Monday, September 26, 2022

How the Montreal Canadiens can Improve their chances to land Connor Bedard

 It is no secret that many teams around the league are trying to tank this season in order to land Connor Bedard, a potential generational talent. One of those teams that is among the favorites to land Bedard is the Montreal Canadiens, who are in dire need of game-changing talent. However, the Canadiens team is it is right now is too good, and would win too many games, so it would be best for them to trade away their valuable players. This is what the Montreal Canadiens need to better their chances at landing Connor Bedard.



At the Trade Deadline, Montreal makes a few trades


Montreal Canadiens trade Christian Dvorak, Mike Hoffman, and Josh Anderson to the Dallas Stars for Denis Gurianov, Ty Dellandrea, 1st round pick '24.

This is a massive haul to get in return for three good players, who will instantly make the Dallas Stars better, while Montreal gets younger and are in better shape for the future.


The Canadiens also trade Brendan Gallagher and Joel Edmundson to the  New York Rangers for Zachary Jones, Sammy Blais, 1st round pick '23. Montreal retains 2 million of Brendan Gallagher's contract.

The Canadiens get a decent return for Brendan Gallagher, considering he has a less-than-desirable contract.


Jonathan Drouin is traded to the LA Kings for  Brendan Lemieux and a 2023 2nd-round pick.

LA Kings add a talented player with playoff experience to helpout  their very young team, while the Canadiens finally get to put an end to the Jonathan Drouin era.


Jake Allen and Joel Armia are traded to the Vegas Golden Knights for  Laurent Brossoit, 2024 2nd round pick. 

The Golden Knights need better goaltending and better depth at RW, so they improve their team instantly with this trade, while Montreal gets a backup and draft pick in exchange, moreover, they greater their chance of landing Bedard without good goaltending.


This is how the lineup looks like after the trades



J.Slafkovsky-N.Suzuki-C.Caufield

E.Dadonov-K.Dach-D.Gurianov

S.Blais-S.Monahan-T.Dellandrea

B.Lemieux-J.Evans-R.Pitlick

M.Matheson-D.Savard

Z.Jones-J.Barron

J.Harris-C.Wideman

S.Montembeault

L.Broissoit


IR: C.Price, P.Byron


The Montreal Canadiens traded away almost all of their veteran players, and in doing so have put themselves in a very good position to land Connor Bedard.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

How Washington Capitals can be Contenders without Nicklas Backstrom

Nicklas Backstrom is expected to miss the 2022-23 season after undergoing hip surgery, so if the Washington Capitals are to make the playoffs, they might need to do more than they have already done in the offseason to improve their team. This is what I would to ensure the Washington Capitals remain contenders without Nicklas Backstrom.




With Backstrom, Tom Wilson, and Carl Hagelin on LTIR, they can spend 17.11 million over the cap; they already have a payroll of 88.82 million, which is already 6.32 million over the cap. Wilson and Hagelin are expected to be back this season, so they really only have 2.88 million to spend, if Backstrom is remaining on the LTIR the whole season.

Washington added a bunch of rental players to replace their injured offensive players, but they haven't done much to improve their defense. The Offense of the Capitals is fine, but Washington really needs to improve their defense, if they are to contend in their division.


Washington Capitals Make the following Trades:


Washington Capitals acquire Jakub Chychurun from Arizona Coyotes for Hendrix Lapierre, Alexander Alexeyev, 2023 1st round pick.

It is tough to give up so much for one player, but I think Jakub Chychurun will improve the team tremendously and bring stability to the backend.

The Capitals also trade Marcus Johansson, Nick Jensen, and Cond. 2025 3rd round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for Rasmus Asplund, Zemgus Girgensons.

If Washington makes the playoffs, the Sabres get a 2nd round pick in 2025 or 2026. Buffalo retains half of Girgensons's contract.

The Capitals add some depth on offense, while also dumping Nick Jensen's contract.


This is how the lineup looks like after the trades




A.Ovechkin-E.Kuznetsov-C.Sheary

A.Mantha-D.Strome-TJ.Oshie

R.Asplund-L.Eller-C.Brown

Z.Girgensons-N.Dowd-G.Hathaway

M.Fehrevary-J.Carlson

J.Chychurun-D.Orlov

E.Gustafsson-TVR

D.Kuemper

C.Lindgren

LTIR: N.Backstrom, T.Wilson, C.Hagelin


The Washington Capitals are a way deeper team and would be poised for another playoff run once Wilson and Hagelin return to the lineup.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

How New York Islanders can become Contenders this Season

The New York Islanders missed the playoffs last season, and they didn't really do anything in the offseason to improve the team. In order for the Islanders to be a contender this season, they will need to make some moves to improve the team. This is how the New York Islanders can become a Contender this season.



Before the season, the Islanders make two trades

New York Islanders trade Josh Bailey, Kieffer Bellows, 2023 2nd round pick to the Arizona Coyotes for Shayne Gostisbehere, Nick Ritchie and a 2023 3rd round pick.

The Islanders and Coyotes basically swap Bailey and a 2nd round pick for Gostisbehere and 3rd round pick, as well as Kieffer Bellows for Nick Ritchie.

The Islanders also trade Semyon Varlamov to the Vegas Golden Knights for Laurent Brossoit, 2024 2nd round pick.

The Golden Knights acquire a proven veteran goalie, who can help them while Robin Lehner is out this season.


At the Trade Deadline, One major trade is made

New York Islanders trade Simon Holmstrom, Nick Ritchie, Robin Salo and a 2025 1st round pick to the St.Louis Blues for Vladimir Tarasenko.

The acquisition of Vladimir Tarasenko gives the Islanders a star winger to put alongside Mat Barzal.


This is how the lineup looks like after the Trades




A.Lee-M.Barzal-V.Tarasenko

A.Beauvillier-B.Nelson-K.Palmieri

Z.Parise-JG.Pageau-O.Wahlstrom

M.Martin-C.Cizikas-C.Clutterbuck


A.Romanov-N.Dobson

A.Pelech-R.Pulock

S.Gostisbehere-S.Mayfield


I.Sorokin

L.Brossoit


This team looks like a legit contender not only for this season, but for the next few years if they re-sign Vladimir Tarasenko.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

How Columbus Blue Jackets can be a Contending Team This season

The Columbus Blue Jackets have quietly put together a dangerous team and depending on the development of their young players and what other moves they make, they could make a push to be contenders this season. This is how the Columbus Blue jackets can be a contender this season.



At the Trade Deadline, a few trades are made

Columbus Blue Jackets trade Gustav Nyquist, Liam Foudy, Vladislav Gavrikov, 2023 2nd round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for Mike Hoffman, and Joel Edmundson.

This trade works out for both teams, as both Nyquist and Hoffman could use a change in scenery, and Edmundson would be an upgrade on the blueline over Gavrikov. Montreal also gets Liam Foudy for taking on Nyquist's bad contract.


Columbus Blue Jacket acquire Derek Grant from the Anaheim Ducks for 5th round pick '24.

Derek Grant is a great depth piece to have on the team for a contending team.

Joonas Korpisalo is dealt to the Montreal Canadiens for Sam Montembeault, conditional 4th round pick '23. Columbus will get MTL's 4th round pick if Korpisalo starts more than 35 games. 

This is a cap move that will save the Blue Jackets 1.9 million in cap space, and Montembeault is a UFA after this season, so if it doesn't work out, they don't have to re-sign him.


This is how the lineup looks like after the trade deadline



J.Gaudreau-B.Jenner-P.Laine

K.Johnson-C.Sillinger-J.Voracek

M.Hoffman-J.Roslovic-K.Marchenko

E.Robinson-S.Kuraly-D.Grant

Z.Werenski-A.Peeke

J.Edmundson-A.Boqvist

J.Bean-E.Gudbranson

E.Merzlikins

S.Montembeault


This team is young but in the second half of the season, they might surprise some people and be able to make the playoffs in a tough division.

Monday, August 22, 2022

How Vancouver Canucks can be Contenders this season

The Vancouver Canucks are a borderline contending team right now and are unlikely to make the playoffs if they don't make any significant changes. This is what the Vancouver Canucks should do to improve the team.



Vancouver Canucks make a few trades:

Vancouver Canucks trade Tyler Myers and Tanner Pearson to the Buffalo Sabres for Casey Mittelstadt, Jacob Bryson, 2023 2nd round pick.

This trade helps both teams address their needs but most importantly, Vancouver adds a young center with top 6 potential.

JT Miller is traded to the New York Rangers for Nils Lundkvist, Vitali Kravtsov, 2023 1st round pick. 

The Rangers get JT Miller to bolster their top 6, while the Canucks get two top prospects and a 1st round pick for a pending UFA.


Vancouver Canucks sign the Following Free Agents:

Tyler Motte-3yrs/1.8M per


This is how the lineup looks like this season


2022-23 Vancouver Canucks





N.Hoglander-E.Pettersson-B.Boeser

C.Garland-B.Horvat-A.Kuzmenko

I.Mikheyev-C.Mittelstadt-V.Podkolzin

T.Motte-C.Lazar-V.Kravtsov

Q.Hughes-J.Bryson

OEL-N.Lundkvist

T.Dermott-T.Poolman

T.Demko

S.Martin


The Vancouver Canucks have a young team that has the potential to make the playoffs and be good in the future as well.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

How Vegas Golden Knights can be Contenders this Season

The Vegas Golden Knights are in trouble now with Robin Lehner expected to be out the entire season and with Laurent Brossoit also out with injury. With their goaltending situation uncertain, Vegas will need to make some moves to improve their goaltending in order to be a contender this season.


These are the moves that the Vegas Golden Knights should make:


Vegas Golden Knights acquire Semyon Varlamov from the New York Islanders for a 2023 3rd round pick, and a 2024 5th round pick.

This trade benefits both teams because the Islanders don't really need a $5 million backup with Ilya Sorokin primed to be the workhorse next season, while the Golden Knights really could use a veteran goalie to tandem with Logan Thompson in the absence of Robin Lehner.

Vegas Golden Knights acquire Mike Hoffman from the Montreal Canadiens for Sakari Manninen, a 2025 3rd round pick. If Vegas Makes the playoffs, the 3rd round pick becomes a 2nd round pick.

Mike Hoffman adds some scoring punch to their top 6 and will add a dimension to the powerplay they need.

Vegas Golden Knights acquire Joonas Donskoi from Seattle Kraken for a 2024 4th round pick, a 2025 6th round pick. 

Donskoi was misused in Seattle, he could be a solid depth player on Vegas, playing on their 3rd line.


Vegas Golden Knights re-sign the following players

Nic Hague-3yrs/2.75M per


This is how the lineup looks like this season



M.Hoffman-J.Eichel-M.Stone

J.Marchessault-W.Karlsson-R.Smith

C.Stephenson-N.Roy-J.Donskoi

W.Carrier-B.Howden-K.Kolesar

N.Hague-A.Pietrangelo

B.McNab-S.Theodore

A.Martinez-Z.Whitecloud

S.Varlamov

L.Thompson

LTIR: S.Weber, R.Lehner, L.Brossoit, N.Patrick


With the additions made the the team, the Golden Knights have assembled a team that can be in position to contend this season.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Why Chicago Blackhawks should trade Patrick Kane

With the Chicago Blackhawks seemingly in a state of rebuild, I think it makes sense for the Chicago Blackhawks to trade Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Here are some trades that would make sense for the two franchise stars.



Patrick Kane Trade Destinations:

New York Rangers

Edmonton Oilers

Buffalo Sabres


 

Patrick Kane Trade 1:


NY Rangers get Patrick Kane

CHI Blackhawks get Kappo Kakko/Vitaly Kravtsov, Nils Lundkvist, cond. '23 2nd round pick, cond. '25 3rd round pick. If the Rangers make the second round of the playoffs, 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick. If Patrick Kane re-signs with the Rangers, Chicago gets a 2025 3rd-round pick.

This trade benefits both teams and the deal will reunite him alongside his former linemate Artermi Panarin.


Patrick Kane Trade 2:

EDM get Patrick Kane

CHI Blackhawks get Jesse Puljujarvi, Tyson Barrie, 2024 1st round pick.

Chicago retains 25% of Patrick Kane's Contract. 

This trade is strictly a rental for Edmonton, while for Chicago they get some nice pieces for Kane so they don't lose him for nothing.


Patrick Kane Trade 3:

EDM get Patrick Kane

BUF get Casey Mittelstadt, JJ Peterka, Alexander Kisakov, '23 2nd round pick, cond. '23 2nd round pick. If Kane re-signs with Buffalo, Chicago gets a 2023 2nd round pick.

Chicago gets a pretty good haul in exchange for Patrick Kane, while Kane gets to play for his hometown team.


The Rangers have the best assets to offer Patrick Kane, the question is whether they would be willing to part with a play like Kappo Kakko or Vitaly Kravtsov for a rental like Patrick Kane. Since Patrick Kane has an NMC, he will ultimately control where he ends up, so I think will be between the Sabres or the Rangers, as they are both close to home. 


Jonathan Toews Trade Destinations:

Winnipeg Jets

Colorado Avalanche

Ottawa Senators


Jonathan Toews Trade 1:

WPG get Jonathan Toews

CHI Blackhawks get Nate Schmidt, David Gustafsson, 1st round pick '24.

This is a good trade for Jonathan Toews as the Blackhawks are going to get, as his cap hit very unattractive to contenders, so they will have to take back a bad contract as well.


Jonathan Toews Trade 2:

COL Avalanche get Jonathan Toews

CHI Blackhawks get JT Compher, Martin Kaut, 2023 1st round pick.

This is a trade that is made at the Deadline, as Colorado doesn't have enough cap space now to make the trade, but with more cap space available at the deadline, it would be a possibility.


Jonathan Toews Trade 3:

OTT Senators get Jonathan Toews

CHI Blackhawks get Ridly Greig, Shane Pinto, Nikita Zaitsev, 2024 1st round pick.

This trade allows the Senators to do two things, add Jonathan Toews and at the same time dump Nikita Zaitsev's contract.


Unlike the Patrick Kane trade where all the Blackhawks will get a favorable return, the Blackhawks may not get that great a return if they do trade, Jonathan Toews, because he has an NMC and he would have to accept the move there, which restricts the possible trade destinations. Teams like Colorado and Winnipeg may not be able to offer as much as a team like Ottawa could, but Toews wants to win, which would definitely favor the Colorado Avalanche, and the Blackhawks may not get a great return as the Avalanche doesn't have much to offer in a trade for Toews.



Most likely results:

Patrick Kane traded to NYR

Jonathan Toews traded to COL



This is how the lineup looks like after the trades




P.Kurashev-L.Reichel-K.Kakko

T.Johnson-JT.Compher-T.Raddysh

Athanasiou-M.Domi-Co.Blackwell

B.Katchouk-S.Lafferty-M.Entwistle

A.Vlasic-S.Jones

J.McCabe-C.Murphy

R.Stillman-C.Jones

P.Mrazek

A.Stalock

Top Prospects: 

F: F.Nazar, M.Kaut, C.Dach, P.Ludwinski, R.Greene, G.Hayes

D: I.Mitchell, N.Lundkvist, K.Korchinski, E.Del Mastro, S.Rinzel

G: J.Stauber, A.Soderblom



The Chicago Blackhawks look like a rebuilding team but added some picks and prospects for two of their former franchise players.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

How San Jose Sharks can become Contenders

The San Jose Sharks aren't quite good enough to be contenders, yet they aren't bad enough to be a lottery team yet, so they must make some moves to improve the team if they are to be a contender this season. Here is what I would to improve the San Jose Sharks.



Before the season a few trades are made


San Jose Sharks trade Timo Meier to the New Jersey Devils for Damon Severson, Jesper Boqvist, Fabian Zetterlund, 1st round pick '24.

The Sharks get a pretty good haul for Timo Meier, who is a good player, but he might not fit into the Sharks' long-term plan. On the flip side of the trade, Meier will make the Devils' top 6 a lot more lethal.


The Sharks also trade Radim Simek,  '23 2nd, '25 3rd to the Chicago Blackhawks for 3rd round pick '23.

The Sharks use a 2nd-round pick and 3rd-round pick to unload Radim Simek's contract.


James Reimer is traded to the Buffalo Sabres for 2nd round pick '23, 6th round pick '24.

The Sabres need a starting goalie and James Reimer is one of the better options out there on the trade market.


Kevin Labanc is traded to the Arizona Coyotes for '23 3rd, 24 4th.

The Sharks unload Kevin Lebanc's contract for some draft picks.


Ryan Merkley is traded to the Washington Capitals for Alexei Protas.

Ryan Merkley has been a highly hyped prospect since he was drafted in 2018, but he just hasn't lived up to expectations with the Sharks; the Caps need more depth on defense, while San Jose could benefit from having a big forward like Protas.


San Jose Sharks re-sign the following players:

Mario Ferraro-3yrs/3M per

Noah Gregor-2yrs/1M per

San Jose Sharks sign the following Free Agents:

Sonny Milano-1yr/2M 


This is how the lineup looks like next season




2022-23 San Jose Sharks

S.Milano-T.Hertl-A.Barabanov

O.Lindblom-L.Couture-L.Kunin

N.Sturm-N.Bonino-N.Gregor

S.Lorentz-A.Prostas-J.Boqvist

M.Ferraro-E.Karlsson

M-E.Vlasic-D.Severson

N.Knyzhov-M.Benning

K.Kahkonen

A.Hill

Top Prospects:

F: W.Eklund, O.Wiesblatt, T.Bordeleau, F.Zetterlund, Tristen Robins, Daniil Gushchin

D: S.Hatakka, A.Kniazev, G.Laroque

G: S.Mann, E.Makiniemi


While this team isn't exactly a contending caliber team yet, the Sharks made moves to put themselves in a position to be a contender in two to three years.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

What Florida Panthers Need to do to Remain a Contender

The Florida Panthers juggernaut of an offense last season, but not after losing a few key players in free agency and trading for Matthew Tkachuk, it seems like the Florida Panthers aren't as good a team heading into next season as they were in 2021-22. Here is what the Florida Panthers need to do to remain a contender.



Florida Panthers make a few trades:

Florida Panthers trade Sergei Bobrovsky to the LA Kings for Jonathan Quick, Gabriel Vilardi, 3rd round pick '23. Florida retains 50% of Bobrovsky's contract.

The Panthers are able to move Sergei Bobrovsky but they have to retain 50% of the contract; this is the best that Florida can hope for with a deal involving Bobrovsky.


Florida also trades Anthony Duclair and Brandon Montour to the Dallas Stars for Jani Hakanpaa,  '24 2nd.

The Panthers move some salary of their books, while at the same time adding some depth and physicality to their blueline.


Florida Panthers acquire Bryan Little from Arizona Coyotes for Aleksi Heponiemi.

The Panthers are able to add a little bit of wiggle room by acquiring Bryan Little, who still is on the books for 5.29 million for two more years.

Florida Panthers acquire Erik Brannstrom from Ottawa Senators for '23 2nd, '25 3rd.

Erik Brannstrom is a young puck-moving defenseman, who has a very high upside, but he has a lot of competition in Ottawa, so this trade makes sense for both teams.


Florida Panthers sign the Following players:

Erik Brannstrom-2yrs/2.75M per


All Non-Roster RFAs are Re-signed


This is how the lineup looks like next season


2022-23 Florida Panthers




C.Verhaeghe-A.Barkov-M.Tkachuk

R.Balcers-S.Bennett-S.Reinhart

G.Vilardi-A.Lundell-Co.White

N.Cousins-E.Luostarinen-P.Hornqvist


G.Forsling-A.Ekblad

E.Brannstrom-R.Gudas

M.Staal-J.Hakanpaa

S.Knight

J.Quick


The Florida Panthers now have a team that is a borderline playoff team in the Atlantic Division, but because they made moves to free up cap space, they could add some pieces at the deadline to make a strong push and have a monster second half.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

What the Boston Bruins Need to do to Remain a Contender

The Boston Bruins only have about 4.75 million in cap space to re-sign Patrice Bergeron and Pavel Zacha, so in order to make some cap space, they will need to make some salary off their books. This is what the Boston Bruins need to do to remain a Contender in the Eastern Conference.



Boston Bruins make a few trades

Boston Bruins trade Nick Foligno, and John Beecher to the Arizona Coyotes for 5th round pick '24.

The Bruins manage to dump Nick Foligno's contract, at the same time, it helps Arizona Reach the cap floor.

Boston Bruins also trade Mike Reilly, Chris Wagner to the Anaheim Ducks for Derek Grant, 6th round pick '23.

The Bruins shed 2.85 million in cap space while adding some depth to their fourth line.

Craig Smith is traded to the Nashville Predators for Eeli Tolvanen.

Boston saves 1.65 million in cap space, at the cost of a proven veterna scorer in Craig Smith.


Boston Bruins re-sign the following players:

Patrice Bergeron-1yr/8M per

Pavel Zacha-3yrs/2.75M per


This is how the lineup looks like next season


2022-23 Boston Bruins



B.Marchand-P.Bergeron-J.DeBrusk

T.Hall-P.Zacha-D.Pastrnak

E.Tolvanen-C.Coyle-J.Studnicka

T.Frederic-T.Nosek-D.Grant

H.Lindholm-C.McAvoy

M.Grzelcyk-B.Carlo

D.Forbort-C.Clifton

J.Swayman

L.Ullmark


With the moves made here, the Boston Bruins have assembled a team that should be good enough to be a contender in the Eastern Conference.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

2022 NHL Free Agency Preview

 The first day of NHL Free Agency starts tomorrow, so I thought it would be fitting to do a preview the class of free agents and make some signing predictions.



Top Free Agent Centers

Claude Giroux

Nazem Kadri

Vincent Trocheck

Ryan Strome

Dylan Strome

Paul Stastny

Evan Rodrigues

Chris Tierney


Top Free Agent Left Wingers

Johnny Gaudreau

Ondrej Palat

Evander Kane

Max Domi

Nino Niederreiter

Andrew Copp

Andre Burakovsky

Ilya Mikheyev

Dominik Kubalik

Calle Jarnkrok

Oskar Lindblom

Sonny Milano

Mattias Janmark


Top Free Agent Right-Wingers

David Perron

Phil Kessel

Reilly Smith

Alexander Radulov

Frank Vatrano

Vladislav Namestnikov

Danton Heinen

Tyler Motte


Top Free Agent Defenseman

John Klingberg

Nick Leddy

Olli Maatta

Josh Manson

Justin Schultz

Ben Chiarot

PK Subban

Dan DeKeyser

Anton Stralman

Calvin DeHaan

Nikita Zadorov

Ian Cole

Brett Kulak

Justin Braun


Top Free Agent Goalies

Darcy Kuemper

Jack Campbell

Ilya Samsonov

Thomas Greiss

Martin Jones

Braden Holtby

Jaroslav Halak


Free Agent Signings Predictions


ANA:

Olli Maatta

Ilya Mikheyev

ARI:

Victor Rask

Nick Bjugstad

Victor Mete

Rocco Grimaldi

BOS:

David Krejci

BUF:

Josh Manson

Martin Jones

CGY:

Evander Kane

Andrew Copp

Ben Chiarot

Calle Jarnkrok

CAR:

Vincent Trocheck

Frank Vatrano

Sonny Milano

Ian Cole

CHI:

No Free Agent Signings

CBJ:

Nazem Kadri

Nikita Zadorov

COL:

Paul Stastny

Darren Helm

Anton Stralman

DAL:

Phil Kessel

PK Subban

Vladislav Namestnikov

DET:

Ondrej Palat

Ryan Strome

Marc Staal


EDM:

Jack Campbell

Dylan Strome

Brett Kulak

FLA:

Dan DeKeyser

LA:

No Free Agent signings

MIN:

Colin White

MTL:

No Free Agent Signings

NSH:

Noel Acciari

NJ:

Johnny Gaudreau

NYI:

Nick Leddy

Troy Stetcher

NYR:

Tyler Motte

Jaroslav Halak

OTT:

Claude Giroux

Andre Burakovsky

Mattias Janmark

PHI:

Max Domi

PIT:

No More Free agent signings

SJ:

Chris Tierney

Adam Gaudette

SEA:

John Klingberg

Reilly Smith

STL:

David Perron

TB:

Dominik Kubalik

TOR:

Danton Heinen

VAN:

Justin Schultz

VGK:

No Free Agent signings

WSH:

Darcy Kuemper

Braden Holtby

WPG: 

Nino Neidereiter

Oskar Lindblom


It will be interesting to see where free agents will actually end up signing when free agency starts Today at Noon.


Tuesday, July 5, 2022

What New York Islanders Need to do in the Offseason

 The New York Islanders are an aging team that desperately needs to overhaul their roster by moving out some of their overpaid veterans, and replacing them with younger players with more potential. The biggest weakness the Islanders have is on defense, and they really need to improve that if they are to contend next season. This is what the New York Islanders should do in the offseason.




Before the 2022 Draft, a few trades are made

New York Islanders trade Josh Bailey to the Nashville Predators for Eeli Tolvanen, Jeremy Lauzon, 3rd round pick '22.

If Filip Forsberg doesn't return to Nashville, the Predators should try to add a veteran winger like Josh Bailey to boost their offense.

The Islanders also trade Semyon Varlamov to the Buffalo Sabres for 4th round pick '22, 6th round pick '23. If the Sabres make the playoffs, the Islanders get a 2023 2nd-round pick.

The Islanders unload Varlamov's contract, while the Sabres get their number 1 goalie.

The Isles also trade Kieffer Bellows, Cal Clutterbuck, and 2nd round pick '22 are traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Rasmus Sandin.

The Maple Leafs add some depth players and a draft pick, while the Islanders get Rasmus Sandin, a young defenseman, who hasn't been used properly.


2022 Draft

13-Brad Lambert

78-Alexander Suzdalev

84-Jack Devine

106-Simon Forsmark

142-Arseni Koromyslov

174-Luke Devlin

The Islanders add 2 centers, 2 wingers, and 2 defensemen in the draft, which helps to improve their prospect pool.


New York Islanders re-sign the following Players:

Noah Dobson-5yrs/5.5M per

Rasmus Sandin-2yrs/1.7M per


New York Islanders sign the following free agents:

Rickard Rakell-4yrs/4.5M per

Jaroslav Halak-1yr/1M 

All Non-Roster RFAs are Re-signed


This is how the lineup looks like next season


2022-23 New York Islanders



A.Lee-M.Barzal-R.Rakell

A.Beauvillier-B.Nelson-K.Palmieri

E.Tolvanen-JG.Pageau-O.Wahlstrom

Z.Parise-C.Cizikas-M.Martin

A.Pelech-R.Pulock

J.Lauzon-N.Dobson

R.Sandin-S.Mayfield

I.Sorokin

J.Halak

Top Prospects:

F: B.Lambert, A.Raty, S.Holmstrom, A.Suzdalev, W.Dufour, J.Devine, L.Devlin

D: S.Forsmark, A.Koromyslov


With the moves made here, the Islanders not only have a good team now but are in better position for the future.


Wednesday, June 29, 2022

What Winnipeg Jets Need to do this Offseason

The Winnipeg Jets are a team that is no man's land right because they aren't good enough to contend yet they aren't bad enough to be in the lottery. So what they should do is trade away some of their veterans for prospects and picks to start the rebuild. This is what the Winnipeg Jets need to do this offseason.




Before the 2022 Draft, a few trades are made


Winnipeg Jets trade Blake Wheeler to the New York Rangers for Kappo Kakko, Nils Lundkvist, and 2023 1st round pick.

This is a win win trade for both teams, and it gives Blake Wheeler a chance to go win a Stanley Cup.


Mark Scheifele is traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Isac Lundestrom, Jacob Perreault, 2022 1st round pick.

This trade helps improve both teams significantly, and helps the Jets rebuild quickly.


Adam Lowry, Nate Schmidt are traded to the Dallas Stars for Ty Dellandrea, a 2022 2nd-round pick.

The Jets unload Nate Schmidt and Adam Lowry's contracts for Ty Dellandrea and a 2nd round pick.


Brenden Dillon is traded to the Detroit Red Wings for 2022 2nd round pick.

The Jets don't need Brenden Dillon anymore, so he is dealt for a draft pick.


At the 2022 Draft, Winnipeg Jets trade picks 46, 50, and 52 to the Arizona Coyotes for picks 35 and 68.


2022 Draft

14-Danila Yurov

22-Denton Mateychuk

30-Tristan Luneau

35-Adam Ingram

55-Gleb Trikozov

68-Devin Kaplan

77-Cruz Lucius

100-Kasper Kulonummi

175-Jere Lassila

207-Braden Holt

214-Charlie Leddy

The Winnipeg Jets draft 2 centers, 4 wingers, 4 defensemen and 1 goalie in the 2022 draft


Winnipeg Jets re-sign the following players:


Pierre Luc-Dubois-7yrs/6M per

Isac Lundestrom-2yrs/2.8M per

Kappo Kakko-2yrs/2.5M per

Eric Comrie-2yrs/1.5M per

Evgeny Svechnikov-1yr/1M

Jansen Harkins-2yrs/800k


Winnipeg Jets re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs


Winnipeg Jets sign Nick Paul to a 5 yr deal worth 4 million per season


Winnipeg Hires Jeff Blashill as their new Head coach.



This is how the lineup looks like next season




K.Connor-C.Perfetti-J.Perreault

N.Ehlers-P-L.Dubois-K.Kakko

N.Paul-I.Lundestrom-T.Dellandrea

J.Harkins-D.Doninato-E.Svechnikov

J.Morrissey-N.Lundkvist

D.Samberg-N.Pionk

V.Heinola-D.DeMelo

C.Hellebuyck

E.Comrie


Top Prospects:

F: D.Yurov, A.Ingram, G.Trikozov, D.Kaplan,Ch.Lucius, Cr.Lucius, J.Lassila

D: D.Mateychuk, T.Luneau, K.Kulonummi, C.Leddy

G: B.Holt


With the moves made here, the Winnipeg Jets have quickly rebuilt the team and perhaps may contend as soon as 2023-24.