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31 Thoughts: How the Golden Knights won the Mark Stone prize

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A good part of this week's post-end blog will be Ottawa. First, we will deal with the question: How do senators come to pay in 2019-2020?

The current floor amounts to $ 58.8 million, with the upper limit of $ 79.5 million. Estimate for the next season is $ 83 million, so you can expect the low-end to be around 62 to 63 million dollars. And CapFriendly and Puck Pedia quoted Senator as little over $ 44 million in commitments for the next year. These include Marian Gaborik and Clarke MacArthur (both in long-term injured reserve), Mike Condon (in AHL) and retained money on Dion Phaneuf's contract.

Assuming everyone has a contract (Ron Howard's voice: it never happens), the upcoming Ottawa show includes Rudolf Balcer, Mikkel Boeder, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Bobby Ryan, Zack Smith, Chris Tierney and Brady Tkachuk. Mark Borowiecki, Thomas Chabot, Dylan DeMelo, Ben Harpur and Christian Jaros on Defense; and Craig Anderson in the back.

Vitaly Abramov, Drake Batherson, newly founded Erik Brannstrom, Logan Brown, Filip Chlapik, Alex Formenton and Maxime Lajoie are among those who are not on the current list that will have the chance to make it next season. All have been signed on contracts at the initial level. These are not high salaries on the base (all under $ 1 million), and the senators will have enough space to cover all the bonuses.

You can add the name of Josh Norris to that list. Pierre Dorion had accidentally mentioned him at a GM press conference after the deadline, but they also had great hopes for Wolverine.

Who needs a new contract that almost certainly comes back? Colin White works. Like Christian Wolanin. There will be no big numbers, but will be added to the total number. So let's say four succeed, while White and Wolanin are signed again. It puts you at $ 50 million.

If they want to return Anders Nilsson, he currently has $ 2.25 million. Anthony Duclair and Nick Paul have arbitrary rights. Duclair earns only $ 650,000 but has 12 goals. It's a decent elevation.

Big will be Cody Ceci, also eligible for arbitration. He has $ 4.3 million, one year from an unlimited agency. His new number would eat a good piece of open space, but at some point there must be talk of whether or not the players and the team start fresh.

It is difficult to see the senators who have been devoted to him in the long run in this environment, so why repeat the soap opera with the trade deadline? Depending on what Ottawa decides to do here, it will be somewhere between $ 8 and $ 10 million. And there comes creativity.

Senators (and potentially Columbus) will be able to use teams that need space. Everyone can go 10 percent more in the summer but eventually, a new season comes and no one wants to be skrembling. There will be a lot of opportunities; you can go through several lists to see potential attacks. If Senators do not want the term, there are two seasonal injuries that affect Toronto and Vegas.

I know how many senators (and their fans) would like to help Toronto, but Maple Leafs removed a year and $ 5.3 million of the remaining contract by Nathan Horton. The Golden Knights have yet $ 5.25 million to pay David Clarkson. Ottawa has to make money for those opponents (or anybody else who tries).

Another thing Ottawa can do is what the NBA Philadelphia 76ers did in the summer of 2017. Under the cap and need for the shooter, they signed J.J. Cancel the contract for a year, $ 23 million. (Last summer was extended for another season and $ 12.25 million.) Before your eyes fall out of my head, I do not suggest that senators pay so much to anyone. But a young team will need a good veteran or two. And a one-year contract on a larger number is an easy way to get to the floor. The term does not kill you, and you have to spend the money anyway.

I do not think it will be too hard.


First The Mark Stone prize game was almost on Sunday night when Vegas put Erik Brannstrom on the table.

"Ottawa did not get any better than him," said another boss. "Even if you think they were supposed to get the first round (from Vegas), they were still not a better youngster than that." No one will win it. "

He is very talented and has reason to believe that he will be in the Canadian capital no later than October. I still think that the goal of the senator was to get the first round at the top of the conditional, which they got at Mathew Duchene's store with Columbus. But Vegas stood firmly, feeling Brannstrom had enough resignation.

The other thing the Golden Knights favored was the feeling that if Stone was widening anywhere else in the appointed time, it was in Nevada. I think if Calgary brought him there, the Flames liked their chances that it would eventually happen. But it is rumored that Ottawa had asked Juuso Valimaki, and for the second year in a row Calgary rejected any attempt to release a Finnish defender.

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Florida was very interested in Stone but did not get a long-term commitment. Nashville was there. Like the islanders and Boston. There are teams who suspect that if an agreement is terminated in Vegas, Stone will be an island charter (I guess Anthony Beauvillier and first-timer are involved, but I do not expect Lou Lamoriello to confirm it).

In the days before the deadline, everyone else in this race thought they were jure Winnipeg. In the end, I think the Jets are not much touched, if they exist at all. Stone was a clean lease for them and did not like the price. This has hurt Ottawa's ability to launch the market.

Second My theory of negotiations with Ottawa: I think the time has come when he decides to leave. Long-lasting expansion did not happen last summer, and this did not happen when it was again suitable for the New Year. The senators listened to them, but one important thing needed them – there they loved it and they knew it. So they went to Matt Duchene, hoping to get him done, and then return to Stone. Obviously, the first did not happen, but they still fired on signing the wings. That's why Duchene was on the market five days before Stone.

As we reported earlier, the senators came back to something that happened in five years at $ 10.5 million, and then I think both sides were close enough to the eight-year extension to which the player legitimately had something to think about. According to some sources, the senators were not sure of the full non-transfer clause (which Stone apparently entered Vegas).

After all, I do not think it's a contract. It's about direction. Stone will thrive in the team that goes for it. Many people outside of Ottawa – or those who are not Senator fans – look at the base of potential clients and feel they are in a good position. It could make a really good reason why it was much more meaningful to trade with Stone than to keep it. But a support base with a complete lack of consumer confidence in the property will need proof.

Third Obviously, Stone and Tkachuk barely talked when they were greeted. Very emotional.

4th Marc Savard from Sportsnet thinks the senators have a legitimate chance to sign Duchene again. It is very curious to see if Montreal can become a rival for its services. Canadiens looked at her but did not want to pay the rental price. Are they round in June?

5th About LeBreton Flats, an arena in the center of Ottawa: One of the rumors that emerged in connection with the collapse of the partnership would be to launch the project under the so-called "Plan of Krafnica". This would mean the development of retail / estate real estate with a hole where the arena could go. What no one is saying with certainty is if this can happen without the complete restart of the process, and we will probably not know at least another week. Another big question is whether the federal government will keep things until the upcoming elections. (This is assumed for a while, but not a 100-percent guarantee.) If the fans stay away, it increases the share of revenue owed to the senators. Eugene Melnyk loves Senator Ottawa. Even if he wanted to sell, the $ 400 million (US $) offered last summer will not go past the league's office.

6th Let's go around Canada, from east to west. Except Duchene, I think Montreal reported Eric Staal, but needed permission to catch him and we knew that Staal was not interested in going anywhere. GM Marc Bergevin was in Russia before the deadline, and one of the voices leaving Canadiena rejected a trading offer that included Alexander Romanov. He took 38th in the 2018 draft, the defender looks like a player.

7th Toronto was like a duck – calm on the top, licking the water below the surface. They made a deal with Par Lindholml in Winnipeg for Nicolas Petan, but one day we'll get a clearer picture of what Maple Leafs tried. They looked at Wayne Simmonds (at a similar price as Nashville paid, I think) and Micheal Ferland (at a higher price) and passed. They did not want to borrow Connora Browna for rent and talk about replacing Brown with Matta Benning and Edmonton. (Brian Burke thinks that Jujhar Khaira came in as two good teams.) I had multiple denials of the rumor of Adam Larsson. I guess, however, that Maple Leafs tried something else that we did not yet understand.

8th Toronto management believes in Justin Holla. They refused to put him down, although this season he only played two games. Travis Dermott and Jake Gardiner are injured, Holl gets his blow. Maple Leafs hope holiday will ease Gardiner's questions. If an operation is needed, that will be a problem. He could endanger his season.

9th I think Wayne Simmonds was ready and ready to give up his non-shop for Winnipeg. One of the versions is that the Jets thought they would get it, but to send Philadelphia instead of Simmond to Nashville. However, another source stated that jets turned when Joshua Morrissey was injured on Sunday evening in Arizona. The Flyers indicated they had the first round on the Simmonds table, and the teams suspected that the Jets were thinking about it. Instead, their choice went to the Rangers for Kevin Hayes. After that, they needed defenders, and Morrissey and Dustin Byfuglien came out of the post. Already in the first and third round of the June blueprint, this drafting and development organization went to those who were spending less of a choice.

10th Winnipeg was not the only team he asked for Matta Hendricks. I think Calgary and Edmonton are also. People love it.

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11th There were some actions by Zac Kassian in Edmonton. Nashville apparently signed up for the purchase of Brian Boyle. Oilers wanted to keep him.

12th Edmonton announced on Thursday that Jesse Puljujarvi was out of season due to the upcoming hip operation. This explains why GM Keith Gretzky said it was more likely that his wing would be traded during the summer, unlike the deadline. It would be interesting to see, however, whether they are trying to pack it with the contract they want to move.

13th Early in my career, the Toronto Raptors tried to trade with a player named Victor Alexander, just to get the job canceled because he did not succeed. (One of the journalists pressed him in the press, and Alexander asked him in the newsroom after he returned. That was a good lesson.) Jason Zucker did not physically fall, but he knows that strange feeling after he was near Calgary, who he included Michael Frolik and what he believes is the first or second-second circle, has fallen.

It's uncomfortable, but Steve Yzerman nearly replaced Ottawa and things went well. Just refusing Mike Comrie to return a bonus to signing Oilers in 2003 prevented Anay's career at Corey Perry finishing before she started. And he went well for him. Zucker gets some control over his situation – a partial misunderstanding – July 1.

14th It is possible that Calgary also filed a request for a resignation from Micheal Haley. But San Jose had priority.

15th Flames would not confirm this, but they asked about Alexander Edler in Vancouver. It is believed that Pittsburgh has visited him several times throughout the year, and Rick Dhaliwal from Sportsnet 650 reported that Columbus had an interest. The biggest obstacle to the talks with Edouard's contract with Canucks will be protection without a move. Since Quinn Hughes became professional this year and potentially eligible for the 2021 Seattle expansion plan, the organization would want maximum flexibility.

16th I do not suppose I know who is right and who is not in this Vancouver / Jonathan Dahlen, "he said," said the situation – though, as with any breakup, the truth is usually somewhere in the middle. Before the deadline for the signing of William Nylander on December 1, Canucks tried to get eleven hours. Dahlen was included in the package, although I'm not sure what was still there. Maple Leafs – who had rather signed Nylander – said no. It is interesting that San Jose was the team he got. Sharks are not afraid to go to anyone if they see talent. They will not worry about what happened in Utica.


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17th A few days before Pittsburgh bought Erika Gudbranson, the Penguins had an unpleasant match with San Jose, where Sidney Crosby ended up in a fight against Haley's hard-liner. According to Josh Yoheu of Athletic, the penguin player saw Evander Kane looking into their bench and saying, "Who will do this team in this team?" Gudbranson needed a new start and if someone can breathe new energy into his career, Sergei Gonchar is a great bet. But you have to believe that Gudbranson ended up in Pittsburgh (and Adam McQuaid in Columbus) with Washington in mind.

18th In the days ahead of Carla Hagelina's trade in Washington, Pittsburgh tried to retake the wing. Before the store was submitted for approval of the Central Registry, someone noticed that penguins are unacceptable for it. They traded in Los Angeles on November 28 and kept their salary. The team can not return such a player one year after the initial move.

19th Looking at the situation in Washington, Capitals were supposed to distinguish between "buried" hits "buried" by Dmitry Jaskin and Devant Smith-Pelly. When a player who has a one-way contract sent to minors, up to $ 1,025 million will be deducted from the total salary of the team. It's $ 1.1 million, Smith-Pelly, on a $ 1 million apartment. Capitals have less than $ 70,000 in space. Sending Smith-Pelly erased the whole number. Sending Jaskin was a $ 75,000 difference. That would not work. Washington, by the way, has a maximum of 50 contracts.

20th As reported by Chris Johnston, Columbus initially requested from Ottawa the acquisition of all three Duchene, Stone and Ryana Dzingel. Blue jackets wanted to keep their best perspective – Liam Foudy and Alexandre Texier. Do not think it will be possible in this scenario.

21st I hope Los Angeles will lower the price to Tyler Toffoli, but the kings have not done so. They are believed to have at least looked for the first round and a good prospect. With another year at his contract, they hope they will be able to regain their 31st form.

22nd One opponent was not surprised that Jonathan Quick was the king who was upset during the ugly damage in Karolina on Tuesday.

"I do not care how bad the season is," he said. "He always searches for the best of himself and all around him. I do not think he was out of the box just because he did not hinder the goalkeeper."

23rd The first match of Brandon Montoura in Buffalo for him was 18:11 for ice, another five minutes below his average when Randy Carlyle practiced ducks. It was, however, 1:08 more than Bob Murray took over.

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24th It has not been unnoticed that Buffalo has four right-guards who are contracted for the following season: Montour, Zach Bogosian, Casey Nelson and Rasmus Ristolainen.

25th Thanks to John Carlson, Madison Bowey is wearing 74 for Detroit Red Wings. Initially he wanted 4, and he could have it before February 1, when he was retired to honor the Order Kelly.

26th Six of the teams – Detroit, Los Angeles, Montreal, New Jersey, Rangers and Philadelphia – have more than a quarter of the NHL drafts for 2019. Everyone has 10 or 60 of 217, which is 28 percent. If you add Carolina, Florida, Vancouver and Vegas to nine, it is 10 out of 31 NHLs with 44 percent of the selection. Five teams have the first two. Sabri had three before sending one to Anaheim for Montour.

27th Friday is a big day, with teams who have allowed a 10-percent rush to "tagging the room" for the 2019-2020 season on March 1st. (Basically, no NHL club is allowed to have more than this year's salary limit – $ 79.5 million – it's $ 87.45 million on that date.) This gives room for some jobs, including an extension for Anaheim Jakob Silfverberga (five years, about $ 26.25 million) and Stone in Vegas (eight years, $ 76 million). .

28th Expect a discussion at GM meetings about the player's vacation before the deadline. I do not know how to avoid it, and it does not happen often enough during the season to be the main concern. But they informally talked about it.

29th Tampa Bay is on-time for 131 points. NHL record is 132, set in Montreal Canadiens 1976-77. No one should compare these two teams and have no connections. But I'm looking forward to seeing if Munia escapes.

30th There were about 20 NHL teams at the Hobey Baker skating rink in Princeton, NJ. last week to see Tigers as host of the Golden Knights Clarkson. Princeton has several players watching, though Max Veronneau was a bit weaker – at the top of the list. The Golden Knights are led by Nico Sturm, soon 24-year-old from Germany. He is their captain, with 39 points in 32 games. It looks a lot.

31st Last week was the deadline for Patrick Berglund to regret his contract. He did not do it, ending the process. I just wanted to want Berglund all the best in getting a better place. That's the most important thing.

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