Capped: Christmas wish list for different teams

Alexander MacLean

2019-12-12

 

This week we’re going to look into which contracts may be on the move in the new year, and what that could mean for various teams. Let’s jump right in.

 

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Boston Bruins

With the Bruins rolling along as usual, there isn’t a great urgency for them to make many roster moves. Add to that their hands are tied with a maxed-out salary, and there isn’t likely to be much movement in Beantown. What we would be most likely to see, is a move similar to last year, where the upside player Ryan Donato was moved for a more proven player in Charlie Coyle. This time around, Danton Heinen looks to be the most moveable asset, with the possibility of bringing back a better rental where some cap is retained by the other party. A Heinen trade would likely boost his numbers back up, and bringing in a better scoring winger would slot in as the fourth forward on a lethal powerplay – that’s a plum position for the incoming player. Anthony Duclair, and Ryan Strome are the two that seem to make the most sense at first glance.

The Bruins also would like to clear cap space to make room for extensions to Torey Krug and Jaroslav Halak, but those are more likely to be offseason measures.

 

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Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres are caught at a bit of a crossroads, with their second season in a row of falling off before December, and currently hanging onto a playoff spot by a thread. With the consistent scoring threat of Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, and Victor Olofsson on the top line, the Sabres would ideally find some more capable depth scoring to supplement. Colin Miller is the main trade bait at this point, but there are a few options on defence who could be moved. Miller’s fantasy stock can only go up from here, as he just hasn’t been used enough in Buffalo.