Insider Trading - Episode 1 Jan 26, 2018 16:37:33 GMT -5
Post by Deleted on Jan 26, 2018 16:37:33 GMT -5
Dutchie: Welcome everyone to Insider Trading, we are joined by our hockey insiders Bob McKenzie, Pierre Lebrun, and Darren Dreger. Guys, what is the latest?
McKenzie: Well, let us start in New Jersey... With the New Jersey Devils acquiring Ryan McDonagh earlier today, sending Jakob Chychrun and Jesse Puljujarvi to San Jose, the Devils solidified their defense, but also opened up a hole in the lineup beside Arthur Kyanulin and Ryan Strome. In my mind, there are a couple things likely to happen here. First, and in my mind, the most likely, the Devils are going to give 22 year old sniper Grigori Denisenko that spot to start the year. The 22 year old tore up the AHL last season after coming over from the KHL last summer, and even scored 4 goals in 8 games in the NHL. The kid has some serious talent, and playing with Arthur Kyanulin and Ryan Strome would help unleash that talent. The second option in my opinion would be a homecoming of sorts. 37 year old Zach Parise was just boughtout of his expensive contract, so he has money in his pocket and is looking to win a Stanley Cup. It wouldn't surprise me to see Parise return to New Jersey to play beside Drouin and Patrick, allowing the Devils to re-unite Brayden Schenn and Ryan Strome on a line.
Lebrun: Just another quick note on New Jersey guys... it was reported a couple days ago that Devils GM Cor was heading to Sweden for the start of tomorrow's free agency period to meet with a Free Agent, and planned to bring along Timothy Liljegren and Jacob Larsson. We can confirm that the name of that Free Agent is Adam Boqvist. The 22 year old super prospect is coming over to the NHL, and the Devils were looking at taking a serious run at him. Does the acquisition of McDonagh change that? We aren't sure.
D Adam Boqvist (pictured above) is likely to be among the most sought after free agents this year
Dreger: The Nashville Predators are in a very interesting situation. Over half their roster are going to Free Agency, and yet, the Predators don't have as much cap space as you'd think. I expect them to go heavy at a cheap, potential star player like Filip Zadina.
Lebrun: I also wouldn't rule out the possibility of 39 year old Pekka Rinne returning to the Predators on a 1 year deal. Nashville needs a backup behind Carey Price, and Rinne finishing his career with one last run in Nashville, would certainly be fitting.
Will we see Pekka Rinne return to Nashville?
McKenzie: One team we expect to be active in Free Agency is the Buffalo Sabres. We expect them to add one of the goalies returning from Europe, Shestyorkin, Sorokin, or Jarry. With 10M in cap space, and no real main roster additions needed at this point, the Sabres will likely look to upgrade on Anders Nilsson.
Dreger: I would be shocked if the Washington Capitals didn't add one of the top d-men available in Free Agency. I wonder if a Karl Alzner reunion could make sense, or possibly a player like Jacob Slavin. We also expect the Capitals to be in the market for a 4th line center. The team doesn't seem to have confidence in Riley Sheahan, but Sheahan could get that spot due to cap reasons, especially if the Caps add that top 4 d-man.
Lebrun: Finally, let's talk Johnny Gaudreau. The big fish is expected to command an 8 year, close to 80 million dollar contract. I expect Arizona to take a run. They have close to 17 million dollars in cap room, and could look to really stack their team. Another team to watch for is the Edmonton Oilers. They have a spot on the left side of Connor McDavid, and the cap room to spare. That would be insanely scary for the rest of the Western Conference should it happen.
Dutchie: And there we are folks, all the latest speculation from around the league. If you hear of any Insider Trading, let us know