Ilya Mikheyev Posted August 18, 2022 Share Posted August 18, 2022 (edited) To Toronto: Jason Dickinson 15% retained, 2nd round pick 2025, 4th round pick 2024 To Vancouver: Alex Kerfoot Why? - cuz it's dog days of hockey i'm sry! - Lots of rumours Toronto wants to move Alex Kerfoot (and Justin Holl) in their quest for cap breathing room to add depth, especially with the addition of Jarnkrok on a more team friendly deal - This deal clears 1.2M for Toronto (Vancouver can fit it in once Ferland is LTIRed, and Dowling waived) - but it could really clear up to 2.315 as they can easily waive Dickie instantly for an AHL stint--either they get playoff depth from him or he's picked up and they get more cap, or a player like Gaudette (who is truly not NHL-level) - The Leafs get some salary retention and a decent pick from the Canucks for taking on the 1 extra year of term - Kerfoot's value is unclear - is he a pure cap dump Pacorietty style? The Athletic has suggest his value is for a slightly worse 2M dollar player, one Leafs blogger suggests a late 2nd rounder in 2023 - Kerfoot has a 10 team M-NTC - but there's a good chance he'd waive to come to Vancouver considering he grew up here, and played BCHL hockey in Coquitlam...and he did grow up a Canucks' fan - He even almost signed here once despite Travis Green being at the meeting and not King Bruce "there it is" Boudreau: - While Dickinson proved to be unable to handle center duties last year, Kerfoot is a pretty good centreman defensively (despite being very bad at faceoffs, even after a year with Manny Malhotra!! come on man! (not much hope he'll improve on faceoffs)). This will give the Canucks needed flexibility - either in moving Miller or playing all three of Petey, Miller and Bo in the top-6 as needed. - Importantly re: PK. Allvin want all in on Ilya Mikheyev, assumedly partly because of the high-driving PK abilities Mikheyev has - not only being a great PKer but also putting pressure on the powerplay team at times. I'm fairly sure Kerfoot set up 50% or more of Ilya's PK goals last year, and they have surefire PK chemistry. By all signs, the Canucks want to ice a more high pressure PK than the one Travis Green's staff run - reuniting Kerfoot and Mikheyev on the 1st or 2nd unit would be a great move IMO. He doesn't have the insane SH CF% as Mikheyev (31% - WTF), but shares similar short-handed posession stats to Tyler Motte and a considerable PK upgrade on someone like Juho Lammikko. - While Kerfoot has always been responsible defensively, there was some fear that during the broken up COVID seasons he had lost some offensive touch - but last year he returned with a career high 51 points - basically with no powerplay time - he had 1 powerplay point and 3 shorthanded points. Last year, he was 6th on the high scoring Leafs in EVP and had more combined EV/SH points than any Canuck not named Miller - and this with slightly more dzone deployment than ozone. - Kerfoot can play all forward positions, and with the Canucks likely to get creative to start the year, he will be nice asset that can fill in wherever. It definitely shifts some of the overload on the wings to the possibility of centre. - Outside of Ilya Mikheyev, he's also a former teammate of Travis Dermott - so would have some familarity with the team, and already does with the city. - If Kerfoot is a good fit, and can be re-signed at a 3.75-4.25 AAV over 4-5 years, he'll somewhat fix the C cap structure the Canucks currently have (not as well as a young C on an ELC, like Jesper Boqvist, but still an upgrade on the situation). Miller - Petey - Mikheyev Kuzmenko - Horvat - Boeser Pearson - Kerfoot - Garland Hoglander - Lazar/Lockwood - Podkolzin Joshua these wings are insane - and I think another trade would come - such as the expected Miller trade, or maybe Pearson for an similar AAV defenseman (Zadorov?), but if not I guess the Canucks will just score 500 goals Edited August 18, 2022 by Ilya Mikheyev 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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