Oo, that's a hard call to make. Especially this "off season". There's just too many questions. What will the cap be? If stays at $81.5 million, or actually drops (a possibility), will the NHLPA agree to compliance buyouts? If so, how many will each team be allowed? Beyond those, there are simpler ones like that TB is very close to the cap and will have to shed salary, no matter what, to fill out their roster. So, who would they be willing to trade and what would they want in return? All three California teams are rebuilding, so who would they be willing to trade and for what? Arizona is hard on the cap, only missing the playoffs because Kuemper (Is that their goalie's name?) went down with an injury and want to resign Hall. So, they'll have to shed salary. Who will they make available? And that's just some of the questions. Tell you what. Keep this question in mind and, once the league decides what to do about this season and what next year's cap will be, etc. Then start a forum post asking the question. I'll definitely reply, since I'll have a better idea of the "landscape".
I actually like several of those. Why are so many people against bold and colorful? BTW those Canadians unis were throwbacks to their original unis.
Maybe, but it would still be weird and a lot of people would question the color.
Well, judging breakout seasons is a matter of opinion.
Realistically? I think that being in the fight for a playoff spot all season, despite lacking star power, will have impressed a lot of players. Which should increase the number of whom who will, at least, be more receptive to signing here. However, to me, the more important question is whether or not Jarmo has any interest, or increased interest, in signing one of them. With Jarmo's preference for players who play "Blue Jacket hockey", that limits how many UFAs, regardless of position, he'll even approach. So, my best guess (And this is only a guess), is that there's around a 75% chance of signing any UFA and about a 50% chance that said UFA will be a LW.
I agree, now that I think about it. I'd say that last year was his breakout season and this season is confirmation that he doesn't need a Bread type on the wing to be successful.
Well, projecting what a player is capable of has always been a hit or miss proposition. So, you could be right. Of course, so could I. What I do know is that the salary cap won't move much, if at all. Which means that several teams currently pushing the cap will have to shed salary. So, it logically follows that productive players will be moved for relatively cheap returns. Under normal circumstances, there's no way SJ gives up Meier for the package you suggested. Under the COVID-19 salary cap (for lack of a better term), I still don't think it's likely, but absolutely no seemingly one-sided trade will surprise me.
You've given Zack a 20-20-41 line. Either there's a typo, or you need practice at math.
Excuse me, the Jackets wear Union Blue to honor the Northern soldiers of the Civil War, because Ohio stayed in the Union. Why would the Jackets add grey, the uniform color of the South, to the uniform?
Gotta be honest, the way the NHL determines RFAs, UFAs, time in the league and such gives me a headache.
Kapanen, Johnsson and another middle six forward whose name I can't remember have been in the rumor mill all season. All three have top six, even first line, potential, but they're stuck behind Toronto's overpriced foursome. Meanwhile, Toronto's blueline is second rate, at best, and there's no cap room to resign 2 UFA defensemen. Dubas will have to swallow his pride and trade one of the trio to get affordable blueline help. I would be fine with sending Nuti and a sweetener (say Kivvy to give Toronto a less expensive reliable backup goalie) for Kapanen.
But isn't Gavvy a little younger than Elvis? I have trouble keeping track of such things.
The main reason I like those sweaters was because it was different. Could have been done better, but still a good try. Call it an A for effort and a D for results.
Toronto is hard against the cap. Any trades they make will have to be dollar in, dollar out. Yes, Jarmo would probably have to throw in a sweetener, possibly Kivvy, Thome, or something along those lines. A big maybe is Boston. Rask has been suggesting that he might retire after his current contract expires at the end of next season. Boston has no one to take his place. Might they offer up someone for Korpi? Maybe. I'd rate it a long shot, especially since Boston's forwards, for the most part, are aging. Seriously, though, considering that the cap will, almost certainly, stay at $81.5 million, there are a lot of teams, like Toronto, are committed to around $70 million in salary, need to fill out their roster and will need to shed salary to be cap compliant. Honestly, I expect a lot more player movement than usual, whenever the off season comes around. But that also makes trades harder to predict. While I doubt your original suggestion, because of the season suspension and related problems, it could happen, simply so SJ can become cap compliant. I've read some rumors which, during any other season, would case me to laugh until I pissed myself. For example, supposedly Florida's owner is getting tired of spending tens of millions and is considering breaking up the team, including using a compliance buyout, should the NHLPA agree to one or two, on Bob.
Call me weird (I can be) but I loved some of the colorful 90's sweaters, like the much despised Islanders "fisherman" sweaters. So, I would enjoy something like using the cannon logo in union blue, maybe just take the alternate sweater and make it union blue instead of powder blue with white. Then, for the alternate, do something offbeat and different, the way many of the teams did in the 90's.
Toronto's weakness is the blueline. Kapanen or Johnsson would be worth one of our excess defensemen and we wouldn't have to weaken an already shaky forward group.
Might it have something to do with Gavvy's contract status?
First, look at your proposal from San Jose's side. Maybe they'd be willing to give up Meier for a goalie and offensive depth. But are there other options? Robin Lehner is, most likely, going to be available as a UFA, so is Holtby and other goalies are said to be available for trade. So, SJ has options other than Korpi. Can SJ acquire offensive depth without trading Meier? Most certainly. Any number of teams would be willing to send a couple of young forwards to SJ for one of their defensemen, or for one of their goalies, as a backup, and a sweetener. So, while SJ could trade Meier for Korpi and a couple of our young forwards, because they have options for acquiring a goalie and offensive depth that doesn't require giving up Meier, I give the possibility a low percentage. Not does it make sense from the Jackets' side. Why would a team struggling to create offense give up some of it's offensive depth? Would what Meier brings surpass what any two of the names you brought up provide over a full, healthy season? Even if he does, you've created another hole to fill through some method. As for my suggestion, I rarely get into actual names, but I can tell you what I would look for in a trade. Look for a team with an excess of middle six forwards where one or two could be capable of being top six (what we need) and needs, at least, one solid defenseman or a goalie (what we have plenty of). There's your most likely trade partner. My first suggestion? Toronto.
Note that I said that all we have that SJ needs is goaltending. What you're missing is answering the question of why a team (San Jose) which is weak offensively would trade a young, good forward at all.
Honestly, I don't think San Jose would consider trading him. SJ has been, slowly, getting younger. More retooling than rebuilding. I would be shocked if SJ traded him at all, much less to Columbus. About the only thing we have that SJ needs is good goaltending. I don't see Jarmo trading Elvis and I don't see SJ accepting Korpi, straight up, for Meier. Maybe, adding a couple more pieces would do it, but the Jackets don't have good draft picks &/or good prospects (i.e., the kind SJ would want) to make it worthwhile for SJ.
Actually, the headline is accurate since Gavvy could opt to return to the KHL. It's not likely, but it's possible.
Don't forget that, under Dougie Mac, 1st round picks were, frequently, installed as instant starters and expected to perform at a high level when the better option would have been to let them develop for a year or two in the AHL.
You're probably right. A couple of the sites I follow have suggested an increase in escrow percentage on player salaries.
All good points. Yet, I simply can't see the NHLPA agreeing to anything less than a $81.5 million cap because accepting anything less would cost too many jobs. Even with an $81.5 million cap, there will have to be compliance buyouts (Bob could be one.) and ridiculously one-sided trades as salary dumps so that several teams will get under the cap. But that will be a good thing because the competition in the 2020-21 season will be fierce and provide the most enjoyable season in decades for us fans.
I'm a hard "no" on retiring both Nash's and Bob's numbers. IMO, you only retire the numbers of great players who either: A) retire after spending their entire career with the team; B) are instrumental in bringing the team a championship ( or more than one); C) both.