Shelling out for pay in unbalanced contracts comes with a maximum state territory. Not all decades age well, so sometimes later years can be sent to less competitive teams who want to cross the line with certain sweets. Or, teams may change their priorities and want to shift money to take on another big deal elsewhere.
Over the past few seasons, the hard cap has only emphasized the need to shift salary for NHL teams – although some offers have been short-sighted due to their imbalances, such as the New Yorkers shedding salary and poaching Devon Toews. . Or for the Vegas Golden Knights’ Marc-Andre Fleury … virtually nothing.
Even though the cap has grown so little, teams still have to move salary to balance the books this summer. Others may not be far behind some free agents on the market, such as Nazim Kadri, who may need some movement to make a lucrative signing.
So let’s take a look at some of the deals so far this summer to shift salaries overseas and what distinctions have been gained (and lost) from those deals.
Yevgeny Dadonov in Montreal
We can’t talk about hat victims without talking about the Golden Knights. This isn’t the first time they’ve tried to move Dadonov specifically to shed his salary, after trying to move him to Anaheim on the schedule. At this point, Vegas actually made a deal for Shea Weber’s contract.
While the Golden Knights got some of the relief they needed, they lost a good wing in the process. That’s what Montreal won, to say the least in the end; The retooling crew could knock it off (perhaps while keeping paychecks to increase output) to a competitor that needs a boost in the wings.
Dadonov’s strength lies in his aggressive character. He can help get the puck into the attack zone and contribute to some lunge-based attacks, both with his shot and his combinations. Don’t rely on him to be strong in his case.
Max Pasuritti and Dylan Coghlan in Carolina
The Golden Knights didn’t just end with Dadonov. No, the Jack Eichel trade (and every other scary move they’ve made before it in the past few years) forced Vegas to change its roster a bit.
The Golden Knights are the best example of how not to manage resources in the league. While their willingness to do so and take a bold step is admirable, the question is really “at what cost?” »
This summer, those costs included two highly productive sequels.
Passeriti has dealt with injuries that affect his value and his game may start to go in the wrong direction as he hits his mid-30s. But he is a very good team player. While the veteran can help get the puck into the zone with possessions, he won’t have to match the puck with Mark Stone or speed skater Chandler Stevenson.
Instead, Pacioretty focused on one of his best assets: his shot. A winger can make many shots, often taking them from quality areas of the ice. Last season, he led Vegas with an 8.09 average per 60, including on and off transfer opportunities. And he’s got the right endgame talent, and that’s what the Hurricanes need from him.
Although the Golden Knights play a very different style to Carolina, his new club should still be able to maximize their value in the top six.
Patrick Nemeth in Arizona
The New York Rangers and Golden Knights both needed cap space this summer and had to make deals to get some back. The difference is New York removed a weaker player. It should be easy for the Rangers to replace depth defenders against two of the top nine wingers.
Nemeth, a conditional third baseman, was sent to Arizona in exchange for Ty Emberson in the 2025 second round. It allows New York to renege on a deal that was questionable at the time of signing and which has worsened in the 2021-22 period. Wolves, on the other hand, approached the cover ground with this movement.
A veteran warrior is a defensive lineman who can be physical enough to knock opponents off the disc or block their shots. The downside to being in the home defense is that he tends to take shots on target, which is counterintuitive for a player who also relies on shooting shootouts.
Ryan McDonagh in Nashville
It’s hard to keep the list as the teams demand it, especially in the world of flat caps. Tournaments can be expensive because player value increases with these wins. Before extending some restricted base agents, including Mikhail Sergechev, who was promoted to the second pairing and increased shooting on goal the following summer, the Tampa Bay Lightning had to let go of McDonagh.
While he’s still effective — he can hold up minutes against top opponents, block passing lanes, pick up loose pucks and recover possessions with his stick or by knocking opponents off the puck — it’s understandable that Tampa Bay is far from him this summer. There is
The aging curve shows that players tend to decline in their 30s, and McDonagh’s willingness to sacrifice his body to develop the game may have exacerbated it. Then the lightning moved above him; They picked up a defensive man in Philip Myers to turn deep and Sergechev was ready to slot in on the left.
Hunters pick an effective defender when trying to maximize their essence for now, before their best head.
John Marino in New Jersey
The Pittsburgh Penguins were looking to get some deals done at the end of the summer. Mike Matheson and Marino return, and Jeff Petry and Ty Smith return.
Focusing on Marino, the defenseman maxes out at $4.4 million in base hits, and the Penguins may feel his game has been shortened. He hasn’t shown the same offensive edge since his rookie year, but he’s still a very skilled player.
Back in his own zone, he can collect the puck and block passes under pressure. Marino can also be trusted to get the puck over the blue line with control and set up his teammates. He matches up well with the Demons as he can soak up tougher minutes.
Smith, on the other hand, has offensive potential but is a bit raw.
There is more at stake with Smith than Marino, but the advantage Pittsburgh gains is coverage space.
Oliver Bjorkstrand in Seattle
Columbus was more dominant in the offseason and between the signing of Johnny Gaudreau, the contract of Eric Godbranson and the extension of Patrick Lane, cuts had to be made. Unfortunately for the Blue Jackets — and fortunately for Seattle — that came at the expense of Bjorkstrand in exchange for two draft picks.
Attackers are a powerful source of attack. He can take possession, create a ton of shots (and quality chances), and has the ultimate talent for the game. That’s exactly what the Kraken needs.
They lacked shot production in the inaugural season, but that should change with the additions of Bjorkstrand and Andre Burakovsky and healthy forwards like Yanni Gourde and Brandon Tanev throughout the season, along with a young squad featuring Matty Benniers and Can-Bay Shane Wright.
(Data via Sportlogiq)