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Best Guess for Hextalls First Rodeo

Created by: jimmmyg
Initial Creation Date: Apr. 7, 2021
Published: Apr. 7, 2021
Team: 2020-21 Pittsburgh Penguins
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Here is my crack at the 2021 TDL - let me know your thoughts!

Pettersson Trade - I don't really love the idea of moving Pettersson just to move him, but I feel Winnipeg is in the market for a defensemen and a 3rd is very reasonable. You can save Pettersson for a larger package, but I don't expect Hextall to make a big move right now or even this summer.

Laughton Trade - I already know that Flyers fans would be fuming at seeing this, but he is the ideal 3C for this team and matches with what Burkey & Hextall said about adding tougher players. Upgrades to next year's 2nd round pick if he resigns here. He is not exempt from the Expansion Draft, so he, ZAR or Zucker would be left exposed. Who cares, let's get crazy.

Giving up a 2nd/3rd next year but getting the third back for this year seems like a win. Need to start getting some prospects back in the cupboard and we have a full draft slate for next year.

I would prefer to avoid guys like Bennett or Reinhart atleast for right now. Buyers market would help but I don't think those are the missing pieces. Build out the 3rd line and you have 4 lines that can fly. A player I would also love on this team is Getzlaf, but I don't see it happening.

**Also leaving out the 8 injuries that will occur between now and the Trade Deadline**
Trades
1.
PIT
  1. Laughton, Scott
PHI
  1. 2022 3rd round pick (PIT)
  2. 2021 5th round pick (PIT)
*2022 Conditional 3rd round pick becomes 2022 2nd round pick if Laughton resigns
2.
PIT
  1. Forbort, Derek
  2. 2021 3rd round pick (WPG)
Additional Details:
Can be used as bottom pairing LD or depth player this year
WPG
  1. Pettersson, Marcus
Additional Details:
Pettersson still young, reasonably priced player and already better than Forbort + Beaulieu. Good chance Heinola jumps him next year, but good insurance in case he isn't able to jump in top4.
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
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2022
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2023
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ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES TooltipBONUSESCAP SPACE
23$81,500,000$77,281,667$0$850,000$4,218,333

Roster

Left WingCenterRight Wing
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Guentzel, Jake
$6,000,000
LW, RW
UFA - 4
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Crosby, Sidney
$8,700,000
C
NMC
UFA - 5
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Rodrigues, Evan
$700,000
RW, C
UFA - 1
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McCann, Jared
$2,940,000
C, LW
UFA - 2
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Malkin, Evgeni
$9,500,000
C
NMC
UFA - 2
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Kapanen, Kasperi
$3,200,000
RW
UFA - 2
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Zucker, Jason
$5,500,000
LW, RW
NTC
UFA - 3
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Laughton, Scott
$2,300,000
C, LW
UFA - 1
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Rust, Bryan
$3,500,000
RW, LW
UFA - 2
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Aston-Reese, Zach
$1,000,000
LW, RW
UFA - 1
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Blueger, Teddy
$750,000
C, LW
UFA - 1
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Tanev, Brandon
$3,500,000
RW, LW
NTC
UFA - 5
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
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Dumoulin, Brian
$4,100,000
LD
NTC
UFA - 3
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Letang, Kris
$7,250,000
RD
NMC NTC
UFA - 2
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Jarry, Tristan
$3,500,000
G
UFA - 3
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Matheson, Michael
$4,875,000
LD
UFA - 6
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Ceci, Cody
$1,250,000
RD
UFA - 1
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DeSmith, Casey
$1,250,000
G
UFA - 2
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Forbort, Derek
$1,000,000
LD
UFA - 1
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Marino, John
$925,000
RD
UFA - 1
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
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Jankowski, Mark
$700,000
LW, C
UFA - 1
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Ruhwedel, Chad
$700,000
RD
UFA - 1
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Friedman, Mark
$725,000
LD/RD
UFA - 2
Taxi Squad
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Angello, Anthony
$725,000 ($0)
C, RW
UFA - 2
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Gaudreau, Frédérick
$700,000 ($0)
C
UFA - 1
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Riikola, Juuso
$1,150,000 ($75,000)
LD
UFA - 2
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Larmi, Emil
$792,500 ($0)
G
UFA - 1
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Sceviour, Colton
$1,200,000 ($125,000)
RW, C
UFA - 1
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Zohorna, Radim
$792,500 ($0)
LW, RW
UFA - 1
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Weber, Yannick
$700,000 ($0)
RD
UFA - 1
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Lafferty, Sam
$750,000 ($0)
C, LW
UFA - 2

Special Teams

Power Play 1
Rust, B.
Crosby, S.
Guentzel, J.
Letang, K.
Malkin, E.
Power Play 2
Kapanen, K.
Blueger, T.
Zucker, J.
McCann, J.
Marino, J.
Penalty Kill 1
Blueger, T.
Tanev, B.
Dumoulin, B.
Letang, K.
Penalty Kill 2
Laughton, S.
Aston-Reese, Z.
Forbort, D.
Marino, J.

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Apr. 7, 2021 at 1:39 p.m.
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Tbh there's no way fletcher is gonna trade laughton to a rival team for a 3rd and a 5th round picks
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Apr. 7, 2021 at 1:49 p.m.
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rodrigues is not a top line forward if anything he is a fourth line maybe third. thats what irritates me they put him on the top line and he just is not skilled enough to play there. i think gaudreau deserves a spot in the lineup when completely healthy
Apr. 7, 2021 at 1:57 p.m.
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Pettersson is not reasonably priced for a number 5-6 guy.
Apr. 7, 2021 at 2:11 p.m.
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The Jets would looking to add depth not make a lateral move. So, they won't trade Forbort for Pettersson.
Apr. 7, 2021 at 2:16 p.m.
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Quoting: HikinenNisti
Tbh there's no way fletcher is gonna trade laughton to a rival team for a 3rd and a 5th round picks


I agree that it's still the old boys club who thinks you can't trade to a rival but the facts are that the Flyers are cooked, Freidman said they aren't close on a contract (can obviously change that course) and Fletcher used to work for Pittsburgh / Hextall long time Flyer. I don't see Laughton getting more than a 2nd rounder because if you have to offer a first, why not just go for a Forsberg or a Reinhart?
Apr. 7, 2021 at 2:17 p.m.
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Quoting: Nickyo995
rodrigues is not a top line forward if anything he is a fourth line maybe third. thats what irritates me they put him on the top line and he just is not skilled enough to play there. i think gaudreau deserves a spot in the lineup when completely healthy


I know he hasn't done much but it opens the door for Rust & Kapanen to move around the middle 6, which makes a team much more lethal. Crosby can will players to be functional top6 players, and I think rodrigues has the speed and shot to tread water up there.
Apr. 7, 2021 at 2:20 p.m.
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Quoting: Windjammer
The Jets would looking to add depth not make a lateral move. So, they won't trade Forbort for Pettersson.


I don't see it as a lateral move as Pettersson is a top4 player on this team and is only 24 - and I don't sense the need to send Forbot back if the Jets want depth rather than losing a dman. Penguins have enough options at LD, so it can be for a pick or two instead.

I can totally see why some teams wouldn't be able to add a $4m player in the current market, however
Apr. 7, 2021 at 2:21 p.m.
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Quoting: Stan_Bowman
Pettersson is not reasonably priced for a number 5-6 guy.


Don't disagree with that at all (Hello Matt Matheson) but Pettersson has been good for the Penguins the past 2 seasons in his top4 role. It would really come down to if Heinola is ready to play top4 next year, which I don't see why he wouldn't be able to unless he gets injured
Apr. 7, 2021 at 2:51 p.m.
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No way does Laughton get a low 3rd and 5th, and especially not from PIT.
Apr. 7, 2021 at 3:06 p.m.
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No way does Laughton get a low 3rd and 5th, and especially not from PIT.


What are you expecting for him? Hall is priced at a 1st round pick, I don't see any team paying that for Laughton (which is fine). I also stated that the 3rd is a conditional to a 2nd if he resigns.
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Apr. 7, 2021 at 3:14 p.m.
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What are you expecting for him? Hall is priced at a 1st round pick, I don't see any team paying that for Laughton (which is fine). I also stated that the 3rd is a conditional to a 2nd if he resigns.


Hall is sucking it up and is still at least a 4mil cap hit. Laughton might come for as low as 1.2 and is the kind of guy that does everything in the playoffs, has grit/physicality/two way/2 positions, and will fit in. Hall is definitely the better player, but right now theres alot more teams wanting (and affording) laughton. In all honesty, I think he gets a 2nd, no conditions and probably a 4th for the retention. Youre also looking at probable low round picks.

Alot for a short term rental, but its about demand and performance and Laughton (on a career year pt pace over 82 games) is wanted by alot of the clubs going into the playoffs.
 
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