My guess is that the Pens may want to move Brassard to free up cap space in connection with another move. We may be able to get him for almost nothing. If that is the case, I'd take him. He is an upgrade over Wennberg on the third line and would help our power play. We don't have a decent PP center past Dubois.
Bob not on the trip (team decision). Sounds like a disciplinary issue. Wonder if this pushes a trade or will keep him out long term. Team will struggle without him.
Everything points to bread not signing, and Jarmo needs to move him. This is not a cup contender as constructed, and the real question is what the return will be and if there will there be a bigger shake-up? Does Bob waive his NTC and get dealt also? Is the under-performing forward group shaken up at all?
I thought about this also, as probably every hockey fan has. I don't think it is quite time for a change, but Torts seat is probably feeling a bit warm. A lot of the issues this team has may just be the growing pains of a young team. I'd give him a little more time to sort it out.
Price's contract is a big time outlier. Top 3 AAV for goalies are: 1. Price, $10.5, 2. Hank, $8.5, 3. Bob, $7.425. Does this guy even deserve a raise? A bunch of solid goalies have signed for UNDER what bob is making now (Fleury, Gibson, Hellebuyck, Rinne). The Price and Hank deals look BAD at this point.
If bob can get over $7.425 on the open market this off-season, more power to him. I don't see anyone ponying up 50 million plus on a deal that lasts until he is 37.
Rinne just signed in Nashville - 2 yrs @ $5 Mil AAV. He is older, but a pretty good comp for Bob
Gibson is playing like a world beater after signed for 8 years at $6.4 Mil AAV. He is much younger and looks like a star in the making.
Have to wonder if ANYONE is going to want to give Bob the money and term he wants. The guys is 30 and has a poor track record in the playoffs. I have to think there are very limited teams with a combination of cap space and need. Once you factor in the recent market, this could be a tough contract for Bob.
Barkov and Pasta are beasts who each have several more years on team-friendly deals.
Rantanen is still on his ELC and put up over a point per game last year.
I'd have to think Columbus would take any of them for half a year of Panarin. There is also no way they could get any of them IMO. They are all younger and have better contract situations. Bread is maybe a better talent, but is older and a pending UFA who is going to want $9M+ AAV on a long term deal.
I'd enjoy this as well. What teams have the combination of need & cap space to acquire or sign both Bob and Bread?
Could also just be that Jarmo/Zito aren't fans of spending money they don't have to. Good business by the CBJ IMO.
The player/agent were just as stubborn and had zero leverage. The player held out, only to eventually come back and accept the original offer. IMO, the agent did his client a disservice in that situation. I think the Anderson negotiation is a reflection on the agent not the organization. For every Anderson/Johansen/Bob there are a handful of players that signed deals without the headache.
On the bright side, Saad is not exactly ripping it up in Chicago. Even if we only get two years of Bread I'd say it was worth it. Saad spent time on the fourth line under Torts and seemed to run hot and cold. Now he is in the bottom six in Chicago and not scoring.
I do not think it has anything to do with Jarmo or JD. The Anderson situation was mostly on his agent IMO.
I think there are two things that factor into the issues you are concerned with.
- Columbus is viewed as a cow pasture by players around the league. It is a nice city, but it is not one NHL players are drawn to. These are young guys that love to rip it up in Nashville, LA, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, etc. Columbus is not on par with the NHL's bigger markets. This seems to be the case with Panarin.
- This franchise has stunk for its entire existence. If we ever win in the playoffs the national perception will change, but so far its been 15 years without a playoff series win. That isn't attracting anyone.
One thing I do think is true is that Jarmo does not seem to overpay for players. Past regimes overspent on players like Commodore, Wiz, etc. Jarmo refuses to overpay, and you have to overpay to get free agents to Columbus a lot of the time. I like Jarmo's approach and he is building a contender through the draft, and some blockbuster trades.
Jeff Carter with an attitude adjustment?
Do I win a prize for best worst answer?
That certainly did not work, for seemingly anyone involved.
Brassard has been unable to stick anywhere for very long, but he is a skilled center that would plug a pretty big whole on the current roster.
Well, if that is the case, it looks like it will be behind a paywall. Never heard of The Athletic until the Portzline rumblings, and don't see the need to pay for coverage. It looks like Rob Mixer writes over there as well as here?
Great idea. This would be very interesting.
Based on all the tweets, it looks like he will still be covering the CBJ. For who? I will read his stuff as long as it is not behind a paywall.
Wherever he goes, I hope it is to cover the CBJ. I have always thought he provided good coverage.
I am in between wait-and-see mode and want to add another piece.
The Panarin/Saad deal was big. It added elite level offensive talent, which was needed. Saad is a beast, but for whatever reason he never felt like a great fit. Torts didn't seem to tied to him.
That said, this team is not deep at center, and basically have 3 NHL centers. IMO there is too much at stake this year to rely on Schroeder/PLD/Foligno to be a top 9 center this year. I am willing to wait and see because the Jones and Panarin deals were both monsters. If the right deal is there, Jarmo will make it. I think he will find a way to make this team better before the season starts.
The Kuztensov deal could pull up Wennberg as well.
Agreed. If Werenski is able to beat out Karlsson, Burns, et al. for a Norris before he turns 22 he is going to be able to demand a monster deal, but even then he won't make McDavid money.
We can only hope he puts up that type of production, which is unlikely.