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NHL Trade Rumors: Panthers Interested In Blue Jackets Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky

This news has been circulating the hockey sphere for about two days or so now, it was mainly from smaller media sites but Larry Brooks has confirmed that this is in fact true and the Florida Panthers are talking to the Blue Jackets about goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

What could this deal look like? 

The Panthers are rumored to be interested in moving James Reimer and Derick Brassard, but it will take a little more than that. If the Panthers do move these two players they will probably add a 2nd-3rd round pick or a high-end prospect as well.

Also, the Panthers are interested in signing Bobrovsky to an extension, 8-years supposedly. With that, at 30-years-old Bobrovsky would be signed until he is thirty-eight. If they do sign Bobrovsky to a long term deal and get rid of Brassard and Reimer it does free up 7.4 million in cap space and they would probably pay Bobrovsky around 8-8.5 million a year.

Bobrovsky is 19-16-1 with a 3.01 goals against (GAA), .901 save percentage (SV %) and two shutouts. In his career his numbers are 237-145-37 with a 2.49 GAA, .918 SV % and 26 shutouts.

If this trade does occur and the Blue Jackets do trade Bobrovsky. This gives current back up goalie Joonas Korpisalo a look to be their number one for now and possibly the future. Korpisalo has a 9-4-2 record, 2.96 GAA, .901 SV % on the year.

What this also means is that the Blue Jackets do not need to worry about signing Bobrovsky, and they can throw all their chips and more at Artemi Panarin in the off-season. If this move does occur it allows the Blue Jackets to feel more confident in Panarin returning for next year.

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Top Sellers And Their Current Needs Heading Into The Trade Deadline

The trade deadline seems like it is so far away but in the blink of an eye it will be February 25th, therefore around this time, within the next two weeks we could see a flurry of moves. Always at the deadline there are three types of teams, sellers, buyers and teams staying put. Here are my top five sellers at the deadline and their current needs.

1. New York Rangers:

Clear as day this team is selling, they are probably performing a little above expectations but the team knows they have no intentions on winning right now nor in the next year or two. Therefore most of their roster/players that are ending or nearing the end of their contracts are on the move. For example, Mats Zuccarello is one of the many names on the list that will/is probably going to be moved. Adam McQuaid is on that list, Kevin Hayes, Vladislav Namestikov, and I believe Pavel Buchnevich should but have not heard much about him. The Rangers are going to be selling Zuccarello for sure, McQuaid more than likely, Hayes is 50/50 and same with Namestikov.

What could they use in return? The Rangers want prospects, high-end, projected top-three to six forward players. They could also use some draft picks, maybe another first rounder down the road, a first round this year, and definitely a second round pick. Essentially they want a top-three draft pick.

2. Carolina Hurricanes:

This comes of shock to me as well but the Hurricanes seem like they are in the boat to sell. They are in the market for some young prospects right now and I would say the Hurricanes want to sell because they usually are a team that comes in under the cap space and right now they have to worry about Dougie Hamilton, Justin Faulk and signing Sebastian Aho to a long term contract. Therefore they are looking to sell to do so. The Hurricanes are currently looking to trade Michael Ferland, Dougie Hamilton, Justin Faulk.

What could they use in return? The Hurricanes like forwards, young forwards, players like a Brock McGinn seems to be the Carolina fit. They said they do not want much defenseman actually and they would rather lose 5-4 then lose 2-1. Therefore the Hurricanes want top-two draft picks and high end forward prospects.

3. Detroit Red Wings:

Not big sellers but they are trying to get rid of, should not say get rid of but trade Gustav Nyquist and Jimmy Howard. The Red Wings know they cannot win right now nor next year they have full intentions and sights set on the future and with their current roster make up being a bunch of young up and coming players, it only makes sense to go after draft picks.

What could they use in return? The Red Wings do a helluva a job drafting, give this team two first round picks and they will find some gems. They got a steal in Filip Zadina last draft and would like to have some more draft picks this year. They have said the asking price for Howard and Nyquist are first round picks.

4. Florida Panthers:

The Panthers actually just made three call ups and placed Jamie McGinn on their non-roster. The Panthers are not what we expected this year they have got the goaltending, some inconsistent play and a slow start hurt this team.  Even with Mike Hoffman projected for 40 goals, Yandle having a Norris season and Barkov playing well they still are not in the playoff hunt. The Panthers wanted to be a playoff team this year but like we said things did not go their way and they are essentially just one piece away from being a playoff contending team. That piece is a goaltender. The Panthers could look to sell Mark Pysyk and Nick Bjugstad.

What could they use in return? A legitimate starting goaltender, top-six winger and second or third round draft pick. Could be a Jimmy Howard, Casey DeSmith situation for them but we have not heard much from the Panthers, just speculations.

5. Ottawa Senators:

The Senators have such a difficult off-season ahead of them in terms of contract renewals, they need to sign back Matt Duchene, Mark Stone, Cody Ceci and Ryan Dzingel probably only 2/4 or 3/4 players can come back therefore they are going to be selling one or two of these four names. If I had to guess after what has come out about Duchene and his agent, he could be gone and due to Ceci’s value he could be gone as well.

What could they use in return? Endless top draft picks never hurts, top-three/six forward and top-three/four defenseman prospects. You can easily get a first round, second and top-six prospect forward for Duchene and a 2nd round, bottom-six forward prospect for Ceci.

Where Artemi Panarin, Wayne Simmonds, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello May Land

These four names plus two to three others have been the most actively spoken about names. Essentially these four are destined to be moved before the trade deadline. With the news that came about Artemi Panarin and how he does not want to talk about his contract until the after the season. The Blue Jackets are probably going to move him. The Flyers and Rangers are out of the playoff hunt and it would make zero sense for either team to sign these players, Brassard has been in hot water in Pittsburgh for nearly two months now.

Artemi Panarin

What it will take to acquire Panarin: the kitchen sink, who is willing to throw that at Columbus. Winnipeg, Bruins, Pittsburgh. In all seriousness where Panarin will end up is so unknown, it will require a first round pick, a high level draft prospect, a top six forward, or maybe high-end prospect, 1st round pick plus a 2nd or 3rd round pick for Panarin.

Landing spots for Panarin: Boston, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Winnipeg, Islanders, Rangers.

Wayne Simmonds

What it will take acquire Simmonds: Simmonds is not too expensive depending on the team. For example Simmonds would probably cost a 2nd round pick, mid-level prospect or a 1st round pick and low-end prospect, or a 2nd to 3rd round pick and bottom/top six forward/ a top-four/five defenseman.

Landing spots for Simmonds: Boston, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Winnipeg, Nashville, Dallas, Colorado, Edmonton.

Derick Brassard

What it will take to acquire Brassard: Easily the cheapest of the four names. Brassard may cost a 3rd round pick, maybe a 2nd if a team is desperate. He can even go for borderline number four/five defenseman.

Landing spots for Brassard: Winnipeg, Nashville, Montreal, Islanders, Edmonton, Dallas, Colorado

Mats Zuccarello

What it will cost to acquire Zuccarello: A 2nd round pick, mid-level prospect. A 3rd round pick, high-end prospect, 1st round pick that’s all though, 2nd, 3rd round pick.

Landing spots for Zuccarello: Winnipeg, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Edmonton, Columbus, Dallas, Colorado

Jake Muzzin Is A Piece Of The Puzzle In Toronto But Not The Whole Puzzle

The trade we have all been waiting for occurred Monday night around 6:00 PM (EST). Jake Muzzin was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2019 1st round pick, Sean Durzi and Carl Gundstrom. The Leafs have been fishing for another top four defenseman for nearly two years. With this addition of Muzzin it allows the Leafs to play Morgan Reilly-Jake Muzzin, Jake Gardiner-Nikita Zaitsev with a third pair of Travis Dermott-Ron Hainsey. Which makes this Leafs team a deeper team on the back end.

More so looking at the trade, the headline makes it seem like Muzzin is not a good addition, by no means should it come off like that. Anytime you add a Stanley Cup winner, a veteran defenseman and someone to pair with Reilly on a consistent basis is always a plus.

Muzzin is a piece to the puzzle not the whole puzzle, hear me out…

What I mean by Muzzin is not the answer. The Leafs are shaping up to play the Canadiens or Bruins. Now if the Bruins end up being the #3 seed and the Leafs stay at #2 it will be the Leafs worst nightmare, in the past decade it seems the Bruins have had the Leafs number, therefore reason one Muzzin is not the answer is because, well will he propel the Leafs over the Bruins? Probably not, so he does not make a huge difference in that regard.

Reason number two Muzzin may not be the complete answer. My concerns about Frederick Anderson still loom, and I am talking playoff Anderson. In years past and hinting on last year Anderson posted a 3.76 goals against (GAA) in 7 games, .896 save percentage and allowed 23 goals on 198 shots. The previous year Anderson posted a 2.68 goals against in six games, the second year he was in Anaheim he posted a 2.34 GAA in 16 games started after a 3.10 GAA in 7 games started the year before. My point is what Anderson will show up in the playoffs this time around? Yes, getting Muzzin does help on the back end but the goalie still needs to stop the puck.

Concern number three with the Leafs is their very young roster of players coming to play in the playoffs, they have Nazem Kadri, John Tavares, Patrick Marleau and Ron Hainsey with playoff experience but Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Kasperi Kapanen and William Nylander have little playoff experience and I know some people say that means nothing but playoffs is a different game. Getting a team like the Bruins, a team that is young but has so many very well seasoned players and a different team when it comes to the playoffs is no easy feat for the Leafs. If the Leafs get the Canadiens than I would feel more confident in their chances of winning.

Can Muzzin be what Shattenkirk was to Washington two years ago?

I believe Jake Muzzin adds a great dimension to the Leafs defense, it allows Morgan Reilly to play more of an offensive game, it allows Jake Gardiner to play more of an offensive game. Therefore it gives these two offensive minded d-men to go out and play their game. It gives Travis Dermott the experience of playing with a veteran like Ron Hainsey. But the Leafs offense still needs to produce. If the Leafs cannot find a way for William Nylander, Kasperi Kapanen, Nazem Kadri to be CONSISTENT than adding Muzzin does not make them automatic cup contenders. The Leafs need to find a way for these young forwards to get into a groove from now throughout the playoffs. If the Leafs cannot get their top-six to be a consistent top-six then they will not be automatic cup winners. Therefore that is why I don’t think Muzzin solves the problem, he is a piece of the puzzle. Look at what happened in Washington two years ago when they added Kevin Shattenkirk to the mix the Capitals needed a offensive-defenseman and they added that but still got bounced early in the playoffs, one player does not make or break a team, they help but the other 17 guys in the line up need to show up too.

Top Headlines To Keep Your Eye On As The NHL Trade Deadline Nears…

The All-Star break is over and the regular season is back underway tonight which means the trade deadline is nearing and more speculation about where July 2019 UFA (unrestricted free agents) will end up either before the trade deadline or in the off-season continues.. As of today we have exactly three weeks until the trade deadline so things will be getting pretty dicey over the next 2-3 weeks. For now these are my top story lines to be aware of heading into a pretty important month for teams.

1. Artemi Panarin or Sergei Bobrovsky? the Blue Jackets are at a very difficult road right now, they have two important UFA’s to tend to right now and both can make or break their future. The Blue Jackets seem more inclined to treat their top forward Panarin to a contract, his agent and the Blue Jackets have met now two times but we have not heard anything yet. Bobrovsky has been on the “hot seat” with the Blue Jackets since his stint a few weeks back when he got pulled and never returned to the bench. The Blue Jackets need to decide what they are going to do. They are a top-three Metropolitan division team, have eyes on the playoffs and if everything goes right they can make a run in the playoffs, but if they do that and hold onto both Panarin and Bob they will let the two walk for essentially nothing. I would see Bobrovsky moved at the trade deadline and Panarin re-sign.

2. Ottawa Senators cap situation: The Senators have a similar situation to the Blue Jackets except they have five important players to re-sign and cannot afford any of them. They have a projected 7.43 million in cap space right now. Matt Duchene, Mark Stone, Ryan Dzingel, Colin White and Cody Ceci are all due for contracts. Mark Stone will probably get around 7.5 million lets say therefore they hit their cap hit. Matt Duchene is going to cost around 8-8.5 million probably for 6-7 years, Colin White will cost 2.5-3 million at 4-5 years, Ryan Dzingel will cost 4-5 million at 4-5 years, Cody Ceci will cost 4-4.5 million at 4-5 years. Therefore with all these players contracts that is 27.5 million in cap space between these guys alone. When we add up that 27.5 million and the rest of their players right it comes to 58.93 million in cap, plus all the players on their entry level deals it is 65.63 million, not to mention in two years Brady Tkachuk and Thomas Chabot are going to be due for a contract. This is a tough situation for the Senators, they have a 72 million cap hit and the cap is raising next year but the only way this does work out is if Duchene and Stone get those projected numbers and White/Dzingel/Ceci take those contracts as well.

3. Rangers on the rebuild still? The Rangers have been in the story line for rebuliding since last season but the newest players on the block for the Rangers are Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Hayes and Adam McQuaid, all these players are UFA’s in July and the way the Rangers are going it seems obvious they are going to want to trade them and build for the future. The Rangers have to worry about Anthony Deangelo and Neal Pionk as their main RFA’s this summer. Therefore if the Rangers are going to trade anyone it is going to be Hayes, Zuccarello for the sole reason of what they can receive in return form a contending playoff team.

4. Who are the top trade targets to keep an eye on right now? Wayne Simmonds, Jason Spezza, Andre Burakovksy, Michael Ferland, Brian Boyle, Derick Brassard. My prediciton for these players are Stars receive Burakovsky he can easily slide in their top-six and help them out. Simmonds continues to get targeted by Winnipeg, Nashville, Dallas, Ferland is a top contender in Pittsburgh.

New York Islanders Players They Should Trade For A Rental

The All-Star break is officially among us, therefore some players are off (those not attending the All-Star game festivities) but more importantly every NHL General Manager and owner has off from day to day operations but for some teams coaches, owners and general managers there is still some work to be done. Among those teams who’s front office will probably not get much time off during the All-Star break is the New York Islanders.

The Islanders have put themselves within the top-5 of the NHL, 1st in the Metropolitan division and 2nd in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders have made their case to be legitimate playoff team, they have depth, goal-scoring, goal tending and coaching. But right before the team went on break Lou Lamoriello said that he is looking to upgrade the team and is interested in adding a rental player. But who might be moved for that rental player? These are my five picks at who could be moved from the Islanders.

1. Michael Dal Colle: Depending on the value of the rental forward or defenseman you are recieving the Islanders real only top prospect right now that is avialable to play in the NHL for another team, has some NHL experience, value, and is a solid stock to invest in for any team is Del Colle. He’s played 17 NHL games but has more experience in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Dal Colle has collected 166 AHL games with 93 points.

2. Sebastian Aho: The Islanders young defensive prospect does not look like he will crack the roster over the next two to three years with the solid play of Ryan Pulock, Scott Mayfield and Devon Toews, Aho is the odd-man out in this situation. Therefore why not get some return for the 5th round draft pick. Aho has played 76 AHL games collecting 55 AHL points, he is playing well above a 5th round draft pick right now. He also played 22 NHL games in 2017-18 collecting 4 points.

3. Adam Pelech: The Islanders fifth defensemen at the moment has not been all that bad nor all that great. Definitely not good enough to not at least throw his name in the hat of players to potentially shed. Pelech also comes with a small price tag of 1.6 million for another three years and has played already 176 NHL games at the age of 24. Pelech is still a young defensemen that has NHL experience that can be valuable to a team like the Flyers.

4. Lucas Sbisa: The Islanders definitely do not need this guy he has been in and out of the line up all year and it seems the Islanders are not too gung-ho on Sbisa. The return for Sbisa would not be too large they would need to throw in an early draft pick but he does provide a little value to some NHL rosters. He is still only 28-years-old with 504 NHL games played.

5. Josh Ho-Sang: The last player Islander fans want to see on this list probably and realistically he probably won’t be traded but I would not be surprised to see him moved. Ho-Sang had a lot of hype surrounding him before Matt Barzal came to town. Ho-Sang has been back and forth from the AHL to the NHL for almost three years now. It is almost sad to see his talent wasted but it is obvious that the Islanders have not taken a liking to the kid. Under three different coaches Ho-Sang has not been a regular in the line up. It may be better for him to get a new start somewhere else, the only issue is that Ho-Sang’s stock is a little low right now and the Islanders would probably lose the deal if they go out and get a rental for Ho-Sang but that is the gamble of trying to take that next step to be a legit playoff team and not a one and done.

What Teams Could Use Cam Talbot?

After the news of Mikko Koskinen signing a three-year extension with the Oilers, this probably means that Cam Talbot wants out in Edmonton. This is not definite but based off the age of Talbot, his history and what was said after the Koskinen signing all signs are pointing to Talbot being out in Edmonton.

After the Koskinen signing it was said that the Oilers spoke to Talbot about what they were looking to do with Koskinen therefore this likely means he is on the move. If this is true, this five teams could use Cam Talbot’s services.

1. Philadelphia Flyers: Sure signing a middle-aged goalie that has potentially three to five good years and is on the current decline has not worked out well for the Flyers in the past. BUT I think if the Flyers were to get rid of Brian Elliott, Michael Neuvirth and run with Cam Talbot and Carter Hart for a season they would be much better off than what has been their goalie situation in the past. Plus the Flyers can shed Wayne Simmonds, receive a bottom six forward and possibly Darnell Nurse.

2. Florida Panthers: Roberto Luongo is probably nearing the end of his career, he does not have much time left and the Panthers biggest issues lately have been goaltending concerns. Luongo has been on and off the IR and without a consistent number one it is hard to win in this league. Again the Panthers have a solid blue line where it would give Talbot more re-assurance then what he has dealt with in Edmonton. 

3. Chicago Blackhawks: the Blackhawks are using Colin Delia, who is not doing a bad job but I am sure once and if he ever Corey Crawford does come back healthy the Blackhawks would be a solid team with Talbot-Crawford tandem. Or even if Crawford does not come back Talbot can be a very solid fringe starter for the Blackhawks.

4. Arizona Coyotes: The Coyotes have not had a number one goalie in quite sometime. They keep filling these hot hand goalies who are on for a week then off for a week. They need some consistency and Talbot is a veteran, knows what to do and can get the job done. Plus with Arizona’s blue line Talbot will get the defense he deserves and would play better in Arizona in comparison to Edmonton (the last two years).

5. New York Rangers: For 2-3 years until Igor Shesterkin is ready to leave the KHL, Cam Talbot can be a solid number two to Henrik Lundqvist or until Lundqvist retires. Talbot has a history with the Rangers and knows them well therefore it would be a good fit for him. For the Rangers perhaps not so much due to Talbot’s 4.16 million cap hit. I am not saying this is the best option for the Rangers but it is an option for Talbot and his agent. 

Talbot led the NHL in 2016-2017 with 42 wins, and 73 starts, was 6th in the NHL in goals against(GAA) 2.39, 7th in save percentage with a .919. Yes this was 2016-17, two years ago but Talbot’s career numbers are 136-108-23 with a 2.57 GAA, .916 save percentage and 20 shutouts. In reality his decline only began last year, he has plenty of time to revive his career and any team can get four to five more solid seasons out of Talbot.