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
A recent rash of injuries, starting with a wicked cross check from Robert Bortuzzo November 24th, 2019 has derailed Arvidsson's momentum of two 60-plus point seasons, followed by 34 goals in 58 games and a 68-point pace, he has declined the last two COVID shortened seasons.
It is the two bad seasons in a row he finds his way into my buy list. The price to acquire is low, coupled with the potential of regaining his 60-point form. If he can figure out the power-play (maybe it was strictly a Nashville issue) he could wiggle closer to 70. He's never hit double digit in power play points. I don't think the Kings have the supporting cast to get him there this year but I do see him trending upward and pushing that 60-point plateau. With cost certainty