NHL Notes: Seth Jones Trade Destinations, A Possible Nashville Predators Reshuffle, And More
Welcome to DFO NHL Notes. Today we have speculation about where Seth jones could end, talk about how the Nashville Predators can shake things up this offseason and a vote of confidence on the core Toronto Maple Leafs.
Where will Seth Jones end up?
Earlier this week in his 31 Thoughts column, Elliotte Friedman announced that Seth Jones would not be signing a contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets …
“Columbus will be one to watch now that Seth Jones has informed the Blue Jackets that he will not be signing an overtime at this time and plans to test free will, as is his right.”
The Blue Jackets have had a miserable season in 2021, going 18-26-12. They have parted ways with head coach John Tortorella and it looks like the roster is going to see some changes as well.
A few years ago, the Blue Jackets chose not to trade impending free agents Sergey Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin and both ended up walking in free will. Columbus won’t do the same with Jones and will be looking to move him for the biggest comeback possible.
At Sportsnet, Mike Johnston listed seven teams as possible landing points for Jones: Los Angeles, Chicago, Edmonton, Philadelphia, Montreal, Detroit and Toronto.
The Oilers are a very interesting possibility. The team just had an embarrassing sweep against the Winnipeg Jets in the first round of the playoffs and they have plenty of leeway to work on. Defenders Adam larsson and Tyson barrie are both free agents and the younger brother of Jones, Caleb jones, plays in Edmonton.
A big summer ahead in Nashville
Reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2017 was meant to be the start of something special in Nashville. It was not the case.
Since 2017, the Predators have won only one playoff series. This year they fought well but were ousted in six games by the Carolina Hurricanes. With a group of overpaid and underachieving forwards, general manager David Poile could be looking to shake things up this summer.
At Tennessean, Paul Skrbina suggested the Preds could let the two Matt Duchene and Ryan johansen exposed in the expansion project …
“That doesn’t mean the Seattle Kraken will take on either of them, who both have $ 8 million cap hits and have struggled to meet their contracts. try to sweeten the deal by ceding assets to convince the Kraken to take one of them. In any case, don’t be surprised if one or both of them are exposed. surprised if neither is chosen.
Duchene and Johansen both have a cap of $ 8 million and neither player is living up to his salary. In 2021, Johansen scored 22 points in 48 games while Duchene scored just 13 points in 34 games.
There’s obviously no guarantee Seattle will want a big deal, but it would allow the Predators to prioritize other players in the Extension Draft. Nashville is loaded on the blue line, so adopt the eight skater method to protect all Romain Josi, Ryan ellis, Mattias Ekholm, and Dante Fabbro is probably the game.
Skrbina also noted that he expects the Predators and the veteran goalie Pekka rinne to conclude a new contract this summer …
It makes sense that Pekka Rinne, the “face of the franchise,” returns for a fitting callback and farewell. The 38-year-old is an unrestricted free agent who is beloved by the city and the team. He probably wouldn’t wear too big a hat trick as he settles more into the backup role, either. The two sides said they would speak soon. The two have expressed interest in reaching a deal. With no NHL-ready goaltenders in the system, Rinne’s return makes too much sense.
Juuse saros has become the starting Nashville goaltender, but Rinne can still be of use to the team as a replacement. He posted a .907 save percentage in 24 games in 2021 and likely wouldn’t command a big hit on a one-year contract with a swing song.
Kyle Dubas does not want to shake up the core of the Leafs
After another first-round playoff loss, many are suggesting it’s time for Kyle Dubas to shake up the Toronto Maple Leafs with a big trade. The scapegoat this year is Mitch Marner, who hasn’t scored a playoff goal since hanging on and winning one of hockey’s biggest contracts.
Despite the disappointment, Dubas said this week that he has no plans to move Marner or Auston Matthews…
“I understand the fans and they can feel what they want, and the media have the right to feel what they want, but they are two very great players who have shown that throughout the regular season,” Dubas said.
Marner is hitting a hit of $ 10,903,000 and with cash tight throughout the league, it won’t be easy for Dubas to secure proper value for his star winger. Even though Leafs fans are hoping for a reshuffle, it might not make sense this summer.