PHR Chat With Gavin Lee: 06/08/17
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Gavin Lee
5:16
Well hello and welcome to another chat.
5:17
Some interesting stuff over the last couple days. I'll let some questions roll in and get started in a couple of minutes.
Logan
5:23
Do you see the capitals resigning to oshie ?
Gavin Lee
5:24
I do. I said last chat, that I think there is interest on both sides and that they'll work hard to get a deal. My faith that it will happen has maybe wavered a bit in the last week, but I still think it'll get done eventually
Again though, they wouldn't announce it until after the expansion draft.
Patrick
5:25
How do you see the Rangers off-season shaking out in terms of the blue line? Any way they can entice Vegas to take Staal? Buyout of Girardi and/or Staal? Do you think Smith will be retained or can they land Shattenkirk?
Gavin Lee
5:25
It does sound like one of Girardi or Staal is one the way out in one way or another.
They both have NMCs so they'd have to get them to waive them and give up a pretty substantial asset to get Vegas to take them.
5:26
Buyouts are definitely an option.
I thought they would go after Shattenkirk, but I'm not totally sold on that anymore. He's clearly said he wants to be a #1 somewhere, and that won't happen for the Rangers.
5:27
They also have made it clear they want to go younger on the blueline, and while he's by no means old a long-term deal doesn't really accomplish that.
Logan
5:27
Why has your faith wavered about it happening ?
Gavin Lee
5:28
Re: Oshie.
MacLellan talked about how it depends on how far the cap goes up, and it just seemed weird that he'd mention that specifically if they were deep into talks.
5:29
By that I mean Oshie likely has given them a number that they're not sure if they can afford yet.
But there's still interest on both sides.
AJ
5:29
With rumors of NJ being interested in Vatanen, if the Ducks packaged Vatanen with Theodore, Ritchie, and maybe something else, could that get #1 Overall?
Gavin Lee
5:30
I would do that, I think.
But I'm not convinced that Shero is really listening on #1.
Also, why the heck would the Ducks do that?
Robert
5:31
If the Lightning trade away Garrison, is Coburn seen as/capable of being #4 D?
Gavin Lee
5:32
I don't really think anyone considers him a #4 guy anymore no.
5:33
But Tampa is going to add to their defense this summer one way or another.
Robert
5:34
Yea TB needs a Top 4 D, just hope they use Johnson or #14 pick to get it.
Gavin Lee
5:34
Meaning...not Drouin?
Haha. I agree.
Mike
5:34
Stepan and girardi to AZ #23 and a prospect?
Gavin Lee
5:35
I think Arizona hangs up.
Mike
5:35
Dumba for Arizona's Deangelo and #23.
Gavin Lee
5:35
Now that's more like it from the Coyotes point of view.
We'll see if Dumba can fetch that much thouhg.
though..
Hoepfully Ducks
5:36
What top 6 forward could the ducks really get by trade VAT man?
Gavin Lee
5:37
I doubt any deal will be straight up, but Vatanen is a big piece. He could be part of a lot of deals, for players like van Riemsdyk, Galchenyuk, Johnson, Drouin
5:38
There are a lot of teams who would want a defenseman like him.
Hoepfully ducks
5:38
Any chance to trade Stoner for a 4th liner or a late pick?
Gavin Lee
5:38
More likely he'd have to go with a pick.
5:39
No one will want that cap hit.
Chris
5:39
Rumor mill has Bolts leaving Killorn exposed. He has a (new) lousy contract (6 more years at 4.4). Do the Knights take him??
Gavin Lee
5:40
They certainly could, but there are options in the defense group for Tampa too.
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