Tuesday, February 23, 2021

How Chicago Blackhawks can become a Dynasty Again

 The Chicago Blackhawks are a team that is stuck in no-mans-land; they aren't good enough to make the playoffs yet they aren't bad enough to be in the lottery.

So the most logical thing the Blackhawks should do is to trade away their veteran players and rebuild for the future.


At the trade deadline, the Chicago Blackhawks make one trade:

Chicago Blackhawks trade Duncan Keith to the Boston Bruins for John Moore, 1st rd pick '21.

The Bruins need a Left Defenseman to pair with Charlie McAvoy, and Duncan Keith is the perfect fit for this role.


The Chicago Blackhawks miss the playoffs in the 2020-21 season and end up with the 8th pick in the draft.


Chicago Blackhawks buyout Brent Seabrook; the buyout costs 833K until 2027.


Chicago Blackhawks lose David Kampf to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft.


Before the 2021 draft, two trades are made:

Chicago Blackhawks trade Jonathan Toews to the Minnesota Wild for Jordan Greenway, Alexander Khovanov, Calen Addison, 2021 1st round pick.

The Blackhawks get Jordan Greenway, Alexander Khovonov, Calen Addison, three great young players, and a 1st round pick for Jonathan Toews.

The Blackhawks also trade Dylan Strome, Nikita Zadorov, Collin Delia to the Philadelphia Flyers for Nolan Patrick, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, and a 2021 3rd round pick.

The Blackhawks swap Dylan Strome for Nolan Patrick, deal away Zadorov, Delia for Aube-Kubel, and a 3rd.


2021 Draft

8-Kent Johnson

18-Artem Grushnikov

39-Colton Dach

The Chicago Blackhawks draft Kent Johnson and Colton Dach to bolster their offense and Artem Grushnikov to be a huge part of their defense.


Chicago Blackhawks re-sign a few players:

Nolan Patrick-2yrs/3M per

Pius Suter-2yrs/2.75M per

Lucas Wallmark-2yrs/1.5M per

Braden Hagel-2yr deal


Chicago Blackhawks re-sign all RFAs


Chicago Blackhawks sign Alec Martinez to a 4 yr deal worth 4 million per season

Scott Laughton, Brock McGinn get signed to 3 yr deals worth 2.5 million per season


The Chicago Blackhawks miss the playoffs again in the 2021-22 season and end up with the 7th pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, the Chicago Blackhawks make one major trade:


Chicago Blackhawks trade Patrick Kane to the Buffalo Sabres for Jack Quinn, 2022 1st round pick.

The Sabres get Jack Quinn, a talented-young scorer, 1st round pick for Patrick Kane.


2022 Draft

3-Brad Lambert

7-Ivan Miroshichenko

Chicago Blackhawks draft Brad Lambert and Ivan Miroshichenko, two blue-chip prospects to bolster the roster.


Chicago Blackhawks re-sign a few players:

Dominik Kubalik-7yrs/5.5M per

Adam Boqvist-6yrs/4.25M per

Kevin Lankinen-3yrs/3.5M per

Jordan Greenway-4yrs/2.75M per


Chicago Blackhawks re-sign all RFAs


Chicago Blackhawks sign Joonas Korpisalo to 5 yr deal worth 5.2 million per season


The Chicago Blackhawks narrowly miss the playoffs in the 2022-23 season and end up with the 15th pick in the draft.


After the 2022-23 season, one major trade is made


Chicago Blackhawks trade Alex Debrincat, Pius Suter, Nic Beaudin, 2023 1st round pick to the Arizona Coyotes for Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

The Blackhawks add OEL, a top-notch offensive defenseman to anchor their defense.


Chicago Blackhawks re-sign a few players:

Kirby Dach-8yrs/6.25M per

Jack Quinn-4yrs/4.5M per

Calen Addison, Alexander Khovanov-2 yr deals.


Chicago Blackhawks re-sign all RFAs


By the 2023-24 season, the Chicago Blackhawks have built a contending team


2023-24 Chicago Blackhawks

D.Kubalik-K.Dach-J.Quinn

I.Miroshichenko-B.Lambert-A.Khovanov

N.Patrick-K.Johnson-B.McGinn

J.Greenway-S.Laughton-N.Aube Kubel

OEL-A.Boqvist

A.Grushnikov-C.Addison

A.Martinez-I.Mitchell

J.Korpisalo

K.Lankinen

Top Prospects: C.Dach


The Chicago Blackhawks have now built a dominant team that looks like it has the potential to be the next dynasty.


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

How New York Rangers can become a Dynasty

 The New Rangers already have some nice pieces in place, but for some reason, they just can seem to put it all together. If they draft correctly and make the right trades, the Rangers have the potential to become a dynasty.


At the trade deadline, the New York Rangers make one major trade:

New York Rangers trade Pavel Buchnevich, Brendan Smith, Ryan Strome to the San Jose Sharks for Marc Eduord Vlasic, and a 2021 1st round pick. The Sharks retain 1 million of Marc Eduord Vlasic's annual cap hit.

The Rangers get a Marc Eduord Vlasic, who has a terrible contract but will also gain a 1st round pick for taking on his contract. The Sharks get Pavel Buchnevich and Ryan Strome, two top 6 forwards, and Brendan Smith, a top 6 defenseman.


The New York Rangers miss the playoffs in the 2020-21 season and end up with the 5th pick in the draft.


The New York Rangers lose Brendan Lemieux to the Seattle Kraken in the Expansion draft.


At the 2021 draft, the New York Rangers trade Jacob Trouba to the Detroit Red Wings for picks Troy Stetcher, 37, 51, 94.


2021 draft

5-Brandt Clarke

9-Mason McTavish

37-Nikita Chibrikov

51-Issac Belliveau

94-Gabe Klassen

The New York Rangers draft Brandt Clarke and Mason McTavish, two high-end prospects, who will be a big part of their core; Nikita Chibrikov and Issac Belliveau can be great complementary pieces for the Rangers down the road


New York Rangers re-sign all RFAs.


New York Rangers sign two players in free agency:

Phillip Danault-7yrs/5.75M per 

Cody Ceci-1yrs/1.25M


The New York Rangers make the playoffs in the 2021-22 season but end up losing in the first round of the playoffs.


Before the 2022 draft, one major trade is made:

New York Rangers trade Kakko Kakko, Alexandar Georgiev to the Anaheim Ducks for Danton Heinen, Lukas Dostal, and a 2022 1st round pick.

Kakko Kakko hasn't quite fit in with the New York Rangers, so perhaps a change of scenery would be good for him; this is a great return for the Rangers considering Kakko has yet to live up to his draft potential.


Before the 2022 draft, the New York Rangers trade Mika Zibanejad to the Detroit Red Wings for Filip Zadina, 2022 1st round pick in a sign and trade.

The Rangers get a terrific return for Mika Zibanejad, a player that was going to become a UFA and save a ton of cap room.


At the 2022 draft, the New York Rangers trade Filip Chytil, Vitaly Kravtsov, pick 4, 2023 1st round pick to the Ottawa Senators for pick 1.


2022 draft

1-Shane Wright

6-Seamus Casey

18-Noah Greuter

The New York Rangers draft Shane Wright, a dynamic goal-scoring center, who will be a big part of the core in the future. Seamus Casey has the potential to be a top-pair defenseman in the NHL, and Noah Grueter has the potential to be an impact forward as well.


New York Rangers re-sign a few players:

Danton Heinen-3yrs/3.25M per

Nic Paul-3yrs/2.25M per


New York Rangers re-sign all RFAs.


New York Rangers sign Valeri Nischuskin to a 2 yr deal worth 2 million per season.


The New York Rangers win the Presidents' Trophy in the 2022-23 season but lose in the Conference Finals.


Alexis Lafreniere is re-signed to a 6yr deal worth/6.66M per season. 


New York Rangers re-sign all RFAs.


By the 2023-24 season, the New York Rangers are a Stanley Cup Favorite:


2023-24 New York Rangers:

A.Lafreniere-S.Wright-V.Nishuskin

A.Panarin-P.Danault-N.Chibrikov

F.Zadina-M.McTavish-D.Heinen

N.Paul-Br.Howden-J.Gauthier

K-A.Miller-S.Casey

M-E.Vlasic-B.Clarke

R.Lindgren-A.Fox

I.Shesterkin

O.Dostal

Top Prospects: N.Greuter, I.Belliveau, G.Klassen



The New York Rangers have now put together a dominant team that looks like it could be the NHL's next dynasty.





Tuesday, February 9, 2021

HOW LA KINGS CAN BECOME A DYNASTY

 The LA Kings are a rebuilding team right now, but if they make the right trades and draft correctly, they could become a dynasty.


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

LA Kings trade Jeff Carter, Alex Aifallo to the Nashville Predators for Calle Jarnkrok, Rocco Grimaldi, and a 2021 2nd round pick.

The Kings get Jarnkrok and Grimaldi, two solid role players, as well as a 2nd round pick for Jeff Carter and Alex Aifallo, a pending UFA.


The LA Kings finish the 2020-21 season with the 4th worst record in the league.


LA Kings lose Andreas Athanasiou to the Seattle Kraken in the Expansion draft.


Before the 2021 draft, the LA Kings trade Jonathan Quick to the Carolina Hurricanes for James Reimer, Brock McGinn, and a 2021 2nd round pick.

The trade gives the Kings a reliable 1B to tandem with Cal Petersen, Brock McGinn, and a 2nd round pick.


At the 2021 draft, LA Kings trade picks 58, 59 to the Detroit Red Wings for picks 51, and a 2022 2nd round pick.


2021 Draft

4-Simon Edvinsson

36-Colton Dach

46-Graham Sward

51-Sebastian Cossa

The LA Kings draft Simon Edvinsson and Graham Sward, two top-notch defensive prospects, and Sebastian Cossa, one of the top prospect goalies.


LA Kings re-sign James Reimer to a 3yr deal worth 3.5 million per season.


LA Kings re-sign all their RFAs


LA Kings sign Tomas Tatar to a 6yrs deal worth 6.25M per season.


The LA Kings finish the 2021-22 season with the worst record in the 4th worst record in the league, but two teams jump them in the lottery and they end up with the 6th pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, one major trade is made:

LA Kings trade Drew Doughty to the Toronto Maple Leafs for William Nylander, Travis Dermott, Nicolas Robertson, and 2022 1st round pick.

The Kings get three really good players in Nylander, Dermott, and Robertson, as well as a 1st round pick for Drew Doughty.


2022 draft

6-Seamus Casey

28-Devin Kaplan

The LA Kings draft Seamus Casey and Devin Kaplan, two prospects that will be a big part of their future.


LA Kings re-sign Travis Dermott to a 2yrs deal worth 2.75 million per season.


LA Kings re-sign all their RFAs


LA Kings sign a few players in free agency:

Ben Chiarot-4yrs/3.25M per

Boone Jenner-4yrs/3.1M per


The LA Kings have a much better record in the 2022-23 season, but miss the playoffs; they end up with the 14th pick in the draft. 


After the season, one major trade is made:


LA Kings acquire Jonathan Huberdeau from the Florida Panthers for Rasmus Kupari, Akil Thomas, Sean Walker, and a 2023 1st round pick.

The Kings get Jonathan Huberdeau, a star winger, that will be a huge part of the core for a long time.


LA Kings re-sign a few key players:

Jonathan Huberdeau-7yrs/9.5M per

Nicolas Robertson-2yrs/2.75M per


LA Kings re-sign all their RFAs


By the 2023-24 season have put together a contending team.


2023-24 LA Kings

T.Tatar-A.Kopitar-W.Nylander

J.Huberdeau-Q.Byfield-A.Kaliyev

N.Robertson-A.Turcotte-G.Vilardi

B.Jenner-J.Anderson-Dolan-B.Lizotte

B.Chiarot-S.Casey

T.Bjornfot-S.Edvinsson

T.Dermott-J.Spence

S.Cossa

J.Reimer

Top Prospects: D.Kaplan, C.Dach, G.Sward, J.Anderson Dolan, T.Madden


By drafting correctly and making the right trades, the LA Kings have set themselves up to be a dynasty in the future.



Tuesday, February 2, 2021

HOW CALGARY FLAMES CAN BECOME CONTENDERS

The Calgary Flames are a solid team in the regular season but can't seem to make it far in the playoffs. If the Flames want to make a deep run, they will need to retool the team to build a team more suitable for the playoffs.



At the trade deadline, the Calgary Flames make one major trade:


Calgary Flames trade Josh Leivo, Dominik Simon, and a 2021 2nd round pick to the Detroit Red Wings for Vladislav Namestnikov, Robby Fabbri.

The Flames add Namestnikov and Fabrri to bolster the roster for the playoffs.


The Calgary Flames make the playoffs in the 2020-21 season but get eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.


The Calgary Flames buyout Milan Lucic; the buyout will cost them 583k annually until 2025.


The Calgary Flames lose Andrew Mangiapane to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft.


Before the 2021 draft, two major trades are made:


Calgary Flames trade Johnny Gaudreau to the Buffalo Sabres for Taylor Hall.

This is a one-for-one swap of Hall for Gaudreau; both need a change in scenery.

The Flames also trade Mikael Backlund to the Anaheim Ducks for Isac Lundestrom, Troy Terry, 2021 2nd round pick.

The Ducks get Mikael Backlund, while the Flames get Lundestrom and Terry, two solid young players, and a 2nd round pick.


2021 Draft

22-Brett Harrison

38-Cameron Whynot

54-Isac Rosen

The Calgary Flames draft Brett Harrison and Jake Chiasson, two solid forward prospects, and Cameron Whynot, a solid prospect defenseman.


Calgary Flames re-sign a few players:

Taylor Hall-6yrs/9.5M per

Dillon Dube-3yrs/3M per

Sam Bennett-3yrs/2.5M per

Juuso Valimaki-2yrs/2.5M per

Oliver Kylington-2yrs/1.7M per

Isac Lundestrom-2yrs/1.5M per

Troy Terry-1yr/900K per

Calgary Flames sign a few key Free Agents:

Adam Lowry-4yrs/3M per

Scott Laughton-3yrs/2.6M per

Brian Elliott-2yrs/2M per


Calgary Flames re-sign all other RFAs


The Calgary Flames once again make it to the second round of the playoffs in the 2021-22 season; 

however, they would once again lose in 6 games.


Before the 2022 draft, the Calgary Flames make two trades:


Calgary Flames trade Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett to the Ottawa Senators for Logan Brown, 2022 1st round pick.

The Senators get Sean Monahan, a great top-line center for Logan Brown, and a 1st round pick.


The Flames also trade Noah Hanifin, Vladislav Namestnikov to the New York Islanders for the 2022 1st round pick.

The Islanders get Noah Hanifin and Vladislav Namestnikov for a 1st round pick.


2022 Draft

5-Rugter McGroarty

16-Juraj Slafkovsky

22-Simon Forsmark


The Calgary Flames draft Rugter McGroarty, Juraj Slafkovsky, and Charlie Leddy, three prospects that will be a huge part of their future.


Calgary Flames re-sign a few players:


Matthew Tkachuk-8yrs/8M per


Calgary Flames re-sign all other RFAs


Calgary Flames sign a few players:


Jonathan Drouin-5yrs/5.5M per

Justin Schultz-2yrs/4M per

Cam Talbot-2yrs/3.5M per

Noel Acciari-3yrs/1.7M per


The Calgary Flames miss the playoffs entirely in the 2022-23 season and have the 12th pick in the 2023 draft.


After the season, the Calgary Flames make one huge trade:

Calgary Flames acquire Thomas Harley, Jason Dickinson from the Dallas Stars for Oliver Kylington, Logan Brown, 2023 1st round pick.

The Flames add Thomas Harley and Jason Dickinson for Oliver Kylington, a great young defenseman, Logan Brown, a solid third-line center, and a 1st round pick.


Calgary Flames re-sign all other RFAs


By the 2023-24 season, the Calgary Flames have put together a legit contender.


2023-24 Calgary Flames

M.Tkachuk-J.Pelletier-E.Lindholm

T.Hall-R.McGroarty-J.Drouin

A.Lowry-C.Zary-D.Dube

I.Lundestrom-S.Laughton-N.Acciari

T.Harley-R.Andersson

J.Valimaki-C.Tanev

C.Whynot-J.Schultz

J.Markstrom

C.Talbot

Top Prospects: J.Slafkovsky, B.Harrison, S.Forsmark, I.Rosen



The Calgary Flames have now built a team that looks like it could be a legit contender, with the potential to be a dynasty.