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Cup Caliber Team

Created by: MitchMarnerElite
Initial Creation Date: Aug 13, 2020
Published: Aug 14 at 12:54
Team: 2020-21 Chicago Blackhawks
Team Explanation
I feel the Chicago Blackhawks are an interesting team. They've got an elite forward group, but they seem to struggle defensively, especially against a team like Vegas who have a heavy forecheck. The series is not over, but I can't see them winning this with the amount of zone time they're giving up. I don't think Keith should be playing top pair minutes anymore, so perhaps they can trade some of their forwards for 1-2 reliable minute-eating defenceman, as well as a few defensive forwards to fill out the bottom 6.
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Kubalik, Dominik2$5,500,000
Nichushkin, Valeri2$2,500,000
Subban, Malcolm2$900,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Crawford, Corey2$3,500,000
Larsson, Johan2$2,000,000
Maroon, Patrick2$1,500,000
Koivu, Mikko1$1,500,000
CREATEDYEARSCAP HIT
Quinn, Jack3$925,000
Zary, Conner3$925,000
Trades
CHI
  1. Marner, Mitchell ($1,393,000 retained)
TOR
  1. Shaw, Andrew
  2. Seabrook, Brent
Additional Details:
*Leafs clear 9.5 million in cap space by taking on 2 LTIR candidates
CHI
  1. Necas, Martin
  2. 2020 1st round pick (TOR)
CAR
  1. DeBrincat, Alex
CHI
  1. Nichushkin, Valeri [RFA Rights]
COL
  1. Nylander, Alexander
CHI
  1. Oleksiak, Jamie
DAL
  1. Määttä, Olli
  2. 2021 2nd round pick (CHI)
CHI
  1. Kunin, Luke [RFA Rights]
  2. Brodin, Jonas
MIN
  1. De Haan, Calvin
  2. Strome, Dylan [RFA Rights]
Retained Salary Transactions
  • Brandon Saad: $1,000,000 (17%)
  • Olli Määttä: $750,108 (18%)
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2020
CHI
TOR
PIT
CHI
CGY
CHI
CHI
CHI
2021
CHI
CHI
CHI
CHI
CHI
MTL
2022
CHI
CHI
CHI
CHI
CHI
CHI
CHI
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
23$81,500,000$78,671,313$1,090,244$5,920,000$2,828,687

Roster

Left WingCenterRight Wing
CHI
Kubalik, Dominik
$5,500,000
LW
RFA - 2
CHI
Toews, Jonathan
$10,500,000
C
NMC
UFA - 3
TOR
Marner, Mitchell
$9,500,000
RW
UFA - 5
CAR
Necas, Martin
$863,333
C, RW
RFA - 2
CHI
Dach, Kirby
$925,000
C, RW
RFA - 2
CHI
Kane, Patrick
$10,500,000
RW
NMC
UFA - 3
Nichushkin, Valeri
$2,500,000
LW, RW
UFA - 2
Koivu, Mikko
$1,500,000
C
NMC
UFA - 1
CHI
Saad, Brandon
$5,000,000
RW, LW
NTC
UFA - 1
Larsson, Johan
$2,000,000
C, LW
UFA - 2
CHI
Kämpf, David
$1,000,000
C, RW
RFA - 1
Maroon, Patrick
$1,500,000
LW, RW
NTC
UFA - 2
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
MIN
Brodin, Jonas
$4,166,667
LD
NMC
UFA - 1
CHI
Murphy, Connor
$3,850,000
RD
UFA - 2
CHI
Crawford, Corey
$3,500,000
G
NTC
UFA - 2
DAL
Oleksiak, Jamie
$2,137,500
LD
UFA - 1
CHI
Boqvist, Adam
$894,167
RD
RFA - 2
CHI
Subban, Malcolm
$900,000
G
UFA - 2
CHI
Keith, Duncan
$5,538,462
LD
NMC
UFA - 3
CHI
Mitchell, Ian
$925,000
RD
RFA - 3
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
CHI
Suter, Pius
$925,000
C, LW
RFA - 1
CHI
Smith, Zack
$3,250,000
LW, C
NTC
UFA - 1
CHI
Kurashev, Philipp
$842,500
C, LW
RFA - 2
CHI
Beaudin, Nicolas
$863,333
D
RFA - 3

Special Teams

Power Play 1
Marner, M.
Toews, J.
Kubalik, D.
Kane, P.
Keith, D.
Power Play 2
Necas, M.
Dach, K.
Nichushkin, V.
Boqvist, A.
Mitchell, I.
Penalty Kill 1
Kämpf, D.
Saad, B.
Brodin, J.
Murphy, C.
Penalty Kill 2
Toews, J.
Nichushkin, V.
Oleksiak, J.
Keith, D.

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Aug 14 at 12:55
#1
Marner Stan Account
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Aug 14 at 12:55
#2
Miss the Thrashers
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OH my god that Carolina trade is a joke.
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Aug 14 at 12:59
#3
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if the blackhawks are just "a few pieces away" from the cup and that includes half their defence an elite forward and 3 top 9 forwards, then literally every team is a few pieces away
also that is the worst marner trade in the history of the world and that is saying something coming from you
Aug 14 at 1:00
#4
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Quoting: Caniac2000
OH my god that Carolina trade is a joke.


I figured you would say that. But DeBrincat is an elite player on a very reasonable contract. The return needs to be huge.
Aug 14 at 1:01
#5
NoMansonMurphyDumba
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so the leafs give Marner retained for nothing?

edit: Also how did I get pinged but I don't see my name? Just wondering
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Aug 14 at 1:02
#6
Miss the Thrashers
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Quoting: MitchMarnerElite
I figured you would say that. But DeBrincat is an elite player on a very reasonable contract. The return needs to be huge.


Dude, I don't know if I'd do Necas for Cat 1 for 1. Necas is expansion exempt, on his ELC and their upside is very comparable.
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Aug 14 at 1:02
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Quoting: JaredOfLondon
if the blackhawks are just "a few pieces away" from the cup and that includes half their defence an elite forward and 3 top 9 forwards, then literally every team is a few pieces away
also that is the worst marner trade in the history of the world and that is saying something coming from you


I know Toronto will ask for a king’s ransom for Marner but personally, I’d just be happy to clear most of his cap hit like in the trade above & sign Pietrangelo.
Aug 14 at 1:04
#8
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Quoting: MitchMarnerElite
I know Toronto will ask for a king’s ransom for Marner but personally, I’d just be happy to clear most of his cap hit like in the trade above & sign Pietrangelo.


yes, we know you would.
Aug 14 at 1:04
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Quoting: keep_ups12
so the leafs give Marner retained for nothing?


I should’ve added a pick or something for the retention, but the basic idea is to clear most of Marner’s cap so they can sign Pietrangelo.
Aug 14 at 1:05
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Quoting: Caniac2000
Dude, I don't know if I'd do Necas for Cat 1 for 1. Necas is expansion exempt, on his ELC and their upside is very comparable.


I don’t disagree but I’ve been seeing this trade get thrown around a lot so I just went with it. Cat’s market value per HBAnalytics is 11 Million, he’s heavily outperforming his contract.
Aug 14 at 1:10
#11
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Avs decline
Aug 14 at 1:14
#12
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Mikko Koivu is a 4C who is useful for the occasional defensive zone faceoff and that's about it at this point. He's not a 3C on a Cup contending team.

Unless I'm missing something, you traded for Kunin and then didn't sign him?
Aug 14 at 1:22
#13
Leafs GM v4
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Quoting: Caniac2000
OH my god that Carolina trade is a joke.


Not even the worst one on here
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Aug 14 at 1:30
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Quoting: JayTea
Mikko Koivu is a 4C who is useful for the occasional defensive zone faceoff and that's about it at this point. He's not a 3C on a Cup contending team.

Unless I'm missing something, you traded for Kunin and then didn't sign him?


Thanks for letting me know. I did include Kunin in the trade but I didn’t know whether or not to use him at 3C or koivu cuz Kunin’s stats are horrendous.
Aug 14 at 1:56
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Waiting For Barzal
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The team is great, but the trades are uh....

sus
Aug 14 at 1:57
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Quoting: MitchMarnerElite
Thanks for letting me know. I did include Kunin in the trade but I didn’t know whether or not to use him at 3C or koivu cuz Kunin’s stats are horrendous.


Kunin is more of a wing. They've tried him at center when there have been injuries, but he's never stuck despite them needing one.
Aug 14 at 3:06
#17
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Lol this team is insane but not sure any of these trades could happen short of minny. Are leafs really that desperate to dump marner?? Probably too many FA signings as well. Caggulia and highmore can fill out the bottom line
Aug 14 at 3:18
#18
DaBus
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I like the majority of the trades. Obviously Hawks would need to add for Marner. Really like the CAR and COL moves
Aug 14 at 5:04
#19
Hockey Super Genius
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Quoting: Caniac2000
OH my god that Carolina trade is a joke.


LOL, U do love U love u some Necas.... Maybe we are different state brothers? bc I love him too?
Aug 14 at 5:57
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Huge no from Colorado. Nichuskin is literally off-the-charts in analytics, the perfect 3rd line forward.
Aug 14 at 9:09
#21
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As a hawks fan I'd take every one of those trades
Aug 15 at 4:04
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We're kidding with that Marner deal, right? Like there has to be a joke I'm not getting.

Insane.
Aug 19 at 9:32
#23
Boom shaka
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I like the koivu move.. I'm not really up for a tear down or taking on big contracts.
 
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