Here’s the July 6 issue of Mailbag, where we answer your questions on Twitter with #OvertheBoards. Tweet your questions to @drosennhl.
It has been there that Rangers are looking for a second midfield assuming that Ryan Strom/Andrew Cobb will not return. Who do you think is the most likely candidate to gain? – @KREIDERMAN20
I wouldn’t be surprised if the New York Rangers try to secure a new second line position in a deal before July 13th, when Strom and Cobb both become an unrestricted free agent. If Rangers don’t reach an agreement with them by the time all 32 teams meet in the 2022 NHL Draft in Montreal, I expect General Manager Chris Drury to act quickly so as not to leave New York high and dry at the market open.
Are Winnipeg Jets Ready to Roll Forward Pierre Luc Dubois or the center Mark Shevel? Dubois is a suspended restricted free agent who was a teammate of the Rangers forward Artemi Banarin With blue Columbus jackets. DuBois, who turned 24 on June 24, is likely to want a long-term contract after playing with a two-year contract worth $10 million (average annual value of $5 million). He could potentially make upwards of $7 million annually in a new long-term deal. Scheifele has two years left on his contract for a $6.125 million NHL salary. It will be a cheaper option, but only for two seasons, after which it can become an unrestricted free agent. New York may try to get Dubois, sign him for the long term, and hope the contract looks like a good deal by 2024-25, when the salary cap could rise significantly. But at what cost? Will be Philip Shettle Going to planes in return? Chytil has grown by leaps and bounds by playing in the playoffs and could be the solution in second place if the Rangers want to go down that path. could kabu kaku Go to Winnipeg on a potential deal? I think Rangers will be fine with that if it means getting a second-line midfield to play with Panarin for the next several seasons.
It’s the same with the Vancouver Canucks Center GT Miller, which is one year away from unrestricted free agency. He has a $5.25 million cap next season, but are Rangers willing to part with one-year assets from Miller? Can they afford to sign him on the extension when they also have to re-sign Chytil (if he’s not traded), forward Alexis Lavrinier and defenseman Kandrey Miller After next season? We’ll know soon enough, maybe sooner rather than later.
Video: CAR @ NYR, Gm4: Copp puts his awesome Strome set at home
Can you explain why the Chicago Blackhawks are trading? Alex DeBrinkat? Looks like a player build around it? -punmasterrifkin
If DeBrincat was 24 years old, I’d be right there with you. But it is not. DeBrincat is a left winger. The Blackhawks need to rebuild in midfield and in goal. This is the opposing team’s bread and butter. You have to love DeBrincat because he has scored 41 goals this season, but he is entering the final season of a $19.2 million ($6.4 million) three-year contract and could become a restricted free agent after next season. His annual salary could rise to $9 million or more with another good season. Chicago is not in a position to pay that much money for a winger when they don’t have a position to play with, especially if the Blackhawks are not sold to a 21-year-old. Kirby Dash, the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. We’ll see that, but DeBrincat’s situation is different because of the money he’ll have on his next contract. Trading DeBrincat is sure to put the Black Hawks in the first round of this draft; They do not have a pick in the first round but have two in the second and three in the third round. They have first-round picks in both the first and second round next year and two first-round picks in 2024. If they can trade the first round this year, they’ll have 10 picks in the first two rounds of the next three drafts, which could be a huge part of being reconstructed. DeBrincat may end up being the cost of doing this type of business. In my opinion, he wouldn’t if he was focused.
Video: CHI @ ARI: Winner of the DeBrincat pots at OT
Will be Yevgeny Malkin In Detroit makes sense because of the cover room? – @hockeybrod30
It makes sense for the Detroit Red Wings. Perhaps not so much for Evgeni Malkin.
The Red Wings would benefit from having a player like Malkin, a three-time Stanley Cup winner. For starters, they have a hole in the center that they fill in. They could definitely use more of the veteran presence in their front group. He hasn’t had the same rush, although full off-season training could bring some of that back, but Malkin, who will turn 36 on July 31, can still score. He’s been a player in every game this season, although he’s only played half of the season (42 points in 41 games). I don’t see Detroit operating in the long term, but it has plenty of room to offer owners a large sum of dollars on a short-term contract, perhaps more than the Pittsburgh Penguins can or will offer. Malkin would make the red wings better, but I don’t think he makes them good enough for next year’s Stanley Cup playoffs. Which is why Detroit may not make sense for two owners. If he leaves Pittsburgh, he’ll want to go somewhere he can win or at least to a team that’s closer to becoming a playoff contender than Detroit. The Florida Panthers could be the perfect home for owners if they can make it run wisely. This is great then. I think the New Jersey Devils make sense, but they have to get a goalkeeper. What about Malkin to Rangers? Unlikely, but that would be intriguing.
I think that a Jesse Poliogarvi for Martin Nicas Trade makes a lot of sense. Have you heard anything about this becoming a possibility? – @GLaSnoST9
I haven’t heard that specific scenario, although some notions of player movement will become clearer this week as we reach the 2022 Upper Deck at the NHL Draft at the Bell Center in Montreal on Thursday and Friday. However, the deal you’re proposing has a lot of advantages when split up for each player and participating teams, albeit with one caveat, which I’ll get to shortly.
I heard grumbling about how the Carolina Hurricanes might be looking to trade the Nicas, a striker, when I was covering the Eastern Conference second round series against Rangers. The 23-year-old has the physical tools (6-foot-2, 189 pounds) to become a regular top-six player in the NHL, but he’s slipped this season, his third full season in the NHL, and has also been the calm during the playoffs. Nicas scored 40 points (14 goals, 26 assists) in 78 games this season (0.51 points per game); He had 41 points (14 goals, 27 assists) in 53 games last season (0.77 points per game). In the playoffs this season, he had five assists in 14 playoffs. He had five points (two goals, three assists) in 11 playoffs last season. I don’t know if it fits the style that the Hurricanes play as an aggressive possession team. He needs to play more inside with his body and he hasn’t. It is a free restricted agent suspended at the end of its entry contract. You never want to let go of young talent too soon, but a change of scene definitely makes sense unless Carolina is willing to stick with Nikas and keep him on a two-year contract worth about $6 million. They have put a lot into his development since he was selected with the 12th pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Puljujarvi is similar in many ways to the 24-year-old RFA striker who fell short of the potential he brought to the NHL with the No. 4 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, based solely on offensive numbers. He had 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) in 65 games this season after collecting 25 points (15 goals, 10 assists) in 55 games last season. Puljujarvi played in Finland in 2019-20. He could be more fit in the Carolinas with his style of play than the Nikas; He is a more possession driver and a two-way striker who can play in the role of the third line. If hurricanes don’t happen Nino Niedrettera suspended unrestricted free attacking agent, is it crazy to think that Puljujarvi could fill his role on a streak with Jordan Stahl And the Jesper Fast? He can help lead this line offensively and constantly rely on him to defend against the top lines as well. At the same time, Necas’ skill set can allow him to get along well with Oilers, and play with him Conor McDavid wow Leon Drystelas Puljujarvi used.
But here’s the caveat: if Edmonton decides to trade Pulgojarvi, will he be looking for a goalkeeper instead of another striker in the top six/top nine? In that case, he could look directly at the Rangers to see if there was a business interest for him Alexander Georgiev, who is also a suspended RFA and is unlikely to return to New York. Puljujarvi can be the right wing in the top line with Mika Zibanjad And the Chris Crieder.