Byfuglien’s new deal opens up trade market

The stalemate for NHL trades is seemingly coming to an end. Dustin Byfuglien’s new deal with the Winnipeg Jets signals the start of what appears to be an active and exciting trading period. 

Many teams were holding back from making a move while waiting to see what Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff would do with impending unrestricted free agents Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd. The former was solved on Monday, with Byfuglien inking a new five year, 7.6 million per deal. This in all likelihood means that Andrew Ladd will be traded and gives the teams around the league a clearer outlook on what is going to happen on the trade front. 

The second ripple came just a day after of the Byfuglien signing, with Dion Phaneuf being dealt to Ottawa in a monstrous nine-player deal. Salary, prospects, and picks were exchanged, leaving most fans shocked. 

A few hours later, it was reported by Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports that Justin Schultz of the Edmonton Oilers was going to be a heathy scratch tonight possibly due to a trade. Schultz has been awful, for lack of a better term, this year but has the potential to thrive in the right situation. Buffalo and San Jose could be two teams in on him (among others). 

With Byfuglien off the market, Roman Polak’s and Dan Hamhuis’ value have increased. A weak defensive pool both trade wise and free agent wise could leave the Leafs and Canucks in a good position if they choose to move said players. The Kings have been long rumored to be going after a tough defenseman and were linked to Byfuglien, so Polak would make sense. Colorado and Washington would also be fits. 

Kevin Shattenkirk and Keith Yandle have both been asked about but it is doubtful either move. 

The defensive market has definitely opened up and the forward group shouldn’t be too far behind. I would expect an active trade deadline, which is now less than three weeks away. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

Jets have personnel decisions to make on defense 

There have been a lot of trade rumors swirling around the Winnipeg Jets organization this season, mostly involving defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and forward Andrew Ladd. It was initially believed that they would try to keep Ladd and trade Byfuglien, but things have seemed to switch over the past few weeks. 

The Jets are a bottom-ten team in the NHL this year and are poised to be sellers at the deadline. As next season rolls around, their defense could look a lot different. 

For one, Tobias Enstrom has reportedly been shopped around recently. Enstrom, 31, has seen a steady decline in his point totals every year since the 2009-2010 season with the Atlanta Thrashers. He is on pace for under 20 points this year. 

Enstrom isn’t exactly the tastiest of pieces that is on the market. His lack of production coupled with being on the books for two more years after this one at 5.75 million per makes him difficult to trade without the Jets eating a significant amount of his contract. 

The other name the Jets have to figure out what to do with is Jacob Trouba. The ninth overall pick in 2012, Trouba is set for a big pay increase, as he is a restricted free agent this year. The Jets certainly do not want to trade him but they may be backed into a corner if they re-sign Byfuglien long term at 7 million per or more. 

Gary Lawless, @garylawless, of The Hockey News suggests that if Byfuglien is re-signed for this price, a Hamonic for Trouba deal may make sense due to Hamonic’s lower cap hit. 

Tyler Myers has been thrown out in discussions, mostly for Travis Hamonic, but a move involving him is highly unlikely.

The Jets defense could look like a number of combinations next year, with the likes of Byfuglien, Myers, Trouba, Enstrom, Hamonic, Stuart, Postma, Chiarot, and Morrissey all in the running. 

Kevin Cheveldayoff has less than 30 days to decide his course of action heading into the offseason which will decide the fate of his hockey club for the 2016-2017 season. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

The Montreal Canadiens should shut down Carey Price for the season 

The campaign for the Montreal Canadiens has gone down the drain ever since their most valuable player, and the league’s most valuable player in 2014-2015, went down with an injury again. The team has found itself floundering and is now five points out of the final wild card spot in the East with two more games played than the team they are tying to catch. 

Carey Price was seen limping while skating recently and it raises the question about his availability for the rest of the season. Marc Bergevin and company have to decide whether or not they want to bring back their star player for the home stretch. 

There are two sides to this dilemma. One is bringing him back for a late season run and hoping that you can squeeze out a playoff spot, which is becoming more and more difficult by the day. You risk Price re-injuring himself with this and that could set him back even further which is the last thing the team needs. 

The other option might be the best to go with at this point. Shut down Carey Price for the season and re-tool for next year. 

It’s a tough pill to swallow but the organization may need to do it. The team doesn’t have any big unrestricted free agents they can deal, although Tom Gilbert and Dale Weise would generate some interest. Weise fits in well so I doubt they would want to move him anyways. 
By shutting down Price, a few things will happen for the Canadiens. 

One, they’ll get a good draft pick. They still have their first round pick this year and they currently only sit seven points from the bottom five of the league. This gives them a good chance at one of Tkachuk or Chychrun most likely, although they would get an increased chance at landing Auston Matthews due to the new draft lottery rules. 

Secondly, they get a fully healthy Carey Price. The reality is that Price won’t be back 100% for a few more weeks. The team, in my opinion, would be better off starting fresh in 2016-2017 with Price at best health rather than having him try to carry the team on his back to the playoffs in the last 15 to 20 games of the year. 

Thirdly and lastly, it gives them a good chance to truly evaluate their roster and make some moves. The team surrounding Carey Price is simply not good enough and this stretch has proven it. The pressure, so to speak, will be alleviated if they throw in the towel this year and it’ll give Marc Bergevin time to work before the trade deadline and draft to see who will be a permanent member of the team and who will have to go. 

It’s a tough decision, but shutting down Carey Price may be the road the Canadiens have to take. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles 

Nashville and Florida are set to go on the aggression at the trade deadline 

As we know, the trade deadline is rapidly approaching and teams are beginning to decide their plans of action. The Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers are expected to be two teams on the aggression come February 29th. 

The Nashville Predators currently sit one point out of a playoff spot behind the Colorado Avalanche and two points behind the Minnesota Wild. Anaheim and Vancouver are knocking on the door behind them by three points, but the Pacific Division makes it a weird case. 

Despite already pulling off the biggest trade of the year with Ryan Johansen and Seth Jones, the Predators are expected to continue trying to add pieces over this next month. Granted, they’ve found themselves out of the playoff picture partly due to Pekka Rinne’s poor play (.906 SV%), but the team still needs to add offense. 

Loui Eriksson has been a name that has popped up there recently. He is looking for a long term deal with a lot of cash, so he’d likely be a rental over anything. Another player the Predators should explore going after is Teddy Purcell from Edmonton. Purcell currently has 29 points in 50 games for the Oilers. He would be one of the cheaper options. 

I wonder what Nashville is going to do with college standout Jimmy Vesey. He is set to be able to become a free agent this summer and Nashville still hasn’t signed him. He is tearing it up in Harvard as he has the past few years. Would he be a good trade chip if teams are willing to risk losing him? The Predators don’t seem to be in a good position to sign him as of now. 

The Panthers are in a similar boat to Nashville although they are poised to be even more aggressive. Everyone, including most recently Pierre LeBrun, have pegged them as a perfect landing spot for Andrew Ladd. Reports out of Florida indicate that they have no interest in him, but I’m not so sure you can buy into that. He would come at a hefty price, but Tallon knows him from Chicago and he has only gotten better since then. 

Vancouver and Calgary also pose intriguing options with Radim Vrbata and Jiri Hudler respectively. Both players are set to be free agents this summer, however both teams can still squeeze out a playoff birth in the Pacific, Vancouver more likely. These next few weeks will determine whether these two men make it to the market and I would not expect a deal to be made before February 29th. 

This trade deadline is set to be an exciting one, not just for Panthers and Predators fans. We should have a lot to talk about. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

18 thoughts about the Islanders at the All-Star break

The Islanders reached the all star break of the NHL season from their perspective last night and there is a lot to talk about. They currently sit third in the Metropolitan Division behind the Rangers and Capitals, although they can overtake the Rangers with their two games in hand. 
These are some of the things I thought of from the “first half” of the year. 

1. This run after the break will separate the Islanders into one of two categories: men or boys. They didn’t have as good of a first half as last year, so a repeat of the awful second half last year cannot happen. They don’t have too much breathing room regarding playoffs, either. 

2. John Tavares finally seems to be getting back to his old self again, which is good. He needs to be on the top of his game always, it’s just what is required from your superstars. Sure there are anomaly games, but Tavares hit a huge rough patch in December/January and is just now breaking out of it. You have to wonder if he is or was hiding an injury, if the mystery illness was still affecting him, or he just lost some motivation for a while. The last one is the least likely, but it’s still something to look into. 

3. Speaking of Tavares, there’s right to be worried about him for the all star game. The guy could really use some rest and the 3 on 3 tournament for twenty minutes definitely won’t help that. He seems to get tired really easily as of late. 

4. In terms of the all star game, Frans Nielsen should be there. He’s been the Islanders’ MVP all season long. He’s been his usual good defensive self, and to top that he’s having a career year offensively. Nielsen is such a huge part to the club which is why he’ll likely get contract priority over Kyle Okposo in the summer. 

5. The Islanders need to make a splash at the trade deadline, but not necessarily a big one. They don’t need to sacrifice a first round pick or a top prospect for Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, or anyone of that nature, but they do need to add someone. Some players I like for depth are Kris Versteeg or David Jones. 

6. The team needs Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolay Kulemin to be better. Kulemin has his penalty kill duties which he does well. Still, some more offense from the both of them would be appreciated. 

7. I don’t think there’s reason to worry about Anders Lee. He seems to have shifted his game when playing 5v5 to an along the boards type style rather than in front of the net like he played when with John Tavares. He doesn’t get as many points from that standpoint, but he opens up a lot of room for his linemates. He does however get in front of the net on the powerplay, which the team needs. He’ll get back on track in the points department soon (even though he’s not going to be that far off from his total last year). 

8. Speaking of not worrying: how about Brock Nelson? He’s channeled his inner sniper and has started shooting the puck more and has found himself on Tavares’ line again. Having someone that can shoot from almost anywhere on the ice would be a huge plus for the top line. He’s done just that and leads the team in goals now with 19. 

9. Thomas Greiss has been a nice surprise. I knew he was going to be a good backup, but he has really taken the reigns and run with it. There’s no complaining or sense of doubt when he gets the start. He held the fort while Halak was out despite two rough games to Pittsburgh and Dallas, but I think he was overworked at that point. 

10. Regarding Kyle Okposo and the upcoming trade deadline, you have to keep him. Having him for the playoff run then risking losing him is something I’d be willing to do. 

11. Calvin de Haan has been great so far this year. After a stellar rookie season, he looked like he fell off a cliff for most of 2014-2015. His game has improved tremendously and he has become one of the most reliable Isles defensemen in the back end. 

12. Another young defenseman, Adam Pelech, also looked good this year. Unfortunately after just seven games he was ruled out indefinitely with an injury and it looks season ending. He looked fine during the end of the Rangers game so hopefully it is not something serious and not non-hockey related. Best of luck to Pelech in his recovery and to that it is nothing worse than it seems. 

13. Nick Leddy started off slow offensively this year but he has picked it up as of late, but it was never in doubt. Leddy is an extremely skilled skater and can play in almost any situation. He and Travis Hamonic made up the top defense pair for the team until Hamonic and Boychuk got injured and it worked well. I wouldn’t be surprised if it went back to that after the break when Boychuk returns. 

14. Not related to the season, but I really like Parker Wotherspoon as a prospect. Fourth rounder in 2015, solid two way defender. 42 points in 46 WHL games this year. Watch out for him in the future — trade bait or development wise. 

15. I like the way the Isles are treating the penalty kill this year. They’re attacking the players and not waiting for the players to converge onto them. So far it’s working and the Isles are at 87.2 percent (2nd in the league). 

16. As for the powerplay, they’re middle of the road at 17.5 percent (18th in the league). The current first unit is Tavares, Nielsen, Lee, Okposo, and Leddy, but personally I’d try out Nelson in place of Okposo. Okposo is a good player but hasn’t been nearly as effective as he should be on the first line powerplay. 

17. Marek Zidlicky hasn’t been nearly as impressive as I thought he would be. He is just as advertised: an offensive defenseman. He has a good shot but doesn’t use it enough. He knows how to escape coverage in the offensive zone. He also seems to find himself making unnecessary plays often. The thing that bugs me the most about Zidlicky is how slow he is getting to the puck. He seems to just watch it and drift toward it until he is out of position and gets beaten by the attacker. 

18. The Islanders need to be better in the first period. They far too often come out flat-footed and are run into the ground in the first twenty minutes. They’re a fantastic third period team, but it’s tough having to battle from behind all the time. Whether you put that on the players or coaches is up to you. 

That’s about all I can think of for now. The second half of the season will be a sprint for the Islanders and they need to be ready to take the bull by the horns. That goes for management and players. The last thing in the world this team needs is a subpar second half and a playoff miss. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

Trade Winds: one more month until the NHL trade deadline 

The trade deadline is rapidly approaching and is now about one month away. Teams are beginning to see whether or not they want to sell their players at the deadline meaning the speculation will continue to increase. 

The Buffalo Sabres are still shopping Tyler Ennis but to no avail yet. He has been disappointing this year and with a crowded top-six of young players in Buffalo, he may not have a spot. Due to his high salary, some will have to be retained. Jamie McGinn is also being looked at around the league, but Buffalo likes him. Could he pull a Matt Moulson and sign back with Buffalo in the summer after being traded? We’ll see. 

The Canucks have been looking around the league for potential suitors for Radim Vrbata and Dan Hamhuis. The latter has had injury problems this year, however Vrbata would be a nice pickup for a team in the playoff hunt. Someone like Florida, Nashville, or one of the New York teams could have interest in the forward. 

The Coyotes are very reluctant to move Mikkel Boedker although nothing is impossible. The Danish left winger is due for a big pay increase from his current 3.75 million.

You wonder what the deal is with Yevgeni Medvedev and the Flyers is. He is a good defenseman and would be great for a playoff run for any team but the Flyers are still in the thick of the playoff race themselves. The Flyers also have an influx of young defensemen coming up through the system which could make Medvedev expendable. 

Keith Yandle continues to be shopped but nothing as of yet. It might be in best interest for the Rangers, given their closing window, to get this playoff run out of him. 

Columbus is expected to be very aggressive at the trade deadline. Although they have no big unrestricted free agents, certain names could be moved out such as Kerby Rychel. The David Clarkson contract has been thrown out there but to no takers. 

The Islanders seem to be at a gridlock with Travis Hamonic and Kyle Okposo. Hamonic’s trade won’t come until the offseason and the Islanders don’t want to give up Okposo for futures so they may end up keeping him and risk losing him to free agency. 

The Jets have equally looked around for Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien. Nothing is out of the question for the deadline for either player. Ladd is the more feasible option for the team, however. 

Don’t be surprised if the Anaheim Ducks make another move prior to February 29th. Likely a defense for offense move. 

More to come as the trade deadline draws nearer. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

2016 NHL Mock Draft: Edition I (January) 

Standings as of 1/19/15
Edition I of my mock drafts. January’s is always tough to predict, especially because of the standings. 

1. CBJ: Auston Matthews: best player available in draft, almost sure fire #1 overall 

2. TOR: Jesse Puljujarvi – explosive offensively, good in WJC for gold medal winning Finland 

3. BUF: Patrik Laine – another Finland native, could easily go second 

4. EDM: Matt Tkachuk – best player available, plays tough and aggressive. Would be a good add for Edmonton. 

5. CGY: Jakob Chychrun – best defenseman in the draft but not ready to immediately step in 

6. WPG: Alex Nylander – high profile scorer, brother of William. Will fit in nicely with core of Ehlers and Petan

7. ANA: Julien Gauthier – one of the better Canada players at the WJC 

8. CAR: Michael McLeod – big, two-way center. Carolina needs a forward at their pick. 

9. VAN: Olli Juolevi – good skater and two way defender. Vancouver could go with a number of options, however. 

10. NSH: Pierre-Luc Dubois – big scorer who fits Nashville’s size and skill model

11. PHI: Clayton Keller – small in size but good skater with skill; similar to Konecny

12. NJD: Kieffer Bellows – skilled winger that New Jersey needs

13. PIT: Jake Bean – quick defenseman who fits Pittsburgh’s quick style of play

14. OTT: Mikhail Sergachev – big, smart defenseman. Ottawa could go F here too but hard to see Sergachev slip further 

—CURRENT PLAYOFF CUTOFF—

15. COL: Dante Fabbro – good puck moving defenseman that Colorado needs

16. ARZ: Max Jones – big powerforward that would complement Domi nicely in the future 

17. BOS (SJS): Tyson Jost – playmaker, big in size and fits Boston’s mold  

18. MTL: Tyler Benson – one of the better scoring forwards that could slip later in the draft if MTL gets it together 

19. BOS: Logan Brown – another big, skilled forward for the B’s 

20. TBL: Dimitry Sokolov – Russian, good all around offensively

21. MIN: Charles McAvoy – smart skater and breakout in college. Represented USA at WJC

22. ARZ (NYR): Logan Stanley – huge defenseman but has a tendency to take penalty minutes

23. NYI: Alex DeBrincat – high scoring forward who will slip due to size 

24. DET: Rasmus Asplund – skilled forward and quietly great at WJC 

25. FLA: Kale Clague – good defensively & skating wise 

26. CAR (LAK): Sam Steel – good all around playmaker 

27. STL: Riley Tufte – good shot, big player too which fits St. Louis 

28. DAL: Brett Howden – good all around powerforward

29. CHI: Markus Niemelainen – not flashy but gets job done defensible 

30. WSH: Vitalii Abramov – small but skilled like Vrana 

More mock drafts will come in the future. The earliest ones are always the hardest, but we’ll get a clearer look once the draft comes nearer and we can get past the trade deadline to see which team is doing what.
-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles
 

Carolina needs to bite the bullet and trade Eric Staal at the deadline, despite being in the playoff race 

The Carolina Hurricanes have had a good past two months and have now found themselves only two points out of the playoff race. No one expected them to be there, despite rolling with a good young core. Now, Ron Francis has some serious decisions to make regarding the present and future of his hockey club. 

The Hurricanes have ten unrestricted free agents to deal with this year: Cam Ward, John-Michael Liles, Kris Versteeg, Nathan Gerbe, Riley Nash, Brad Malone, Zach Boychuk, Drew MacIntyre, Derek Ryan, and captain Eric Staal. Notable restricted free agents include Chris Terry, Ryan Murphy, and Viktor Rask. Outside of a few names, none truly jump out as big contracts beside Eric Staal. The Hurricanes were expected to sell him at this trade deadline but the playoff race has made things all the more complicated. 

The Hurricanes are in that transition period. Just exiting the rebuild, but not quite there to be a contender. A lot of their core players are young players, like Hanifin, Faulk, Skinner, Lindholm, Nestrasil, and Lack. Eric Staal still has a spot on the team and is currently their second leading point-scorer (behind Justin Faulk and tied with Kris Versteeg) but it may be in the team’s best interest to trade him come February 29th. 

This doesn’t mean it is the end of the storyline, though. Staal could easily pull a move like Antoine Vermette or Matt Moulson did and re-sign with the team that traded him three months prior. Staal is due for a pay decrease from his 9.5 million dollar salary which is an odd case on its own. 

The Hurricanes have a good core of defensive prospects in Haydn Fleury, Roland McKeown, Noah Hanifin, and Brett Pesce amongst others. Dealing Staal for forwards prospects and or draft picks might be a good route to go since they are severely lacking in that prospect department. Add a few good forwards into the mix with that defensive core plus Alex Nedeljkovic in net and you have yourself a good team in two to three years. 

Let’s face it: the Carolina Hurricanes need a miracle and a half to make a deep run in the playoffs. Anomalies like the 2012 Los Angeles Kings or the 2006 Edmonton Oilers, where the eighth seed makes it to the Stanley Cup Finals, happen, but it is unlikely to happen for this Hurricanes team. 

Eric Staal would fetch a pretty penny on the trade market and he, his agent, and the organization need to realize this is the right short term plan for the team and it is not the end of the road for both of these parties. 

We will get a clearer look of how things will shake out as the trade deadline draws nearer. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

Montreal, Anaheim, and St. Louis emerge as frontrunners for Jonathan Drouin

The Jonathan Drouin saga has been going on for a couple of weeks now and frontrunner have emerged. From the west, the Ducks and Blues have the most interest. In the east, Montreal will be making a big push for him. That does not rule out another team like Buffalo or Nashville, but these three teams have expressed serious interest thus far. 

Anaheim Ducks 

The Ducks seem to be in the best position regarding Drouin at this point. They have a lot of depth on defense and they desperately need goal scoring. Sami Vatanen has been a name that has gotten thrown out there. Nick Ritchie as well. The Ducks are extremely reluctant to move Shea Theodore but it all depends on how desperate they are for Drouin and potential goal scoring. 

St. Louis Blues 

Robby Fabbri’s name has been thrown into discussions, which would be a nice piece for Tampa Bay to add if they are giving up Drouin. A one-for-one with Kevin Shattenkirk is highly unlikely, although he still could be involved. A trade between the Blues and Lightning would include a lot of moving pieces giving the availability of Blues players and their position in the standings right now. We all saw how long the trade with Bartley, Elliott, and Tinordi took to orchestrate, so don’t hold your breathe. 

Montreal Canadiens 

The Canadiens don’t have the depth on the blueline that Anaheim, per say, has, but they still have the pieces to make it work. Nathan Beaulieu is a name that can be thrown in. Due to the lack of high-quality defensemen they can move, a mid-to-high quality forward plus a pick and/or prospect(s) would be included. Montreal would have to overpay if they want Drouin due to being in the same division as Tampa Bay. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

Montreal, Anaheim, and St. Louis emerge as frontrunners for Jonathan Drouin

The Jonathan Drouin saga has been going on for a couple of weeks now and frontrunner have emerged. From the west, the Ducks and Blues have the most interest. In the east, Montreal will be making a big push for him. That does not rule out another team like Buffalo or Nashville, but these three teams have expressed serious interest thus far. 

Anaheim Ducks 

The Ducks seem to be in the best position regarding Drouin at this point. They have a lot of depth on defense and they desperately need goal scoring. Sami Vatanen has been a name that has gotten thrown out there. Nick Ritchie as well. The Ducks are extremely reluctant to move Shea Theodore but it all depends on how desperate they are for Drouin and potential goal scoring. 

St. Louis Blues 

Robby Fabbri’s name has been thrown into discussions, which would be a nice piece for Tampa Bay to add if they are giving up Drouin. A one-for-one with Kevin Shattenkirk is highly unlikely, although he still could be involved. A trade between the Blues and Lightning would include a lot of moving pieces giving the availability of Blues players and their position in the standings right now. We all saw how long the trade with Bartley, Elliott, and Tinordi took to orchestrate, so don’t hold your breathe. 

Montreal Canadiens 

The Canadiens don’t have the depth on the blueline that Anaheim, per say, has, but they still have the pieces to make it work. Nathan Beaulieu is a name that can be thrown in. Due to the lack of high-quality defensemen they can move, a mid-to-high quality forward plus a pick and/or prospect(s) would be included. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

Alex Goligoski’s future in Dallas is uncertain 

Alex Goligoski is due for a new contract this offseason and his future in Dallas remains up in the air. The 30 year old defenseman has three goals and 20 points in 45 games this year and has helped guide Dallas to third in the league as of midway through January. Goligoski is a veteran of 525 NHL games and has seen time with the Penguins along with the Stars. 

The Stars also have Jason Demers to re-sign this offseason, but they are in a better position with him since he will likely command less than Goligoski. 

Moving forward, the Stars without Goligoski would have Oduya, Klingberg, Demers, Nemeth, Lindell, and Jokkipakka/Johns on defense. 

Alex Goligoski’s next contract will likely command term and major money, and the Stars need to estimate whether or not they are willing to pay him what he wants. He could fetch between four to six years at five to six million on the free agent market. 

The Stars also need to worry about Jamie Benn’s contract which ends after next season. 

At the current odds, Alex Goligoski’s return to Dallas next season is unlikely. He will be there for the end of the year since Dallas is in the hunt for the Cup this year. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

Eight absurd hockey purchases you could make if you won the Powerball

The Powerball is up to 1.5 billion dollars. That’s a lot of money. If no one wins tonight, it’ll skyrocket to 2 billion. Say, someone wins it tonight, they’d get around 700 million in liquid cash if they pleased after taxes. Let’s take a look at what that person could do with that 700 million. 

1. Employ 33 Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews duos

Kane and Toews are set to make a combined 21 million next year after inking new deals. With 700 million dollars, you could have the duo 33 times over with a comfortable 7 million left over. 

2. Buy the Carolina Hurricanes, Arizona Coyotes, AND Florida Panthers 

According to Forbes’ list, you could buy all three of these franchises and still have 69 million left over. The list has Carolina at $225 million, Arizona at $220 million, and Florida at $186 million. 

3. Buy the Philadelphia Flyers and employ five of Claude Giroux

With your 700 million, the highest you could go on the franchise list is Philadelphia at $660 million. The Canucks are just out of reach at $745 million. At least you’ll have a little left over for all of those Giroux clones. 

4. Buy approximately 2.3 million NHL-caliber hockey sticks

This one is a rough estimate, but you’d be able to get just over two million hockey sticks like the pros use with your 700 million, assuming the average is about $300. 

5. Make 60,000 Stanley Cups

According to The Richest, the average Stanley Cup today would cost about $11,000 since it is 460 ounces of silver with silver at $23 an ounce. With the 700 million, and at $11,000 a Cup, you could make 63,000 Stanley Cups. You’re welcome, Buffalo. 

6. Buy A LOT of hockey pucks

To get 12 hockey pucks online, you’re paying about $20. So with your money, you could get 420,000,000 pucks. Enough said. 

7. Pay Gary Bettman’s salary ten times over 

Sportnet revealed that Bettman’s salary (per a recent league filing) was just about 10 million dollars. That means that you pay for Bettman’s salary 70 times over evenly. 

8. Buy 11 million copies of NHL 16

NHL 16 is at a value of about $60 depending on when you get it, meaning striking the lotto would get you 11 million copies of the game with enough money left over to buy 100,000 Xbox One consoles. 

That’s a lot of things you can buy with this money, some more practical than others. I didn’t do the math but I’m pretty sure you’d be able to cover some states in synthetic ice with the money if you really wanted to. May the luck be ever in your favor. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

References: 

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The Richest

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