The Stanley Cup final is not over, but already, 29 of the 31 general managers of the National Hockey League (NHL) have the freedom to trade players and some of them could change address.
Maintaining the payroll at $ 81.5 million is one of the many things that could cause a team to shed certain players. Besides, some of them have already suffered this fate, such as goalkeeper Jake Allen, defender Joel Edmundson, as well as forwards Eric Staal, Marcus Johansson, Nick Bjugstad and Kasperi Kapanen.
Marc-André Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights
To the surprise of many, the Quebec goalkeeper lost his starting position to Robin Lehner, who the Nevada team acquired through a trade before the trade deadline. Lehner did everything to preserve his playoff role, maintaining a 1.99 goals against average and .917 save rate. The Golden Knights will, however, have to award Lehner a new contract as the latter will become an unrestricted free agent on October 9.
Matt Murray or Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh Penguins
Several goalies may change address before the next season and the Penguins have already experienced a similar situation during the expansion draft, preferring Murray to Fleury. This time, the 26-year-old goalkeeper, who will become a free agent with compensation, could experience this situation differently. In addition, general manager Jim Rutherford has already made several changes to his workforce to reduce his payroll and one of the guards could suffer. If it wasn't Murray, it could be Tristan Jarry.
Nikolaj Ehlers and / or Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets
The Manitoba team would no doubt like to add a second quality center to its formation or a leading defenseman. Ehlers and Laine could be sacrifices in order to achieve these goals. The first account for $ 6 million on the payroll. The second will become a free agent with compensation after the 2020-2021 season and he could ask for a big salary, he who is able to fill the opposing net at the same rate as the best in the league.
Max Domi, Montreal Canadian
Claude Julien's troupe is well stocked in the center with the outbreaks of Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Nick Suzuki. During the playoffs, Domi was relegated to the center of the fourth unit. The forward was less productive in his second season in Montreal than in his first, dropping from 72 points to 44. Although not due to a lack of talent, Domi saw his role diminished this year.
Matt Dumba, Minnesota Wild
Not only do the Wild lack production on offense, but the organization will likely take a look at Seattle. If the lineup remains intact, one of the team's top four defenders between Ryan Suter, Jared Spurgeon, Jonas Brodin and Dumba could be claimed by the Kraken. Dumba is the only one of the four who doesn't have a no-trade clause in his contract, making him a perfect candidate for a trade.
Phil Kessel, Arizona Coyotes
Managing Director Bill Armstrong has been in office for less than a week, but he's already making his presence felt within the team, who has, among other things, fired Director of Recruitment Lindsay Hofford, in addition to having indicated he wanted to recoup some of the many draft picks lost, due to the trade for Taylor Hall and the scandal in which they were convicted of giving physical exams to Canadian Hockey League players (LCH) eligible for the next auction, before the “Combine”. The marriage between Kessel and the Coyotes did not bring the hoped-for success. The forward only registered 38 points in the last season.
Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers
Flyers defender Shayne Gostisbehere
The left-handed defenseman has lost several feathers since his 65-point season in 2017-18. Gostisbehere was left out more often than in his turn, both during the regular season and the playoffs, by head coach Alain Vigneault. The full-back could benefit from a fresh start elsewhere, despite having a pretty hefty $ 4.5 million contract.
Alex Killorn and / or Ondrej Palat and / or Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning
The surplus talent within the Lightning organization is catching up with them. Julie BriseBois will have to award contracts to free agents with compensation Mikhail Sergachev and Anthony Cirelli. Barring a miracle, one of the team's top earners will have to pack his bags and Killorn is most likely, he who has a modified no-trade clause in which he must provide a list of 16 teams he doesn't want. not be traded. The others have no-trade clauses.
Andreas Johnsson and / or Alexander Kerfoot, Toronto Maple Leafs
With three players making over $ 10 million and a shovelful of players who will become free agents by the end of next season, Kyle Dubas will have his work cut out for him not to surpass the $ 81.5 million mark. . With salaries just over $ 3 million, forwards Alexander Kerfoot and Andreas Johnsson could suffer the same fate as Kaperi Kapanen, traded to the Penguins.