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One Potential VGK Trade Target From Each Of The NHL’s Worst 12 Teams (Part 2)

With every team still with 8-12 games on their schedule before March 8th, I thought it would be easier to go through every bad team to cover every potential seller.

Here’s one player from each of the worst 12 teams in the league that could make sense for the Golden Knights. (Today is teams 26-21, yesterday was 32-27.)

Arizona Coyotes
Alexander Kerfoot

$3.5 million – Through next season
2023-24: 53gp, 8g, 30p, 2.0 point shares

Kerfoot is about as perfect a fit as possible for the Golden Knights at this deadline. He’s having a good season offensively, on pace for 46 points, can play center or wing, and is usable on both special teams. Kerfoot has also done all of this starting nearly 60% of his shifts in the defensive zone. He’s just an all-around good player who will offer tons of flexibility to a VGK forward group that may need it down the stretch.

Montreal Canadiens
Joel Armia

$3.4 million – Through next season
2023-24: 38gp, 9g, 10a, 0.9 point shares

There’s not a great fit from the Habs for what the Golden Knights are looking for. Armia is the best option because he can be used as a defensive specialist on the wing. He’s a good penalty killer and if Bruce Cassidy decides he wants to load up a shutdown line, Armia would be a nice addition to the wing of William Karlsson. The Golden Knights have a history of going out and grabbing players that have given them troubles in playoff series too, and Armia did just that as part of the Canadiens team that beat VGK in 2021.

Calgary Flames
Yegor Sharangovich

$3.1 million – Through next season
2023-24: 54gp, 20g, 36p, 3.3 points shares

I don’t really get the sense that the Flames are ready to give up on this season, but if they do, Yegor Sharangovich would look great in a gold uniform. The former 5th round pick is headed for 50 points this season and doing it on an excellent contract. He has three power play goals, three shorthanded goals, and 14 of his 36 points have come on special teams. The cost to get him out of Calgary would probably be north of a 1st round pick, but he’s worth it the way he’s playing this season.

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Washington Capitals
Anthony Mantha

$5.7 million – Expiring Contract
2023-24: 48gp, 16g, 26p, 3.2 point shares

A few years ago Mantha was traded for a 1st, a 2nd, and a usable NHLer despite playing on a fairly significant cap hit of $5.7 million. He was expected to be a massive piece to the new core of the Washington Capitals but it just hasn’t quite worked out. Standing at a massive 6’5” 234 pounds, Mantha has turned it around this year already with 16 goals and a strong 3.2 point shares. He’s defensively reliable, though has never really been used as a penalty killer. The Golden Knights would likely need to shed some of the salary in acquiring him, but he would be an instant upgrade on whatever wing he’s on in Vegas.

Minnesota Wild
Marcus Johansson

$2 million – Through next season
2023-24: 53gp, 8g, 24p, 1.2 point shares

Johansson has been on a tour of the NHL for the last seven years. After being drafted by George McPhee and spending the first seven years of his career in Washington, Johansson has been a Devil, Bruin, Sabre, Wild, and Kraken, and then made second stops back in Washington and now Minnesota. Maybe the most attractive aspect of a player like Johansson is how well he’s done with the new team after being moved at the deadline. He scored 11 points in 22 playoff games for Cassidy’s Bruins in 2019, then went nuts with 18 points in 20 games down the stretch for the Wild last year. He’s a power play and penalty kill guy and has played both center and wing in his career (though mostly wing recently). Johansson wouldn’t cost much against the cap, nor should he cost much via trade. Couple that with the familiarity to both the front office and the head coach in Vegas and he makes a lot of sense.

Seattle Kraken
Alexander Wennberg

$4.5 million – Expiring Contract
2023-24: 54gp, 8g, 22p, 1.5 point shares

Of all of the players listed in this two-part article, Wennberg is the one I’d most like to see added to the Golden Knights roster before March 8th. A defensively sound center who has played wing in the past, Wennberg could be partnered with his long-time friend William Karlsson on a 3rd line that would be a nightmare to play against. He’d also be able to slot in with Karlsson on the penalty kill which would lighten the load on Jack Eichel. Cassidy loves having multiple centers on the same line and despite the offensive numbers being a little lackluster, Wennberg would be a major addition to a VGK forward group.

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10 Comments

  1. Jake

    Some good options and “fits” for the team.

    We all know the management and ownership will surprise, in a good way!

    You have to accept risk, and potential mistakes, to get better.

  2. Mike StG

    I think it’s pretty impressive that the year following their Cup win they still have their 1st, 2nd and 3rd round picks for the next 3 years. Plus they still retain 11 of 12 possible later round picks as well. How many teams have pulled that off? In fact they have more draft picks over next 3 years than any other contender besides the Canes (who have an equivalent amount). So they have a lot of draft capital for any trades to help them repeat. Pretty good management by GM/KM.

  3. Emmanuel

    They need a G scoring LW not more 10G/20A checkers.

    • Emilio

      Agreed. I’m thinking Dominik Kubalik, cheaper and management and coaching staff might be able to get him going on the PP and on the Karlsson line.
      If they’re looking to go all in I think the likes of Yegor Sharangovich OR Jake Guentzel. However Guentzel is more of fantasy pick than anything else. My 2 cents.

  4. knights fan in minny

    frankie v sounds the most intriguing

  5. ThG

    ”That same year (1979), after the regular season, we played together in the WHA All-Star game against the Moscow Dynamo. There was this one Soviet who wouldn’t stop hooking and chopping at me. I didn’t know what to do about it, so Gordie said, ”The next time down the ice, when you see him coming, flush him off to the right and get the hell out the way.” So that’s what I did and when I looked back, the Soviet was laying flat on his butt, half out of it. Whatever Gordie did, I’m glad I didn’t have to watch it.”
    – Wayne Gretzky.

  6. JB

    I once played hockey with Howie Young, a good friend of Gordy’s from the Red Wings. Long story but true!

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