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01 Aug 2022 22:22:31
EDM - Barrie

DAL - Hakanpaa

Oil save 3M in salary and get a bottom pair stay at home D. Dallas gets a PP quart back to replace Klingberg.

Ebsolutely

1.) 02 Aug 2022 00:18:03
Would want Dallas to add a Pick or Prospect, but this helps both Teams, Good Trade Idea.


2.) 02 Aug 2022 04:31:01
Barrie has negative value imo and the big reason why Klingberg wasn’t signed is because Hieskanen is ready to take over the top pp. Suter is solid on the 2nd line.

Huge no from Dallas.


3.) 02 Aug 2022 05:10:05
Barrie is a Great Offensive D-Man on a Valuable Team Friendly contract. He is not a Cap Dump, nor does he Hold Negative Value

Barrie => Klingberg & Suter

Barrie & Suter would both play on PP Unit #2, since DAL only has 6 Forwards with Better Scoring/ PPG Statistics than them

Weegar-Andersson
Hanifin-Barrie
Zadorov-Tanev

This would be a Very Good Defence for CGY

Weegar-Andersson
Graves/ Zadorov-Tanev
Muzzin/ Forbort-Holl/ Subban/ Stralman/ Stone

Would be even better ?.


4.) 02 Aug 2022 05:46:46
Barrie is better than 99% of the D in the league on the PP. Dallas is close to a perfect fit IMO, they want to be competitive and they have a need for an offensive D. They’ll have to do some maneuvering to take on Barrie’s cap but at 4.5M it’s not bad at all. Wouldn’t Klingberg be a good comparison? He just signed for 7M.


5.) 02 Aug 2022 06:07:14
Absolutely, You’re On Pointe @Ebs!

What about adding and swapping Alexander Radulov for Jesse Puljujarvi!?!


6.) 02 Aug 2022 14:18:21
Alexander Radulov plays in KHL. Klingberg is much better then Barrie in his own end and on the PP. teams don’t run 2 dman on PPs rarely ever. Hieskanen is the man in Dallas so Barrie is not needed. Maybe Montreal would take him for Drouin or Seattle would take him for free.


7.) 02 Aug 2022 15:50:24
Barrie isn't as good as some of you seem to think. He's terrible defensively and not near good enough offensively to make up for it.


8.) 02 Aug 2022 17:30:19
Yes, Barrie is an Offensive D-Man. His Play in his own Zone leaves much to be desired, so he needs a Strong D-Partner. That said the Stats/ Facts don't lie. Playing on a Defensively weak Team in EDM:

Barrie:
20/ 21: 8G+40A=48PTS/ 56GP= 0.86PPG +/ -= +5 Blks= 59 ATOI= 21:24
21/ 22: 7G+34A=41PTS/ 73GP= 0.56PPG +/ -= +3 Blks= 73 ATOI= 18:58
Klingberg:
20/ 21: 7G+29A=36PTS/ 53GP= 0.68PPG +/ -= -15 Blks= 52 ATOI= 22:42
21/ 22: 6G+41A=47PTS/ 74GP= 0.64PPG +/ -= -28 Blks= 77 ATOI= 22:13

Barrie > Klingberg, especially @$4.5mil vs. $7mil

Other than Michael Stone, CGY's D-Men had a Tough time Scoring on the PP, so bringing in a Guy like Barrie would be very beneficial to their PP. Signing PK Subban &/ or Stone would definitely be the Cheaper & More Physical options

There's no rule you can't play 2 D-Men on the PP, especially when they're just as Offensive as Your Forwards.


9.) 02 Aug 2022 17:50:08
Oops, I meant Denis Gurianov, not Radulov; can't keep my Russian's straight lol.


10.) 02 Aug 2022 18:28:58
He’s not as bad defensively as some of you seem to think. By no means am I saying he’s strong defensively but he’s not bad in his own zone especially paired with a stronger defensive partner. I think I read his in zone play is pretty good but his zone entry defensive is bad. Also he’s one of the top scoring defensive over the past 5+ years or even the past few years.

If my team was in need of an offensive RHD, Barrie at 4.5M would be a no brainer.


11.) 03 Aug 2022 02:47:20
Dallas laughs hysterically.


12.) 03 Aug 2022 03:36:45
Biggest reason DAL would turn this trade down is because Hakanpaa is one of their Top-2 Penalty Killing D-Men. Colin Millers hasn’t played nearly as much PK Minutes so a PK replacement would be required and that’s definitely not Barrie.


13.) 03 Aug 2022 20:23:32
Dallas laughs because there giving up this stud 25 minute a night D? You might not think it’s realistic but Dallas is trading away a player with minimal value.


 

 

20 Jul 2022 01:23:05
ARI - Chychrun, Hayton, 2024 1st

CGY - Tkachuk, Valimaki.

Ebsolutely

1.) 20 Jul 2022 02:08:09
Something like this would be a last resort option if Tkachuk will only sign his 1 year QO and takes a huge gamble on himself to have another great year, because he's adamant about testing the Free Agency Market. It'd not only be a Big Risk on his part, but it's significantly reduce his value for us

We're looking for a lot more compensation by getting him to work with us on a long-term Sign & Trade to the team of his choosing/ desire

Fingers crossed it's with STL who I believe has the best assets, otherwise it'd start with/ be around:
OTT = Norris (or Batherson) + 2x Top Picks/ Prospects
CLB = Laine (or Bjorkstrand + Jenner) + 2x Top Picks/ Prospects
TOR = Marner (or Nylander + Kerfoot + Holl) + 2x Top Picks/ No Prospects Good Enough IMO.


2.) 20 Jul 2022 02:24:27
Marner + 2 top picks? Good luck with that. And lots of rumours about Tkachuk definitely leaving. I don’t think a sign and trade would be likely or increase Tkachuks value. Value might be a bit light, maybe add a 2023 2nd.


3.) 20 Jul 2022 03:14:44
@Trevor the problem for Calgary is Tkachuk has all the power and other teams know that.
They will only get offered less than he’s worth.


4.) 20 Jul 2022 03:58:03
Marner for Tkachuk straight up without an extension, so he could walk away from TOR in a year, sure, fine

Tkachuk with an 8 year contract in place is definitely worth Marner + 2x Top Picks, since Marners contract expires in 2 years and he could walk away from us, which puts us right back in the same position we’re currently in but with an older player, so we wouldn’t be interested in anything less than a couple Two Top Picks.

Also, TOR’s Picks will be late Picks and they don’t really have anything of interest in terms of Prospects that we don’t already have ourselves TBH.

TOR’s definitely not our Best Trade for Tkachuk.


5.) 20 Jul 2022 14:29:13
Matthew isn't little johnny. If he was planning on leaving no matter what he'd be honest about it say so.


6.) 20 Jul 2022 15:16:44
Marner>>>Tkachuk and there is literally no debate. Marner is far better offensively and defensively + doesn’t lose games for his team by taking stupid penalty’s.


7.) 20 Jul 2022 19:40:41
I don't necessarily disagree with you @vbbbvvbb, Marner > Tkachuk, but Tkachuk is $9mil vs. Marner's $10.9mil

So it depends if they want Marner for 2 years or Tkachuk for just 1, saving them $1.9mil in Cap Space this year and $10.9 the year after, so that's what essentially evens their value.


8.) 20 Jul 2022 22:32:22
@Trevor cap is kinda useless cuz you guys can’t bring anyone in anyways haha.


9.) 21 Jul 2022 00:04:50
Right, who wants to play in Calgary!?! It's a Nice City, Close to the Mountains and Alberta offers a Great Tax Rate, but yeah it's not easy finding Players (or their Girlfriends/ Wives/ Families) who want to be in CGY apparently lol.


 

 

16 Jul 2022 18:17:55
WPG - Wheeler

PIT - Zucker, Kapanen, 2023 2nd.

Ebsolutely

1.) 16 Jul 2022 19:02:23
That would be tough. The Jets lose a lot of offense, but get a 2nd back. That might get Chevy talking.


2.) 16 Jul 2022 19:09:08
The Jets don't want or need either of those 2 cap eating players. If they trade Wheeler it should be at the trade deadline for a high pick. Unfortunately I don't hold out any hope for this team to make a run for the cup.


3.) 16 Jul 2022 20:44:50
The Jets will have to add in any deal to get rid of Wheelers contract.


4.) 16 Jul 2022 20:47:48
PIT has been making moves today and no longer have the Cap Space for Wheeler, so it's a moot point, but Kapanen + the 2nd should be appealing, but I doubt WPG would want anything to do with Zucker and PIT is already low on NHL Ready LW's.

Kapanen likely signs for $2.3-$2.8mil/ yr x2-3yrs; he won't get a raise or the $3.2mil he was getting.


5.) 16 Jul 2022 23:15:09
The cap is about the same for Wheeler as it is Zucker and Kapanen so cap isn’t a problem this year. IMO the Jets should be trading Wheeler and getting rid of him won’t be easy with his 8M for two more seasons.

Zucker only has the one season left and could get the Jets a pick at the deadline. Kapanen is a middle 6 winger that’s 10 years younger than Wheeler so I think he’s a good player to get back.

I think the trade might make more sense to retain maybe 2M on Wheeler and make the pick a 1st?


6.) 17 Jul 2022 02:01:04
Good Points and Reasoning Ebs!


7.) 17 Jul 2022 04:43:51
@Bossman Exactly!


 

 

08 Jul 2022 17:13:54
EDM - Puljujarvi

NAS - Fabbro.

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1.) 08 Jul 2022 18:00:26
I can't see Nashville having any interest. Puljujarvi is worth maybe a 3rd tops of you can find a desperate team.


2.) 08 Jul 2022 21:44:43
Marcus, if that were the case I'm pretty sure he would have been traded at the Draft since the Oilers didn't have many picks this year. They will get much more than just a 2nd or 3rd for him.


3.) 08 Jul 2022 22:06:48
Nashville has Josi, Ekholm, McDonagh and Carrier ahead of Fabbro on the depth chart. Might be an expandable player for them. I’m not proposing Puljujarvi for a top pair D. Also I think Nashville is one of the rumoured teams to be interested in Puljujarvi. Could add RD prospect Kemp maybe.


4.) 08 Jul 2022 22:46:04
Josi, Ekholm & McDonagh are LD's. Carrier & Fabbro are their only NHL Ready true RD's right now (Lauzon is a Left Shot LD) unless they bring back Matthew Benning or Sign a Free Agent or Trade for one, so I think they hold on to Fabbro and move a forward like Trenin, Sissons or Glass+ for Puljujarvi like I proposed the other day instead

Kunin went pretty cheap = 3rd RD Pick; good pickup for San Jose.


5.) 09 Jul 2022 00:24:13
Sure but he won’t be taking minutes away from any of those players. Gonna be sub 20 mins I’m sure. Might be a player that wants a bigger role.


6.) 09 Jul 2022 01:05:33
Solid trade


7.) 09 Jul 2022 02:04:51
Fabbro >>> Puljujarvi.


8.) 09 Jul 2022 03:18:50
We get it Mox, you don’t like Puljujarvi. I’m not a huge fan either but I realistically think he’s much more valuable than you. What did you think of CGY’s 3rd Round Pick = Topi Ronni. Unless it’s a Goalie I’m Very Leary of Finnish Players TBH

@Ebs, Good point but only for 1-3 years. At 32-33, those guys aren’t going to be around too long. Fabbro will surpassed them soon. I don’t have be an issue with the Trade Value though, just don’t see them letting Fabbro go.


9.) 09 Jul 2022 07:55:43
I'm not sure what to think of that pick. I wasn't at all impressed at first but if he's as fast as they say and puts on some muscle he might turn out ok.

I was hoping they'd get Noah Warren. He was projected to go in the late 50s but the Ducks took him well before that with pick number 42.


10.) 10 Jul 2022 00:24:28
Those D all have 4+ years left on there contracts and still preforming there best or close to it. In 4 years Fabbro will be 28 so he’ll be on the older end for a rebuild/ retool. Maybe they want to keep him but I also wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a trade chip.


 

 

08 Jul 2022 01:09:30
WPG - Dubois

OTT - Formenton, 2023 1st.

Ebsolutely

1.) 08 Jul 2022 03:32:56
This is marginally better than the standard price for Dubois as a rental in 2 years at the TDL.

So for those extra two years, Ottawa would still need a pretty hefty add. There's more than a first round's pick difference between a bottom 6 LW and a top 6, 1B center.

Plus it's highly unlikely the Jets trade away their center depth for a winger at all, especially not an unneeded LW.


2.) 08 Jul 2022 03:48:37
Does OTT need PLD? I think they’re set for Top-6 C’s:

DeBrincat-Tkachuk-Batherson
Stutzle-Norris-Brown

They could definitely use help on Defence at 2LD; not sure why they don’t play Del Zotto there, since Brannstrom isn’t ready. Otherwise an upgrade at RW over Connor Brown would be my Top-6 Priority in OTT but he could have a great year if Healthy and with Norris at Centre.


3.) 08 Jul 2022 04:47:34
Is Tkachuk playing C? Don’t need Dubois if so.
DeBrincat got 7th OA, 2nd, 3rd so I figure Dubois being the lesser player gets a 1st more than likely top 10 and a young winger with some potential. Formenton 32 points in his first season, could end up being a 2nd liner next year.


4.) 08 Jul 2022 05:35:55
Brady isn't a center. Norris is and Stutzle can play center too.


5.) 08 Jul 2022 16:19:15
Brady can play Centre + he's much better than Stutzle at Faceoffs too. Tkachuk went 218/ 435 50.1FO% vs Stutzle's 190/ 473 38.1FO%.

At 51.1FO% Norris isn't that much better + Tkachuk is the better Player/ Passer/ Playmaker. I don't think they brought DeBrincat in to play 2LW, that position is better suited for Stutzle

Winning Faceoffs is key to Puck Possession.


6.) 08 Jul 2022 17:01:35
Any chance Tkachuk was taking face offs but not playing center? Also most wingers can play the off wing so I imagine DeBrincat can play the right side.


7.) 08 Jul 2022 21:05:41
Debrincat is a right shot, he was playing the off wing in Chicago.


8.) 08 Jul 2022 22:15:39
DeBrincat is best left at LW. I wish CGY would move Toffoli & Jarnkrok (if he re-signs) back to LW and keep Tkachuk + put Mangiapane at RW as well.


9.) 09 Jul 2022 01:39:23
I'd rather replace both Toffoli and Jarnkrok with a bigger more physical forward preferably a right shot. Ruzicka can replace the other. Let Carpenter and Ritchie go too and bring up Pelletier and Dueher to replace them.

Toffoli would fetch a decent return and the cap space take up by Toffoli and Jarnkrok combined is 6.25 million. 6.5 million will help a lot with signing a more physical replacement who can play with the top 6 or the bottom 6. Another player like Coleman or if for some reason Nichushkin doesn't extend with Colorado he'd be a good add too.

Assuming Gaudreau walks and they can get free of either Monahan's or Lucic's cap hit, they could sign a top UFA like Forsberg, resign everyone they to keep AND that more physical forward too.


10.) 09 Jul 2022 03:58:14
Need to determine the status’s of Gaudreau & Tkachuk first but unless we need to promote one of them to Line 1, we don’t need both Toffoli and Mangiapane, especially if Dube and/ or Pelletier are ready for Breakout Seasons.

Jarnkrok @$1-1.5mil would be a Great Versatile Bottom-6 Guy. Zacha is definitely a Top-Target, but I also like NJD’s Nathan Bastian, LVK’s Brett Howsen, OTT’s Mark Kastelic, and maybe Austin Watson or FA’s Curtis Lazar or Scott Sabourin who would all come cheap.

Don’t know much about Duehr, I’m more intrigued by Adam Klapka tbh. Definitely done with Ritchie and would only offer Ryan Carpenter and maybe Tyler Bozak PTO’s.


11.) 09 Jul 2022 04:02:25
Ruzicka’s not a Checker, he definitely needs an Offensive Roll like 2/ 3 C/ RW and see what he does with More Talented Linemates.


12.) 09 Jul 2022 05:18:19
I wonder what Frank Vatrano will go for, but I think he wants to stay a NYR

As much as I agree with you on Size (Bigger = Better), this League is now more about Speed & Talent and you don’t want a bunch of Big Ugs looking like Pylons when McDavid’s on the ice and there seems to be a rule that Top Players can’t be Hit, so they become useless. TB seems to have both size and talent, but Colorado was seemingly more about speed and talent.


 

 

 

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03 Aug 2022 20:27:16
Why hasn’t any GM offer sheeted Sandin yet? Leafs have -1.5M in cap space and the compensation for a 2.1M offer is only a 3rd. Would a 3 year @2.1M AAV get signed or matched? Have the salary be in the 3M for his last year to get him a high AAV on his next contract.

Ebsolutely

1.) 04 Aug 2022 00:35:51
Because Sandin isn't that good.


 

 

28 Mar 2022 18:30:25
If Husso is the starter for St. Louis in playoffs, will it cost them a lot to unload Binnington or does he have value? He’ll have 4 years left after this season at 6M. Will they just have to let Husso walk to free agency? I think I pretty close comparable is Driedger and he got 3 years at 3.5M.

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1.) 30 Mar 2022 16:06:01
I’m sure Buffalo would take Binnington. Well pretty sure. He has a solid pedigree and hasn’t been as bad as Murray before he was traded.


 

 

23 Mar 2022 01:38:29
I’d give Kane a blank cheque with a 4 year term on it. Never knew how good he was until seeing him every night. Maybe one of the most underrated players in the league. I don’t know if the Oil can clear enough cap space but I have a feeling he’d show loyalty and take a slight discount to stay in Edmonton.

Ebsolutely

1.) 23 Mar 2022 15:07:55
I love Kane and wanted him on the leafs but I doubt he’d take a discount. Doesn’t seem like that type of guy.


2.) 23 Mar 2022 17:27:40
Considering his money situation maybe not. He’s been run out of what 3 cities, if he fits in well in the room and continues to rack up points then I think he will. I don’t know how many teams were willing to give him a shot this season and I don’t think he’ll forget that either.


3.) 24 Mar 2022 00:36:53
Money talks. He’s in no position to take a discount I know I wouldn’t. Business is business Edmonton gave him a opportunity and he showed them that it was the right choice and that’s that.


4.) 24 Mar 2022 14:46:31
Players take discounts all the time. I don’t think they’ll clear enough cap room for him anyways so we probably will never find out.


5.) 30 Mar 2022 16:07:41
He declared bankruptcy a few years ago. He’s not any player. He needs all the money he can get.


 

 

02 Aug 2021 00:15:00
Who’d you rather have Hyman 5.5M x7 or Coleman 4.9M x 6?

Ebsolutely

1.) 02 Aug 2021 03:50:56
I think Coleman is the better player so I’m going to go with him.


2.) 02 Aug 2021 07:57:05
Coleman is better and cheaper.


3.) 02 Aug 2021 16:53:24
Hymans propped up a lot bc he played in Toronto, he's a really good player, but I love the Coleman deal at less AAV and less term so i'd have to say his deal. Both players are very good tho, i'd just give a slight edge to Coleman.


4.) 02 Aug 2021 20:14:45
I’d rather take Coleman because of his deal but I’m not sure who the better player is. Hoping Hyman can at least live up to that contract for a few years.


5.) 03 Aug 2021 22:27:33
Only reason I prefer Coleman to Hyman is his versatility. Hyman plays a gritty go fetch the puck style and is capable on playing that way on both ends while putting up those points by having good hands.

Coleman is realistically more flexible to play any position and up and down the line up as a two way player who can chip in offensively without sacrificing the defence.

Both are very close choices and would ultimately be based on team needs.


 

 

05 Jun 2021 16:23:56
What should the Oilers do in net?

Option A - keep Koskinen (1YR @ 4.5M) and trade for an upgrade at the trade deadline.

Option B - buyout Koskinen and sign a UFA. (Grubauer, Raanta, Andersen)

Option C - buyout Koskinen and trade for a goalie. (Korpisalo/ Merzlikins, Kuemper, Allen)

Option D - pay whatever the price is to dump Koskinen. (1st or 2nd round pick)

Does Konovalov make the team? He’s 22 and had a .923% in his 3rd year in the KHL.
How about Skinner? He’s 22 and had a breakout year in his second season in the AHL.

Ebsolutely

1.) 06 Jun 2021 01:32:45
No neither of them do. Andersen would be a good buy low option.


2.) 06 Jun 2021 15:12:13
I think Option B. I agree with Nylander on this.
I think Andersen is still a good goalie, and he will have a lot of doubters to prove wrong, he could be a great signing for Edmonton.


3.) 06 Jun 2021 22:39:07
That would be great. I remember one specific oiler fan bashing Anderson when he was signed by Toronto.


4.) 07 Jun 2021 03:20:17
I think there’s a few good free agents out there so that is a likely option. Also with the expansion draft coming there might be a few good goalies available for trade. But I have a feeling the Oilers will stick with the same two goalies until the deadline where Koskinen becomes tradeable.


5.) 07 Jun 2021 15:08:31
Ebs, is Koskinen tradeable though? I see him back in Europe soon.


6.) 07 Jun 2021 15:56:35
At the trade deadline when he only has a couple months left on his contract I don’t see why not. He did have a .917 save percentage last year. I think he’d be a steal at say 2M playing 25-30 games a year.


 

 

 

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17 Aug 2022 21:50:22
Tkachuk at 9.5M until he’s 32 is worth waaaay more than Huberdeau at 10.5M until he’s 38.

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15 Aug 2022 19:39:38
I’d make the argument Muzzin has only had a few good seasons a long time ago. Still a valuable player but probably not a player a team will trade for. 2 more years at over 5.5M at 33 with a fairly serious concussion history.

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15 Aug 2022 19:36:10
Agreed Marchessault is a 60-70 point player. Switch the picks to NYI and I’d consider it a loss on Vegas side but maybe a believable trade.

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10 Aug 2022 15:40:54
In a few years when he’s older than 30? Anderson needs to have offensive breakout this year to be worth the risk IMO.

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03 Aug 2022 20:23:32
Dallas laughs because there giving up this stud 25 minute a night D? You might not think it’s realistic but Dallas is trading away a player with minimal value.

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20 Aug 2022 18:03:11
Dvorak is tradeable. Try to trade Drouin, Gallagher. I think with Caufield, Dach, Suzuki, Slavkovsky that’s a good start to a young forward core. Not sure why they traded Romanov, he and Guhle could have been a good start to a D core as well. Barron could be good but it’s looking pretty bleak on the back end.

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29 Jul 2022 18:26:28
Scheifele, Gaudreau, Monohan, Huberdeau, RNH without looking it up, all these guys were signing around 6M around the same time. All equally impressive first 3 seasons. 52 points gets you maybe 4-5M back then, he got 6.3M because of his potential. 21 year olds don’t take discounts they take what they can get. Those guys you named were UFA’s all proven vets and all overpaid. You obviously know they aren’t comparable to his situation. It was a safe bet on his end and on the teams end.

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14 Jul 2022 20:56:02
Gaudreau and Tkachuk are different situations. They got what 9 years out of Gaudreau and lost him after a playoff run, nearing the end of his prime. Career season for sure but I’d expect him to slowly start declining soon.

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14 Jul 2022 15:57:57
When has McKinnon ever taken a discount? If he makes less than 11M on his next contract then I’ll agree it’s a discount but he hasn’t done it yet.

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14 Jul 2022 04:11:26
Well obviously it’s not about the money if he took less? Calgary dodged a bullet IMO. Would you be surprised if in three years Gaudreau has like a 60 point season? With 4 years left on his contract making 9.5 it’ll be tough for Columbus to add to all there young talent.

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