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Jul 8, 2021
New York Rangers
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Bbousa</b></div><div>Thats way too much for Dvorak and Crouse</div></div>
I agree. I like the idea of getting Dvorak, especially with his cap hit (a possible Strome replacement), but this is more than what is necessary to pay to get him.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Shakabakes</b></div><div>I thought he was pretty strong on the puck last year, while just getting his feet wet. Didn't put up a big point total (which is why some Rangers fans are already impatient with him), but I thought he looked fine.
Not sure if he is ready for Top 6 yet (especially when some expect him to immediately replicate the production of Buch), but he is still very promising.
You have to give to get. And while I don't want to give him up, trading him for a cost controlled 2C makes sense.</div></div>
I also agree with this. Kravtsov has showed some promise in his limited appearances, and deserves a chance to prove himself. I'm not, however, convinced he is a Top-6 winger for us (yet), and since his value is decent he is a potential trade piece.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>HOCKEYBOY448</b></div><div>Yeah I’m not trading Schneider for Smith. We just got rid of Buch to make room for Kakko and Kravtsov in the top 6. I’d remove Chytil and put a 2022 1st instead for Dvorak, drop the 3rd and add Jones instead of Georgiev.</div></div>
I see what you're saying, and in a perfect world I'd probably agree with your proposed moves. A couple things on my mind:
1) I'm not sure moving Buch was purely to make room in the Top-6. Yes, it does this, but I think it was also due to cap space issues for 2022-23. I'd rather be able to resign Fox and Zibanejad than lock up Buch at his asking price, especially with no guarantees that the cap will increase a significant amount after this season.
2) Personally, I'm not sold on having both Kakko and Kravtsov in the Top-6 this season. One of them, yes, but I'm not convinced we compete with them both playing those minutes (but maybe I'm wrong). I think one more year is needed before going this route, hence why a guy like Smith (one year left on his deal) would be a good stop-gap solution (plus, he is liked by coach Gallant, who may have some say).
3) Removing all of Schneider, Chytil, and Georgiev from these deals doesn't solve our cap and roster issues for next season. I think they have to be moved - there is no room in the lineup for Schneider behind Fox-Trouba-Lundkvist; although I like Chytil, he likely can't be resigned (for cap reasons) if we still acquire Dvorak; and Georgiev will be unaffordable after this season if we plan to go with Shesterkin as our #1.
Thanks for the feedback!
Interesting thought exercise! As far as those four centers go, I'm not sold on any of them. If I had to pick one to target in a trade, it would likely be Eichel, but the return demanded by BUF will be far too high for it to be worth it (especially with some unknowns surrounding Eichel's health).
I think there are some options in FA this year. Some that come to mind are TOR forward Zach Hyman (not a center, but can play up and down the lineup) and NSH center Mikael Granlund (if SEA does not take on the contract of Matt Duchene, thereby freeing up cap space for NSH to resign him).
I personally like Ryan Strome playing with Panarin, so I wouldn't move him (yet). Keeping him then gives us a little center depth (Mika-Strome-Chytil), so we could instead target a Top-6 wing in FA or via trade, at least for the short term. Bear in mind, we do also need to keep Top-6 wing positions (and salary cap space) available for future seasons with the likes of Kakko, Lafreniere, and Kravtsov demanding more ice time and higher pay.
Update: Thinking about this a bit more, a couple trade options that might work (due to their success under Gerard Gallant with VGK) are forward Reilly Smith and defenseman Nate Schmidt. Smith can play down the middle (although he hasn't done so recently) and brings some proven goal scoring that has to be defended (taking away some resources from defending Panarin, Mika, and our young wingers). Schmidt was a solid two-way presence in Vegas, but has struggled in VAN and could use a fresh start. We may need to offload some salary to make either of these deals possible without backing ourselves into a corner for next off-season.
Some clarifying notes:
(1) SEA passes on young ANA forwards Sam Steel and Max Jones to select a promising young defenseman in Haydn Fleury.
(2) ARI will likely give up an asset to retain Adin Hill as backup to Darcy Kuemper. Considering SEA is not being asked to take on any salary, a 2nd Round Pick seems appropriate compensation for avoiding Hill.
(3) SEA has a choice between two young BOS defensemen in Connor Clifton and Jeremy Lauzon. This pick could go either way, but Clifton seems like a slightly more NHL-ready option.
(4) BUF defenseman Colin Miller becomes the only player to join both VGK and SEA via their respective expansion drafts.
(5) With Milan Lucic waiving his NMC, CGY is left leaving Mikael Backlund exposed. It’s possible CGY attempts to protect Backlund by offering compensation to SEA (especially with a young defenseman in Oliver Kylington also exposed), but SEA chooses to select the veteran center anyway.
(6) SEA passes on veteran CAR defenseman Jake Gardiner to select the promising young forward prospect Morgan Geekie.
(7) SEA selects forward Brett Connolly from CHI for his Stanley Cup experience.
(8) Erik Johnson waives his NMC to allow COL to protect its four young defensemen, but SEA decides to select forward J.T. Compher and give him a shot at a Top-6 role.
(9) SEA passes on CBJ forward Gus Nyquist to select defenseman Dean Kukan.
(10) DAL cannot protect goalie Anton Khudobin, who gets his shot at being a No.1 in SEA.
(11) SEA has a choice between DET forward Evgeny Svechnikov and defenseman Christian Djoos. This pick is likely decided by the CGY pick, and since SEA chose a forward from the Flames, they take the defenseman Djoos from DET.
(12) With the acquisition of Duncan Keith, EDM can no longer protect young defenseman Ethan Bear, who becomes the SEA pick.
(13) SEA decides to take young FLA goaltender Sam Montembeault, who has become largely overlooked in FLA due to the emergence of Chris Driedger and Spencer Knight.
(14) SEA has a choice between LAK forwards Austin Wagner and Brendan Lemieux, but ultimately choose the latter for his physical style of play.
(15) Much like during the VGK expansion draft, MIN is unable to protect Matt Dumba. The price of protecting him (and shedding the contract of forward Victor Rask) is a young prospect (here chosen to be forward Mason Shaw, but could be any similar caliber player) and a 1st Round Pick.
(16) MTL is unable to protect four defensemen, and leaves Ben Chiarot available for SEA to select.
(17) NSH is unwilling to pay the steep price required to off-load the contract of Matt Duchene, and SEA decides to select versatile forward Calle Jarnkrok.
(18) The recent signing of defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler allows NJD to protect defenseman Will Butcher, leaving SEA to select forward Andreas Johnsson.
(19) NYI seize an opportunity to part ways with Andrew Ladd (and his $5.5M cap hit), but the price is forward prospect Kieffer Bellows and two 2nd Round Picks. SEA then buys-out the final two years of Ladd’s contract.
(20) The recent signing of forward Brett Howden allows NYR to protect forward Colin Blackwell. SEA then opts to pass on defenseman Tony Deangelo and select Howden.
(21) SEA passes on unprotected defenseman Josh Brown and selects Bottom-6 center Nick Paul.
(22) SEA decides to reunite PHI defenseman Shayne Gostibehere with coach Dave Hakstol in the hopes of reigniting his career. The price for absorbing his contract is a roster forward (such as Nick Aube-Kubel) and two Draft Picks.
(23) PIT is unable to sell SEA on forward Jason Zucker, instead losing yet another goaltender (this time Casey DeSmith) to an expansion draft.
(24) SJS are unable to protect all of their forwards and must leave Kevin Labanc exposed. The price of ensuring SEA does not select him (on top of their regular selection – forward Matt Nieto) is a prospect (here chosen to be forward Sasha Chmelevski) and a 1st Round Pick.
<em>Update: After soliciting feedback, the SJS choice may have to change. If SJS do not alter their roster and Labanc is left unprotected, the 1st Round Pick has been deemed a steep price and can be lowered to a 2nd Round Pick. However, it is likely that SJS sign Dylan Gambrell this week, in which case they would be able to protect Labanc and no longer have to give up anything to SEA.</em>
(25) STL has run into salary cap issues with some of its RFAs which cannot be protected. SEA decides to provide some assistance by selecting forward Zach Sanford instead of defenseman Vince Dunn, but the price is a depth defenseman (such as Steven Santini) and a 1st Round Pick.
(26) The defending Stanley Cup Champs are in serious cap trouble and desire to part ways with the contract of forward Tyler Johnson. In return, SEA demands a steep price – a promising prospect in forward Taylor Raddysh (alternately, could be defenseman Cal Foote, but TBL is likely to fight harder to keep him) as well as a 1st Round Pick.
(27) TOR is relatively well-prepared for the expansion draft and has few quality players exposed. Rather than take on the contract of T.J. Brodie, SEA selects forgotten forward prospect Denis Malgin.
(28) SEA selects VAN depth defenseman Madison Bowey.
(29) WSH must protect young goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov, and so SEA is left to select up-and-coming goalie Vitek Vanecek.
(30) SEA has a choice between WPG forward Andrew Copp and defenseman Nathan Beaulieu. Both choices are high quality, but in this case SEA chooses to round out its defense corps with Beaulieu.
(31) SEA decides to trade newly acquired defenseman Christian Djoos for a late-round draft pick due to having depth at the position. Here, CBJ is chosen as the destination since they have room for a depth defender.
(32) SEA decides to trade newly acquired forward Matt Nieto for draft picks due to having too many Bottom-6 forwards. Here, CAR is chosen as the destination since Nieto appears to fit their style of play.
(33) SEA uses free agency to sign a Top-6 forward and Top-4 defenseman, each with quality playoff experience. A good example of such players are Brandon Saad and David Savard, but other options are available.