Combine yesterday’s penguin trading activity and it makes more sense

Ron Hextal swept away his reputation as a silent observer who didn’t do much yesterday as he performed two major moves to reconfigure the Penguins defense. In just a few hours, the two separate moves had a huge impact on the team.

Taken individually, the trades seem a bit confusing. Constant John Marino, defender on 20 minutes and only 25 years old Shipped to New Jersey For a talented but failing defender in the person of Ty Smith, 22 years old. The Pens also picked the third-round pick, in addition to freeing up a significant amount of salary cap space.

That coverage space came in handy a few hours later when Pittsburgh veteran defenseman Jeff Petrie was rewarded by the Montreal Canadiens against Mike Matheson. The Pens team also arrested young striker Ryan Boehling and sent a fourth team into custody.

Separately, they’re two rather odd chords, though they’ve been pretty well received in a place like the athlete gave pens At least a B+ (and even A-) by many authors for the moves that were made .

However, if you mix and mash these trades up a bit, not while they’re tumbling, but because they’re a good fit for the on-ice team, they look very different – ​​and probably make more sense.

Here’s a different breakdown of my Saturday class, taken a bit from the footage, but in consideration when looking at the total assets entering Pittsburgh versus what paddocks had to drop.

little things

in: 2023 third-round pick (NJD)
Outside: 2023 fourth-round selection (hole)

– Not much to celebrate, but a minor draft stock upgrade is still a minor upgrade when combining the draft pick move on the two different trades. It’s a small victory, but a victory nonetheless.

Articles like this are still reminiscent of Brendan Morrow’s 2013 pen swap. Pittsburgh took over the captain from Dallas in exchange for former first-round pick Joe Morrow. The Pens got a third-round pick and traded the fifth-round pick for even out-of-value stars. Pittsburgh’s third-round pick became Jake Goetzel. This huge gain doesn’t always happen, of course, but good things can emerge when the team tweaks the draft placement slightly but gradually.

(Also, not bad for New Jersey, but their 2022 third-round pick was the 70th overall pick. Pittsburgh’s fourth recorded a 118th. If those results continue this year, the change will be a size appropriate, if we’re talking about going deep from the fourth round to a fairly high level in the third round).

in: Ryan Boehling
Outside: nothing

—From that perspective, the pens capture the 23-year-old former NHLer’s first-round pick at no direct cost. Poehling can use the scene change, but let’s not turn around and pretend Show a lot of value in the NHL, because he didn’t. (Out of his first game in 2019 when he scored a hat-trick on his debut, anyway.) Poehling brings some hope, and it’s worth seeing what he has to offer.

And think about it, who is the best U25 forward in the Pens organization? Philip Hallander? Drew O’Connor? This is by no means a large talent pool. Poehling is a player Montreal has given up on for some reason (he’s failed so far), but he’s still quite young and scored 17 points in 57 NHL games last season. This one is worth giving it another look…as long as expectations are tempered so you don’t think Poehling would be immediately profitable either. Poehling is a natural center and the bullpens actually have four top centers (although three are over 35 and the depth is still good). In the NHL with a $750,000 minimum, Poehling is a great play to see what’s up.

main points

2 pairs of right fenders

in: Jeff Petri
Outside: John Marin

—This idea fits Pittsburgh’s off-season model. They recently handed out lengthy contracts that include The Twilight Years (at one point) to all of Kris Letang, Bryan Rust, Rickard Rakell, and Evgeni Malkin. They’re not a team that’s particularly interested about three or four years from now (they probably shouldn’t at this point). The addition of Petrie, 34, with three years remaining on the $6.25 million cap doesn’t give warm feelings about what it might ultimately look like. But in the near future, it’s an improvement on John Marino’s performance over the past two seasons.

I (wrongly) selected Frankensteined seasonsIneffectiveMath 2021-22 for the two players selected for the direct comparison. Petri is bottom left, Marino on the right. The difference in the offensive zone compared to Montreal’s strong performance last year with Petrie playing Pittsburgh with Marino was incredible and indicated a marked improvement in offensive play in the zone from the right point and also the ability to assist to get a puck. in front of the network.

It should also be noted that extenuating circumstances made last season a fleeting year for Petrie. He had to deal with family issues off the ice and was stripped of his assistant captain and the only public/circus/drama pressure for a season because he went off the rails in a place like Montreal. There’s reason to believe a fresh start will help him focus and get away from the turmoil he went through last season. This should be a benefit, or at least valid in theory.

John Marino has very high ground and will be a strong/useful player in the NHL for the foreseeable future. However, focusing on the current situation, there is good reason to believe that Jeff Petrie in 2022-23 will provide much more than Marino has already provided for the bullpen in 2021-22 in terms of abuse and transitional contributions. That last sentence alone is probably the silver bullet and the main reason Pittsburgh made the two trades yesterday to make what should be a positive change in their defensive lineup.

Bullion’s attacking flair

in: Ty Smith
Outside: Mike Matheson

Matheson scored 11 goals and 31 points last year with the Penguins – and Smith is almost certain not to succeed at the NHL level next season. But Smith is six years younger and indescribably friendly with the image of a $4.875 million maximum salary owed to Matheson through 2026. Smith can go to the AHL without needing waivers, that Hextal confessed It’s at least one of the options on the table for an organization facing a stacked blue streak.

Salary considerations are also a big issue. If Smith stays in the NHL, Pens added $7.863 million to their cap yesterday (Smith + Poehling + Petry), while spending dropped $9.275 million (Marino + Matheson). That’s just over $1.4 million in savings, where every cap space counts, and negates the fact that Petrie is currently the team’s second-biggest cap.

If Smith is sent to the AHL for next season, the cap position will improve to more than $2 million in savings for Pittsburgh to cap based on those trades, but he leaves the left side of defense with a gaping hole like Marcus Peterson and PO Joseph will have to bring more into the table more than he did last season.

All in all, no matter how it goes, it makes Petry’s paycheck a lot easier for the Penguins overall, at least initially.

Their hope will be a potentially game-changing, but likely Ty Smith, Ryan Poehling as a true long-term contributor to come a very interesting Saturday afternoon of seismic deals that will change the Penguins going forward.

Ron Hextall has put his plans into action, and for better or worse, the pens will look completely different on the back next season. When the two transactions are separated and combined to see the overall effect, it makes more sense to look at the coins individually and see that there is a path to the seeming madness of what happened.

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