Ramblings: Arvidsson to LA, Coyotes Hire Tourigny, Shorthanded Contributors Worth Targeting (July 2)

Ian Gooding

2021-07-02

The Stanley Cup Final might not be over, but that doesn't have to stop teams from making trades. The first one happened on Friday, as the Kings acquired Viktor Arvidsson from the Predators for a 2021 second-round pick and a 2022 third-round pick. Mike has taken care of the Fantasy Take for this one. The Seattle expansion draft was reportedly a major factor in the trade, as Arvidsson and his $4.25 million cap hit appeared to be on the bubble as far as protection goes.

Arvidsson should easily slot in on the top 6 for the Kings. That being said, the shine for many Arvidsson owners has worn off, as he has been simply a 40-point player for the past two seasons on a Nashville team that has been in the lower half of the league offensively. Injuries have slowed him, as he dealt with an upper-body injury late in the season as well as 12 games missed with a lower-body injury in 2019-20. A fresh start in LA might help, but I'm not drafting him as the 30-goal scorer that he was from 2016-17 to 2018-19. Aside from Anze Kopitar, the Kings don't possess much in the way of current scoring threats (although they have a great prospect pool).

Whether you think Filip Forsberg's production will be negatively affected by the trade (I don't really think it is), Forsberg wasn't happy with the deal, weighing in on Instagram with his take.

Forsberg was the strongest offensive option on the Predators last season (39 GP, 32 PTS, 0.82 PTS/GP), so he should be fine without frequent linemate and fellow Swede Arvidsson.

The Coyotes have found a replacement for Rick Tocchet, hiring Andre Tourigny as their new head coach. Tourigny is an accomplished junior coach, not only recently coaching the Ottawa 67s of the OHL but also in leading Canada to a gold medal at the 2020 World Junior Championships. With the Coyotes under a tight budget cap-wise and possibly headed toward major changes (and no first-round pick), Tourigny will likely face an uphill battle in icing a team that will push for a playoff spot in the Central. (Yes, they are in the Central next season with the Seattle Kraken joining the Pacific.)

Tocchet was often able to get the most out of the Coyotes roster with a defense-first system. I wouldn't be surpr