May 26, 2019
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>gmgb</b></div><div>I agree with you, but at the same time I hate the Ellis trade for similar reasons. Lots of nice pieces, but none of them are high-end enough to make me want to give up Ellis. They're not exactly the same, because Ellis is a proven asset, and with Puljujärvi his perceived value is tied more to his potential, but still. Maybe Johnsson being in both these proposals is the problem. He's a decent player, but with his salary and term he almost feels like a negative asset, with the flat cap.</div></div>
I agree for the most part. I don't like the Ellis trade at all from a Nashville perspective.
But honestly, Johnsson + Bonino would give them a pretty solid top 9. They get some depth that they desperately need in Bonino and Johnsson and they lose a non-roster player and Larsson who is already seeing diminished ice time and not a very good player anyway. The added cap is only about $1.4m with the retention to Bonino. And after next season, Bonino comes off the books or resigns for less than his current AAV. Not saying that this is the deal that gets both players to EDM, but Bonino and Johnsson seem to get traded a lot on this site. So if EDM manages to get them via trade, they could end up with a solid top 9 next year.
X (Athanasiou?) - McDavid - Kassian
Nuge - Drai - Yamamoto
Johnsson - Bonino - X (Ennis/Archibald?)
That would be a pretty solid top 9 with with two of Athanasiou/Ennis/Neal/Archibald filling out the X's most likely.