Ramblings – Lots of Trade Talk: NHL Trade Scenarios, Shedding Cap and More (Jun 21)

Dobber

2021-06-21

I went to my Twitter followers for topic suggestions this week. Here we go!

I was surprised to see that 180 players fit this description. Wow – 180 players hit their team's cap space by at least $5M. And that's just the ones signed for next year! We still have this year's crop of free agents to add to that tally…

I think two or three of them are bound to go somewhere new. Especially with Seattle open for business and ready to capitalize on their cap space. I think the Lightning are bound to move Tyler Johnson (three years left at $5M AAV). And that would just get them to the limit! So Yanni Gourde is probably also going to be moved.

The Islanders need to clear up room to sign Anthony Beauvillier, but the player or players they move to enable them to do this would probably make below $5M AAV… The Sharks need to do something, but their two big defensemen are untradeable (contracts) and their high-money forwards are untouchable. Which leaves just one guy to speculate on, in my opinion: Marc-Edouard Vlasic…. Toronto is in their usual summer spot of stubbornly keeping their high-paid core and shaving off a $3M player or two.

Washington will do something. They need to if they want to keep Alex Ovechkin and re-sign Ilya Samsonov. Which they do. Something will happen. Will it be as much as a $5M+ player? That's the question. If they do, then it would be Evgeny Kuznetsov, TJ Oshie or Anthony Mantha. But I suspect they'll explore the players of lesser importance first, such as Carl Hagelin or Justin Schultz.

And then there are the popular trade rumors that are everywhere. I think Seth Jones finds a new home somewhere. I think if he agrees in advance to an extension with his future team, then Columbus could get a huge return for him. I'd love to see a move invo