Tuesday, July 26, 2022

What Florida Panthers Need to do to Remain a Contender

The Florida Panthers juggernaut of an offense last season, but not after losing a few key players in free agency and trading for Matthew Tkachuk, it seems like the Florida Panthers aren't as good a team heading into next season as they were in 2021-22. Here is what the Florida Panthers need to do to remain a contender.



Florida Panthers make a few trades:

Florida Panthers trade Sergei Bobrovsky to the LA Kings for Jonathan Quick, Gabriel Vilardi, 3rd round pick '23. Florida retains 50% of Bobrovsky's contract.

The Panthers are able to move Sergei Bobrovsky but they have to retain 50% of the contract; this is the best that Florida can hope for with a deal involving Bobrovsky.


Florida also trades Anthony Duclair and Brandon Montour to the Dallas Stars for Jani Hakanpaa,  '24 2nd.

The Panthers move some salary of their books, while at the same time adding some depth and physicality to their blueline.


Florida Panthers acquire Bryan Little from Arizona Coyotes for Aleksi Heponiemi.

The Panthers are able to add a little bit of wiggle room by acquiring Bryan Little, who still is on the books for 5.29 million for two more years.

Florida Panthers acquire Erik Brannstrom from Ottawa Senators for '23 2nd, '25 3rd.

Erik Brannstrom is a young puck-moving defenseman, who has a very high upside, but he has a lot of competition in Ottawa, so this trade makes sense for both teams.


Florida Panthers sign the Following players:

Erik Brannstrom-2yrs/2.75M per


All Non-Roster RFAs are Re-signed


This is how the lineup looks like next season


2022-23 Florida Panthers




C.Verhaeghe-A.Barkov-M.Tkachuk

R.Balcers-S.Bennett-S.Reinhart

G.Vilardi-A.Lundell-Co.White

N.Cousins-E.Luostarinen-P.Hornqvist


G.Forsling-A.Ekblad

E.Brannstrom-R.Gudas

M.Staal-J.Hakanpaa

S.Knight

J.Quick


The Florida Panthers now have a team that is a borderline playoff team in the Atlantic Division, but because they made moves to free up cap space, they could add some pieces at the deadline to make a strong push and have a monster second half.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

What the Boston Bruins Need to do to Remain a Contender

The Boston Bruins only have about 4.75 million in cap space to re-sign Patrice Bergeron and Pavel Zacha, so in order to make some cap space, they will need to make some salary off their books. This is what the Boston Bruins need to do to remain a Contender in the Eastern Conference.



Boston Bruins make a few trades

Boston Bruins trade Nick Foligno, and John Beecher to the Arizona Coyotes for 5th round pick '24.

The Bruins manage to dump Nick Foligno's contract, at the same time, it helps Arizona Reach the cap floor.

Boston Bruins also trade Mike Reilly, Chris Wagner to the Anaheim Ducks for Derek Grant, 6th round pick '23.

The Bruins shed 2.85 million in cap space while adding some depth to their fourth line.

Craig Smith is traded to the Nashville Predators for Eeli Tolvanen.

Boston saves 1.65 million in cap space, at the cost of a proven veterna scorer in Craig Smith.


Boston Bruins re-sign the following players:

Patrice Bergeron-1yr/8M per

Pavel Zacha-3yrs/2.75M per


This is how the lineup looks like next season


2022-23 Boston Bruins



B.Marchand-P.Bergeron-J.DeBrusk

T.Hall-P.Zacha-D.Pastrnak

E.Tolvanen-C.Coyle-J.Studnicka

T.Frederic-T.Nosek-D.Grant

H.Lindholm-C.McAvoy

M.Grzelcyk-B.Carlo

D.Forbort-C.Clifton

J.Swayman

L.Ullmark


With the moves made here, the Boston Bruins have assembled a team that should be good enough to be a contender in the Eastern Conference.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

2022 NHL Free Agency Preview

 The first day of NHL Free Agency starts tomorrow, so I thought it would be fitting to do a preview the class of free agents and make some signing predictions.



Top Free Agent Centers

Claude Giroux

Nazem Kadri

Vincent Trocheck

Ryan Strome

Dylan Strome

Paul Stastny

Evan Rodrigues

Chris Tierney


Top Free Agent Left Wingers

Johnny Gaudreau

Ondrej Palat

Evander Kane

Max Domi

Nino Niederreiter

Andrew Copp

Andre Burakovsky

Ilya Mikheyev

Dominik Kubalik

Calle Jarnkrok

Oskar Lindblom

Sonny Milano

Mattias Janmark


Top Free Agent Right-Wingers

David Perron

Phil Kessel

Reilly Smith

Alexander Radulov

Frank Vatrano

Vladislav Namestnikov

Danton Heinen

Tyler Motte


Top Free Agent Defenseman

John Klingberg

Nick Leddy

Olli Maatta

Josh Manson

Justin Schultz

Ben Chiarot

PK Subban

Dan DeKeyser

Anton Stralman

Calvin DeHaan

Nikita Zadorov

Ian Cole

Brett Kulak

Justin Braun


Top Free Agent Goalies

Darcy Kuemper

Jack Campbell

Ilya Samsonov

Thomas Greiss

Martin Jones

Braden Holtby

Jaroslav Halak


Free Agent Signings Predictions


ANA:

Olli Maatta

Ilya Mikheyev

ARI:

Victor Rask

Nick Bjugstad

Victor Mete

Rocco Grimaldi

BOS:

David Krejci

BUF:

Josh Manson

Martin Jones

CGY:

Evander Kane

Andrew Copp

Ben Chiarot

Calle Jarnkrok

CAR:

Vincent Trocheck

Frank Vatrano

Sonny Milano

Ian Cole

CHI:

No Free Agent Signings

CBJ:

Nazem Kadri

Nikita Zadorov

COL:

Paul Stastny

Darren Helm

Anton Stralman

DAL:

Phil Kessel

PK Subban

Vladislav Namestnikov

DET:

Ondrej Palat

Ryan Strome

Marc Staal


EDM:

Jack Campbell

Dylan Strome

Brett Kulak

FLA:

Dan DeKeyser

LA:

No Free Agent signings

MIN:

Colin White

MTL:

No Free Agent Signings

NSH:

Noel Acciari

NJ:

Johnny Gaudreau

NYI:

Nick Leddy

Troy Stetcher

NYR:

Tyler Motte

Jaroslav Halak

OTT:

Claude Giroux

Andre Burakovsky

Mattias Janmark

PHI:

Max Domi

PIT:

No More Free agent signings

SJ:

Chris Tierney

Adam Gaudette

SEA:

John Klingberg

Reilly Smith

STL:

David Perron

TB:

Dominik Kubalik

TOR:

Danton Heinen

VAN:

Justin Schultz

VGK:

No Free Agent signings

WSH:

Darcy Kuemper

Braden Holtby

WPG: 

Nino Neidereiter

Oskar Lindblom


It will be interesting to see where free agents will actually end up signing when free agency starts Today at Noon.


Tuesday, July 5, 2022

What New York Islanders Need to do in the Offseason

 The New York Islanders are an aging team that desperately needs to overhaul their roster by moving out some of their overpaid veterans, and replacing them with younger players with more potential. The biggest weakness the Islanders have is on defense, and they really need to improve that if they are to contend next season. This is what the New York Islanders should do in the offseason.




Before the 2022 Draft, a few trades are made

New York Islanders trade Josh Bailey to the Nashville Predators for Eeli Tolvanen, Jeremy Lauzon, 3rd round pick '22.

If Filip Forsberg doesn't return to Nashville, the Predators should try to add a veteran winger like Josh Bailey to boost their offense.

The Islanders also trade Semyon Varlamov to the Buffalo Sabres for 4th round pick '22, 6th round pick '23. If the Sabres make the playoffs, the Islanders get a 2023 2nd-round pick.

The Islanders unload Varlamov's contract, while the Sabres get their number 1 goalie.

The Isles also trade Kieffer Bellows, Cal Clutterbuck, and 2nd round pick '22 are traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Rasmus Sandin.

The Maple Leafs add some depth players and a draft pick, while the Islanders get Rasmus Sandin, a young defenseman, who hasn't been used properly.


2022 Draft

13-Brad Lambert

78-Alexander Suzdalev

84-Jack Devine

106-Simon Forsmark

142-Arseni Koromyslov

174-Luke Devlin

The Islanders add 2 centers, 2 wingers, and 2 defensemen in the draft, which helps to improve their prospect pool.


New York Islanders re-sign the following Players:

Noah Dobson-5yrs/5.5M per

Rasmus Sandin-2yrs/1.7M per


New York Islanders sign the following free agents:

Rickard Rakell-4yrs/4.5M per

Jaroslav Halak-1yr/1M 

All Non-Roster RFAs are Re-signed


This is how the lineup looks like next season


2022-23 New York Islanders



A.Lee-M.Barzal-R.Rakell

A.Beauvillier-B.Nelson-K.Palmieri

E.Tolvanen-JG.Pageau-O.Wahlstrom

Z.Parise-C.Cizikas-M.Martin

A.Pelech-R.Pulock

J.Lauzon-N.Dobson

R.Sandin-S.Mayfield

I.Sorokin

J.Halak

Top Prospects:

F: B.Lambert, A.Raty, S.Holmstrom, A.Suzdalev, W.Dufour, J.Devine, L.Devlin

D: S.Forsmark, A.Koromyslov


With the moves made here, the Islanders not only have a good team now but are in better position for the future.