PHR Chat With Gavin Lee: 05/11/17
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Hank
6:34
What can the Ducks get for Vatanen before the Expansion Draft? He seems to be the odd man out. They would still have Lindholm, Fowler, Manson, Montour, Theodore, and Despres (has been skating recently and should be back by next season).
Gavin Lee
6:35
And Bieksa. Don't forget Bieksa!
Hank
6:36
And Stoner...
Gavin Lee
6:36
In all seriousness, Vatanen could be the centerpiece in a big forward get for the Ducks.
The thing is, as I talked about above, trading a guy before the expansion draft isn't as easy as it looks.
You can only do it with a team that has an extra defender slot open in their protection scheme
6:37
That rules out a lot of the teams that actually want defense.
Robert
6:37
Vatanen for Drouin could be fun...
Gavin Lee
6:37
Hank, meet Robert. Robert, Hank.
6:38
I think it's more likely that the Ducks make a deal with Vegas, and then open the bidding on some defenders after the draft.
Robert
6:39
But the again where would Drouin fit in Ducks top 6? (Rakell-Getzlaf-Perry,Cogliano-Kesler-Silvferberg)
Gavin Lee
6:40
I mean if it's me, I probably move Rakell back to center and strap Drouin to Getzlaf's hip.
Fred
6:41
Who do you think the Rangers will lose in the expansion draft?
Gavin Lee
6:41
I fully expect them to make a deal with Vegas and one of their NMC guys to go there.
6:42
But, if that's not true then Grabner seems like a good bet.
Robert
6:42
Ducks seem to have just about everything but a recent Cup
Gavin Lee
6:42
And they'll have to stop the Nashville train if they want to change that..
Sinisalo4ever
6:44
Filpulla was acquired so that another forward could be moved this summer...right?
Gavin Lee
6:44
I'm not really sure what that means.
6:45
They could have moved any forward they want without acquiring a $5MM cap hit.
Wally
6:45
What if anything do the Wild do!
Gavin Lee
6:46
Dole out a ton of money to RFAs!
6:47
And, I mean regret that Hanzal deal of course.
6:48
Honestly I don't see them going after many of the bigger free agents, or really swinging any big trades. That's a really, really good team that has a chance to go far again next year.
6:49
They could move a defender if they want to for some more depth down the middle.
Nim
6:49
Aside from resigning Horvat, what do the Canucks do?
Gavin Lee
6:49
Apparently go after some good old North American heart, if you're to listen to your GM...
6:50
Honestly they will listen on both Tanev and Edler.
Sounds like a real re-build in Vancouver.
Hank
6:51
If the Ducks were to extend Fowler on July 1st, when he is first eligible, what type of contract is he looking at?
Gavin Lee
6:52
Gotta be something around $6MM.
6:54
Honestly he might even get something pressing up to the Yandle deal.
6:55
Alright. Signing off guys.
Another nice long one today.
Check in next week.
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