Capped: Team by team buy and sell, part 7

Alexander MacLean

2019-09-19

 

Welcome to week seven, which concludes our buy/sell features. We also have actual NHL hockey to watch (though it’s only preseason games), and there are somehow still a bunch of very skilled RFAs left unsigned.

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 we finish off with our last team: the Winnipeg Jets.

You can find the previous buy and sell columns here.

 

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Winnipeg Jets

Buy: Patrik Laine

Cap Hit: unsigned

How often does an opportunity come across for you to trade for a guy whom we all just know is going to hit 50 goals at some point in his career? Laine hasn’t done it yet, and that’s why he’s still unsigned by Winnipeg. He wants to be paid as a 50-goal man, but the Jets aren’t willing to budge off the fact that he just isn’t yet. What we’re going to get is a contract similar to Boeser’s (though I’m guessing a little cheaper), which Laine should outplay from the get-go. That means, you have a chance to buy-low on a 50-goal guy… that will also be underpaid! Do it now, contract stalemate and media comments be damned. He won’t be spending the entire year sitting out, and he should be “back” to full health by the time he signs too.

*Word of caution to those who will be using his actual cap hit. Be ready to possibly deal with a similarly elevated cap hit for the first year if a contract is signed in-season, as was the case with William Nylander last season. Capfriendly has a great breakdown on that here.

 

Sell: Nikolaj Ehlers

Cap Hit: $6,000,000 with six years remaining

When I started this week’s article on Tuesday, I initially had Dustin Byfuglien here before news broke that he is considering retire