3 avr 2019
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>dca919</b></div><div>It's not the cap space: it's the taking of those contracts--when others out there are available and will actually help the team---at those prices. It's going to be a buyers market for bad contracts as there will be 4 teams that take them on (Detroit, Ottawa, LA, and NJ with a 5th in Colorado willing to take on 1 year deals---that's pretty much it). Compare that to the number of sellers with 5 teams desperate (Tampa, St. Louis,Toronto, Chicago, and Arizona) to sell so they don't have to mess with non-compliance buyouts. Now add in the fact the cap will remain flat unlike the past and the premiums these sellers have to pay will rise. I don't think you are taking that into account. In other words: Detroit can get a better player with approx the same return.
<strong>Fans of sellers aren't going to like getting pennies on the dollar or having to part with higher draft picks but that is where the market will be considering the flat cap for the next few years.</strong></div></div>
4 out of the 5 teams you listed there don't really have any "bad" contracts - they all just need to move either a final year contract or a good NHL player they just can't afford - there's a massive difference between moving say Johnsson and Eriksson, Chicago would like to move on from Seabrook but have no pressing need to do so this season, the Eriksson's and Ladd's will be costly to move 8 OA is an incredibly high price, the Steen's of the league a mid 1st to mid 2nd will probably get it done, the still useful NHL players (luxuries to playoff teams) will just be sold below market value they won't actually cost anything to move
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>leafs101</b></div><div>I think 3C is one of the most overlooked positions in the game by a lot of fans and I really believe that you need a reliable one. Mitts, while he does have the potential to be much more than a 3C, also has given nobody much confidence that he can be relied upon in that role, so to be sure, I got Bonino. As well, Mitts has had a rough go at center in the NHL, so I'd try to settle him in at the wing before considering moving him back over.
If you need to give a bit more to the preds, sure, but basically if they aren't looking like a playoff team and/or it looks like Bonino is gonna walk, then they'd deal him, and a young NHL ready 3rd line winger on a reasonable contract + a 2nd + a C/D level prospect + a 4th isn't a bad return for him. Not a great return though, so if they get more offers, I'd up it if needed</div></div>
If the Preds keep Bonino and sell him at the TDL they'd do much better than this return