Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Why Vancouver Canucks ARE NOT Contenders

The Vancouver Canucks had some lofty expectations heading into this season, but so far they have not lived up to those expectations. It is still early in the season, but by looking at the roster, they don't seem like a contending team.



Key Offseason Moves: 

1. Bought out Braden Holtby and Jake Virtanen

2. Acquiring OEL and Conor Garland

3. Trade for Jason Dickinson

4. Traded Nate Schmidt; signed Tucker Poolman, Luke Schenn

5. Signed Jaroslav Halak to replace Braden Holtby

6. Locked up Pettersson and Hughes


Offseason Review:

Vancouver Canucks retooled their lineup quite a bit in the offseason to the point where the team looks quite different than last year.

The Cancuks started off the offseason by buying out Braden Holtby and Jake Virtanen, both these players never really worked out on the team.

The Biggest splash the Canucks made was acquiring Oliver Ekman Larsson and Conor Garland from the Arizona Coyotes; although the price tag was hefty, the move improves the team drastically for the immediate future. Conor Garland was subsequently re-signed to a 5 yr deal worth 4.95 million per season.

The Canucks also made a minor trade for Jason Dickison, who is a versatile forward that can slide up and down the lineup. 

Nate Schmidt was shipped out of town to the Winnipeg Jets for a 2022 3rd round pick. To replace Schmidt, the Canucks signed defenseman Tucker Poolman and Luke Schenn. To replace Braden Holtby, the Canucks signed Jaroslav Halak to a 1 yr deal.

The Cancucks also locked up the two of their core players: Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes. Elias Pettersson got a 3 yr extension worth 7.35 million annually, and Quinn Hughes got a 6 yr extension worth 7.85 million per season.


With the current roster the Canucks have, they won't be good enough to make the playoffs, so they should make a trade to improve their depth:


Vancouver Canucks acquire Joshua Brown, Zach Sanford from the Ottawa Senators for Matthew Highmore, 2023 3rd round pick.

The Canucks get Joshua Brown to strengthen their depth on the right side of their defense and their depth on offense.


This is how the lineup looks like after the trade:



T.Pearson-B.Horvat-C.Garland

N.Hoglander-E.Pettersson-B.Boeser

Z.Sanford-JT.Miller-V.Podkolzin

J.Dowling-J.Dickinson-J.Lammikko

OEL-J.Brown

Q.Hughes-T.Poolman

J.Rathbone-T.Myers

T.Demko

J.Halak

Spares: Br.Sutter, T.Motte


The Vancouver Canucks have an improved team but they still may not be good enough to make the playoffs.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Why Minnesota Wild Aren't Contenders Anymore

 The Minnesota Wild had a great season last year, but a major reason for that is the cause of the division they played in. Minnesota will be back in the Central Division this season, and will be fighting for a playoff spot with the likes of Chicago, St.Louis, Nashville, Dallas, and Winnipeg. Because of this, the Wild may struggle to make the playoffs this season.



Key moves made in the Offseason:

  • Bought out Zach Parise + Ryan Suter.
  • lost Carson Soucy to Seattle Kraken in Expansion Draft.
  • lost Marcus Johansson, Ian Cole to Free Agency.
  • signed Alex Goligoski, Dmitry Kulikov, Jordie Benn, Jon Merrill in Free Agency.
  • Re-signed Joel Eriksson to a long term deal.
  • Locked up Kirill Kaprizov to a 5 yr deal.
  • Re-signed Kevin Fiala for 1yr

Offseason Review:

Coming into this offseason, it was no secret that the Minnesota Wild need to create cap room in order to sign some of their key RFAs like Kirill Kaprizov, Joel Eriksson Ek and Kevin Fiala. To nobody's surprise, the Wild bought out Zach Parise's contract, but shockingly, they also bought out the contract of his Ryan Suter. The departure of Parise and Suter, that marks the start of a new chapter in Minnesota, as the Wild through a youth movement. 

The Defense not only lost Ryan Suter, but they also lost two other key defensemen in Carson Soucy and Ian Cole; To fill the voids on defense, they signed Alex Goligoski, Dmitry Kulikov, Jordie Benn, Jon Merrill in Free Agency. In my opinion, the defense is much worse this year than it was last year. 

Kirill Kaprizov was in the center of attention most of this offseason due to his contract negotiations with the Wild; at first, it seemed like the two sides were at a stalemate, but the two sides ultimately agreed on a 5 yr deal worth 9 million annually.

Joel Eriksson Ek was an underrated signing for the Wild; they were able to lock him up for 8 years at 5.25 million per season. Eriksson Ek has been one of the more underrated players in the league, and this contract will look like a steal in a few years. Kevin Fiala will be back for at least 1 more year, and this might be his make or break year to score a big contract.

Overall, the Wild had a decent offseason, but the team doesn't seem as good as it did last year unless some of their young players like Marco Rossi and Matthew Boldy take a jump in their development.


In order for the Wild to be contenders, they need to beef up their defense:

Minnesota Wild trade Jordie Benn, 4th round pick '22 to the Buffalo Sabres for Colin Miller. Buffalo Sabres retain 50% of Colin Miller's contract.

The Wild add a veteran defenseman in Colin Miller to help boast the depth on the blueline.


The Wild also needs to add a 2nd line center.


Minnesota Wild acquire Dylan Strome from the Chicago Blackhawks for Victor Rask, 2nd round pick '23. If Strome scores 20+ goals, the Blackhawks get a 2025 2nd round pick.

The Wild get Dylan Strome to center the 2nd line to play alongside Kevin Fiala; this allows Marco Rossi to develop in the minors for a year.


This is how the Minnesota Wild Lineup looks like after the trade:




K.Kaprizov-J.Eriksson Ek-M.Zuccarello

M.Boldy-D.Strome-K.Fiala

J.Greenway-R.Hartman-M.Foligno

F.Gaudreau-N.Sturm-N.Bjugstad

A.Goligoski-J.Spurgeon

J.Brodin-M.Dumba

D.Kulikov-Co.Miller

C.Talbot

K.Kahkonen


This now looks like a contending team that could make some noise in the Central Division.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Why Carolina Hurricanes are NO Longer Contenders

 The Carolina Hurricanes may no longer be legitimate contenders this year after a rough offseason. This should not be a surprise when you lose your top defenseman, trade away an up-and-coming young defenseman, and then overpay for Jesperi Kotkaniemi.



Here are the major moves the Carolina Hurricanes made in the offseason:

  • Traded Alex Nedeljkovic to the Detroit Red Wings for Jonathan Bernier, who left in Free Agency to sign w/ NJ and a 3rd round pick
  • Traded Jake Bean to Columbus Blue Jackets for 2021 2nd round pick (Aleksi Heimosalmi)
  • Acquired Ethan Bear from the Edmonton Oilers for Warren Foegele.
  • Let Dougie Hamilton, Petr Mrazek, Brock McGinn walk in Free Agency.
  • Signed Fredrik Andersen, Antti Raanta in Free Agency.
  • Brought in Derek Stepan, Tony DeAngelo, Ian Cole, Brandan Smith for 1 year.
  • Re-signed Andrei Svechnikov to an 8yr/$62 million contract.
  • Signed Jesperi Kotkaniemi to a 1yr/$6M offer sheet.

Offseason Review:

While the Hurricane didn't have a terrible offseason, they lost their best defenseman to a division rival, yet didn't really didn't do enough to replace him. Tony DeAngelo may be a good offensive defenseman, but he is by no means the number 1 defenseman that Dougie Hamilton was. 

Their goaltending took a step back because they lowballed Nedeljkovic and then traded him for chump change. While Fredrick Andersen and Antti Raanta will do a fine job in goal for the next 2 years, the Hurricanes no longer have a goalie of the future.

The Ethan Bear for Warren Foegele trade was a good one for the Hurricanes; I think Ethan Bear could potentially flourish being paired with Ian Cole.

The Jesperi Kotkaniemi offer sheet was made as a revenge move for the Sebastian Aho offer sheet Montreal had made 2 years ago. The big difference is that Aho was worth that offer sheet, while Kotkaniemi was grossly overpaid for the performance he had in the first 3 years in the NHL. 

Locking up Andrei Svechnikov to an 8yr/$62 million contract was an excellent move because he gets better every year.


What they need to do to improve the team:

Looking at the Hurricanes roster right now, they are a borderline playoff team, given the division they play in. If they want to become a legit contender again, they need to improve the defense at the deadline.


Carolina Hurricanes trade Ethan Bear, 2023 3rd round pick to the Anaheim Ducks for Josh Manson. If the Hurricanes make the playoffs, the 3rd round pick becomes a 2nd round pick.

The Hurricanes add Josh Manson, a physical, veteran presence on the blue line, while the Ducks get Ethan Bear and a conditional pick.


This is how the Carolina Hurricanes lineup looks like after the trade:



A.Svechnikov-S.Aho-M.Necas

N.Neiderreiter-V.Trocheck-T.Teravainen

J.Kotkaniemi-J.Staal-J.Fast

S.Lorentz-D.Stepan-J.Martinook

J.Slavin-B.Pesce

B.Skjei-J.Manson

I.Cole-T.DeAngelo

F.Andersen

A.Raanta


Spares: Br. Smith, J.Leivo


Looking at the Roster, if they can add a defenseman like Josh Manson, they should be a contending team, but if they don't they will stay as a borderline playoff team.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Why Montreal Canadiens Should Consider Rebuilding

 The Montreal Canadiens are a borderline playoff team with an aging core and many overpaid veterans,

so the best thing for them to do is rebuild through the draft to build a contending team again. This is how I would rebuild the Montreal Canadiens



At the 2022 Trade Deadline, two trades are made:

Montreal Canadiens trade Jonathan Drouin to the Florida Panthers for Grigori Denisenko, Noel Acciari, 2023 2nd round pick. If the Panthers make the playoffs, the Canadiens get the Panthers 2023 1st round pick.

Jonathan Drouin improves the scoring for the Panthers, while the Canadiens add more depth to the lineup with Denisenko and Acciari.

The Canadiens also trade Ben Chiarot to the Minnesota Wild for 2022 2nd round pick.

The Minnesota Wild beef up their defense for the playoff run, while the Canadiens add an additional 2nd round pick.


The Montreal Canadiens miss the playoffs in the 2021-22 season and end up with the 14th pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, one major trade is made:

Montreal Canadiens trade Artturi Lehkonen, Joel Edmundson to the Washington Capitals for 2022 3rd round pick, 2023 5th round pick.

The Canadiens ship Lehkonen and Edmundson to the Capitals for a few drafts picks. 


2022 Draft

22-Elias Salomonsson

46-Frank Nazar

51-Michael LaStarza

78-Simon Forsmark

85-Seamus Casey

110-Topias Leinonen

138-Jere Lassila

The Montreal Canadiens draft a bunch of solid prospects that should be an important part of the team in the future.


Montreal Canadiens re-sign a few players:

Nick Suzuki-5yrs/5.75M per

Alexander Romanov-3yrs/3.5M per

Noal Acciari-3yrs/1.75M per

Jake Evans-2yrs/1M per


Montreal Canadiens re-sign all non roster RFAs


Montreal Canadiens miss the playoffs again in the 2022-23 season and end up with the 11th pick in the draft.


Before the 2023 Draft, two major trades are made:

Montreal Canadiens trade Jeff Petry to the Columbus Blue Jackets for 2023 1st round pick.

This is a win-win trade for both teams because the Blue Jackets get a Top 4 defenseman in Jeff Petry, while the Canadiens get a 1st round pick.

They also trade Mike Hoffman to the Vancouver Canucks for a 2023 2nd round pick.

The Canucks get a top 6 forward, something they are in dire need of for a 2nd round pick.


2023 Draft

7-Dalibor Dvorsky

11-Kallan Lind

39-Kimo Gruber

Dalibor Dvorsky and Kallan Lind should be important of the Canadiens core in the future.


Montreal Canadiens re-sign Cole Caufield to 3yrs deal worth 5.5M per season


Montreal Canadiens re-sign all non roster RFAs


At the 2024 Trade Deadline, a huge blockbuster trade is made:

Montreal Canadiens trade Carey Price to the San Jose Sharks for Timo Meier, Adin Hill, Ryan Merkley, 2024 1st round pick. Montreal retains 3 million of Carey Price's contract till the 2025-26 season.


The Sharks get their starting goalie in Carey Price, while the Canadiens get Timo Meier and Ryan Merkley, two really solid players, Adin Hill, and a 2024 1st round pick.


Montreal Canadiens finish the 2023-24 season with the worst record in the NHL and win the draft lottery.


2024 Draft

1-Cole Eiserman

Montreal Canadiens draft Cole Eiserman, a future star in the NHL.


Montreal Canadiens re-sign Adin Hill to a 3 yr deal worth 2 million per season.


Before the 2024-25 season, a few trades are made:

Montreal Canadiens trade David Savard to the Vancouver Canucks for 2025 2nd round pick.

The Canadiens have two young studs on the blue line ready to step in on the ride side of the defense, so that makes David Savard expandable.

The Canadiens also trade Christian Dvorak, Josh Anderson, 2025 2nd round pick to the Arizona Coyotes for Clayton Keller.

The Canadiens get a top 6 winger in Clayton Keller that helps boosts the scoring for the Habs.


By the 2024-25 season, the Montreal Canadiens have put together a contending team:




2024-25 Montreal Canadiens

C.Keller-N.Suzuki-C.Caufield

T.Meier-D.Dvorsky-F.Nazar

J.Mysak-F.Chytil-Br.Gallagher

J.Armia-N.Acciari-J.Evans

A.Romanov-E.Salomonssoon

K.Guhle-R.Merkley

S.Forsmark-S.Casey

C.Primeau

A.Hill

(IR) S.Weber

Top Prospects: C.Eiserman, K.Lind


This is an up-and-coming team that should dominate the league for a long time.


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Why St.Louis Blues should consider Rebuilding

 The St.Louis Blues are a team that is stuck in no man's land; they aren't nearly good enough to be legit contenders, yet they aren't entirely bad enough to be a lottery team. So the most logical thing to do is to move a couple of veteran players and build from the draft. This is how I would rebuild the St.Louis Blues.




At the 2022 Trade Deadline, two major trades are made:

St.Louis Blues trade Vladimir Tarasenko to the Carolina Hurricanes for Nino Niederreiter, Ryan Suzuki, 2023 2nd round pick. If the Hurricanes make the playoffs, the 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick.

This is a great team for both teams; Carolina gets a top 6 scorer to play on the first line with Aho and Svechnikov, while the Blues get a top 6 forward in Nino Niederreiter, a solid prospect in Ryan Suzuki, and a draft pick.

The Blues also trade David Perron to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Nick Ritchie, Joseph Duszak, 1st round pick '22. St.Louis retains 1 million of David Perron's contract.

Since the Blues are rebuilding, it is best to trade David Perron to a contender since he will be a UFA at the end of the season. This is a pretty good return for a rental.


The St.Louis Blues miss the playoffs in the 2021-22 season and end up with the 14th pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, two trades are made:

St.Louis Blues trade Brayden Schenn to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Alexandre Texier, Liam Foudy, 2022 1st round pick.

The Blue Jackets get their number 1 center, while the Blues get two solid young players and a 1st round pick.

The Blues also trade Justin Faulk to the Boston Bruins for Matt Grzelcyk, Jake DeBrusk, Jack Studnicka, 2022 1st round pick.

The Bruins really need more scoring from the Back-end and Justin Faulk would be a much-needed upgrade over Matt Grzelcyk.


At the 2022 draft, St.Louis Blues trade pick 29 to the Ottawa Senators for picks 41, 64.


2022 Draft

14-Elias Salomonsson

25-Lian Bichsel

41-Miko Matikka

64-Ludwig Persson

78-David Goyette

110-Topias Leinonen

142-Ales Cech

The St.Louis Blues added some good prospects to a depleted farm system, that was one of the worst in the entire NHL.


St.Louis Blues re-sign a few players:

Nino Neiderreiter-5yrs/5.5M per

Jake DeBrusk-3yrs/3M per

Zach Sanford-2yrs/2.25M per

Liam Foudy-2yrs/1.2M per

Ville Husso-1yr deal

Niko Mikkola, Jake Wallman-1yr deals


St.Louis Blues re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs


St.Louis Blues plummet in the standings in the 2022-23 season and end up with the 8th worst record in the league.


Since the Hurricanes made the playoffs with Tarasenko, the Blues will receive their 2023 1st round pick.

2023 Draft

8-Emil Jarventie

24-Kimo Gruber

40-William Whitelaw

The Blues add three good forwards who will be an essential part of the team down the road.


St.Louis Blues re-sign a few players:

Ryan O'Reilly-8yrs/8.5M per

Robert Thomas-5yrs/4.75M per

Jordan Kyrou-3yrs/3.5M per

Jack Studnicka-2yr/1.5M per

Joel Hofer-2yr deal


St.Louis Blues re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs


St.Louis Blues miss the playoff again in the 2023-24 season and end up with the 10th worst record, luckily the blues win the draft lottery to end up with the 1st pick in the draft.


2024 Draft

1-Cole Eiserman

St.Louis Blues draft Cole Eiserman, a future star in the league.


St.Louis Blues re-sign a few players:

Liam Foudy-1yr/3M

Ryan Suzuki-2yrs/2.8M per


Before the 2024-25 season, a few trades are made:

St.Louis Blues trade Pavel Buchnevich to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Samuel Poulin, 2025 2nd round pick.

The Blues add more depth to their lineup while the Penguins add a top 6 winger in Buchnevich.

The Blues also trade Brandon Saad to the LA Kings for Samuel Helenius, Helge Grans, 2025 3rd round pick.  If the Kings make the playoffs or Saad scores 15+ goals, the 3rd round pick becomes a second-round pick. 

St.Louis continues to add more young players to fill out their lineup, while the Kings get a cagey veteran in Brandon Saad to help mentor their young core.

St.Louis Blues acquire Hampus Lindholm, Brayden Tracey from the Anaheim Ducks for Matt Grzelcyk, Alexandre Texier, Mikko Mattikka, 2026 1st round pick.

This is a tremendous trade for the St.Louis Blues and it makes them legit contenders.


By the 2024-25 season, the St.Louis Blues have put together a contending team.




2024-25 St.Louis Blues

L.Persson-R.O'Reilly-R.Suzuki

E.Jarventie-C.Eiserman-S.Poulin

B.Tracey-R.Thomas-J.Kyrou

L.Foudy-S.Helenius-J.Studnicka

H.Lindholm-E.Salomonsson

T.Krug-C.Parayko

L.Bichel-H.Grans

J.Binnington

J.Hofer

Spares: W.Whitelaw, K.Gruber, D.Goyette, T.Leinonen


This is a young and promising team that looks like it could contend for the next couple years. 

Friday, September 17, 2021

Why Nashville Predators should consider Rebuilding

The Nashville Predators are a team that is stuck in no man's land, because they aren't good enough to make the playoffs, yet aren't bad enough to tank. So the best thing for them to do is trade away the players with value and rebuilding the team through the draft. This is how I would rebuild the Nashville Predators.


At the 2022 Trade deadline, two major trades are made:

Nashville Predators trade Mattias Ekholm to the New York Islanders for Kieffer Bellows, Simon Holmstrom, and a 1st round pick in 2022.

The Islanders need to improve their left defense after trading away Nick Leddy, and Mattias Ekholm would make their defense even more potent. For the Predators, they get two top prospects and a 1st round pick, which helps to accelerate the rebuild.

The Predators also trade Filip Forsberg to the New Jersey Devils for Jesper Bratt, Kevin Bahl, 2022 1st round pick. 

The Devils need to add another top 6 wingers if they are making a playoff push, and Filip Forsberg has been consistently one the best young scorers in the league. For the Predators, they get a top 9 forward in Jesper Bratt, a defensive prospect in Kevin Bahl, and a 1st round pick.


The Nashville Predators finished the 2021-22 season with the 5th worst record in the league.


Before the 2022 draft, one trade is made:

Nashville Predators trade Colton Sissons, Rocco Grimaldi to the Dallas Stars for 2022 5th round pick, a 2023 6th round pick.

The Preds manage to dump Colton Sissons contract to the Stars for two draft picks.


At the 2022 draft, Nashville Predators trade pick 37 to the Arizona Coyotes for picks 47, 57.


2022 Draft

5-Simon Nemec

18-Frank Nazar

29-Alexander Suzdalev

47-Simon Forsmark

57-Ludwig Persson

69-Marco Kasper

72-Julian Lutz

101-Tim Almgren

135-Topi Ronni

146-Joel Kjellberg

The Predators replenish their farm system; stockpiling the pipeline with a bunch of players that will take at least two years to be NHL ready.


Nashville Predators re-sign a few players:

Luke Kunin- 4yrs/4M per

Jesper Bratt-3yrs/3.5M per

Cody Glass-3yrs/2.5M per

Yakov Trenin- 3yrs/1.5M per

David Farrance-2yrs/1.5M per


Nashville Predators re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs.


Nashville Predators sign the Following Players in Free Agency:

Brayden McNabb-2yrs/2.5M per

Pavel Francouz-1yr/2.5M per


The Nashville Predators finish the 2022-23 season with the 8th worst record in the league but jump up in the lottery to the 3rd pick in the draft.


Before the 2023 draft, two major trades are made:

Nashville Predators trade Ryan Johansen to the Ottawa Senators for Ridly Greig, Erik Brannstrom, and a 2023 2nd round pick.

Ryan Johansen is not the same player he once was, but he would still be a solid 2nd line center behind Josh Norris. For the Predators, they get Erik Brannstrom, who hasn't been used properly in Ottawa, Ridly Greig, one of the Sens's top prospects, and a 2nd round pick.

The Predators also trade Mikael Granlund, Dante Fabbro to the New York Rangers for Filip Chytil, Zachary Jones, 2023 2nd round pick. Nashville retains 1.5 million of Granlund's annual cap hit.

This is a win-win trade for both sides because the Rangers add a veteran forward in Mikael Granlund and a solid defenseman in Dante Fabbro, while the Predators get two good young players and a 2nd round pick.


2023 Draft

3-Adam Fantilli

40-Quentin Musty

42-Kasper Halttunen

51-Mikhail Gulyayev

The Predators add a few dynamic forwards in Adam Fantilli and Quentin Musty, along with two other solid prospects in Mikahel Gulyayev and Kasper Halttunen.


Nashville Predators re-sign a few players:

Philippe Myers-4yrs/3.85M per

Erik Brannstrom-3yrs/3.5M per

Filip Chytil-3yrs/3.25M per

Kevin Bahl-2yrs/2.5M per

Zachary Jones-2yrs/2M per

Alexandre Carrier-1yrs/2M per

Kieffer Bellows-2yrs/1.8M per

Tanner Jeannot-1 yr deal

Mattieu Oliver-1yr deal 


Nashville Predators re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs.


Nashville Predators sign Yaroslav Askarov to an Entry-level Contract.


At the 2024 trade deadline, one trade is made:

Nashville Predators trade Matt Duchene, 2024 1st round pick to the Anaheim Ducks for Jacob Perreault, Isac Lundestrom, and a 2025 2nd round pick.

This is a huge trade for both teams, which sees the Ducks land Matt Duchene and a 1st round pick, while the Preds get a top prospect in Jacob Perreault, Isac Lundestrom, a solid top 6 forward, and a 2nd round pick.


Nashville Predators finish the 2023-24 season with the 14th worst record in the league.


After the 2024 draft, one major trade is made:

Nashville Predators trade Juuse Saros to the Edmonton Oilers for Stuart Skinner, 2025 2nd round pick. If Juuse Saros gets 30+ wins, the 2nd round pick becomes a first-round pick.

Now that the Predators have their goalie of the future in Yaroslav Askarov, they can afford to trade Juuse Saros; Stuart Skinner is a decent backup goalie, and the Predators could get a conditional 1st round pick, depending on Saros' performance with the Oilers.


Nashville Predators re-sign the Following players:

Ridly Greig-6yrs/4.6M per

Eeli Tolvanen-4yrs/4.25M per

Zachary L'Heureux-4yrs/4M per

Jacob Perreault-3yrs/4M per

David Farrance-3yrs/3.75M per

Philip Tomasino-3yrs/3.5M per

Isac Lundestrom-2yrs/1.7M per

Simon Holmstrom-2yrs/1.3M per

Stuart Skinner-2yrs/1M per


Nashville Predators re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs.


Before the 2024-25 season, one trade is made:

Nashville Predators trade Cody Glass, David Farrance, 2025 1st round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for Dylan Cozens, 2nd round pick 2025.

The Predators need a second-line center behind Adam Fantilli, and Dylan Cozens is an up-and-coming young center, who wasn't getting used properly in Buffalo.


By the 2024-25 season, the Nashville Predators have put together a dominant team.



2024-25 Nashville Predators

Z.L'Heureux-A.Fantilli-J.Perreault

E.Tolvanen-D.Cozens-P.Tomasino

R.Greig-F.Chytil-L.Kunin

K.Bellows-I.Lundestrom-S.Holmstrom

R.Josi-P.Myers

Z.Jones-S.Nemec

K.Bahl-E.Brannstrom

Y.Askarov

S.Skinner

Top Prospects: 

F: F.Nazar, Q.Musty, A.Suzdalev, L.Persson, M.Kasper, J.Lutz

D: S.Forsmark, M.Gulyayev

G: T.Vomacka


The Nashville Predators have assembled a young and dominant team that could contend for the next few years.


Thursday, September 9, 2021

Why Calgary Flames should Rebuild

 The Calgary Flames are a team that is stuck in mediocracy right now because they aren't quite good enough to make the playoffs, yet they also aren't bad enough to be to completely tank the season, as their team is one of the better ones in their weak division. So what the Calgary Flames should do is rebuild the team, and try to turn the team into a contender that way. This is how I would rebuild the Calgary Flames.




At the 2022 trade deadline, two trades are made:

Calgary Flames trade Johnny Gaudreau to the Philadelphia Flyers for Travis Konecny, Morgan Frost, 2022 1st round pick. 

This is a win-win trade for both teams because the Flyers get an elite top 6 forward in Johnny Gaudreau, while the Flames get Travis Konecny, who has been misused at times by the Flyers, Morgan Frost, one of their top prospects and a 1st round pick.

The Flames also trade Nikita Zadorov, Andrew Mangiapane to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Ilya Mikheyev, 2023 2nd rd pick. Calgary retains 50% of Zadorov's contract.

The Maple Leafs are in the last dance situation, so it would make sense to add some depth players to their lineup like Nikita Zadorov and Andrew Mangiapane. For Calgary, they get Ilya Mikheyev, who really hasn't been got much playing time in Toronto, and a 2nd round pick.


Calgary Flames miss the playoffs in the 2021-22 season and finish the season with the 10th pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, a few trades are made

Calgary Flames trade Sean Monahan to the Arizona Coyotes for Cameron Crotty, 2022 1st round pick (from COL), 2022 2nd round pick (from NYI)

This is a win-win trade for both teams; the Coyotes get a legit number 1 center, while the Flames get a 1st and second-round pick in the 2022 draft. Calgary also wants to get Cameron Crotty, a very solid defensive prospect.

The Flames also trade Mikael Backlund to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Alexandre Texier, 2022 3rd round pick, 2023 3rd round pick.

Columbus adds a veteran 2nd or 3rd line center in Mikael Backlund, while the Flames get Alexander Texier, a solid young player, and two 3rd round picks.

Noah Hanifin is traded to the Florida Panthers for Grigori Denisenko, Aleksi Heponiemi, 2023 2nd rd pick.

The Panthers need a left defenseman desperately, while the Flames have too many left Defenseman, so this is a win-win trade for both teams.


2022 draft

10-Jack Hughes

19-Joakim Kemell

32-Alexander Suzdalev

42-Maveric Lamoureux

57-Marco Kasper

58-Simon Forsmark

63-Elmeri Laakso

96-Topias Leinonen

138-Cole Knuble

The Calgary Flames re-stock their farm system, adding the best player available at every position when they drafted.


Calgary Flames re-sign the following players:

Matthew Tkachuk-7yrs / 7.5M per

Ilya Mikheyev-2yrs / 1.75M per

Morgan Frost-2yrs / 1.5M per

Aleksi Heponiemi-2yrs / 1M per


Calgary Flames re-sign all non-roster RFAs


At the 2023 trade deadline, one trade is made:

Calgary Flames trade Milan Lucic to the Boston Bruins for Jake DeBrusk.

This trade makes sense for both teams; Boston brings back Milan Lucic to Boston, where he had the best years of his career, while Jake DeBrusk gets a fresh start with the flames, and gets a chance to prove himself as a legit top 6 forward.


Calgary Flames finish the 2022-23 season and end up with the 7th pick in the draft.


Before the 2023 draft, one trade is made:

Calgary Flames trade Chris Tanev to the Washington Capitals for 2023 2nd round pick, 2024 4th round pick.

The Capitals need a veteran defenseman pair alongside Dmitry Orlov on the second pair, and Chris Tanev seems like a perfect fit for that role. On the flip side of the trade, Calgary gets a pair of draft picks and unloads Tanev's contract.


At the 2023 draft, Calgary Flames trade picks 55, 57, 69, 71 to the St. Louis Blues for pick 22.


2023 draft

7-Hunter Brzutewicz

22-Alex Ciernik

Calgary drafted two blue-chip prospects in Hunter Brzutewicz and Alex Ciernik, both should be an important part of their core in the future.


Calgary Flames re-sign a few players:

Grigori Denisenko-3yrs / 2.8M per

Alexandre Texier-3yrs / 2.5M per

Cameron Crotty-3yrs / 1.7M per


Calgary Flames re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs


At the 2024 trade deadline, one major trade is made

Calgary Flames trade Rasmus Andersson, Dillon Dube to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Liam Foudy, Andrew Peeke, 2025 2nd round pick.

The Flames continue to overhaul their team, moving Rasmus Andersson and Dillon Dube to Columbus for Liam Foudy, Andrew Peeke, and a 2nd round pick. Columbus gets a top 4, offensive defenseman, while Calgary gets two solid young players, who were misused in Columbus, and a 2nd round pick.


Calgary Flames miss the playoffs once again in the 2024-25 season and end up with the 12th worst record.

Before the 2024 draft, two major trade is made:

Calgary Flames Elias Lindholm to the Winnipeg Jets for Cole Perfetti.

This is a simple one-for-one trade that sees the jets acquire Elias Lindholm, who would serve as their second-line center. As for the Flames, Cole Perfetti is a rising star in the league and could have a breakout year.

Calgary also trades Blake Coleman, 2024 2nd round pick to the Colorado Avalanche for Tyson Jost, JT Compher.

Colorado is in win-now mode, so it would make sense for them to try to trade for a player like Blake Coleman; as for the Flames, they get two solid role players in Tyson Jost and JT Compher, while also getting out of the Blake Coleman contract.


Calgary luck out in the draft lottery, and land the 2nd pick in the 2024 draft.


2024 draft

2-Cole Eiserman

Calgary Flames land Cole Eiserman, a potential superstar in the league.


Calgary Flames re-sign a few players:

Cole Perfetti-5yrs / 5.5M per

Morgan Frost-3yrs / 2M per

Liam Foudy-2yrs / 1.1M per

Aleksi Heponiemi-2yrs / 900k per


Calgary Flames re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs.


By the 2024-25 season, Calgary Flames have assembled a contending team once again.




2024-25 Calgary Flames

M.Tkachuk-C.Perfetti-J.Kemell

J. Pelletier-C. Zary-T. Konecny

A.Texier-J.Hughes-G.Denisenko

T.Jost-M.Frost-JT.Compher

S. Formark-H Brzutewicz

J. Valimaki-C. Crotty

C. Mackey-A. Peeke

J. Markstrom

D.Vladar

Spares: L. Foudy, A. Heponiemi, O. Kylington

Top prospects:

F: C.Eiserman, A.Suzdalev, M.Kasper, A.Ciernik

D: M. Lamoreux, E. Laakso

G: T. Leinonen


This is a young and talented team that could dominate the league for the next decade.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Why Pittsburgh Penguins Should Rebuild

The Pittsburgh Penguins have an aging core and might not be good enough to make the playoffs anymore, so I think the Penguins should seriously consider rebuilding. It would take some time, but if they rebuild correctly, the Penguins could be a playoff-caliber team in a few years. This is how the Pittsburgh Penguins should rebuild.



At the 2022 Trade deadline, a few major trades are made:

Pittsburgh Penguins trade Evgeni Malkin to the Dallas Stars for Roope Hintz, Denis Gurianov, Mavrik Bourque, and a 2022 1st round pick.

With the addition of Evgeni Malkin, the Stars become immediate contenders, while the Penguins get three very top 6 caliber players and a 1st round pick.

The Penguins also trade Kris Letang to the Nashville Predators for Dante Fabbro, Philip Tomasino, 2022 1st round pick.

The Nashville Predators bolster their defense with the addition of Kris Letang, while the Penguins get two good young players and a 1st round pick.

Jeff Carter, Bryan Rust are traded to the Edmonton Oilers for Kyle Turris, Zach Kassian, 2023 1st round pick.

The Oilers bolster their roster with the additions of Carter and Rust for the playoffs at the cost of their 1st round pick.


The Pittsburgh Penguins miss the playoffs in the 2021-22 season and end up with the 15th pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, two trades are made:

Pittsburgh Penguins trade Jason Zucker to the Calgary Flames for Dillon Dube, Juuso Valimaki, 2022 2nd round pick.

The Flames add a much-needed top 6 winger in Jason Zucker, while the Penguins add good two young players and a 2nd round pick.

Brian Dumoulin is traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for Nic Beaudin, Mike Hardman, and a 2022 3rd round pick.

The Blackhawks add a top 4 defenseman in Brian Dumoulin, while the Penguins add two young prospects and a 3rd round pick.


At the 2022 draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins trade picks 45, 47 to the Arizona Coyotes for picks 36, 68.


2022 Draft

10-Jack Hughes

15-Issac Howard

20-Elias Salomonsson

36-Cruz Lucius

68-Simon Forsmark

91-Julian Lutz

111-Tim Almgren

143-Otto Hokkanen

The Pittsburgh Penguins finally start to replenish their farm system, which was the worst-ranked farm system in the NHL.


Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign a few players:

Kasperi Kapanen-2yrs/4.5M per

Denis Gurianov-3yrs/3.25M per

Zach Aston Reese-2yrs/2M per

Danton Heinen-1yr/1.1M

Sam Lafferty-1yr/750k


Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs.


Pittsburgh Penguins sign a few free agents:

Andrew Copp-4yrs/3.95M per

Thomas Greiss-2yrs/3.5M per

Ian Cole-1yr/2.5M


Pittsburgh Penguins miss the playoffs again in the 2022-23 season and end up with the 13th pick in the draft.


Before the 2023 draft, two trades are made:

Pittsburgh Penguins trade Sidney Crosby, Michael Matheson to the Minnesota Wild for Marco Rossi, Matthew Boldy, Carson Lambos, Alexander Khovanov, 2023 1st round pick.

The Penguins get a major haul in exchange for their franchise player, signaling a changing of the guards in Pittsburgh and ushering a new era. 

The Penguins also trade Jake Guentzel to the New Jersey Devils for Nolan Foote, 2023 1st round pick.

The Devils get a goal-scoring winger in Jake Guentzel, while the Penguins get Nolan Foote and a 1st round pick.


2023 Draft

10-Hunter Brzustewicz

13-Otto Stenberg

26-Cam Squires

Pittsburgh continues to improve its farm system with the addition of these three stud players.


Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign a few players:

Tristan Jarry-3yrs/3.5M per

Dante Fabbro-3yrs/3.25M per

Juuso Valimaki-2yrs/1.75M per


Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs.


Pittsburgh Penguins make the playoffs in the 2023-24 season, but get eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.


After the 2023-24 season, a few major trades are made:

Pittsburgh Penguins trade Denis Gurianov, Dillon Dube, Juuso Valimaki, 2024 1st round pick to the LA Kings for Rasmus Kupari, Arthur Kaliyev.

The Penguins added two high-end prospects, which help bolster their firepower in the lineup.

Pittsburgh Penguins acquire Juuse Saros from Nashville Predators for Tristan Jarry, 2025 2nd round pick.

This is a simple trade, which sees the Penguins acquire Juuse Saros from the Predators for Tristan Jarry and a 2nd round pick.

The Penguins also trade Roope Hintz to the Winnipeg Jets for 2025 2nd round pick, 2026 2nd rd pick. 

The Penguins don't need Roope Hintz anymore, so he is traded to the Jets for two second-round picks.

Alexander Khovanov is traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Daniil Tarasov, 2025 2nd round pick.

Columbus needs a number 2 center, and Khovanov helps fill that void, while for the Penguins, Tarasov has a ton of potential, and may one day be a starter in the NHL.


Pittsburgh Penguins buyout Marcus Pettersson; this buyout costs them 1.34 million annually until the 25-26 season.


Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign a few players:

Marco Rossi-7yrs/6.5M per

Matthew Boldy-6yrs/5.5M per

Carson Lambos-6yrs/5M per

Pierre Oliver Joseph-5yrs/4.85M per

Arthur Kaliyev-4yrs/4.5M per

Philip Tomasino-3yrs/3.5M per

Mavrik Bourque-3yrs/2.8M per

Samuel Poulin-3yrs/2.65M per

Nolan Foote-3yrs/2M per

Hunter Jones-2yrs/1.75M per

Nic Beaudin-2yrs/1M per

Mike Hardman-2yrs/1M per


Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs.


By the 2024-25 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have assembled a contending team:



2024-25 Pittsburgh Penguins

M.Boldy-M.Rossi-A.Kaliyev

I.Howard-J.Hughes-R.Kupari

P.Tomasino-M.Bourque-S.Poulin

N.Foote-A.Copp-B.McGinn

C.Lambos-E.Salomonsson

P-O.Joseph-J.Marino

N.Beaudin-D.Fabbro

J.Saros

F.Lindberg

Top prospects: 

F: Cr.Lucius, O.Stenberg, C.Squires, T.Almgren, J.Lutz

D: H.Brzustewicz, S.Forsmark

G: D.Tarasov


The Pittsburgh Penguins have assembled a frightening team that could contend for a long time.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

How New York Rangers can become Legit Contenders Next Year

The New York Rangers have a great young core, but they don't have enough NHL experience yet. If they make the right trades, they could be a legit contender as soon as next year. This is how the New York Rangers can become a legit contender next year.



Before the season, a huge blockbuster trade is made:

New York Rangers acquire Jack Eichel from the Buffalo Sabres for Mika Zibanejad, Braden Schneider, 2023 1st round pick.

This is a fair trade for both sides because the Rangers get a legit superstar in Jack Eichel; while the Sabres get Mika Zibanejad, who is a UFA next season, Braden Schneider, and a 1st round pick.  


The New York Rangers barely squeak into the playoffs in the 2020-21 season and get eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.


Before the 2022 draft, two trades are made:

New York Rangers trade Ryan Strome, Vitaly Kravtsov to the San Jose Sharks for Timo Meier.

This is a great trade for both teams because the Sharks get two great players in Ryan Strome and Vitaly Kravtsov, while the Rangers get a top 6 forward in Timo Meier, who had been misused in San Jose.

The Rangers trade Alexandar Georgiev, 2023 7th round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for a 2022 2nd rd pick, 2022 5th round pick, and 2023 3rd round pick.

This was the return the Rangers got in exchange for Cam Talbot, and with the Sabres in dire need of a Starting goalie, I could see them giving up this type of package for a goalie, who could be their starter.


At the 2022 draft, New York Rangers trade pick 18 to the Arizona Coyotes for picks 36, 43, 57.


2022 Draft

33-Ryan Greene

36-Cruz Lucius

43-Maveric Lamoureux

48-Cutter Gauthier

57-Ludwig Persson

114-Jere Lassila

123-Gibson Homer

142-Topi Ronni

146-Moritz Elias

178-Gleb Trikozov


New York Rangers re-sign a few players:

Adam Fox-8yrs/9.25M per

Kappo Kakko-2yrs/3.5M per

Sammy Blais-2 yrs/1.5M per

Keith Kinkaid-1yr deal

New York Rangers re-sign all Non-Roster RFAs.


In Free Agency, NYR sign:

Vincent Trocheck-7yrs/6M per

Noel Acciari-3yrs/2M per


Before the season, two trades are made:

New York Rangers trade Chris Kreider to the Seattle Kraken for Joonas Donskoi, 2023 2nd round pick. If Seattle makes the playoffs or if Kreider scores 20+ goals, the 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick. 

This is a good trade for both teams because the Kraken get a proven 20 goals scorer in Chris Kreider, while the Rangers get a cheaper option on the third line in Joonas Donskoi and a conditional 2nd round pick, which could become a 1st round pick.

The Rangers also acquire Sam Montembeault from the Florida Panthers for a 2023 6th round pick.

The Rangers need a backup goalie, and Montemebeault has fallen out of favor in Florida, so this is a win-win trade. 


Samuel Montembeault is re-signed to a 1 yr deal.


By the 2022-23 season, the New York Rangers have put together a contending team:



2022-23 New York Rangers

A.Lafreniere-J.Eichel-K.Kakko

A.Panarin-V.Trocheck-J.Donskoi

B.Goodrow-F.Chytil-T.Meier

M.Barron-N.Acciari-S.Blais

K-A.Miller-A.Fox

Z.Jones-J.Trouba

R.Lindgren-N.Lundkvist

I.Shesterkin

K.Kinkaid

Spares: S.Montembeault, P.Nemeth, R.Reaves, D.Hunt

Top Prospects: R.Greene, C.Lucius, C.Gauthier, L.Persson, J.Lassila, M.Lamoureux, G.Homer


This is a dangerous team that could compete for the Stanley Cup for the next couple of years.

Friday, August 20, 2021

How LA Kings can become a Legit contender in THREE Years

The LA Kings have a great young core now, but they aren't quite ready to be contenders yet. However, if they make the right trades, and draft correctly in the coming years, they could be. This is how the LA Kings can become a legit contender in three years


At the 2022 trade deadline, a few trades are made:

LA Kings trade Dustin Brown to the Minnesota Wild for Mitchell Chafee, 2022 2nd round pick. If the Wild make the playoffs, the 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick.

This is a win-win trade for both sides; the Wild gets a veteran forward in Dustin Brown, who has plenty of playoff experience, while the Kings get a prospect and a conditional 2nd round pick, that could become a 1st round pick. 

The Kings also trade Olli Maatta, Adrian Kempe to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Vladislav Gavrikov, Eric Robinson, 2022 2nd round pick. 

This is basically two trades in one; first, you have an Olli Maatta for Vladislav Gavrikov swap, which is pretty even; then the Blue Jackets get a 2nd line center in Kempe for Robinson and a 2nd round pick. 

Alex Edler, Andreas Athanasiou get traded to the New York Islanders for Sebastian Aho and a 2022 2nd round pick.

The Islanders need to replace Nick Leddy on the 2nd pair and Alex Edler would be a solid fit for the team; on the flip side of the trade, the Kings get a defensive prospect and a 2nd round pick.


The LA Kings miss the playoffs in the 2021-22 season and end up with the 7th pick in the draft. LA drops a spot in the draft lottery and ends up with the 8th pick in the draft.


The Wild made the playoffs in the 2021-22 season, so the Kings will get their 1st round pick.

2022 draft

8-Ivan Miroshichenko

19-Frank Nazar

39-Noah Ostlund

42-Tristan Luneau

63-Simon Forsmark

87-Tomas Hamara

103-Julian Lutz

135-Topi Ronni

167-Linus Hemstrom


LA Kings re-sign Cal Peterson to a 3 yr deal worth 2.8 million per season.

Vladislav Gavrikov is re-signed to a 3 yr deal worth 2.8 million per season


LA Kings re-sign the Following RFAs:

Gabriel Vilardi

Blake Lizotte

Carl Grundstrom

Michael Anderson

 

All Non-Roster RFAs are also re-signed by the Kings.


In Free Agency, LA Kings make a major free agent signing:

Filip Forsberg-7yrs/8.5M per


At the 2023 Trade deadline, the LA Kings make one major trade:

LA Kings trade Jonathan Quick to the Detroit Red Wings for Kaden Fulcer, 2023 3rd round pick. If the Red Wings make the Playoffs or If Jonathan Quick re-signs with the Red Wings, the Kings get the Red Wings 2025 3rd rd pick.

This is a fantastic trade for Detroit because they get a proven goalie in the Playoffs in Jonathan Quick, while the Kings get Kaden Fulcer and a draft pick. 


The LA Kings miss the playoffs again in the 2022-23 season, finish with the 7th worst record in the league. Unfortunately, the Kings fall two spots in the draft lottery and end up with the 9th pick in the draft.


2023 Draft

9-Dalibor Dvorsky

41-Noah Dower Nilsson

73-Mikhail Gulyayev

76-Tommaso De Luca


LA Kings re-sign the following RFAs:

Rasmus Sandin

Tobias Bjornfot

Austin Wagner


All Non-Roster RFAs are also re-signed by the Kings.


In Free Agency, LA Kings sign Fredrik Andersen to a 2 yr deal worth 4.5 million per season.


The LA Kings have a breakthrough season and make the playoffs, but lose in the first round.


After the season, two major trades are made:

LA Kings trade Viktor Arvidsson, Alex Iaffalo, Sean Walker to the New Jersey Devils for Jesper Boqvist, Yegor Sharongovich, 2024 2nd rd pick.

The Devils get two top 6 wingers and a top 6 defenseman, which really bolsters the overall depth, while the Kings get two young players in Sharongovish and Boqvist, as well as a 2nd round pick.

The LA Kings also trade Rasmus Kupari, Michael Anderson, 2024 1st round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Rasmus Sandin, Rodion Amirov.

This is a win-win trade for both teams because the Kings get Rasmus Sandin and Rodion Amirov, who are very good young players, while the Leafs get Rasmus Kupari, a top prospect, Michael Anderson, and a 1st round pick.


LA Kings re-sign the Following RFAs:

Quinton Byfield

Alex Turcotte

Arthur Kaliyev

Brandt Clarke

Jordan Spence


All Non-Roster RFAs are also re-signed by the Kings.


By the 2024-25 season, the LA Kings have assembled a dangerous team:



2024-25 LA Kings

F.Forsberg-A.Kopitar-Q.Byfield

I.Miroshichenko-A.Turcotte-A.Kaliyev

T.Madden-P.Danault-G.Vilardi

E.Robinson-J-A.Dolan-A.Wagner

T.Bjornfot-D.Doughty

V.Gavrikov-B.Clarke

R.Sandin-J.Spence

C.Peterson

F.Anderson

Top Prospects:

F: A.Thomas, F.Nazar, D.Dvorsky, N.Ostlund, S.Helenius, J.Lutz, M.Chafee

D: H.Grans, T.Luneau, T.Hamara, M.Gulyayev


This is not only a contending team for the upcoming season but for the foreseeable future.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

How Arizona Coyotes can become a contender in three years

 The Arizona Coyotes have made it clear that they are rebuilding, and have already taken steps towards that process by trading away Oliver Ekman Larsson and Darcy Kuemper, as well as adding numerous draft picks over the next three seasons for taking on bad contracts.

As good a job as the Coyotes have done so far, they are far from done, and I suspect they will be making a few more trades before the season. It will be a long process, but in time, the Coyotes could become a contending time in three years.


This is what the Arizona Coyotes should do to become a contending team in three years.


Before the season, the Arizona Coyotes make a few major trades:

Arizona Coyotes trade Phil Kessel to the Colorado Avalanche for JT Compher, Valeri Nishushkin, and a 2023 2nd round pick. If Kessel re-signs with the Avalanche, the Coyotes get Colorado's 2024 1st round pick.

This is a win-win trade for both teams; the Avalanche get Phil Kessel to play alongside Nazem Kadri on the second line, while the Coyotes get JT Comper and Valeri Nichushkin, two solid role players, and a 2nd round pick.

Arizona Coyotes also trade Clayton Keller to the Ottawa Senators for Ridly Greig, Logan Brown, and a 2023 1st round pick.

Keller joins a very good young core on the Senators, who have quietly assembled a very competitive team; For Arizona, they get two really good prospects and a 1st round pick.

The Coyotes also trade Christian Dvorak to the Boston Bruins for Jake DeBrusk, Jack Studnicka, 2023 2nd rd pick.

The Bruins desperately need a second-line center, and Dvorak seems like a perfect pit on the B's second line; on the other side of the trade, the Coyotes get Jake DeBrusk, a top 9 forward, Jack Studnicka, a solid prospect, and a 2nd round pick.

Nick Schmaltz is traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Jonathan Drouin.

This is a one-for-one trade that makes sense for both teams; the Canadiens need a center more than they need Drouin, while the Coyotes could really use a talented player like Drouin in the lineup.


At the trade deadline, the Coyotes make two trades

Arizona Coyotes trade Lawson Crouse, Johan Larsson to the Florida Panthers for Mason Marchment, Eetu Luostarainen, 2023 3rd rd pick. If the Panthers make the 2nd round, the 3rd round pick becomes a 2nd round pick.

The Panthers add Crouse and Larsson to bolster their roster for the playoffs; while Coyotes get Mason Marchment, who replaces Crouse in the lineup, a prospect, and a conditional pick.

The Coyotes also trade Ilya Lybushkin, Ryan Dzingel to the Chicago Blackhawks for Brett Connolly, 1st rd pick 2023.

The Blackhawks bolster the lineup for a playoff run adding Lybushkin and Dzingel, while also getting rid of Brett Connolly's Contract; on the other hand, the Coyotes get a 1st round pick for players on expiring contracts and for eating Connolly's contract.


The Arizona Coyotes end up with the worst record in the NHL, and but slide to the 2nd pick in the draft.


At the 2022 draft, the Arizona Coyotes trade picks 33, 3rd rd pick 2023 to the Carolina Hurricanes for pick 22.


2022 Draft

2-Matthew Savoie

22-Danila Yurov

33-Cruz Lucius

37-Lian Bichsel

43-Alexander Suzdalev

47-Tristan Luneau

57-Ludwig Persson

65-Simon Forsmark

97-Jonathan Lekkerimaki

129-Hugo Havelid


Arizona Coyotes re-sign a few players:

Jake DeBrusk-2yrs/3.75M per

Antoine Roussel-3yrs/3M per

Christian Fischer-3yr/1.75M per

Josef Korenar-2yrs/1.5M per

Barrett Hayton-2yrs/1.2M per

Mason Marchment-2yr/1M per

Eetu Luostarainen-2yrs/1M per


Arizona Coyotes re-sign all other RFAs.


The Coyotes signed a few players in free agency:

Frank Vatrano-3yrs/3.5M per

Robby Fabbri-2yrs/3M per

Joshua Brown-3yrs/2.5M per

Mark Borowiecki-2yrs/1.8M per


Phil Kessel did not re-sign with Colorado, so the Coyotes won't get Colorado's 2024 1st round pick.


Before the season, the Coyotes make a trade

Arizona Coyotes acquire Cayden Primeau from the Montreal Canadiens for the 2024 4th round pick.

The Coyotes get prospect goalie, Cayden Primeau from Montreal; it's a win for the Coyotes and Primeau because the Coyotes need a goalie of the future, while Primeau gets a chance to compete for the starting job.


Cayden Primeau is re-signed to a 2yr deal worth 1.5 million per season


At the trade deadline, two trades are made:

Arizona Coyotes trade Jonathan Drouin to the LA Kings for Jaret Anderson Dolan, Akil Thomas, 2024 3rd round pick. If Drouin re-signs with the Kings, the Coyotes get an additional 2nd round pick.

Drouin will be a free agent after the season, so the Coyotes would be smart to trade him for something rather than losing him for nothing.


The Coyotes also trade Valeri Nichushkin, Shayne Gostisbehere to the New Jersey Devils for Jonas Siegenthaler, 2023 3rd round pick. The Coyotes retain 50% of Gostisbehere's contract.

This is a fantastic trade for the Coyotes to get such a good return for two pending UFAs; for the Devils, both Gostisbehere and Nichushkin can be solid role players on a playoff team.


The Arizona Coyotes finish the 2022-23 season with the 6th worst record in the league, but they have lottery luck and land the 1st pick in the draft.


Before the draft, two huge trades are made:

Arizona Coyotes trade Jake DeBrusk + picks 63, 74 in the 2023 draft to the New York Islanders for Anthony Beauvillier, Josh Bailey.

The Coyotes take a huge step forward to being a contender by acquiring Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey from a cap-strapped Islanders team.

The Coyotes also acquire Vladislav Gavrikov, 2nd rd pick '24 from the Columbus Blue Jackets for JT Compher, Jonas Siegenthaler, pick 70.

The Coyotes get Gavrikov for Compher and Siegenthaler, and the Coyotes also swap their 3rd round pick in 2023 for a 2nd in 2024.


At the 2023 draft, Arizona trade picks 11, 18, 38, 57, 59 to the Seattle Kraken for pick 4.


2023 Draft

1-Connor Bedard

4-Brayden Yager


Arizona Coyotes re-sign a few players:

Vladislav Gavrikov-2yrs/3.5M per

Logan Brown-3yrs/3M per

Cameron Crotty-2yrs/950k per

Akil Thomas-2yrs/900k per


Arizona Coyotes re-sign all other RFAs.


Jonathan Drouin did not re-sign with the Kings, so the Coyotes don't get LA's 2nd round pick in 2024.


The Arizona Coyotes make major progress during the 2023-24 season and have a much better record, however, they still miss the playoffs. Arizona ends up with the 13th pick in the draft.


Before the 2024 draft, one major trade is made:

Arizona Coyotes trade Jakub Chychurun, Barrett Hayton, pick 13 to the Colorado Avalanche for Bowen Byram.

This is a win-win trade for both teams because the Coyotes get their cornerstone defenseman in Byram, while the Avalanche get a top 4 defenseman in Jakub Chychurun, a top 6 forward in Barrett Hayton, and a 1st round pick.


Arizona Coyotes re-sign a few players:

Victor Soderstrom-5yrs/4.25M per

Cayden Primeau-3yrs/3.25M per

Josef Korenar-3yrs/2.5M per

Ridley Greig-2yrs/1.5M per


Arizona Coyotes re-sign all other RFAs.


By the 2024-25 season, the Arizona Coyotes have assembled a young and scary team.


2024-25 Arizona Coyotes

R.Greig-C.Bedard-Cr.Lucius

A.Beauvillier-M.Savoie-J.Bailey

F.Vatrano-L.Brown-A.Thomas

A.Roussel-J.Anderson Dolan-Ch.Fischer

B.Byram-C.Crotty

V.Gavrikov-V.Soderstrom

S.Forsmark-J.Brown

C.Primeau

J.Korenar

Top Prospects: B.Yager, A.Suzdalev, L.Bichel, T.Luneau, L.Persson, J.Lekkerimaki, H.Havelid


Not only are the Coyotes on the cusp of being a contending team, but they will be for many more years.



Wednesday, August 4, 2021

How New Jersey Devils can make the Playoffs THIS YEAR

 New Jersey Devils' GM, Tom Fitzgerald has said that the Devils want to take that next step this season, and possibly vie for a playoff spot. In this blog, I  explore how the Devils can turn their team into a playoff-caliber team this season.

Here is a quick look at the roster right now, and the prospects they have that could potentially crack the lineup.




The current lineup looks like this:

J.Kuokkanen-J.Hughes-Y.Sharangovich

P.Zacha-N.Hischier-J.Bratt

M.Wood-M.McLeod-A.Johnsson

N.Foote-J.Boqvist-M.Studenic

R.Graves-D.Hamilton

T.Smith-D.Severson

J.Siegenthaler-PK.Subban

M.Blackwood

J.Bernier

Prospects who could potentially crack the lineup are Alexander Holtz, Dawson Mercer, Tyce Thompson, Kevin Bahl


The Biggest weakness of the Devils at the current moment is goal scoring; if Holtz and Mercer aren't NHL ready yet, then they need to go out and trade for one.


The Devils have been one of the teams that have been linked to Vladimir Tarasenko; Tarasenko is exactly what this team needs, a goal-scoring winger to play alongside Jack Hughes.


New Jersey Devils trade Jesper Boqvist, Reilly Walsh, and a conditional  2023 2nd round pick to the St.Louis Blues for Vladimir Tarasenko. If Tarasenko scores 25+ goals in both of the next two seasons, the 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick.

Vladimir Tarasenko will immediately become the Devils' top-line Right-winger, and for the Blues, they gain 6.5 million in cap space.


Since the Devils had to trade away Jesper Boqvist in the Vladimir Tarasenko trade, they need to go out and add a 4th line center.

The player that they should try to target is Derrick Brassard, a veteran player who has a good amount of playoff experience.

New Jersey Devils sign Derrick Brassard to a 1 yr deal worth 1.5 million

In addition to Brassard, the Devils also sign Alex Chiasson to a 2yrs deal worth 2.5 million per season.


At the start of the season, this is how the lineup looks like:



J.Kuokkonen-J.Hughes-V.Tarasenko

P.Zacha-N.Hischier-J.Bratt

M.Wood-M.McLeod-Y.Sharangovich

A.Johnsson-D.Brassard-A.Chiasson

R.Graves-D.Hamilton

T.Smith-D.Severson

J.Siegenthaler-PK.Subban

M.Blackwood

J.Bernier


At the Deadline, the New Jersey Devils are a borderline playoff team, so they make a blockbuster trade


New Jersey Devils trade Damon Severson, Janne Kuokkanen to the Anaheim Ducks for Josh Manson, Isac Lundestrom.

The Devils get a stud defensive defenseman in Josh Manson and a steady two-way forward in Isac Lundestrom, while the Ducks get a good offensive defenseman in Severson and a solid top 9 forward in Janne Kuokkanen.


Thanks to the change made at the deadline, the Devils make the playoffs for the first time since the 2017-18 season.


By the start of the playoffs, this is how the lineup looks like:




I.Lundestrom-J.Hughes-V.Tarasenko

P.Zacha-N.Hischier-J.Bratt

M.Wood-M.McLeod-Y.Sharangovich

A.Johnsson-D.Brassard-A.Chiasson

R.Graves-D.Hamilton

T.Smith-J.Manson

K.Bahl-PK.Subban

M.Blackwood

J.Bernier


This team is built to make some noise in the playoffs because of the changes made in the offseason and at the deadline.






Tuesday, July 27, 2021

2021 NHL Free Agency Signings Predictions

 I'm doing something a little different this week, because tomorrow July 28th is the first day of NHL Free Agency, I thought it would be fitting to make Free Agent Signing Predictions.

Side note: I will only making predictions on the UFA signings.



Key Free Agents:

Dougie Hamilton-NJ (7yrs/63M)

The signing of Dougie Hamilton gives the Devils a true number 1 defenseman and gives them great depth on the right side with Hamilton, Subban, and Severson.

Jaden Schwartz-SEA (7yrs/45.5M)

Jaden Schwartz is a great veteran presence in the locker room and is a really good all-around player. Adding Schwartz would be a huge boost to a new expansion team like the Seattle Kraken.

Philipp Grubauer-EDM (6yrs/39M)

Signing Philipp Grubauer would give the Edmonton Oilers a legit number 1 goalie, something they are in dire need of. A tandem of Grubauer and Mike Smith would give the Oilers a terrific goalie tandem in goal.

Philip Danault-NYR (7yrs/42M)

Philip Danault has proven over the last couple of years to be one of the best shutdown centers in the NHL. He is the perfect fit for the Rangers and gives them a player that can be relied upon to shut down top players on other teams.

Zach Hyman-EDM (7yrs/38.5M)

While this may be an overpayment for Zach Hyman, this is the type of player that the Oilers need. Hyman should thrive on a line with McDavid and could have a breakout year next season.

Kyle Palmieri-BOS (6yrs/34.5M)

Kyle Palmieri would thrive on the Boston Bruins on a line with Taylor Hall and David Krejci. This would also push Craig Smith to the third line with Charlie Coyle and makes Boston a dangerous threat in the Metropolitan Division.

Blake Coleman-NSH (6yrs/31M)

Blake Coleman was underpaid for the past three years but it paid off for him because he ended up winning back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Lighting. Nashville is the best fit for Coleman, who would excel playing under head coach John Hynes.

Tuukka Rask-BOS (4yrs/24M)

Tuukka Rask is only going to play for the Boston Bruins, so we can expect him to re-sign with Boston. Locking up Rask for a few more years, allows the Bruins to bring along Jeremy Swayman correctly.

David Krejci-BOS (4yrs/22M)

David Krejci is still a reliable second-line center in the NHL, and expect the Bruins to bring him back. The Bruins core has a good 3-4 year window to win a Stanley Cup, and Krejci is very much part of that core.

Fredrik Andersen-COL (4yrs/22M)

Since the Avalanche lost Philipp Grubauer, they will need to sign a starting goalie, and Fredrik Andersen seems to be the best option available. Andersen has proven to be a real good starting goalie in the league and should do more than a fine job with Colorado.

Brandon Saad-PIT (4yrs/20M)

Brandon Saad brings a steady veteran presence and playoff pedigree to a team in the Penguins trying to make it past the first round for the first time since 2018. Saad is highly versatile and could fit anywhere in the top 6 and would be a welcomed addition to the Penguins.

Tyson Barrie-FLA (3yrs/17.5M)

Tyson Barrie is the puck-moving defenseman the Panthers need; he would basically be their Keith Yandle replacement. Barrie gives the Panthers a true powerplay quarterback on defense, something they really missed last season.

Petr Mrazek-CAR (3yrs/15M)

Since the Hurricanes traded away Alex Nedeljkovic, it seems likely that Petr Mrazek will be brought back to Carolina. Mrazek has been a pretty reliable number 1 goalie with Carolina, pair him with a good backup, and the Canes should be good.

Alec Martinez-VGK (3yrs/15M)

Alec Martinez was consistently one of the best defenders on the Vegas Golden Knights in the playoffs last postseason. It would make sense for them to bring back Martinez, as losing him would leave a huge hole on the blueline.

David Savard-MTL (6yrs/25.5M)

David Savard is the type of defenseman the Montreal Canadiens need on the team, especially with Shea Weber expected to miss next season. Savard isn't flashy and doesn't put up many points but he hits and blocks a ton of shots every game while logging heavy minutes.

Linus Ullmark-SJ (5yrs/22.5M)

Since the San Jose Sharks just bought out Martin Jones, they need to sign a starting goalie. Linus Ullmark is the perfect fit on a rebuilding team like San Jose, as he is used to playing on bad teams. 

Martin Jones-BUF (3yrs/12M)

Martin Jones is still a starting-caliber goalie in the NHL and would be a solid stopgap option for the Sabres in goal until Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen is ready to take the reigns as the Number 1 goalie.

Ryan Suter-NYI (4yrs/16M)

Ryan Suter was bought out from his previous contract by the Minnesota Wild, so he would be a terrific fit on a team like the Islanders. Coincidently, Barry Trotz is now the coach of the New York Islanders, who coached him when he was with Nashville.

Mikael Granlund-SEA (3yrs/11.5M)

Mikael Granlund is a versatile forward capable of playing all three forward positions. With how thin the Kraken is at the center, Granlund could become their first-line center.

Nick Foligno-MIN (3yrs/11.25)

The Minnesota Wild needs more grit in the lineup, and Nick Foligno will definitely bring that to the lineup. He would also be joining up with his brother Marcus, which has become a trend this offseason.

Alex Goligoski-COL (2yrs/9M)

Despite being 35, Goligoski shows no signs of aging and was one of the Coyotes' better defensemen last season. Goligoski would be a terrific addition for Colorado Avalanche and would fit perfectly being paired with either Bowen Byram or Sam Girard.

Alex Edler-BUF (2yrs/8M)

The Buffalo Sabres need some defenseman to fill out their lineup for next season. So adding a good veteran defenseman like Alex Edler, would definitely help their young defenseman like Rasmus Dahlin.

Brandon Montour-CBJ (3yrs/12M)

Since the Blue Jackets traded away Seth Jones, they now need to add another defenseman to play on the right side. Montour joins a young D core that includes Zach Werenski, Adam Boqvist, Jake Bean.

Ryan Getzlaf-MTL (2yrs/7M)

Ryan Getzlaf may be 36 now, but he is a Stanley Cup Champion and has been a captain for a long time, so he would definitely be a great fit on a young team like the Montreal Canadiens, who just lost Captain Shea Weber.

Joel Armia-NJ (4yrs/14M)

Due to the depth on the wings in Montreal, Joel Armia was relegated to playing on the 4th line. Armia would be a great fit on the 2nd or 3rd lines of New Jersey.

Derek Stepan-LA (3yrs/10.5M)

The LA Kings are looking for a veteran center; a player like Derek Stepan could be a great fit on their 2nd or 3rd line. He would also be a good mentor for young centers coming in like Quinton Byfield and Alex Turcotte.

Casey Cizikas-SEA (4yrs/14M)

Casey Cizikas was part of the Islanders' identity line and will be a major utility player on any team he signs with. Cizikas gives the Seattle Kraken a player that plays on the fourth line but gets utilized like a 2nd line player.

Alexander Wennberg-MIN (3yrs/10M)

Alexander Wennberg had a tremendous bounceback season with the Florida Panthers and will be looking for a bigger contract. The Wild need to improve their depth at center, and Wennberg is what you call a great depth center.

James Reimer-OTT (3yrs/9.75M)

James Reimer had a good regular season with the Carolina Hurricanes last season while Petr Mrazek was injured. After losing Joey Daccord to Seattle in the expansion draft, Ottawa needs a backup, and Reimer is a solid one.

Nick Bonino-CBJ (3yrs/9M)

The Columbus Blue Jackets need to improve their depth at center, and Nick Bonino is still a pretty reliable two-way center. Bonino is a two-time Stanley Cup champion and would bring his Stanley cup pedigree to a very young Columbus team.

Keith Yandle-PHI (1yr/3M)

Despite not being the same player he once was, Keith Yandle is still a solid offensive defenseman that specializes in running the powerplay. This is a low-risk signing for Philly because even if it doesn't work out, they can try to trade him at the deadline.

Jonathan Bernier-CAR (2yrs/6M)

Jonathan Bernier has always been a reliable backup in the NHL, and he should do a solid job in Carolina as the backup to Petr Mrazek. Bernier can step in for 10-15 games, and be relied upon to steal some games occasionally.

Tomas Tatar-COL (1yrs/2.5M)

This is a bargain of a contract for a player of Tatar's caliber, he would be a great fit in the top 6. He would help soften the blow of losing key forwards such as Landeskog, Donskoi, and Saad in the offseason.

Braden Holtby-WSH (2yrs/5M)

Braden Holtby had a ton of success in Washington, so returning there would make a whole lot of sense. A tandem of Samsonov and Holtby should be good enough to carry the Caps to a playoff spot.

Antti Raanta-TOR (2yrs/5M)

Antti Raanta has struggled with injury issues the past two seasons, but he would still be a reliable backup for Jack Campbell. Raanta isn't a starting-caliber goalie, but he can step in for a couple games here and there and perform great.

Eric Staal-STL (2yrs/5M)

Since the Blues lost Tyler Bozak in free agency, they will need to add a veteran center to replace him. Eric Staal isn't the same player he used to be but if he is used correctly, he can be a solid 3rd line center.

Pius Suter-SJ (3yrs/7.5M)

Pius Suter had a solid year last season with the Chicago, so it was a mystery why he wasn't qualified. Suter would be a perfect fit on the San Jose Sharks, who are in need of a 3rd line center.

Brian Elliott-VAN (2yrs/5M)

With Braden Holtby being bought out, that leaves the Canucks without a backup for Thatcher Demko. Brian Elliott has been a really solid veteran backup with the Flyers the past few years; he should do an excellent job backing up Demko.

Erik Haula-NSH (2yrs/4M)

Erik Haula was a great fit in Nashville last season, and he seemed to be one of the players they relied upon heavily in the playoffs. It would be smart to keep him around especially cause they already lost Calle Jarnkrok and Viktor Arvidsson in the offseason.

Tyler Bozak-ANA (2yrs/4M)

Tyler Bozak would be a great addition to any team in search of a veteran 3rd line center. The Anaheim Ducks are a team that could use him on their 3rd line.

Devan Dubnyk-NSH (2yr/4M)

Devan Dubnyk didn't have a great year last year but he would still be a great backup goalie in the NHL. Since Pekka Rinne retired, Juuse Saros needs a backup, and Dubnyk would be a great insurance policy for Nashville in goal.

Mattias Janmark-TOR (1yr/2M)

Toronto Maple Leafs need to replace Zach Hyman, and Mattias Janmark is a much cheaper option on the market. Even though Janmark may not have the offensive production that Hyman does, he does everything else Hyman does.

Travis Zajac-NYI (2yrs/3M)

Bringing back Travis Zajac is very likely if Casey Cizikas signs elsewhere. Also, Zajac will get to play alongside Zach Parise, with who he had the best years of his career playing.

Zach Parise-NYI (1yr/1M)

Zach Parise was bought out by the Minnesota Wild, so that would make him a UFA. Lou Lamoriello is the GM of the New York Islanders, and with Ryan Suter rumored to be going there, Parise could be a fit too.

Corey Perry-MTL (1yr/700K)

Corey Perry stays with the Montreal Canadiens; he fit in well with them last year, and with them rumored to add Ryan Getzlaf, it would give them a pretty dominant 3rd or 4th line.


Other Notables: 

Brock McGinn-SJ

Andrew Cogliano-SEA

Travis Hamonic-WPG

Tomas Nosek-OTT

Ondrej Kase-OTT

Tony DeAngelo-CAR

Jake Virtanen-CAR

Nick Ritchie-BUF

Derek Forbort-BOS

James Neal-PIT

Brandon Sutter-DET

Artem Anisimov-COL

Alex Galchenyuk-CGY

Ryan Murray-OTT

Mathieu Perreault-WPG

Ian Cole-WPG

Jake McCabe-CAR

Jordan Martinook

Brendan Smith-ANA

David Rittich-CHI

Jason Demers-ARI

Erik Gudbranson-CBJ

Michael Bunting-DET

Sami Vatanen-CGY

Marcus Johansson-ARI

Marcus Sorensen-VAN

Darren Helm-DET

Valtteri Filppula-CGY

Jordie Benn-ARI

Ryan Donato-BUF

Danton Heinen-BUF

Sean Kuraly-BOS

Derrick Brassard-TB

Cody Ceci-DET

Jani Hakanpaa-TOR

Zach Bogosian-NYR

Patrik Nemeth-LA

Jordan Oesterle-NJ

Laurent Brossoit-WPG

Erik Gustafsson-STL

Trevor Lewis-FLA

Luke Glendening-DET

Cedric Paquette-DET

Pierre Edouard Bellemare

Carter Hutton-VGK

Bobby Ryan-DET

Dmitry Kulikov-MTL

Juhar Khaira-VAN

Colton Sceviour-SJ

Evan Rodrigues-BOS

Dominik Kahun-ARI

Luke Schenn-VAN

Jon Merrill-COL


Stay tuned for my Podcast, where I will recap all of the Free Agent signings.