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NHL Draft lottery balls rebounded for the New Jersey Devils last month, as they secured the rights
Second General Choice In the 2022 draft. It’s the fourth time Since 2017 They earned a top-five pick, their highest placement since using the first overall pick in 2019 to pick Jack Hughes.
General Manager Tom Fitzgerald can use this option to select a file promising prospects Who could become an NHL star in the future. The Devils had good luck with some of their recent picks, quickly becoming key players like Hughes and Nico Hescher.
However, he could have other plans. On May 5, Fitzgerald indicated his willingness to do so Trade this selection
For an established player he completes his core of young strikers.
Demons can use some extra scoring punches. They average 2.99 goals per match Ranked 19th overallwhile their sad playing percentage (15.6) was 28.
The Devils could receive calls from teams lacking a choice in the first round or perhaps from those looking to shed a salary or climb up the enlistment arrangement. Daily Faceoff’s
Frank Seravalli This pick was number seven on his recent list of top trade goals for this summer. Expected to reach $25.3 million in salary cap space for next seasonDemons can take on higher-paid talents.
What teams might be interested in the second comprehensive selection, and what kind of return could it bring? Here’s our best guess for five potential destinations based on their needs.
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A source close to Boston Bruins winger David Pasternak recently told The Athletic’s Fluto Shinzwa That there was “no chance” of signing a contract extension if Don Sweeney remained general manager. The next day, the agent escorted to reject There was a rift between his client and Sweeney, saying they still intended to sit down to discuss a contract extension soon.
However, what if Sweeney and Pasternak’s camp fail to agree on a pre-enlistment extension? He has one year to become an unrestricted free agent.
Sweeney could enjoy trade shows if Pastrnak shows the slightest interest in testing the market next summer, perhaps to replace the number one spot. trade To the Anaheim Duck for Humpus Lindholm.
co-winner of Morris Richard Cup In 2019-20, Basting has hit or exceeded 40 goals twice in the past three seasons. The 26-year-old right winger will not only bring invaluable goals to the Devils but also plenty of experience in the accessory. He can take a leadership role with this young team.
Pastrnak’s trading may also indicate that a rebuilding of the Bruins is underway. It can be shortened somewhat by landing a second overall pick in this year’s draft. The Devils may also include right winger Jesper Bratt in a bigger deal with the Bruins if they can’t reach an agreement on a contract extension with the 23-year-old. Restricted Free Agent.
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Upon taking over as General Manager of the Chicago Blackhawks on March 1, Kyle Davidson announce They are set to undergo reconstruction. With the glory days of the once-strong franchise behind them, he admitted it could take several years before they return to the Stanley Cup competition.
Davidson is entering this season lacking a first-round pick in this year’s draft. His predecessor swapped them for Columbus Blue Jackets last summer as part of the return About defender Seth Jones. Getting a second general pick will provide the Blackhawks with an important chip to put into restocking their pool of possibilities.
Alex DeBrincat has become a hot topic for recent casual trade speculation. Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli He has the 24-year-old Black Hawk winger at the top of his list of top trade targets for this summer. He noted that DeBrinkat has a year left to work current contract He will receive a qualifying bid of $9 million outside next season.
DeBrincat, who has scored 40 goals twice, will do great figure skating Demons’ top line in the left wing. They can also afford his current contract and long-term extension.
Davidson could call in young left winger Igor Sharangowicz as part of a comeback as well, but it’s worth breaking for that comeback to bring in a well-meaning sniper to bolster their attack.
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After performing 115 points better in his career to finish second among this season scorersLeft winger Johnny Goudreau is set to receive a big raise in his next contract. fresh Six-year deal With Calgary Flames valued at $6.75 million annually, a 28-year-old unrestricted free agent can make between $9-10 million in a long-term contract.
Calgary has a drop $26.9 million
In the salary cap space for next season, but restricted free agents Matthew Tkachuk, Andrew Mangyapan and Oliver Killington are also set to sign new contracts. Gaudreau can be very expensive to maintain.
Flames general manager Brad Trilleving may try to buy the rights to Gaudreau before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 13 to replace the first player. shipped To the Montreal Canadiens by Tyler Toffoli.
Gaudreau, a New Jersey native, would provide the Devils with a local star at the height of his football career. The talented playmaker has scored 40 career goals this season and will be superbly fit at the top of the line. His experience would prove invaluable to their offensive tackle.
By acquiring the rights to Gaudreau, the Devils could offer him an eight-year deal instead of the seven he would receive on the open market. It may be all it takes to trade player #2 overall for his rights, as Flames may lack the leverage to demand a greater return given his upcoming foray into free agency.
The Devils have plenty of room to sign Gaudreau on a lucrative deal, giving him a chance to skate with a young, up-and-coming club that could be a serious playoff contender for the remainder of the tournament.
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Minnesota Wild is facing a major crisis in 2022-23.
The purchase of Zach Barris and Ryan Sutter last summer leaves them with him $12.7 million in unexpected space for 2022-23, giving them just $7.4 million of the projected maximum space. Meanwhile, restricted freestyle winger Kevin Viala is set to get a big raise after performing better than 85 points in his career.
25-year-old elephant is going out one year,
$5.1 million contract. He has arbitration rights and is also one year away from unrestricted free agent eligibility. He could request a long-term extension worth more than $7 million annually or seek that maximum one-year deal to take him to the UFA market next summer. Savage General Manager Bill Guerin may have no choice but to trade it.
Demons can afford to buy Fiala and sign it. He could have entered well on the left flank of his Swiss compatriot Nico Hescher with Jesper Pratt on the left. They can sign him for a seven or eight year extension.
Given that Villa’s previous career best performance was a 54-point effort in 2019-20, the Devils may be reluctant to give up the second overall pick outright. Guerin could also make his first all-rounder in 2022 (24th place overall) or toss out one of the potential candidates.
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Switching the second generic selection for a 30-time player is usually not a wise move. However, when that player is Vancouver Canucks forward, J.T. Miller, it might be worth thinking.
Miller is a late star in the NHL. After spending seven seasons as a versatile striker with the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, he turned into a top-tier scorer with the Canucks. He scored 72 points in 69 games in 2019-20, 46 points in 53 games during last season, and has a best 99 points in 80 competitions this season.
29 years left 1 year on the knot With a net worth of $5.25 million and he could seek a raise to get him out of the Canucks market.
On May 17th, The Athletic Harman Dayal and Thomas Druns He noted that the Canucks front office is seeking salary cap flexibility. Only Canucks are expected to have 10.6 million dollars In the 2022-23 salary cap space and you’ll have to re-sign the Brock Boeser Free Restricted Agent Suite. They also need flexibility at the maximum beyond next season with captain Bo Horvat eligible for unrestricted free agency next July.
The Devils can help the Canucks address this issue by offering Miller a second general pick and possibly a young player or prospect. His intensity, two-way skills, and drive can help propel them to rival the supplement.
Given Miller’s age, the Devils might be reluctant to offer him an extension of more than five years, but they could tempt him with $9 million per season.