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Buy or sell the latest NHL trade and free agency rumors
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We are in the last hours.
The start of the 2022-23 NHL schedule is just two days away, and all 32 teams in the league are making adjustments to ensure the best seasons possible.
Among the items on the agenda are setting up late-stage commercial offers and finding contracts that will provide the best combination in the short and long term.
And given this potential for personnel volatility, it’s a guarantee that rumors will fly.
The B/R hockey team stepped in to weed things out and figure out which items deserved to be labeled as “Buy” and which should be labeled as “Sell”.
Scroll down to see what we found and send us a thought or two in the comments section.
Puljujarvi leaves Edmonton
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Jesse Puljujarvi’s clock is ticking. Loudly.
Edmonton drafted the fourth overall at 6’4″, 201 pounds in 2016 and certainly hoped the Finnish winger would get closer to the level of performance since picking No. 1 overall Auston Matthews, or even Patrik Laine and Pierre- Luc Dubois at Nos .2 and 3.
But to say it didn’t work out that way would be, well…accurate.
He scored just 17 goals in 139 games in his first three seasons, spent the 2019-20 campaign abroad while pondering his future and has since returned to produce 61 points in 120 games over two seasons additional.
The “Bison King” is popular with fans and new-age underlying stat gurus, but it’s been rumored as commercial bait for what seems like forever these days. And the volume only increased with the training camp buzz surrounding 2020 draft pick Dylan Holloway, who scored three goals while securing the top six alongside Leon Draisaitl on Monday night.
Add to that that Puljujarvi carries a $3 million cap for the cash-strapped Oilers for 2022-23, while Holloway is signed to an entry-level deal that will pay $925,000 for two more years.
Athletic’s Daniel Nugent-Bowman wrote that “the emergence of Holloway will almost certainly spell the end of Jesse Puljujarvi’s time with the club, whether it be next week or next year.”
He’s not wrong.
Sabers making a play for Robertson
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A year and a round after Puljujarvi came Jason Robertson.
The Dallas Stars picked the native Californian with the 39th overall pick in 2017 and were almost instantly rewarded with a productive NHL player, topping 45 points in 51 games in his 2020-21 rookie season and a streak of 41 goals and 79 points. out of 74 games in 2021-22.
He was a Calder Trophy finalist in the first season and earned MVP votes for the follow-up, fully maximizing the value of a combined cap of $3.2 million since signing in 2018.
Of course, the hot start comes with a much higher price tag for a restricted free agent, meaning Robertson is in the market for a deal that could cost $7 million a year over three or four seasons, according to Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News.
The stars have $7.8 million in ceiling space with 20 players signed for 2022-23 and are eyeing nine other possible free agents for next season, leaving them with painful cost-cutting choices to ensure all books remain balanced. It also leaves open the possibility of an offer sheet, which Dallas would have to match in order to keep Robertson in town.
Former NHL players Andrew Peters and Craig Rivet suggested on their podcast that the Buffalo Sabers have threw the tires on a tradeand an offer sheet is possible given the team big cap room and a roster full of young talent that a 23-year-old star would mingle well with.
But while he would make Buffalo an instant playoff contender in the East, it would be nearly impossible for general manager Jim Nill to show his face in Texas if the No. 21 escapes.
Columbus All-In on Chychrun
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Jakob Chychrun is a hockey writer’s best friend.
The No. 16 overall pick in the 2016 draft has not only been a productive NHL player since joining full-time later that year, but his status as a standout defenseman on a struggling team has made him a staple of trade deadline and other business-focused pieces for nearly as long.
Speculation grew throughout last season and the 6’2″, 220-pound Florida native didn’t hurt the rumor market late last month when he went public with a confession that he had asked to be moved to a team with street cred for the championship.
By the way, his Arizona Coyotes finished 31st in a 32-team league last season.
So the idea that it will eventually be moved is an easy buy.
But the idea that it will be the Columbus Blue Jackets who will eventually land him is a little harder to fathom.
General manager Jarmo Kekalainen made headlines when he landed Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau as the hottest free agent of the summer, and it stands to reason the team will progress from the 21st overall he owned in 2021-22.
And when TSN insider Darren Dreger listed the Blue Jackets as a contender for Chychrun, it no doubt sparked the passions of the organization’s rabid 1st Ohio Battery fan base.
The problem is that Aaron Portzline of The Athletic had previously suggested that Columbus investigate about Chychrun before the 2022 draft and that the player himself rejected the move proposal.
Gaudreau is certainly a good addition, but unless Chychrun has completely changed course in wanting a chance to win the Stanley Cup, the two won’t be teammates anytime soon.
Pittsburgh shops for a defender
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That’s not the worst problem a general manager can have: too many NHL-worthy defensemen.
As the Pittsburgh Penguins approach the regular season with up to nine men capable of logging respectable ice time on the blue line, something will give.
The Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli suggested 2017 first-rounder Pierre-Olivier Joseph would be that something, reporting that Ron Hextall circled the phone to let the 31 other teams in the league know that the 6’2″ , 185 pounds is available by trade.
Joseph was drafted 23rd overall that year by the Arizona Coyotes and struggled to make an impact at the NHL level, appearing in 16 games for the Penguins in 2020-21 and averaging more than 20 shifts while producing five points and shooting six minute penalties.
He’s only drawn four times in 2021-22 and hasn’t reached the scoresheet, and he’s had limited opportunities in training camp as coach Mike Sullivan opted to use Ty Smith and Jan Rutta as the third pair of blue lines in recent pre-season games. .
A deal could net Hextall and the team a low-level asset in return, but it’s hard to imagine anyone giving up anything beyond a favor once they figure it out. that Pittsburgh has no plans for Joseph, and any patient suitor could just wait for him to be waived.
Verdict: buy (but it won’t work)
Pastrnak goes far with the Bruins
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It all depends on who you listen to.
TSN’s Darren Dreger will use phrases like “it’s a process” and insist that all is well as the Bruins progress to a long-term contract with prolific winger David Pastrnak.
It makes perfect sense.
The now 26-year-old Czech has been a points-per-game player for four seasons, scoring 146 goals and producing 301 points in 256 games during that streak, and, as he enters the final year of a six-year, $40 million contract, it’s a no-brainer for Sweeney to do so.
But the season is fast approaching, the Bruins will play their first game on October 12 and the commitment ceremony to avoid superficial distractions has not yet taken place.
So you start listening to others.
Athletic’s Fluto Shinzawa quoted a source close to Pastrnak in June who insisted there was “no chance” the player would sign a long-term contract with Boston as long as Don Sweeney was general manager.
As for the long-term fortunes of the team, it’s also a bit murky.
The Bruins have nine forwards aged 30 or older heading into 2022-23 and they’re coming off of 10th overall last season that ended in a first-round playoff elimination by the Hurricanes of Caroline and extended a non-title drought to 11 seasons.
They also have eight other players who will be unrestricted free agents by the start of next season, including captain Patrice Bergeron.
This exodus will drive Pastrnak… maybe (you heard it here first) to Madison Square Garden.