Apr 28, 2016
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Mintyfresh</b></div><div>Don't think Ottawa would consider this trade. They aren't competing so adding Voracek doesn't make sense for them. Voracek is an interesting case. He's productive (although at times inconsistent), but he is over-paid, expensive, and over the age of 30. We'd have to send him to a team that is somewhat relevant, but also can afford to add him or at least have a cap dump they want to get rid of that they can add to the trade. Very few teams fit that mold.
Columbus, Carolina, Montreal, and Vancouver are the teams that come to mind. Carolina has enough talent on their roster to trade for a better asset that earns this level of money so lets take them off the list for now. Vancouver is the most interesting one. They could use his help, but cap wise it would come down to Philly taking on a bad contract like Roussel or Beagle, and also it would pretty much mean they can't bring back Markstrom.
But moral of the story to be honest those are the 4 main teams I think any Voracek trade could "realistically" happen with.</div></div>
Ottawa have to try and compete (or move in that direction) sooner or later and like I say, they had $19m on IR this season. Well, here's ~$13m that can actually feature to push the team forward. They have 2 good /great young D and a few good forwards. Plus with 2 picks in the top 5 (fair to think at least one of them makes opening night roster) it's reasonable to say they need to take a step forward and plug in some decent players around that youth.
The Sens don't need more picks for cap dumps as they have loads of picks already. They need some players who can contribute while also eating cap to make them compliant. They'll also want to do that with players whose real wage is lower than their cap hit (because Melnyk is so tight).
I could see there being other teams that were interested in Jake but for most teams his cap hit is prohibitive, for the Sens that's not the case, it's a bonus.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>ExpiredmilkYT</b></div><div>JVR will probably be lost in expansion. Think Frost makes the team this year as our 3LW, Farabee and Ruby playing in 2020-2021. This team seems reasonable though.</div></div>
I think that, health permitting, Rubtsov will be the first forward call up. I could see Frost (less so Farabee) making the team from camp but I think Rubtsov is the first guy they call up from the Phantoms in season regardless who's down there. I wonder if the hope over the next few seasons if to move one of JVR or Voracek and lose the other in the expansion draft (with a first round pick or prospect or other incentive).
Makes a lot of cap sense for the Flyers down the road with the likes of Frost, Farabee, Rubtsov, Ratcliffe, Allison, Brink, etc, all seemingly good beats to at least be NHL quality players.