Tuesday, March 30, 2021

HOW PHILADELPHIA FLYERS CAN BECOME A DYNASTY AGAIN

 The Philadelphia Flyers won back-to-back Stanley Cups in the 1970s, but since then they have yet to win the Stanley Cup again. The Flyers have some great players on the team, but I think they might need to make some adjustments to win it all.


At the trade deadline, Philadelphia Flyers make one major trade:

Philadelphia Flyers acquire Ryan Ellis, Erik Haula from the Nashville Predators for Oskar Lindblom, Phil Myers, German Rubtsov, and a 2021 1st round pick.

The Flyers acquire Ryan Ellis, a top-pair defenseman to pair with Ivan Provorov.


With the addition of Ryan Ellis, the Philadelphia Flyers make the playoffs but get eliminated in the 2nd round of the playoffs.


Before the expansion draft, the Philadelphia Flyers trade Jakub Voracek to the Detroit Red Wings for a 2021 2nd round pick (from NYR), 2022 2nd round pick.

The Flyers free up more than 8 million in cap space by unloading Voracek's contract, and at the same time add two 2nd round picks.


Philadelphia Flyers lose Scott Laughton to the Seattle Kraken in the Expansion Draft.


Before the 2021 draft, two trades are made:

Philadelphia Flyers trade James Van Riemsdyk to the Anaheim Ducks for Josh Manson, Sam Steel, 2021 3rd round pick. 

The Flyers get a veteran defenseman Josh Manson, Sam Steel, and a 3rd round pick in exchange for JVR, who just had a tremendous year.


The Flyers also trade Shayne Gostisbehere to the LA Kings for a 2021 2nd round pick.

The Flyers around retooling their defense, so they ship Gostisbehere to LA for a 2nd round pick.


2021 Draft

43-Sebastian Cossa

53-Tyler Boucher

54-Graham Sward

69-Connor Lockhart

85-Ryder Korczak

The Philadelphia Flyers draft 5 quality prospects that could be impact players down the road.


Philadelphia Flyers re-sign a few players:

Carter Hart-3yrs/3.5M per

Nolan Patrick-2yrs/2.5M per

Travis Sanheim-2yrs/3.75M per

Brian Elliott-1yrs/2M 

Sam Steel-2yrs/1.6M per


Philadelphia Flyers Re-sign all other RFAs


Philadelphia Flyers sign one key free agent:

Jamie Oleksiak-3yrs/3.1M per


The Philadelphia Flyers take a step back in the 2021-22 season, and miss the playoffs; they end up with the 14th pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, one major trade is made:

Philadelphia Flyers trade Claude Giroux to the LA Kings for Adrian Kempe, Gabriel Vilardi, 2022 2nd round pick. If Giroux re-signs with the Kings, the Flyers get a 1st round pick in 2023.

The Flyers part ways with Captain Claude Giroux, so they can build the team around Sean Couturier.


At the 2022 Draft, Philadelphia Flyers trade picks 14, 37 to the Nashville Predators for pick 8


2022 Draft

8-Issac Howard

32-Conor Geekie

46-Tristian Luneau

The Philadelphia Flyers draft three prospects who could have a big impact on the team in the future.


Philadelphia Flyers re-sign a few players:

Sean Couturier-7yrs/8.25M per

Josh Manson-3yrs/3.5M per

Joel Farabee-4yrs/4M per

Adrian Kempe-3yrs/3.3M per

Gabriel Vilardi-2yrs/2.5M per

Robert Hagg-2yrs/1.7M per

Nicolas Aube-Kubel-3yrs/1.5M per


Philadelphia Flyers Re-sign all other RFAs


The Philadelphia Flyers make it Stanley Cup Finals before being beat by the Colorado Avalanche.


After the season, one major trade is made:

Philadelphia Flyers trade Nolan Patrick, Ryder Korczak, and a 2023 1st round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Josh Brook.

The Flyers get Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Josh Brook, two young players, who aren't getting used properly in Montreal.


Since Claude Giroux re-signed with the LA Kings, the Flyers get their first-round pick; the Kings have the 10th pick in the draft.


2023 Draft

10-Hunter Brzutewicz

The Flyers draft Hunter Brzutewicz, a solid defensive prospect that should help the team down the line.


Philadelphia Flyers re-sign a few players:

Travis Sanheim-3yrs/3.5M per

Jesperi Kotkaniemi-3yrs/3.2M per

Tyson Foerster-2yrs/2.5M per

Sam Steel-2yrs/1.9M per

Josh Brook-2yrs/1.5M per


Philadelphia Flyers Re-sign all other RFAs


The Philadelphia Flyers win the 2024 Stanley Cup after defeating the Colorado Avalanche in 6 games.


Philadelphia Flyers re-sign a few players:

Carter Hart-4yrs/4.5M per

Graham Sward-3yrs/2.75M per

Sebastian Cossa-2yrs/2.5M per


Philadelphia Flyers Re-sign all other RFAs


By the 2024-25 season, the Philadelphia Flyers have assembled a powerhouse team.


2024-25 Philadelphia Flyers

I.Howard-S.Couturier-J.Farabee

T.Foerster-K.Hayes-T.Konecny

G.Vilardi-J.Kotkaniemi-A.Kempe

M.Frost-S.Steel-N.Aube-Kubel

I.Provorov-R.Ellis

T.Sanheim-J.Manson

G.Sward-J.Brook

C.Hart

S.Cossa

Top Prospects: C.Lockhart, C.Geekie, T.Luneau, H.Brzutewicz, T.Boucher



The Philadelphia Flyers have won a Stanley Cup and have the potential to be a dynasty.


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

HOW NEW YORK ISLANDERS CAN BECOME A DYNASTY

 It has been 38 years since the New York Islanders last won a Stanley Cup, and although they have been doing well in the playoffs in recent years, the odds of them winning a Stanley cup are pretty thin, especially playing in arguably the toughest division in the NHL. 

If the New York Islanders want to win the Stanley Cup, they will have to make some changes to the team.


At the trade Deadline, the Islanders make one major trade:

New York Islanders trade Anthony Beauvillier, Scott Mayfield, Michael Dal Colle, 2021 2nd round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for David Savard, Eric Robinson.

The Islanders acquire David Savard, a reliable defensive-defenseman, who fits in perfectly with the Islanders.


With the addition of David Savard, the Islanders manage to make it to the Conference Finals, where they are eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning.


New York Islanders lose Cal Clutterbuck to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft

 

After the expansion draft, the New York Islanders trade Jordan Eberle, Adam Pelech to the Seattle Kraken for Zach Hyman, Jamie Oleksiak, 2nd round pick '21.

This trade gives the Islanders some cap flexibility, and at the same time gives them the players they need to improve their team.


Before the 2021 draft, one trade is made:

Brock Nelson is traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for 1st round pick '21.

The Islanders get a first-round pick for Brock Nelson.


New York Islanders trade pick 29 to the Detroit Red Wings for picks 33, 50.


2021 Draft

13-Aatu Raty

33-Roman Schmidt

48-Sean Behrens

50-Zachary Dean

The New York Islanders draft Aatu Raty, a prospect once considered the best prospect in the draft class, as well as three very good prospects in Roman Schmidt, Sean Behrens, Zachary Dean.


New York Islanders re-sign a few players:

David Savard-4yrs/4.5M per

Zach Hyman-4yrs/3.6M per

Casey Cizikas-3yrs/3.5M per

Jamie Oleksiak-3yrs/2.75M per

Kieffer Bellows-2yrs/1.5M per

Eric Robinson-1yr/1M per


In the 2021-22 season, the New York Islanders make it to the Stanley Cup Finals but lose in 6 games.


Before the 2022 draft, one major trade is made:

New York Islanders trade Anders Lee to the Vancouver Canucks for Jake Virtanen, 1st round pick '22.

The Islanders get Jake Virtanen, a solid young power forward and a 1st round pick for Anders Lee.


At the 2022 draft, the New York Islanders trade picks 31, 63 to the Washington Capitals for pick 27


2022 Draft

15-Ivan Miroshichenko

27-Jere Lassila 

New York Islanders draft Ivan Miroshichenko and Jere Lassila, two great prospects to bolster the depth of the team.


New York Islanders re-sign a few players:

Ryan Pulock-5yrs/5.2M per

Noah Dobson-3yrs/2.8M per

Jake Virtanen-3yrs/2.2M per

Ilya Sorokin-2yrs/1.8M per


New York Islanders sign a key Free Agent:

Boone Jenner-4yrs/3.5M per


The New York Islanders end up winning the 2023 Stanley Cup in 6 games over the Colorado Avalanche.


After the season, one trade is made:

New York Islanders trade Semyon Varlamov, 2023 2nd round pick to the Washington Capitals for Vitek Vanecek, 2023 2nd round pick.

The Islanders trade Varlamov for Vanecek and swap 2nd round picks.


New York Islanders re-sign a few players:

Matt Barzal-8yrs/8.5M per

Vitek Vanecek-3yrs/3.75M per

Oliver Wahlstrom-3yrs/3.5M per

Kieffer Bellows-3yrs/3.5M per

New York Islanders sign one key free agent:

Oskar Sundqvist to a 3yrs/2.5M per


By the 2023-24 Season, the New York Islanders have assembled a powerhouse team:


2023-24 New York Islanders

I.Miroshichenko-M.Barzal-J.Virtanen

K.Bellows-A.Raty-J.Bailey

B.Jenner-J-G.Pageau-O.Wahlstrom

M.Martin-C.Cizikas-O.Sundqvist

R.Schmidt-R.Pulock

J.Oleksiak-D.Savard

S.Behrens-N.Dobson

V.Vanecek

I.Sorokin

Top Prospects: Z.Dean, J.Lassila


The New York Islanders built a young team that looks like could be the next dynasty in the league.


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

HOW TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS CAN BECOME A DYNASTY AGAIN

 It has been 54 years since the Toronto Maple Leafs last won a Stanley Cup, but they certainly do have the personnel on hand to win multiple Stanley Cups if they make some adjustments to the team.


At the Trade Deadline, one major trade is made:

Toronto Maple Leafs acquire Derick Brassard, Drake Cagguila from the Arizona Coyotes for Jimmy Vesey, 3rd round pick '21.

The Maple Leafs get Brassard and Cagguila to bolster their depth for a deep playoff run.


The Toronto Maple Leafs end up losing in the Conference Finals to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 6 games.


Joe Thornton Retires after the 2020-21 season.


Toronto Maple Leafs lose Zach Hyman to the Seattle Kraken in the Expansion draft


Before the 2021 draft, two major trades are made:

Toronto Maple Leafs trade Travis Dermott, Alex Kerfoot, Ilya Mikheyev, 2nd round pick '21 to the Anaheim Ducks for Josh Manson, Max Jones.

The Anaheim Ducks acquire Josh Manson and Max Jones, the two players will provide some physicality and toughness to the team. 

The Maple Leafs also trade Fredrik Andersen to the Detroit Red Wings for 2nd round pick '21 (from EDM), 2021 2nd round pick (from NYR).

The Maple Leafs get three picks in exchange for Fredrik Andersen, who the Maple Leafs were not likely to extend.


2021 Draft

29-Sasha Pastujov

41-Zachary Dean

54-Sean Behrens

The Toronto Maple Leafs draft two solid forward prospects in Sasha Pastujov, Zachary Dean, and a good defensive prospect in Sean Behrens.


Toronto Maple Leafs re-sign a few players:

Derick Brasard-1yr/1M per 

Veini Vehvilainen-2 yrs/1.3M per


Toronto Maple Leafs sign a few players:

Petr Mrazek-4yrs/4.5M per

Brock McGinn-2yrs/2.2M per



The Toronto Maple Leafs win their division in the 2021-22 season and cruise to their first Stanley Cup in 66 years.


Before the 2022 draft, two trades are made:

Toronto Maple Leafs trade William Nylander to the Florida Panthers for Owen Tippett, Alexander Wennberg, 1st round pick '22.

The Maple Leafs get Owen Tippett and Alexander Wennberg, and a 1st  for William Nylander.

Maple Leafs also trade Josh Manson to the New York Rangers for 3rd round pick '22.

The Maple Leafs get a pick back for Josh Manson, who wasn't going to get re-signed due to Toronto's cap situation.


At the 2022 draft, Toronto Maple Leafs trade picks 64, 3rd rd pick '23 to the Minnesota Wild for pick 43. 


2022 Draft

20-Charlie Leddy

32-Jonathan Lekkerimaki

43-Topias Leinonen

Toronto Maple Leafs draft Charlie Leddy and Jonathan Lekkerimaki, two prospects who could be impact players a few years down the line.


Toronto Maple Leafs re-sign a few players:

Morgan Reilly-8 yrs/6.5M per

Owen Tippett-3yrs/2.8 million per 

Alexander Wennberg-2yrs/2.5M per 

Pierre Engvall-2 yrs/1.5M per

Toronto Maple Leafs sign Rodion Amirov to an entry-level contract


Toronto Maple Leafs re-sign All other RFAs


Toronto Maple Leafs sign Noel Acciari to a 3yrs deal worth 1.75M per season.


The Toronto Maple Leafs win back-to-back Stanley Cups for the first time since the 60s.


After the 2022-23 season, the Toronto Maple Leafs make one trade:

Toronto Maple Leafs trade Justin Holl, Sasha Pastujov, 2nd round pick '23 to Columbus Blue Jackets for Alexandre Texier, Andrew Peeke.

The Maple Leafs get Alexandre Texier and Andrew Peeke to bolster their depth on the team.


Toronto Maple Leafs re-sign a few players:

Alexandre Texier-3yrs/3.5M per

Rasmus Sandin-3yrs/3M per

Andrew Peeke-3yrs/2.75M per

Veini Vehvilainen-3yrs/2M per 

Toronto Maple Leafs re-sign All other RFAs


By the 2023-24 season, the Maple Leafs have won two Stanley cups and are on the cusp of winning another.


2023-24 Toronto Maple Leafs

N.Robertson-A.Matthews-M.Marner

R.Amirov-J.Tavares-O.Tippett

A.Texier-Z.Dean-B.McGinn

P.Engvall-A.Wennberg-N.Acciari

M.Rielly-TJ.Brodie

J.Muzzin-T.Liljegren

R.Sandin-A.Peeke

P.Mrazek

V.Vehvilainen

Top Prospects: S.Behrens, C.Leddy, J.Lekkerimaki, T.Leinonen


The Toronto Maple Leafs have won back-to-back Stanley Cups and have a chance to three-peat if everything goes right in the 2023-24 season.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

HOW EDMONTON OILERS CAN BECOME A DYNASTY AGAIN

 It has been 30 years since the Oilers won their last Stanley Cup but with two of the best players in the world to build around, it is certainly possible to restore the glory days.


At the trade deadline, two trades are made:

Edmonton Oilers trade Jesse Puljujarvi, Caleb Jones, Zack Kassian, 2021 2nd round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for Dylan Strome, Philipp Kurashev.

The Oilers add Dylan Strome and Philipp Kurashev to add some offensive punch to the lineup.


The Oilers also trade Adam Larsson, Jujhar Khaira to the New York Islanders for Anthony Beauvillier, Scott Mayfield. 

The Oilers add vital role players in Anthony Beauvillier and Scott Mayfield.


The Edmonton Oilers make it to the 2020-21 season but lose in the 2nd round of the playoffs.


Edmonton Oilers buyout James Neal; the buyout costs 1.9 million per season until 2025.


Edmonton Oilers lose Ethan Bear to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft.


Before the 2021 draft, the Oilers make one trade:

Edmonton Oilers trade Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Alex Chiasson to the Minnesota Wild for Ryan Hartman, 2021 1st round pick. 

The Oilers get Ryan Hartman and a 2021 1st round pick for RNH and Alex Chiasson, two UFAs that they might not re-sign.


2021 Draft

19-Chaz Lucius

23-Francesco Pinelli

The Edmonton Oilers draft Chaz Lucius and Francesco Pinelli, two solid prospects to add to their offensive firepower.


Edmonton Oilers re-sign a few players:

Tyson Barrie-3yrs/4.5M per

Kailer Yamamoto-5yrs/4.25M per

Anthony Beauvillier-4yrs/3.5M per

Dominik Kahun/Tyler Ennis-1 yr deals


Edmonton Oilers re-sign All other RFAs


Edmonton Oilers sign Linus Ullmark-3yr deal worth 3.75M per season.


In the 2021-22 Season, the Edmonton Oilers make it to the Stanley Cup Finals before being eliminated in 6 games.


Before the 2022 draft, the Oilers make one major trade:


Edmonton Oilers trade Dylan Strome, 1st round pick 2023 to the Montreal Canadiens for Jesperi Kotkaniemi.

The Oilers get Jesperi Kotkaniemi, a talented young center, who is stuck playing behind Suzuki and Danault in Montreal.


2022 draft

31-Gleb Trikozov

Edmonton Oilers draft Gleb Trikozov, a talented Russian prospect, who can help the team in two or three years.


Edmonton Oilers re-sign a few players:

Darnell Nurse-6yrs/5.75M per

Kyle Turris-2yrs/1.5M per

Josh Archibald-2yrs/1.5M per

Philip Kurashev-2yrs/1.5M per

 

Edmonton Oilers re-sign All other RFAs


Edmonton Oilers sign Brayden McNabb, Frank Vatrano to a 3 yr deal worth 3 million per season.


The Edmonton Oilers win the Presidents' Trophy and the Stanley Cup in the 2022-23 season.


After the 2022-23 season, Edmonton makes two major trade:


Edmonton Oilers trade Oscar Klefbom to the St.Louis Blues for Robert Thomas.

The Blues need a top 4 defenseman, while the Oilers need a top 6 Forward.

Daniil Tarasov is acquired from the Edmonton Oilers for a 2024 3rd round pick.

The Oilers add Daniil Tarasov, a Russian goalie, who is stuck in the pipeline in Columbus.


Edmonton Oilers re-sign a few players:

Philip Broberg-3yrs/5M per

Robert Thomas-5yrs/4.5M per

Jesperi Kotkaniemi-2yrs/2.5M per

Daniil Tarasov-2 yr deal


Edmonton Oilers re-sign All other RFAs


Edmonton Oilers sign Justin Holl to a 3 yr deal worth 2.5 million per season.


By the 2023-24 season, Edmonton has already won a Stanley Cup and is on the cusp of another.


2023-24 Edmonton Oilers

L.Draisaitl-C.McDavid-K.Yamamoto

A.Beauvillier-J.Kotkaniemi-R.Thomas

F.Vatrano-F.Pinelli-C.Lucius

C.Marody-K.Turris-J.Archibald

P.Broberg-E.Bouchard

D.Nurse-J.Holl

B.McNabb-T.Barrie

L.Ullmark

D.Tarasov

Top Prospects: G.Trikozov


The Edmonton Oilers have assembled a talented young team that has the potential to be the next dynasty in the league.

 






Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Why Dallas Stars Should Consider Rebuilding

 The Dallas Stars are an aging team, and with the injuries to Seguin and Bishop, the Stars should consider rebuilding. The Stars would benefit in the long run if they were to move some of the older veteran players for some picks and prospects.

At the trade deadline, the Dallas Stars make a few trades:

Dallas Stars trade Ben Bishop to the St.Louis Blues for Jordan Kyrou, and a 2022 2nd round pick. 

Ben Bishop is a great goalie when healthy but with Khudobin and Oettinger on board, the Stars no longer need Bishop.

The Stars also trade Alex Radulov to the Detroit Red Wings for Vladislav Namestnikov, 2021 2nd round pick (from NYR), and a 2nd round pick (from EDM).

The Red Wings acquire a marquee player to bolster their lineup for Vladislav Namestnikov and two 2nd round picks.


The Dallas Stars finish the 2020-21 season with the 12th worst record in the league but end up with the 3rd pick in the draft.


Before the 2021 draft, the Dallas Stars make one major trade:

Dallas Stars trade Joe Pavelski, Jamie Oleksiak to the Florida Panthers for Frank Vatrano, Eetu Luostarinen, Radko Gudas, and a 2021 1st round pick.

The Panthers get Joe Pavelski, a star forward, and a solid defenseman in Jamie Oleksiak to help bolster their roster.


2021 Draft

3-Simon Edvinsson 

20-Chaz Lucius

39-Zachary Dean

44-Graham Sward

56-Tristian Lennox

The Dallas Stars Draft three great forwards in Chaz Lucius, Zachary Dean, and Isak Rosen three dynamic forwards, along with Simon Edvinsson and Graham Sward, two terrific defensemen.


Dallas Stars re-sign a few players:

Miro Heiskanen-8yrs/7.5M per

Jordan Kyrou-2yrs/1.5M per


Dallas Stars re-sign All other RFAs


At the trade deadline, the Dallas Stars make one major trade:


Dallas Stars trade John Klingberg to the Philadelphia Flyers for Phil Myers, Morgan Frost, 2022 1st round pick.

The Flyers get a top-pair puck-moving defenseman to pair with Ivan Provorov.


The Dallas Stars finish the 2021-22 season with the 3rd worst record in the league and end up with the 2nd pick in the draft.


2022 draft

2-Matthew Savoie

19-Cruz Lucius

The Dallas Stars draft Matthew Savoie and Cruz Lucius, two blue-chip prospects that should be a huge part of their future.


Dallas Stars re-sign a few players:

Denis Gurianov-4yrs/3.75M per

Jake Oettinger-3yrs/3M per

Frank Vatrano-3yrs/2.8M per

Eetu Luostarinen-3yrs/2.5M per

Morgan Frost-2yrs/1.2M per


Dallas Stars re-sign All other RFAs


The Dallas Stars finish the 2022-23 season with a much better record; they end up with the 13th pick in the draft.


Before the 2023 Draft, the Dallas Stars trade Tyler Seguin to the San Jose Sharks for Timo Meier, and a 2023 1st round pick.

The Sharks get Tyler Seguin, a bonafide 1st line Center, while the Stars get Timo Meier and a 1st round pick.


2023 Draft

6-Arttu Karki

13-Connor Levis

Dallas Stars draft Arttu Karki and Connor Levis, two terrific young prospects that should help the team down the road.


Dallas Stars re-sign a few players

Timo Meier-7yrs/6M per

Ty Dellandrea-4yrs/4.5M per

Roope Hintz-4yrs/3.75M per

Phil Myers-3yrs/3.1M per

Thomas Harley-3yrs/2.75M per

Anton Khudobin-2yrs/2.5M per


Dallas Stars re-sign All other RFAs

 

By the 2023-24 season, the Dallas Stars have put together a contending team


2023-24 Dallas Stars

Ja.Benn-M.Savoie-Ty.Dellandrea

T.Meier-Ch.Lucius-Cr.Lucius

R.Hintz-Z.Dean-J.Kiviranta

J.Robertson-R.Faksa-J.Kyrou

E.Lindell-M.Heiskanen

T.Harley-S.Edvinsson

G.Sward-P.Myers

J.Oettinger

A.Khudobin

Top Prospects: A.Karki, C.Levis, T.Lennox


The Dallas Stars have now built a dangerous team that looks like they could be contenders for the next few years.