Thursday, December 31, 2020

WHAT IF FLORIDA PANTHERS RELOCATED

 There have been rumors floating around for a while now that the Florida Panthers were going to be relocated to somewhere in Canada; if the Florida Panthers were to be relocated, they should be relocated to Quebec, because they still have a passionate hockey fanbase.


To prepare the Panthers for their move up north, they need to make the team look better on paper.


Before the 2021 draft, the Panthers make two trade:

Florida Panthers acquire Vladimir Tarasenko from the St.Louis Blues for Anthony Duclair, Owen Tippett, Henrik Borgstrom, and a 2021 1st round pick.

The Panthers get Vladimir Tarasenko, a superstar sniper, while the Blues get Anthony Duclair, a top 6 winger as well as Owen Tippett and Henrik Borgstrom, two top prospects, and a 1st round pick.

The Panthers also trade Frank Vatrano, Vinnie Hinostroza, Anton Stralman, 2nd rd pick '21 to the Carolina Hurricanes for Nino Neiderreiter, Brock McGinn.

The Panthers get Nino Niederreiter, a solid top 6 forward, and Brock McGinn, a solid top 9 forward; while the Hurricanes get Frank Vatrano, Vinnie Hinostroza, two solid role players, Anton Stralman, a valuable veteran Defenseman, and a 2nd round pick.


The Florida Panthers will be relocated to Quebec before the 2021-22 season; causing the divisions to get shuffled around again.

After relocating to Quebec, they are renamed the Quebec Nordiques and will join the North Division, along with all the other Canadian teams.


The Quebec Nordiques make the playoffs in the 2021-22 season, only to get eliminated in the 2nd round of the playoffs.


Before the 2022 draft, the Nordiques make two trades:

Quebec Nordiques trade Alexander Wennberg, Brett Connolly to the New York Rangers for Vitaly Kravtsov, 3rd rd pick '22.

The Nordiques get Vitaly Kravtsov, a stellar young winger and a 3rd round pick for Alexander Wennberg and Brett Connolly, two solid role players.

The Nordiques also trade Keith Yandle to the Detroit Red Wings for Dennis Cholowski and a 2022 2nd round pick.

The Red Wings get Keith Yandle, a steller offensive defenseman for Dennis Cholowski, a good young defenseman, and a 2nd round pick.


At the 2022 draft, Quebec Nordiques trade picks 20, 52 to the Calgary Flames for pick 13.


2022 Draft

13-Issac Howard

33-Kasper Kulonummi

The Quebec Nordiques draft Issac Howard and Kasper Kulonummi, two very good prospects to help the team in the future.


Quebec Nordiques re-sign the following players:

Alexander Barkov-8yrs/9.5M per

Vitaly Kravtsov-3yrs/3.5M per

Noel Acciari-3 yr deal

Aleksi Heponiemi-3 yr deal

Quebec Nordiques sign the following players:

Darnell Nurse-6yrs/5.75 M per

Josh Manson-6 yr/4.5 M per 


The Quebec Nordiques make it to the Conference finals in the 2022-23 season, but get elimited in 6 games.


After the 2022-23 season, the Quebec Nordiques make two major trade:

Quebec Nordiques acquire Bowen Byram, Nazem Kadri from the Colorado Avalanche for Jonathan Huberdeau, Grigori Denisenko and a 1st round pick 2023.

The Nordiques get a franchise defenseman in Bowen Byram and a great 3rd line center in Nazem Kadri for Jonathan Huberdeau, a top prospect in Grigori Denisenko, and a 1st round pick.

Patric Hornqvist is traded to the Nashville Predators for the 2023 5th round pick.

Since Hornqvist is a free agent, the Nordiques should try to get something in return for him.


Quebec Nordiques re-sign a few players:

Vladimir Tarasenko-7 yr deal/9.5 M per 

Anton Lundell-8yrs/5.75 M per

MacKenzie Weegar-5yrs/3.6M per

Dennis Cholowski-3yrs/3.5M per

Aleksi Saarela-2 yr deal

Quebec Nordiques sign Jason Zucker to a 5 yr deal worth 5.5 million per season


By the 2023-24 season, the Quebec Nordiques have built a contending team.


2023-24 Quebec Nordiques

N.Neiderreiter-A.Barkov-V.Tarasenko

I.Howard-A.Lundell-J.Zucker

A.Heponiemi-N.Kadri-V.Kravtsov

A.Saarela-N.Acciari-B.McGinn

B.Byram-A.Ekblad

D.Nurse-J.Manson

D.Cholowski-M.Weegar

S.Bobrovsky

S.Knight



The Quebec Nordiques cruise through the regular season in the 2023-24 season on route to their first-ever Stanley Cup. Three seasons after relocating to Quebec, the team not only is a legit contender but has already won a Stanley Cup.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

HOW TO IMPROVE MONTREAL CANADIENS

 The Montreal Canadiens are a borderline playoff team right now, but if they were to add a star player, they would immediately become a legit threat in the North Division. This is what the Montreal Canadiens need to do to become a legit contender.


The Montreal Canadiens Make two major trades:

Montreal Canadiens trade Phillip Danault, Joel Armia, Victor Mete, and a 2021 2nd round pick to the San Jose Sharks for Tomas Hertl, Marcus Sorensen.

The Canadiens get Tomas Hertl, a great second-line center, and Marcus Sorensen, while the Sharks add Phillip Danault, a great two-way center, Joel Armia, and Victor Mete, two good depth players and a 2nd round pick.


The Canadiens also trade Paul Byron, Artturi Lehkonen to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Emil Benstrom, Eric Robinson, and a 2021 3rd round pick.

The Blue Jackets get Paul Byron and Artturi Lehkonen, two top 9 forwards, while the Canadiens get Emil Benstrom and Eric Robinson, two solid young players, and a 3rd round pick.


The Montreal Canadiens make it to the 2nd round of the playoffs in the 2020-21 season before being eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning.


The Montreal Canadiens lose Joel Edmundson to the Seattle Kraken in the Expansion draft.


2021 Draft

21-Artem Grushnikov

The Montreal Canadiens draft Artem Grushnikov, a great prospect defenseman, who can help bolster their blueline.


Montreal Canadiens re-sign a few players:

Tomas Tatar-5yrs/6.25M per

Jesperi Kotkaniemi-6yrs/5.5M per

Ryan Poehling-2 yr deal


In the 2021-22 season, the Montreal Canadiens were once again eliminated in the second round.


Before the 2022 draft, the Montreal Canadiens make two trades:

Montreal Canadiens trade Jonathan Drouin to the Colorado Avalanche for Shane Bowers, Devon Toews, 1st round pick '22.

The acquisition of Jonathan Drouin allows the Avalanche to pair the former Halifax Moosehead linemates together, while Montreal gets a top prospect in Shane Bowers, Devon Toews, and a 1st round pick.


The Canadiens also trade Ben Chiarot to the Chicago Blackhawks for 4th rd pick '22

Since Chiarot is a UFA and the Canadiens have Kaiden Guhle and Artem Grushnikov in the pipelines waiting, the Canadiens don't need Chiarot anymore.


2022 Draft

22-Noah Greuter

32-Gleb Trikozov

The Montreal Canadiens draft Noah Greuter and Gleb Trikozov, two highly skilled forwards, who could be a key part of the Canadiens future.


Montreal Canadiens re-sign a few players:

Tomas Hertl-7yrs/6M per

Nick Suzuki-8yrs/5.5M per

Alexander Romanov-6yrs/4.5M per

Josh Brook-3yrs/2.75M per

Emil Benstrom-3yrs/2.5M per

Eric Robinson-3yrs/1.8M per

Cayden Primeau-2yr deal


The Montreal Canadiens finally breakthrough in the 2022-23 season and make it to the Stanley Cup Finals but lose to the Colorado Avalanche.


Shea Weber retires after the 2022-23 season; he still had 3 years left on his contract but had to retire due to injuries. To make more cap space, the Canadiens move Weber on LTIR.


Montreal Canadiens sign two players in Free Agency:

Roope Hintz-5yrs/4M per 

Nick Paul-3yr deal/2.5M per


By the 2023-24 season, the Montreal Canadiens have built a Stanley Cup contender.


2023-24 Montreal Canadiens

T.Tatar-N.Suzuki-B.Gallagher

T.Hertl-J.Kotkaniemi-T.Toffoli

R.Hintz-R.Poehling-J.Anderson

E.Robinson-N.Paul-E.Benstrom

A.Grushnikov-A.Romanov

K.Guhle-J.Petry

D.Toews-J.Brook

C.Price

C.Primeau

Spares: (LTIR) S.Weber 

Top Prospects: N.Greuter, G.Trikozov



The Montreal Canadiens can be the next dynasty in the NHL because of the improvements they made to their lineup.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

HOW TO IMPROVE VANCOUVER CANUCKS

 Even though the Vancouver Canucks should be a contending team this year, they can still improve their team to become a Stanley cup favorite. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the moves the Vancouver Canucks could make to win a Stanley Cup.


The Vancouver Canucks trade Michael Ferland, Brogan Rafferty, Sven Baertschi to the Detroit Red Wings for 3rd rd pick '21, 4th rd pick '21.

The main purpose of this trade from Vancouver's perspective is to get rid of Michael Ferland and Sven Baertschi; from Detroit's point of view, this is low-risk trade, where they add some nice players for some draft picks.


After creating more than 5 million in cap space, the Vancouver Canucks add some players in Free Agency:

Derrick Brassard-1yr/2 million

Corey Perry-1yr/1 million

Madison Bowey-1yr/800k 


The Vancouver Canucks finish the 2020-21 season as the second-best team in All-Canadian Division and the 4th best team in the Western Conference; the Canucks make it to the Western Conference finals only to lose to the Colorado Avalanche.


At the expansion draft, the Vancouver Canucks trade Loui Eriksson, Tanner Pearson, 1st round pick '21 to the Seattle Kraken for Zach Hyman, 3rd round pick '21.

This is an excellent trade for the Vancouver Canucks, who get rid of Loui Eriksson's contract; adding Pearson and a 1st round pick sweetens the deal significantly. Getting Zach Hyman, who the Seattle Kraken was looking to trade, and a 3rd round pick is a bonus.


Before the 2021 draft, Vancouver Cancuks trade Alex Edler to the Boston Bruins for a 1st round pick '21.

This is the perfect deal for both teams because the Bruins get a veteran top 4 LD, while the Cancuks a 1st round pick.


At the 2021 draft, the Vancouver Canucks trade picks 61, 67, 93 to the Ottawa Senators for pick 42.


2021 draft

21 (from BOS)-Corson Ceulemans

42 (from OTT)-Cameron Whynot

The Vancouver Canucks bolster their depth on defense in the system by adding Corson Ceulemans and Cameron Whynot, two great prospect defensemen.


Vancouver Canucks re-sign a few players:

Elias Pettersson-8yrs/8.5M per

Quinn Hughes-7yrs/7.5M per

Thatcher Demko-4yrs/4.5M per

Zach Hyman-4yrs/3.1M per

Adam Gaudette-2yrs/1.7M per

All RFAs are re-signed by the Vancouver Canucks.


In Free Agency, the Vancouver Canucks sign the following players:

James Reimer-4yrs/3.4m per


Due to the loss of Holtby, Edler, Brassard, and Perry, the Vancouver Canucks drop in the Standings; they miss the playoffs; they end up with the 13th pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, Vancouver Canucks trade Tyler Myers to the Los Angeles Kings for Adrian Kempe, 2nd round pick '22.

The Kings add Tyler Myers, a top 4 defenseman that will really bolster their defense, while the Canucks get Adrian Kempe, a top 9 forward and a 2nd round pick.


At the 2022 draft, the Vancouver Canucks trade picks 13, 45 to the Chicago Blackhawks for pick 9.


2022 Draft

9-Simon Nemec

The Vancouver Canucks add a great shutdown defenseman to pair alongside Quinn Hughes on their top pair.


Vancouver Canucks re-sign a few players:

Brock Boeser-6yrs/6M per

Nils Hoglander-3yrs/3.5M per

Olli Juolevi-3yrs/3M per

Adrian Kempe-3yrs/2.75M per

Jake Virtanen-3yrs/2.6M per

Adam Gaudette-3yrs/2.5M per

Tyler Motte-3yrs/1.7M per

All RFAs are re-signed by the Vancouver Canucks.

 

Vancouver Canucks sign a few players in Free Agency:

Rickard Rakell-5yrs/5M per

Chris Tierney-4yrs/3.5M per

Ilya Mikheyev-2yrs/2.5M per


The Vancouver Canucks are a powerhouse in the 2022-23 season; they cruise through the Stanley Cup playoffs on route to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.


By the 2023-24 season, the Vancouver Canucks have won a Stanley Cup and could be on the verge of winning another.


2023-24 Vancouver Canucks

N.Hoglander-E.Pettersson-J.Virtanen

Z.Hyman-JT.Miller-B.Boeser

A.Kempe-C.Tierney-R.Rakell

I.Mikheyev-A.Gaudette-T.Motte

Q.Hughes-S.Nemec

C.Whynot-N.Schmidt

O.Juolevi-C.Ceulemans

T.Demko

J.Reimer


This team is flat out scary and has the potential to win back-to-back Stanley Cups.



Tuesday, December 8, 2020

How to Improve Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets have a solid team, but if they want to make the playoffs in the newly formed All-Canadian Division, they need to improve their roster. The Jets should focus on improving their defense, their offensive depth, and prospect pool.


The Winnipeg Jets start by making two huge blockbuster trades:

Winnipeg Jets trade Patrik Laine to the Montreal Canadiens for Jonathan Drouin, Philip Danault, Victor Mete, Artturi Lekhonen, 1st round pick 2021. 

This trade is beneficial for both sides because the Habs get Patrik Laine, a stud goal scorer, while the Jets get Jonathan Drouin, Philip Danault, two Mete, and Lehkonen, solid role players, and a 1st round pick.


Winnipeg also trades Adam Lowry, Nathan Beaulieu, and a 2021 2nd round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for Brandon Montour.

This is a good trade for both teams because the Jets get Brandon Montour, a stable two-way defenseman, while the Sabres get Adam Lowry, a valuable role player, Nathan Beaulieu,

and a 2nd round pick.


At the trade deadline, Paul Stastny gets traded to the Florida Panthers for 2nd round pick '21.

Stastny is a Free Agent after the 2021 season, so it would be smart to move him at the deadline rather than lose him for nothing in free agency.


Despite the changes to the roster, the Winnipeg Jets still end up missing the playoffs; they end up with the 12th pick in the draft.


2021 Draft

12-Mason McTavish

15 (from MTL)-Corson Ceulemans

43 (from FLA)-Wyatt Johnston

The Winnipeg Jets add Mason McTavish, a blue-chip prospect, Corson Ceulemans, a great two-way defenseman, and Wyatt Johnston, a skilled center; these prospects should be key pieces of the team down the road.


After the draft, Nikolaj Ehlers, Neal Pionk are traded to the LA Kings for Akil Thomas and a 2022 1st round pick.

The LA Kings get Nikolaj Ehlers, a proven top 6 winger, and Neal Pionk, a top 4 defenseman; the Jets get Akil Thomas, a great prospect forward, and a 1st round pick.


Winnipeg Jets re-sign a few players:

Brandon Montour-2yrs/4M per

Artturi Lehkonen-3yrs/3.5M per

Victor Mete-2yrs/2M per

Free Agent Signings:

Cedric Paquette, Nick Ritchie-2 yrs/1.5 million per


All RFAs are re-signed by the Winnipeg Jets.


The Winnipeg Jets miss the playoffs in the 2021-22 season; they end up with the 8th pick in the draft.


At the 2022 draft, the Winnipeg Jets trade picks 6 and a 2023 2nd round pick to the New Jersey Devils for pick 4.


2022 Draft

4 (from NJ)-Ivan Miroshichenko

8-Frank Nazar

The Winnipeg Jets draft Ivan Miroshichenko and Frank Nazar, two huge pieces of their core for years to come.


The Winnipeg Jets make narrowly miss the playoffs in the playoffs in the 2022-23 season; they end up with the 16th pick in the draft.


2023 Draft

16-Mikhail Gulyayev

The Jets draft a talented Russian defenseman that they hope will be a huge part of their D-core in the future.


Winnipeg Jets re-sign a few players:

Cole Perfetti-8yrs/5.8M per

Ville Heinola-6yrs/4.5M per

Akil Thomas-3yrs/3.5M per

Victor Mete-3yrs/2.75M per

Free Agent Signings:

Carl Hagelin-3yrs/2.5M per


All RFAs are re-signed by the Winnipeg Jets.


The Winnipeg Jets cruise through the 2023-24 season and winning the Presidents' Trophy in the process; then the Winnipeg Jets go on to win the Stanley cup.


After the season, Blake Wheeler is traded to the Ottawa Senators for Drake Batherson, Lassi Thomson, and a 2025 1st round pick.

This is a great trade for both teams because the Sens get a great veteran leader in Blake Wheeler, while the Jets get Batherson and Lassi Thomson, two great young players and a 1st round pick.


Winnipeg Jets re-sign a few players:

Connor Hellebuyck-6yrs/8.5 million per

Mark Scheifele-6yrs/8.5 million per

Drake Batherson-4yrs/4.25 million per

Artturi Lehkonen-3yrs/3 million per

Alex Formenton-3yrs/3 million per 

Dylan DeMelo-1yr/3 million 


By the 2024-25 season, the Winnipeg Jets are a powerhouse and are on the verge of becoming a dynasty.


2024-25 Winnipeg Jets

I.Miroshichenko-M.McTavish-F.Nazar

K.Connor-M.Scheifele-D.Batherson

C.Perfetti-A.Thomas-A.Lehkonen

C.Hagelin-A.Copp-J.Roslovic

J.Morrissey-C.Ceulemans

V.Heinola-L.Thomson

V.Mete-D.DeMelo

C.Hellebuyck

M.Berdin

Top Prospects: M.Gulyayev, W.Johnston


By making a few trades, the Winnipeg Jets have successfully improved their team and turned themselves into the next dynasty.


Friday, December 4, 2020

How to Improve Columbus Blue Jackets

 The Columbus Blue Jackets are a borderline playoff team, however, if they make improvements to their team, they could be even better. Making some improvements to the roster should guarantee that Columbus becomes a contending team.

Columbus Blue Jackets trade David Savard to the Ottawa Senators for Logan Brown, Vitaly Abramov, a 2nd round pick '21.

The Blue Jackets acquire two great young prospects in Brown and Abramov, as well as a 2nd round pick for David Savard.


Nick Foligno, Mikhail Grigorenko is traded to the Edmonton Oilers for Adam Larsson, Zack Kassian, 2nd round pick 2022.

Columbus gets Adam Larsson, a top 4 defenseman, and Zack Kassian, a top 9 forward for Nick Foligno and Mikhail Grigorenko.


Columbus Blue Jackets re-sign Pierre Luc Dubois to an 8 yr deal worth 6 million per season.


The Columbus Blue Jackets miss the playoffs in the 2020-21 season; they end up with the 14th pick in the draft.


Before the 2021 Draft, Columbus trades Gustav Nyquist, Max Domi to the Victor Rask, 1st rd pick '21.

By taking on Victor Rask' contract, the Blue Jackets add an additional 1st round pick in the process;

the Wild add two very good forwards in Gustav Nyquist and Max Domi.


2021 Draft

14-Fabian Lysell

18-Luke Hughes

46-Joshua Roy

The Blue Jackets add Fabian Lysell, Luke Hughes, and Joshua Roy, three very good prospects, who can help the team down the road.


Columbus Blue Jackets re-sign Adam Larsson to a 6 yr deal worth 4.5 million per season.

Oliver Bjorkstrand is re-signed to a 3 yr deal worth 3.75 million per season, Alexandre Texier to a 2 yr deal worth 3 million per season.

Logan Brown, Vitaly Abramov are re-signed to 2 yr deals worth 1.5 million per season.


Columbus Blue Jackets sign Jaden Schwartz to a 6 yr deal worth 6.5 million per season, Blake Coleman to a 4 yr deal worth 3.5 million per season

All RFAs are re-signed by the Blue Jackets.


The Columbus Blue Jackets plummet in the standings during the 2021-22 season and finish with the 8th worst record in the league. However, Columbus gets lucky in the draft lottery and winds up with the 2nd pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, the Blue Jackets make two trades:

The Blue Jackets trade Cam Atkinson, Boone Jenner to the Calgary Flames for Dillon Dube, 1st round pick '22.

The Calgary Flames get Cam Atkinson and Boone Jenner, two very good forwards for Dillon Dube and a 1st round picks.

They also trade Joonas Korpisalo, Vladislav Gabrikov to the Chicago Blackhawks for Nic Beaudin, 2nd rd pick '22.

The Blackhawks get their Starting goalie for the future and a top 4 defenseman while the Blue Jackets add prospects and picks.


2022 Draft

2-Matthew Savoie

10-Frank Nazar

The Columbus Blue Jackets draft Matthew Savoie and Frank Nazar, two high-end talents, who will be a massive part of their core.

Columbus Blue Jackets re-sign Seth Jones to a 7 yr deal worth 7.5 million per season, Zach Werenski to an 8 yr deal worth 8 million per season.

They also re-sign Elvis Merzlikins to a 4 yr deal worth 4.5 million per season, Dillon Dube to a 4 yr deal worth 3.75 million per season.

Liam Foudy, Emil Benstrom are re-signed to 2 yr deals.


All RFAs are re-signed by the Blue Jackets.


The Columbus Blue Jackets make the playoffs in the 2022-23 season but get bounced in the second round of the playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning.


Columbus Blue Jackets re-sign Logan Brown to a 5 yr deal worth 4.25 million per season, Andrew Peeke to a 3 yr deal worth 3 million per season.

They also re-sign Vitaly Abramov to a 2 yr deal worth 2.5 million per season, Nic Beaudin to a 2 yr deal worth 2.3 million per season.

All RFAs are re-signed by the Blue Jackets.


By the 2023-24 season, the Columbus Blue Jackets have built a contending team:


2023-24 Columbus Blue Jackets

J.Schwartz-P-L.Dubois-F.Nazar

F.Lysell-M.Savoie-D.Dube

A.Texier-L.Brown-O.Bjorkstrand

B.Coleman-L.Foudy-Z.Kassian

Z.Werenski-S.Jones

L.Hughes-A.Larsson

N.Beaudin-A.Peeke

D.Tarasov

E.Merzlikins

Extras: V.Abramov, E.Benstrom  Top Prospects: Joshua Roy



The Columbus Blue Jackets have vastly improved their roster and built a roster that can be perrenial contenders for a long time to come.