PHR Chat With Gavin Lee: 07/13/17
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Gavin Lee
5:16
Hey folks, welcome to another live chat.
This one probably won't be as long as normal, but we can get started right away.
5:17
The slowest part of the year is about to start in the NHL, but there are still some interesting names out there.
Mike Nash
5:19
Are the Rangers really sold on filling Stepan's minutes internally?
Gavin Lee
5:19
Sounds like it, if they're giving Lias Andersson a look at camp.
5:20
Get used to seeing a lot of Zibanejad.
Brandon
5:20
Early Stanley Cup Finals Prediction?
Gavin Lee
5:20
I think last week I said Calgary vs Pittsburgh.
David Baker
5:21
Will Sakic ever trade Duchene? What is your guess as to where he ends up?
Gavin Lee
5:21
Every day that goes by surprises me more and more.
I've said Carolina from the very beginning and they still easily make the most sense to me.
Steve
5:21
Are you hearing anything regarding the Sharks persuit of a top six forward to replace Marleau? Or are they going to see what they have in their rookies?
Gavin Lee
5:22
Most of the chatter has been about Meier and Labanc filling in, but don't be surprised if they're players at the deadline.
Eric
5:23
What did you think of the Johansson trade? Fair
that was supposed to end with "fair value for him?"
Gavin Lee
5:24
The Marcus Johansson deal? New Jersey robbed them blind, but Washington had to do something.
That Kuznetsov deal tied their hands.
(Not to mention Oshie)
Mike Nash
5:24
Agreed. Colorado needs defensemen badly!
Gavin Lee
5:24
They need young defensemen especially, which is why Hamonic didn't really work.
He doesn't fit into their long plan.
Robert
5:25
Tavares getting cold feet with the Islanders? (Arena uncertainty, fringe playoff team)
Gavin Lee
5:25
Still think it gets done, but Elliotte Friedman scared everyone today with the Tampa Bay mention.
I would be absolutely shocked if that happened..but it would be fun to see Tavaras and Stamkos together again.
I have a hard time believing he'll hit free agency.
5:26
Whether that means he signs, or his traded is another story.
is..
Puckhead83
5:26
Adam McQuaid has to be on the move.... any predictions on where?
Gavin Lee
5:27
That would have been a better move for Tampa Bay than taking Girardi
But, he's not really expensive and can still play on a third pairing. There is a market for that, but it will likely increase as the season gets closer and injuries start to happen.
JG
5:28
Say Tavares does hit free agency, who makes the biggest play for him?
Gavin Lee
5:28
You'd have to think New Jersey with all their cap space would offer him something ridiculous, but they do have centers coming up.
5:29
I don't think the Maple Leafs would really be that interested despite all the hope there.
The smaller markets like Carolina and Arizona would make a play, but it's hard to see them land him.
5:30
Montreal probably can't afford him after paying Price.
It would be a weird market for him.
Travis
5:30
Top 5 D-Cores in NHL?
Gavin Lee
5:32
In no particular order, and without really doing any hardcore research:

Nashville
Anaheim
Calgary
Carolina
Columbus
Pittsburgh (when healthy), Minnesota, St. Louis are all close.
Mike Nash
5:33
Wonder if a Marc Staal would help settle down Colorado's goals against?
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