HockeyBuzz.com – Kevin Allen – Ten Great Picks For Teams Looking For A New Look In The UFA Or Commercial Markets
Here are 10 pairs of teams and players that I think would be a good fit for teams considering moves in the exchange and free agent markets:
Colorado Avalanche, defenseman Seth Jones: Jones is honest and says he won’t consider extending his contract unless he’s transferred to Colorado. He developed his love of hockey growing up in the Denver area. His father, NBA player Popeye Jones, played briefly for the Nuggets. You can safely say that the Avalanche will have to wait until next summer to sign Jones. Why give advantages to the Blue Jackets? But the window of contention is open for the Avs and they don’t want to wait a season. The Blue Jackets are unable to charge the full price. Give them Devon Toews, a draft pick and a prospect and they’re all done
Seattle Kraken, defenseman Dougie Hamilton: Few teams can pay Hamilton a seven-year, $ 8 million-per-season contract, but the Kraken expansion can. Hamilton will be the lead dog of the sled. Fans will appreciate his offensive gifts. And it’s not like he’s going to a team with no chance of winning.
Anaheim Ducks, Jack Eichel: It’s time for the Ducks to step up and build an attacking team to back John Gibson. The Sabers want their No.3 pick and the Ducks will give it up. The fight will come against Jamie Drysdale or Trevor Zegras. The Ducks don’t want to give up either.
Penguins of Pittsburgh, Freddie Andersen: The Penguins want a veteran goalie to play alongside Tristan Jarry, or (maybe to take over as No.1). Director of Hockey Operations Brian Burke knows Andersen well. This would be a good solution as long as the price Andersen asks is not excessive.
Buffalo Sabers, goalie Chris Driedger: The Sabers must sell hope to an abused fan base. They cannot come back with the same gaze. Shake things up by bringing in two new goalies, including Driedger who has played exceptionally well for the Panthers. What about Driedger and Jonathan Bernier?
New Jersey Devils, left winger Jaden Schwartz: Throughout his career, Schwartz has been a consistent 50-60 point producer. The Devils were 26th in goals per game.
Los Angeles Kings, right winger Kyle Palmieri: The Kings are looking for two scorers to enter their top six. Palmieri is a constant performer.
Edmonton Oilers, goalie Elvis Merzlikins: He is only 27 years old and has the potential to make a difference at net.
Carolina Hurricanes, defenseman Risto Ristolainen: If the Hurricanes lose Hamilton, Ristolainen could be an intriguing replacement. The ‘Canes are a contender. They will face the loss of Hamilton. Ristolainen only has one season left on his contract. But they can worry about it later.
Arizona Coyotes, defenseman Ryan Murray: The Coyotes are looking to rebuild their defense and Murray would be a good choice for the middle duo. He m