Here we go, Buy and Sell part III.
If you missed the first two parts you can link here to part I and part II where I've covered Anaheim to Edmonton so far and players such as Chychrun, Coyle, D. Strome, Werenski, Makar and Hintz.
Let's get to it…
BUY: MacKenzie Weegar (D) $3.25M, 2 years
This was hard. There are so many buy contracts on this team. Alexander Barkov, Sam Bennett, Jonathan Huberdeau. I chose Weegar based on position. Navigating the increasing cost of offensive defencemen is not easy. Finding one that can push 50-points and stuff your hits, blocks and shot categories with this kind of cost control for two more years, outside of entry level contracts is hard to find.
Aaron Ekblad appears geared to control the first power play unit. There's hope Weegar will take the reigns of that second unit. Brandon Montour also holds those hopes. Of note, Florida has tinkered with a two-defenceman power play of Ekblad and Weegar on the first unit in pre-season.
Regardless of power play exposure Weegar is a 40-45-point threat, with consistent power play, he bumps to 50-55, or more if he finds extended time on that first unit with Barkov and Huberdeau. I've been pumping the tires on Weegar for almost three years. I'm not stopping now.
SELL: Sergei Bobrovsky (G) $10M, 5 years
Hard to believe this is Bobrovsky's third year in Florida. I'll say this first, I think Bobrovsky is going to have a really good year, not quite Vezina worthy, but really good. We've counted Bobrovsky out at least twice previously in his career – before Florida – only to watch him storm back and win a Vezina.
But he makes $10M, as a goalie. I'm always searching for value in net. It's a position I don't like to spend a lot of money on. I like to spend less then $10M on my goalies in total. Add in there are no other outlandish on Florida and Bobrovsky is chosen by default. If you are like me and prefer a cheap crease, early season might be your best opportunity to trade him. Florida is going to be good, real good. If he gets hot, sell, sell, sell.
Los Angeles Kings
BUY: Viktor Arvidsson (RW, LW), $4.25M, 3 years<