Ramblings: Killorn; Boston’s Cap; Arizona’s Offence & More (Aug 3)

Alexander MacLean

2022-08-03

The MLB trade deadline was yesterday, and we saw a massive deal where a top-three player in the league was dealt alongside an all-star on an expiring contract in exchange for a large future package. Generally in all sports you lose the trade if you give up the best player, and it doesn't seem to be much different in this case either.

The best way I have seen it put into hockey terms is something along the lines of Auston Matthews and Michael Bunting for Kent Johnson, Yegor Chinakov, Adam Boqvist, Emil Bemstrom, Denton Mateychuk, and Gus Nyqvist. It's a decent package, but it's nowhere near the high-end quality you need to land a top-three player in the game on his own, let alone an all-star player on top of that.

What it does show me though is that GMs of professional sports and fantasy sports will time and time again over-value youth and potential, especially when pressed into an imaginary deadline where they feel a player should be moved, but really they didn't have to be.

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Speaking of market inefficiencies, in one of my (cap) leagues I own Alex Killorn, along with a plethora of other talented LWs, and am looking to move one. I have looked into the market for most of them, and there is absolutely no market for the two-time cup champion. For a 32-year-old who is coming off of a 60-point season, I kind of get it. However, with Ondrej Palat off to New Jersey, Anthony Cirelli on the shelf for a number of months (and usually used in more defensive situations anyways) it looks as though Killorn should have an automatic spot on the top power play unit all season. That would be the top unit that boasts Steven Stamkos, Braden Point, Nikita Kucherov, and Victor Hedman. Though the majority of the pucks won't be going through Killorn, he should easily top his career high of 14 power play points that he set just last year.

With another year