Tuesday, June 29, 2021

What Vegas Golden Knights should do in Free Agency

 After losing to the Montreal Canadiens in the 3rd round of the playoffs, the Vegas Golden Knights have some major decisions to make in the offseason before free agency because they really need to address some weaknesses on the team.


Heading into the offseason, the Vegas Golden Knights have a little over 6 million in cap space to spend in free agency, so they will need to make some moves to free up some cap space. 

Before the Draft, Vegas need to trade one of their starting goalies.

The most logical thing to do is to trade Marc-Andre Fleury because he is the more established goalie and is coming off a Vezina Caliber year. Fleury's value has never been higher and if they don't trade him now, his value could drop off a cliff next year, so it is best to trade him before his play starts to decline.

Vegas Golden Knights make a 3 team trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers.

The Toronto Maple Leafs get Marc-Andre Fleury and Alex Chiasson (who is a pending UFA),

Edmonton Oilers get Fredrik Andersen and Tomas Nosek (both pending UFAs)

Vegas Golden Knights get Timothy Liljegren, Travis Dermott, Alex Galchenyuk, Mike Smith, Kyle Turris, 2nd round pick '21 (from TOR).

This trade has a lot of parts but most importantly are the two goalies involved in the trade: Marc-Andre Fleury (Traded to Toronto) and Fredrik Andersen (Traded to Edmonton). Vegas gets a top Defensive prospect in Timothy Liljegren, Travis Dermott, Alex Galchenyuk, Mike Smith (to back up Robin Lehner), Kyle Turris, and a 2nd round pick.

Overall, this trade helps out all parties involved and addresses the immediate issues on all three teams.


Vegas makes another trade before the draft:

Vegas Golden Knights trade Brayden McNabb, Mattias Janmark, Kyle Turris to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Emil Benstrom, 3rd round pick '21, 6th round pick '22.

This is a cap dump for the Golden Knights, and they get a nice young winger in Emil Benstrom as well as a few draft picks.


2021 Draft

30-Fyodor Svechkov

36-Conner Roulette

57-Dylan Duke

69-Ethan Del Mastro

114-Benjamin Gaudreau

The Vegas Golden Knights drafted three reliable two-way forwards with the additions of Svechkov, Roulette, and Duke. Del Mastro as muscle on the Back end of Vegas and Gaudreau adds depth in goal for Vegas.


After the Draft, the Golden Knights make a minor trade:


Ryan Reaves is traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for 5th round pick '22.

The Flyers add more muscle on their fourth line, while Golden Knights free up some cap space.


After the trades made, the Golden Knights have 18.08 million in cap space left.


Alec Martinez is one player who needs to be re-signed; Martinez is a cagey veteran defenseman with Cup experience, so he is a player who must be re-signed.

Alec Martinez is re-signed to a 5 yr deal worth 5 million per season.


Mike Smith should be brought back for one year to back up Robin Lehner; Smith had a great year with the Edmonton Oilers last season, he should okay playing 25-30 games next season.

Mike Smith is re-signed to a 1 yr deal worth 1.5 million.

Travis Dermott also needs to be re-signed, he was used as a depth defenseman in Toronto, he could see a greater role with Vegas.

Travis Dermott is re-signed to a 2 yr deal worth 1.5 million per season.


After re-signed Martinez and Smith, the Golden Knights have 11.58 million left in cap space to spend in free agency.


Vegas Golden Knights need a top-line center between Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone; Chandler Stephenson did a good job this season, in the postseason it wasn't enough to get them to the Finals.

Vegas Golden Knights sign Philip Danault to a 7-year deal worth 5.75 million per season.

Danault is the perfect center to play with Stone and Pacioretty and is a better defensive center than Stephenson. By signing Danault, it pushes Stephenson to the third line with Peyton Krebs and Alex Tuch, this gives the Golden Knights more depth in the lineup.


This is how the Vegas Golden Knights look like in the 2021-22 season:



2021-22 Vegas Golden Knights

M.Pacioretty-P.Danault-M.Stone

J.Marchessault-W.Karlsson-R.Smith

P.Krebs-C.Stephenson-A.Tuch

W.Carrier-N.Roy-K.Kolesar

S.Theodore-A.Pietrangelo

A.Martinez-T.Liljegren

T.Dermott-Z.Whitecloud

R.Lehner

M.Smith

Top prospects: C.Glass, N.Hague

 

The Vegas Golden Knights used the cap space freed up from the trades to sign Philip Danault and also retooled their defense a bit; this allows Vegas to be a contender for the Stanley Cup once again next season.













Tuesday, June 22, 2021

WHAT COLORADO AVALANCHE SHOULD DO IN FREE AGENCY

 The Colorado Avalanche got eliminated in the second round of the playoffs, so they will certainly be active in free agency to bolster their roster, in an attempt to build a championship roster.



Heading into the Free Agency period, the Colorado Avalanche has about 25.5 million in cap space to spend, but before going out and signing new players, they will need to take care of some of their own free agents.

Colorado has 9 UFAs; notable UFAs include Gabriel Landeskog, Philipp Grubauer, Brandon Saad, Pierre Eduoard-Bellemare, Devan Dubnyk, Matt Calvert and Patrik Nemeth. The Avs also have 3 RFAs; notable RFAs include Cale Makar and Tyson Jost.


Devan Dubnyk, Matt Calvert, Patrik Nemeth don't get re-signed, so they walk to free agency.

The top two UFAs that Colorado needs to re-sign are Gabriel Landeskog and Philipp Grubauer. Landeskog is the Captain of the team, so he should be the first priority; the Avs should pay Landeskog anywhere from 6-8 million for a long-term contract. Landeskog is re-signed to a 7-year deal worth 6.5 million per season.

Philipp Grubauer just had a career year and is looking to cash in right now, while it is important for the Avalanche to retain him, they shouldn't overpay for him because he is 29 and has a history of injury issues. Because of this reason, the Avalanche should let Grubauer walk and sign another goalie in free agency.

Colorado would also like to bring back Brandon Saad too, but it would have to be for a cheaper contract.  For the sake of this scenario, I am going to say that Colorado doesn't bring back Saad because they won't be able to afford him, so Saad will become a UFA, and the Avalanche will need to find cheaper options in free agency.


In regards to the RFAs, both players are likely to get re-signed, it's just a matter of if it's a long-term contract or a short-term contract. Makar's contract in particular is the one that should have the team worried because if he is to get a long-term contract, and could take anywhere from 8-10 million per season. It would be a smart idea to get Makar locked up long-term now rather than sign a bridge contract because he has gotten better every year.

Cale Makar is re-signed to an 8-year deal worth 8.8 million per season.

Tyson Jost is re-signed to a 3 yr deal worth 3.1 million per season. 

This is a good deal for a forward who plays all three forward positions and plays in all situations.


After the Landeskog, Makar, and Jost signings, the Avalanche only has about 7.1 million in cap space left, so they need to make trades to fill out their team.


Colorado Avalanche trade Andrei Burakovsky to the St.Louis Blues for Zach Sanford, 2022 2nd round pick.

The Avalanche dump Burakovsky's contract, and free up 4.9 million in cap space, while the Blues get a top 6 forward while playoff experience.


The Avalanche also trade Nazem Kadri to the Florida Panthers for Alexander Wennberg, Chris Driedger, 2021 2nd round pick.

Nazem Kadri is due to be a free agent in 2022 and he is being paid 4.5 million for the 2021-22 season, so this trade frees up another 4.5 million in cap space.


Colorado Avalanche re-sign a few players:

Chris Dreidger-3yrs/2.8M per

Alexander Wennberg-3yrs/2.65M per

Zach Sanford-3yrs/1.75M per

 

Entering Free Agency, the Avalanche have 8.6 million in cap space, but that will quickly evaporate as they need to acquire a goalie and some depth forwards.


Free Agent Signings:

Jaroslav Halak-2yrs/2M per

Alex Galchenyuk-1yr/1.1M 

Derick Brassard-1yr/1M

Zach Bogosian-1yr/1M

Corey Perry-1yr/700k

Jaroslav Halak is a solid veteran backup, who would be a solid tandem in goal with Chris Driedger. Erik Haula, Corey Perry, and Derick Brassard are depth forwards that will be important come playoff time, and Zach Bogosian is a veteran defenseman with a Stanley Cup pedigree.


This is how the Colorado Avalanche looks like after free agency:


2021-22 Colorado Avalanche

T.Jost-N.MacKinnon-M.Rantanen

G.Landeskog-A.Newhook-J.Donskoi

V.Nichushkin-A.Wennberg-JT.Compher

Z.Sanford-D.Brassard-C.Perry

D.Toews-C.Makar

R.Graves-S.Girard

B.Byram-Z.Bogosian

C.Dreidger

J.Halak

Spares/IR: A.Galchenyuk, E.Johnson, P.Francouz

The Colorado Avalanche looks like a more balanced team with better depth in their bottom 6, this should help them out come playoff time.





Tuesday, June 15, 2021

How Nashville Predators can Win their First Stanley Cup

 The Nashville Predators have never won a Stanley Cup in their Franchise history, the closest they came to winning a Championship was in 2017 when they lost in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Pittsburgh Penguins. This is how the Nashville Predators could become Stanley Cup Champions.


Before the expansion draft, the Nashville Predators make a huge trade.

Nashville Predators trade Mikael Granlund, Rocco Grimaldi to the Seattle Kraken for 2021 2nd round pick, 2022 4th round pick.

The Predators get a few draft picks in exchange for Mikael Granlund, who was going to be a UFA, and Rocco Grimaldi, who was seldomly used last season.


Nashville Predators lose Erik Haula to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft.


Before the 2021 draft, one trade is made.

Nashville Predators trade Mattias Ekholm to the Boston Bruins for Urho Vaakanainen, Jeremy Lauzon, Nick Ritchie, 2021 1st round pick.

The Predators trade Mattias Ekholm to the Bruins for Vaakanainen and Lauzon, two good young defensemen, Nick Ritchie, and a 1st round pick.


At the 2021 draft, the Nashville Predators trade pick 35, 51, 83 to the LA Kings for picks 40, 49, 72, 89.


2021 Draft

18-Matthew Coronato

20-Aatu Raty

40-Samuel Helenius

49-Logan Mailloux

72-Jack Bar

89-Jayden Grubbe

The Nashville Predators draft some very solid prospects that could be key players on the team two or three years down the line.


Nashville Predators re-sign a few players:

Juuse Saros-5yrs/5.2M per

Eeli Tolvanen-3yrs/2.95M per

Pekka Rinne-1yr/2.5M

Nick Ritchie-3yrs/2.25M per

Dante Fabbro-2yrs/1.75M per

Tanner Jeannot-2yrs/850k per


Nashville Predators re-sign all other RFAs


Nashville Predators sign two players in Free Agency:

Joel Armia-3yrs/3M per

Alex Galchenyuk-1yrs/1M


At the 2022 trade deadline, one major trade is made.

Nashville Predators trade Ryan Johansen, Viktor Arvidsson to the Ottawa Senators for Logan Brown, Colin White, 2022 1st round pick.

The Senators added two top 6 caliber forwards that can help transform them into a contender in the Eastern Conference.


The Nashville Predators plummet in the Standings in the 2021-22 season, and end up with the 8th pick in the draft.


The Predators got the Ottawa Senators' 1st round pick in the Ryan Johansen trade; they have the 14th pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, one major trade is made.

Nashville Predators trade Ryan Ellis, Nick Cousins to the Edmonton Oilers for Evan Bouchard, Jesse Puljujarvi, 2022 1st round pick.

The Oilers need a top-pair defenseman with playoff experience, and Ryan Ellis fits those criteria, as he has played in plenty of playoff games in his career.


2022 draft


8-Simon Nemec

14-Seamus Casey

22-Ivan Miroshichenko 

40-Ludwig Persson

The Predators hit the Jackpot in the 2022 draft, improving the defense tremendously and adding prospects on offense as well.

After the draft, one trade is made:

Nashville Predators trade Matt Duchene to the Winnipeg Jets for Pierre-Luc Dubois.

Neither player has worked out for respective teams, so this trade gives both players a fresh start with different teams. 


Nashville Predators re-sign a few players:

Filip Forsberg-7yrs/7.5M per

Pierre-Luc Dubois-3yrs/5M per

Luke Kunin-3yrs/3.5M per

Jesse Puljujarvi-2yrs/2.5M per

Jeremy Lauzon-2yrs/1.6M per

Urho Vaakanainen-2yrs/1.5M per

Yakov Trenin-2yrs/850k per

Tanner Jeannot-2yrs/850k per


Nashville Predators re-sign all other RFAs


Nashville Predators sign two major free agents:

Ben Chiarot-3yrs/3.25M per

Collin Delia-1yr/1M


Nashville Predators miss the playoffs again in the 2022-23 season, and end up with the 6th worst record in the league; Remarkably, the Preds win the draft lottery and end up with the 1st pick in the draft.


Before the 2023 draft, one trade is made.

Nashville Predators trade Dante Fabbro, Nick Ritchie to the New Jersey Devils for Kevin Bahl, Jesper Boqvist.

The Predators get a towering defenseman, Kevin Bahl and Jesper Boqvist, a player who has potential as a top 9 forward.


2023 draft

1-Connor Bedard

The Nashville Predators draft Connor Bedard, a potential generation talent who can help lead the team to Stanley Cup Glory.


Nashville Predators re-sign a few players:

Logan Brown-3yrs/2.8M per

Philip Tomasino-3yrs-2.75M per

Evan Bouchard-3yrs/2.5M per

Jesper Boqvist-2yrs/1M per

Kevin Bahl-2yrs/850k per

Yaroslav Askarov is signed to an entry-level contract.


Nashville Predators re-sign all other RFAs.


In the 2023-24 season, the Nashville Predators lose in the first round of the playoffs.


After the season, one major trade is made:

Nashville Predators trade Pierre-Luc Dubois, Jesse Puljujarvi, 2024 1st round pick to the New York Rangers for Kappo Kakko, K'Andre Miller.

The Predators get Kakko Kakko and K'Andre Miller, two young players who will severely improve the team for Pierre-Luc Dubois, Jesse Puljujarvi, and a 1st round pick.


Nashville Predators re-sign a few players:

Kakko Kakko-5yrs/5.5M per

Eeli Tolvanen-4yrs/4.25M per

K'Andre Miller-6yrs/4.1M per


Nashville Predators re-sign All RFAs


The Nashville Predators shock everyone in the 2024-25 season, and cruise to a Stanley Cup victory, giving the Predators their first Cup in Franchise history.


Before the 2025-26 draft, one trade is made.

Nashville Predators trade Kevin Bahl, Jesper Boqvist, Luke Kunin to the Dallas Stars for Roope Hintz, 2025 3rd round pick.

Roope Hintz is the perfect Utility player, who can play anywhere in the top 9, and can play both center and wing; he will make the Predators lineup more versatile.

Urho Vaakanainen is traded to the Vancouver Canucks for 2025 2nd round pick, 2026 3rd round pick.

The Predators don't need Vaakanaien anymore, so they get a few picks for him. 


Nashville Predators re-sign a few players:

Aatu Raty-6yrs/5.2M per

Yaroslav Askarov-3yrs/4.5M per

Logan Mailloux-3yrs/2.75M per

Matthew Coronato-2yrs/2.5M per

Jeremy Lauzon-3yrs/1.5M per

Yakov Trenin-3yrs/1M per

Tanner Jeannot-3yrs/1M per


By the 2025-26 season, the Predators have already won a Stanley Cup and on the verge of assembling a dynasty.


2025-26 Nashville Predators

F.Forsberg-C.Bedard-M.Coronato

E.Tolvanen-A.Raty-K.Kakko

R.Hintz-L.Brown-P.Tomasino

Y.Trenin-C.Sissons-T.Jeannot

R.Josi-E.Bouchard

K.Miller-S.Nemec

J.Lauzon-S.Casey

Y.Askarov

J.Saros

Top Prospects: I.Miroshichenko, L.Persson, L.Mailloux, J.Bar, J.Grubbe


The Nashville Predators have a dangerous young team that could win a few Stanely Cups in the coming years.












Wednesday, June 9, 2021

How Seattle Kraken can Build a Stanley Cup Contender

 The Seattle Kraken is set to join the NHL in the 2021-22 season, so I thought i would be fitting to try and draft the Seattle Kraken from scratch and turn them into a contending team.


At the Expansion draft, the Seattle Kraken make a few trades:

Seattle Kraken acquires Zach Parise, Connor Dewar, 1st round pick 2021 from the Minnesota Wild for a 2021 4th round pick.

The Kraken is willing to take on Zach Parise's contract but it will cost the Wild Connor Dewar and a 1st round pick as well.

Seattle Kraken acquires 3rd round pick '21, 3rd rd pick '23 to protect Cizikas, Clutterbuck from being selected by Seattle.

This is a no-brainer for the Islanders because Cizikas and Clutterbuck are part of their identity line; they need to keep them at all costs.

Seattle Kraken acquires Marc-Eduoard Vlasic, 2022 1st round pick from the San Jose Sharks for 2021 3rd round pick.

The Kraken takes on Vlasic's terrible contract at the cost of the Shark's first-round pick in 2022.

Seattle Kraken acquires Tyler Johnson, Cal Foote from Tampa Bay Lightning for a 2022 3rd round pick.

The Kraken takes on Tyler Johnson's contract, but it comes at the cost of prospect defenseman Cal Foote.


Expansion Draft:

ANA-Troy Terry

ARI-Niklas Hjalmarsson

BOS-Nick Ritchie

BUF-Zemgus Girgensons

CGY-Connor Mackey

CAR-Nino Neiderreiter

CHI-Calvin DeHaan

COL-Tyson Jost

CBJ-Joonas Korpisalo

DAL-Jason Dickinson

DET-Jonathan Bernier

EDM-Ethan Bear

FLA-Chris Driedger

LA-Blake Lizotte

MIN-Nick Bonino

MTL-Joel Armia

NSH-Dante Fabbro

NJ-Andreas Johnsson

NYI-Kieffer Bellows

NYR-Colin Blackwell

OTT-Nic Paul

PHI-Oskar Lindblom

PIT-Marcus Pettersson

SJ-Dylan Gambrell

STL-Vince Dunn

TB-Blake Coleman

TOR-Alex Galchenyuk

VAN-Jake Virtanen

VGK-Brayden McNabb

WAS-Lars Eller

WPG-Tucker Poolman


After the trade, the Kraken make some trades:


Seattle Kraken trade Calvin De Haan, Nic Paul, Oskar Lindblom to the San Jose Sharks for Ivan Chekhovich, Jacob Middleton, 2021 3rd round pick.

Seattle gets some prospects and a draft pick for players that didn't fit in the lineup.

The Kraken also trade Nick Bonino, Marcus Pettersson to the New Jersey Devils for Nick Merkley, Aarne Talvitie, and a 2022 2nd round pick.

The Devils need a left defenseman and a veteran center, so this trade addresses both those needs.

The Kraken also trade Niklas Hjalmarsson, Zemgus Girgensons, Colin Blackwell to the Ottawa Senators for Logan Brown, Michael Amadio.

Logan Brown is lost in the shuffle in the Sens' system, and with the new prospects coming in for the Senators, he may not have a spot in the lineup, so a move to Seattle is the best option for him.

Troy Terry, Dylan Gambrell, Alex Galchenyuk to the Dallas Stars for Riley Tufte, 2021 3rd round pick.

The Kraken get Riley Tufte and a 3rd for Troy Terry, Alex Galchenyuk, and Dylan Gambrell.

Ethan Bear, Jason Dickinson is traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Emil Benstrom, 2021 3rd round pick.

The Kraken trade Ethan Bear and Jason Dickinson for Emil Benstrom and a draft pick.

Blake Coleman is traded to the Edmonton Oilers for 1st round pick in 2022.

The Oilers get Blake Coleman, a gritty and versatile forward, who gives them exactly what they need.

Jonathan Bernier is traded to the Calgary Flames for a 2022 4th round pick.

The Flames need a backup goalie, so they acquire Jonathan Bernier, who is a very solid veteran backup.

Andreas Johnsson is traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for a 2022 5th round pick.

The Hurricanes need to replace Nino Niederreiter, who they lost in the expansion draft, so they get Andreas Johnsson, who could benefit from playing in Carolina with some good young players.



This is how the Seattle Kraken looks like after the expansion draft:

N.Neiderreiter-L.Brown-J.Armia

N.Richie-T.Jost-T.Johnson

K.Bellows-L.Eller-J.Virtanen

Z.Parise-B.Lizotte-E.Benstrom

B.McNabb-D.Fabbro

M-E.Vlasic-C.Foote

V.Dunn-T.Poolman

J.Korpisalo

C.Dreidger

Spares: C.Mackey, M.Amadio, C.Dewar, N.Merkley

Top Prospects: I.Chekhovich, R.Tufte, J.Middleton


At the 2021 draft, the Seattle Kraken trade picks 68, 70, 83 to the Detroit Red Wings for pick 52.

2021 Draft

2-Matthew Beniers

25-Sasha Pastujov

35-Samu Tuomaala

52-Sean Behrens

66-Samu Salminen

78-Olen Zellweger

The Seattle Kraken draft a couple really solid prospects that could be an important part of their core in the future.


The Seattle Kraken re-sign a few players:

Chris Driedger-3yr/3.5M per

Vince Dunn-4yrs/3.25M per

Joel Armia-4yrs/3M per

Nick Ritchie-3yrs/2.5M per

Tyson Jost-2yrs/1.75M per

Dante Fabbro-2yrs/1.3M per

Cal Foote-2yrs/925K per

Logan Brown-2yrs/925K per

Kieffer Bellows-2yrs/925K per

Blake Lizotte-2yrs/925k per

Conor Mackey-2yrs/925k per

Tucker Poolman-2yrs/800k per

Nick Merkley-1yrs/800k

Michael Amadio-1yr/700k


Not surprisingly, the Seattle Kraken finish the 2021-22 season with the worst record in the NHL and manage to retain the number 1 pick in the 2022 draft.


Before the 2022 draft, a few trades are made:

Seattle Kraken trade Tyson Jost, Jake Virtanen, Brayden McNabb to the Boston Bruins for Jack Studnicka, Trent Frederic, 2022 2nd round pick.

The Bruins add more depth scoring on the wings and also add a big physical defenseman for two solid prospects and a 2nd round pick.

The Kraken also trade Lars Eller to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2022 2nd round pick, 2023 3rd round pick.

The addition of Lars Eller gives the Leafs more depth scoring and versatility as well.

Nino Niederreiter, Riley Tufte, Dante Fabbro are traded to the Colorado Avalanche for Andre Burakovsky, Justin Barron, 2022 1st round pick.

This trade makes the Colorado Avalanche even deadlier coming off a Stanley Cup Victory; at the same time, the Kraken get Andre Burakovsky, a great prospect defenseman, and a 1st round pick.

Joonas Korpisalo is traded to the LA Kings for Jonathan Quick.

This is a straight one-for-one trade, which works out great for both teams, as the Kings get to get out of Quick's contract and the Kraken get a Veteran goalie to tandem with Chris Driedger.


2022 Draft

1-Shane Wright

20-Ivan Miroshnichenko

32-Simon Forsmark

33-Joakim Kemmel

57-Jonathan Lekkerimaki

63-Julian Lutz

64-Maveric Lamoureux

The Kraken had a great draft in 2022, landing a few blue-chip prospects with Shane Wright, Ivan Miroshichenko, Simon Forsmark, and Joakim Kemmel.


Seattle Kraken re-signs a few players:

Andre Burakovsky-3yrs/4.5M per

Ivan Chekhovich-2yrs/1.3M per

Emil Benstrom-2yrs/1.25M per

Trent Frederic-2yrs/850k per

Conor Dewar-2yrs/850k per

Jack Studnicka-2yrs/800k per


Seattle Kraken makes two key free agents:

Calle Jarnkrok-3yrs/2.2 million per

Noel Acciari-3yrs/1.75 million per


The Seattle Kraken miss the playoffs again in the 2022-23 season and end up with the 7th pick in the draft.


Before the 2023 draft, the Seattle Kraken make a huge trade:

Seattle Kraken trade Nick Ritchie, Conor Mackey, Blake Lizotte, 2023 3rd round pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Brandon Tanev, Zach Aston Reese.

The Kraken get Brandon Tanev and Zach Aston Reese, two players who will bring physicality and grit to their bottom 6.


2023 Draft

7-Hunter Brzstewicz

39-Frantisek Ridzon

The Kraken draft a great prospect defenseman in Hunter Brzustewicz, and a solid forward in Frantisek Ridzon.


Seattle Kraken acquires Lukas Dostal from the Anaheim Ducks for 2024 2nd round pick, 2025 5th round pick.

The Kraken need a goalie of the future, so they acquire Lukas Dostal, the top goalie prospect on the Anaheim Ducks, who is stuck behind John Gibson. 


Seattle Kraken re-signs a few players:

Logan Brown-3yrs/3.5M per

Cal Foote-3yrs/3.5M per

Kieffer Bellows-3yrs/2.75M per

Zach Aston Reese-3yrs/2.6M per

Lukas Dostal-2yrs/1.8M per


Seattle Kraken makes two major free agent signings:

Vladimir Tarasenko-7yrs/7 Million per

Artem Zub-4yrs/3.5 million per 


The Seattle Kraken make the playoffs in the 2023-24 season, but get eliminated in the 1st round of the playoffs.


After the season, two major trades are made:


Seattle Kraken trade Vince Dunn, Ivan Checkhovich, Connor Dewar, 2024 1st round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Mikhail Sergachev.

Mikael Sergachev never really got a chance to play top-pair minutes in Tampa Bay, perhaps a move to Vegas will unleash his full potential.

Andre Burakovsky, Emil Benstrom are traded to the Buffalo Sabres for Arttu Ruostalainen, 2024 2nd round pick.

The Sabres improve their top 6 with the addition of Burakovsky, and add a depth forward in Emil Benstrom; at the same time, the Kraken gets a solid depth forward and a 2nd round pick. 


Seattle Kraken re-signs a few players:

Mikhail Sergachev-7yrs/5.5M per

Justin Barron-5yrs/4.5M per

Jack Studnicka-3yrs/1.5M per

Arttu Ruostalainen-3yrs/1M per

Trent Frederic-2yrs/850k per


The Seattle Kraken make it to conference finals in the 2024-25 season, before losing to the Colorado Avalanche in 7 games.


Seattle Kraken makes two huge trades:

Seattle Kraken trade Chris Driedger, Joel Armia to the Montreal Canadiens for Cayden Primeau, 2025 3rd round pick.

The Kraken get Cayden Primeau, a top prospect goalie and a draft pick for Chris Driedger and Joel Armia, who the Canadiens had lost in the expansion draft.

Marc-Eduoard Vlasic is traded to the Vancouver Cancuks for Jett Woo, 3rd round pick '25.

The Canucks get veteran defenseman Marc Eduord Vlasic for Minor defenseman Jett Woo, 3rd round pick.


Seattle Kraken re-signs a few players:

Matthew Beniers-8yrs/6M per

Sasha Pastujov-4yrs/3.5M per

Samu Tuomaala-3yrs/3M per

Cayden Primeau-3yrs/2.5M per

Lukas Dostal-3yrs/1.8M per

Jett Woo-3yrs/1.4M per


By the 2025-26 season, the Seattle Kraken have put together a powerhouse team:



2025-26 Seattle Kraken

S.Pastujov-S.Wright-S.Tuomaala

I.Miroshichenko-M.Beniers-V.Tarasenko

K.Bellows-L.Brown-J.Studnicka

C.Jarnkrok-N.Acciari-Z.Aston-Reese

M.Sergachev-A.Zub

S.Forsmark-J.Barron

S.Behrens-J.Woo

C.Primeau

O.Dostal

Spares: A.Ruostalainen, T.Frederic

Top Prospects:  H.Brzstewicz, J.Kemmel, J.Lekkerimaki, S.Salminen, J.Lutz, M.Lamoureux, F.Ridzon, O.Zellweger


The Seattle Kraken got increasingly better every year, and look poised to contend for Stanley Cups in the next decade.







Sunday, June 6, 2021

How Arizona Coyotes can win their First Stanley Cup

 The Arizona Coyotes have never won a Stanley Cup in their franchise history, so my goal is to turn the Arizona Coyotes into a Championship caliber team. It will take some time to do so, but the Coyotes could potentially be a Stanley Cup Champion if they rebuild correctly.



At the Expansion draft, the Coyotes make a major trade.

The Arizona Coyotes trade Phil Kessel to the Seattle Kraken for their 2023 1st round pick.

Phil Kessel gives the Seattle Kraken a household name that can draw people to the game, and at the same time give Kessel a change of scenery.


Arizona Coyotes lose Antti Raanta to the Seattle Kraken in the Expansion draft.


Before the 2021 Draft, two trades are made:

Arizona Coyotes trade the rights to Niklas Hjalmarsson, Derick Brassard to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the rights to Blake Coleman.

This is a good trade for both teams because the Lightning probably isn't going to be able to re-sign Coleman, so they get two veteran players who could be signed for a cheap contract, in exchange for Coleman.

The Coyotes also trade Lawson Crouse, Tyler Pitlick, 2022 2nd rd pick to the Philadelphia Flyers for Nolan Patrick.

Nolan Patrick wants out of Philly, and a change of scenery with Arizona might just be what he needs to turn his career around.


2021 Draft

37-Ayrton Martino

43-Logan Mailoux

107-Nika Huuhtanen

126-Kalle Ervasti

The Arizona Coyotes drafted a few solid prospects, but they will need time to develop before they are NHL ready.


Arizona Coyotes re-sign a few players:

Alex Goligoski-2yrs/4.75M per

Blake Coleman-4yrs/4.5M per

Conor Garland-5yrs/4.25M per

Michael Bunting-2 yrs/2M per

Nolan Patrick-2yrs/1.75M per

Adin Hill-3yrs/1.5M per

Jordan Oesterle-2 yrs/1.4M per

Dryden Hunt+John Hayden-1 yr deals


Arizona Coyotes re-sign all other RFAs.


Arizona Coyotes make a few free-agent signings:

Tomas Tatar-4yrs/5.5M per

Ben Hutton-1 yr/800k


At the trade deadline, the Arizona Coyotes trade Darcy Kuemper to the Edmonton Oilers for Mikko Koskinen, Ethan Bear, 2022 2nd round pick.

The Edmonton Oilers get Darcy Kuemper to hold down the fort in goal; he will be a huge addition for a team in dire need of goaltending, even if it is a rental.


The Arizona Coyotes plummet in the Standings without Darcy Kuemper and end up with the worst record in the NHL. Unfortunately, the lottery isn't in favor of the Coyotes, and they slide to the 2nd pick in the draft.


Before the 2022 draft, two trades are made:

Arizona Coyotes trade Oliver Ekman-Larsson to the Boston Bruins for Jeremy Lauzon, Urho Vaakanainen, Jack Studnicka, and 1st round picks in 2022, 2023.

The Bruins get Oliver Ekman-Larsson, a star defenseman who thrives on the powerplay, and he would fit perfectly on the Bruins 1st powerplay unit.

The Coyotes also trade Nick Schmaltz, Christian Fischer, 2023 1st round pick to the New York Rangers for Mika Zibanejad.

Mika Zibanejad is due for a new contract, and the Rangers may not be able to give him what he wants, so they get what they can for him.


2022 Draft

2-Matthew Savoie

28-Devin Kaplan

33-Simon Forsmark

57-Jonathan Lekkerimaki

65-Maveric Lamoureux

The Coyotes hit a home run at the 2022 draft by adding Matthew Savoie, Devin Kaplan, and Simon Forsmark to an already good prospect pool.


After the draft, the Coyotes make two trades.

Arizona Coyotes acquire Anton Khudobin from the Dallas Stars for 3rd rd pick '23.

Anton Khudobin is still a reliable backup goalie; he will form a respectable tandem in goal along with Adin Hill.

Cayden Primeau is acquired from the Montreal Canadiens for 5th rd pick '23, 3rd rd pick '24.

Cayden Primeau gives the Coyotes some depth in goal and would give them a three-man rotation.


Arizona Coyotes re-sign a few players:

Mika Zibanejad-7yrs/9M per

Ethan Bear-2yrs/2M per

Barrett Hayton-2yrs/1.75M per

Jeremy Lauzon-2yrs/1.5M per

Urho Vaakanainen-2yrs/900k per

Cayden Primeau-2yrs/800k per

Jack Studnicka-2yrs/800k per


Arizona Coyotes re-sign all other RFAs.


Arizona Coyotes make two free-agent signings:

Seth Jones-7yrs/7.5M per

Chris Tierney-3yrs/3.5M per


With the additions of Mika Zibanejad and Seth Jones, the Arizona Coyotes are a much-improved team, but their young core players aren't ready to make the jump to the next level, so they still end up missing the playoffs.


The Arizona Coyotes have the 1st round pick from the Seattle Kraken in 2023 in the Phil Kessel trade; The Kraken finished with the 3rd worst record in the league but slid in the lottery to the 5th pick in the draft.


At the 2023 draft, the Arizona Coyotes trade pick 5 to the San Jose Sharks for pick 8, 2nd rd pick '2024.


2023 Draft

8-Emil Jarventie

The Arizona Coyotes draft Emil Jarventie, a highly skilled left-winger, who should help them out down the road.


Arizona Coyotes re-sign a few players:

Victor Soderstrom-3yrs/4.25M per

Nolan Patrick-3yrs/2.75M per

Michael Bunting-2yrs/2.4M per


Arizona Coyotes re-sign all other RFAs.


Arizona Coyotes sign two key free agents:

Alex Killorn-3yrs/4.5M per

Connor Clifton-3yrs/1.25M per


The Arizona Coyotes make it to the second round in the 2023-24 season, before losing in 6 games to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, Colorado Avalanche.


After the season, the Arizona Coyotes make two major trades:

Arizona Coyotes acquire Juuse Saros from the Nashville Predators for Adin Hill, Logan Mailloux, 2024 1st round pick.

The Predators, who have decided to hand over the reins to Yaroslav Askarov get a very package in return for Juuse Saros.

Christian Dvorak is traded to the New Jersey Devils for 2025 2nd round pick.

The Coyotes don't need Christan Dvorak anymore, so they trade him for the Devils for a draft pick.


Arizona Coyotes re-sign a few players:

Juuse Saros-6yrs/5.2M per

Urho Vaakanainen-3yrs/3M per

Barrett Hayton-3yrs/2.75M per

Jeremy Lauzon-3yrs/1.6M per

Cayden Primeau-2yrs/1.35k per

Jack Studnicka-2yrs/1M per 

Arizona Coyotes re-sign all other RFAs.


By the 2024-25 Season, the Arizona Coyotes have put together a Stanley Cup caliber team.



2024-25 Arizona Coyotes

T.Tatar-M.Zibanejad-C.Keller

A.Killorn-M.Savoie-B.Hayton

B.Coleman-C.Tierney-D.Kaplan

M.Bunting-N.Patrick-J.Studnicka

S.Forsmark-S.Jones

U.Vaakanainen-V.Soderstrom

J.Lauzon-C.Clifton

J.Saros

C.Primeau

Top Prospects: A.Martino, J.Lekkerimaki, E.Jarventie, N.Huuhtanen, K.Ervasti, M.Lamoureux


The Arizona Coyotes have now assembled a young and dangerous team that could be in contention to win a Stanley Cup in the next few years.