29 juin 2015
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>littlejerryseinfeld</b></div><div>All those trades are quite lopsided.</div></div>
You look at the returns of some of the recent trades, Byorkstrand for only a 3rd & 4th, Burns with a significant amount retained for a 3rd, a fringe NHLer and an average goalie prospect, Patches for nothing, and the trades are pretty fair and relevant for the opposing team.
Konecny is maybe only marginally better than Byorkstrand since he's a little younger (though I'd argue they're about the same), and so a 2nd + Ozzy + Reimer (who's said to be worth a 2nd by the Sharks) makes that make sense. The Flyers get their prospect and 2nd rounder, and even though they're rebuilding, they need Reimer since Hart is a major question mark and their current backup is likely staying in Russia at least for the season with court issues.
Coyotes are rumored to be looking for an unprotected 1st and a 2nd rounder for Chychrun. Reedy's a nice average prospect and Labanc is a bounce-back middle-six RW for them to stay above the cap floor, and they too need a backup goalie. You can take Simek out and stash him in the Cuda, Sharks have space in this scenario to be able to do that if the Kane situation resolves itself.
Devils deal is one that lots of NJ have agreed to on this site. Holtz's value isn't what it was, and Severson is pretty superfluous now for them. It's a fair trade for both sides.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>LGDRW</b></div><div>Look at your cap space for next year, You don't have $9,500,000 to $10,000,000 per to offer Matthew Barzal. $17,000,000 to sign 9 players isn't going to cut it.</div></div>
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>littlejerryseinfeld</b></div><div>No one ever uses long term outlook, shame.</div></div>
This is a non-issue. Moving out Labanc and Simek opens up cap space (~7mil). So does buying out Vlasic (frees up ~3.5mil in space). You have a few expiring UFA deals as well and can trade out a mid-contract guy like Lindblom. I get that they all have to be replaced, but Sharks would replace them internally with guys like Robins/Coe, Hatakka/Cicek, Gushchin. Then you also have the salary cap increasing between 1-2mil next year.
I do consider long term outlook in my AGM rosters. Two other points:
1) long-term outlook/roster isn't set in stone -- teams work their way around cap difficulties all the time, it's part of being a GM in the NHL or we wouldn't have trades/signings at the TDL and offsesason, and
2) SJ already has Meier, who's set to receive a similar contract to Barzal. It's not like this roster isn't grounded in something similar to what already exists.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>pavelski_tip_in</b></div><div>I know you usually don't get comments unless you propose a trade, and all the fans from the other team pile in to tell you you're an idiot without explaining why. But, I think this lineup does a great job at predicting the opening night roster barring any future moves. Burying Simek's contract feels right since no one will claim him off waivers, there are a few LHD ahead of him, and it helps us stay under the cap. I don't think it's the worst if we hold 3 goalies until we can offload one to another team that needs one in a pinch.
In terms of personal preferences, I would keep the Barabanov on the first line with Hertl and Meier, but it would be sweet if Eklund could hold down that role. I just don't know how Barabanov would play with Couture.
I don't think Kunin slots in as a center with only a 44% career FO%, so I would swap him with Bonino. Although the Nieto - Bonino - Cogliano line was one of the worst last season, Bonino did better when playing with other forwards.
I hope Labanc starts in the top 6, especially since Grier said he wants skill guys in the top 6. It would be great if Lindblom could regain enough form to play his way into that role because the 2nd line could benefit from some size. But, Labanc justifying a spot on the 2nd line would also be a welcome accomplishment.
Given that previous statement by Grier, I wonder what that means for a guy like Gregor who feels like he's not deserving of top 6 time, but doesn't necessary fit into a 4th line checking role. Putting Kunin on the 4th line opens a spot for Gregor with the 3rd line, but I don't know if they put Kunin there after the assets they gave up and contract amount he signed for. I'm pretty bearish on him, so I wouldn't mind seeing his playing time reduced. Those ideas would produce something like the following:
Meier - Hertl - Barabanov
Eklund - Couture - Labanc
Lindblom - Bonino - Gregor
Lorentz - Sturm - Kunin
Finally, I'm hopeful that Knyzhov can slot back in with Karlsson, but Megna also played well there last season. Knyzhov does have the waiver-exemption, so he could be the odd man out.</div></div>
I appreciate the feedback! You raise excellent points and I agree.
As far as the 3rd line center role, I'm wondering if Eklund -- who by all accounts has bulked up and feels very bullish as the only younger kid realistically to crack the Grier/Quinn lineup -- can lock down the 3rd line center role. That's where management (at least, old management) wanted him eventually, and it'll be interesting to see if that happens. CapFriendly also added center to a new position of his and even made it his primary position.
I updated the line combos to show how that'd look, and it'd place a lot of your suggestions into place too.