THE SELECTION TABLE
Rarely during the year do the vast majority of key decision makers from all 32 NHL teams gather in one place. The repechage is one of those occasions as the heads of almost every club are currently based in Montreal. This type of environment – the first personal draft in three years – facilitates transactions.
“I think it’s always a good thing when you come face-to-face with someone and say, ‘I’d like to trade A for B,’ or whatever,” said Nashville Predators general manager Mike Zeisberger, David Poile NHL.com. “In contrast to a phone call, you get straight to the point very quickly. You might be playing video games or something and not concentrating. »
With the free agent market opening next week, some clubs may need more space under the salary cap, which could lead to mid-draft trades.
“I think there are a lot of conversations like that in the league, from the discussions I’ve had,” Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher told Zeisberger. “We will see whether this leads to further transactions. But sure, there are teams trying to afford more cap flexibility at the moment, whether that’s by using draft picks or adopting different types of contracts.
“Everyone is trying to be creative to maximize their flexibility as they approach the free agent market and prepare to find players to help their team. But we all need young players, so these draft picks are essential. »
Currency exchange in Chychrun?
As the close neared last spring, defenseman Jakob Chychrun’s future with the Arizona Coyotes was the subject of much speculation. The 24-year-old is halfway through a 6-year contract worth $27.6million and could be the answer to a team’s need for a left-handed defender but no swap has yet been made by the team just waiting for a better offer.
Could the draft be the coyotes’ time to pull the trigger?
TSN insider Darren Dreger reports speculation linking Chychrun to tonight’s second pick New Jersey Devils and seventh pick Ottawa Senators.
The Coyotes already have two options, 3rd and 27th, with the selection of the Carolina Hurricanes acquired during Christian Dvorak’s move to the Montreal Canadiens (the Canadiens had the choice as compensation for Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s signing at receive the Hurricanes). ).
Dreger notes that a deal with the Senators seems the less likely of the two given the team is already on the left.
Chychrun played 47 games for the Coyotes last season, recording 7 goals and 14 assists.
Blackhawks want pick 1ah round
The Chicago Blackhawks are one of eight teams without a first-round pick tonight. The Blackhawks traded their number 6 to the Columbus Blue Jackets last summer. But could the team find a way to regain speaking rights in the first round?
General Manager Kyle Davidson told Ben Pope about it on the eve of his first draft as GM Chicago Sun Times that he was actively looking for a first-round pick if the price was right.
“There’s a lot of talking, a lot of phone calls and analysis,” Davidson hinted. “I would love to go to the first lap but if nothing makes sense for us then I won’t be disappointed. »
Speculation surrounding the Hawks says they could use forward Alex DeBrincat to earn a first-round pick. DeBrincat will enter the final year of a 3-year, $19.2 million contract next season, after which he will become a restricted free agent. He is coming off the second season with 40+ goals of his five-year NHL career.
Davidson declined to say more but claims his phone is ringing.
“We get a lot of calls. But people know pretty quickly if there’s going to be a deal or not… and you tend to hear the same teams over and over again. Things have really come down on a few teams lately because they know what they want so we’ll see if that helps. »
Keep an eye on the devils
In addition to being interested in Chychrun’s services as mentioned above, the Devils also worked on several acts including acquiring the services of a goaltender promoting ESPN network’s Emily Kaplan.
DeBrincat would also be targeted, adds Kaplan and the TSN network’s venerable Bob McKenzie.
I do not know if the talented @emilymkaplan somehow linked NJD to a potential Alex DeBrincat trade with CHI, but if so, I’d agree. If not, I’d just say that NJ is one of several teams with a significant interest in DeBrincat. #Outsider https://t.co/9nKhg2lSJc
— Bobby Margarita (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 7, 2022