May 3, 2017
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Slavin as a top10 D seems very subjective. Pietrangelo, Josi, Parayko, Seth Jones, I hear this Hedman guy is pretty good, Trouba, Giordano did win the Norris this year, Letang, OEL, Carlson, Karlsson (though he might be starting to decline), Hamilton is oft traded but pretty good too...so what I'm saying is while Slavin a very good youngish D at a fairly reasonable 5.3M, top 10 is a stretch even with excluding guys like Burns and Byfuglien.
Honestly, take a breath, fill out a top 20 for yourself, and then think about how many people would agree. If Slavin is in your top 10 the answer is not many.
Cap Space is not a player. It could be a player, but Cap Space does not check anyone, score goals, etc. If one is going to propose a cap dump trade, feel free to use it to say sign Dzingel or trade for Gusev, etc.
The Blackhawks are not in cap hell anymore. After years of being up against the cap, I know it's tough to adjust to this new reality, even if they have trouble next offseason with Strome & Debrincat plus goalie. There's a new CBA coming, where there might be a new buyout. There's going to be a new TV deal in a few years which should push the cap up higher. What I'm getting at is by the time the Blackhawks have put enough of a sweetener for another team to take on Seabrook's cap hit & play him on bottom pair, it's not really worth it for the Blackhawks, especially because it's not really a pressing issue & it's likely going to become less of an issue in a few years.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>ChiHawk</b></div><div>Nylander, after the season he had and his cap hit, is not worth Jokiharju or Boqvist straight up...not happening.</div></div>
If Nylander is not a top 6 forward, then why trade for him at his cap hit? He's still 23 and has two seasons of 61 points. Seems more likely this was an off year due to the holdout. I think he's worth more than Murphy & Kahun.
Anyway, I don't think Dubas is going to trade a player he just signed to a long term contract, certainly not for less than a top prospect that's near NHL ready. I can't see Dubas going to the owner and fan base and saying, "Yep, I held the hard line in the prolonged holdout, got it done last minute, happy with the deal, and now I'm going to trade him for less than I could have received last off-season because of the cap issues I should have seen coming..."