Ramblings: Sundqvist signs; minor Leafs-Blues trade; more bubble week keeper questions – July 26

Michael Clifford

2019-07-26

 

Now it’s officially official: the St. Louis Blues signed 25-year old centre Oscar Sundqvist to a four-year deal. It carries an average annual value of $2.75M.

Sundqvist had a career year in 2018-19 with 74 games played and 31 points, plus nine more points during the Cup run, averaging over 16 minutes a night.

Sundqvist could never consistently crack the Penguins lineup but has fared much better in St. Louis. He brings enough hits that he can be relevant in leagues counting hits if he posts 30 points again, but he’ll likely be in the bottom-6 assuming everyone is healthy. It’ll be hard to build much beyond the 31 points; if he can get to 40, that’s a big win.

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St. Louis wasn’t done as they dealt AHL defenceman Jordan Schmaltz to the Leafs for defenceman Andreas Borgman.

You can read the prospect profiles for Schmaltz here and Borgman here.

Schmaltz was a guy who, a few years ago, I thought would be the future of the St. Louis blueline along with Vince Dunn. While Dunn has flourished, Schmaltz has not. He turns 26 in October and has managed just 42 NHL games. He is a right shot defenceman, though, and that’s a position that the Leafs have struggled to fill over the years. It’s not implausible to see him crack the lineup at some point this season but there won’t be enough for fantasy interest.

Borgman, being a left shot, found it hard to get in the NHL lineup with guys like Rielly, Dermott, and eventually Muzzin on the roster. They also have Martin Marincin who can fill in, so Borgman wasn’t really needed in the organization beyond depth. But he goes to a team with Carl Gunnarsson, Vince Dunn, Jay Bouwmeester, and Derrick Pouliot all under contract with Joel Edmundson to be signed, all on the left side. It seems like they’re just swapping AHL depth for AHL depth here.

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An arbitrator awarded Buffalo forward Evan Rodrigues a one-year, $2M contract. It’ll be interesting to see where h