Capped: Buy and Sell – Part 1

Logan Doyle

2021-09-23

We are just over three weeks from puck drop on the 2021-22 NHL season.  No better way to reignite the Capped article then to start of with a team by team, buy-sell series.

I will be excluding all entry-level contract players as well as all your elite players/superstars. Those player values speak for themselves. Player values may differ if you are not in a cap league.

Most of these players will be starting new contracts or be expected to have large swings in value. Let's dive right in.

Anaheim Ducks

BUY: Troy Terry (RW) $1.45m – 2 years

I'm pretty sure this isn't how you expected this to start. The popular choice would have been Maxime Comtois (2.037M), which is exactly why he wasn't chosen. Comtois is going to cost a lot more then Terry to obtain.

There is not a lot of right-wing depth on the Ducks. A top six spot is ripe for the picking. There actually isn't a fully defined first power play unit on the Ducks either. Entering his fourth NHL season, this will be his first opportunity to play a full 82 game schedule. Forty points feels like his floor this year. Sadly, the Ducks are an offensively starved team. Setting point expectations beyond 50 points seems unrealistic. At $1.45M, 40-45 points would be a strong return. Let's not forget he passes his breakout threshold at game 68 of the season and has another year with this cap hit.

SELL: Kevin Shattenkirk (D) $3.9M – 2 years

As a power-play specialist Shattenkirk is about to see his value diminish more than it already has. Jamie Drysdale appears primed to swipe the lone defensive spot on the first power play unit away from him. I'm sure he will see sporadic first unit playing time when Drysdale struggles and very likely start the year in that role, as the season goes the swing in ice time to Drysdale will only increase.

The talent drop from the first power play unit to the second unit is significant. The best play is likely to hold until the season starts or any semblance of a hot streak, two or three game point streak take what you can get and move him out.

Arizona Coyotes

BUY: Jacob Chychrun (D) $4.6M, 4 years

His coming-out party was last year. Now that Goligoski has moved on, Chychrun is really the only offensive option on the Coyotes back end.

This team will be battling for Shane Wright odds all season yet Ch