Tuesday, April 27, 2021

How Florida Panthers can win their First Stanley Cup

 The Florida Panthers have never won a Stanley Cup in the existence of their franchise; the closest they came to winning a Stanley Cup was in 1996 when they lost in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Colorado Avalanche. If the Florida Panthers want to win a Stanley Cup, they should make these moves.


At the expansion draft, one trade is made:

Florida Panthers trade Keith Yandle to the Seattle Kraken for a 2021 2nd round pick, 2021 3rd rd pick. If the Kraken make the playoffs, the Panthers get an additional 2022 2nd rd pick.

Keith Yandle would have to waive his no-move clause, but I think he would be he would get more ice time with the Seattle Kraken, who could use a veteran defenseman like Yandle.


Florida Panthers lose Chris Driedger to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft.


Before the 2021 draft, two trades are made:


Florida Panthers trade Anton Stralman to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 2021 4th round pick.

The Panthers unload Stralman's contract, while the Blue Jackets get a veteran defenseman that fits into Columbus' system.


The Panthers also trade Anthony Duclair, Lucas Wallmark, Gustav Forsling to the Dallas Stars for Jamie Oleksiak, Jason Dickinson.

The Panthers add Jamie Oleksiak and Jason Dickinson, two solid players who can be stop-gap solutions until their prospects are NHL ready.


At the 2021 Draft, the Florida Panthers trade pick 35 to the Arizona Coyotes for picks 44, 2022 3rd round pick. 


2021 Draft

22-Zachary L'Heureux

44-Logan Mailloux

67-Fyodor Svechkov

Florida Panthers draft three very good prospects in Zachary L'Heureux, Logan Mailloux, and Fyodor Svechkov; all three prospects should play a key role on the team down the road.


Florida Panthers re-sign a few players:

Jamie Oleksiak-3yrs/3.6M per

Sam Bennett-2yrs/4M per

Brandon Montour-2yrs/4M per

Alexander Wennberg-3yrs/2.8M per

Jason Dickinson-1yr/1M per


Florida Panthers re-sign all other RFAs


Florida Panthers sign Adam Larsson to a 6 yr deal worth 4 million per season.


At the 2022 Trade deadline, one major trade is made:

Florida Panthers acquire Zack Werenski from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Grigori Denisenko, Aleksi Heponiemi, John Ludvig, and a 1st round pick in 2023. If Werenski tops 50 points, the Blue Jackets get a 2025 1st round pick.

The Florida Panthers make it to the 2nd round of the playoffs in the 2021-22 season but lose in 6 games to the Carolina Hurricanes.


Before the 2022 draft, one major trade is made:


Florida Panthers trade Frank Vatrano, Markus Nutivaara to the San Jose Sharks for Mario Ferraro, and a 2022 3rd rd pick.

Florida Panthers get Mario Ferraro, a physical defenseman that will round out the defense, and a 2022 3rd round pick in exchange for Frank Vatrano and Markus Nutivaara.


At the 2022 draft, the Florida Panthers trade picks 22, 67 to the New Jersey Devils for picks 17, 81.


2022 Draft

17-Juraj Slafkovsky

The Florida Panthers draft Juraj Slafkovsky, a skilled power forward, who will eventually replace Patric Hornqvist.


Florida Panthers re-sign a few players:

Aleksander Barkov-8yrs/8.5M per

Zack Werenski-6yrs/6M per

Carter Verhaeghe-4yrs/3.5M per

Owen Tippett-2yrs/2.2M per

Mario Ferraro-2yrs/2M per


Florida Panthers re-sign all other RFAs


Florida Panthers sign Nic Paul to a 3 yr deal worth 2.5 million per season.


The Florida Panthers win the Presidents' Trophy in the 2022-23 season, and make it to the Conference Finals, before losing to the New York Rangers in 6 games.


Before the 2023 draft, two major trades are made:

Florida Panthers trade Patric Hornqvist, Radko Gudas to the Detroit Red Wings for Michael Rasmussen, 2023 2nd rd pick.

The Red Wings get two savy veteran players in Hornqvist and Gudas, while the Panthers get Michael Rasmussen, a solid young power forward and a draft pick.

Carter Verhaeghe, Alexander Wennberg are traded to the New York Rangers for Vitaly Kravtsov, Brett Howden.

The Rangers get more depth and versatility in the lineup with the Additions of Verhaeghe and Wennberg, while the Panthers get Vitaly Kravtsov, a very skilled right-winger to play with Barkov and Huberdeau.


2023 draft

34-Mazden Leslie

The Florida Panthers draft Mazden Leslie, a high-end offensive defenseman, that could be useful down the line.


Florida Panthers re-sign a few players:

Jonathan Huberdeau-8yrs/7.5M per

MacKenzie Weegar-6yrs/4.25M per

Spencer Knight-4yrs/3.75M per

Sam Bennett-3yrs/3.25M per

Michael Rasmussen-3yrs/1.65M per

Brett Howden-3yrs/1.8M per


Florida Panthers re-sign all other RFAs


The Florida Panthers win the Stanley Cup in 6 games over the Colorado Avalanche.


Florida Panthers re-sign a few players:

Anton Lundell-7yrs/4.75M per

Owen Tippett-3yrs/3.5M per

Vitaly Kravtsov-3yrs/3.5M per

Mario Ferraro-4yrs/2.6M per

Zachary L'Heureux-2yrs/1.7M per

Fyodor Svechkov-2yrs/1.5M per


Florida Panthers re-sign all other RFAs


By the 2024-25 season, the Florida Panthers have already won a Stanley Cup, and are looking to win back-to-back Stanley Cups.


2024-25 Florida Panthers

J.Huberdeau-A.Barkov-V.Kravtsov

J.Slafkovsky-A.Lundell-O.Tippett

Z.L'Heureux-S.Bennett-F.Svechkov

N.Paul-B.Howden-M.Rasmussen

M.Weegar-A.Ekblad

Z.Werenski-A.Larsson

M.Ferraro-L.Mailloux

S.Bobrovsky

S.Knight

Top Prospects: Mazden Leslie


The Florida Panthers have put together a fantastic young team that has the potential to win a few more Stanley cups.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

HOW OTTAWA SENATORS CAN WIN THEIR FIRST STANLEY CUP

The Ottawa Senators have never won a Stanley Cup since rejoining the NHL in 1993, but I think they have the pieces necessary to do so. Today, I will be trying to turn the Ottawa Senators into a Stanley Cup Contender and get them their first Stanley Cup victory.


Before the Expansion Draft, the Ottawa Senators make one major trade.

Ottawa Senators trade Evgenii Dadonov to the Seattle Kraken for a 2021 3rd round pick.

Evgenii Dadonov hasn't quite fit in with the Ottawa Senators, perhaps going to Seattle might revive his career a bit.


Ottawa Senators lose Derek Stepan to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft.


Before the 2021 Draft, one trade is made:

Ottawa Senators trade Artem Anisimov, Ryan Dzingel to the Nashville Predators for Nick Cousins, Rocco Grimaldi.

The Predators improve their depth on offense with the additions of Anisimov and Dzingel, while the Senators add some decent role players in Cousins and Grimaldi.


The Ottawa Senators finished the 2020-21 season with the 4th worst record in the league, but end up with the 5th pick in the draft.


At the 2021 draft, the Ottawa Senators trade picks 37, 69 to the Vegas Golden Knights for pick 30.

The Senators also trade picks 38 to the New Jersey Devils for picks 52, 71.


2021 Draft

5-Brandt Clarke

30-Nikita Chibrikov

52-Aidan Hreschuk

67-Cameron MacDonald

71-Fyodor Svechkov

The Ottawa Senators Draft Brandt Clarke and Aidan Hreschuk, two terrific defensive prospects, and three good forward prospects as well.


After the 2021 draft, one trade is made:

Ottawa Senators trade Logan Brown, Vitaly Abramov, 2nd rd pick '22 to the Buffalo Sabres for Sam Reinhart.

The Senators get Sam Reinhart, a player who was once highly touted but has been a bit of a disappointment for the Sabres; he will get a much-needed change in scenery.


Ottawa Senators re-sign a few players:

Brady Tkachuk-6yrs/6M per

Drake Batherson-3yrs/3.75M per

Artem Zub-3yrs/3M per

Victor Mete-1yr/1M per

Magnus Hogberg-2yrs deal


The Ottawa Senators re-sign All other RFAs.


Ottawa Senators sign Sam Reinhart to a 4 yr deal worth 5.5 million per season, Nick Foligno to a 3 yr deal worth 5 million per season.


The Ottawa Senators have a slightly better record in the 2021-22 season, and end up with the 6th pick in the draft.


Ottawa wins the draft lottery and ends up landing the 1st overall pick in the 2022 draft.

2022 draft

1-Shane Wright

16-Ivan Miroshichenko

31-Marco Kasper

38-Simon Forsmark

40-Ludwig Persson

The Senators strike gold in the 2022 draft, landing Shane Wright and Ivan Miroshichenko, as well as Marco Kasper, Simon Forsmark, and Ludwig Persson.


After the 2022 draft, the Ottawa Senators make a major trade:

Ottawa Senators trade Alex Formenton, Erik Brannstrom, Sam Reinhart, 2023 1st round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Patrik Laine, Boone Jenner.

This is a good trade for both teams because the Senators get a goal Patrik Laine and Boone Jenner, while the Blue Jackets get Chris Tierney, Erik Brannstrom, and Alex Formenton, and a 1st round pick.


Ottawa Senators re-sign a few players:

Josh Norris-6yrs/6.25M per 

Boone Jenner-4yrs/3.6M per

Nic Paul-3yrs/2.2M per

The Ottawa Senators re-sign All other RFAs.


The Ottawa Senators just miss out on the playoffs in the 2022-23 season and end up with the 14th pick in the draft.


Before the 2023 draft, one trade is made:

Ottawa Senators trade Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown to the Philadelphia Flyers for 2023 3rd rd pick, 2024 6th round pick.

This trade is a straight cap dump to get rid of Nikita Zaitsev's contract.


2023 Draft

14-Ondrej Molnar

The Ottawa Senators draft Ondrej Molnar, a talented goal-scoring winger out of Slovakia.


After the 2023 draft, one trade is made:

Ottawa Senators acquire Spencer Knight from the Florida Panthers for Aidan Hreschuk, Marco Kasper, Nic Paul, 2024 1st round pick.

The Senators get Spencer Knight from the Florida Panthers to be their goalie of the future.


Ottawa Senators re-sign a few players:

Patrik Laine-6yrs/7.5M per

Tim Stutzle-6yrs/5.5M per

Spencer Knight-5yrs/4.5M per

Jake Sanderson-6yrs/4.25M per

Jacob Bernard-Docker-4yrs/3.6M per

Simon Forsmark-2yrs/2.5M per

Joey Daccord-2yrs/1.5M per

The Ottawa Senators re-sign All other RFAs.


The Ottawa Senators cruise to a presidents' trophy in the 2023-24 season, and their first-ever Stanley Cup.


By the 2024-25 season, the Ottawa Senators have put together a frightening team.


2024-25 Ottawa Senators

T.Stutzle-S.Wright-D.Batherson

B.Tkachuk-J.Norris-P.Laine

I.Miroshichenko-F.Svechkov-C.White

R.Greig-B.Jenner-S.Pinto

J.Sanderson-B.Clarke

T.Chabot-A.Zub

S.Forsmark-J.Bernard-Docker

S.Knight

J.Daccord

Top Prospects: O.Molnar, L.Persson, C.MacDonald, N.Chibrikov

The Ottawa Senators have now built a young and dominant team that looks like the NHL's next dynasty.










Wednesday, April 14, 2021

HOW LA KINGS CAN BECOME A DYNASTY

 The LA Kings are a few years removed from their dynasty years, but they are assembling the pieces to become a dynasty once again. This is how I would transform the LA Kings into a dynasty again.


Before the Expansion draft, the LA Kings make two trades

LA Kings trade Jonathan Quick to the Detroit Red Wings for a 2022 4th round pick. 

This trade gives the Red Wings a solid goalie to tandem with Thomas Greiss, while Kings get to unload Jonathan Quick's contract.

The LA Kings also trade Dustin Brown to the Seattle Kraken for 4th round pick '22. If Dustin Brown scores 20 goals, the Kings also get a 2022 3rd round pick.

This is a good trade for both teams because it gives the Kraken a good veteran presence in the locker room, while the Kings get to dump Dustin Brown's contract.


LA Kings lose Matt Roy to the Seattle Kraken in the Expansion draft.


Before the 2021 draft, the LA Kings make one major trade.

LA Kings acquire Patrik Laine from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Adrian Kempe, Gabriel Vilardi, Rasmus Kupari, 2nd round pick '21, 2nd rd pick '22.

Laine is not a good fit for Columbus; perhaps a trade to LA will allow him to fulfill his potential.


2021 Draft

8-Carson Lambos

54-Tristan Lennox

72-James Malatesta

92-Nolan Allen

LA Kings draft 5 very good prospects that could be huge contributors to the team down the road.


LA Kings re-sign Patrik Laine to a 4 yr deal worth 7.5 million per season.


LA Kings re-sign ALL other RFAs.


LA Kings sign Linus Ullmark to a 5 yr deal worth 5.2 million per season.


At the trade deadline, the LA Kings trade Olli Maatta, Lias Andersson to Calgary Flames for Dominik Simon, Oliver Kylington, 2022 2nd rd pick.

The Kings trade Olli Maatta and Lias Anderson for some depth players and a 2nd round pick.


The LA Kings finish the 2021-22 season with the 5th worst record in the league but slide to the 7th pick in the draft as two teams jump them in the lottery.


Before the 2022 draft, the LA Kings trade Anze Kopitar to the Ottawa Senators for Josh Norris, 2022 1st rd pick, and a 2023 1st rd pick.

The Senators get a bonafide number 1 center in Anze Kopitar, while the Kings get Josh Norris, a good young center, and two first-round picks.


2022 Draft

7-Jack Hughes

10-Seamus Casey

37-Conor Geekie

51-Gleb Trikozov

LA Kings draft 2 blue-chip prospects in Jack Hughes and Seamus Casey, both should be major contributors down the road.


LA Kings re-sign a few players:

Josh Norris-6yrs/5.5M per

Cal Peterson-3yrs/3.5M per

Michael Anderson-2yrs/1.3M per


LA Kings re-sign ALL other RFAs.


The LA Kings barely miss the playoffs in the 2022-23 season; they end up with the 14th pick in the draft.


Before the 2023 draft, LA Kings make two huge trades

LA Kings trade Drew Doughty to the Toronto Maple Leafs for William Nylander, Alex Kerfoot, Rodion Amirov, Timothy Liljegren. The Kings retain 1 million of Drew Doughty's contract until 2026.

The Leafs get another top-notch defenseman in Drew Doughty, but it comes at the cost of William Nylander, Rodion Amirov, and Timothy Liljegren.

The Kings also trade Akil Thomas, Jordan Spence, 2023 1st rd pick to the Colorado Avalanche for Sam Girard, Shane Bowers.

The Kings add Sam Girard and Shane Bowers, two promising young players that will be a crucial part of their young core.


2023 Draft

11-Emil Jarventie

The Kings draft Emil Jarventie and Mikhail Gulyayev, two very good prospects that will be good two years down the line.


LA Kings re-sign a few players:

Quinton Byfield-5yrs/7.5M per

Alex Turcotte-6yrs/5.75M per

Tobias Bjornfot-5yrs/4.25M per

Arthur Kaliyev-3yrs/3.5M per

Timothy Liljegren-3yrs/2.8M per

Rodion Amirov-2yrs/2.5M per


LA Kings re-sign ALL other RFAs.


The LA Kings make the playoffs in the 2023-24 season, but get eliminated in the 2nd round of the playoffs.


LA Kings re-sign Carson Lambos to a 3 yr deal worth 3.5 million per season, Shane Bowers to a 2 yr deal.


By the 2024-25 season, the LA Kings have put together a dominant team.


2024-25 LA Kings

J.Hughes-Q.Byfield-P.Laine

A.Kaliyev-A.Turcotte-R.Amirov

J.Anderson-Dolan-J.Norris-S.Bowers

B.Lemieux-B.Lizotte-A.Wagner

C.Lambos-S.Girard

T.Bjornfot-S.Casey

M.Anderson-T.Liljegren

L.Ullmark

C.Peterson

Top Prospects: T.Lennox, E.Jarventie, C.Geekie, J.Malatesta, G.Trikozov, N.Allen


The LA Kings look like a young exciting that has the potential to be the next dynasty in the league.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

HOW COLORADO AVALANCHE CAN BECOME A DYNASTY AGAIN

 The Colorado Avalanche was a Dynasty in the NHL from 1996-2003, winning 2 Stanley Cups during that timeframe. If the Colorado Avalanche wants to become a dynasty, they will need to make a few adjustments to the team.


At the trade deadline, two major trade is made:

Colorado Avalanche trade Andre Burakovsky, Valeri Nischuskin, Conor Timmins, 2021 1st round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for Sam Reinhart, Colin Miller.  

The Avalanche add Sam Reinhart and Colin Miller to bolster their depth for an extensive playoff run.

The Avalanche also trades Greg Pateryn, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, and a 2022 4th rd pick to the Detroit Red Wings for Valtteri Filppula, Luke Glendening.

The Avalanche add some key role players in Filppula and Glendening for a playoff run.


The Colorado Avalanche ends up winning the Stanley cup in 6 games over the Tampa Bay Lightning.


Before the expansion draft, the Avalanche trade Erik Johnson, 2023 1st round pick to the Ottawa Senators for Vitaly Abramov, 3rd rd pick '2023.

This is a win-win trade for both the Avs and Johnson because the Avs get to move on from Erik Johnson, while the Johnson will get to play on the 1st pair in Ottawa.


The Colorado Avalanche lose Tyson Jost to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft.


Before the 2021 Draft, a few major trades are made:

Colorado Avalanche trade Philipp Grubauer to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Timothy Liljegren, 2021 2nd round pick. If the Maple Leafs reach the Conference Finals, the Avalanche get a 1st round pick in 2022 or 2023.

The Avalanche trade Philipp Grubauer to the Leafs because his price tag will be too high.

The Avalanche also trades Brandon Saad, Colin Miller to the New Jersey Devils for Miles Wood, 2021 3rd round pick.

The Avalanche trade the rights of Brandon Saad and Matt Calvert for Miles Wood and a 3rd round pick.


2021 Draft:

60-Fyodor Svechkov

76-James Malatesta

96-Robert Orr

The Colorado Avalanche adds some nice prospects that could be solid players in a few years.


Colorado Avalanche re-signs a few players:

Cale Makar-8yrs/8M per

Gabriel Landeskog-6yrs/6.5M per

Sam Reinhart-3yrs/3.75M per

Luke Glendening-3yrs/1.3M per

Vitaly Abramov-2yrs/1.1M per


All other RFAs are re-signed by the Colorado Avalanche.


Colorado Avalanche makes two major free-agent signings:

Petr Mrazek-3yrs/4.5M per

Ilya Lyubushkin-2yrs/1.7M per


The Colorado Avalanche cruise through the regular season on route to the Presidents' Trophy, and end up winning the Stanley Cup again; this time they defeat the Carolina Hurricanes in 6 Games.


Before the 2022 Draft, One major trade is made:

Colorado Avalanche trade Nazem Kadri, Martin Kaut, Alex Newhook, 2022 1st round pick to the LA Kings for Alex Turcotte, Tobias Bjornfot.

The Avalanche adds two terrific young players in Alex Turcotte and Tobias Bjornfot; this move makes a team that has already won back-to-back cups even stronger.

At the 2022 Draft, Colorado Avalanche trade JT Compher, Pavel Francouz, 2023 2nd round pick to the New York Rangers for Vitaly Kravtsov, Alexandar Georgiev.

The Avalanche adds a solid young prospect in Kravtsov and a solid backup in Alexandar Georgiev; this gives the Avs more options to work within the lineup.


Colorado Avalanche re-signs a few players:

Adrian Kempe-3yrs/2.9M per

Miles Wood-3yrs/2.8M per

Timothy Liljegren-2yrs/1.8M per

Shane Bowers-2yrs/1.4M per


All other RFAs are re-signed by the Colorado Avalanche.


The Colorado Avalanche three-peat, as they win 3 straight Stanley Cups, with their victory over the Florida Panthers.


Colorado Avalanche make two major trade after the season

The Avalanche deal Sam Girard to the Chicago Blackhawks for Dominik Kubalik, Pius Suter, 2023 1st round pick.

The Blackhawks desperately need a left defenseman, so they are more than willing to pay a premium price to get a play like Sam Girard.

Joonas Donskoi, Devon Toews is traded to the Boston Bruins for Connor Clifton, 2024 2nd round pick.

The Bruins deep more depth on Deft D and at Right-wing, while the Avs need to clear some cap space, so this is an ideal trade.


2023 Draft:

10-Emil Jarventie

The Avalanche draft Emil Jarventie, a highly-skilled forward, could help the team down the road.


Colorado Avalanche re-signs a few players:

Nathan MacKinnon-8yrs/11M per

Alex Turcotte-6yrs/5.5M per

Bowen Byram-3yrs/4.75M per

Dominik Kubalik-4yrs/4.5M per

Tobias Bjornfot-4yrs/3.5M per

Justin Barron-2yrs/2.4M per

Justus Annunen-2yr/1.5M per

Connor Clifton-3yrs/1.2M per

Vitaly Kravtsov-1yr/1M per


All other RFAs are re-signed by the Colorado Avalanche.


By the 2023-24 Season, the Colorado Avalanche is a dynasty and is on track to win more.


2023-24 Colorado Avalanche

G.Landeskog-N.MacKinnon-M.Rantanen

D.Kubalik-A.Turcotte-S.Reinhart

S.Bowers-P.Suter-F.Svechkov

M.Wood-L.Glendening-V.Kravtsov

T.Bjornfot-C.Makar

B.Byram-T.Liljegren

C.Clifton-J.Barron

P.Mrazek

J.Annunen


The Colorado Avalanche have now become the first team in the salary cap era to become a dynasty and by the looks of their roster, they could have a stranglehold on the NHL for the next 5 years.