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One Potential VGK Trade Target From Each Of The NHL’s Worst 12 Teams (Part 1)

The trade deadline is just three weeks away and the Golden Knights are already gearing up to be active. Looking at the roster, it seems clear the target for this year’s deadline in Vegas will be a forward. 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 32-27, tomorrow is 26-21.)

Chicago Blackhawks
Tyler Johnson
$5 million – Expiring Contract
2023-24: 38gp, 10g, 14p, 1.0 point shares

Johnson has been fairly productive this year on a terrible Chicago team, when healthy. The numbers are nowhere near what they were when he was in Tampa, but there’s a strong case he could have a resurgence back on a good team. This is a guy who scored 72 points in a season back in 2014-15 and posted 45+ points for three straight years between 2016-19. He’s a decent power play weapon and can play center or wing. Chicago would have no problem eating half of the salary and it’s not crazy to think they could find a third party to eat another $1.25 if necessary as well. He has the Stanley Cup pedigree the VGK front office loves and even posted a 23-point postseason once upon a time. The perfect fit, no, but could be quite cost-effective based on the situation in Chicago.

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San Jose Sharks
Anthony Duclair
$3 million – Expiring Contract
2023-24: 47gp, 9g, 17a, 1.1 point shares

You might remember Duclair from the Stanley Cup Final where he scored in Game 1 against the Golden Knights. Or, maybe you’ll remember him from the 31-goal season he posted in Florida in 2021-22. Duclair’s numbers have been down in San Jose and he battled through injury all of last year which hurt his totals, but he has shown the ability to score when played with excellent players. He’s a bit one-dimensional though, which would mean he’d likely have to play in an offensive role and can only play on the wing. But, he’s definitely a power play option and has a season under his belt where he scored nine PP goals. The salary is manageable (especially when you consider San Jose could hold some of it) and he kind of fits the Phil Kessel role that has been missing since VGK let the Ironman walk away.

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Coyotes Howlin’ Again

You already know that I love Anthony Duclair. Last night with 10 mins left in the first period Ducliar netted his second goal on Ducks backup Anton Khudobin. Less than 3 minutes later, fellow stud rookie Max Domi ended Khudobin’s night with a nasty backhand making it 3-0. Oh, and just because he can, the 20 year old Duclair added a third in the second period for his first career hat trick.

As I mentioned the other day, the youth on this Arizona team is as good as it gets. Like scary good, and remember this was the team that was one pick away from drafting Jack Eichel. However they’re taking the NHL and the Pacific division by storm. Beating the Ducks and Kings on the road is not something that happens often for the Coyotes. With Domi and Duclair it might be more common.

Again the only reason I keep bringing up the Arizona is because of “the worst case scenario“. If Las Vegas is “stuck” with the relocated Coyotes, look out. Playoff runs might be sooner than predicted. In fact, a relocated Yotes team would be in the postseason much faster than an expansion team. But I know that’s also the fun of a brand new team. Arizona will slow down but keep an eye out for Domi and Duclair. Two fun rookies that’ll be tearing it up no matter what city they skate in.

Relocation Might Not Be Great…But It Could Be Worse

Did anyone else see the Arizona Coyotes smoke the LA Kings last night? The Yotes sported their sparkling new road sweaters as they quickly jumped on Jonathan Quick 4-1. I know it’s the first week of the season and the Kings are notorious slow starters, but this is the same Arizona team that’s the consensus pick to finish last.

The Coyotes have high prospects in their vault and decided it’s time to break some out. Highly ranked and son of the NHL player I hated most, Max Domi debuted with his first NHL goal in the second period. Max looks like Tie and probably could become an effective brawler someday but that’s not why he was a top pick.

Max is a skilled skater, with high shot accuracy. His high slot, wrist shot was so fast and accurate it was almost as Quick didn’t see it. It looks like the twenty year old Center has a bright future ahead of him.

Another fine prospect that was in the Yotes lineup was left winger Anthony Duclair. Already one of my favorite players, Duclair plays a little bigger and rougher than his young age of 20. Duclair made his NHL debut with the Rangers last season, but was moved to Arizona in the Keith Yandle trade. Not only can he check but he can score. In his last season of Canadian Juniors, Duclair scored 50 goals in 56 games.

All are lead though by the Yotes underrated star defenseman, Oliver Ekman-Larsson. The Swede is overlooked when it comes to being named a top defenseman in the NHL, but he’s good enough to be mentioned. His superb ice intelligence (Googled, “smart cold guy,” this came up, so we are going with it, here, click it again, I know you want to) is what makes a top blue liner. Which will most certainly rub off on his young teammates. Proving that against the Kings with a goal in the first.

I didn’t even mention 2015 #2 pick Dylan Strome who’s lightning it up for the Erie Otters (you know we love minor league teams here at SinBin.vegas).

Even their coach, Dave Tippett, is regarded as one of the NHL’s best coaches. He’s had past success in a very tough market plus he’s good with developing talent.

So why am I pumping the Coyotes tires much? And why do you care? Well, worst case scenario is Las Vegas isn’t awarded a franchise. Boo, I know right that would suck. So second worst case scenario would be Las Vegas isn’t awarded a franchise but will be rewarded with a relocated team. And it’s pretty obvious with their stadium debacle that team would be Arizona. If the team and the region still struggle Las Vegas makes the most sense.

So it might make sense to pay attention to a young team in the making. Plus if projections come true the Yotes will have the first pick. Which would be a dream come true in Scottsdale native Auston Matthews. Likely next years overall top pick Matthews has NHL scouts raving, check him out.

All of those young talented players would be fantastic to inherit. Plus a solid coach, Ekman- Larrson, and a bad-ass mascot, the Coyotes might be worth watching.

Remember, it could be worse

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