PHR Live Chat With Gavin Lee 07-11-19
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Gavin Lee
6:08
Hey folks, welcome to another live chat. I'll get things started in just a few minutes.
Elwood
6:15
What kind of ceiling do you think Calle Rosen has?
Gavin Lee
6:16
His ceiling is probably just on the edge of the top-4, though that would still be an unlikely outcome.
In the right system he might be able to log that kind of responsibility, but he'll probably settle into a bottom-pairing role more realistically.
Don't really see how it will be in Colorado though unless there are more moves coming.
Bossy Mike
6:17
Do you see the Islanders making any additional moves?
Gavin Lee
6:17
I do actually, though you'll never get any information out of Lamoriello's front office
6:18
Just don't see them starting the year with basically the same group.
Ron Duguay
6:18
Hey, Gavin.  How realistic is the possibility that the Rangers #2 Center will be Strome or Chytil on Opening Night?  Thanks.
Gavin Lee
6:19
On opening night, Strome probably has as good a chance as anyone if he's still on the roster. By the end of the year I'd say Chytil's chance is much higher.
6:20
Though I don't think the Rangers are going to have clear 1-4 lines at all this year
I think the ice time will be spread around, and different combinations will be used constantly.
Though, having said that I really wonder if they will strap Panarin to one of their young centers to help him along like he did for Dubois in Columbus.
Go Kings Go
6:21
Anymore moves for the Kings? If all goes right and players have bounce back seasons do you think they can make the playoffs?
Gavin Lee
6:21
Oof. That's a tough one.
6:22
It's certainly possible--Drew Doughty should have a much better year, Todd McLellan might find some magic left in Ilya Kovalchuk..but boy is it going to be tough cracking the playoffs in the Pacific.
Have to think that the Flames, Sharks, Golden Knights will likely finish 1-3, and then you're in a battle with the others for who can stay healthy and find some consistency.
6:23
(1-3 in some order, I mean)
Ron Duguay
6:23
Why hasn’t Ottawa taken advantage of the cap crunch by acquiring draft picks with bad contracts like Arizona  has for years?
Gavin Lee
6:24
Honestly I have no idea what they've been doing in Ottawa for a long time.
6:26
Even before all of this stuff happened, trades like the Derick Brassard/Zibanejad, Dion Phaneuf/Maple Leafs etc etc never made much sense to me.
ol82nd
6:26
Mike Velluchi (sp) resigned for a "better opportunity.  Then signed  for the same position in Pittsburgh. How is this a better job?
Gavin Lee
6:27
Vellucci goes back something like 30 years with Jim Rutherford.
And he probably received a very good AHL salary.
Ron Duguay
6:27
Can you explain why Toronto would rather pay $4.5M to Cody Ceci than $3.3M for Kevin Shattenkirk (assuming rumors are correct that the Rangers would retain 50% of his salary)?
Gavin Lee
6:28
Ceci was the cost of doing business for getting rid of Zaitsev's contract, and honestly they might believe that they can coax a little something out of him.
If they can, remember how highly sought after Ceci was just a few years ago. Pretty nice deadline chip
6:29
Shattenkirk has two years, and would likely cost something if the Rangers were taking half back.
Kingdom
6:29
Will Alex Turcotte have a chance to make the team? Am I the only one who thinks he was the third best player in the draft I mean I would of taken him over Kirby Dach any day of the week and twice on Sundays. Your thoughts on Alex and Kirby who has the most upside?
Gavin Lee
6:30
I thought Turcotte would be the third pick as well, though if I was taking a forward it might have been Zegras in that position.
Turcotte's not going to make the team though, no. He's not even going to sign.
He's headed to Wisconsin to play this season.
Ron Duguay
6:30
RE Ceci, the Leafs could have declined his RFA rights and freed cap space.  Also, he is not an analytics darling to say the least.
Gavin Lee
6:31
He had already been qualified, so there was no declining his rights. Only way they could have gotten out of it was if he had elected arbitration, gotten a big enough award (I believe it's $4.4MM minimum off the top of my head) and then walk away.
6:32
But, his agent likely would have told him to just take the $4.3MM qualifying offer at that point.
Instead, they took a chance.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think he's going to become that top-4 guy people in Ottawa tried to make him.
6:33
But teams take chances all the time. One year and $4.5MM isn't a huge risk.
ol82nd
6:33
Are the Canes done with trades and free agent s?
Gavin Lee
6:33
I wouldn't be surprised if they have another trade up their sleeve, but I don't think they'll be adding any of the big name free agents.
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