In this week’s NHL Power Rankings we focus on potential summer trading markets and players who could be on the move.
The Chicago Blackhawks are once again big sellers as they try to revise their roster, but how bold they are willing to be remains to be seen. The Montreal Canadians could find themselves in a similar situation as they are not only trying to rebuild after a bitterly disappointing season, but also trying to cope with a paycheck crisis.
Speaking of critical salary limits, no team feels more than the Minnesota Wild, as they have more than $ 12 million in vacancy, complicating their efforts to re-sign striker Kevin Fiala.
We look at these situations and more in this week’s ranking.
In this week’s NHL Power Rankings!
1. Alex DeBrincat, Chicago Blackhawks. DeBrincat is one of the NHL top scorers, but he is going to get a big extension after this season and the Blackhawks seemed destined to stink for at least the next two or three years. Is it someone around whom you are rebuilding your whole body or earning money for a great performance? Keep in mind that the return here will probably not be as massive as you expect. It never is.
2. Kevin Fiala, Minnesota Wild. Ideally, Wild would never even consider exchanging Fiala. He is one of their best players, still at the peak of his career, and Minnesota should aim to be a contender. However, their situation with the salary ceiling is chaos after the acquisitions of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, while Fiala must receive a significant increase as a limited free agent. Any team that needs a top scorer should call Bill Guerin right now.
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3. Other key Chicago players. Basically, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Tous. Yes, they have been franchise players here for over a decade, but if the Blackhawks are rebuilding, it makes no sense to keep them for anything other than emotional reasons. The next time this group is good, these guys will not be significant contributors. An argument can be made that Toews is no longer a major contributor now. The problem with their marketing: Their paycheck successes are huge, they have some control over where they go and there is probably a limited market for who can get them. Chicago will probably have to maintain a substantial salary to transfer Toews’s remaining contract this season.
4. JT Miller, Vancouver Canucks. Miller has become one of the most productive players in the NHL since arriving in Vancouver, but the Canoes have a new front office, a new direction and Miller is an unlimited free agent this summer, and the team’s vision remains a mystery. . His name was mentioned in the commercial speculation that led to the expiration of the deadline, but nothing ever happened. The offseason seems like a real possibility.
5. Jakub Chychrun, Arizona Coyotes. Chychrun has expressed a desire to play in a playoff team, and the Coyotes are not even close to that right now. He still has many years with a very friendly contract for the team. Any team that needs a top defender in its heyday should be involved in this. He may not be a superstar, but he can play at the top of the blue lines of most teams.
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6. Jesse Puljujarvi, Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers should not trade Puljujarvi, but given his salary situation, his contract and the fact that he does not seem to be scoring enough goals to please the coaching staff, he could be a transfer candidate. If the Oilers go foolishly in this direction, a team will get a turtle player who still has a very high ceiling.
7. Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks. Like Miller, the mystery here is that no one is really sure which direction the Cannons will go. Do they see this roster as a possible playoff team? Or a struggling team that needs change? Most importantly here, do they see Boeser as a player worthy of the contract he will require?
8. Josh Anderson, Montreal Canadiens. Anderson’s contract is huge in terms of duration, but the salary cap is manageable if he performs to his full potential. Montreal is probably not under enormous pressure to trade him, but there is no way they can turn down a competitive offer to pull out of this long-term deal.
9. Matt Dumba, Minnesota Wild. Dubba has a limited non-trading clause so he can limit his availability here a bit, but he has a salary cap of $ 6 million for this season and the Wilds have some significant earnings limit restrictions. If they want to sign Fiala again, they have to move someone. Dubas is a reasonable candidate for this.
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10. John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks. Gibson’s game has dropped dramatically in recent seasons. Is it a result of the drop in his game? Or the situation around him? He has a big contract to get this bet. The Ducks finally have a good young core in place and would probably want to take a step back into the playoffs this season (in a category where there is a way to go), they could find a better goalkeeper than Gibson if he did they exchange?
11. Jeff Petry, Montreal Canadiens. Petri’s contract gives him a lot to say about where he can go if Montreal decides to move him. He had a bit of a downturn and has three years left on a contract with a salary cap of $ 6.25 million per season, which is a significant investment. But he is still a pretty good player and would help any candidate in the short term.
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12. John Marino, Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins have plenty of players on the left side of their defense, they would still like to re-sign Kris Letang and Evgeni Malklin and make some improvements elsewhere on the roster. Marino is probably the most marketable of his potential defensive contenders (more so than Marcus Pettersson and Mike Matheson) and could be considered a good addition if a team believes they can return to rookie season form.
13. Tyson Barrie, Edmonton Oilers. Barrie is very good at power play but it is a luxury that Oilers really do not need. They could probably have a fair return on him and not really lose much. This power play will run like a well-oiled machine with or without it.
14. Jordan Eberle, Seattle Kraken. I’m thinking here that the Kraken are not close to competing after making some sad mistakes in the expansion draft, Eberle is 32 years old and one of the few marketable assets they have, and he could probably bring them a good return to help storage of cabinets. It should at least be explored.
15. Alexandar Georgiev, New York Rangers. The Rangers have their only goalkeeper in Igor Sesterkin, and he is a monster. Georgiev’s development has stopped short in New York, it is an increase as a limited free agent in a team that still has a lot of improvements to make and could make a fresh start. Does a reconstruction team see him as a potential key?
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