29 jan 2019
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>firezfurx</b></div><div>That may be partially true, but teams like SJS have offered a lot more: Sorenson, 3rd, 5th. (Which is basically a 3rd, 4th, 5th.)</div></div>
I highly doubt SJS have offered that package since Johnsson got injured and Covid wiped out the rest of this season. Trades are based on the here and now, not in past seasons where parameters have completely changed. The few teams that can eat 3.4 million in cap space for an undersized, 3rd line winger right now will be offered multiple other trades with better assets as most of the teams need to dump cap space for next year. Those teams with cap space going into this off season will be dealing from a position of strength and should be able to get some really good assets in return for taking other team's cap dumps.
That is the problem I see with so many trade proposals on this site involving Johnsson, everyone is basing his worth on his single 20 goal season 2 years ago while playing with Toronto's elite forwards, and completely ignoring his current season playing on the 3rd line, having a serious injury, and the current economic climate of the NHL. He is still a serviceable player, but there are lots of other options on the market that can achieve exactly what he did this year , and at a much cheaper cost.
For this upcoming year, Johnsson will not get you one of those pieces, never mind both. Johnsson is not a 20 goal scorer on average, he has only played in the league 2 years, first year he got exactly 20, and last year was on pace for about 14 goals, including empty net goals. He is undersized, and cannot drive offense himself, he needs elite talent to excel. This year he played on a 3rd line with other 3rd liners and showed he is nothing special. On top of that, he is coming off a major injury. With the upcoming season in the NHL likely being a flat cap, he is certainly not a reasonable price for the role he is in, he is overpaid. I do agree he is the most likely the player to move so the team can become cap compliant (i.e. that makes him a cap dump). Other teams know that, and most other teams cannot afford to take on a 3rd line winger with that cap hit. He is not worthless, but he is not worth very much for the upcoming year based on all these factors. You are likely looking at a 2021 4th or 5th round pick if you want to trade him this year. <div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Wqrrior</b></div><div>Why is Florida adding? Bracco is worth only about a 3rd and Florida's 2nd is higher than Toronto's. Weegar is worth significantly more than Dermott.</div></div>
You are being very generous in saying Bracco is worth a 3rd. Undersized, liability in the defensive zone, nothing to suggest Bracco can make the step to the NHL at this point. Agree that Weegar is worth a lot more than Dermott. Yet another trade proposal in a long list of many on this site that has Toronto fleecing the other team.
People have to realize that Toronto will likely not be cap complaint unless they get rid of one of their 3 million dollar, 3rd line contracts and replace them with a minimum cost player, likely only creating a 21 or 22 man roster in the process. That is just to be cap compliant with no other moves. Thus, they are immediately bargaining from a position of weakness. The majority of other teams cannot afford to take on more cap then they return. The few teams that can do this are going to hold out for the best offers (i.e. not Bracco, not Dermott, not Johnsson, not Kerfoot) In order to improve the right side of the defense, Toronto will need to give up a major piece (i.e. not Bracco, not Dermott, not Johnsson, not Kerfoot). There is no magical solution to improving this team (read defense) without giving up a high end forward currently on the roster if the cap stays relatively flat.
So last year Johnsson only played a few games on the top line and the line sucked, hmmm, then he gets moved to the 3rd line, first line plays better, and Johnsson on pace to score about 14 goals for the year playing on 3rd line. Please stop calling him a 20 goal scorer if you want to emphasize that he played most of the year with Kerfoot and Engvall. He was a 20 goal scorer ONE YEAR, while playing with elite talent. When playing with other 3rd line players, he was no where near a 20 goal player. So he can't drive the offense, he rides coat tails.
Lehkonen is about the same offensively, is much better defensively, is bigger, younger, cheaper, and not coming off a serious injury. Unrealistic trade proposal unless Toronto adds. Because of the situation this year, Johnsson is basically a cap dump.