This proposal mainly stems from my belief that we now have two premiere defenders who will be providing offense in great amounts in Hughes and Rathbone.
With big offense comes big paydays and I have little doubt that Rathbone could be in a high cap bracket.
I am also predicting Ferland will be on the LTIR list or will be done for good (unfortunately), saving us his cap space.
We have Tanev working well with Hughes and now need a right side match for Rathbone.
Enter Erik Cernak.
A physical defensive specialist who has really come into his own with the Bolts.
The Lightning, like the Canucks, have cap problems coming.
Both Sergachev and Cirelli will be needing raises, Vasilevsky's 9.5 million dollar contract kicks in, and they will have a whole host of ufa spots to fill.
According to capfriendly, Tampa will have just over 5.3 million in capspace this year leaving them in a dire situation.
Many have us in the same boat but I contend that some of our current rfa's may be of less importance then theirs.
I am quite confident that his ceiling will be 10-20 points and will be most valued as the physical, defensive, complimentary defender. Him getting 15-20 points would be considered a bonus.
4 x 4.2
Compensation would be our 2021 2nd round pick.
I think we get great value here.
This contract would be very desirable by Cernak's camp as it takes him to ufa eligibility without eating any of his ufa years.
This contract could also be too rich for Tampa to match for a complimentary dman when they have bigger fish to fry in Sergachev and Cirelli.
Signing Cernak would create a problem for us in that we also have cap issues but to this I simply say, release Stetcher who many have valued at around the 4 mil mark anyway.
I'm replacing a little more speed and offense in Stetcher for more size and physicality in Cernak. I see their defensive play as a wash.
Some will criticize walking him into free agency but, that's 4 yrs away. Our situation will look a lot different then.
The two big questions are:
Is he worth it?
Can this offer pry him away from Tampa?