Tuesday, December 28, 2021

What Minnesota Wild need to Win a Stanley Cup

 The Minnesota Wild are currently sitting in first place in the Central Division now and are tied for 1st in the Western Conference. This is quite a surprise considering their team on paper is not that impressive, so there has to be something special about their play on the ice that makes them a powerhouse in the Western Conference under Head coach Dean Evason. In order for the Minnesota Wild to win the Stanley Cup this year, they will have to make a few moves to improve the team.



These are some of the issues w/ Minnesota Wild:


1. Lack of a 3rd line center

2. Defensive Depth

3. Lack of offensive depth


If there is one issue that the Minnesota Wild do have is that they lack a solid 3rd line center. The lack of center depth will be even more obvious with Joel Eriksson Ek out for an extended period of time. Eriksson EK is their best overall center, and without him in the lineup, they will struggle because he does so much for the team on both sides of the puck. To make up for the loss of Eriksson Ek, Minnesota should add a veteran center that can slot up and down the lineup. Minnesota could also use a 3rd line center to solidify their center depth for a deep playoff run.

With the injury to Jared Spurgeon, Minnesota's defense is looking a tad weak, so it would be smart for them to add some depth on the blueline. Jonas Brodin, Matt Dumba, and Alex Goligoski have been pillars of strength on the back-end for the Wild, but Defenseman such as Dmitry Kulikov, Jon Merrill, and Jordie Benn has been solid during the regular season, but are unproven come playoff team. If they are to make a deep playoff run, they will need to add a veteran defenseman who has plenty of playoff experience.

Besides having a lack of depth at center, the Wild also lack depth scoring from their bottom 6, this could have affected their chances to make a deep playoff run. When it comes playoff time, they will need players outside of their top 6 to score, which is why they need to add some veteran forwards at the deadline that can provide depth scoring.


Trades:

Minnesota Wild acquire Max Domi, Kevin Stenlund from Columbus Blue Jackets for Nico Sturm, Rem Pitlick, 2022 2nd round pick.

The Wild add Max Domi to bolster the depth at center and Kevin Stendlund adds some depth scoring on the wings.

Minnesota Wild acquire Chris Tierney, Nic Paul, Joshua Brown from Ottawa Senators for Victor Rask, Brandon Duhaime, 2023 3rd round pick. If the Wild make it to the Conference Finals, the Senators get a 2024 2nd round pick.

Minnesota adds center Chris Tierney to bolster their center depth and some depth players with the acquisition of Nic Paul and Nick Holden.


This is how the lineup looks like after the trades:



K.Kaprizov-R.Hartman-M.Zuccarello

J.Greenway-M.Domi-K.Fiala

N.Paul-C.Tierney-M.Foligno

N.Bjugstad-F.Gaudreau-K.Stenlund

J.Brodin-M.Dumba

J.Merrill-A.Goligoski

Jo.Benn-D.Kulikov

C.Talbot

K.Kahkonen

IR: J.Spurgeon, J.Eriksson Ek, J.Brown


The Minnesota Wild could be building something special and if they add the right pieces could contend for a Stanley Cup this year.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

What's Wrong w/ LA Kings

 The LA Kings are sitting just outside a playoff spot right now, with a 12-10-5 record (29 points) through 27 games this season. Although the Kings have some nice pieces, they aren't quite good enough to be a contender just yet. In this blog, I explain what is wrong with the LA Kings and what they can do to become a contending team.




Issues w/ LA Kings:

1. Not enough Scoring

2. No Secondary scoring

3. Best Prospects are Not NHL ready

4. Don't have a successor for Jonathan Quick

The LA Kings do not score enough; they have only scored 76 goals this season, which is the 8th least in the NHL. Anze Kopitar leads the team in points with 25 points in 27 games, Alex Iaffalo has 9 goals and 17 points in 27 games, Adrian Kempe leads the team in goals with 11 goals and 16 points in 27 games. Viktor Arvidsson has played in only 20 games, but he has 6 goals and 14 points in those games. Phillip Danault has 14 points in 27 games and is a +5; Drew Doughty leads defenseman in scoring, with 13 points in 11 games, while averaging over 24 minutes TOI a game. Alex Edler has 11 points in 26 games and is a +8, and Dustin Brown has 10 points in 27 games.

The scoring really trails off after Dustin Brown, cause no other players on the team have more than 10 points this year. Their top 6 is strong and their top 4 is decent but the secondary scoring is non-existent. The LA Kings don't have much secondary scoring due to the fact that they were not able to sign many free agents, and their best prospects are not NHL ready.

The Kings' top prospects such as Rasmus Kupari, Arthur Kaliyev, Tobias Bjornfot are being used as depth players because they have not fully reached their potential. Quinton Byfield, Alex Turcotte, Brandt Clarke are not NHL ready but once they are, they will impact players for the Kings. Players like Gabriel Vilardi, Tyler Madden, Akil Thomas, Samuel Helenius, Vladimir Tkachev, Martin Chromiak could also become high-level players at the NHL level.

Jonathan Quick has been the Number 1 goalie for the Kings for a long time, but they have been trying to replace him with Cal Peterson as the Number 1 goalie. Unfortunately for LA, Peterson has not been able to solidify the role of the number 1 goalie, as Jonathan Quick has outplayed him by a wide margin this year. LA may have to think about drafting or trading for a goalie of the future.


Trades:

LA Kings acquire Phil Kessel from Arizona Coyotes for Andreas Athanasiou, Gabriel Vilardi, 2023 2nd round pick. LA Retains $3 million of Kessel's cap hit.

Phil Kessel would give an instant boost in the offense for the Kings alongside Anze Kopitar.

LA Kings trade Carl Grundstrom, Trevor Moore, 2022 2nd round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for Dominik Kubalik, Riley Stillman.

Dominik Kubalik is a proven goal scorer who will add some firepower and depth scoring to the team, and Riley Stillman gives them some depth on defense.


This is how the lineup looks like after the trades:




D.Kubalik-A.Kopitar-V.Arvidsson

A.Iaffalo-P.Danault-P.Kessel

A.Kempe-R.Kupari-D.Brown

B.Lemieux-B.Lizotte-A.Kaliyev

T.Bjornfot-M.Anderson

O.Maatta-M.Roy

R.Stillman-S.Durzi

J.Quick

C.Peterson

(IR) D.Doughty, A.Edler, S.Walker


The LA Kings now look like a team that could be a threat in the playoffs once they get everyone back and healthy.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Whats Wrong w/ Philadelphia Flyers

 The Philadelphia Flyers have had a brutal stretch recently, having lost 6 games in a row and not registering a win in 10 games. This has caused the Flyers' record to drop to 8-12-4 and has led to the firing of head coach Alain Vigneault. What are the issues with the Philadelphia Flyers, and what can be done to fix them?



Issues w/ Philadelphia Flyers:

1. Lack of Goal Scoring

2. Too many wash up veterans

3. Poor Defense

4. Inconsistent Goaltending


The Philadelphia Flyers are struggling to score goals this season; only the Arizona Coyotes and New York Islanders have scored fewer goals than the Flyers. Claude Giroux leads the team in scoring with 21 points, followed by Cam Atkinson and Sean Couturier, who both have 14 points apiece. Travis Konecny has 12 points, Derick Brassard has 11 points, Joel Farabee has 10 points. No other players have more than 10 points. Ivan Provorov, Justin Braun both have 8 points, and Keith Yandle has chipped in 7 points. Kevin Hayes and JVR are two important pieces of the offense, but they haven't done much this season, both have scored less than 6 points this year.

Another major issue that the Flyers have is that they have too many wash up veterans. Claude Giroux is 33, JVR is 32, Cam Atkinson is 32, Derrick Brassard is 34, Keith Yandle is 35, and Justin Braun is 34. Ryan Ellis is 30, Kevin Hayes is 29, and Sean Couturier is 29 as well. With this group of players, the Flyers aren't going anywhere because their core is declining and their young players aren't at the point where they can be impact players yet.

Philadelphia has allowed 82 goals against this year, which is the 7th most in the league. After Ryan Ellis went down with an injury, the Flyers' defense completely fell apart. Ivan Provorov, Justin Braun has played well, but defenseman such as Keith Yandle, Rasmus Ristolainen, Travis Sanheim has not lived up to expectations. 

Carter Hart and Martin Jones played well at the start of the season, but recently they have played poorly. Carter Hart has a 2-6 record with a 3.31 GAA and a .899 SV%, while Martin Jones has a 0-4 record with a 4.36 GAA and .888 SV% in the last month of the season. It isn't entirely the goalies' fault that the Flyers aren't doing well but the inconsistent play in goal definitely does play a part in their struggles this year.


Trades:

Philadelphia Flyers trade Claude Giroux to the Anaheim Ducks for Isac Lundestrom, Maxime Comtois, 1st round pick '22.

The Addition of Giroux makes the Ducks a legitimate threat out West, while Lundestrom and Comtois are two young players that can help the Flyers right now.

The Flyers also trade Justin Braun, Derrick Brassard to the Minnesota Wild for Fredrick Gaudreau, Jordie Benn, 5th round pick '22. If the Wild make the 2nd round of the playoffs, the 5th round pick becomes a 3rd round pick.

The Wild add Justin Braun and Derrick Brassard, two veteran players with playoff experience, while the Flyers et Fredrick Gaudreau, Jordie Benn, and a conditional pick.

Philadelphia Flyers trade Keith Yandle to the Montreal Canadiens for Brett Kulak, 3rd round pick '22.

The Flyers get a younger and more mobile defenseman in Brett Kulak, while the Canadiens get a veteran puck-moving defenseman that helps the team.


This is how the lineup looks like after the trades:




J.Farabee-S.Couturier-T.Konecny

O.Lindblom-I.Lundestrom-M.Frost

JVR-K.Hayes-C.Atkinson

S.Laughton-F.Gaudreau-P.Brown

I.Provorov-Jo.Benn

T.Sanheim-R.Ristolainen

N.Seeler-B.Kulak

C.Hart

M.Jones

IR: R.Ellis, M.Comtois


After making these trades, the Philadelphia Flyers look like a younger team that would still be in a good position even if they miss the playoffs.

Friday, December 3, 2021

What's Wrong w/ Boston Bruins

 The Boston Bruins are having a subpar start to the season, but there is still tons of time to turn it around this year. This is what is wrong with the Boston Bruins and how can they fix those issues.



Issues w/ Boston Bruins:

1. David Krejci's departure has left a massive hole in the lineup

2. Taylor Hall's slow start 

3. Lack of Secondary scoring

4. No impact defenseman outside of McAvoy

One of the major issues with the Boston Bruins this season is that they do not have a second-line center. The loss of David Krejci was huge, and they never really replaced him in the lineup. Boston signed Nick Foligno, Erik Haula, and Tomas Nosek to fill out the lineup but none of them were able to fill the void that the departure of David Krejci left. Charlie Coyle has been playing as the second-line center for most of the season, and the major issue with that is that he is very inconsistent and is not a reliable source of offense.

Taylor Hall is having a slow start to the season, tallying 5 goals, 11 points, and 4 PPP in 20 games. He has been playing alongside Charlie Coyle and Craig Smith most of the season, and while Hall and Coyle are scoring, their production is not on the same level as it was when David Krejci was playing as the second-line center.

The Bruins only have scored 59 goals this season, which is tied for 7th worst in the league. The Top-line of the Bruins has tallied 25 of their 59 goals, which is 42% of the goals for the team. Boston lacks secondary scoring, especially from their 3rd and 4th line players. Players like Jake DeBrusk, Craig Smith, Nick Foligno, Erik Haula, and Tomas Nosek have not provided the secondary scoring that the Bruins had hoped.

Charlie McAvoy has had a terrific start to the season, putting up 14 points, and well as 8 PPP in 20 games. The rest of the defense rarely has any offensive production; Matt Grzelcyk, Derek Forbort, Brandon Carlo, and Mike Reilly have contributed very little offensively and aren't playing well defensively either.


Trades:

Boston Bruins trade Jake DeBrusk, Erik Haula to the Ottawa Senators for Chris Tierney, Tyler Ennis.

The Bruins get a 2nd or 3rd line center, which makes the team deeper.

The Bruins also trade Mike Reilly, Jakub Lauko, 3rd round pick '22 to the LA Kings for Alex Edler, Austin Wagner.

The LA Kings add Alex Edler, a veteran defenseman, who bolsters the defense.


Boston Bruins sign Tuukka Rask to a 2 yr deal worth 3.5 million per season.


This is how the lineup looks like after the trades:




B.Marchand-P.Bergeron-D.Pastrnak

T.Hall-C.Tierney-Cr.Smith

N.Foligno-C.Coyle-T.Nosek

A.Wagner-C.Lazar-T.Ennis


D.Forbort-C.McAvoy

M.Grzelcyk-B.Carlo

A.Edler-C.Clifton


J.Swayman

L.Ullmark


IR: T.Rask

Thursday, November 25, 2021

What's Wrong w/ Tampa Bay Lightning

 The Tampa Bay Lightning are the defending Stanley Cup Champions but they haven't exactly had the best start to the season. While Tampa has a good 11-4-3 record; they currently sit in 3rd in the Atlantic Division. What's are some of the Issues with the Tampa Bay Lightning and how should they be fixed?



Issues w/ Tampa Bay Lightning

1. Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point's Injuries

2. Not enough Scoring Depth

3. Defense Has Not been good at all

4. Young players have not developed well


It's not a stretch to say that Nikita Kucherov is the focal point of the Lightning' offense, and his absence in the lineup is very noticeable especially on the powerplay since his presence requires other teams to pay special attention to him. Kucherov underwent surgery back in late October and was given a timeline of 8 to 10 weeks. The Lightning was able to play well enough without Nikita Kucherov because they still had Stamkos, Point, and Vasilevkiy, however, unfortunately, Brayden Point sustained an upper-body injury and will be out week to week. The Lightning might struggle in the coming weeks without the services of Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point.

The Lightning had a ton of injuries last season, but the major difference was last season they had incredible depth which they lost in the offseason due to salary cap reasons. Tampa lost their whole third line of Yanni Gourde, Blake Coleman, and Barclay Goodrow, as well a player who had been an essential part of their team for a long time, Tyler Johnson. These 4 players played huge roles on the team last season and if the Lightning is to play without Kucherov and Point for a while, they will fall in the standings because they don't have good enough scoring depth this year.

Besides the lack of scoring depth, the Lightning has not played great defensively this season in front of Andrei Vasilevksiy. A big reason for this is because of the injury to Erik Cernak, who is very quietly one of their most important defensemen. Obviously, the veteran defenseman such as Hedman and McDonagh are going to do fine, but the rest of their defenseman hasn't played that well. Mikael Sergachev has developed into a great offensive defenseman, but his play defensively can sometimes be head-scratching. The Lightning has a noticeable weakness on the right side of their defense with the absence of Erik Cernak, so that needs to be addressed somehow.

When the Lightning let some of their veteran players leave, they anticipated some of their younger players taking the next step in their development. Ross Colton, Alex Barre Boulet, and Mathieu Joseph are three young players that need to step their game up in absence of Kucherov and Point. Cal Foote, their 1st round pick in 2017 has not panned out thus far and has not become a top 4 defenseman like he was projected to be. Two other prospects to watch are Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh; both were highly touted prospects but their development hasn't gone well. Because Lightning is in desperate need of players, I expect all of the players mentioned to have an impact on the team.


How to Fix Tampa Bay Lightning


Tampa Bay Lightning acquire Tage Thompson, Anders Bjork, Colin Miller from the Buffalo Sabres for Ross Colton, Taylor Raddysh, 2023 3rd round pick. Buffalo retains 60% of Colin Miller's contract.

The Lightning improves their scoring depth with the additions of Tage Thompson and Anders Bjork, as well as the addition of Colin Miller.

Tampa Bay Lightning acquire Calle Jarnkrok, Ryan Donato from the Seattle Kraken for Boris Katchouk, 2022 1st round pick. Seattle retains 50% of Jarnkrok's contract.

The Lightning is going all-in to try to three-peat; Jarnkrok will be a great third line and Ryan Donato can be a solid 3rd line player.


This is how their Lineup looks like after trade:




O.Palat-S.Stamkos-T.Thompson

A.Killorn-A.Cirelli-M.Joseph

R.Donato-C.Jarnkork-A.Bjork

P.Maroon-P-E.Bellemare-C.Perry

V.Hedman-J.Ruuta

R.McDonagh-C.Miller

M.Sergachev-Z.Bogosian

A.Vasilevskiy

B.Elliott

IR: N.Kucherov, B.Point, B.Seabrook


The Tampa Bay Lightning have improved their team so that they will be good enough to survive without Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point, and when they return, Tampa will be a really tough team to beat.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

What's Wrong w/ New York Islanders

 The New York Islanders have not gotten off to a great start to the season this year; for a team that went to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, this is surely a disappointing start. What is Wrong with the New York Islanders? What can be done to fix their issues?



Issues with New York Islanders:

1. Lack of Goal Scoring

2. Defense isn't as good 

3. Team is too old

4. Injuries


The New York Islanders are last in the Metropolitan division and have scored the second-fewest goals in the entire league. A big reason for this is the loss of Jordan Eberle to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft. Eberle had been a major part of their team and was one of their more reliable offensive players last year. After losing Eberle, the Islanders re-sign Kyle Palmieri and signed Zach Parise to provide depth scoring. The Isles have only scored 29 goals this season, only the Arizona Coyotes have scored fewer goals this season.

One of the strengths of the Islanders teams' under Barry Trotz is the defense, but their defense hasn't been as good this year. They traded away Nick Leddy, who had been a major part of their defense for a long time, and that left the left side of their defense pretty weak. Zdeno Chara was brought in to provide some depth on defense, but he clearly is two years past retirement.

Another major issue with the New York Islanders is that the team is too old. The Average age for forwards on the Islanders is 28.8 years old; Zach Parise is the oldest player at 37 years old, followed by Cal Clutterbuck, who is 33, and Matt Martin at 32 years of age. The Average age for defensemen on the Islanders is 30.3 years old; Zdeno Chara is 44 and Andy Greene is 39. The NHL is a young man's game, and having so many players on the roster over the age of 30 definitely have attributed to their slow start.

A big part of the reason why the team had a slow start to the season is due to injuries. Semyon Varlamov missed the first 10 games of the season for the Islanders, Anders Lee is off to a slow start because he is coming off an ACL injury. Ryan Pulock will miss a couple weeks due to a lower-body injury, which will leave their defense severely depleted. Josh Bailey is also going to miss some time due to COVID. 


In order to fix the team, the Islanders will need to make a few trades.


Trades:

New York Islanders trade Zdeno Chara, 2022 2nd round pick to the Boston Bruins for Derek Forbort.

Zdeno Chara gets to go back to Boston to finish out his career, while the Islanders get a big, physical defenseman in Derek Forbort to stabilize the back-end.

The Islanders also trade Kieffer Bellows, Sebastian Aho to the Buffalo Sabres for Jacob Bryson, Rasmus Asplund.

This trade is great for both teams and all players involved; hopefully Bryson and Asplund can take their game to the next level.

Semyon Varlamov is traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Joonas Korpisalo, Andrew Peeke, 2022 2nd round pick.

The Islanders trade away Varlamov, so they can hand over the reigns to Sorokin, and at the same time bolster their defense.


This is how the lineup looks like after the trades:




A.Lee-M.Barzal-O.Wahlstrom

R.Asplund-B.Nelson-A.Beauvillier

Z.Parise-JG Pagueau-K.Palmieri

M.Martin-C.Cizikas-C.Clutterbuck

A.Pelech-S.Mayfield

D.Forbort-N.Dobson

J.Bryson-A.Peeke

I.Sorokin

J.Korpisalo

IR: R.Pulock, J.Bailey


The Islanders have a younger and deeper team that should have a little more firepower in the lineup down the stretch.


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

What's Wrong w/ Chicago Blackhawks

 There's are a lot of off the ice controversy surrounding the Chicago Blackhawks, but I wanted to focus on the team on the ice. The 2021-22 Chicago Blackhawks have gotten off to a terrible Start to the season, with a 3-9-2 record; only Arizona has a worse record. This bad start has caused the Blackhawks to fire head coach Jeremy Colliton, and Derek King was named the Interim coach. In this blog, I discuss what is wrong with Chicago Blackhawks and how to fix them.



Major Issues w/ Chicago Blackhawks:

1. Offseason acquisitions haven't panned out

2. Defense is flat out bad

3. Dylan Strome's poor play

4. Lack of Depth Scoring


The Chicago Blackhawks make a few major offseason moves to improve the team, including acquiring Seth Jones, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Tyler Johnson. They also went out and signed Jake McCabe, Jujhar Khaira, Erik Gustafsson in Free Agency. 

The only move that is looking good so far is the Seth Jones move, he has 12 points in his first 14 games, while logging over 26 minutes a game. Marc-Andre Fleury has not had the start he would have liked in Chicago; he has a 2-7 record with a 3.81 GAA and .892 SV%. Tyler Johnson scored 3 points in 8 games and now is out with an injury. The free-agent signings haven't panned out either, none of the players have made any significant impact.

Chicago's defense is flat-out bad this season, outside of Seth Jones, the rest of the defense has be downright atrocious this year. Connor Murphy has the worst +/- on the team with a -13 through the first 14 games and Jake McCabe has the 2nd worth +/- with a -12. Calvin DeHaan is -7 through 14 games, Erik Gustafsson has 4 points in 13 games and is a -3. On Paper, the defense isn't that bad, but when you watch them actually play, you realize that this defensive core is absolutely terrible in their own zone.

Dylan Strome has not been used correctly by Jeremy Colliton, and he found himself playing on the fourth line at times this year. Strome is not useful playing in a 4th line role because he is not an energy guy and if he isn't putting up points, he is basically useless.

The Blackhawks have a great top 6, and the top 6 has no issues scoring, but the scoring drops off a cliff after the top 6. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Alex DeBrincat, Dominik Kubalik, Bradon Hagel, and Kirby Dach make up the top 6 for Chicago 48 of the Blackhawks 86 total points are scored by the top 6 of Chicago and 22 of the Blackhawks 30 goals came from their top 6. So, by those two statistics, it is clear that the Blackhawks lack depth scoring.


Chicago Blackhawks make two trades:

Chicago Blackhawks trade Dylan Strome, Riley Stillman to the Seattle Kraken for Colin Blackwell, Jeremy Lauzon, 2023 2nd round pick.

The Blackhawks kill two birds with one stone; they address the scoring depth issues and at the same time trade away a disgruntled Dylan Strome.

The Blackhawks also acquire Brett Howden, William Carrier from Vegas Golden Knights for Henrik Borgstrom, Jujhar Khaira, 2022 4th round pick.

The Blackhawks acquire two important role players in Brett Howden and Will Carrier to fill out the lineup.


This is how the Chicago Blackhawks lineup looks like after the trade:



A.DeBrincat-K.Dach-P.Kane

D.Kubalik-J.Toews-B.Hagel

M.Hardman-B.Howden-A.Gaudette

W.Carrier-R.Carpenter-P.Kurashev

J.Lauzon-S.Jones

J.McCabe-C.Murphy

C.DeHaan-E.Gustafsson

M-A.Fleury

K.Lankanen

(IR) T.Johnson, Co.Blackwell


The Chicago Blackhawks have made moves to improve their depth and defense, and when they get healthy they could make a push for a playoff birth.


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

What is Wrong with Colorado Avalanche

 The Colorado Avalanche haven't had a great start to the season, due to a combination of injuries and because they lost a few key players in the offseason. Let's discuss the issues with the Colorado Avalanche and how to fix them.




Issues with the Colorado Avalanche:

1. Loss of Philipp Grubauer, Brandon Saad, Ryan Graves

2. Injuries early in the season

3. Darcy Kuemper's slow start

4. Lack of Scoring Depth

5. Defense is too soft


The Colorado Avalanche lost a couple key players in the offseason, which is a major reason why they have gotten off to a mediocre start to the season.

Philipp Grubauer signed with the Seattle Kraken and Brandon Saad signed with the St.Louis Blues in Free Agency. Ryan Graves was traded to the New Jersey Devils for a 2021 2nd round pick. To replace Philipp Grubauer, the Avs went out and acquired Darcy Kuemper; Jack Johnson and Darren Helm were added in Free Agency.

Injuries played a big part in why Colorado has had a .500 record out of the gate, and while that is exactly terrible, it is surprising considering Colorado was expected to be one of the best teams in the league this year. Nathan MacKinnon missed the first 2 games of the season due to injury, and Gabriel Landeskog was suspended for 2 games. Cale Makar and Devon Toews are expected to miss time due to injury, as are Mikko Rantanen, Valeri Nischushkin, and Andre Burakovsky.

Darcy Kuemper had very high expectations heading into this season, but he has not lived up to those mighty expectations. In 7 starts, Kuemper has a 4-3 record with a 2.87 GAA and .904 SV%. In his defense, the defense in front of him wasn't great, but still, the Avalanche gave up quite a lot to get Kuemper, and he has been disappointing, to say the least.

The two major issues I see with this team is the lack of scoring depth and the defense is too soft; if Avalanche can address these two issues, they should be back to their winning ways.


Trades:

Colorado Avalanche trade Jack Johnson, Shane Bowers to the Montreal Canadiens for Ben Chiarot, Artturi Lehkonen.

The Avalanche improve their defense with the addition of Ben Chiarot and add more offensive depth with the addition of Artturi Lehkonen.

The Avs also trade Ryan Murray, Kieffer Sherwood to the Arizona Coyotes for Ilya Lyubushkin, Christian Fischer.

The Avalanche adds two physical players who will bring so physicality to the lineup in Lyubushkin and Fischer.


This is how the Lineup looks like after the trades:




G.Landeskog-N.MacKinnon-JT.Compher

A.Lehkonen-N.Kadri-M.Rantanen

M.Kaut-T.Jost-L.O'Connor

S.Ranta-D.Helm-C.Fischer

B.Byram-E.Johnson

B.Chiarot-S.Girard

K.MacDermaid-I.Lyubushkin

D.Kuemper

J.Johansson

(IR) C.Makar, D.Toews, A.Burakovsky, V.Nischuskin, P.Francouz


There are still many players out due to injury but the trades would allow the Avalanche to have a little more depth in the lineup til the injured players are ready to return.


Friday, October 29, 2021

How Detroit Red Wings can Become Contenders

 The Detroit Red Wings have had a terrific start to the season with a 4-2 record, thanks to the arrival of young studs such as Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider, who have added lots of skill and talent to the lineup.

 


Detroit Red Wings Offseason Moves:

1. Traded for and Re-signed Alex Nedeljkovic

2. Traded for Nick Leddy

3. Signed Pius Suter, Jordan Oesterle

4. Re-signed Jakub Vrana, Filip Hronek

5. Re-signed Marc Staal, Michael Rasmussen, Adam Erne


Offseason Review:

The biggest weakness for the Detroit Red Wings was goaltending, so they went out and traded for Alex Nedeljkovic, who was in a contract dispute with the Carolina Hurricanes. Then subsequently, re-signed Nedeljkovic to a 2 yr deal worth 3.5 million per season. Nedeljkovic will tandem with Thomas Greiss and should form a solid tandem in net.

The Red Wings also acquired Nick Leddy from the New York Islanders. This trade helps the Red Wings take that next step forward, as Leddy is an veteran defenseman, with playoff experience, and he should help mentor the young defenseman in Detroit.

Heading into the season, the Red Wings needed to add a 2nd line center, and they were able to find one in Pius Suter. Detroit signed Pius Suter to a 2 yr deal worth 3.25 million per season. Besides adding Pius Suter, the Red Wings also signed Jordan Oesterle to a 2 yr deal worth 1.35 million per season. Oesterle will be a solid 6th or 7th defenseman for the Red Wings.

After a bit of a contract dispute, the Detroit Red Wings agreed on a 4 yr extension worth 5.25 million per season with Jakub Vrana. Jakub Vrana is an ultra-talented winger, but can struggle at times with his consistency; regardless, he should be a big part of the core. Filip Hronek was re-signed to a 3 yr deal worth 4.4 million per season. Hronek is already a good top 4 defenseman, and will only improve.

Besides Vrana and Hronek, the Red Wings also re-signed veteran defenseman, Marc Staal, Michael Rasmussen, and Adam Erne. Marc Staal is still a solid veteran Defenseman, and both Rasmussen and Erne will be an important part of their depth.


The Detroit Red Wings should make a trade to improve the team:

Detroit Red Wings trade Vladislav Namestnikov, Sam Gagner, 2022 3rd round pick to the Seattle Kraken for Calle Jarnkrok, Mason Appleton.

Calle Jarnkrok and Mason Appleton will help strengthen the depth on the Red Wings, while Seattle get two players to fill out the lineup and a 3rd round pick.


This is how the Red Wings lineup looks like after the trade:



Ty.Bertuzzi-D.Larkin-L.Raymond

R.Fabbri-P.Suter-F.Zadina

C.Jarnkrok-M.Rasmussen-M.Appleton

C.Rowney-M.Stephens-A.Erne

D.DeKeyser-M.Seider

N.Leddy-F.Hronek

M.Staal-T.Stetcher

A.Nedeljkovic

T.Greiss

(IR) J.Vrana


The Detroit Red Wings could definitely make the playoffs with the additions of Jarnkrok and Appleton, and the development of young stars. 

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.