I thought your trade was Smith, Jarnkrok and a 1st for Backlund. Which I'd agree is an overpayment.
A one dimensional winger who is on pace for 20ish points, a good defensive center who can play RW that is on pace for 32 points, and a mid round 1st in a weak draft for an elite defensive forward who is better offensively than every piece? Yeah no that is absolutely not even close to an overpayment.
I kinda overexaggerated there. A few weeks ago in my proposal no one actually did, but the only piece they were willing to offer was Smith from what I knew because of expansion draft for Backlund, and they also wanted other pieces from the Flames (Probably not just for Smith alone, but you get my point).
Meh, maybe this is Backlund's breakout year, or maybe it's an anomaly and he's really just a 20 goal, ~45 point 2-way center. Either way, I'm not at all interested in him given what it would cost to acquire him, plus he's a UFA after next year. This thread is about the expansion draft anyway, and acquiring any forward before the expansion draft isn't an option unless a D is traded for them, so this talk belongs elsewhere.
Just curious for both handedness balance, and more or less Jarnkrok is gone to expansion, what realistically from the Flames do you want for Jarnkrok? I'd like to try Jarnkrok as our top line RW with Gaudreau and Monahan.
You're going to have to try another team's board for their Swedes, it's pretty clear nobody here is interested in giving you ours.
Willie is the strongest on paper. High draft pick, power forward, playoff success, perennial upside, decent contract. Downside is staying healthy, inconsistency, and least contract remaining of the group.
Callie comes in a strong 2nd. Versatility is his biggest attribute. Smartest hockey player of the 3. Would fill many roles on an expansion team. Outstanding contract with longest contract life.
Smith has the best goal scoring resume of the 3, until this year. Fastest of the bunch. Has upside. Contract is on the high end for this year's production, but not for his history.
The Preds would prefer losing Smith. That probably won't happen. It'll be one of the others. Losing Callie would hurt the most considering everything he does and 5 more years of it at $2mm per year.
Another alternative is to leave Neal unprotected. He has a No Trade Clause in his contract, as opposed to a No Movement Clause. You don't have to protect NTC guys so Preds do have the option to leave him unprotected. He's got a relatively cheap contract ($5mm) but only one year left. If I were Poile, I'd try to sign Neal to more years before the expansion draft. If I couldn't, I'd leave him unprotected and protect Callie. If you can't sign him now, you won't sign him as a UFA the following year (learn from Suter). If Neal signs for more years, then be prepared to lose Callie or Willie.
Yeah, right. Has no reasons to walk, none at all. Will re-sign with 100% certainty.
Why did Sumter walk? Why did Hutton walk (they wanted to re-sign him)? Why do any free agents walk?
Answer: Location, Money, internal conflicts with the team/management, or a better chance to win. The reason can be any of these or any combination of them. If Nashville gets bounced in round 1 this year and next, Neal may think he has a better chance elsewhere. It doesn't matter who we have on the roster if we aren't getting results.