Some quickie response to a wild weekend of off-ice motion:
CAREY PRICE, MONTREAL & SEATTLE
One enlargement draft I keep in mind is Main League Baseball’s in 1993.
The California Angels had a terrific nearer named Bryan Harvey. Two years earlier, he was an All-Star, fifth in Cy Younger voting and the league-leader in saves, with 46. In August 1992, he had arthroscopic elbow surgical procedure and the Angels thought he’d by no means be the identical. He was to make $4.225 million the following season, thirty third within the majors (supply: baseballnexus). So, they left him unprotected.
The enlargement Florida Marlins took a have a look at his medicals, received the thumbs up from their docs and chosen him. One of many causes: they had been drafting a younger workforce, and thought it might profit these gamers in the event that they weren’t continuously demoralized by dropping tight video games late.
In Florida’s first season, the 30-year-old saved 45 of the workforce’s 64 wins. He completed eighth in Cy Younger voting, 14th for the MVP. To them, he was value each penny. Harvey was red-hot to start out 1994, with six saves within the opening month earlier than the elbow gave out on April 25. That was it. There have been 5 extra appearances earlier than he had to surrender.
That brings us to Carey Worth.
Worth is coming off a superb post-season run — after a difficult, injury-plagued common season. Worth was bothered by one thing effectively earlier than he missed 19 of the final 21 video games with a lower-body harm, then a concussion.
Sunday night time, roughly 24 hours after information received out that Worth was unprotected, experiences surfaced he may wish surgical procedure to his hips and/or knees. As a few sources indicated, the goaltender is coping with a number of points that want readability and it’s potential he could possibly be out into the 2021-22 season.
Worth has 5 extra seasons at a $10.5 million cap hit ($44 million in precise money). Query him at your individual peril, however he’ll be 34 in August. When the CBA was amended previous to the 2020 bubble playoffs, gamers gained management over their no-move and no-trade clauses. If Worth goes to Seattle, he can lock it again in and preserve management of his future.
Whether or not or not the Kraken ought to take him is a sports activities radio/twitter debate dream. Hours of airtime and kajillions of Al Gore web bandwidth are going to be wasted with this over the following 72 hours. No scorching take will go unexplored.
The information are this: it’s completely unimaginable for Seattle to not critically take into account this. There are extraordinarily legit on- and off-ice causes to pick out Worth. He could possibly be Seattle’s nearer, and the Marc-Andre Fleury standard-bearer for the franchise. He performed junior hockey within the state, spouse Angela is from Washington.
And, phrase is they’re critically contemplating it.
That is the place it will get difficult.
Thus far, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has not commented on both Worth’s state of affairs or Shea Weber’s. That’s common for him. In my expertise, when requested about accidents, Bergevin received’t remark till he has readability, and he prefers to do it in both a media convention or on the Canadiens’ social platforms. It’s occurred just a few instances, and he’s in step with that.
Nevertheless, the Kraken need to submit their picks by Wednesday morning, to be revealed that night time. (If it’s true a few of the gamers are going to be unveiled by disembarking from float planes, I can’t wait to see it.) Worth just isn’t anticipated to see docs till after that deadline.
As a result of Seattle is meant to get a full medical image of all uncovered gamers, this isn’t going over effectively. Different groups are boiling, complaining the Canadiens are utilizing Worth and Weber to make a mockery of the enlargement course of.
On Friday’s podcast, co-host Jeff Marek stated he heard the Kraken had been asking for first- and third-round picks as fee for not taking anybody left unprotected; nobody actually disputed that. The price was steep. Bergevin didn’t need to pay that to protect Jake Allen, and regardless of contemplating buying and selling Allen within the final week, his coronary heart actually wasn’t into it.
Bergevin knew he’d want Allen (or one thing higher) subsequent season. Even when Worth wasn’t injured, the period of taking part in 65 video games is over. He is aware of it too, which is why he agreed to do it. Some groups consider Bergevin advised Seattle he’d defend Allen if the Kraken didn’t budge on their calls for, however they refused to again down.
Part 50 of the CBA makes it very clear a workforce can’t re-acquire a participant on a retained-salary transaction for one yr after dropping him, so overlook that concept. (Montreal may, nonetheless, reacquire him at full price.)
There are different good goalie choices for the Kraken. Intriguingly, Worth is represented by the identical agent (Gerry Johansson) as Florida’s Chris Driedger. It’s been rumoured for some time now Seattle will take (and signal) Driedger. There are different mid-20s potentialities (Kaapo Kahkonen, Vitek Vanacek). There are veterans on quick time period: Ben Bishop (though he’s injured), Braden Holtby and Jonathan Fast. These are gamers the Kraken may preserve — or flip for additional property.
So, right here we’re…Sammy Farha versus Chris Moneymaker on the 2003 World Sequence of Poker. (If you happen to’re not acquainted, google “Bluff of the Century.”)
We might not get readability on Weber till coaching camp medicals. The league will see what docs decide then. There was some attention-grabbing suggestions on his state of affairs. Nobody questioned his integrity or his accidents, however don’t just like the timing due to the enlargement draft and the very fact he performed so effectively within the post-season. (Solely Victor Hedman and Ben Chiarot performed extra minutes.) One GM added he felt Nashville shouldn’t face a potential cap recapture penalty in case of retirement, as a result of the Predators matched a proposal sheet as an alternative of writing that contract.
OTHER SEATTLE STUFF
• Non-Worth query requested most on Sunday: “Do you assume Seattle will attempt to re-unite Blake Coleman, Barclay Goodrow and Yanni Gourde?”
• Pittsburgh and Toronto suspected Seattle preferred each Alex Kerfoot and Jared McCann. Now the Kraken can solely get one.
• I feel Philadelphia suspected the Kraken would take Nicolas Aube-Kubel
• The Kraken may put collectively a reasonably good workforce. Now, the most important query turns into: who do different golf equipment need? They’ll do three retained-salary transactions. St. Louis wasn’t loopy about what they had been supplied to maintain wage on Vladimir Tarasenko, however how will Seattle really feel? What about Mark Giordano? These calls began on Sunday.
• This is able to depend upon Seth Jones, but when he was focused on Seattle long-term, they may already put collectively a reasonably good bundle for him.
• Does Patrik Laine settle for his qualifying provide ($7.5 million) to play in Columbus subsequent season? Good and straightforward for everybody, if that’s the case.
• This wasn’t the primary time Vegas tried onerous to get Nolan Patrick. There’s the WHL Brandon reference to GM Kelly McCrimmon, they usually made no secret of their curiosity.
• What’s subsequent for Nashville? GM David Poile swings for the fences. Out of the blue, he’s received some room.
• Numerous expectation Boston going onerous for Ryan Suter. One supply referred to as him “the Corey Perry of 2021-22.”
• Huge victory for Dallas getting Miro Heiskanen signed long-term. As a few groups identified, $8.45 million in no state-tax Texas is above 9 elsewhere.
• One state of affairs to look at: Pavel Buchnevich, Rangers. Arbitration eligible. UFA subsequent summer season. Too costly to maintain? Different groups like him.
• The NHL and NHLPA are engaged on subsequent season’s protocols. The Canadian authorities indicated totally vaccinated travellers from all nations could possibly be allowed by September, monumental for the upcoming season. Nevertheless, what occurs if somebody isn’t vaccinated? One chance is that gamers who can’t cross the border received’t be paid for video games they miss. We’ll see if that turns into canon, however groups and gamers have been made conscious of that dialogue.
A few days in the past, there was terrible information about fatalities in a ship crash on Lake Rosseau in Ontario. One was 51-year-old Maureen Spero. I went to college with Maureen, who performed guard for Western’s basketball workforce. She was very quick, very aggressive defensively. One of many hardest locations to play away from London was Lakehead, as a result of that was the Thunder Bay faculty’s greatest varsity sport and the gang supported them like nobody else within the province. She got here off the bench throughout a recreation there, and turned a loss right into a win. That’s what got here to thoughts after I heard the information. I’ve misplaced contact with the gamers from that period, however lots of them stay shut and get collectively usually. All the perfect to them and her household throughout such a painful time.