not retain any salary, which explains why they didn't trade a first round pick. They lack defense, and Subban is a legitimate top pairing player.

                 Subban, 30, scored nine goals with 22 assists for 31 points in 63 games for the Predators this past year. In his NHL career for the Predators and Montreal Canadiens, Subban has scored 98 goals with 310 assists for 408 points in 645 games.

                 Subban has a $9 million cap hit. That is way too much for him, and the Predators also want to extend Roman Josi, who is a free agent after next year. They also could sign a player like Matt Duchene in free agency. They get a roster defenseman in Santini, and a prospect defenseman in Davies, plus two second rounders. He is also aging, now 30.

                  Santini, 24, scored one goal with three assists for four points in 39 games for the Devils this past year. In his NHL career, all with the Devils, Santini has scored five goals with 16 assists for 21 points in 39 games.

                  Davies, 22, scored eight goals with 28 assists for 36 points in 37 games for Northeastern University this year. He was drafted in the 7th round by the Devils in 2016.

NHL Trade Review: Hurricanes acquire Marleau



          The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired LW Patrick Marleau, a 2020 1st round pick and a 2020 7th round pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a 2020 6th round pick.

          The Leafs absolutely need to free up cap space. They now have a projected $14 million in cap space, and need to sign RFAs Mitch Marner, Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson. There is still a good chance that they will trade another contract as well to get everybody signed. Marleau had a cap hit of $6.25 million, and since he is older than 35, buying him out doesn't save any cap space. A first round pick is a tough ask, but you don't want to lose Marner.

           Marleau, 39, scored 16 goals with with 21 assists for 37 points in 82 games this season. In his NHL career for the Leafs and the San Jose Sharks, Marleau has scored 551 goals with 615 assists for 1166 points in 1657 games.

            The Canes just pay $6.25 million for a first round pick. They have a lot of cap space, and they will reportedly buy out Marleau. Getting a first round pick is a very good deal. It is top 10 lottery protected. They just give up a sixth, but get a seventh rounder as well. Marleau will want to go back to San Jose, where he played his first 19 years.