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NFT: NHL Free Agency 2020: Begins Tomorrow (Friday) at Noon

Anakim : 10/8/2020 11:46 am
Unfortunately, King Henrik is expected to sign with the Capitals for one-year.

Blue Jackets have bought out C Alex Wennberg. Wouldn't mind if the Rangers poked around at him.

Devils have bought out G Cory Schneider.
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RE: this looks pretty  
pjcas18 : 10/12/2020 1:39 pm : link
In comment 15006518 pjcas18 said:
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awesome if they do it.



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Spittin' Chiclets
@spittinchiclets
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11m
The NHL Is Looking Into Starting The Next Season On Lake Louise In Alberta





I thought he signed with the Bruins  
pjcas18 : 10/12/2020 2:33 pm : link
nice signing.

Canadiens Montréal
@CanadiensMTL
· 31m
The Canadiens have agreed to terms with forward Tyler Toffoli on a four-year contract (until 2023-24). The deal has an average annual value of $4.25 million.

Details to come.

#GoHabsGo
RE: Lafreniere has chosen his number!  
Greg from LI : 10/12/2020 2:34 pm : link
In comment 15006367 Anakim said:
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#13

He ain't no Sergei Nemchinov!
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Stu11 : 10/12/2020 2:46 pm : link
In comment 15006019 Jay on the Island said:
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In comment 15005063 pjcas18 said:


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Pierre LeBrun
@PierreVLeBrun
·
4m
Nate Schmidt has not been traded to Florida. Which is not to suggest he won’t be traded. He’s in play. But the Panthers haven’t dealt for him.


The Devils should be on the phone right now trying to acquire Schmidt. I have been a big fan of his for years. The Devils defense would be vastly improved with Schmidt aboard.

Nate Schmidt Damon Severson
Ryan Murray PK Subban
Ty Smith Will Butcher

I usually totally agree with you Jay but I think I'd pass on Schmidt. He's been solid over the years but he's coming off his worst season and a lousy post season and is owed about 6 mill per through '24. At 29 I'm leery of him.
How was it Schmidt's  
pjcas18 : 10/12/2020 3:17 pm : link
worst season?

Or worst post-season?

Seems like he's right on his career averages for everything, top 20 RD in the league. Not a Norris contender, but solid.

I like him.

I wish the Habs gave the Alzner contract to Schmidt, of course Schmidt wasn't a free agent at the time, but better player.
This guy  
pjcas18 : 10/12/2020 3:28 pm : link
called Toffoli to the Habs (a signing that surprised even Habs beat writers) he's now saying NYI trade talk is heating up.

NHL Rumors
@NHLRumorsDaily
· 17h
Got one for you #GoHabsGo fans... I don’t believe they’re the only team (more on that to come) but I’ve gotten word they are serious about their pursuit of Tyler Toffoli... Bergevin can’t escape #NRD for this long!!!
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pjcas18 : 10/12/2020 3:29 pm : link
NHL Rumors
@NHLRumorsDaily
·
2h
Things heating up slightly... still a few yards to go, but the #Isles are more confident now then they were on finding a home for Boychuk
RE: How was it Schmidt's  
Stu11 : 10/12/2020 4:12 pm : link
In comment 15006721 pjcas18 said:
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worst season?

Or worst post-season?

Seems like he's right on his career averages for everything, top 20 RD in the league. Not a Norris contender, but solid.

I like him.

I wish the Habs gave the Alzner contract to Schmidt, of course Schmidt wasn't a free agent at the time, but better player.

This is where I read it:
https://vegashockeyknight.com/2020/10/12/vegas-golden-knights-schmidt-being-dealt-as-pietrangelo-deal-nears-completion/
What????  
pjcas18 : 10/12/2020 4:26 pm : link


Brian Compton
@BComptonNHL
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2m
#Isles have traded D Devon Toews to the Avalanche for second-round picks in 2021 and 2022.
I wonder if the Islanders  
pjcas18 : 10/12/2020 4:32 pm : link
are in on Schmidt and that's why they traded Toews.
RE: I wonder if the Islanders  
JayBinQueens : 10/12/2020 4:35 pm : link
In comment 15006847 pjcas18 said:
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are in on Schmidt and that's why they traded Toews.

I Imagine they need the picks to move Boychuk
sure  
pjcas18 : 10/12/2020 4:43 pm : link
but if they trade Toews they have a hole on D, no?

For a team who went to the conference finals I felt like they were close to being a contender or are a contender.

seems questionable to trade 2 of the top 6 D, without seeing the end game. I know Boychuk is nearing the end or past it, but Toews seemed solid.

.  
DanMetroMan : 10/12/2020 4:44 pm : link
With the likes of Mathew Barzal and Ryan Pulock still needing to be re-signed — and the Islanders in pursuit of a first-line scoring winger, Toews became expendable for a team that is already filled to the brim with defensive talent.

With Toews’ departure, it is all but confirmed that the young Noah Dobson will be a full-time member of New York’s defense next season.

Getting a pair of second-round picks allows the Islanders now to sweeten the pot on a potential salary-dumping deal that could get bloated contracts like that of Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, or Andrew Ladd’s off the books.

Toews played 116 games over two seasons with the Islanders, netting 11 goals and 35 assists with a plus-8 rating
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RE: sure  
JayBinQueens : 10/12/2020 4:45 pm : link
In comment 15006864 pjcas18 said:
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but if they trade Toews they have a hole on D, no?

For a team who went to the conference finals I felt like they were close to being a contender or are a contender.

seems questionable to trade 2 of the top 6 D, without seeing the end game. I know Boychuk is nearing the end or past it, but Toews seemed solid.


Dobson can step into his role. I think they also plan on having Aho get a good look and want to re-sign Greene. Clearly not the last move. Curious what else happens
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pjcas18 : 10/12/2020 4:56 pm : link
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David Pagnotta
@TheFourthPeriod
· 11m
Hearing the Philadelphia Flyers are working on signing a UFA defenceman; could be coming down the pike. Stay tuned.


Is coming down the pike a pun, is he implying Greene?

RE: sure  
Mike in NY : 10/12/2020 4:58 pm : link
In comment 15006864 pjcas18 said:
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but if they trade Toews they have a hole on D, no?

For a team who went to the conference finals I felt like they were close to being a contender or are a contender.

seems questionable to trade 2 of the top 6 D, without seeing the end game. I know Boychuk is nearing the end or past it, but Toews seemed solid.


They have Noah Dobson ready to take a regular role, Sebastian Aho wasting away at Bridgeport, and Bode Wilde looks ready to take the next step. If you only dump Boychuk you have the following:

Pelech-Pulock
Mayfield-Dobson
Leddy-Greene/Aho/Wilde
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pjcas18 : 10/12/2020 5:07 pm : link
hiladelphia Flyers
@NHLFlyers
· 15m
Welcome to Philly, @ErkanGustafsson!

We've signed the 28-year-old blueliner to a one-year contract worth an AAV of $3.0M. https://bit.ly/3nKIRdG
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pjcas18 : 10/12/2020 5:08 pm : link
Adam Vingan
@AdamVingan
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6m
The Predators have signed Brad Richardson to a one-year, $1 million contract.
RE: RE: sure  
Jay on the Island : 10/12/2020 5:29 pm : link
In comment 15006895 Mike in NY said:
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but if they trade Toews they have a hole on D, no?

For a team who went to the conference finals I felt like they were close to being a contender or are a contender.

seems questionable to trade 2 of the top 6 D, without seeing the end game. I know Boychuk is nearing the end or past it, but Toews seemed solid.




They have Noah Dobson ready to take a regular role, Sebastian Aho wasting away at Bridgeport, and Bode Wilde looks ready to take the next step. If you only dump Boychuk you have the following:

Pelech-Pulock
Mayfield-Dobson
Leddy-Greene/Aho/Wilde

The Isles have done a very good job building that defense. I was a huge fan of Bode Wilde back in the draft and I thought he was a huge steal in round 2.
RE: RE: RE: .  
Jay on the Island : 10/12/2020 5:31 pm : link
In comment 15006655 Stu11 said:
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I usually totally agree with you Jay but I think I'd pass on Schmidt. He's been solid over the years but he's coming off his worst season and a lousy post season and is owed about 6 mill per through '24. At 29 I'm leery of him.

I understand the concern and it is certainly justified but I think Schmidt played well last season. The 5 years are a bit concerning for a 29 year old but with Subban's contract coming off the books in 2 years the Devils will still have plenty of cap room with Schmidt on the books.
RE: RE: RE: sure  
Mike in NY : 10/12/2020 5:34 pm : link
In comment 15006948 Jay on the Island said:
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In comment 15006864 pjcas18 said:


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but if they trade Toews they have a hole on D, no?

For a team who went to the conference finals I felt like they were close to being a contender or are a contender.

seems questionable to trade 2 of the top 6 D, without seeing the end game. I know Boychuk is nearing the end or past it, but Toews seemed solid.




They have Noah Dobson ready to take a regular role, Sebastian Aho wasting away at Bridgeport, and Bode Wilde looks ready to take the next step. If you only dump Boychuk you have the following:

Pelech-Pulock
Mayfield-Dobson
Leddy-Greene/Aho/Wilde


The Isles have done a very good job building that defense. I was a huge fan of Bode Wilde back in the draft and I thought he was a huge steal in round 2.


For sure. That is why Toews was dealt IMHO. While his pay may have been commensurate with his value league-wide, Mayfield/Dobson’s combined salaries are all likely to be less than what Toews gets so it was excessive for the Islanders.
I liked Wilde  
pjcas18 : 10/12/2020 5:40 pm : link
and Dobson when drafted, haven't followed them much since then.

I would have thought Dobson was part of the team by now. Maybe he is and I haven't been paying attention.

Felt like he was almost NHL ready when drafted.

Dobson was a player I loved in that draft. Great size, skating, really solid in all facets.

Wilde too but to a slightly lesser extent, that U18 USA team in that draft year was stacked. Hughes, Wahlstrom, York, Wilde, Caufield, Farabee, Miler, Turcotte, Knight, etc..

That tournament convinced the Habs to take Kotkaniemi - he was great leading the Fins to the gold and it also got Kakko on the map.

As expected...  
pjcas18 : 10/12/2020 7:03 pm : link

Pierre LeBrun
@PierreVLeBrun
Alex Pietrangelo is finalizing a deal with the Vegas Golden Knights, sources confirm.
.  
pjcas18 : 10/12/2020 7:13 pm : link
NHL News
@PuckReportNHL
· 4m
Memo
DONE DEAL: Vegas Golden Knights sign Alex Pietrangelo to 7-year, $8.8M AAV contract. #VegasBorn
trading Toews was as much about Dobson being ready as saving $  
Eric on Li : 10/12/2020 7:30 pm : link
Toews was their 4th best LD last year after they got Greene and Pelech came back. 1 of him and Leddy were going to get dealt and Toews likely just had more trade value. Leddy outplayed him in the postseason by a lot so not surprised they made that decision.

They are almost definitely going to play Dobson at his natural spot (RD) and bring back Greene on a cheap deal for LD. Boychuk will be the 7th guy if he doesn't get traded but it seems like the latter is close to happening.

Once all that's done they should have room to add a top 9 winger. Who that is, anyone's guess right now.
Senators pick  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2020 9:25 am : link
Tim Stuetzle broke his arm weight training out a few months, I don't think he was going to be in OTT to start this year anyway, but now it's certain.
RE: trading Toews was as much about Dobson being ready as saving $  
Mike in NY : 10/13/2020 10:07 am : link
In comment 15007082 Eric on Li said:
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Toews was their 4th best LD last year after they got Greene and Pelech came back. 1 of him and Leddy were going to get dealt and Toews likely just had more trade value. Leddy outplayed him in the postseason by a lot so not surprised they made that decision.

They are almost definitely going to play Dobson at his natural spot (RD) and bring back Greene on a cheap deal for LD. Boychuk will be the 7th guy if he doesn't get traded but it seems like the latter is close to happening.

Once all that's done they should have room to add a top 9 winger. Who that is, anyone's guess right now.


I could also see them moving Boychuk even though he is a leader behind the scenes and having Greene/Sebastian Aho rotate between 6th and 7th D-man positions next to Mayfield. That would allow Leddy/Dobson to be a pair.
.  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2020 10:09 am : link
NYR Stats & Info
@NYRStatsInfo
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The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Phillip Di Giuseppe. #NYR
RE: RE: trading Toews was as much about Dobson being ready as saving $  
Eric on Li : 10/13/2020 10:34 am : link
In comment 15007563 Mike in NY said:
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In comment 15007082 Eric on Li said:


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Toews was their 4th best LD last year after they got Greene and Pelech came back. 1 of him and Leddy were going to get dealt and Toews likely just had more trade value. Leddy outplayed him in the postseason by a lot so not surprised they made that decision.

They are almost definitely going to play Dobson at his natural spot (RD) and bring back Greene on a cheap deal for LD. Boychuk will be the 7th guy if he doesn't get traded but it seems like the latter is close to happening.

Once all that's done they should have room to add a top 9 winger. Who that is, anyone's guess right now.



I could also see them moving Boychuk even though he is a leader behind the scenes and having Greene/Sebastian Aho rotate between 6th and 7th D-man positions next to Mayfield. That would allow Leddy/Dobson to be a pair.


Yeah if they can find a taker I think they'd love to get rid of Boychuk's contract and to your point they just gave Aho a 2 year deal with the 2nd year being one way. They had a couple other dmen at BPT who put up good numbers with similar pedigrees as Toews (Aho, Wotherspoon, Vande Sompel). Plus the aforementioned Wilde. And Hickey who would still be a good 7th man.

Which all adds up to why it made sense to trade Toews as opposed to commit big $ to him when they have a far greater need to find another winger (or 2).

I'm really excited to see Dobson get his shot and I think he'd do well on the right side of either Leddy/Greene. Toews chipped in goals on the rush every now and then but in the limited amount he played last year his skill level was noticeably higher than the rest of the D.
Something  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2020 11:44 am : link
to keep an eye on out of MTL

With Josh Anderson signed for 7 years and Toffoli in the fold for 4 years Cole Caufield is suddenly without a spot. These things tend to work themselves out, but extending Brendan Gallagher is not as much a slam dunk now.

Canadiens RW depth chart (not necessarily in order): Anderson, Toffoli, Gallagher, Armia - solid 4. Toffoli can play LW, well any of them actually can, it's not as big a deal for wings to play off wing as it is for D, but some coaches (and players) strongly prefer keeping players on their shot hand - especially young players.


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Rick Dhaliwal
@DhaliwalSports
· 1m
Hearing contract talks between the Habs and Brendan Gallagher have stalled and now broken off.
Again  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2020 12:18 pm : link


is Thornton next?

Dan Rosen
@drosennhl
·
1m
Sharks sign Patrick Marleau to a one-year contract.
RE: .  
Greg from LI : 10/13/2020 12:26 pm : link
In comment 15007566 pjcas18 said:
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NYR Stats & Info
@NYRStatsInfo
·
8m
The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Phillip Di Giuseppe. #NYR


HUGE!

DiGuiseppi actually isn't bad as a depth winger, but I really have no idea what the Rangers' plan is for this coming season. They're going to just bring back essentially the same team, only without Fast and with an even worse defenseman taking Staal's place??
I think Kravtsov and Lafreniere  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2020 12:34 pm : link
will be in the top 9 for the Rangers so everyone will be shuffled.

Who knows though on D, FA is not over and they have some space.
Seems like Marleau is record chasing  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2020 12:35 pm : link
Chris Johnston
@reporterchris
· 29m
Patrick Marleau signs a one-year deal with #SJSharks and is 45 games shy of passing Gordie Howe's NHL record of 1,767 games played.
I'm pretty sure this ain't it  
Davisian : 10/13/2020 12:37 pm : link
I'm betting that the market for DeAngelo will pick up now that Krug and Pietrangelo and Schmit are taken care of.

I also don't think Strome will be back.
RE: I think Kravtsov and Lafreniere  
BrettNYG10 : 10/13/2020 12:50 pm : link
In comment 15007723 pjcas18 said:
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will be in the top 9 for the Rangers so everyone will be shuffled.

Who knows though on D, FA is not over and they have some space.


Kravtsov playing a fullish KHL season and then playing a full season in the NHL (even if it's abbreviated to 60 games) will be really tough.

I think a huge reason for Kakko's struggles last year was that he was playing competitive hockey for almost a year straight with little break.
RE: RE: I think Kravtsov and Lafreniere  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2020 1:00 pm : link
In comment 15007754 BrettNYG10 said:
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will be in the top 9 for the Rangers so everyone will be shuffled.

Who knows though on D, FA is not over and they have some space.



Kravtsov playing a fullish KHL season and then playing a full season in the NHL (even if it's abbreviated to 60 games) will be really tough.

I think a huge reason for Kakko's struggles last year was that he was playing competitive hockey for almost a year straight with little break.


In retrospect it probably wasn't a good time to start his ELC - this is part of what I feel NHL teams need to be better at with young prospects. After this year (2020-2021) he has just one year left and then he's an RFA.

No one has a crystal ball, but this is obviously a non ideal allocation of cap IMO, getting just one season out of a top 10 pick before RFA status.

I don't understand how KHL contracts work, but I thought Kravtsov was loaned to traktor. I expected once the NHL camp starts he'd come back. Not sure though.
Lias Andersson  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2020 1:02 pm : link
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Lias Andersson, “I was hoping to get traded”


Saw something funny on twitter  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2020 1:03 pm : link
about the Canadiens 2nd round picks. Maybe I'm just juvenile, but this is funny.

Habs first two second round picks:
Tuch Mysak

it wasn't posted on here  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2020 1:27 pm : link
Schmidt to VAN for a 3rd.

VAN needed D help, they need some sand paper too. they got pushed around in the playoffs
That's a good point, pj, I didn't think of that.  
BrettNYG10 : 10/13/2020 1:34 pm : link
I am very excited for him. I read from someone on HF that the Rangers are almost as high on him as they are Kakko.

The Lias story is still so weird to me. I don't have any animosity for guys wanting to change situations (especially when NYR benefits most of the time), but I'm curious what triggered it.
RE: That's a good point, pj, I didn't think of that.  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2020 1:42 pm : link
In comment 15007845 BrettNYG10 said:
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I am very excited for him. I read from someone on HF that the Rangers are almost as high on him as they are Kakko.

The Lias story is still so weird to me. I don't have any animosity for guys wanting to change situations (especially when NYR benefits most of the time), but I'm curious what triggered it.


Here is a link with some quotes from Andersson, I don't think there is animosity on his end either toward the Rangers, just seemed like it didn't work out.


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Thanks for sharing.  
BrettNYG10 : 10/13/2020 2:20 pm : link
I don't think the Rangers gave him enough of a chance.

I didn't see why Howden deserved a spot over Andersson, for example.
RE: Thanks for sharing.  
Davisian : 10/13/2020 2:23 pm : link
In comment 15007893 BrettNYG10 said:
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I didn't see why Howden deserved a spot over Andersson, for example.


Because Howden earned it and Anderson didn't?
.....  
BrettNYG10 : 10/13/2020 2:25 pm : link
I earned a spot as much as Howden did.
RE: Thanks for sharing.  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2020 2:25 pm : link
In comment 15007893 BrettNYG10 said:
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I don't think the Rangers gave him enough of a chance.

I didn't see why Howden deserved a spot over Andersson, for example.


I don't know the answer and NYR are not alone, Canadiens dealt with it with Kotkaniemi a little and Poehling still. Poehling had a hat trick in his NHL debut and then gets banished to the AHL, and people look at his AHL point total and say he's a bust.

Poehling would have been better off staying at St. Cloud St for his senior year, becoming a free agent and getting and NHL contract forcing his way into a lineup.

Now, it could be a career altering purgatory until he "produces" in the AHL when clearly, like Kotkaniemi, he's better than his linemates (and opponents), but younger and less pro experience.

it's on coaches and NHL front offices IMO to figure this out, or as I have said before "protect their investment".

I blame players too, but the team invests in the player, it hurts both when it doesn't work out but the team more IMO.
RE: .....  
Davisian : 10/13/2020 2:29 pm : link
In comment 15007900 BrettNYG10 said:
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I earned a spot as much as Howden did.


You fuckin wish.

Howden gets shit on way to much by Rangers fans. I'm still pissed at the trade that brought him here, but he's the same age as Lias, a better skater and has a better all around game.

He obviously needs to take another step in his development, but that puts him in the same group as every other early 20's player in the organization.

Howden  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2020 3:05 pm : link
was a 1st round pick too. Almost always a C or A on his teams, coaches love him, he's one of those "responsible" players supposedly. He was awesome in the WJC in 2018.

he was just not as heralded as Andersson, but he had quite a "youth" career as well.

Andersson has more upside though IMO and my point has been organizations need to take better care to see their prospects are in positions to succeed. Some will fail and no one is at fault per se, but some it seems like are more likely to fail based on how the team handles their development.
RE: Howden  
Davisian : 10/13/2020 3:10 pm : link
In comment 15007950 pjcas18 said:
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was a 1st round pick too. Almost always a C or A on his teams, coaches love him, he's one of those "responsible" players supposedly. He was awesome in the WJC in 2018.

he was just not as heralded as Andersson, but he had quite a "youth" career as well.

Andersson has more upside though IMO and my point has been organizations need to take better care to see their prospects are in positions to succeed. Some will fail and no one is at fault per se, but some it seems like are more likely to fail based on how the team handles their development.


Obviously something went wrong with Lias' development.

Fact remains that Howden earned his spot over Lias two years in a row.

I have never said  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2020 3:17 pm : link
Lias or anyone should have been on the team over Howden.

I did however question putting either Lias or Kravtsov in the AHL.

I just don't have much faith in the AHL as a spot for development or introduction to professional hockey (for the most part).

Easy to say now, but I would have left both at home (Lias in SHL and Kravtsov in the KHL), but I guess when an opportunity presents itself to bring forein players to North America team jump at it - especially for young prospect high draft picks in the D+1 or D+2 years.

I read a blog ranking the professional/developmental hockey leagues and the AHL was 8th.

After the KHL, SHL, SM-Liiga, and only slightly above NCAA and the OHL.

I think there's a lot of truth to that.

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