Scott Hartnell is 31 years old and has 5 years and 22.5 million dollars left on a contract with a 4.75 million cap hit, and is coming off a year that had him on the same 30 point pace as some other notorious disappointments around the NHL.
If he would cost much more than a 7th round pick and Philip Larsen, it must be because Holmgrem thinks the Flyers have 2 freebee buyouts each year under the new CBA.
Hartnell broke his foot and missed the first month of the season, and struggled a bit on a bad team coming back.
He's also in the age range of all the powerforwards on the market this year(Clowe - 30, Clarkson - 29), and will likely end up with the lowest cap hit of all three of them, he's also a superior player.
If the Oilers move Yakupov back to the LW after the success he had on the RW late in the season I'll be sorely disappointed. He is a RW and should be used there.
I've watchd Nail play a lot in Sarnia and it really doesn't matter but he has a comfort zone on the right side I wouldn't mess with. I think you're going to see a crazy jump from him this year in production.
So as of now we're looking ok on the right wing, but we need a left winger and a center.
I really think that Mac-T must be trying to trade Hemsky and Nick Schultz to acquire either a center or a left winger. If we ate some salary in such a trade, I wonder which left wingers would be available.
I'd target Mikkel Boedker or Nikolai Kulemin if I were Mac-T. They've got a physical edge, a bit of offensive upside.