PHR Live Chat With Gavin Lee 08-08-19
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Gavin Lee
6:04
Hello folks and welcome back! It's great to be doing a live chat again.
I'll let some things roll in and get started in a few minutes.
Back to back
6:16
Who do you think the pens trade to get cap compliant and what can they expect to get back
Gavin Lee
6:16
Technically the Penguins can already be cap compliant without making another trade, even if they sign Marcus Pettersson.
6:17
The team will just waive a few additional players at the end of training camp--Zach Trotman and Chad Ruhwedel are candidates for this
In reality they could probably waive Jack Johnson as well and bury him in the minors if they had to.
6:18
That said, I still expect them to make a move up front at some point. Either Rust or Bjugstad could go to open up some money, and both would probably net a good little return.
6:19
Don't expect an elite prospect or first round pick, but maybe someone who can help in the next year or two, or a mid-round package.
Riley Sheahan
6:19
Why am I not signed yet? All I need is an opportunity, I can be a productive 3rd c. Not even Ken has called me despite edm being in desperate need...
Gavin Lee
6:20
Ken Holland doesn't really have any money to play with, and has his fair share of bottom-sixers already.
I don't think Sheahan can actually be a very productive 3rd liner actually.
6:21
If you put him out there for 15 minutes a game he might put up 25-30 points, but his overall contribution isn't enough to warrant that ice time.
Now as a fourth-line piece? Yeah I could see that, but half the league right now doesn't know how much room they're going to have.
No reason to go after a guy like Sheahan when there are more important things to do.
Puckhead
6:22
Does Sweeney find a taker for Backes? Maybe bad contract swap with Vancouver or something?
Gavin Lee
6:23
To bring Eriksson back? I don't see it. Backes only has two years left on his deal and a buyout becomes a little more palatable next summer.
6:24
Sure if someone steps up they could move him, but I still think it is likely he spends the year in the Bruins organization.
Elwood
6:24
Which team do you think Bo Byram plays most of his games for this season?
Gavin Lee
6:24
If I was putting money on it, I'd say the Vancouver Giants.
But man does he look ready to contribute already.
6:26
I do wonder if they would take a non-traditional path with him. Keep him up through the first part of the year while Cole and Johnson rehab, send him to World Junior camp in December, give him a conditioning stint in the AHL and then maybe send him back for a WHL playoff run.
But we'll have to see what happens in camp.
Jkooz36
6:26
If not traded, would Puljujarvi play in Europe rather than stay in Edmonton?
Gavin Lee
6:26
That's what it sounds like.
6:27
Though that very much may be agent speak to try and put a little pressure on Ken Holland.
6:29
I'd like to bring up another situation in regards to Puljujarvi. A few years ago Andreas Athanasiou wouldn't sign with the Red Wings, and threatened to go to the KHL. Holland stood firm and eventually got Athanasiou signed for a more than reasonable number.
It's not exactly the same situation, but Puljujarvi isn't a make-or-break asset for the Oilers. They can wait him out if they have to
Bill
6:30
Any rumours on the Bruins lately, other than needing to sign McAvoy and Carlo?
Gavin Lee
6:30
Not much no. There aren't a whole lot of rumors anywhere once you get into August.
Just waiting on the next pressure point, when camps open.
Elwood
6:30
If you were trying to sign Sam Girard to an extension what would you be offering?
Gavin Lee
6:30
Seven years, $35MM
6:31
(That's what he signed already)
John Mozeliak
6:31
What does an extension for both Petro and Schenn look like?
Gavin Lee
6:32
These are interesting ones to be sure. Pietrangelo is probably looking at the Oliver Ekman-Larsson deal (8 years, $66MM) as his floor.
6:33
I think it would be close to $9MM if not a little more.
Per season that is.
For Schenn, things have changed somewhat because he's not a full-time center anymore.
6:34
Had he really taken that position and run with it his market would be huge.
6:35
The James van Riemsdyk deal, 5 years, $35MM might be what he's looking at if he has another year in the 50-60 point range.
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