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defense sell off coming

Created by: pharrow
Initial Creation Date: Feb 27, 2021
Published: Feb 27 at 11:13
Team: 2020-21 Pittsburgh Penguins
Team Explanation
Penguins are sellers at TDL even if they make the playoffs. With Zucker probably out and the team not really having assets to burn to make a move, they sell some assets and go with what they got. They simply aren't real cup contenders this year and it's better to build than self decive.
They don't have a ton of assets to sell but they have depth on the blue line they can part with,
Trades
PIT
  1. 2021 3rd round pick (WPG)
I would have taken a 4th here but WPG doesn't have one. They will need defensive depth going forward. Ceci can PK and can be a physical guy on their blueline in a 3rd pairing role or depth man if needed. The cost of a 3rd isn't much at all.
WPG
  1. Ceci, Cody
PIT
  1. 2021 2nd round pick (CBJ)
I think this is a solid move for AZ.
1st, it gives them solid depth down the LD side if they make the playoffs.
2nd They only got 2 guys under contract next year on their whole blueline.
3rd there were rumors of an OEL trade last offseason. Lets say AZ really does want to move on, This gives them a solid options for a 2LD. For a team that would only have 1 D man signed for next year if OEL is traded, that's a solid move.
Especially given the age of their blueline.
Goligoski is gonna be 36 and Hjalmarsson 34.
It helps them get younger on their blueline.
ARI
  1. Matheson, Michael
PIT
  1. 2021 5th round pick (TOR)
With Friedman in Chad is gone.
TOR could use some depth on their RD.
The contract is league min, and 2 years. Neither of which should be a problem for TOR.
TOR
  1. Ruhwedel, Chad
Buyouts
  • Jack Johnson: $1,166,667
Retained Salary Transactions
  • Nick Bjugstad: $2,050,000 (50%)
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2021
PIT
CBJ
WPG
PIT
TOR
PIT
WSH
ANA
2022
PIT
PIT
PIT
PIT
PIT
PIT
PIT
2023
PIT
PIT
PIT
PIT
PIT
PIT
PIT
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
20$81,500,000$74,020,175$0$1,912,500$7,479,825
Left WingCenterRight Wing
PIT
Guentzel, Jake
$6,000,000
LW, RW
UFA - 4
PIT
Malkin, Evgeni
$9,500,000
C
NMC
UFA - 2
PIT
Tanev, Brandon
$3,500,000
RW, LW
NTC
UFA - 5
PIT
Aston-Reese, Zach
$1,000,000
LW, RW
RFA - 1
PIT
Crosby, Sidney
$8,700,000
C
NMC
UFA - 5
PIT
Rust, Bryan
$3,500,000
RW, LW
UFA - 2
PIT
O'Connor, Drew
$925,000
LW
RFA - 2
PIT
Blueger, Teddy
$750,000
C, LW
RFA - 1
PIT
Kapanen, Kasperi
$3,200,000
RW
RFA - 2
PIT
Jankowski, Mark
$700,000
LW, C
RFA - 1
PIT
Lafferty, Sam
$750,000
C, LW
UFA - 2
PIT
Sceviour, Colton
$1,200,000
RW
UFA - 1
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
$3,500,000
G
UFA - 3
PIT
Pettersson, Marcus
$4,025,175
LD
UFA - 5
PIT
Marino, John
$925,000
RD
UFA - 1
PIT
DeSmith, Casey
$1,250,000
G
UFA - 2
PIT
Joseph, Pierre-Olivier
$863,333
LD
RFA - 2
PIT
Friedman, Mark
$725,000
RD
RFA - 2
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
PIT
Zucker, Jason
$5,500,000
LW, RW
NTC
UFA - 3
PIT
Riikola, Juuso
$1,150,000
LD
UFA - 2
PIT
McCann, Jared
$2,940,000
LW, C
RFA - 2
PIT
Rodrigues, Evan
$700,000
RW, C
UFA - 1
Taxi Squad
PIT
Larmi, Emil
$792,500 ($0)
G
RFA - 1
PIT
Angello, Anthony
$725,000 ($0)
C, RW
RFA - 2
PIT
Weber, Yannick
$700,000 ($0)
RD
UFA - 1
PIT
Currie, Josh
$700,000 ($0)
RW, C
UFA - 1

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Feb 27 at 11:24
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Lehky
Joined: Dec 2020
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There are so many ways Arizona could get younger on the blue line without trading away their much needed 2nd round pick for an average defenseman on an albatross contract. Ryan Murray got traded this offseason for a 5th round pick, he's a UFA and a better option than Matheson. There's Brandon Montour too. Ain't anyone giving up a high pick for Matheson.
Feb 27 at 11:44
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Edited Feb 27 at 11:51
Quoting: ArtturiLehkonen
There are so many ways Arizona could get younger on the blue line without trading away their much needed 2nd round pick for an average defenseman on an albatross contract. Ryan Murray got traded this offseason for a 5th round pick, he's a UFA and a better option than Matheson. There's Brandon Montour too. Ain't anyone giving up a high pick for Matheson.


A. I think you under rate Matheson.
B. he's not a rental, he's coming with term. And as much as you view that as bad, it's not.
C. I think you are over estimating the Defense market next year. The league is already very thin at defense in general. there are many teams in need of it. Next you get 6 more defense positions are opening up, making the league even thinner. And Seattle is gonna grab defense from a few teams. Which means whatever else is out there, everyone else is going to be over bidding on.
AZ is in the same bad position as DET. Who doesn't really have a lot of defensemen going into next year. They need to get younger and faster.
Finding that many defensemen to improve is not going to be easy in the current climate. That's just something you are going to have to realize.
This is why Gudbranson kept getting moved when everyone wanted to hate on him. The league is just thin and that is going to get worse.
Matheson is a much better player than he was. He went for a 5th this summer. Matheson should probably return a 2nd as he can actually play 2LD and that is roughly what a low end 2LD costs. Where a higher one is going to cost a 1st +.
So the value here really isn't off, and AZ won't have nearly as easy of a time picking up defense next year unless they want to go with their very old players.
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Feb 27 at 11:55
#3
Joined: May 2019
Posts: 6,729
Likes: 2,361
The leafs absolutely do not need bottom pairing defenders
Feb 27 at 12:53
#4
Joined: May 2018
Posts: 600
Likes: 185
Coyotes need RD not LD and as mentioned above they’re not giving up a second round pick for Matheson
Feb 27 at 12:59
#5
Joined: Jul 2020
Posts: 2,993
Likes: 965
Ceci isn't worth anywhere close to a 4th and the Jets have no need for bottom pairing or lower defensemen.
 
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