Jul. 5, 2021
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>MNBassman</b></div><div>All things equal, I would take Bennett over Hartman 100 times out of 100 times, but because of their contracts, Hartman probably holds more value…especially to the Wild.
I’m not nearly as high on Walker as you are! I watched every game of his with the Gophers and I’m not sure he improved after his freshman season. Plus, he is already bald so I think his ceiling is right where he currently is…a fringe NHLer and nothing more. If he ever gets an extended stint with the Wild he will easily be exposed for what he is; a speed and effort only guy. His hands and head are definitely below NHL average!</div></div>
With all this being said, lets say the Wild see Bennett as a center that fits their term. Rossi, Bennett, and Ek as the top 3 centers going forward. Does this trade make sense then? If I take the retention off of Greenway, does it change anything at all? Gudas doesn't have to be there either, but I figured it would be cheaper to get him than Schenn right now.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>jnowariak</b></div><div>I think you need a top line, then 2 seconds. But alas, I think my original question matters for next year because of the cap. Bringing on Bennet likely means you don’t re-sign Addison, so you need to think of the total surplus value.
The Athletic values Hartman at $4.4 ($1.7 actual), Ek at $8.6 ($5.3 actual), and Bennet at $5.5 ($4.4 actual). I don’t think there’s an edge in using that cap space on Bennet when you can get roughly the same on ice value for a third of the cap hit in Hartman. My point is that there’s more value in a guy like Walker coming up and playing like a $2 mil player than Bennet playing at his current level.
P.S. If Hartman gets his penalties under control, this won’t be an argument. And I’d take that bet.</div></div>