Thursday, January 27, 2022

Why Philadelphia Flyers should be Sellers at the Deadline

 The Philadelphia Flyers currently sit in last place in the Metropolitan division, so it would make sense for them to be sellers at the deadline, and trade away some of their players on expiring contracts, so they can start rebuilding. This is what the Philadelphia Flyers should do at this years' Trade Deadline.



Trades


A three-team trade is made between the Philadelphia Flyers, Colorado Avalanche, Ottawa Senators

Philadelphia Flyers get Alex Newhook, JT Compher, Jacob Bernard-Docker, Alex Formenton, 2023 1st round pick (from COL)

Colorado Avalanche get Claude Giroux

Ottawa Senators get Andre Burakovsky, Oskar Lindblom 

This trade sends Claude Giroux to the Colorado Avalanche, where he will get a chance to win a Stanley Cup. In exchange for Giroux, the Flyers get Alex Newhook, JT Compher, and a 2023 1st round pick from Colorado as well as a Jacob Bernard-Docker and Alex Formenton from Ottawa. To make the trade work cap-wise, the Senators receive Andre Burakovsky from the Avalanche and Oskar Lindblom from Philadelphia.


Philadelphia Flyers trade Rasmus Ristolainen to the Nashville Predators for Dante Fabbro, 2022 1st round pick, 2023 3rd round pick.

The Predators need to beef up their defense for the postseason, so a trade for Ristolainen makes sense;

on the flip side, the Flyers add a young defenseman in Dante Fabbro and a few picks.

Philadelphia Flyers trade Derick Brassard, Justin Braun to the Carolina Hurricanes for 2022 5th round pick, 2022 6th round pick, 5th round pick 2023.

The Hurricanes add more depth to the team for a deep postseason run, while the Flyers add a few more picks for some players who may not be on the team next year.

Philadelphia Flyers trade Keith Yandle, Nate Thompson to the St.Louis Blues for Oskar Sundqvist, 2022 4th round pick. 

The Blues add two veteran players, which gives them more depth for a deep playoff run, while the Flyers add Oskar Sundqvist and a draft pick.


Trade Summary


Players Traded Away:

Claude Giroux

Oskar Lindblom

Rasmus Ristolainen

Justin Braun

Derick Brassard

Keith Yandle

Nate Thompson

Players Acquired:

Alex Newhook

JT Compher

Jacob Bernard-Docker

Alex Formenton

Dante Fabbro

Oskar Sundqvist

NSH 2022 1st

STL 2022 4th

CAR 2022 5th

CAR 2022 6th

COL 2023 1st

NSH 2023 3rd

CAR 2023 5th


Lineup after trade deadline:




JVR-M.Frost-C.Atkinson

T.Konecny-A.Newhook-JT.Compher

A.Formenton-S.Laughton-W.Allison

Z.MacEwen-O.Sundqvist-P.Brown

I.Provorov-C.York

T.Sanheim-J.Bernard-Docker

N.Seeler-K.Connouton

C.Hart

M.Jones

(IR) R.Ellis, S.Couturier, K.Hayes, J.Farabee, D.Fabbro


The Philadelphia Flyers have set themselves up well for both the Draft and for the Future with the trades they made here at the Deadline.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

HOW CALGARY FLAMES CAN WIN THE STANLEY CUP

The Calgary Flames have gotten off to a terrific start to the season, but have cooled off since getting off to a red hot start. In order for Calgary to have a legitimate shot at winning the Stanley Cup this year, they need to add some pieces to the team. This is how the Calgary Flames could improve their chances to win the Stanley Cup this year.



Needs for the Calgary Flames:

1. Top 4 LD

2. Top 6 Winger

3. Goal Scoring Depth


The biggest weakness of the Calgary Flames is the left side of their defense. Noah Hanifin, Oliver Kylington, and Nikita Zadorov may be good enough for the regular season, but if the Flames are to make a deep playoff run, they need to really improve the left side of their defense and their defense in general. 

Although the Flames have enough goal-scoring from their top 6, it is always a good idea to add a proven veteran player with playoff experience to their top 6. In addition, Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan have not had great performances in past playoff series, so they will need to add a top 6 winger if they are to make a deep run in the playoffs.

In the Playoffs, goal-scoring depth is very important, so the Calgary Flames need to add some more offensive depth to fill out their lineup. Knowing Darryl Sutter's coaching style, it would be better to get players an gritty, two way forwards, and highly versatile. 


Trades:

Calgary Flames trade Nikita Zadorov, Dillon Dube to the Montreal Canadiens for Ben Chiarot, Tyler Toffoli. Montreal retains 1 million of Tyler Toffoli's annual cap hit.

Calgary Flames add Ben Chiarot to bolster the depth on the left side of their defense and Tyler Toffoli can fill and need in their top 6.

Calgary Flames trade Michael Stone, Brett Ritchie, 4th round pick '23 to the Arizona Coyotes for Johan Larsson

The Flames get Johan Larsson, a versatile 4th line player who can take faceoffs, and chip in on the penalty kill.


This is what the lineup would look like in the playoffs:




J.Gaudreau-E.Lindholm-M.Tkachuk

A.Mangiapane-S.Monahan-T.Toffoli

M.Lucic-M.Backlund-B.Coleman

J.Larsson-B.Richardson-T.Lewis

B.Chiarot-R.Andersson

N.Hanifin-C.Tanev

O.Kylington-E.Gudbranson

J.Markstrom

D.Vladar

 

With the moves made here, this team looks poised to make a deep playoff run and potentially win the Stanley Cup.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

HOW EDMONTON OILERS CAN WIN THE STANLEY CUP

The Edmonton Oilers are in utter disarray right now, after getting off to a hot start to the season. As the season has progressed, the team's weaknesses have been exposed more and more and if they don't fix them, they won't make the playoffs at all. This is what the Oilers have to do to make the playoffs and potentially win a Stanley Cup.



Issues w/ Edmonton Oilers:

1. Goaltending has not been good

2. Goal Scoring depth

3. Defensive depth

The Goaltending situation for the Edmonton Oilers has not been stable to say the least. Mike Smith has been constantly hurt, so Mikko Koskinen has been the starter for most of the season, and he has proven to be quite inconsistent from game to game. In 20 appearances, Koskinen has a 3.19 GAA and .900 SV%, and Stuart Skinner started 10 games as well, with a 2.70 GAA and .916 SV%. If Mike Smith is going to be constantly hurt this year, the Oilers will definitely need to make a trade for a veteran goalie because Koskinen isn't going to get the job done.

Although the Oilers have of the two top 5 players, and they do get some scoring from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Zach Hyman, Jesse Puljujarvi, they really don't get much scoring from anyone else in the lineup. If they are to make a deep playoff run, they will add to add more depth scoring, since that is essential to a deep playoff run.

With the slew of Injuries and COVID-related issues that the Oilers have had on defense, it has shown a glaring weakness on defense, and that is that they really don't have enough depth if one of their defensemen go down with an injury. The Oilers defense should try to add a veteran defenseman on the back end to strengthen the D core; it will help if the Oilers make a deep playoff run.


Trades:


Edmonton Oilers get Jonathan Quick, Johan Larsson, Christian Fischer

LA Kings get Lawson Crouse, 2023 2nd round pick (From EDM)

Arizona Coyotes get Mikko Koiskinen, Z.Kassian, 2024 1st round pick (from EDM).

Edmonton Oilers make a three-team trade with the LA Kings and Arizona Coyotes, which sees the Oilers pick up three players: Jonathan Quick is a proven veteran goalie with playoff experience, and he will definitely increase their chances of making a deeper run. The Oilers also add some depth players in Riley Nash and Christian Fischer, who add some toughness and grit to the lineup.


Edmonton Oilers sign Evander Kane to a 1 yr deal worth 700k.

Evander Kane may be a headache off the ice, but he is ultra-talented and he would be an excellent fit alongside either McDavid or Draisaitl.

Edmonton Oilers acquire Jake DeBrusk, Connor Clifton from Boston Bruins for Kailer Yamamoto, 2024 5th round pick.

The Oilers add some depth scoring in the form of Jake DeBrusk, as well as a depth defenseman in Connor Clifton.


Potential Lineup with everyone healthy:




E.Kane-C.McDavid-J.Puljujarvi

RNH-L.Draisaitl-Z.Hyman

W.Foegele-R.McLeod-J.DeBrusk

J.Larsson-D.Ryan-Ch.Fischer

D.Nurse-E.Bouchard

D.Keith-C.Ceci

C.Clifton-T.Barrie

J.Quick

M.Smith

Spares: Kr.Russell, S.Koekkoek, K.Turris, D.Shore, C.Sceviour, B.Perlini


With this lineup, the Edmonton Oilers have assembled a team that has a better chance at making a deep playoff run this season, at a shot at Lord Stanley's.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

How Pittsburgh Penguins can Win the Stanley Cup

 The Pittsburgh Penguins currently hold the 1st wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference with a 19-8-5 record and 43 points through 32 games played. With the current team the Penguins have, they won't be able to make a deep run but if they make a few moves at the deadline, they could have one last Stanley Cup run with their current core. In this blog, I write about what the Pittsburgh Penguins need to improve on and what needs to be done to improve their Cup Chances.



Issues w/ Pittsburgh Penguins:

1. Lack of Secondary Scoring

2. Goaltending 

3. Lack of Offensive + Defensive Depth


The Biggest issue that the Pittsburgh Penguins will have in the Playoffs if they do not add any players is that they lack secondary scoring. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel, Jeff Carter, Bryan Rust are seasoned veteran players with Stanley Cup pedigree, but the rest of the forwards have yet to prove themselves a scoring threat in the playoffs. If the Penguins are to make a deep playoff run this year, they will need to add some secondary scoring to the lineup.

Another big concern of the Pittsburgh Penguins is their Goaltending. Tristan Jarry has not performed well in the playoffs in the past, and Casey DeSmith is not good enough to be a starting goalie in the playoffs. If the Penguins are to make a deep run, they need to make a move for a veteran backup, who can come in and play if he should falter. 

While this is exactly necessary, it would be helpful for the Penguins to add more depth on both offense and defense. Especially now with COVID, you never know when players will be out of the lineup, so it is never a bad idea to have depth on the team in case of injury or illness.


Trades:

Pittsburgh Penguins trade Jason Zucker, Danton Heinen to the Montreal Canadiens for Tyler Toffoli, Artturi Lehkonen.

Jason Zucker has not fit well with the Penguins, so he is dealt along with Danton Heinen to the Montreal Canadiens for Tyler Toffoli and Artturi Lehkonen.

Pittsburgh Penguins acquire Tanner Pearson from Vancouver Canucks for Marcus Pettersson, 2023 3rd round pick.

The Penguins acquire Tanner Pearson; this reunites him with former linemates Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli.

Pittsburgh Penguins also trade Kasperi Kapanen, Casey DeSmith to the Ottawa Senators for Matt Murray, Nick Holden. The Senators retain 2 million of Matt Murray's contract until the 2023-24 season.

The Matt Murray experiment has not worked out in Ottawa, so the Penguins re-acquire him alongside Nick Holden for Kasperi Kapanen and Casey DeSmith.


This is how the lineup looks like in the playoffs:




J.Guentzel-S.Crosby-B.Rust

B.McGinn-E.Malkin-T.Toffoli

T.Pearson-J.Carter-E.Rodrigues

A.Lehkonen-T.Blueger-Z.Aston-Reese

B.Dumoulin-K.Letang

M.Matheson-J.Marino

N.Holden-C.Ruhwedel

T.Jarry

M.Murray

Spares: D.Simon, B.Boyle, R.Zohorna, A.Nylander, M.Friedman


If they add the right pieces, the Pittsburgh Penguins definitely could win the Stanley Cup again with the core players they have.