Welcome to week six – we’re almost at the end! (Both of the offseason and the buy/sell series.)
To recap, in the buy and sell features, I profile one player per team to sell, and one to buy. These recommendations are based on salary cap leagues, and I try to cover various league sizes and categories. Last year we started alphabetically at the bottom, so this year we’re starting at the top. This week is Tampa Bay through Washington.
You can find the previous buy and sell columns here.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Buy: Yanni Gourde
Cap Hit: $5,166,666 with six years remaining
How do you find some good buy value on a juggernaut team? You play the betting game on the third member of a top line with two of the best players in the game. If that player happens to be someone who has averaged over a 55-point pace in his first two season in the league, and can produce some peripherals for you on top of that, then even better. That’s what we have with Gourde. Gourde and J.T. Miller were the most common fourth forwards on the first powerplay, and Miller has left town. A full year on the top line and top power play should mean it will be a sure thing to outplay his new contract cost.
Sell: Alex Killorn
Cap Hit: $4,450,000 with four years remaining
There aren’t really any sell high’s in Tampa, so this is more of a “get out while you can and the Tampa glasses are still giving Killorn a shine. With seven forwards in Tampa set to make over $4 million (assuming Brayden Point signs for more than that), one of them is going to be knocked out of the top-six. That is highly likely to be Alex Killorn. The 29-year-old winger has failed to live up to his contract thus far, and as great as Anthony Cirelli is, it’s going to be tough for Killorn to set offensive career highs if Cirelli is the best player that he plays with on a regular basis.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Buy: Andres Johnsson
Cap Hit: $3,400,