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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.

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Low-Risk, High-Reward Trade May Be The Better Way To Go At Deadline

On Sunday here on, Steve Carp suggested the Golden Knights make a run at Mark Stone. Other big names like Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene, Wayne Simmonds, Mats Zuccarello and many others have also been linked to the Golden Knights.

While Jason and I are certainly not opposed to a splash move, we both have the same concern (which you know is rare if you listen to our podcast).

Is this team good enough to risk selling multiple high-end assets to make a run this year? Or, phrased differently, will adding a star player be the difference between the Golden Knights regaining their dominance?

Carp was offering Colin Miller, a 1st, and a prospect like Ivan Morozov for Stone. The package to get Panarin would be even higher. Heck, even guys like Kevin Hayes appear to be primed to fetch significant returns.

The return for (Hayes) should be far more substantial, though we have argued for months that the typical 24-31 draft pick plus a B-level prospect or two doesn’t move the needle dramatically enough. –Larry Brooks, NY Post 

I believe the Golden Knights are a very good hockey team stuck in a rough patch. However, I also understand the consistency issues and seriously question if they can flip the switch and keep it turned on for an entire playoff run.

This Golden Knights team is good enough to win the Western Conference. They can beat San Jose, Calgary, Winnipeg, and/or Nashville in a seven-game series. But, they’ve got to play much better than they have, and it has to come from the guys currently on the roster. It’s in there, we know it is because we’ve seen it, they just have to bring it back out.

That’s why adding a major piece scares both Jason and I. If the current roster doesn’t figure out their issues, adding Connor McDavid or Sidney Crosby wouldn’t even be enough to fuel a run to the Cup. But, if they do get it together, they may not even need to add much of anything. So, is it really wise to throw caution to the wind and swing for the fences?

Instead, there’s a much smaller move we’d like to advocate for. A move that if it were to happen could certainly make them better while not breaking the bank along the way.

This isn’t actually Marcus Johansson, but you get the point. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

That move is acquiring New Jersey Devils winger Marcus Johansson. With New Jersey, the 28-year-old Swede has totaled 39 points in 75 games, which has been considered underperforming. He has 118 career goals, 29 power play goals, and averages 0.57 points per game. Johansson racked up 58 points and 24 goals in 2016-17 before being traded to New Jersey. He also posted four straight years of 40+ points and received Lady Byng and Selke votes along the way. He’s a power play threat with a strong career shooting percentage (13.8%).

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