Mar. 7, 2019
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Viqsi</b></div><div>I'm frankly not impressed by bonus discount lottery tickets. I'd rather have proven players, myself.</div></div>
I'd rather have proven players, too, when we're ready to compete for a Cup. We aren't yet. And when we are ready to be, he'll be starting his decline. Again: I LOVE BJORKSTRAND. He was one of my favorite Blue Jackets ever. But as you look into the next two or three years, especially when the bill comes due for KJ/Silly/Marchenko, that $5.4M is gonna come in REALLY handy.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>dopplsan</b></div><div>We wouldn't have needed to move Bjorkstrand after this season or next. Only FA's of note after this season are Vlad, Peeke, and Tex, and our cap space (adding Bjorkstrand and accounting for a 23-man roster) would probably be in the $12M range - more than enough to extend those guys. Jake comes off the books the year after....
And I mean, if the cost to move Gus is Foudy, then OK. We're already wondering whether he makes the team this year anyway. Add, say, a play-off protected 1st, and, while not good, it's not monstrously horrible.</div></div>
I think the cost to move Gus is a 2023 1st AND a secondary asset like Foudy, which is too high a price for my blood. And you missed Chinakhov, whose deal is up at the end of this year.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Viqsi</b></div><div>I still think the net return would have been better paying to dump Nyquist.</div></div>
Let's compare, then:
Option 1: "Dump Nyquist"
Keep Bjorkstrand (at least until this offseason or next, when we have to dump more cap)
Lose Nyquist, plus 2023 1st and additional asset (let's say Foudy)
Total asset difference: -Nyquist, -2023 1st, -Foudy
End result: Likely miss playoffs, no 1st rounder in deep draft
Option 2: "Bite the Bullet"
Keep Nyquist (and trade him at the TDL for a 1st a la Foligno/Savard if we are not strongly in the mix), add 3rd/4th from Seattle
Lose Bjorkstrand now
Total asset difference: -Bjorkstrand, +3rd, +4th, +1st at TDL
End result: Miss playoffs, have 2 1st rounders in deep first round, and room to sign critical extensions and make necessary additions over the next two offseasons
It sucks to lose Bjorkstrand, but he (more accurately, his salary cap hit relative to his place in the lineup) no longer fit in with the team's timeline (i.e. competing for deep runs in 24-25 and beyond). So I think this really was the right decision, even if I freaking hate losing Ollie.