Tuesday, May 31, 2022

What Buffalo Sabres need to do in the Offseason

The Buffalo Sabres showed steps of improvement this season, but they are still far from being a playoff team especially in a tough Atlantic division. If Buffalo wants to be competitive in their division, they will need to improve their roster drastically in both the draft and in free agency. This is what I would do if I were GM of the Buffalo Sabres.




Before the 2022 Draft, two trades are made

Buffalo Sabres trade Victor Olofsson, Dustin Tokarski to the Vegas Golden Knights for Evgeni Dadonov, Laurent Brossoit, Brendan Brisson, 2022 2nd round pick.

The Golden Knights are in win-now mode but they don't have much cap left and they need to dump both Dadonov and Brossoit's contracts, so for them to be able to get Olofsson in this deal is an added bonus. For Buffalo, they are banking on Dadonov having a bounceback season, Brendan Brisson to be a solid prospect down the road, and the scouts to draft someone to help the team in the 2nd round.

The Sabres also trade Colin Miller, Vinnie Hinostroza to the Washington Capitals for a 2022 6th round pick and a 2023 7th round pick.

The Sabres traded away two pending UFAs in Colin Miller and Vinnie Hinostroza for two draft picks.


2022 Draft

9-Joakim Kemell

16-Isaac Howard

32-Ryan Chesley

41-Seamus Casey

48-Bryce McConnell-Barker

73-David Goyette

105-Ian Blomquist

130-Elmeri Laakso

169-Dmitri Buchelnikov

189-Ludwig Persson

201-Kevin Reidler

The Buffalo Sabres draft 2 centers, 2 Left-wingers, 2 right-wingers, 3 defensemen and 2 goalies in the 2022 draft to boost their prospect pool.


Buffalo Sabres re-sign the following players:

Ukko-Pekka Luukonen-2yrs/2M per

Jacob Bryson-2yrs/1.7M per

Arttu Ruostalainen-2yrs/925k per


Buffalo Sabres sign the following free agents:

Johnny Gaudreau-7yrs/11.5M per

Josh Manson-4yrs/4M per

Martin Jones-1yr/2M 


This is how the lineup looks like next season



2022-23 Buffalo Sabres


J.Gaudreau-C.Mittelstadt-J.Skinner

P.Krebs-T.Thompson-A.Tuch

R.Asplund-D.Cozens-E.Dadonov

A.Bjork-Z.Girgensons-K.Okposo

M.Samuelsson-R.Dahlin

O.Power-J.Manson

J.Bryson-H.Jokiharju

U-P.Luukkonen

M.Jones

Top Prospects:

F: J.Quinn, J.Kemell, I.Howard, JJ.Peterka, B.McConnell-Barker, D.Goyette, B.Brisson, D.Buchelnikov, L.Persson

D: R.Chesley, S.Casey, E.Laakso

G: I.Blomquist, K.Reidler


With the moves made here, the Buffalo Sabres have not only made themselves better for next season, but for the next decade.


Thursday, May 26, 2022

What Philadelphia Flyers Need to do in the Offseason

The Philadelphia Flyers are in rebuild mode now, so you can expect them to be very active in making transactions this offseason. Philadelphia should try and trade away any players that have trade value for picks and prospects and build the team up from scratch. This is what the Philadelphia Flyers should do this offseason.



Before the 2022 draft, a few trades are made


Philadelphia Flyers trade Cam Atkinson to the Vancouver Canucks for Conor Garland, Michael DiPietro, Danila Klimovich, and a conditional 2024 1st round pick. The Flyers will get Vancouver's 2024 1st round pick if Cam Atkinson scores 25 or more goals in either of the next two seasons.

This is a good trade for both teams because the Canucks get rid of Conor Garland's contract while, while adding a legit top 6 forward in Cam Atkinson; for the Flyers, they get two solid prospects in Michael DiPietro and Danila Klimovich, and a potential 1st round pick alongside Conor Garland in the deal. 


The Flyers also trade Travis Konecny to the Carolina Hurricanes for Jack Drury, Ryan Suzuki, 2nd round pick '23. If Carolina makes it to the 2nd round of the playoffs, the 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick.

The Hurricanes are likely going to lose Nino Niederreiter in free agency, this would be an affordable price for a solid top 6 forward; for the Flyers, they get two good prospects in Jack Drury and Ryan Suzuki and a 2nd round pick, which can become a 1st round pick.


Travis Sanheim and Scott Laughton are traded to the Seattle Kraken for three 2022 2nd-round picks.

This is an excellent trade for the Seattle Kraken, who immediately improve their team with two NHL-caliber players for three draft picks; for Philly, they get three 2nd round picks, which will give them the opportunity to improve their prospect pool.


James Van Riemsdyk is traded to the Anaheim Ducks for 3rd round pick '23, conditional 2023 2nd round pick.

Since the Flyers are going through a youth movement of sorts, it makes sense to move JVR for what they can. For the Ducks, it is a good veteran player to be adding to young team that lacks veteran presence after the retirement of Getzlaf.


2022 Draft

5-Simon Nemec

49-Filip Bystedt

60-Ryan Greene

64-Gleb Trikozov

69-Alexander Suzdalev

101-Filip Nordberg

133-Fabian Wagner

165-Kasper Larsen

197-Charlie Leddy

Philadelphia Flyers add 2 Centers, 3 wingers, and 4 defensemen, going for a balanced draft, and improving the team's prospect pool in the process.


Philadelphia Flyers re-sign the following players:

Owen Tippett-2yrs/1.5M per

Morgan Frost-2yrs/1.5M per

Michael DiPietro-2yrs/900k per

Patrick Brown-2yrs/850k per

Noah Cates-2yrs/800k per




This is how the lineup looks like next season


2022-23 Philadelphia Flyers



J.Farabee-S.Coutierier-O.Tippett

O.Lindblom-K.Hayes-C.Garland

M.Frost-R.Suzuki-J.Drury

N.Cates-P.Brown-


I.Provorov-S.Nemec

C.York-R.Ristolainen

N.Seeler-R.Attard


C.Hart

I.Fedotov


IR: R.Ellis

Top Prospects:

F: B.Brink, T.Foerster, S.Tuomaala, F.Bystedt, R.Greene, R.Greene, G.Trikozov, A.Suzdalev, F.Wagner

D: F.Nordberg, K.Larsen, C.Leddy

G: M.DiPietro, S.Ersson


With the moves made here, the Flyers are now in postion to be in the lottery again next year and at the same time set themselves up very well for right now.


Saturday, May 21, 2022

WHAT PITTSBURGH PENGUINS NEED TO DO IN THE OFFSEASON

 The Pittsburgh Penguins have a tough offseason upcoming because they 6 major UFAs and 2 RFAs to resign and they only have about $29 million to do so. To make things tougher for the Penguins they don't have any of players in the system that can replace those players. Here is what I would do if I were GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins.



Before the 2022 Draft, a few trades are made


Pittsburgh Penguins trade Evgeni Malkin and Kasperi Kapanen to the Minnesota Wild for Kevin Fiala, Fredrick Gaudreau, 1st round pick '22.

This is a win-win trade for both teams; Minnesota gets a top-line center in Evgeni Malkin to pair with Kirill Kaprizov, as well as Kasperi Kapanen to replace Kevin Fiala, while the Penguins get Kevin Fiala, a top 6 winger, Fredrick Gaudreau, an underrated center, and a 1st round pick.


The Penguins also trade Kris Letang to the Montreal Canadiens for Kaiden Guhle, Ryan Poehling, Joshua Roy, 2nd round pick '22, 1st round pick '23.

Montreal gets Kris Letang to be their top pair defenseman, which would be a huge blow for Pittsburgh but at the same time they did get some nice pieces in Ryan Poehling, top prospects Kaiden Guhle and Joshua Roy, as well as a 1st and 2nd round pick.


Jason Zucker, Brian Dumoulin are traded to the Vancouver Canucks for Tanner Pearson, 3rd round pick '22.

This is mostly a cap dump for the Penguins, which saves the Penguins 6.35 million in cap space. In addition, this trade addresses the positional needs of both teams, the Penguins need goal-scoring, while the Canucks need better defense.


At the 2022 Draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins trade picks 21, and 33 to the Buffalo Sabres for picks 16, and 41.

2022 Draft

16-Jimmy Snuggerud

27-Rugter McGroarty 

41-Seamus Casey

79-Topi Ronni

117-Marcel Marcel

149-Elmeri Laakso

181-Elias Pettersson

The Penguins improved their dreadful prospect pool a bit with the additions of three former USNTDP players: Jimmy Snuggerud, Rugter McGroarty, and Seamus Casey. They also added Topi Ronni and Marcel Marcel, who are big forwards, who could play a depth role on the team down the road, and two defensemen in Elmeri Laakso and Elias Pettersson.


Pittsburgh Penguins re-sign the following players:


Kevin Fiala-8yrs/7.5M per

Bryan Rust-5yrs/6M per

Danton Heinen-1yr/1.1M

Louis Domingue-1yr/750k


All Non-Roster RFAs are re-signed


Pittsburgh Penguins sign the following players in Free Agency:

John Klingberg-6yrs/6.5M Per

Andrew Copp-6yrs/5M per


This is how the lineup looks like next season



2022-23 Pittsburgh Penguins




J.Guentzel-S.Crosby-B.Rust

A.Copp-F.Gaudreau-K.Fiala

T.Pearson-J.Carter-D.Heinen

R.Poehling-T.Blueger-B.McGinn


M.Matheson-J.Klingberg

K.Guhle-J.Marino

M.Petterson-C.Ruhwedel


T.Jarry

L.Domingue


The Pittsburgh Penguins can still remain a competitive team in the Eastern Conference with the moves they made here, and didn't have to overpay 35 year old veterans.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

What Ottawa Senators should do in the Offseason

 The Ottawa Senators have been rebuilding for a few years now, and that trend will continue this offseason, as they try to build a contending team through the draft. In addition, they will also be adding some key free agents as well. This is what the Ottawa Senators should do in the offseason.



Before the 2022 Draft, Ottawa Senators make a few trades are made

Ottawa Senators trade Chris Tierney, Michael Del Zotto to the Seattle Kraken for 4th round pick '22, 5th round pick '23

Seattle get Chris Tierney and Michael Del Zotto from Ottawa in exchange for two draft picks


The Senators also acquire Alex Killorn from Tampa Bay Lightning for Dylan Gambrell, Austin Watson, Lassi Thomson, 2nd round pick '22.

The Lightning needs to move some salaries, and Alex Killorn is one of their cap casualties. For Ottawa, they will be getting a solid veteran forward who will help mentor their young players.


Adam Gaudette and Victor Mete are traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for 5th round pick '23, 6th round pick '24.

The Senators trade away Gaudette and Mete for two draft picks, so they can clear roster spots that could be better used on other players.


Ottawa also trades Artem Zub and Nick Holden to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Liam Foudy, 3rd round pick '23.

The Senators trade two top 6 defensemen to the Blue Jackets for Liam Foudy, who could fit well as their fourth-line center and a 3rd round pick.


2022 Draft

7-Brad Lambert

39-Seamus Casey

71-Aleksanteri Kaskimaki

87-Topi Ronni

103-Michael Mastodomenico

125-Daniil Ivanov

135-Ludvig Jansson

142-Fabian Wagner

151-Devin Kaplan

167-Niklas Kokko

203-Charlie Leddy

205-Noah Greuter

Ottawa Senators draft 3 Centers, 3 Wingers, 5 Defenseman, and 1 goalie in the 2022 Draft to add to their already stacked prospect pool.


Ottawa Senators re-sign the following players:

Josh Norris-8yrs/8M per

Erik Branstrom-2yrs/2.5M per

Alex Formenton-2yrs/1.75M per

Mathieu Joseph-2yr/1.5M per

Liam Foudy-2yrs/850k per


Ottawa Senators sign the following players in free agency:

Claude Giroux-5yrs/8M per

Josh Manson-4yrs/3.5M per


This is how the Ottawa Senators' lineup looks like next season


2022-23 Ottawa Senators







B.Tkachuk-J.Norris-D.Batherson

A.Formenton-T.Stutzle-C.Giroux

A.Killorn-S.Pinto-C.White

K.Parker-L.Foudy-M.Joseph

T.Chabot-T.Hamonic

J.Sanderson-J.Manson

E.Brannstrom-N.Zaitsev

M.Murray

A.Forsberg


Top Prospects: 

F: B.Lambert, R.Greig, T.Boucher, A.Kaskimaki, T.Ronni, F.Wagner, D.Kaplan, N.Greuter

D: J.Bernard-Docker, S.Casey, M.Mastodomenico, D.Ivanov, L.Jansson, C.Leddy

G: M.Sogaard, L.Merilainen, N.Kokko


If the Ottawa Senators make the right moves, they could assembled a team that has potential to make a push for the playoffs next season.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

What Detroit Red Wings Need to do in the Offseason

 The Detroit Red Wings are having a disappointing season, but they can turn it around in the offseason, and build to be better next season.  These are the moves that I would make if I were GM of the Detroit Red Wings.



Before the 2022 Draft, a few trades are made


Detroit Red Wings trade Filip Zadina to the Arizona Coyotes for 1st round pick '22

This is a win-win trade for both teams because the Coyotes get a potential top 6 winger, while the Red Wings get Colorado's 1st round pick from this year's draft.


Robby Fabbri and Jordan Oesterle are traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Ilya Mikheyev and Ilya Lyubushkin. If Neither of these players re-signs with Detroit, they get a 2023 3rd-round pick. Detroit retains 1.5 million of Robby Fabbri's Contract for the duration of it.

This is basically a cap dump for the Red Wings, and for the Maple Leafs, they get two players to help the roster for two pending UFAs.


The Red Wings also trade Dan DeKeyser to the Anaheim Ducks for Jacob Larsson and a 2022 6th round pick. If DeKeyser re-signs with Anaheim, Detroit gets a conditional 4th round pick '23.

The Red Wings get something for a pending UFA in Dan DeKeyser, so they don't lose him for nothing.


Detroit also trades Oskar Sundqvist, Jake Walman, 3rd round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for Mattias Samuelsson.

Mattias Samuelsson will give the Red Wings a solid defensive defenseman to pair alongside Moritz Seider, while the Sabres add two solid depth players and a 3rd round pick.


At the 2022 Draft, the Detroit Red Wings trade pick 53 to the Nashville Predators for picks 82, 83, 146.


2022 Draft

8-Brad Lambert

32-Adam Ingram

40-Seamus Casey

82-Simon Forsmark

83-Miko Matikka

104-Kasper Kulonummi

112-Elmeri Laakso

127-Ludvig Jansson

136-Dominik Rymon

146-Julian Lutz

178-Niklas Kokko

200-Noah Grueter

Detroit Red Wings add 7 forwards, 5 defensemen, and 1 goalie with the 13 picks that they have in the 2022 draft.


Detroit Red Wings sign the following free agents:

Rickard Rakell-3yrs/4.75M per

Andrew Copp-5yrs/4M per

Justin Schultz-2yrs/4M per

Ben Chiarot-4yrs/3.6M per

Ilya Mikheyev-3yrs/3M per

Casey DeSmith-2yrs/2.5M per

Noel Acciari-3yrs/1.7M per

Ilya Lyubushkin-2yrs/1.5M per


This is what the Lineup looks like at the beginning of next season:


2022-23 Detroit Red Wings



T.Bertuzzi-D.Larkin-L.Raymond

J.Vrana-A.Copp-R.Rakell

J.Veleno-P.Suter-I.Mikheyev

A.Erne-M.Rasmussen-N.Acciari

M.Samuelsson-M.Seider

B.Chiarot-F.Hronek

S.Edvinsson-I.Lyubushkin

A.Nedeljkovic

C.DeSmith

Top Prospects:

F: B.Lambert, J.Berggren, A.Ingram, M.Matikka, D.Rymon, J.Lutz, N.Greuter

D: A.Johansson, S.Casey, S.Forsmark, K.Kulonummi, E.Laakso, L.Jansson

G: S.Cossa, N.Kokko


The Detroit Red Wings have put together a solid team that might still miss the playoffs but are headed in the right direction.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Podcast 159-2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Updated Western Conference Playoffs Matchups

The Western Conference Playoffs picture has changed since my podcast was earlier released on Friday.

Here are the updated Western Conference Matchups:



Colorado Avalanche vs Nashville Predators





Key Players:

COL: N.MacKinnon, M.Rantanen, G.Landeskog, N.Kadri, A.Burakovsky, A.Lehkonen, V.Nichushkin, C.Makar, D.Toews, S.Girard, J.Manson

NSH: F.Forsberg, M.Duchene, R.Johansen, M.Granlund, L.Kunin, C.Sissons, T.Trenin, R.Josi, M.Ekholm, D.Fabbro, A.Carrier

X-Factors: COL-A.Newhook, NSH-P.Tomasino

Goalie Matchup: D.Kuemper vs D.Rittich


The Colorado Avalanche faced the Nashville Predators 4 times in the regular season, but they only managed to win 1 game against the Predators. It's a good thing that Colorado has home-ice advantage because the Avs have allowed an average of 5 goals against on the road in the season series with Nashville.

Colorado faced Nashville 6 times in the playoffs, but they have lost 4 times to them in the postseason. Even though Colorado is going to be heavily favored in this series, Nashville could surprise some people with how well they play Colorado.

Colorado is on a mission this year to win the Stanley Cup, and are one of the favorites to achieve this feat. Colorado has a high-powered offense and has defenseman who can jump into the play and contribute offensively. The Predators will give the Avalanche quite a challenge because they play physically and aren't afraid to mix it up with the Avs' star players. Darcy Kuemper was good in the regular season but has not been proven yet in the playoffs, so that is one concern the Avs could have in the playoffs.

Nashville is a really good team on paper and doesn't have many weaknesses in their lineup. The issue with Nashville has been their inconsistency with their goal-scoring, as they have many streaky scorers in their lineup. If Nashville is to win this series, they need to play physically and try to neutralize the speed of their superstars. Unfortunately for Nashville, they could be playing without their star goalie Juuse Saros in this series, and if they don't have Saros in net, they have no chance to win this series.

COL wins if the Avalanche gets balanced scoring from the top 9, plays good defense, and Darcy Kuemper plays well.

NSH wins if they get scoring for all four lines, the Defense chip in offensively, and David Rittich plays out of his mind in the net.

Prediction: COL wins 4-1



Calgary Flames vs Dallas Stars



Key Players:

CGY: J.Gaudreau, M.Tkachuk, E.Lindholm, T.Toffoli, B.Coleman, A.Mangiapane, M.Backlund, N.Hanifin, R.Andersson, C.Tanev

DAL: R.Hintz, J.Robertson, J.Pavelski, T.Seguin, J.Benn, D.Gurianov, M.Heiskanen, J.Klingberg, E.Lindell, R.Suter

X factors: CGY-C.Jarnkrok/D.Dube, DAL-A.Radulov

Goalie Matchup: J.Markstrom vs J.Oettinger


The Calgary Flames faced the Dallas Stars 3 times in the regular season and won 2 out of the 3 games. The interesting thing about the season series between these two teams is that Dallas played much better on the road than at home against Calgary.

 Dallas faced Calgary 12 times in the playoffs and has won the series 8 times. This matchup could actually be one of the matchups that result in an upset because Dallas seems to have Calgary's record in the playoffs.

This will be a big series for the Stars of the Calgary Flames, such as Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm, and Matthew Tkachuk, but fortunately for them, they have a much stronger supporting cast this season, which should help them in the playoffs. Jacob Markstrom has been stellar in net all season long, he needs to be a rock in net, in order for Calgary to make it past Nashville.

Dallas is the most confusing team in the NHL; they can struggle to beat teams like Arizona and Seattle, but then they can beat Calgary. The Stars can roll all four lines and have a good top 4, as well as a up and coming stud goalie in Jake Oettinger.

Despite all the positives on this team, there are also many weaknesses on this team that might cost them in a series against the best team in the western conference.

CGY wins if Johnny Gaudreau is Johnny Gaudreau and they get balanced goal-scoring throughout their lineup.

DAL wins if the Stars get consistent scoring from all four lines, play great defense, and Jake Oettinger stands on his head.

Prediction: DAL wins 4-3

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