Mar 18, 2019
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>YvanF</b></div><div>I agree. VERY little chances of Callahan or Marleau waiving their NMC/NTC. Mainly looking for suggestions for trading partners who are in desperate need for cap relief, and players who "could" be shipped (ie: no NMC or NTC's).
I'm thinking TB, Tor and Oil fit the bill. Maybe Detroit. But players need agree. But I'm having fun thinking of plausible scenarios. Realistic scenarios are very hard to find.</div></div>
Some of the ones that come to mind that fit your profile (No NMC, less than 3 years):
Cody Eakin, Vegas (3.85 Mil, 1 Year)
Erik Gudbranson, Pittsburgh (4 Mil, 2 Years)
James Neal, Calgary (5.75 Mil, 4 Years) Buy out the last year if he never picks up his play
Victor Rask, Minnesota (4 Mil, 3 Years)
Justin Braun, San Jose (3.8 Mil, 1 Year)
Sam Gagner, Edmonton (3.15 Mil, 1 Year)
Nick Bonino, Nashville (4.1 Mil, 2 Years)
Craig Smith, Nashville (4.25 Mil, 1 Year)
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Sagecoll</b></div><div>1) Performance wise Namestnikov and Toffoli are almost identical the past 2 years. (Toffoli putting up 34 pts and 47 the past 2 years, Namestnikov putting up 31 and 48). Ages are the same, Defensively comparable. The contracts are similar. The trade can almost be done straight up. But I let Los Angeles move up 2 whole rounds in the draft to the 2nd round. I think that's sufficient and that's why they'd do the deal.
2) Care for a more elaborate criticism of why Tallon and Q wouldn't take a midwest Dman with great shot suppression numbers onto a bad shot suppression team while also being able to clear out a 4th liner to make room for their top RW prospect?
3) On Vegas' end, the only cap that changes is they go up 800k switching from Miller to Ghost Bear. Basically, the notion goes you make the D worse if you just trade Miller for picks to stay under the cap. And considering how difficult it is to find a top line dman at under 5mil cap hit, I'm not sure Vegas could get that done without dismantling the NHL roster. This move allows them to improve the D without worsening the cap situation. They can easily flip Eakin/Haula/Reeves for picks to fund Karlsson/Gusev next year and still have their core. I don't think there's a better way around it.</div></div>
Namestnikov's best point production was alongside Kucherov and Stamkos so I think that skews it a bit. Same could be said about Toffoli playing alongside Carter or Kopitar I suppose but Toffoli has shown better production in later seasons. I think comparing it to last season is a poor example cause LA was terrible as a whole and Toffoli put up the lowest point totals in a full season since his rookie year whereas Namestnikov's points last year is what to expect from him regularly I think. To be fair, I did think Toffoli had better numbers in the past until I looked into it after your reply but I still think he is a better player and IMO I don't think LA would move him just to move up two rounds. In saying that, solely based on last year, yes, a 1 for 1 is plausible.
Smith was in the minors last season which speaks to his level of play and even with the retained salary, I think there would be better and cheaper options for Florida on the open market to fill out their bottom pairing. 2.85 for your bottom pairing guy who hasn't played more than 63 games in the last 4 seasons does not seem like a cost effective move to me.
After further thought, the Ghost trade would be solid. I did not realize he only had a 4.5 Mil contract so that is something that would be manageable.