Over the last few days, we’ve taken your mailbag questions on Twitter using the hashtag #PHRMailbag. Here are the inquiries for our inaugural mailbag:
@DAN35NY: what would the rangers have to give to get Duchene can girardi a prospect and 2 2nd rounders
The Avalanche have a nice collection of talent up front with the likes of Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, and Mikko Rantanen on top of Matt Duchene. Unfortunately for them, their defense corps is an area of weakness, both in the short-term and long-term. Accordingly, if they’re going to move Duchene, something they’re at least willing to consider, a good young defender would need to be part of the deal.
That presents a bit of a challenge for the Rangers who really only have one young impact defensemen on their roster in Brady Skjei. They’re not likely to have interest in Dan Girardi and Marc Staal as their preference would be to add someone whose age is close to the rest of the core of their team. Ryan McDonagh is relatively close in age and has the same team control with a somewhat comparable cap hit ($6MM for Duchene versus $4.7MM for McDonagh) and if GM Joe Sakic wanted to do a one-for-one deal to shake up the core similar to the Adam Larsson–Taylor Hall swap over the offseason, that would probably be something he’d consider.
Based on their reported asking price from the Islanders (where players like Travis Hamonic and Anthony Beauvillier were mentioned on top of other players), it seems that the Avs are more interested in youngsters that can help now over future draft picks. For the Rangers, that would likely mean players like wingers Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich would be sought after along with Skjei. Overall, I don’t see a great fit trade wise between the two teams when it comes to Duchene as I believe Colorado’s preference is to get a top pairing blueliner (or someone with that type of potential) in exchange for their top line forward and that’s something the Rangers just don’t really seem to have available.
@WG894: J.Gaudreau gets 3yr ELC in 13/14 & played 1 NHL game in 13/14 so how did he sign 6yr deal? 13/14 ELC slide,no?
The slide rule only pertains to players that are junior aged (18 and 19). At the time that he signed his entry level deal, Gaudreau was already older than that so he wasn’t eligible for a slide.
The contract was signed at a time that allowed Gaudreau to burn the first year of his rookie contract by playing just one game, a common enticement offered to college players to get them to forego the remainder of their college eligibility. That way, the player gets the full signing bonus, a few days of NHL pay, and gets to restricted free agency one year earlier. It’s a small price to pay to ensure the team gets the player under contract.
I don’t think either side is unhappy with how things turned out. Gaudreau has turned into a legitimate top line forward and as a result of being able to burn the first year of his entry level pact with just one game played back in 2014, he was able to get the big bucks quickly.
@bamoro31: What are the Bruins doing?? Can’t score some nights don’t show up others. Coaching change??
There has been plenty of speculation in recent years regarding whether or not the Bruins should make a coaching change. I thought they took a bit of a step back in the offseason so they’re about where I thought they’d be standings-wise, hanging around the edge of the postseason near the halfway mark. From that standpoint, I wouldn’t lean towards making a change if I’m GM Don Sweeney.
The fact they’ve come out listless a few too many times though is a concern, especially when you’re a bubble team in the standings. Pretty much every team deals with inconsistency at times during the year, even the top ones but a lack of energy is never ideal.
Claude Julien is one of the longest-tenured coaches in the league and there’s an argument to be made that his message is growing stale and that’s why the effort level isn’t there every night. But I wouldn’t pull the trigger on a firing just yet. If Sweeney thinks this is a playoff team (and they’re right in the hunt), I’d be more inclined from his perspective to try to add to the roster first. Then if the team continues to scuffle down the stretch, it might be the time to make a change either late in the year or in the offseason.