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NHL commerce grades: Canucks pay hefty value to Crimson Wings for Filip Hronek

The tradeCanucks get: Defenseman Filip Hronek, 2023 fourth-round pickRed Wings get: Conditional 2023 first-round pick (originally from the Islanders), 2023 second-round pickThe Athletic has live coverage of the NHL trade deadline with the latest news, deals and analysis. Shayna Goldman: Dear Patrik Allvin, maybe don’t pick up the phone next time Steve Yzerman calls? Or do, because we

NHL commerce grades: Canucks pay hefty value to Crimson Wings for Filip Hronek

The commerce

Canucks get: Defenseman Filip Hronek, 2023 fourth-round choose

Red Wings get: Conditional 2023 first-round choose (initially from the Islanders), 2023 second-round choose

The Athletic has stay protection of the NHL trade deadline with the most recent information, offers and evaluation. 

Shayna Goldman: Pricey Patrik Allvin, perhaps don’t choose up the telephone subsequent time Steve Yzerman calls? Or do, as a result of we might all use fun on occasion.

Whereas lots is perplexing for Vancouver, it does appear to be they’ve some type of imaginative and prescient: youthful defensemen of their mid-20s. There isn’t something flawed with Hronek; he’s having a very robust season, particularly earlier than he ended up saddled alongside Ben Chiarot. And the Canucks do want succesful defensemen, that was clear earlier than the puck even dropped this season.

However there’s a cap side of this commerce that doesn’t make sense for the Canucks. Because it stands, they’re up towards the cap for subsequent season, which supplies them little flexibility — except there’s one other transfer to comply with. Whereas Hronek isn’t a rental and has an affordable $4.4 million cap hit that he’s taking part in above proper now, his robust season opens the door to a increase that this staff shouldn’t be so keen at hand out — or could not even be able to giving.

What additionally doesn’t make sense? The return! A primary and a second! In a deep draft!  It’s not that the Canucks shouldn’t flip these picks. Seeing as they’ve their very own firsts over the following three years, transferring out the Islanders’ choice isn’t a deal-breaker. It’s simply that it must be for a participant that warrants that prime of a return — on this case, that first plus the second-rounder imbalances the commerce an excessive amount of.

From the Crimson Wings’ perspective, Yzerman offered excessive on a participant and the Canucks bit. He got here out with a fantastic return, and now the query turns to what comes subsequent. Do these draft picks turn out to be commerce capital to switch Hronek on protection? Even when that’s not the plan, this deal by itself is a win.

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Canucks: D
Crimson Wings: A

Sean Gentille: I ought to preface this by saying that I like Hronek as a participant. I feel he’s good. He does quite a lot of stuff nicely — and, hey, it’s the enjoyable stuff. He racks up factors, and he hits individuals, and he does all of it from the suitable aspect. I’m not fearful that he’s having a profession 12 months, and I’m not fearful that his output has dipped just lately. He’s taking part in subsequent to Chiarot. You’ll have a few of that.

So as to add him to a blue line is to enhance it instantly, particularly in the event you mainly don’t have any right-shot defensemen, as is the case for Vancouver. In that manner, he is sensible. The Canucks protection stunk this morning, and now it stinks much less.

That’s the one manner he is sensible, although; the Canucks are nonetheless dangerous. They’re nonetheless going to be dangerous. Hronek, whereas good, just isn’t sufficient to make them good — not in any significant sense, and never for the value they paid.

Consider it this manner; they only took the prime asset they obtained from the Islanders for Bo Horvat (which is prone to be an unprotected first-rounder in 2024), added their very own second-round choose to the pile and swapped it for a 25-year-old, second-pair man who has yet another season at a $4.4 million AAV earlier than arbitration eligibility.

This can be a transfer you make once you’re shut, not twenty seventh within the league. It’d be surprising if it weren’t so typical for the Canucks. They’re not going to rebuild. Ever. Not on goal, no less than. They’ve paid the value for it earlier than, and so they’re about to do it once more. No matter enhancements Hronek brings aren’t going to be sufficient to justify the value. Certain, they wanted a right-shot D. They want much more, although. An excessive amount of so as to add by way of commerce, actually.

As for the Crimson Wings? There appears to be an impulse amongst a sure sect of Crimson Wings followers to deal with Steve Yzerman’s strikes as self-evident acts of genius, even when there’s proof on the contrary. Not each transaction is sensible, or a part of some grand plan. That stated … this one is sensible. And it definitely appears to be a part of a grand plan. The Crimson Wings had their enjoyable final month, then dipped far sufficient within the standings to justify this transfer. They’ll be higher for it, whether or not within the quick or long run.

Canucks: D+
Crimson Wings: A

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