The Pittsburgh Penguins have $28.1 million of their 2019-20 income top formed dedicated to 6 defensemen. According to CapFriendly, that’s a second many now in a NHL, that it apparently approach out of change from group defensive performance. The bar also still has to re-sign limited giveaway representative Marcus Pettersson, that while it won’t mangle a bank will be another responsibility combined to a list.
So it creates clarity that in sequence to rebalance a group a bit, income on invulnerability will have to skip this summer and be allotted to a brazen position. The 3 best possibilities to be on a pierce SHOULD be Jack Johnson, Erik Gudbranson and Olli Maatta.
However it stays to be seen what team-building truth Penguins’ ubiquitous manager Jim Rutherford has this year. You don’t have to go behind distant (about 11 months ago) to see him boat out his 2017 giveaway representative merger Matt Hunwick after one catastrophic season. By that logic, Johnson ought not to be safe, yet with 4 years remaining on his agreement and some controversial government opinion on him, a misfortune defenseman on a group competence be back.
Ditto Gudbranson, who a group seems really lustful of after his clever opening for a Pens given fasten a team. However during $4.0 million top hit, Gudbranson is a oppulance as a 16-minute a night third span defenseman who adds really small in terms of ancillary breakouts and playmaking. But his distance and decent finish will substantially buy him a start to a deteriorate in Pittsburgh.
This leaves Maatta as a peculiar male out. It’s easterly to see that a Finnish defenseman is out of preference with a team, he was a healthy blemish for a final 3 games of a playoffs. Maatta had a terrible 2018-19 season, dragged down mostly by sub-replacement turn partners like Johnson and rookie Juuso Riikola. Maatta will be sketch $4.08 million off a income cap, that also creates him a good claimant to be changed in sequence to restructure a team’s income allocations. Maatta is still young, a two-time Stanley Cup champion, a good extraction as a former initial turn collect and when he’s on his diversion is a really good second span defensive defenseman, that should make him an intriguing aim for teams around a league.
Who should a Pens try to demeanour during in return? These are a calls we would try to make to find out, looking during some matching salaries of forwards around a league..
Contract status: 5 years remaining during $5.0 million top hit
This competence be an impossibility, given Johnson has a full no trade clause, though his name is mentioned in trade rumors. The Lightning are a bit like a Penguins in that they competence need to shake some salaries around. This pierce usually saves them a million dollars in a difference, so they competence need to make some-more extreme form in sequence to get right.
Contract status: 3 some-more seasons during $4.5 million
The Maple Leafs are presumably looking to reinstate giveaway agent-to-be Jake Gardiner, so Maatta would be a fit for them here. Kadri has had his problems personification within a rules, though roughly like a Matt Cooke form he is really effective on a third line when he’s personification smart. A change competence do him well, and it’s done a rounds that Toronto competence be looking pierce on from Kadri after his latest suspension.
Assuming he spotless adult his act to within a rules, this would really solve Pittsburgh’s ongoing emanate about third line core and could giveaway Jared McCann and Nick Bjugstad adult for roles on a wings.
Contract status: 3 some-more seasons during $3.9 million top hit
This competence be a brief phone call given Shaw is entrance off a career-high 47 indicate deteriorate in 2018-19, though we never know what Canadiens’ GM Marc Bergevin competence be thinking. So it’s value to see if anything can be sorted out.
Contract status: one some-more year during $4.3 million
Frolik checked in during #6 on TSN’s trade attract list (where Phil Kessel was #1), so he could be available. The actor once nicknamed “Baby Jagr” — so a #67 jersey he wears — would feel flattering wise to play for Jagr’s initial NHL team. Frolik flattering reliably generates 30-40 points a deteriorate and divided has clever possession numbers.
Contract status: 3 seasons during $4.0 million
Rask, who scored 48 and 45 points from 2015-17 with Carolina did not advantage from a mid-season trade to Minnesota. Rask usually scored 3 points (2g+1a) in 23 games with a Wild, utterly a jolt.
So arrange of like Maatta this could be a actor that needs a new start to get a best out of his game. At 26 years old, Rask would be matching in age to Maatta and their salaries are about matching too. It would be a risk to assume that Rask could get behind to his Carolina form, though infrequently for dual “buy low” possibilities make a best match.