Murray is a difficult player to assess real business value. PHN has written extensively on the potential price based on recent history and the current market, but the league-wide financial circumstances for the next two seasons or seasons are not normal. A fixed salary cap could jeopardize trade in the NHL and the business value of penguins.
Murray’s contract status is also a hindrance. This is an RFA with arbitration rights, which basically means that a third party could decide on its contractual value. This could be a detour for interested GMs, like going on a date with someone who chews with their mouth open.
An arbitration battle with Murray could be deadly for both sides. Murray will command the starting goalie’s silver, while the team discuss his numbers and recent performances that don’t deserve the best price.
The general consensus is $ 6 million. PHN believes the value will drop closer to $ 5million, but it’s still a big change for a goalie with a .899 save percentage and who hasn’t been at his best in either of the past two series. NHL playoffs.
For most teams, the salary cap space and in some cases the team’s finances will be tight. Murray may not command the high value the Penguins might have hoped for six months ago.
There are more than a handful of teams that need to improve their position as goalkeepers or need a starting goalie next season. One of those teams, and therefore the Penguins’ potential trading partner, is the Calgary Flames.
Penguin Business Potential: Calgary Flames
Calgary has a net problem and maybe a great need. They had two starting goalies, but neither claimed the net. Cam Talbot, 33, will be an unrestricted free agent. His $ 2.75 million one-year contract will expire and he hasn’t stood out as a reliable starter since 2017. His save percentage since then has been below 0.900.
David Rittich, 28, is a great goaltender who surprised everyone by making his way to the NHL quickly after Calgary signed him to the Czech leagues (he split the time between Extraliga and the Czech Lower League2) . However, his stopping percentage in NHL is only 0.907.
Calgary is in deep soul-searching after losing to Dallas in the first round. Costly forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan are in the hot seat and take the lion’s share of the blame.
Important changes could be made in Calgary.
Calgary has a pick in the first three rounds of each of the next three draft, and a pick in each round of the 2020 NHL Draft, so Calgary general manager Brad Treveling isn’t hampered by a lack of picks.
1. Sam Bennett
Penguins (and PHN) fans watched Sam Bennett from afar. He was a monster in the 2020 NHL Playoffs with eight points (5g, 3a) in 10 games. Unfortunately, for those who foresee Bennett as a potential third-row center in Pittsburgh, he has not crossed the 30-point plateau in four seasons. This season, he has scored just 12 points (8g, 4a) in 52 games.
His contract has an AAV of $ 2.55 million for one more season.
He makes an interesting talking point because he’s shown guts and guts in the playoffs, and he can play with sandpaper in the regular season, but his production doesn’t suit a Penguins third-row center.
After acquiring Kasperi Kapanen and his $ 3.2 million salary cap, the Penguins don’t have much room to carry a player like Bennett unless they feel he could score 35 points.
2. Dillon Dube
Dube, 21, could also be on the radar. He’s another responsible, two-way striker who can play in the center or the wing. He’s been in the last six forwards all day, but he’s scored at a points-per-game pace in the AHL. At 5-foot-11, 187 pounds, he’s not a big player, but he too could bring some youth and energy to the outdated Penguins.
3. Oliver Kylington
A dark horse to watch out for could be defenseman Oliver Kylington, 23, but yet to produce to match some of his individual talents. He was used as a deep defenseman in Calgary and played 48 games this season and 38 games last season.
Kylington is super fast and has good puck skills. He’s somewhat comparable to PO Joseph in terms of speed, stature, and parts of their game, which they need to solidify to earn full-time minutes in the NHL. An addition to Kylington would also give Joseph more time to develop in the AHL.
Kylington is also a southpaw and could immediately push for playing time on the third couple in the Penguins’ top six.
He needs to get away from the puck better and he needs to constantly make better decisions. It can also be passive. Kylington would have been an ideal project for former Penguins assistant coach Sergei Gonchar.
4. Emilio Pettersen
Norwegian Peterssen matures quickly at the University of Denver. He became a top forward in the college ranks with one point per game in his second season (36 pg, 13 p, 22a). He spent two seasons in the USHL, but he’s only 20 years old. He is also short, measuring 5 feet 10 inches and 170 pounds.
Pettersen has deceptive speed and good agility. And, perhaps more importantly, the scouts say he’s fearless on the wall. He doesn’t make it to the top of Calgary’s prospect list, so he too would become a player to watch.
Maybe Pettersen could be a nice catch with a draft pick… if Calgary is interested in Murray.