Arizona Lets Make a Deal

Created by: Zubrowka
Initial Creation Date: Dec 18, 2018
Published: Dec 24, 2018 at 2:22 am
Team: 2018-19 Philadelphia Flyers
Legend
Lefthanded
Original Team
Righthanded
Position
No Move/Trade Clause
Expiry Status
Term Remaining
McDavid, Connor
$12,500,000
C
NMC
UFA - 5
Team Explanation
Does this trade meet the needs of the teams? Is the value fair? Do you see salary retention or a pick going either way as needed to even it out?

My thoughts:

Why would Arizona do this? 1) Financial reasons and 2) to improve offense. Arizona can sample Simmonds and Weal before committing to future contract term and salary to either. This flexibility should be valuable to a financially pressured club like Arizona. By contrast, whether the injured Demers can come back and be a top 4 blueliner from yet another season ending injury is a financial risk that can be moved to a club that can bear it more readily. Acquiring MacDonald helps fill an immediate shortage on D, but carries one more year of high salary into 2019-2020.

For Arizona, this deal is probably a win if Simmonds fixes the powerplay and signs long-term. It will be a bonus if Jordan Weal finally receives a proper role and takes advantage of it offensively at 5v5. Both will have fans in Philly happy for them to succeed but possibly ruing the trade in that event. I reckon Arizona fans will be sad to see a young player in Crouse traded away, worry that they just lost a good D man for a replacement level one, but very excited to see some offensive rejuvenation all aboard the Wayne Train.

Why would Philly do this? 1) PK improvement and 2) to possibly upgrade defense down the road at a reasonable cost. Crouse is a better fit for the bottom 6 than Weal, because the Flyers sorely lack another steady PK player. Demers could be a right-sided D upgrade if he comes back healthy for 2019-2020, but that is no sure thing. Bolland is a salary dump to mitigate the high MacDonald salary going the other way, at least for this season. Philly can part with Simmonds and Weal because they are on expiring contracts, and the club may be reluctant to give Simmonds a high cap and term deal given the other pricey forward contracts already on the books.

For Philly, if Demers does not pan out, the deal is probably a fail, but could still be at least palatable if Crouse turns out to be a great fit long-term for the PK and bottom 6. In the worst case scenario, Demers could ride out his contract on LTIR. Flyers fans will initially be happy to be rid of MacDonald, who was often given too many minutes against too difficult competition for his skill set here, but will be sad to see Simmonds and Weal depart.
Trades
PHI
  1. Demers, Jason
  2. Crouse, Lawson
  3. Bolland, Dave
ARI
  1. Simmonds, Wayne
  2. Weal, Jordan
  3. MacDonald, Andrew
Buyouts
  • Ilya Bryzgalov: $0
Retained Salary Transactions
  • Radko Gudas: $1,005,000 (30%)
  • Christian Folin: $150,000 (19%)
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2018
2019
PHI
PHI
PHI
NJD
PHI
PHI
PHI
PHI
MTL
2020
PHI
PHI
PHI
PHI
PHI
PHI
PHI
2021
PHI
PHI
PHI
PHI
PHI
PHI
PHI
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
22$79,500,000$61,457,222$0$5,677,500$18,042,778

Roster

Left WingCenterRight Wing
PHI
van Riemsdyk, James
$7,000,000
LW
UFA - 5
PHI
Giroux, Claude
$8,275,000
LW, C, RW
NMC
UFA - 4
PHI
Konecny, Travis
$894,167
RW, LW
UFA - 1
PHI
Raffl, Michael
$2,350,000
LW, RW
UFA - 1
PHI
Couturier, Sean
$4,333,333
C
UFA - 4
PHI
Voracek, Jakub
$8,250,000
RW
UFA - 6
PHI
Lindblom, Oskar
$925,000
LW
RFA - 2
PHI
Patrick, Nolan
$925,000
C, RW
RFA - 2
PHI
Aubé-Kubel, Nicolas
$680,833
RW
RFA - 1
ARI
Crouse, Lawson
$894,167
LW
RFA - 1
PHI
Laughton, Scott
$962,500
C
UFA - 1
PHI
Weise, Dale
$2,350,000
RW, LW
UFA - 2
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
PHI
Provorov, Ivan
$894,167
LD
UFA - 1
PHI
Gostisbehere, Shayne
$4,500,000
LD
UFA - 5
PHI
Hart, Carter
$730,833
G
RFA - 3
PHI
Sanheim, Travis
$863,333
RD
RFA - 1
PHI
Gudas, Radko
$2,345,000
RD
UFA - 2
PHI
Neuvirth, Michal
$2,500,000
G
UFA - 1
PHI
Hägg, Robert
$1,150,000
LD
RFA - 2
PHI
Myers, Philippe
$678,889
RD
RFA - 2
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
PHI
Lehterä, Jori
$4,700,000
LW, C
UFA - 1
PHI
Elliott, Brian
$2,750,000
G
UFA - 1
ARI
Bolland, Dave
$5,500,000
C
NTC
UFA - 1
PHI
Folin, Christian
$650,000
RD
UFA - 1
PHI
Morin, Samuel
$700,000
LD
RFA - 3
ARI
Demers, Jason
$3,937,500
RD
NTC
UFA - 3

Special Teams

Power Play 1
van Riemsdyk, J.
Giroux, C.
Couturier, S.
Gostisbehere, S.
Voracek, J.
Power Play 2
Lindblom, O.
Patrick, N.
Laughton, S.
Sanheim, T.
Konecny, T.
Penalty Kill 1
, .
Laughton, S.
Provorov, I.
Gudas, R.
Penalty Kill 2
Raffl, M.
Aubé-Kubel, N.
Hägg, R.
Myers, P.

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Top Comments

Dec 24, 2018 at 2:26
#1
Joined: Jun 2018
Posts: 7,927
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Arizona passes. They don't need aging players like Simmons. They are a young team building for the future.
Dec 24, 2018 at 4:53
#2
Joined: Jun 2017
Posts: 127
Likes: 26
I wouldn't do this if I was Philly. Simmonds to a contender this season like Toronto, Tampa, Colorado maybe could net you a young player in return, especially if it is Toronto or Tampa. You may be able to get a guy they don't see as essential to their core because they are too cap-strapped to keep them. I think you could get a better return for Wayne Simmonds than a bottom 6-forward and 2 salary dumps. I'd rather take a chance on getting a D-man this offseason than end up with a 3-year deal with Demers that doesn't work out.
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Dec 24, 2018 at 6:36
#3
LongtimeLeafsufferer
Joined: Jul 2015
Posts: 29,653
Likes: 7,113
Simmons should be traded to a contender for trade value. It makes absolutely no sense to show case for out of playoffs Arizona to take on two expiring contracts. Why do folks keep on trading these LTIR contracts.?> 99% of the time it means absolutely nothing....like this one.
Dec 24, 2018 at 6:36
#4
LongtimeLeafsufferer
Joined: Jul 2015
Posts: 29,653
Likes: 7,113
Simmons should be traded to a contender for trade value. It makes absolutely no sense to show case for out of playoffs Arizona to take on two expiring contracts. Why do folks keep on trading these LTIR contracts.?> 99% of the time it means absolutely nothing....like this one.
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