BigTramFan Posted July 27, 2022 Share Posted July 27, 2022 In my opinion Miller is a clear trade piece to try and improve our future, because teams wanting Miller are not going to want to part with key players that are difference makers right now. So my first trade idea is: To NJD: Miller To VAN: Mercer + Mukhamadullin I think this is a really good return for Miller. Mercer has potential to be a top 6 center but for now could be deployed on the wing to help him to develop his defensive skills. Mukhamadullin is only 20 years old, so he could be a key piece in 1-2 years, but he's not quite ready to play in the NHL yet. If we just make the above trade, then we take a big step backwards. We need to make a second trade to fill some gaps for the upcoming season. I think we have too many wingers and we could use that depth to add an interim 3C and RD. 2nd trade idea: To SEA: Garland + Rathbone + Poolman To VAN: Larsson + Wennberg This nets us a 3C and a top 4 RD that can slot into our roster right now. Wennberg is quite expensive ($4.5m x 2 years left) but he can fill that 3C role while Mercer develops as an NHL centerman. Larsson is a big defensive minded RD who waives his NTC to join his Swedish buddies in VAN. Opening night lineup with $600k in cap space (including Ferland on IR, not LTIR): Mikheyev Horvat Boeser Podkolzin Pettersson Mercer Pearson Wennberg Kuzmenko Joshua Lazar Lockwood (Dickinson) Hughes Larsson OEL Schenn Dermott Myers (Burroughs Juulsen) Demko (Martin) (Note: Hoglander & Mukhamadullin in AHL to keep developing) 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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