Kahun tankers left money on the table
Postmedia’s Kurt Leavins reports that recently signed forward Dominik Kahun turned down larger offers early on in free agency before joining the Edmonton Oilers for $ 975,000 on a one-year contract.
Leavins also notes that Kahun had longer-term deals on the table, including an Oilers who was set to go for more than a season. Leavins writes that Kahun’s agent may have misread the deal and that’s where he ended up. He said:
Several sources have told me that Dominik Kahun had other offers at the start of Free Agency, and for more money than what the Oilers ultimately inked him for. Maybe Kahun’s portrayal felt he could do better.
I am led to believe that there have been discussions on a multi-year agreement. And that the club and the player are more than willing to host an extension midway through 2020-2021.
source – ‘A look at how Dominik Kahun became an Edmonton oil tanker: 9 things’ – Kurt Leavins – Edmonton Journal – 08/11/2020
There is no reason to believe that if Kahun and Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl click, the team won’t be looking to extend Kahun sooner rather than later.
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Statsny added to the commercial value of Laine?
At first glance, the idea of the Winnipeg Jets trading for Paul Statsny is to help Patrik Laine find a lineman where he will produce and be happy in Winnipeg. While that’s certainly true, in part, that may not be why the Jets made the deal.
According to Sean Reynolds of Sportsnet’s Hockey Central, the Jets actually thought about adding Statsny to Laine’s business value. Reynold says, “Yeah, I think it definitely is and I think that’s one of the main reasons this decision is made.”
“If he wants to leave town I don’t think that changes that, but what it does for the Jets is bring in a guy like Paul Stastny, who he’s been successful with in the past,” and they can rekindle that success. , then it makes Patrik Laine even more valuable in the trade market. “
This will be an interesting story to watch, as it could mean the Jets will move from Laine and Stastny this season to potentially moving both Laine and Stastny this season. Stastny only has this last year on his current contract and if he clicks with Laine and Laine is moved, why not trade Stastny too?
The Canucks were trying to keep Toffoli
According to Sportsnet’s Iain MacIntyre, the Vancouver Canucks were trying to make a cap trade before forward Tyler Toffoli signed up to the Montreal Canadiens in free agency this offseason. MacIntyre writes:
Benning has prioritized improving the top four in defense rather than maintaining his top six forwards. But that leaves Green with one less weapon to work with when he returns next season for the final year of his contract.
There is speculation that Canucks general manager Jim Benning may still be looking to change his salary and add a notable free agent before the start of next season. If winger Micheal Ferland went for the LTIR, it would help the Canucks’ capping situation, but there is no clear indication of where he is at this point.
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Two forwards and three defensemen for the Maple Leafs?
The Toronto Star’s Dave Feschuk writes that Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe could try to deploy a line strategy using two forwards and three defensemen in a regular 5v5 game. an intriguing idea considering the Leafs are so adept in the attacking position.
The idea would be to keep a third man high on the front chess and have three players back, limiting breakdowns in defense. Problems arise when you do not have capable and imaginative mobile advocates.
Former assistant coach of the AHL Marlies, Jack Han notes:
“It makes sense that most teams don’t switch to 2F3D… You’re still going to leave talent on the table if you dress more defenders than forwards, because as you grow older the best players usually play forward.
He notes that this approach likely won’t be used that often if used, but there will be something to watch out for and he’s curious to see the Maple Leafs try it out.
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