Apr. 18, 2022
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Tintin</b></div><div>I quite like Masisak and really miss him as the Devils beat writer at the Athletic, but 4 out of the 5 packages he suggested in his article today is completely out of touch with reality and the last one (package 5) being a almost unprecedented overpayment, though not as completely bonkers as the first 4.
Masisak (and many fans of any given team looking to sell star wingers) seem to think that deals are created in a vacuum, but they aren't.
Therein lies the single biggest issue with the article, the complete omittance of comparables.
If Masisak thinks these packages are realistic, then why didn't DeBrincat get Batherson + a 1st rd pick + Ridley Greig for example?
Then there is zero discussion on how Meier's ability to pick his next destination (as they'd have to negotiate extension with Meier) limits the number of buyers and thus diminishes the trade value.
Zero discussion on how his QO being higher than his market value gives Meier an egregious amount of leverage against the team he will negotiate against, be it the Sharks or some other.
Masisak seem to think that teams are trading for Matthew Tkachuk in Timo Meier, but they really aren't.
Tkachuk is a top 10 player in the league, Meier might be top 50.
Tkachuk was 24 at the time he was traded, Meier will be 26 if he is traded.
Tkachuk's QO at 9m was way below his market value, Meier's 10m QO is above his market value.</div></div>
Chicago isnt/ wasn't interested in NHL ready players or near NHL ready players as they were going hard for Bedard + they got the 7th overall pick. None of these returns are close to what Calgary got for Tkachuk which was a 100pt player and an excellent defenseman. Meiers QO is above is market value but not by much which was mentioned in the article. Also mentions the number of teams interested would drive up the price a little bit. All that being said I think the deal is closer to 2 or 3 other wise I see the sharks just signing meier long term, being bad for one more year and then our cap situation opens up