Throwing ideas against the figurative wall to see what sticks

Created by: Pens3lieve
Initial Creation Date: Sep 29, 2020
Published: Oct 1, 2020 at 3:46
Team: 2020-21 Pittsburgh Penguins
Legend
Lefthanded
Original Team
Righthanded
Position
No Move/Trade Clause
Expiry Status
Term Remaining
Edmonton Oilers
McDavid, Connor
$12,500,000
C
NMC
UFA - 5
Team Explanation
TYPICAL DISCLAIMER-I'M EXPERIMENTING WITH NEW IDEAS. DON'T BASH ME IF YOU DON'T AGREE.

First things first.

With the trades of bjugstad and Hornqvist already completed, which many said would be difficult and in Hornqvist's case-impossible...but not all NMCs are created equal (in that some will be waived). I'm not crazy about the matheson contract, but as I've said I won't bash him till I see him play. some people really like some under the radar stuff with him so there is certainly potential for him to take the next step and become a top-4 D.

I am literally 90% sure at this point JJ is GONE VERY SOON. we have 6 LHD. GMJR is using his "talk nice about the player but won't commit to giving them a spot/hinting at a trade/while all the signs point to a trade" routine...

OTT has cap space. whether or not they want Murray IDK. rather then package them together and spark the "how much + value does Murray have" and "how much - value does JJ have" debate simultaneously, I divided them up. Legare is a good 3rd round pick that some teams had ranked ahead of Poulin (our 1st round pick). he fell to us/we traded up to get him but I have a feeling he's the next prospect moved (partially bc we don't have very many prospects...) lindgren-meh and a 2nd complete the trade...I think that's fair based on the recent mark Staal cap dump (only a 2nd for 1 yr, 5.7M).

Sceviour I think is of little impact and either he or ZAR I think is out the door. I don't think he has much value. I do not want to trade ZAR. he is AMAZING defensively and a HUGE PART of one of the best shutdown lines in the NHL. sully wants good D from his bottom 6. ZAR embodies that.
if we traded ZAR to keep Sceviour, that would be utter ridiculousness. ZAR is cheaper and WAY BETTER--not to mention faster, younger, and has more potential.

the BOS trade is a new idea. I don't think Pettersson will be traded unless one of 2 things happens. matheson/riikola/PO Joseph are so good that Pettersson and his new big cap hit isn't needed, or he is underperforming/injured like maatta was the latter part of his tenure in PIT...
IDK what Bjork and Carlo's value is. I think Pettersson is slightly better rn than Carlo probably. but with an excess of LHD and a need for a #3RHD, it makes sense only if one of the two things I mentioned is applicable. Bjork for Lafferty(4th line grinder with upside) , almari (fringe prospect), 3rd and 5th to round it out.

TOR and PIT already made a trade, and that's why I'd be surprised if they made another. but KD knows Murray and you never know. a 2nd + prospect (bracco) + Dermott (bc they need cap space) I think it is a fair return for Murray although it doesn't really meet Pittsburgh's needs--part of the reason TOR and PIT aren't the best trading partners rn.

Bc I got Dermott for no good reason, and bc sully will never play him unless no one with a pulse can play, I traded Riikola to play with his Finnish friend to recoup some late picks so Patrick Alvin doesn't fall asleep at the draft table...

the FA signings just provide depth and fill a hole.

I still think Craig smith is an good option although GMJR said they won't be active and will be looking in the "bargain bin" for players that slip through the cracks. he would be a good 3rd line player to provide speed, tenacity, and goal scoring--just what we need. and he could jump up into the top-6 if need be.
Lundqvist or a another veteran backup I'd get and let him + desmith battle it out with the loser going to WBS.
I would really like a bottom-6 add like maroon, who's been a part of both STL and TBL in their cup wins. he plays the right way and he'd certainly be a better veteran than Patrick Marleau--maybe because he's not 75 years old and has never won anything--except maybe eventually the Games played record--wow Gordie howe jr.--super overrated...I digress.

I do sincerely wonder about Dom Simon's future on this roster, bc GMJR said "Murray and Simon will be hard to keep" specifically...makes me wonder if Simon is reading his goal totals incorrectly. his value IMHO is not over 1.5M MAX.

PP1-Sid87, Geno71, Tanger58, Rusty17, jake59----period. end of story. put them there and leave them there.
PP2-i'd go with zucker16, mccann19, matheson5, Kapanen24, and Smith15 to start but marino6, and Bjork10 would also be options.

for the PK some mix of ZAR, bleuger, tanev, smith, Kapanen, McCann, rust and all the D should be sufficient.
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Åberg, Pontus1$750,000
Knott, Graham1$750,000
Angello, Anthony1$750,000
Miletic, Sam1$750,000
Nyberg, John1$750,000
Lafferty, Sam2$750,000
Jarry, Tristan4$3,000,000
Bracco, Jeremy2$750,000
Dermott, Travis3$2,000,000
Simon, Dominik3$1,000,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Maroon, Patrick1$900,000
Smith, Craig4$3,500,000
Lundqvist, Henrik1$1,000,000
Trades
PIT
  1. 2022 7th round pick (OTT)
OTT
  1. Johnson, Jack
  2. Légaré, Nathan
  3. Lindgren, Jesper
  4. 2022 2nd round pick (PIT)
PIT
  1. 2021 4th round pick (DAL)
DAL
  1. Sceviour, Colton
PIT
  1. Bjork, Anders
  2. Carlo, Brandon
BOS
  1. Pettersson, Marcus
  2. Lafferty, Sam
  3. Almari, Niclas
  4. 2020 3rd round pick (PIT)
  5. 2022 5th round pick (PIT)
PIT
  1. Dermott, Travis [RFA Rights]
  2. Bracco, Jeremy [RFA Rights]
  3. 2020 2nd round pick (TOR)
TOR
  1. Angello, Anthony
Additional Details:
RFA rights to Matt Murray
he signs extension 5 x $4.5M
PIT
  1. 2020 4th round pick (CHI)
  2. 2020 6th round pick (CHI)
CHI
  1. Riikola, Juuso
Retained Salary Transactions
  • Nick Bjugstad: $2,050,000 (50%)
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2020
TOR
PIT
CHI
PIT
PIT
CHI
2021
PIT
DAL
PIT
PIT
ANA
2022
PIT
PIT
PIT
PIT
PIT
OTT
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
24$81,500,000$81,340,000$0$850,000$160,000
Left WingCenterRight Wing
PIT
Zucker, Jason
$5,500,000
LW, RW
NTC
UFA - 3
PIT
Crosby, Sidney
$8,700,000
C
NMC
UFA - 5
PIT
Kapanen, Kasperi
$3,200,000
RW
RFA - 2
PIT
Guentzel, Jake
$6,000,000
LW, RW
UFA - 4
PIT
Malkin, Evgeni
$9,500,000
C
NMC
UFA - 2
PIT
Rust, Bryan
$3,500,000
RW, LW
UFA - 2
BOS
Bjork, Anders
$1,600,000
LW, RW
RFA - 3
PIT
McCann, Jared
$2,940,000
LW, C
RFA - 2
Smith, Craig
$3,500,000
RW, C
UFA - 3
PIT
Aston-Reese, Zach
$1,000,000
LW, RW
RFA - 1
PIT
Blueger, Teddy
$750,000
C, LW
RFA - 1
PIT
Tanev, Brandon
$3,500,000
RW, LW
NTC
UFA - 5
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
PIT
Dumoulin, Brian
$4,100,000
LD
NTC
UFA - 3
PIT
Letang, Kris
$7,250,000
RD
NMC NTC
UFA - 2
PIT
Jarry, Tristan
$3,000,000
G
UFA - 3
Dermott, Travis
$2,000,000
LD
RFA - 1
PIT
Marino, John
$925,000
RD
UFA - 1
Lundqvist, Henrik
$1,000,000
G
NMC
UFA - 1
PIT
Matheson, Michael
$4,875,000
LD
UFA - 6
BOS
Carlo, Brandon
$2,850,000
RD
RFA - 1
Lundqvist, Henrik
$1,000,000
G
UFA - 1
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
PIT
Ruhwedel, Chad
$700,000
RD
UFA - 1
PIT
DeSmith, Casey
$1,250,000
G
UFA - 2
PIT
Simon, Dominik
$1,000,000
RW, LW
RFA - 1
PIT
Joseph, Pierre-Olivier
$863,333
LD
RFA - 2
Maroon, Patrick
$900,000
LW, RW
NTC
UFA - 2
PIT
Poulin, Samuel
$894,167
LW, RW
RFA - 3
Bracco, Jeremy
$750,000
RW
UFA - 1
PIT
Maniscalco, Joshua
$853,333
RD
RFA - 3
PIT
O'Connor, Drew
$925,000
LW
RFA - 2
PIT
Lee, Cameron
$925,000
LD
RFA - 2
PIT
Åberg, Pontus
$750,000
RW, LW
RFA

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Oct 1, 2020 at 3:47
#1
Hockey IQ
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Oct 1, 2020 at 3:50
#2
Shane Kelly
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The Bruins trade is kind of a wash. Petterson is great, but he is a guy that would come to Boston and play with carlo. Carlo is wasted on the third pairing in PIT. He is about to make the step next season (I hope) as a top 5 shut down de man in the league so best to stick with Letang, who is still very good, and my boy (former camp coach of mine who is an absolute stud) johnny marino.
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Oct 1, 2020 at 3:50
#3
bhavikp27
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Pettersson is better all-around but I will take Carlo for defense (and keep him) since we don't have anyone to play RD on the second pair (if he would be moved). +It would have to be for a top6 winger.
For Bjork, rather keep him as well.
Oct 1, 2020 at 3:52
#4
Hockey IQ
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Quoting: Shane_Kelly
The Bruins trade is kind of a wash. Petterson is great, but he is a guy that would come to Boston and play with carlo. Carlo is wasted on the third pairing in PIT. He is about to make the step next season (I hope) as a top 5 shut down de man in the league so best to stick with Letang, who is still very good, and my boy (former camp coach of mine who is an absolute stud) johnny marino.


Quoting: bhavikp27
Pettersson is better all-around but I will take Carlo for defense (and keep him) since we don't have anyone to play RD on the second pair (if he would be moved). +It would have to be for a top6 winger.
For Bjork, rather keep him as well.


thanks for the feedback guys.
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Oct 1, 2020 at 3:52
#5
exo2769
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I know this is the absolute smallest piece and it could be any team...Hawks cant take an 11th Dman looking for ice time
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