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Meier to NJD Burns to SEA Adding Key UFAs and a Few Shrewd Depth Moves

Created by: CheechYou
Initial Creation Date: May 6, 2021
Published: May 6 at 4:32
Team: 2021-22 San Jose Sharks
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Of course this is all taking into account the need to have cap space next offseason not just for Hertl and Ferraro (possibly decent raises for Knyzhov and Korenar too), but also add to have flexibility to add to their roster.

Signing Granlund and Nosek allows for Cooch to move to Hertl's wing, which would allow for this Meier deal to make sense. NJD get their young top-line winger for that Swiss connection.

Sharks get a young (and importantly, cheap) candidate for Bortuzzo's replacement in Walsh in the deal, who has the upside to maybe be an offensive 3rd pairing guy paired with a defensive vet in Vlasic. Mercer projects to hopefully be a decent middle-6, likely 3rd line center, and can replace Nosek in 2 years.

Simek and Donato to anywhere for anything. They just doesn't fit in SJ's lineup (though if they were both right-handed it'd be a different story) and SJ needs the cap space. They'll be good depth pieces elsewhere similar to how Bortuzzo fits with SJ next season but not STL.

Also, I don't know what happened to SJ's 2024 picks rounds 2-7. I'm assuming they're Ottawa's.
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Korenar, Josef1$1,000,000
Gambrell, Dylan2$1,400,000
Gregor, Noah2$1,000,000
Balcers, Rūdolfs2$1,400,000
Blichfeld, Joachim2$850,000
True, Alex2$850,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Nieto, Matt2$1,400,000
Barabanov, Alexander1$1,400,000
Granlund, Mikael4$5,000,000
Armia, Joel3$3,000,000
Larsson, Adam3$4,500,000
Nosek, Tomas3$2,250,000
Raanta, Antti1$4,000,000
Trades
SJS
    SEA
    1. Burns, Brent
    2. Merkley, Ryan
    3. Leonard, John
    SJS
    1. 2021 4th round pick (DAL)
    DAL
    1. Donato, Ryan [RFA Rights]
    SJS
    1. 2022 4th round pick (VGK)
    DET
    1. Simek, Radim
    SJS
    1. Bortuzzo, Robert
    STL
    1. 2021 4th round pick (DAL)
    SJS
    1. Mercer, Dawson
    2. Walsh, Reilly
    3. 2021 1st round pick (NYI)
    NJD
    1. Meier, Timo
    Buyouts
    • Martin Jones: $1,916,667
    DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
    2021
    SJS
    NYI
    SJS
    SJS
    TOR
    SJS
    COL
    SJS
    SJS
    2022
    SJS
    SJS
    SJS
    SJS
    VGK
    BUF
    SJS
    MIN
    2023
    SJS
    SJS
    SJS
    SJS
    SJS
    SJS
    SJS
    2024
    SJS
    ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
    22$81,500,000$76,852,501$0$345,000$4,647,499

    Roster

    Left WingCenterRight Wing
    SJS
    Couture, Logan
    $8,000,000
    C, LW
    NTC
    UFA - 6
    SJS
    Hertl, Tomas
    $5,625,000
    C, RW
    NTC
    UFA - 1
    SJS
    Labanc, Kevin
    $4,725,000
    RW, LW
    UFA - 3
    SJS
    Kane, Evander
    $7,000,000
    LW, RW
    NTC
    UFA - 4
    Granlund, Mikael
    $5,000,000
    C, RW
    UFA
    SJS
    Barabanov, Alexander
    $1,400,000
    RW, LW
    UFA - 1
    SJS
    Gregor, Noah
    $1,000,000
    C, LW
    RFA
    Nosek, Tomas
    $2,250,000
    C, LW
    UFA
    SJS
    Balcers, Rūdolfs
    $1,400,000
    RW, LW
    RFA
    SJS
    Nieto, Matt
    $1,400,000
    LW, RW
    UFA - 2
    SJS
    Gambrell, Dylan
    $1,400,000
    C
    RFA
    Armia, Joel
    $3,000,000
    RW, LW
    UFA
    Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
    SJS
    Knyzhov, Nikolai
    $796,667
    LD/RD
    RFA - 1
    SJS
    Karlsson, Erik
    $11,500,000
    RD
    NMC
    UFA - 6
    SJS
    Korenar, Josef
    $1,000,000
    G
    RFA
    SJS
    Ferraro, Mario
    $925,000
    LD
    RFA - 1
    Larsson, Adam
    $4,500,000
    RD
    UFA
    Raanta, Antti
    $4,000,000
    G
    UFA
    SJS
    Vlasic, Marc-Édouard
    $7,000,000
    LD/RD
    NMC
    UFA - 5
    STL
    Bortuzzo, Robert
    $1,375,000
    RD
    UFA - 1
    ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
    SJS
    True, Alex
    $850,000
    C, RW
    RFA
    SJS
    Kniazev, Artemi
    $789,167
    LD
    RFA - 3
    Taxi Squad
    SJS
    Blichfeld, Joachim
    $850,000 ($0)
    RW, LW
    RFA
    SJS
    Chekhovich, Ivan
    $776,667 ($0)
    C, LW
    RFA - 1
    SJS
    Sawchenko, Zach
    $725,000 ($0)
    G
    RFA - 1
    SJS
    Middleton, Jacob
    $725,000 ($0)
    LD
    RFA - 1

    Special Teams

    Power Play 1
    Nosek, T.
    Hertl, T.
    Labanc, K.
    Couture, L.
    Karlsson, E.
    Power Play 2
    Kane, E.
    Granlund, M.
    Barabanov, A.
    Ferraro, M.
    Balcers, R.
    Penalty Kill 1
    Nieto, M.
    Armia, J.
    Ferraro, M.
    Larsson, A.
    Penalty Kill 2
    Kane, E.
    Gambrell, D.
    Vlasic, M.
    Bortuzzo, R.

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    May 6 at 4:39
    #1
    PlusMinus is stupid
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    Detroit declines.
    May 6 at 4:52
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    mokumboi
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    The Blues have no need to trade Bortz. He'll be staying unless there's a crazy overpay.
    May 6 at 4:52
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    Quoting: DeadWingsv2
    Detroit declines.


    Like I said in the description, anywhere for anything. Maybe Simek goes in the Meier deal too -- I could see that making more sense to NJ than DET.
    May 6 at 4:55
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    Quoting: mokumboi
    The Blues have no need to trade Bortz. He'll be staying unless there's a crazy overpay.


    I've seen a decent number of AGM posts here from Blues fans which ship off Bortz for around a 4th rounder (saying STL has better replacement younger players who should have his spot next season), but I'm kinda surprised by it. If I'm SJ I pay a 3rd plus Donato to get it done (max offer).
    May 6 at 4:57
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    Quoting: DeadWingsv2
    Detroit declines.



    They all do, except Dallas.
    May 6 at 5:27
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    mokumboi
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    Quoting: CheechYou
    I've seen a decent number of AGM posts here from Blues fans which ship off Bortz for around a 4th rounder (saying STL has better replacement younger players who should have his spot next season), but I'm kinda surprised by it. If I'm SJ I pay a 3rd plus Donato to get it done (max offer).



    Yeah, an unnerving number of Blues fans are fueled by really, really bad takes about the team and its players. We don't have any serious RDs coming up and certainly no one that fits Bortuzzo's profile (which is very much needed in this team). Out of context, your offer would be more than fine, but this team needs cheap contributors and the grit Bortz brings. He's also among the leaders in the clubhouse.

    Besides, most of these Blues fans are usually just moving out salary for ridiculous acquisitions, so I would not put too much stock in some of their ideas.
    May 6 at 5:32
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    Quoting: CheechYou
    Like I said in the description, anywhere for anything. Maybe Simek goes in the Meier deal too -- I could see that making more sense to NJ than DET.


    Simek is 28 and maybe a 3rd pair dman with 3 seasons left on his contract. I'm not sure you will be able to get a positive return for him.
    May 6 at 5:45
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    Quoting: mokumboi
    Yeah, an unnerving number of Blues fans are fueled by really, really bad takes about the team and its players. We don't have any serious RDs coming up and certainly no one that fits Bortuzzo's profile (which is very much needed in this team). Out of context, your offer would be more than fine, but this team needs cheap contributors and the grit Bortz brings. He's also among the leaders in the clubhouse.

    Besides, most of these Blues fans are usually just moving out salary for ridiculous acquisitions, so I would not put too much stock in some of their ideas.


    Perhaps most Blues fans realize Bortuzzo will be exposed in the expansion draft and they would rather get something for him than nothing
    May 6 at 5:55
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    Quoting: dzmets
    Perhaps most Blues fans realize Bortuzzo will be exposed in the expansion draft and they would rather get something for him than nothing



    I highly doubt Bortz will be taken, there are probably 5-6 other guys that would be snatched first.
    May 6 at 6:01
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    Edited May 6 at 3:11
    Quoting: mokumboi
    I highly doubt Bortz will be taken, there are probably 5-6 other guys that would be snatched first.


    Unless the Blues aren't protecting any players it would be quite difficult for Seattle to find 5 or 6 players worth taking in the draft
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    May 6 at 6:13
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    mokumboi
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    Quoting: dzmets
    Unless the Blues agent protecting any players it would be quite difficult for Seattle to find 5 or 6 players worth taking in the draft



    Blais, Barbashev, Walman, Mikkola, maybe even Scandella. That doesn't even include Dunn, or cheap role players like MacEachern, or someone like Sundqvist that might need to be exposed. The Blues are deep.
    May 6 at 6:18
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    Quoting: mokumboi
    Blais, Barbashev, Walman, Mikkola, maybe even Scandella. That doesn't even include Dunn, or cheap role players like MacEachern, or someone like Sundqvist that might need to be exposed. The Blues are deep.


    Every team in the league will be exposing a few middling lineup players like that. If Bortuzzo is actually a difference maker as you are purporting then he would be the clear selection for Seattle.
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    May 6 at 6:54
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    Quoting: dzmets
    Every team in the league will be exposing a few middling lineup players like that. If Bortuzzo is actually a difference maker as you are purporting then he would be the clear selection for Seattle.



    Middling?

    tears of joy

    And I didn't say Bortz was a difference-maker. I said he was a good value contributor with certain strengths that fit Blues needs. He's a solid veteran playing for peanuts, so he'd probably have the most value to a contender with those same specific needs.
    May 6 at 7:45
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    Devils easily decline. Way too much for Meier
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    May 6 at 9:50
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    Quoting: mokumboi
    They all do, except Dallas.


    and Seattle I think.

    They enter the league with a fresh slate. Pick up a promising prospect in Merkley then retain and flip Burns to a contender. Some other GM would bite on that for sure.
    May 6 at 9:58
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    NJ declines so hard
    May 6 at 2:02
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    Quoting: Devil1122
    Devils easily decline. Way too much for Meier


    Quoting: zyyyp
    NJ declines so hard


    An 18th overall pick (a good one), a late first between 25-31, and a 3rd is fair value. The two prospects are promising for sure (neither is likely to ever reach Timo's value), but I'd say the value's there. I know NJD fans want Meier too but it's going to take more than Boqvist and the Isles 1st. Not asking for a Holtz/Meier swap or the NJD's 1st.

    I think this is a realistic package for what Meier would fetch. Don't think it's unreasonable, just have to keep in mind that future value should be given up -- it's not the type of 'take a flyer on him for spare parts' type of deal obviously.
    May 6 at 3:35
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    and Seattle I think.

    They enter the league with a fresh slate. Pick up a promising prospect in Merkley then retain and flip Burns to a contender. Some other GM would bite on that for sure.


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