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Five Teams That Could Use Jake Muzzin

Aside from the fact that most if not all teams in the NHL (besides Nashville) would benefit from a Jake Muzzin type of player. Muzzin will more than likely end up on a contending team, a team in the market for a top-three defenseman, therefore the list is not too big but looking at what Muzzin brings to the table. These five teams could use him.

Pittsburgh Penguins: This team cannot make a playoff run again with their number one defenseman being Brain Dumoulin, therefore Kris Letang needs to stay healthy and the Penguins need to add a d-man. In comes Muzzin, a defenseman who can play the penalty kill, power play, move the puck, contribute in the offensive end and play sound defense. Muzzin has 20 points in 46 games played this year, that is not chump numbers. In his career he has 493 games played with 212 points (.43 points per game). He has been a 40+ point defenseman in three seasons of his five and a half years in the NHL so far. The Penguins are always on the hunt for back end talent and Muzzin could be there guy.

Toronto Maple Leafs: The Leafs have been longing for another defenseman for two years now, with the Norris like play of Morgan Reilly their blue has been a little better this year but the Leafs still have some holes back there. With Jake Gardiner being a little more offensive minded, Ron Hainsey aging and having younger talent picking up the slack. Jake Muzzin and his playoff/Stanley Cup experience plus his defensive mind would be perfect for Toronto. The Leafs also said their first round pick was up for grabs therefore that is available and they have the best prospect pool out there. It would be foolish not to try for Muzzin.

Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers need a d-man, they are not contenders but they have been asking for a defenseman for nearly a decade it seems like. Plus they have more than a first round pick to give up. The Flyers could easily throw Wayne Simmonds name in the conversation, a name the Los Angeles Kings are familiar with. I’m sure the Kings would not be opposed to seeing Simmonds back in Kings colors. Muzzin is a good fit for the Flyers too, tough, defensive-minded, posses some offense to his game and he comes with no learning curve and can be throw right into the fire. Again it would be asinine for the Flyers not to kick the can around with L.A.

Vegas Golden Knights: The Knights are again contenders this year and their General Manager has come forward and said he is not going to sit tight and be content with his current roster he is always planning and always looking to the future. Muzzin would definitely help that Vegas back end, one of the more so unexperienced blue lines in the NHL right now. Vegas has some decent forward but more importantly a ton of draft picks. Muzzin would definitely be a top-four defenseman on this team and I’m sure Vegas would feel a little more comfortable with Muzzin back there rather than Jon Merrill. It would be a smart move for this possible Cup contending team to make a move for a veteran defenseman like Muzzin.

Colorado Avalanche: With two defenseman ready to hit free-agency the Avalanche could easily fix that issue with Jake Muzzin. The Avalanche have one very important guy to worry about in the off-season which is Mikko Rantanen but they have also 13 million in cap space plus with the cap raise the Av’s should be fine. The Avalanche are a contending team right now that could use some help on the back end, on both the defensive side and offensive side. The Av’s also have two first round picks this year and some decent prospects to throw in the pool. I would not be surprised to see this team take a stab at Muzzin.

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What A Trade Between The Flyers And Nashville/Winnipeg Would Look Like For Wayne Simmonds

It came out just a little under 24 hours ago that the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets have inquired about Wayne Simmonds. The Flyers made it public that they were interested in trading forward Wayne Simmonds. In return they want a top-five defenseman, top-six forward or a goalie. Therefore let’s look at a possible trade scenario for both teams.

Winnipeg Jets: Receive Wayne Simmonds, New Jersey Devils 3rd Round Pick

Philadelphia Flyers: Receive Tyler Myers

This seems realistic, no? Both are up for new contracts, Myers cost a little cheaper than Simmonds, the Jets have Josh Morrisey, Jacob Trouba, Ben Chariot and Dustin Byfuglien already on their back end. Plus the Jets are probably not willingly to resign Myers if Trouba is going to want 6.5-7 million for a long term deal. Myers is a former first round, 12th overall pick, 28-years-old, has years under his belt and a top-four defenseman in the NHL. The Flyers get what they want and they already have a third round pick so why not sweeten the deal with a third and Simmonds for Myers. Possibly even a second.

Nashville Predators: Receive Wayne Simmonds

Philadelphia Flyers: Receive  Craig Smith and Matt Irwin

Another realistic trade option. The Predators have Smith to a 4.25 million dollar deal ending in 2020-2021 the same year Roman Josi’s 4 million dollar deal ends and we know he is going to get upwards of 8 million therefore it would be in the Predators best interest to get rid of Smith while his price is relatively high, take Simmonds for a cup run and then let him walk in free agency next year. Matt Irwin is no Ryan Ellis but he would honestly fit well in Philadelphia plus that is the only Nashville defenseman you are touching besides Dan Hamhuis who is too older to bother for. This trade gives the Flyers a top-six forward, a borderline top-five defenseman and frees up cap space.

 

Where Wayne Simmonds Can Land At The Trade Deadline

It confirmed the Philadelphia Flyers are moving on from Wayne Simmonds. The reasons, we do not know. Speculation could be, he is going to be a UFA come the off-season expecting 5.5-7 million a year for a longer term deal. Simmonds has been in a little of a funk lately, only producing 46 points in 75 games last season and only 19 points in 44 games. Either way the Flyers are looking to actively shop Simmonds and are looking for a goaltender, top-six forward and fifth defenseman. Therefore where can we see Simmonds land?

  1. Edmonton Oilers: They need a top-six forward and that’s what Simmonds is plus paring him with Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl is a no-brainer for the Oilers. Plus the Oilers can trade Cam Talbot or Darnell Nurse, Kris Russell type defenseman and they have a few picks to give. Simmonds would pair well in Edmonton even though Milan Lucic has been rather unsuccessful recently and Lucic, Simmonds play similar games. Simmonds is a little more used to scoring goals and playing a goal-scoring role.
  2. Colorado Avalanche: The Avalanche have a ton of suitable prospects, Semyon Varlamov and fifth defenseman. Yes, Varlamov, he is a UFA in the off-season, the Avalanche trade Varlamov, get Simmonds and go after Bobrovsky, crazy but a possibility. Either way Simmonds would be a suitable partner for Philadelphia, the Avalanche can give up Samuel Girard or Alexander Kerfoot and Patrick Nemeth, plus a pick for Simmonds and something else.
  3. Columbus Blue Jackets: Word on the street is Sergei Bobrovsky wants to be traded… well the Flyers and Bob can reunite and swap Simmonds for Bob. The only concern is the Flyers will need to give more like a second and Bobrovsky for Simmonds, maybe more. Also Bob is going to cost 7.5 million same as Simmonds so what would be the point? Unless the Flyers are willingly to spend money on a goalie, which they should.
  4. Carolina Hurricanes: If the Hurricanes are interested in trading Faulk, Hamilton or Frolik this could be fit. Again the issue is the Hurricanes need to resign a few players and Sebastian Aho therefore Simmonds will be costly for them. This could be a possibility and Simmonds would actually fit well in Carolina basically a better Justin Williams.
  5. Calgary Flames: A small possibility, the Flames have a ton of defenseman on their backend and Mike Smith and David Rittich to trade if they wanted to shed a goalie it would probably be Mike Smith. Either way the Flames can move Travis Hamonic and Michael Frolik for Simmonds. Although the Flames are hot right now and I would not mess with their roster, the Flames are a suitor.
  6. Pittsburgh Penguins: When are they not in the running? They contacted Carolina about their two defenseman on the block and Ferland. Therefore why not entertain this conversation with Philly and see the offer sheet for Simmonds. He would basically another Patric Hornqvist just younger. Also the Penguins can move Casey DeSmith, Derek Brassard and Jamie Oleksiak. Simmonds would be a great fit in Pittsburgh honestly…

NHL News: Carey Price, Marc-Andre Fleury make history, Carter Hart stuns the Predators

Those weird, superstitious, juggling creatures who stand in between the net wearing some gear taking 100mph shots on a nightly basis, deserve their own article to kick off the day. It was a great night to be a goalie it seemed like in Thursday nights action. There were 11 games on display and three goalies made headlines for different reasons.

Fleury, Price move up in NHL All-Time Goalies Win List 

Carey Price earned his 300th win in 576th game started in his career. Price now has 300-211-66 in his career with a 2.48 goals against (GAA), .918 save percentage (SV%) and 41 shutouts. Thursday nights win for Price came against the Arizona Coyotes on the road. Price turned away 36 of 37 shots, getting his first win in five days. Price now has a 14-10-4 record, 2.84 GAA, .905 SV % with one shutout.

Marc-Andre Fleury moves to 9th all-time for wins among goalies. Fleury earned his 424th win vs the New York Islanders Thursday night. Fleury is now 13 wins behind Jacques Plante for 8th and 17 behind active New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist for 6th all time. Fleury turned away 19 of 21 shots vs the Islanders, making it his 424th of his career but his 20th of the year. Fleury is the first to 20 wins for this seasons, he now has a 20-10-2 record, 2.56 GAA, .907 SV % and five shutouts.

Hart stuns the Predators

Carter Hart the 20-year-old goaltender who was called up just three days ago started in his second career NHL game vs one of the best teams in the NHL and manages to pull out a big win for the Flyers on home ice Thursday night. Hart turned away 31 of 32 shots Thursday night, out performing last seasons Vezina winner and picking up his second career win in his second start. The second round pick in 2016 is seeming to be the savior in Philadelphia can Hart keep it up vs the Blue Jackets Saturday afternoon.

Chuck Fletcher named new General Manager in Philadelphia; What’s his first move(s)?

The Philadelphia Flyers have narrowed their list down to one name. Chuck Fletcher. A guy the Flyers thought so highly of and when the name(s) for a new GM came out, he was ahead of all the rest.

  • Fletcher spent seven-years as the Assistant General Manager with the Florida Panthers (1993-2000).
  • The GM for the AHL Louisville Panthers, and Assistant General Manager back and forth for three-years.
  • Served as the Director of Hockey Operations and Asst. General Manager for Mighty Ducks AHL/NHL teams (2002-2006).
  • Until moving to Pittsburgh to be the Asst. General Manager for their AHL/NHL team from 2006-2009.
  • Finally becoming the General Manager/VP. Hockey Ops of the Minnesota Wild for nine-years (2009-2018)
  • Shortly serving as the Senior Advisor for the Devils (NHL) this season and now the General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers.

I think I need a break from just writing that CVS style long sheet known as Chuck Fletchers career. Fletcher has work ahead of him in Philadelphia. He built a solid roster in Minnesota, but failed to crack a superstar, due to some contract issues. But Fletcher managed to build a roster that has made Minnesota competitive for the last six years. Under Fletcher the Wild managed to make the playoffs six of the nine seasons he was there. Yet, they only made it past the first round two times. Fletcher will go a team similar to the Wild in terms of success but missing the biggest accolade in hockey, the Stanley Cup.

What will Fletchers first few moves be? 

1. Firing Dave Hakstol? 

This is not a guaranteed move, but a major possibility with the coaches available right now, one of them being Joel Quenneville. You’d have to think with how frustrated Flyer fans have been with Hakstol over the last few years, and one of the best coaches in hockey being available, they would go out and try and bring in a new face along with Fletcher.

2. Getting a number one goaltender. 

This has to be done. Fletcher managed to get Devan Dubnyk in Minnesota and that panned out well. With the Flyers many struggles in net, and it being a huge part to their failures over the last few years (and a big reason they lost in the Stanley Cup final in 2010). With Cam Talbot on the possible block Fletcher may look to reach out to Edmonton to find a price on the goaltender, Scott Darling is available, not a number one but perhaps better than what the Flyers have. Jimmy Howard was rumored to be on the block, Howard has seen his struggles but he is better than any goalie the Flyers have.

3. Trying to build a reliable blue line. 

The Flyers have had their struggles on the backend aside from goaltending, the Flyers defense is not all that reliable. With their defense eating up 16.57 million dollars on their cap hit (around four-percent of their cap hit). They have Andrew MacDonald at $5 mil ending in 2020-21, Radko Gudas at 3.35 million ending in 2020-21 and Shayne Gostisbehere at 4.5 million ending in 2023-24, three defenseman eat up half their blue line cap which makes it hard for them to find plug in players to be effective for cheap.

 

Philadelphia Flyers search for General Manager continues

Per TSN Insider the reports that Philadelphia has been actively shopping a new GM is very true. The Flyers fired four year general manager Ron Hextall. Hextall walked into an absolute mess in 2014, he was left with some terrible contracts like Mark Streit, Michael Del Zotto, Andrew MacDonald, and Steve Mason. Hextall managed to shed all these players contracts expect MacDonald. Well things did get better for the Flyers they made the playoffs two years under Hextall and posted an above .500 record every season he was in charge. Hextall was pressured year after year to go out and get a goalie. Well not much happened, the team has been struggling in between the pipes and it seems that the higher ups had enough. They noticed the team struggling early on this season, partially due to goaltending again and cut ties with Hextall. 

Who lands in the GM job next for Philadelphia?

But who is going to be the Flyers new GM? There have been many names thrown around but it is said that the Flyers do have four main targets and one of those names is Chuck Fletcher. Who has a long history of Assistant General Manager and General Manager jobs since 1993, his longest run is with the Minnesota Wild where he was on and off General Manager/ Ex. VP of Hockey Operations from 2009-2018, Chuck is now the Senior Advisor for the New Jersey Devils. Another name on the list is Steve Yzerman, who stepped down from the Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager job to be the Senior Advisor. Yzerman spent four season with Detroit after playing with them and eight years with the Lightning as well he was General Manager for Team Canada. Ron Francis the Carolina Hurricanes recent GM was on this list as well. Another name thrown around due to his relationship with Daniel Briere was Chris Drury. 

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The next GM is clearly going to be a tenured, experienced person who has many years under their belt. If the Flyers go with experience it seems that Chuck Fletcher may be the guy if not but if they do another route they have spoke to Mark Hunter as well. As for now, we will wait and see…

NHL Power Rankings: From 15th and up…

15. Columbus Blue Jackets: 43-30-9

The Metropolitan division is not as deep as it used to be. The Rangers, Hurricanes and Rangers are not contending teams anymore and the Devils while they had a great year last year are going to need a lot of fire power to repeat that season. I believe Columbus comes in at 4th in their division but middle of the pack for the year. They do not have a great team to be honest, while they have a very competent goalie and two good defenseman they are very thin on the backend. Like many teams though they have a solid group upfront, that is if Artem Panarin stays the full-year in Columbus as of right now basing of their situation it seems Panarin is starting the year with them. Making their first three lines very capable of scoring goals, with a fourth line of Sonny Milano-Riley Nash-Anthony Duclair they have a potential four scoring lines. Hopefully Nick Foligno and Cam Atkinson can stay healthy, along with Josh Anderson. But aside from those three the Blue Jackets will be relying on Oliver Bjorkstrand, Alex Wennberg and Pierre-Luc Dubois to have a big year and be a focal point of this offense day in and day out. After another playoff season and falling short in the first round perhaps the Blue Jackets can come over that hump once and for all! 

14. Anaheim Ducks: 45-30-7

I think they creep into that #3 spot, essentially that 3, 4, 5 is going to be a real dogfight in the Pacific next year and with the Kings, Ducks and Flames really all relatively similar in structure and lineup depth, the Ducks team overall may be a little more balanced. Sure Corey Perry is not on-fire lately but with Ryan Getzlaf, Rickard Rakell, Jakub Silvferberg, Adam Henrique and a few other options on the forward end their has to be some spark in Anaheim. Their defense when healthy is a solid group of seven guys honestly, Brendan Montour, Cam Fowler, Josh Manson Hamphus Lindholm, Andrej Sustr and Luke Schenn that is a solid seven if you look at what each line will be doing. If John Gibson and Anaheim’s D can stay healthy it is a major confidence booster for the Ducks offense as well knowing you have puck moving defense it makes the forwards job easier, and looking at four puck moving d on Anaheim it can be a major positive for them. A possible third place finish or if they come out slow like they usually do, it could be a missed playoff chance for Anaheim.

13. Minnesota Wild: 43-32-7

The Wild are going to need another big year out Jason Zucker and Eric Staal without those two forward last year it would have been a different turn out for Minnesota. They have a lot of skill but not much consistency. Zach Praise you can chalk up for about 30 points if that, Mikael Granlund had that one year where he rose to the occasion hen battled injuries last year, same with Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle, two young forwards that have been hovering around that same point total for quite sometime now, they are either due for a breakout year or going to continue on this path. Along with an aging and injured Ryan Suter, all you have is Jared Spurgeon and Matthew Dumba two good defenseman but it is not enough. The Wild are good, they will get away with a lot because of their offensive talent and depth but, where they lack defensive depth is their issue. Same goes for goaltending, Devan Dubnyk is solid but at 32-years-old it is not getting easier for the goalie. This may be one of the last seasons we see the Wild within the top 15, another playoff run fallen short for this team.

12. Los Angeles Kings: 43-30-9

That division is not a breeze through for L.A. as it used to be but now you have teams like Vegas, San Jose, Calgary and Anaheim this is going to be a battle for L.A. I would not be surprised if they missed the playoffs. With the Flames getting better, the Ducks staying relatively the same and the Sharks and Vegas being the power houses in this division. The Kings may fall in the 4, 5 spot if anything. But luckily they do have a great tandem on defense in Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez and Dion Phaneuf to accompany that Jonathan Quick the William J Jennings trophy and Vezina winner is a solid addition not to mention. Hopefully eh Kings can string some offense together they saw a bizarre year out of Dustin Brown, a big bounce back year from Anze Kopitar but with Jeff Carter aging and really only Tyler Toffloli being the other option the Kings are not super deep on the offensive side of things. We can assume Ilya Kovalchuk will come in and score 30-goals but being out of the NHL since 2011-12 is a long time, as they say one year out and in the KHL equals like seven years (technically he was gone for 42 years), all joking aside. Kovalchuk may be a good addition with Kopitar or he may not be, we do not know he has been out for quite sometime I would not be surprised if the veteran winger had around 50 points this year. Anyways, middle of the pack for the Kings is reasonable what they finished last year essentially perhaps a little worse.

11. Philadelphia Flyers: 44-28-10

They somehow got by with their goaltending last year and I don’t think anything will change in that regards. They added James Van Reimsydk a former Flyer and now current Flyer gets to play alongside Nolan Patrick and Jakub Voracek, not to mention their first line with Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny, they are very deep across the forward side of things. But they are very similar to Minnesota good upfront and lack depth on the back end. The Flyers saw some good things out of their young defenseman last year and with Ivan Provorov with another year under his belt, Shane Gostisbehere on the back end too these two will do a lot of the heavy lifting. But Travis Sanheim and Robert Hagg showed some bright spots last year. It will be a similar run for the Flyers they will have their ups and downs but at the end of it all, they will be out in the first round.