BigTramFan Posted July 3, 2022 Share Posted July 3, 2022 This thread assumes that Miller is staying. Let's say Miller has agreed to a reasonably team friendly contract of 8.5m x 6 years. Here are some ideas to help fix the defense starting this season, and also clear some cap, particularly for next season when we need to pay more for Miller and Horvat... Trade #1 To VAN: Hornqvist (5.3 x 1) + Montour (3.5 x 2) To FLA: Dickinson (2.65 x 2) + Poolman (2.5 x 3) + Hoglander (0.9 x 1) + Juulsen (0.75 x 1) FLA are badly cap strapped. They have $3m in space with 6 roster spots to fill. They want to move Hornqvist (5.3m, 1 year remaining) but he has an 8 team no-trade list and I am assuming he won't go to a bottom feeder team. Options would be very limited as no contending team wants to take on his cap hit. In this trade FLA buys out Dickinson (costing them less than $1m over 4 years) and they keep Poolman as a 3rd pairing RD, Hoglander as a 3RW and Juulsen as #7D. So for FLA next season this deal means 2 players total $8.8m going out, and 3 players at $5.1m coming in. This leaves FLA with total of $6.7m in cap space with only 5 roster spots to fill...Denisenko comes onto their roster (1m), they resign Marchment (2.7m) and Luostarinen (1.5m) plus add two league minimum players (0.75m + 0.75m). Trade #2 To VAN: A pick To Anywhere: Myers And sign UFA Josh Manson $4.8m x 4 years There is reportedly a market for Myers. Although I think Myers is fine, his current contract expires in 2 years, which is the same time as Montour. Instead of having 2 of our top 4 RD expire the same year, I take the opportunity to get younger on D (Manson is 2 years younger) and sign someone for 2 years longer than Myers' current contract. All while saving a little bit more in cap space and getting a more physical RD to pair with Hughes. Add $1m bottom 6 player such as Lazar and the roster for 2022/23 season at cap hit of $80.6m: Pearson Miller Garland Podkolzin Pettersson Boeser Kuzmenko Horvat Hornqvist Highmore Lammikko Lazar (Lockwood) Hughes Manson OEL Montour Rathbone Schenn (Dermott Burroughs) Demko (Martin) Crucially this gives us $27.4m of cap space in 2023/24 with 8 players expiring. I assume we wouldn't resign Hornqvist, perhaps sign the following guys: Miller 8.5 Horvat 7.0 Kuzmenko 3.5 Dermott 1.5 Schenn 0.85 Burroughs 0.85 And allows another 5.2m in space to replace Hornqvist (or is Klimovich ready to be 3RW?), or upgrade on Dermott (is he worth keeping at 1.5m?) or Schenn (is he getting too old?), etc. Thoughts? 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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