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What This Team Could Look Like April 16th 2024 V2

Created by: CaseyFlyman
Team: 2023-24 Columbus Blue Jackets
Initial Creation Date: Dec. 20, 2023
Published: Dec. 21, 2023
Salary Cap Mode: Basic
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VERSION 2 from yesterday's ACGM, after input. The original description:

Based on results so far, this is what I could see the roster looking like by the end of the season. I actually like what Paz has done with the system so far, but Jarmo likely gets fired in the offseason to signal a leadership change. Players on the chopping block include:

Bemstrom: He's an RFA and probably doesn't fit the long-term plans, but he's looked good recently
Peeke: Pleasge get this man off my team
Bean: He's a UFA, and there's better 3LD in the system. Trade him to a contender looking for depth D
Roslovic: He probably doesn't have a spot on the roster when he comes back from injury, let alone long-term. Hasn't been a fit, move him to a contender half-retained.
Provorov: What's the point of keeping a Mateychuk-placeholder when Mateychuk becomes NHL-ready? Sell him for essentially even-value to cost of acquisition

And controversially:
Laine: I don't know what else to say other than he doesn't look right. There's flashes of game-changing power and skill, but 99% of the time he's just coasting or turning over the puck. Find a hockey trade for a team looking at reclaiming his value.
Jenner: Look, I don't know that there's a more valuable realistic trade chip on the roster. Nothing signals "the results aren't good enough" like trading your captain and franchise games-played record holder. This sets us up for a massive leadership change and culture change. The bidding war for a player like Jenner yields a massive haul for the future. Maybe we move some picks for NHL-players in the offseason, like last year.

Players rumored to be on the move that stay put:
Merzlikins: I just don't think there's a non-Campbell swap that makes sense for this team, and the price of a Campbell swap is something Edmonton likely isn't willing to pay. He stays put until the goalie of the future, Jet Greaves, is ready.
Boqvist: He's, IMO, one of the 6 best defensemen on the roster now. May or may not have a long-term spot, but he's signed through next year so we punt on that decision.

Lines are based on what's working now (based on Moneypuck), and what might make sense. The team likely makes a couple moves to take on a cap dump and gain more assets with the newfound cap space. We also probably move a lot of those picks for upgrades before the 2024-25 season.


THE EDITS:

Colorado trade: 2025 1st -> conditional 2026 2nd.
Pittsburgh trade -> Nashville trade
New Jersey trade -> Arizona trade, 5th + Bean for 3rd -> 6th + Bean for 4th, no retention
Toronto trade -> Dillon is a non-factor now, so Peeke gets sent instead (not sure why Dillon still appears on this roster...)
Anaheim/Winnipeg trades -> Columbus deals with Calgary instead

If there's enough discussion on it, maybe I'll make a revision 3 later.
Trades
1.
CBJ
  1. Olausson, Oskar
  2. 2024 1st round pick (COL)
  3. 2026 2nd round pick (COL)
Additional Details:
Columbus gets essentially two 1sts, with the potential for a third, for trading the captain, and retaining on what's already one of the best contracts in the league.

CONDITION: 2026 2nd -> 2025 1st if Colorado wins the Cup in 2024 or 2025
COL
  1. Jenner, Boone ($1,875,000 retained)
Additional Details:
Colorado gets a legit 2C, with an insanely good cap hit and term. It costs an arm and a leg, considering the retention and bidding war if Jenner became available.
2.
CBJ
  1. 2024 2nd round pick (TBL)
Additional Details:
Columbus sells a UFA for futures.
NSH
  1. Roslovic, Jack ($2,000,000 retained)
Additional Details:
NSH adds a 2-3C with scoring touch for a playoff push, getting him half-retained for one of their three 2nd round picks.
3.
CBJ
  1. Bankier, Caedan
Additional Details:
Columbus pays for a prospect at a position of need, hoping to essentially upgrade one of their draft picks with a player that may contribute a few years sooner.
MIN
  1. Bemström, Emil
  2. 2024 4th round pick (CBJ)
Additional Details:
The Wild look to get some cheap depth and a bargain on an inconsistent player that has upside and can play throughout the lineup.
4.
CBJ
  1. 2024 4th round pick (ARI)
Additional Details:
Columbus upgrades a pick by selling a UFA, in a quality over quantity move.
ARI
  1. Bean, Jake
  2. 2024 6th round pick (CBJ)
Additional Details:
Arizona gets some LD depth for a playoff push, who's also young enough to potentially extend, by downgrading one of their 4ths to a 6th this year.
5.
CBJ
  1. Reaves, Ryan
  2. 2024 4th round pick (TOR)
Additional Details:
Columbus gets Peeke a change of scenery, and buys out Reaves in the offseason for a $450,000 cap hit for 4 seasons. They get a mid-round pick for their troubles.
TOR
  1. Peeke, Andrew
Additional Details:
Toronto gets out of the Reaves deal, gets a useful (?) NHL RD, with the same term and slightly more expensive contract than Reaves, for next-to-nothing.
6.
CBJ
  1. Huberdeau, Jonathan
  2. Lindholm, Elias
  3. 2024 1st round pick (CGY)
  4. 2024 3rd round pick (CGY)
Additional Details:
Hear me out. Columbus takes a chance on Huberdeau, finally gets the 2C they want, and gets a 1st to get Calgary out of the Huberdeau bind.

Totally contingent on Huberdeau waiving his NMC to change scenery (which is unlikely), AND Lindholm extending before the end of the year, AND Laine not having Calgary on his 10-team NTL (which, again, is unlikely).

This would be a total Hail Mary hockey trade for Columbus on two players approaching (or at) the wrong side of 30, in the hopes of competing sooner rather than later. The picks are necessary for Columbus to take a chance on what could be a top-3 worst contract in the league for a very long time.
CGY
  1. Laine, Patrik
  2. Provorov, Ivan
Additional Details:
Calgary gets some players with term for a UFA and a boat anchor of a deal. Provorov fills the void left by an assumed Hanifin trade, and Laine hopefully upgrades the gap Huberdeau should have filled. A hockey trade for both teams, and CGY pays handsomely to move both term and cap.
Buyouts
Retained Salary Transactions
Buried
DraftRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6Round 7
2024
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2025
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2026
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Logo of the COL
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ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES TooltipBONUSESCAP SPACE
23$83,500,000$76,674,166$0$8,332,500$6,825,834
Left WingCentreRight Wing
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$9,750,000$9,750,000
LW
NMC
UFA - 6
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$950,000$950,000 (Performance Bonus$3,200,000$3M)
C
RFA - 3
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$10,500,000$10,500,000
LW, RW
NMC
UFA - 8
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$925,000$925,000 (Performance Bonus$1,850,000$2M)
LW, C
RFA - 1
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$4,850,000$4,850,000
C, RW
UFA - 1
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$925,000$925,000 (Performance Bonus$850,000$850K)
C
RFA - 1
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$800,000$800,000
RW, LW
RFA - 1
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$925,000$925,000
LW, C, RW
RFA - 2
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$975,000$975,000
RW, C
UFA - 1
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$1,525,000$1,525,000
LW, C, RW
RFA - 1
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$2,500,000$2,500,000
C, LW
M-NTC
UFA - 2
Logo of the Columbus Blue Jackets
$925,000$925,000 (Performance Bonus$850,000$850K)
RW
RFA - 1
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$1,100,000$1,100,000
RW
UFA - 2
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
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$9,583,333$9,583,333
LD
NMC
UFA - 5
Logo of the Columbus Blue Jackets
$6,250,000$6,250,000
RD
NTC
UFA - 8
Logo of the Columbus Blue Jackets
$5,400,000$5,400,000
G
M-NTC
UFA - 4
Logo of the Columbus Blue Jackets
$918,333$918,333 (Performance Bonus$500,000$500K)
LD
RFA - 3
Logo of the Columbus Blue Jackets
$918,333$918,333 (Performance Bonus$1,000,000$1M)
RD
RFA - 3
Logo of the Columbus Blue Jackets
$1,050,000$1,050,000
G
RFA - 2
Logo of the Columbus Blue Jackets
$825,000$825,000 (Performance Bonus$82,500$82K)
LD
RFA - 3
Logo of the Columbus Blue Jackets
$4,000,000$4,000,000
RD
M-NTC
UFA - 3
Logo of the Columbus Blue Jackets
$762,500$762,500
G
UFA - 1
Logo of the Columbus Blue Jackets
$2,600,000$2,600,000
RD
RFA - 2
Taxi Squad
Logo of the Winnipeg Jets
$3,900,000$3,900,000 ($2,750,000$3M$2,750,000$3M)
LD
UFA - 1

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Dec. 21, 2023 at 12:25 p.m.
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COL would do that
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Dec. 21, 2023 at 12:29 p.m.
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NSH declines.
Dec. 21, 2023 at 12:30 p.m.
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Flames are in for a major rebuild after this year. They will just bite the bullet on the huberdeau contract instead of paying to dump him. Doubtful they need the cap in the next 5 years or so
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Dec. 21, 2023 at 12:39 p.m.
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Col would do that, but i don't know if they need the retention still. Nitpicking tho. Would love Jenner.
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Dec. 21, 2023 at 12:42 p.m.
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I personally would not make that Leafs trade. Peeke is struggling to crack Colmubus D core. Leafs have a lot of defensive depth. They are just missing a top 4 dman to push everyone down. Peeke isn't atop 4 dman. Reaves cap hit can more easily be managed and burried than Peeke.

I assume some Leaf fans accept that deal, but I pass it quite easily.
Dec. 21, 2023 at 12:49 p.m.
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I see you took my suggestion on the conditional pick, which I appreciate. I still feel like it's a little rich (maybe Columbus sends their third to Colorado if the condition is met), but it's definitely closer.
Dec. 21, 2023 at 12:52 p.m.
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NSH declines.


Is Roslovic of interest, where you'd do something like a 3rd + 4th instead of a 2nd? Or just no interest in the player?
Dec. 21, 2023 at 12:54 p.m.
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I see you took my suggestion on the conditional pick, which I appreciate. I still feel like it's a little rich (maybe Columbus sends their third to Colorado if the condition is met), but it's definitely closer.


Of course! As is, I think it's a little light for Columbus (especially with the retention)...which means it's probably close to right?
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Dec. 21, 2023 at 12:54 p.m.
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Nashville has the 2nd most capspace of any team in the NHL. Why would they pay a premium for retention?
Dec. 21, 2023 at 12:58 p.m.
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Of course! As is, I think it's a little light for Columbus (especially with the retention)...which means it's probably close to right?


That's generally how it works. None of us are without bias.
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Dec. 21, 2023 at 1:06 p.m.
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Edited Dec. 21, 2023 at 1:20 p.m.
I am very much on record wanting Huberdeau in Columbus already. Talking about it on hf as well, Huberdeau is a little unusual as a playmaking wing who needs to be with a shooter in a loose system (such as he had in pre-Maurice Florida with Barkov). We have a loose system and plenty of shooters, though of course you have the best one of all going back to Calgary in this deal. I think he and Fantilli could be an excellent pairing.

I am still opposed to trading Jenner at this juncture. I'd prefer to retain the intangibles for now, at least until one of Fantilli or Mateychuk is ready fot the C. That's still more valuable to me than a contender's late first and a wing prospect on the same level as Corson Ceulemans.
Dec. 21, 2023 at 1:19 p.m.
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Is Roslovic of interest, where you'd do something like a 3rd + 4th instead of a 2nd? Or just no interest in the player?


No interest in the player. NSH already has lots of center depth.
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Dec. 21, 2023 at 1:43 p.m.
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Avs should decline but then I'm one of the few on here who thinks Jenner is a massively overrated guy.
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Dec. 21, 2023 at 2:54 p.m.
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Nashville has the 2nd most capspace of any team in the NHL. Why would they pay a premium for retention?


Not really a premium for retention. Roslovic the player costs probably a 3rd or 4th. Half retained makes that a 2nd or 3rd, in all likelihood. If Nashville wanted the player with no retention (which doesn't seem to be the case anyway), they could probably have him for as low as a 4th.
Dec. 21, 2023 at 3:21 p.m.
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I don’t like the trade condition on the Jenner trade. It locks up the 2025 1st for 2 years. That’s a valuable TDL chip.
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Dec. 21, 2023 at 3:23 p.m.
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I think Minnesota prefers to keep Bankier and he's looking good in his first taste in the AHL, so there's no reason to trade him.
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Dec. 21, 2023 at 3:37 p.m.
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Not the type of deal that Bankier would be involved in.
 
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