I can't quite figure out they make the cap work. They are currently in LTIR, using Pacioretty and Tuch's money. Tuch out for Eichel, who presumably goes onto LTIR. None of their injuries are season enders. Pacioretty is due back in a month, Eichel supposedly around the Olympic break, Wild Bill broke a foot the other day but that's only 6-8 weeks. Back of the envelope math, with Eichel in and Tuch/Krebs out they come in at around $89 million with everyone healthy. Maybe they never get there, but I don't quite get the cap gymnsastics here. Maybe they'll Kucherov Eichel but that was suck for him given he hasn't played in forever and the current injuries are putting them in a little bit of a hole and they may not be able to cruise to the post season without him.Take a bow. I spit out my coffee with this.
And to just keep this on topic…..if Vegas gets everyone back healthy, they could be an absolute monster after the Olympics.
If you're a susbriber, The Athletic usually does top 100 lists or so every now and again. They don't appear to have done one recently, but they did do recent team-by-team U23 lists and rankings. FWIW, they have Krebs in the same tier as Casey Mittlestadt who was 4th on the Sabres behind Dahlin, Power and Cozens. The Sabres ranked as having the best prospect pool in the NHL. Krebs was Vegas' #1 prospect, who ranked 19 as a team.Finally. Knew it was close these past few days and expected to wake up to news that he was shipped to Calgary based on all of the smoke last evening. I am just getting back into hockey and was wondering if any of you guys had a recommendation for an NHL prospects resource. I can see prospect rankings by team, but not by league like MLB has. I am trying to figure out where Krebs would rank in relation to players like Dylan Cozens, Trevor Zegras, Matt Boldy, etc.
I think it's really simple - the Sabres would not retain any cap hit. Had they been willing to hold on to ~$3mm of Eichel's salary, the dynamics would have been a lot different.The first round pick Buffalo is getting is top 10 protected.
I realize it's highly unlikely that pick ends up in the top 10, but it boggles my mind when teams agree to these conditions. Why would Buffalo agree? Is not agreeing to that condition going to stop Vegas from making the deal?
Yeah, it is a question. This Twitter thread does a good job of breaking it down and basically comes to the conclusion that another move must be coming.I'm still unclear on how Vegas is going to make this work from a cap perspective. Nobody in the media seems to be saying anything about it, so maybe I'm missing something.
They have $27.2 million on LTIR right now between Eichel, Stone, Pacioretty and some guy on a minimum deal. There's some wiggle room with Eichel's injury since the recovery is relatively unkown for a hockey player. McCrimmon said 3-5 months. 5 months conveniently brings them into April. Their last regular season game is 4/29, so I suppose that leaves a bit of a door open for them to Kucherov Eichel and stash him away for the playoffs. That seems pretty unfair to Jack if he's ready closer to 3 months. Even if they did go that route, I don't see how they can even activate Pacioretty and Stone, who are both due back in the sorter term (month-ish). They both don't fit in Eichel's LTIR.
Maybe the math here is over my head, but I think they have to move like $12 million if they want to activate everyone. I'm a little surprised Reilly Smith didn't go to Buffalo in the deal. $5 million, expiring contract. Would've balanced the money on the Vegas side, and Smith would be a prime pump-and-flip candidate. Play him a shitload of minutes, trade him at the deadline for more futures.