June 18 2016 11:40AM
The drawback to trading Jordan Eberle is that once he’s gone your team doesn’t have Jordan Eberle anymore. Specifically, you don’t have a right-shooting, elite level offensive right winger who can play with the talented young Connor McDavid. He won’t be easy to replace, but neither will any of the $6 million dollar men. Taylor Halls and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins don’t grow on trees either. That said, there isn’t a replacement for them about to enter free agency either.
June 18 2016 07:56AM
The 2016 UFA crop of defencemen isn't very deep. The Arizona Coyotes acquired the rights to the best D-man available, Alex Goligoski, yesterday for a 5th round pick in 2016 and they have the exclusive negotiating rights until next Saturday, June 25th. If they sign Goligoski before July 1st, the list of candidates becomes even less attractive.
Jason Demers, Keith Yandle and Dan Hamhuis are the other top free agent defencemen. You could land a solid, veteran 3rd pairing defender, but the list of top-four D-men is short.
Will Peter Chiarelli turn his focus to a restricted free agent instead and submit an offer sheet?
June 18 2016 07:00AM
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June 17 2016 10:00PM
Kieffer Bellows is an intriguing prospect out of the US National Development Team Program. Despite standing just 6 feet tall, he has one of the most physical, true power-forward games of this draft class. He plays aggressively, takes penalties, and takes the puck to the net.
He also scores goals: 50 in just 62 games for the USNTDP this season. The scouting community is mixed on Bellows' skating, but he'll have time to develop, and has committed to Boston University for next season.