NHL Rumor Mill – June 17, 2019

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The latest Penguins, Bruins, Senators, Capitals, and Flyers speculation, plus an update on Nikita Zaitsev, in today’s NHL rumor mill. 

PENGUINS NOT DONE DEALING?

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: In the wake of the Penguins trading Olli Maatta to Chicago for Dominik Kahan and a draft pick, Ron Cook believes there’s more work to do. Trading Maatta won’t return them to Stanley Cup contender status or resolve their team chemistry. General manager Jim Rutherford last week said he’d welcome back Phi Kessel. Cook, however, believes Rutherford is still trying to trade the winger.

Patric Hornqvist’s age, concussion history, and his lengthy contract make him difficult to move. Blueliner Kris Letang has as 12-team no-trade list, and Evgeni Malkin has a full no-movement clause. Cook considers Malkin the least likely to be traded but doesn’t rule it out if the right deal can be found. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kessel recently spiked a deal that would’ve sent him to Minnesota for winger Jason Zucker. If Rutherford wants to move the winger he must convince him to broaden his eight-team trade list.  I don’t see Hornqvist, Letang or Malkin going anywhere. 

MORE KRUG AND KREJCI TRADE SPECULATION

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Joe Haggerty recently suggested defenseman Torey Krug and center David Krejci could become Boston Bruins’ trade bait. Krug, 28, is a year away from unrestricted free agent status and coming off a strong performance this season. Haggerty thinks he’d be the bait the Bruins need to land a top-six power forward but they’ll have to carefully consider that option.

Haggerty also feels Krejci is now at his peak value and could attract interest in the trade market. Moving his $7.25-million annual average value would clear up some potential salary-cap complications.

Could Boston Bruins center David Krejci become a cost-cutting trade candidate? (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates the Bruins have a projected $14.3 million in salary-cap space. Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, and Danton Heinen are coming off entry-level contracts. Their new deals could eat up most of that cap room. They could buy out David Backes but would see only $333K in cap savings for 2019-20.

Krejci’s no-movement clause reverts to a modified no-trade on July 1. That could make him easier to shop. But after coming so close to winning the Stanley Cup this season, GM Don Sweeney could be reluctant to move Krug or Krejci. 

“ZAITSEV-TO-EDMONTON” MEDIA CHATTER CONTINUES

EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples observes conflicting speculation out of Toronto linking Maple Leafs blueliner Nikita Zaitsev to the Oilers. He notes TSN’s Darren Dreger last week suggesting the Oilers and Vancouver Canucks could have interest in Zaitsev, a third-pairing rearguard earning second-pairing dollars ($4.5 million annually). Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman countered he’s heard the Oilers aren’t going down that route.

However, The Athletic’s James Mirtle considers Edmonton the top destination. He wondered if packaging Zaitsev with Kasperi Kapanen or Andreas Johnsson would bring Adam Larsson to Toronto.

Staples doesn’t believe the Oilers would agree to that deal. “However you slice it, Edmonton can’t afford to have another big contract from a player who isn’t a top performer, not with Milan Lucic already on the books and Andrej Sekera, Kris Russell and Mikko Koskinen all iffy propositions.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m with Staples on this one. There’s a better chance of Lucic getting traded to Vancouver for Loui Eriksson than a package of Zaitsev and Kapanen or Johnsson going to Edmonton for Larsson. And I think Lucic-for-Eriksson is a long shot. 

CAPITALS CAP CONUNDRUM

NBC SPORTS: James O’Brien points out the Washington Capitals’ limited salary-cap space following their re-signing of Carl Hagelin yesterday. They now have around $10.7 million in projected salary-cap room. Their restricted free agents include Jakub Vrana and Andre Burakovsky while Brett Connolly, Devante Smith-Pelly, and Brooks Orpik are unrestricted. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Smith-Pelly isn’t expected to be re-signed. NBC Sports Washington’s J.J.Regan believes their acquisition last week of Radko Gudas spells the end of Orpik’s tenure with the Capitals.

Vrana’s going to be re-signed and I think they want to keep Connolly if he’ll agree to accept less than market value. Burakovsky’s frequently come up in trade rumors this season and could be moved if things get tight cap-wise. 

FLYERS SEEK A BACKUP GOALTENDER

COURIER-POST ONLINE: Dave Isaac reports Philadelphia Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher has spoken with some teams regarding a potential trade for a backup goalie. Fletcher suggests that search could go into the upcoming free-agency period. It doesn’t sound like pending UFAs Brian Elliott and Cam Talbot will be back. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trade options could including James Reimer of the Florida Panthers and Garret Sparks of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Both are reportedly being shopped by their respective clubs. 

UPDATE ON THE SENATORS

OTTAWA SUN: Given the Senators’ blueline depth, Bruce Garrioch wouldn’t be surprised if they put defenseman Ben Harpur on the trade block. His size and affordable $725K one-way contract could make him an attractive option. The Senators also wouldn’t mind moving veteran winger Mikkel Boedker. He has a year left on his contract with a $4-million cap hit. They’re also expected to qualify the rights of restricted free agents Cody Ceci, Colin White, and Anthony Duclair. 







79 Comments

  1. Good luck trying to get anyone to take Boedker and his $4 mil cap hit … mind you, that MIGHT be easier to do than getting someone to take Zaitzev and his $4.5 cap hit only because there’s just one year left on Boedker’s deal whereas Zaitsev has 5 years left on his. And that could wind up somewhere in the middle of that term presenting whatever team takes him with the same cap squeeze facing Dubas now.

    Harpur’s a depth acquisition – suitable for a call-up to fill in here and there during injury problems – and then only at 5-6 pairing minutes.

    • Why would Dorion move Boedker at this time of year? He’s only a $3M salary with a $4M cap hit and Ottawa NEEDS cap hit!! Unless he’s moved for an even worse cap hit contract and an asset I just don’t see the point.

      If he has a good season all bets are off come the trade deadline.

      • Duclair had more goals (8) in 15 games with Ottawa than Boedker did in over 70 games (7 goals). I seriously doubt he’s about to enjoy a “bounce back” season. Dorion will likely take on a hefty contract along with more picks from a team needing to shed salary. And there are more than a few.

  2. Ya I don’t think Zaitsev and Kappy/Johnsson for Larsson; from an Edmonton perspective works for the Oilers; especially now that Ken Holland is in charge and understanding they had to give up Taylor Hall to get him to begin with. Dubas would likely do that trade though.

  3. When the Leafs eat 1 million off Zaitsev’s salary a deal it will make sense for a team to grab him. If he gets back to his rookie season consistency 3.5 will be a bargain

    • He would be that for sure – hell, I’d take him in Ottawa for that price. The problem for Dubas is, he’s only got around $8.790,000 to sign 6 players so that $3.5 he saves by dealing Zaitsev only brings that up to $12.350,000 and now he has to find room for 7 players. Almost all of that will be eaten up by Marner’s new deal, so others have to go as well. It would also mean losing $2.2 mil off the cap each year for retained salaries until 2021-22 (when Kessel comes off) and $1 mil for every year thereafter until Zaitsev runs out.

      In short, there is no way they can retain Kapanen or Johnsson unless new homes are found for both Nylander and Marleau. Even then, I would assume those last two would bring back players who are going to slot into the line-up – how many and at what cost? Dubas has his work cut out for him – will be fascinating to see how he handles it.

      • @ George: Good points: I think, no matter what Dubas may or may not have said or how it was construed, Nylander will be traded, Marleau gets it and will go as well.
        One of Kappy. Johnsson is gone and Nazi is on strike 2 of 3 so he CANT disappoint his team again; BUT he stays: Gardiner is likely gone and MARNER, in my opinion, right or wrong, will be subject to an offer sheet that he will accept and TML will take the 4 first round picks. I don’t want them too but I think, in the end, for the greater good, they will have no choice but to watch Mitch walk out the door

      • Leafs get some cap reprieve bu placing Horton and his 5M plus on the LTIR and sign one of Johnsson or Kapanen after the season opener

    • I don’t think that Toronto will retain salary for two reasons. 1) Zaitsev’s salary is not out of line, 2) A team is only allowed to retain salary for three contracts in one season. Retaining some of Zaitsev’s salary would count against the next 5 seasons and Kessel is already on the books for the next 3 seasons.

      • Can you imagine a Nylander for Kessel+ picks deal? It would be like getting money back. Lol

  4. Caps are in a tight spot this off season , as noted by O’Brien, Vrana will be re-signed. Connolly had a very good year and it is his chance to cash in, I would be surprised to see a home town discount. Caps should test the market for Burakovsky and bring in someone on an ELC, picks or prospects. Next year will be even tougher with Backstrom and Holtby up for new deals. Could we see Holtby dealt at some point this year ? Can’t say if Samsonov is ready for prime time.

    • Holtby ain’t going nowhere

  5. @Fergy22: Don’t see Holtby going anywhere soon: I mean, anything is possible but not sure Samsonov is ready for prime time just yet

    I think Samsonov needs a bit more tutelage as a first round pick: Good question though

  6. If the Leafs have to retain salary in any potential Zaitsev deal, I would suggest you keep him. He really was a decent defenceman during the Boston series and paired with the right partner could get back to his rookie success. There are not a lot of quality defencemen available so unless the deal is right hold him for now.

    • Mats- couldn’t agree more. They are not eating a penny of his salary. He was solid- makes 4.5 and played top mins in the playoffs. Everyone swoons over Justin Faulk at 4 mill but think Zaitsev is overpaid. There isn’t much difference there.

      • Sam Faulk brings more offense than zaitsev not just in points but driving the offense

    • Just what I was thinking, Mats. Leafs need defence men and Zaitsev, depending on his attitude and the change in coaches, could get back to his former level of play. Not the end of the world if he’s back in September.

      • @ BC Leaf Fan

        Good day , please take what I am saying with a grain of salt , but Zaitsev Gardiner have been horrendous as a pairing the past 2 years , and on an individual basis poor on teh D side of teh puck

        I think you are trying to justify to yourself not to be disappointed in case the Leafs can not move him and they get stuck with his services. I have no trus in his play to protect a lead or be a shut down guy and with that what is he …he has no offense either just a really poor signing and takes up way to much money when they are desperate for it elsewhere.

        Zaitsev is a dime a dozen D men in the NHL and is really not worth the cap hit at all, at best a $2.75 – $3 million dollar player in a 4 – 5 roll at best.

        Iam really worried with the direction Dubas is going
        I think he is to personal with the players and is emotions have led him astray in his decision making.

        I hope Shanny sets this straight and gives a mandate to what they really need …which is size and skill with grit …way to many soft players at all positions.

        Cheers

    • @ Mats: But what you’re missing here is HE wants out of Toronto: HE requested a trade: Which means from a TML point of view, they are in a position of weakness; no matter what

      • Thank you Joey, a trade request especially one that’s in the public hurts the chances of getting a solid return

    • @ Mats: and the worst part is, he’s a 3rd pairing dman being paid 2nd pairing $ for far too long for most teams to consider trading for; and knowing Dubas is in a tight spot, they are going to do Dubas no favors at all; being a rookie GM and all

  7. Bruins lost game 7 in the final. Why do they have to do anything at all ? Chara will be done very soon maybe next season. That saves $4m or so. Backes has to be bought out. Coyle a nice add. Not a lot to change in my opinion.
    Maata gone saves $4m. One more to go on the Pens backend.
    I said at last year’s trade deadline that Larsson is an excellent fit for the Leafs. Not sure they can get a deal done though. Good contract right shot with some size. They aren’t looking for a lot of offence . Maybe including Kapanen and Sparkes with Zaitsev

  8. I love this time of year…so and so needs to be traded for so and so….equals our crappy junk that we over spent on for you much better shinny bling because we say so.

  9. Don’t know what mirtle is thinking but zaitsev and kapanen are not getting larsson? The oilers need top 4 defense and zaitsev is not that and is overpaid by 1.5-2 million

    • @BBB: You’re welcome bro ! Great link on Zaitsev: Its professional ! Good stuff ! but remember,stats are stats and the rest are intangibles 🙂
      Zaitsev, could end up being the player to be named later: kind of thing LOL 🙂

    • I am a little confused Ottawa has blue line depth , couldn’t keep the puck out of the net. Toronto finished in 6th place lost in 7 games to Boston after Losing Kadri for 5 of the games and Toronto’s defense is bad.Not sure people know what they are talking about. Toronto ‘s defensive strategy was flawed , D.J. Smith looked after that and they got rid of him so Toronto defensive game will probably improve.

    • The return for Zaitsev isn’t going to be good. So I think they have to keep him because they cannot afford to retain salary. He didn’t look that bad playing with Muzzin.

      If any team trades for Larsson, why in hell would they give more to Oilers for him than he is worth? Because Chiarelli traded Hall for him? LOL! That’s the Oilers problem not problem of the receiving team.

    • BBB, it’s not Zaitsev for Larsson, it is Zaitsev plus Kapanen or Johnsson for Larsson. Big difference.
      IMO if the Leafs retain $1.5M- $2M they can move Zaitsev for equal value. Which is a slightly below average NHL player. A #5D who can play in your top 4 if you have an injury. He is paid above the NHL average of $3.6.
      If they want to move the entire salary they will have to sweeten the deal. Kapanen and Johnsson are solid NHL players so it is not like a small add.
      The Leafs have a holes on D already, they need a D back. The Oil have holes, uhhh, everywhere. The Leafs upgrade their D, the Oil improve their forward group and still get an NHL D man back, so I understand the logic. But I still don’t like it from the Oil’s perspective.
      Larsson is a pro and a leader and a valuable member of that team even with his warts. The Oil have some you D coming, I keep him as an on ice coach and mentor. Oil need to be patient, and I would think that Holland would want to see what he has for himself before pulling any big trades. Lucic issue is obvious and an easy decision, this one isn’t.

      • That what I said Ray? “ I don’t know what mirtle is thinking zaitsev and kapanen are not getting larsson “ people seem to forget Ray that every gm knows the leafs are behind the 8 ball, and that zaitsev contract is not good and kapanen has had one 20 goal season. Other gms are not going to give the leafs especially a young gm that gave into nylander a break

      • sweeten deal—connor brown

      • Sorry about that BBB, I confused your comment with Juss76.
        Looks like we agree!

      • No worries ray

    • would the Oilers even have the cap space for that?

      I agree with you that no way the Oilers would do that even if the money fit. They need a solid top 3 or 4 dman, not an overpaid 5 or 6. They already have enough of them.

  10. Flyers would be better off resigning Talbot or Elliott than wasting a pick, player or prospect trading for Reimer and giving up anything for Sparks would be lunacy.

    • Don’t worry, Ron, the Flyers will find a way to screw up their goaltending – it’s a tradition.

      • A very long tradition, lol.

        Wait a minute, thats not funny!!

      • @Ron:
        Fans of 30 NHL teams like that tradition 😉

  11. I still think Craig Anderson would be a good add for a team with a strong defense.

    Ya, it’s a lot of money for a potential 1A if you’re going to pair him with someone else (Calgary) but it’s only a 1 year.

    • Something along those lines could well happen Dark G – in which case Ottawa goes with a Nilsson-Hogberg tandem. If not a Calgary then perhaps Florida (where Anderson lives) IF they don’t sign Bobrovsky off the UFA list.

      Anderson won’t bring back much in either case – maybe a 6th rounder – unless other components are included

    • Dark G would have no problem getting Anderson, depends what the ask would be. Stone & Czarnik for Anderson & one of Ottawa’s 2nd round picks would be worth treliving taking a serious look at.

  12. Krejci was in the trade rumors last year when Sweeney was chasing JT, who opted for Toronto. At the time Krejci said he would waive his no trade clause because he doesn’t want to be where he is not wanted.
    With two years remaining at $7.25 and 33yrs old, what does David Krejci bring back in return?
    If Boston were to move on from Krejci and their reported interest in Kevin Hayes (of course he is from the Boston area and Sweeney loves them all until he doesn’t Jimmy Hayes, Donato)
    The Bruins Centers would be Bergeron 6’1″, Hayes 6’5″, Coyle 6’3″ and Kuraly 6’2″ that is some decent size at C but not a lot of grit.
    Moving Krug and Krejci would allow Boston room to sign Hayes and more importantly able to offer Johansson enough money to stay, plus resigning McAvoy and my most under rated Dman Brandon Carlo.
    By losing game 7 of the cup finals does that make it easier to get an UFA you were looking at? Would Panarin sign in Boston? Don’t think so, Nice to dream.

  13. Karlsson resigned with the Sharks! 8 years $11million per year. I’m totally shocked that the Sharks were able to put that together.

    • Wow count me as wrong would not have thought he would get that term or $$$$

      • I was thinking he would get the trem, just not the money. After the injuries he has had the past few seasons I would think around 9 million at the most. Nothing over 10 million.
        Not the first time I’m wrong and won’t be the last. 😉

      • Im surprised but probably shouldnt be. Someone was going to overpay for Karlsson, just a question of who.

        I wouldnt have gone more than 5 yrs for 50 million and even thats on the high end.

    • EK was very smart to sign that deal!…good for him…..sharks now are in immediate cap
      hell along with some others

      • Is Burns or Vlasic to Toronto for Zaitsev, +++ a possibility now?

      • GP – you wish! The main reason Dubas would deal Zaitsev is to free up cap space – not bring back a D costing $8 mil or $7 mil both long term. He’d REALLY have to do some serious peddling then.

      • I can see Zaitzew + Johansson or kappy for vlasic + prospect to Sharks coming up!

    • Chrisms wins the bet. So what does cowboy Dan owe you?
      I was wrong as well, I thought it would be less than Daughty, closer to $10M.

      • All he owes me is the truth.

  14. ummmm is it just me or does every team seem to have high priced, under performing talent that they think they can deal for cap relief? i feel like there are more players than ever that “need to be moved out.”

    sounds like MB could be using that cap space again to help these teams. so good that no UFA’s wanna sign in montreal – they are doing the habs a favour!

  15. to LA : Kadri, Nylander & Zaitsev, 1st next year
    to TML: Doughty & Lewis

    =)

  16. As perTSN: $11.5 x 8 years:Geez: How This Affect Ottawa Now Moving Forward?

    • Ottawa gets an additional 2nd round pick in 2021 because he resigned with the Sharks. The Sens came out of this not in bad shape.
      2020 1st round pick
      2019 and 2021 2nd round pick
      Dylan DeMelo
      Chris Tierney
      Rūdolfs Balcers
      Joshua Norris

      • I agree Ottawa did well in this trade, the young guys may not be great players but they all look like nhlers plus the picks

      • I’m looking at that return, then thinking back to what the Bruins received from the Sharks for Joe Thornton, and shaking my head. Good for Ottawa though.

        A little shocked SJ gave him that kind of money and term. Added to Burns and Vlasic they have a very expensive back end.

        I was right that someone would pay EK stupid money, but predicted there was no way it would be the Sharks…

  17. Conditions: Sens receive Sharks 2021 2nd round pick if Karlsson is re-signed. The selection upgrades to a 2021 1st if Sharks reach the Stanley Cup final in 2019.

    Result: Sharks re-signed Karlsson but did not advance to the Stanley Cup final. Ottawa receives Sharks 2021 2nd round pick.

    Also liked the fact the Senators resigned Duclair to a 1 year deal today

    • Glad to hear that – I like Duclair.

      • I like the fact they resigned him to a 1 yr deal , Duclair is hit and miss and needs to be more consistent. He played well the last 12 games of the season when nothing was on the line, needs to put a good 82 game season together. He has lots of talent but can be lazy , I have a feeling the new coaching staff won’t put up with that. 5 teams in 5 years should tell you something.

  18. Thanks guys for the details on the Karlsson resigning: George you must be pleased on the EK final picks and politics for the Sens

    • It’s all banked commodities Joey – the more picks you have the better the odds of landing one of those unforeseen gems from the 2nd round. Time will tell.

      • @George: True that for sure: We shall see

  19. thinking if Krug can bring back a top 6 winger it should be done…. after next season cant see them paying him 7-8 mil per on a resign….whoever the B’s use as the 2nd line C they still need that scoring winger who has size,like to see the Bruins get a shutdown Dman …my wish list

    • I don’t know why Boston would let go of Krug, but if they did, I think the Sharks should trade Kane for him. Sharks would have a hell of an offense on D, and with Pickles, Dillon and Braun should have a very capable one as well. Would be fun to watch, but probably leaves them two forwards short of really ripping the place up.

  20. If the Leafs trade Zaitsev and lose Gardiner and Hainsey as free agents who exactly is going to play defence for Toronto next year? Do the Marlies have legit defencemen that are NHL ready?

    • @Ron Jull: Carlton The Bear is my best guess as a #1 or 2 pairing Dman. But he may be asked by Babs to multitask and stand in front of net while somebody tries to hit the net with a shot from the point on the powerplay

    • I don’t usually pay to much attention to the Leafs in the offseason, but this offseason is going to be very interesting to see how the Leafs dig themselves out of this hole they dug themselves in. How are they going to get all of their pieces in place and still be considered a playoff team.
      Defence for next year is Reilly and Muzzin. Dermott is healing from shoulder surgery and won’t be ready until October or November. Without being able to really train in the offseason and missing training camp what type of shape will he be in when he gets back? Also if Zaitsev isn’t traded sometime this offseason what will he be like in the dressing room after requesting a trade? Hainsey and Gardiner will be gone in FA. So that leaves who?
      Then there is their forwards. They don’t currently have enough cap space to sign Marner, let alone Kapanen and Johnsson. So who will be traded to sacrifice?
      Kadri? after his second suspension in 2 years in the playoffs for headshots his value isn’t at it’s top. If it is Kadri though, that will only give enough cap space to sign Kapanen and Johnsson or just Marner.
      Zaitsev? He has requested a trade, but yet he is overpaid. So if he is traded, there will be either salary retained or another overpaid player coming back. So I doubt there will be enough room to sign Marner after a Zaitsev trade, although there may be enough space to get Kapanen and Johnsson signed.
      Nylander? Well Dubas promised that he wouldn’t trade Nylander when he signed his new contract extension. So I doubt this will happen. Or Dubas will show that he word isn’t worth anything and players won’t trust him and what he says.
      Connor Brown? Very doable, but that will only clear enough to maybe get both Kapanen and Johnsson signed or just Marner.
      Marleau? With a $6.25 million cap hit and will be 40 years old when training camp come around, who will want this contract? Or will Dubas want to separate with the assets teams will want to take on Marleau’s contract? Then there is also the question of will Marleau approve of the move to the team that does agrees to take on his contract with his NMC?
      Anyway you look at it, there is going to be multiple moves made to get Marner, Kapanen, and Johnsson signed. Yet those multiple moves won’t begin to fix the issue on defence.
      This will be a very interesting offseason to watch in Toronto.

  21. Kinda feels like some of the Toronto centric media are acting like shills for the Leafs. The narrative that teams are lining up for Zaitsev seems designed to help prop up his “value”. Pointing out that he’s a 3rd pairing guy making 2nd pairing money doesn’t take into account that he’s a 3rd pairing guy on a D core that has been identified as not great.

    If Zaitsev is 3rd string in Toronto where does he fit for a team that actually has more than 2 D? I think it would be more accurate to say the Oilers/Canucks/others are interested in what else the Leafs are willing to give up to move this 5 year mistake.

    • Zaitsev did not play third string minutes. He played 20 minutes a game with most starts in the defensive zone. The Leafs used him to kill penalties. He had pretty good chemistry with Jake Muzzin. He’s a right-shot defender.
      He has asked for a trade but, unless the Leafs can find some value in return, why trade him? Given the changes on the back end, they need him. There will be new assistant coaches who may connect with him and help his game, Muzzin will be there from the start of training camp.
      As for Marlies that are NHL – ready, Calle Rosen seems to top the list, Andreas Borgman could make the team and a couple of youngsters, Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren, are improving and could grab a spot.
      So much depends on the RFA contracts and possible trades. Until Marner, Kapanen and Johnsson are signed or traded, the makeup of the defence corps remains uncertain.
      I think Zaitsev will be back.

      • Eye test or stats all things point to a 3 rd pairing dman in zaitsev, maybe he payed 2nd pairing on a weak leafs defense but the majority of teams he is a 3 pairing making too much money! With a long contract and overpaid and asked for a trade!

      • I wonder if Zaitsev is considering leaving the team for Europe as sometimes happens. Would his salary come off the books?

        Not saying that happens though, right now I figure he ends up in the Western Conference, but not on a Canadian team.

  22. I read an article a few days ago about how Milan contract is buyout proof. I don’t understand how the buyout works.

    • The buyout is based on the players base salary. So players, like Lucic, who have a low base salary, but a large signing bonus would still have a large cap hit if bought out. They aren’t really buyout proof as they can still be bought out, but there really doesn’t make sense to by them out to save cap space.
      Cap friendly has a great FAQ on buyouts.
      https://epson.com/Support/wa00813

  23. Salary cap crunch means much of the dead weight in TO will get cut. Marleau knows he’s no longer wanted so he’ll walk on his own volition. Zaitsev is gone. Gardiner will get overpaid by some other team and he’ll be someone else’s problem. Brown Is one foot out the door.

    From my perspective Toronto needs to get rid of players who don’t hit, don’t forecheck, don’t have work ethic or willingness to positionally shadow their opponents… and most that fall in this category can’t score.

    Good riddance.

    The sad part is the fact that Sparks went in the doghouse by Babcock for calling out his teammates for failing to play with passion. Babs didn’t like it because when players play with eggs in their pockets it’s because the coach ALLOWS them to.

  24. So the 11th is too little for trouba? How pathetic certain meek minds are.

    • An nhl dman and the 20th is a little different than a single pick! geez a guy says a gm will overpay for a top dman and thinks he’s special way to go that must have been difficult to figure out