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Dater’s Daily: Teams Running Out Of Cap Space, Flyers Getting Ripped By Local Media

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Good Friday to all. Another sunny, scorching day on tap here in metro Denver. With my red hair, I’m a bit of a vampire when it comes to being in the sun. I don’t like it much, not without layers of sunblock on at least. I’d rather be too cold than too hot too. Any hotel room I’m in, that thermostat is usually set at 62 and running. Let’s do some brief NHL notes:

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  • By my count, 19 of the NHL’s 32 teams have less than $10 million of cap space remaining. Most of the teams that are considered “good” right now are on that list. So, the market is getting tighter for the many middle-class free agents still out there (PuckPedia)
  • A lot of “name” players are still out there, including guys such as John Klingberg, Phil Kessel, Paul Stastny…Nazem Kadri, lol. It’ll all sort itself out, but some guys who might desperately want to play on a “winner” next year might not get that chance.
  • My colleague at Philly Hockey Now, Sam Carchidi, carved the performance so far in free agency of Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher, calling it a “failure” and going so far as to suggest the Flyers might try to “tank” the coming season (Philly Hockey Now)
  • More on the “top 10” UFAs still available (Hockey News)
  • J.T. Compher is getting his day with the Stanley Cup today, in Northbrook, Ill.
  • Darcy Kuemper gets his day with the Cup Aug. 5 in Saskatoon.
  • Kevin Allen on why the Red Wings are much better than they were a few days ago (Detroit Hockey Now)
  • The Penguins are trying to move a couple of defensemen (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
  • Has anyone checked out the “Pluto” TV app? I’ve been going down a few rabbit holes on it lately, as they have a lot of classic TV channels playing a lof the stuff I watched as a kid who only got about seven or eight channels until cable became more of a thing around 1980 or so.
  • I can’t get enough “Cannon” and “Barnaby Jones” re-runs man.
  • Kiefer Sherwood signed a one-year, $750,000 one-way contract with Nashville. Good for him. The former Av and Colorado Eagle had a great season for the Eagles and got justly rewarded. Don’t be shocked if he has a double-figure year in goals for the Preds.
  • The Avalanche organization also lost D-man Jordan Gross to the Preds.
  • Thanks for keeping my “Blood Feud” book still in the top five nationally in sales (Amazon)
  • Enjoy your weekend, and stay cool.
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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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dp10

This is slightly off topic, but I find it quite noticeable that while at the very top end of players, salaries haven’t moved up much at all over the last 20 years, but down the roster chart, salaries have increased massively making the NHL a bit unique in that player salaries are pretty even across the board. I am kind a curious how the top guys like McDavid feel about that when they look at some of the other pro leagues in the US where the big stars often take home 20 to 30 million!

ricoflashback

Rico’s top three to watch – a little dated but Freevee “Bosch: Legacy.” FX incredible “The Old Man,” with Jeff Bridges and “Black Bird” on Apple+.

Gee, tough to be a Philly fan when they are talking about tanking and it’s only July.

Glendon Gulliver

The Leafs just signed Calle Jarnkrok. Could the Leafs be looking at trading ex-Av Alex Kerfoot? Could Kerfoot be a replacement for Kadri, if he doesn’t sign? Kerfoot was a 40 pt scorer as an Av and scored 51 pts last season. There are no UFA centers left with that high a point total last season. His cap hit is $3.5 million.

kragok00

We have compher. Kerfoot is redundant.

Glendon Gulliver

If Kadri is not re-signed, the Avs will be lacking at the center position. The Avs will have lost the 148 points that Kadri and Burakovsky provided. There has been no replacing that offensive output yet. Even if Kadri returns, the Avs have not replaced Burakovsky. RIght now people are projecting Meyers being the 3rd line center. He is still an unproven rookie with only 5 NHL games and one goal to his resume. The only place the Avs can really add any offense is the 3rd line. There are some available forwards who can add another 30+ points to… Read more »

Zach Heiman

I full season of Lehk replaces Bura, Newhook/Myers should be stepping up and producing as well. I’d rather save some money down the road than have Kadri be old and over rated in 4 years at $7M. Can’t panic and over pay now. Bo/MacK/Toews will be needing contracts soon as well

Liam Sandborn

I think if the Avs cannot work out the Kadri conundrum. They might ought to take a look at Victor Rask.

Liam Sandborn

I think one of the roadblocks the Avs are running into is that Girard is nearly untradable. With that high of a contract–5 mil a year–he would have had to proven himself to be a 1st or 2nd pair D man. He hasn’t. That is just the first thing. The second, with that high of a contract teams don’t want to carry that kind of cap hit on a guy who just got injured and wasn’t really all that hot before it happened. This is really turning into a difficult situation because Kadri has been patiently waiting to let the… Read more »

djs

Been thinking the same thing. Really hoping the Avs can clear space for Kadri. I’m curious to hear what others on this board think. What teams, if any, would be genuinely interested in Girard at this point?

Zach Heiman

31 teams would be interested in Girard

ricoflashback

Great – as long as one of them are not the Avs.

Yan Girard

It feels good to sometimes read comments that make sense 🙂

Glendon Gulliver

You bring up a very important, but often overlooked issue when talking about trades. Someone has to want Girard or Compher and their contracts. While the team, fans, and pundits can rave about Girard, he does have negatives, and the term of his contract can be one. That could be why there has not been a deal yet. Finding money is hard. Philadelphia discovered that when they could not sign Gaudreau because they had too money money tied up in a defenseman. Tampa had to let Palat go and Vegas had to give away Pacioretty because of the cap. Hopefully… Read more »

ricoflashback

Good post. Take back a mil of Girard’s salary. Or – another player that can be traded away. I believe it’s doable. The sooner the better.

Zach Heiman

Why on earth would the Avs retain salary, a 1st round pick and a good prospect or mid level NHL ready prospect would be a starting point for a Girard trade. The hate for Girard here is so blind and irrational. Girard is only 24 and will still be getting better and has a reasonable long term contract. The majority of the other teams in the league would absolutely jump on a trade for G

Yan Girard

You waste your time with these people. They are so stubborn and have such a big ego that there is nothing to do with them. I don’t consider them to be Avalanche fans by the way. In hockey, there are different aspects to consider and these people voluntarily or unintentionally ignore certain aspects of the game. 

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Zach Heiman

…the irrational hatred and complete cluelessness on the comment boards for this site towards Sam Girard is astounding. This is such a terrible take, trying to claim that Girard is “untradable” is just so blatantly wrong. Go to any other site that has knowledgeable hockey people and there is a rational debate about whether trading Girard is the right thing to do since he is a huge asset, especially in the Avs system

ricoflashback

Sorry – totally incorrect. $5M a year for five years is a large commitment to an undersized defenseman who is a liability in the playoffs. Especially in in the salary cap era. A bottom six “D”man if there ever was one. Fine for the regular season and a fit for a team that needs a quarterback for the power play in the absence of a bigger skater. Not a great goal scorer with assists being his primary offensive contribution. He doesn’t possess a hard shot and isn’t a threat from the point. Can’t hold his position in front of the… Read more »

Zach Heiman

No…Knowledgeable hockey fans understand that being a defenseman in todays hockey world, especially for the Avs system, that isn’t just about size. McDermid is huge and would be a defensive liability in the playoffs. Girard is 5’10 and 170 and Cale Makar is 5’11 and 187. Maybe we should try to unoad the albatross of a contract of Cales because obviously he is too small for the playoffs and can’t be effective defensively after the regular season because he is sooooo undersized. Before he was hurt G was having a very good and very effective playoffs, and he would be… Read more »

Yan Girard

I cannot say that in a better way. It may be fun but you have to know how to dose the pleasure and take a few breaks sometimes 🙂

Yan Girard

Many people who speak on site are not fans of the Avalanche. The comments section is outrageously polluted.

ricoflashback

A mind is a terrible thing to waste, Yan. 110% Avs fan – through and through.

Yan Girard

Girard is nearly undratable not because of his contract but because of the quality of the player. Girard is a special player.

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ricoflashback

Fans choice – Girard or Kadri?

Yan Girard

If there was a choice between Kadri and Girard, all Avalanche fans would choose Girard. When I talk about Avalanche fans, I’m not referring to impostors who pass themselves off as Avalanche fans and who are not. That being said, most Avalanche fans expected to lose Kadri when the free-agent market opened. Even the team’s hockey department most likely expected to lose Kadri as well. No one was outraged at the thought of losing Kadri at the opening of the market for autonomous players. NO ONE. The team had identified other priorities such as the goalkeeper, Nichushkin, Lekhonen and Manson… Read more »

djs

You’re entitled to your opinion. Getting all defensive and telling people they aren’t fans is just childish. Bottom line: 22/23 Avs with Kadri > 22/23 Avs with Girard. Period. And please, go ahead and play your broken record about Girard’s stats. Kadri brings so much more grit and balls to the team. Kadri scored a hat trick against the dirty Blues after getting racist taunts and death threats. Then he flies off the bench in overtime of game 4 of SCF, beats both defenders and scores game-winning goal. Avs wouldn’t have won the cup without Kadri.

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ricoflashback

Well said. And the Avs won the Cup without Girard. Case closed.

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