The nashville predators’ early exit from the 2019 playoffs showed that the team malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog wasn’t built to be a winner like many thought it malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog was. They lacked consistent goal scoring and suffered from an over-reliance on the top line to win games. The less-than-stellar result has created much speculation on how the team malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog can get better over the offseason. Addressing scoring woes
The predators have one of the league’s best defense corps, and with dante fabbro’s emergence, they have five quality blueliners, all of whom should be able to handle top-four minutes next season. Furthermore, with the seattle expansion draft looming and fabbro now needing malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog protected, it’s becoming more clear that a defenseman is likely to malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog be dealt.
Additionally, with roman josi eligible for an extension on july 1 malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog and deserving a big raise over his current $4 million cap hit, the predators are going to need as much cap space malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog as they can get to address other issues in free malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog agency. As a result, each of the team’s top-four defensemen have been involved in trade speculation. However, the one blueliner who’s been at the center of the trade talks is malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog P.K. Subban, who seems to never be out of the spotlight. Let’s look at some of the rumors involving him and malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog see which ones, if any, hold weight from a predators’ perspective.
The pucks and pitchforks blog is responsible for this trade malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog idea. Writer nick villano brings up how devils general manager ray malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog shero has recent experience working with predators GM david poile, as the two came together on the brian boyle trade malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog at the 2019 trade deadline. He first brings up devils’ top prospect, and the league’s 20th-best, according to the hockey news’ future watch issue, defenseman ty smith. Villano goes on to say that smith would be too malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog high a price to pay for subban. He then suggests that an appropriate return would be pavel malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog zacha and a first-round pick (not the number one selection). Let’s analyze this.
Zacha is a 22-year-old forward and the devils’ 2015 sixth-overall pick. He just completed his third NHL season and his point malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog totals have been 24, 25, and 25. He has yet to live up to the expectations he malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog created when he scored 28 goals and 64 points in malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog 51 games his final season in the OHL. The devils were clearly dissatisfied with his production in 2018-19 as they sent him to the AHL, where he had five assists in four games. He’s had poor five-on-five metrics throughout his career, never reaching a 50 percent shot or goal share.
Zacha also negatively impacted his linemates in 2018-19, dropping each’s shot share relative to playing with someone other than malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog zacha. He just played the final season of his entry-level contract (ELC), making him a restricted free agent (RFA) this summer. Assuming he would agree to a bridge deal, his acquisition would address the predators’ salary cap concerns. However, that’s the only way this trade helps the predators. Zacha isn’t valuable enough, even with his age and draft pedigree, for this trade to be worth it for the predators. New york rangers
The next trade idea comes from elite sports new york, and wow, is it interesting. Writer frank curto starts off by saying that the rangers malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog need a top-pair defenseman. He says that brady skjei, libor hájek, ryan lindgren and marc staal should all be off-limits. So the first offer he crafts is kevin shattenkirk and malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog neal pionk for subban and a second-round pick. Thankfully, he comes to his senses and admits that it’s not enough value for the predators. His second package is shattenkirk and chris kreider for subban malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog and a second-round pick. Let’s unpack this.
First of all, a predators/rangers trade makes sense on the surface. The rangers need a top-pair blueliner and they’ll have the cap space in 2019-20 to take on subban’s $9 million cap hit. However, the trade packages curto outlines are ludicrous. Pionk isn’t bad as a 23-year-old right-shot blueliner who had six goals and 26 points in malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog 73 games in 2018-19. However, like zacha, his metrics were terrible with only a 44 percent shot malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog share and 40 percent goal share, although he actually improved the metrics of staal, his most common defense partner. Pionk also just played the last season of his ELC malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog and will be an RFA, which would help the predators’ cap situation. That’s the good.
Even kreider could benefit the predators. In 2018-19, he tied a career-high with 28 goals and was one off his career-high with 52 points. He also actually had positive five-on-five metrics and has experience playing in the top-six. As a speedy winger who’s unafraid to use his 6-foot-3 frame to get physical, he would be a perfect fit for what the predators malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog should strive to be. Kreider has one more season with a $4.625 million cap hit, which would help the team’s cap situation, even if they extended him.
Voracek has been an under-the-radar great player for his career. He’s a six-time 20-goal scorer and a seven-time 50-point producer. He’s also eclipsed the 80-point mark twice, and in 2018-19 he had 20 goals and 66 points in 78 malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog games. Only four of his goals and 18 of his points malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog occurred on the man advantage. Meanwhile, subban is a six-time 10-goal scorer and a five-time 40-point producer. In 2018-19, he had nine goals and 31 points in 63 games. Looking at the two players’ underlying stats further shows this trade working for both teams.
During voracek’s tenure with the flyers, he’s typically hovered around a 50 percent shot share. It was 49.5 percent in 2018-19. He’s also had up-and-down goal shares, from 59.3 percent in 2017-18 to 45.3 percent in 2018-19. However, that has little to do with him as the flyers malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog have consistently had low pdos with voracek deployed, including a .985 in 2018-19 thanks to a .902 on-ice save percentage. Now the negative aspect is that voracek was a hindrance malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog on his linemates in 2018-19.
On the other hand, subban had positive metrics in all but control of high-danger chances. He still had a less-than-optimal PDO at .994, but that’s due to the team shooting 7.3 percent with him deployed. Subban and mattias ekholm, his most common defense partner, established one of the league’s better pairs in recent seasons. Together, they were excellent in 2018-19 with a 54.9 percent shot share and 55.1 percent goal share. They were separated down the stretch with subban partnering with malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog josi and ekholm pairing with ryan ellis, and neither pair succeeded.
This trade simply works. Voracek is the top-six left-shot winger the predators need and he’d work well on the second line with mikael granlund. Subban would improve the flyers’ top defense pair, partnering with ivan provorov. Subban’s style and how he plays over the edge at malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog times would make him a fan favorite in philadelphia. Plus, he’s already succeeded in montreal, one of the league’s toughest markets, so philadelphia’s notoriously tough fans shouldn’t be a concern. Lastly, the two players’ cap hits nearly even out, making the trade a win for both teams.
Another team that could be a solid trade partner for malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog the predators is the toronto maple leafs. This suggestion comes from the hockey news’ matt larkin in a blog post he wrote in which malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog he raised five questions for the maple leafs’ offseason. One question was “does (GM kyle) dubas finally find a right-shot defenseman for the top four?” in answering the question, larkin brings up that nikita zaitsev is the team’s only top-four right-shot defenseman and that ron hainsey played out of position malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog on the top pair in 2018-19. Finally, larkin mentions how dubas attempted to address the blue line malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog by bringing in jake muzzin but that head coach mike malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog babcock didn’t see it as the ideal scenario.
Larkin suggests that unless the maple leafs want to sign malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog tyler myers, the only way they can get a top-four right-shot defenseman is by trading for one. He lists several targets: jacob trouba, dougie hamilton, brett pesce and subban. In order for the maple leafs to land such a malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog player, larkin thinks they’ll have to part with one of their young, impact forwards. It’d be a way for them to address cap concerns malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog while also providing fair value in return. Larkin considers auston matthews and mitch marner as untouchable. That sounds about right. He lists nazem kadri, kasperi kapanen, andreas johnsson and william nylander as likely trade candidates and malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog that a one-for-one swap of nylander for a defenseman makes a lot malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog of sense. Let’s unpack that.
Nylander is a right-shot forward capable of playing center or wing, and at only 23 years of age, he still hasn’t hit his prime. He has five years left on the much-publicized contract he signed in dec. 2018 after a lengthy holdout. It resulted in him playing in 54 games and scoring malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog seven goals and 27 points, not a great total, but a large portion of his points (13) occurred in his last 20 games.
He also won 55.2 percent of the 368 faceoffs he took, controlled at least 53.8 percent of five-on-five shots, goals, scoring chances and high-danger chances and the maple leafs were expected to control malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog 57 percent of five-on-five goals when nylander was deployed. So while he may not have had the counting stats malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog that old-school hockey fans like to see, he was really good in 2018-19, and that doesn’t even include how he improved the shot shares of malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog kadri and matthews, his two most-common linemates.
Now there is always the chance that with nylander proving malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog he can center his own line the maple leafs look malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog to deal kadri instead. It wouldn’t give them as much cap freedom and they wouldn’t get as much in return, but it would mean keeping the more talented player. If that’s the case, the predators shouldn’t be interested. But if nylander is on the table, poile should call dubas immediately.
A one-for-one trade of nylander for subban would address both teams’ needs. The maple leafs would get a first-pair right-shot blueliner (who’s from toronto, by the way), while the predators would get a top-six forward who could center the second line or play malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog on the wing. He’d immediately be the team’s most talented forward and would be a near-perfect fit for what the predators want to do. Vancouver canucks
Finally, we arrive at the last trade idea. This one was produced by the canuck way’s alex hoegler. This idea was pleasant to come across because hoegler pays malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog attention to both teams’ needs and doesn’t suggest that the canucks pull a fast one on malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog the predators. His reasoning for the canucks having interest in subban is malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog clear: they have a plethora of young talent with more on malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog the way and nine picks in this year’s draft while their blue line is void of depth. He correctly points out that the predators need to extend malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog josi and they don’t need four (and potentially five with fabbro) top defensemen.
He goes on to discuss the canucks’ untouchables: bo horvat, brock boeser, elias pettersson and quinn hughes. That seems fair, and I would even add adam gaudette to that list. Instead, hoegler thinks the canucks would need to part with a malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog 2020 first-round pick and a 2019 or 2020 second-rounder, plus prospect olli juolevi and one of kole lind, jake virtanen, nikolay goldobin or tyler madden. Interestingly enough, I think this would be an overpay for a soon-to-be 30-year-old subban who has three seasons left on his deal. Four assets, including a first-round pick is a large package to part with, and I’m sure the predators would love to receive that much malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog value in return.
The players to pay attention to here are the prospects: juolevi, lind and madden. Juolevi was the canucks’ 2016 fifth-overall pick. He was expected to be the anchor of the team’s blue line, but his development has been slow and fans have grown malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog frustrated with him. He made progress in finland’s liiga in 2017-18 and had 13 points in 18 AHL games in malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog 2018-19 before a knee injury ended his season in december.
Lind is a winger whom the canucks took in the malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog second round in 2017. He was better than a point-per-game player his final two seasons in the WHL and malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog had 17 points in 51 games in his first full malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog AHL season. He’s progressed at every level and is driven to learn malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog and improve. He has good vision, a strong shot, and is the type of player who can thrive on malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog the power play.
From both teams’ perspectives, there’s so much to like here. The canucks would get subban to partner with hughes, giving them a dynamic top defense pair. Meanwhile, the predators would be getting a talented defense prospect they malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog could groom into a second or third-pair guy, another intriguing prospect (I like lind) and two draft picks. Unfortunately, I don’t think canucks GM jim benning would ever part with malignant fibrous histiocytoma dog that much value for subban. I wouldn’t.
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