Outsiders Posted February 15, 2020 Share Posted February 15, 2020 (edited) 1) We have all acknowledged that the pacific division is much weaker compared to the past. This is one of the few chances we have while we basically have Petey and Hughes for free. 2) There is a path this year that if we make the right additions at the deadline we could see ourselves in the WCF. Once your that far, anything can happen. Trade #1 SJS - Troy Stecher(RFA), 3rd round pick VAN - Brenden Dillon (UFA) Why Van does this deal: 1) Dillon is 6'4 225 with plenty of playoff experience with SJ. A veteran leader that will play a big role in the playoffs for us. Fits the role on the bottom pair in the playoffs more than Stecher. 2) Stecher is an RFA and will want a raise on his current 2.3 million per year. Likely to earn 3+ million that is too rich for us, especially with his size. There is only room for one 5'10 d-man on our back end and that is Quinn Hughes. 3) Has nothing to do with play but he is from BC. Could help us potentially resign him depending on his ask. Doubt it tho. Looks like his current contract is 3.2 million AAV but makes 3.9 million this season. Why SJS does this deal: 1) Clearly out of the playoffs, will be looking to deal any UFA's with value. My Guess is they want a piece back. After being in the WCF last year I doubt they are going into a full rebuild. 2) Stecher has shown he can play in your top 4 when there is injuries and is a solid 5 or 6. He is 4 years younger than Dillon and would be cheaper. He is an RFA so they have control of the player, unlike Dillon who can walk for nothing. 3) Really comes down to whether they feel they can resign the player or not (Dillon) Trade # 2 NJD - Sven Baertschi, Will Lockwood, 4th round pick VAN - Wayne Simmonds Why Van does it: 1) With Ferland not coming back this season we need a physical presence with experience. We all know Simmonds isn't the player the once was. But he still is an NHL player. He has tons of playoff experience like Dillon and will help the team through the grind. 2) Dumping Baertschi's contract Why NJD Does it: 1) Sven is a buy low option. Has 3.3 left for 1 year after this. If the experiment doesn't go well then its 1 year bury him in the minors. 2) They get a prospect in Lockwood (nothing special) and a 4th round pick. Simmonds value isn't what it used to be so they should be happy with this deal and the gamble on Baertschi. SUMMARY We add two vets that will help guide our young players through the battle. They aren't superstars but they have character and fight, and that goes along way. We don't want to sacrifice important prospects coming to acquire a rental. Madden, Lind, Rathbone, Juolevi, Hoglander and Podkolzin are legit NHL prospect that will play important roles when our team has its best chance to win. This is about trying to get the right mix of players because the Pacific is so bad this year. I'd go NHL20 and trade Sutter and Eriksson but those deals most likely happen in the offseason. FORWARDS: J.T Miller - Elias Petterson - Jake Virtanen Tanner Pearson - Bo Horvat - Brock Boeser Antoine Roussel - Adam Gaudette - Wayne Simmonds Tyler Motte - Jay Beagle - Brandon Sutter 13th forward - Zack MacEwen/Josh Leivo 15th Forward Loui Eriksson DEFENCE: Alex Edler - Chris Tanev Quinn Hughes - Brenden Dillion ( To protect him in the playoffs ) Nikita Tryamkin - Tyler Myers 7th Defencemen - Oscar Fantenberg ( If Tryamkin for some reason isn't playing well, which I doubt ) GOALIES: Jacob Markstrom Thatcher Demko OTHER TRADES See if you could get anything for Jordie Benn or Tim Schaller (I know Schaller has no value just send him to Utica) Finally THOUGHTS....? Edited February 15, 2020 by Outsiders Forgot Goalies 1 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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