In a conversation I had with Frank Seravalli today, he offered his insight into Peter Chiarelli’s media avail earlier this week:
- Seravalli: “I don’t see one of Eberle or Nugent-Hopkins back in Edmonton next season.”
I trust Seravalli, who has shown an ability to suss out news and find out which way the wind blows consistently. His verbal came in response to my question about Chiarelli’s “nothing to see here” comments on Tuesday, a 30-minute period where it sounded like it was going to be a quiet summer with no “Taylor Hall” type trades. We have talked about Eberle and RNH as trade-out options, mostly because of the cap problems and more recently because of lack of scoring in the playoffs.
THE LESSON OF THE HALL TRADE
I went back to my May and June posts a year ago, looking for some kind of indicator or tip-off for the Hall trade. On the morning of June 29, in a post entitled Approaching Unicorns (good grief, Lowetide), I wrote the following:
- With the news yesterday of the Lucic and Demers visits, I think we are getting an idea about the scope of this summer’s plans. We are talking major items, Lucic and some blue moves, and I suspect a major trade is also in the cards. I think Peter Chiarelli may have had the big contracts in play (Hall, Nuge, Ebs) but the possible returns (Dumba, etc) don’t excite him. So, and this is just a guess, we may see an active free-agent Friday followed by a period of silence—and it could last into the season. If PC adds Lucic and Demers, tweaks around the roster, and the team starts strong this fall? We may not see any major moves. If there is no target, why trade anyone? Keep your powder dry, build the best roster possible with the pieces available. I think adding Lucic and Demers might be the plan, and after that come what may. Source
My thinking parts failed me, again. We were on the right track here, but the Lucic visit should have signaled the Hall trade. We discussed it as possible and I did mention on the Lowdown that the player heading out (one of Hall, Nuge, Eberle) would be the player who Chiarelli felt delivered the most attractive return. Hindsight tells us that Nuge for Dumba was not as attractive to management as Hall for Larsson, and we are here.
So then, what are we looking at? If we take some of the recent names thrown out as a possible return, we get Ryan Strome (Darren Dreger) and Jason Demers (Bob Stauffer) as possible acquisitions. If we search for a similar return for Nuge, perhaps Mika Zibanejad or Justin Faulk. I understand that’s a wide range of values, but wanted to have a feel for the range before starting the list of possible forward acquisitions this summer. My list of defensemen is here, and I’ll have your forward list tomorrow morning.
Multiple NHL offers on Czech dman Jan Rutta. Edmonton is among the CDN teams with interest, but i don't believe they've tabled offer yet.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 18, 2017
Rutta is an interesting puck-moving option and may be a very good solution. He could also be the second coming on Anton Belov (in terms of quality). We wait for news.