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Forum: Armchair-GMSep 22, 2019 at 5:51
Forum: Armchair-GMSep 17, 2019 at 10:26
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Eli</b></div><div>Okay... so I looked it up and the best I can get from reliable sources is that the Blue Jackets reportedly made their best offer to Marner's agent verbally, and never got around to typing up a contract because they believed Toronto would match it. <a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener" target="_blank"></a> So it could just be an agent, agenting. Like, the Marner offersheet now sounds like the girlfriend-in-Canada of offersheets.

I mean, as a Caps fan, knowing that the only team to really worry about making an offersheet is the division rival your team knocked out in the first round in 2018, who may or may not have already tried to offersheet someone this summer? That's not comforting. Maybe for Montreal it is totally comforting, but I'm back to thinking the Caps would only trade for Laine if he signs at the same time, as a condition of the trade. No contract=no trade.</div></div>

Marner did say he got offers from multiple teams outside of the Leafs, so teams do have interest.
Historically players have wanted out of Columbus though, not into it, since they want more publicity and a bigger city/nicer place to live. So that would lower the chances of him signing there.
And letting teams negotiate with Laine would absolutely be a possiblity if needed. I think the Caps aren't likely to trade for Laine anyways, but contract status being up in the air shouldn't derail everything.
Forum: Armchair-GMSep 17, 2019 at 9:33
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Eli</b></div><div>For Columbus or Montreal to trade for Laine, with cap space to match most offers, but without any reason to believe he's worth 12M if the other somehow offer sheets him to that, the offer sheet compensation of four first round picks is the maximum they should consider trading for an un-signed Laine, because that could be all they end up with if they can't sign him before some other team offersheets him.

For teams without extra cap space, the most they should trade is the compensation for the lowest offer sheet they can't match. For instance, a Winnipeg fan commented the other day that they'd trade Laine for John Carlson. I laughed it off at first. Tonight I tried to build a Caps team to see if/how that could work for Washington. I was able to clear cap space to offer Laine an 8M AAV. If an offersheet comes in at 9M, then, I'd have to either make more trades at a loss, to match, or take two 1sts, a 2nd, and a 3rd, and call that a good enough return for seven years of John Carlson, who could fetch that as a rental.

RFA might seem pretty cool to Winnipeg, when they imagine getting four first picks from a struggling team for a guy they don't even really need, since Connor is good enough at 1L, but trading for an RFA can be a real liability in a summer that has reportedly seen two pretty big offersheets written, already. Does that make sense? Might have to work out an NBA-style sign-and-trade to move Laine to some teams. I know they don't typically happen in the NHL, but neither did offer sheets until pretty recently. Things change, even in hockey.</div></div>

Two big offersheets? Aho and who?
The threat of an offersheet is not nearly as big as you're making it out to be. There's three teams right now that could actually give him a serious offersheet without needing to clear space first. That's the Sens (rebuilding) the Avs ( Rantanen) and the Jackets (could do). Then below that there's four teams that could a) conceivably make the space to offersheet him and b) be okay with giving up the picks required. The two biggest threats there would be Montreal and the Islanders. And then there's still no guarantee he would sign their offer. So any acquiring team wouldn't really be worried about him getting poached via offersheet.
Forum: Armchair-GMSep 17, 2019 at 9:12