We've argued over Joseph vs Kubalik before, no need to do so again. I honestly don't care about either player enough to rehash that. Personally, Brannstrom is first on MY list to be moved.
You know what would be really bad, though? Not signing Pinto.
If they need to move Joseph, Kubalik, Brannstrom, or all 3, to make the cap room, then so be it. As long as any decent prospects or first rounders are involved (from the Sens), then I'm ok with it.
I personally think the Sens would prefer to move Joseph or Brannstrom, but that's just a hunch based on comments they've made in the past. But who knows with Dorion. Doubt he cares what you, I or the rest of the people on ACGM think it's the best move. He'll do what he thinks is best for this team to reach the playoffs, cause his job likely depends on it.
Of course what we think has no effect on what Dorion does but I have correctly predicting what the problems were the last 3 offseasons (1st : lack of quality veterans, 2nd : lack of depth, 3rd : awful bottom-6 and that Gustavsson for Talbot we were going to regret, etc)
I know you don't want to go over the same Kubalik vs Joseph argument but don't know if you saw this before (developed the arguments) so I am going to copy/paste for you :
- Kubalik is UFA after the season. Sens won't have the cap space to re-sign him as they really need to focus on signing a better forward than him or even Tarasenko. He would walk for nothing while we could get an asset for him NOW. Joseph will COST an asset to move now and will most likely restore positive value this season and particularly with the cap going up next season
- Kubalik scored 17 of his 45 pts on the PP last season. There's TEN (10) other guys who require and need PP time before him, and that's not even counting Greig and Brannstrom.
- Over the last 2 seasons, Total Points per 60 minutes at 5v5, Joseph 1.46 and Kubalik 1.37
- Joseph is our best PK forward (history of posting Elite K metrics). He's also one of our fastest skaters and one of our best forwards defensively at ES. Kubalik wouldn't come close to any of that.
Still haven't found any counter arguments
Keep Joseph, he will bounce back and show how useful he is defensively. And he could even put some decent offensive numbers. He just burnt a 3v3 league that had a lot of NHL players (Suzuki, Letang, Perron, Drouin, Comtois, etc)
Clearing Kubalik AAV would be more than enough to make the cap work. Sens currently have $895,953 of cap space with 11 forwards, 7 D-men and 2 goalies. They only have Pinto to sign
Pinto on a 1 year bridge deal should cost no more than 1.5 AAV. Of course, he'd want a 2 years bridge with higher AAV but considering the situation, he'll have to cave in for 1 year. It would be in his interest too as he could cash in into a bigger contract as soon as next season.
So enough for having Pinto and 2 forwards among : Kelly, Sokolov, Crookshank, Smejkal, etc