CBJ are flushed with defenseman, and Nuti is really only a third-pairing guy, so I don’t see this as really hurting them; but, Nuti could’ve fetched a good draft pick. Not a fan of this as, essentially, a cap dump.
Unless CBJ plan on making a big FA splash in the next few days, FLA wins this one.
Hello... Taylor Hall or Mike Hoffman. Dubois will get signed last.
If we can get Hall on a short 1-2 year deal with a reasonable cap hit, great. Not really feeling them (likely) overpaying for Hoffman. Word is Dubi is leaning a cheaper bridge deal instead of long term at this point, in which case we could make something like that work.
This Trade is Perfect for both teams. Florida gets a defensemen which they drastically need and Zito knows this player very well. Columbus has a strong defense and core but needs to create more cap space because they are making a run at some offensive players in Free Agency.