Capped: A team-by-team buy-and-sell – Part 1

Alexander MacLean


We are well into the dull part of the second offseason that 2020 has given us, so it seems like a perfect time to use up the next eight weeks with our buy/sell series. That should take us into January just in time for the NHL to make a final decision on the start of the season.

This multi-week feature will cover each NHL team, analyzing one player to buy and one to sell. These recommendations will be based on their performance versus cap hit. That means in non-cap leagues, some of these suggestions may not be as relevant, but that doesn't mean the analysis isn't relevant. Generally, these players will either be riding new contracts into the season or be expected to have a large shift in value, for one reason or another. We went alphabetically last year, so this time we're going for the reverse. This year, since there are still a few reputable FAs out there, I'm also going to throw a few of those names in as well, and we'll cover those first. Here is the FA set, accompanied by Winnipeg, Washington, and Vegas. Let's get to it!



Free Agents:

Anyone still unsigned to this point is unlikely to be a key component of a team no matter where they sign, and they are either going to be on a one-year deal, thus eligible as a free-agents to up their market value next year, or taking the term to get through the rough times. Either way, the AAVs should be advantageous on most FA contracts for the rest of the summer.  Let's take a look at which of the remaining FAs you may want to buy or sell before they sign their next contracts.


Buy: Sami Vatanen

Projected Cap Hit: $3,147,992

Good defencemen can be tough to find in fantasy circles, especially ones on reasonable contracts. At this point, Vatanen is going to have to take a bargain deal to sign somewhere. Additionally, working in his favour is the fact that anyone looking at his services would know that he is an offensive defenceman, and bring him in to help them on that side of the puck. With most teams set at this point, wherever Vatanen lands it is unlikely he has to carry heavy responsibilities, and could even sneak his way onto a power-play unit.


Sell: Anthony Duclair

Projected Cap Hit: $2,838,736

Unlike some of these sell options, you will h