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  • Martin Necas' Size and Secondary Scoring Make Him A Perfect Guerin Trade Target


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    Kalisha Turnipseed

    Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin’s looking to add size to his top-six behind Joel Eriksson Ek. Targeting Mitch Marner would offer game-breaking skill, but wouldn't add that coveted size to the mix. Someone who would is forward Martin Necas, an RFA that the Carolina Hurricanes may rather move than pay this summer. If Necas becomes available, Guerin should look to add him on the second line as he continues to build around Kirill Kaprizov

    The New York Rangers are on the verge of eliminating the Stanley Cup-contending Hurricanes from the playoffs, but Necas has produced 8 points (3 goals and 5 assists) in 10 games. Necas can reliably produce secondary scoring that the Wild lacked last year. Necas, who had 24 goals, 53 points in 77 regular-season games, is only 25-years-old and entering his prime years. He scored 28 goals and 71 points in 2022-23, and it’s reasonable to believe he can produce more 70-plus-point seasons, depending on who plays alongside him. 

    Guerin reportedly may want to replace Marco Rossi down the middle with a bigger center, and Necas fits the description. Necas' contract is up, and Evolving-Hockey projects a contract coming off a sign-and-trade situation to be seven years with a cap hit of around $7.5 million. The Wild will almost definitely need to clear out cap space, in addition to trading Rossi, to make a such a deal happen. 

    Minnesota could use the Necas trade to part ways with Jared Spurgeon, 34, who has a modified no-trade clause. Spurgeon carries a $7.575 million cap hit, fits the analytically-minded Hurricanes' profile, and the Hurricanes have many expiring defenders. If Spurgeon doesn't have Carolina on his no-trade list, or is willing to waive it to join a Cup contender, this could be a natural fit.

    It's possible Spurgeon (with no salary retention) and Rossi alone won’t get Carolina to move Necas, with Spurgeon being injury-prone and on the wrong side of 30. If that's the case, the Wild have options to continue to sweeten the pot for the Hurricanes with young defensive help.

    The Wild could add in Daemon Hunt, for example. The soon-to-be-22-year-old defenseman is NHL-ready but hasn’t gotten much ice time here. Hunt is ready to contribute to an NHL lineup as a shutdown defenseman and penalty killer. The Hurricanes should be intrigued by Hunt. Dmitry Orlov and Jaccob Slavin are the two left-handed defenders they have signed. Hunt fits nicely on their third pairing. If not Hunt, there's Carson Lambos, Jack Peart, Kyle Masters, David Spacek, and more. Take your pick, Carolina.

    Moving Rossi and Spurgeon will clear nearly $8.5 million of cap space, neatly allowing for a Necas extension. Necas will give the Wild depth on the power play, a nice change from relying on players like Freddy Gaudreau playing on the second unit. Due to his versatility, Necas could take faceoffs and play multiple roles on the power play. 

    Liam Öhgren would benefit from adding Necas to help translate his scoring ability. Necas has always been a playmaking center over his career, and Öhgren is primarily a scorer. Therefore, they should complement each other. Necas had a career-high 43 assists in 2022-23. Necas feeding Öhgren for a full season could give the Wild yet another Calder Trophy contender. 

    The Hurricanes could use a younger, cheaper center like Rossi. They have Sebastian Aho as their top-line center, but Jordan Staal, Jack Drury, and Jesperi Kotkaniemi are beneath him on Carolina’s depth chart. These centers are mid-to-low-tier compared to Aho, one of the league’s most underrated centers. Can Rossi follow Aho's lead? If so, the Hurricanes wouldn’t need to draft a young center. 

    Rossi has more offensive upside than Drury, who came off a mediocre season, scoring 27 points in 74 games. Rossi also has more offensive upside than Kotkaniemi, who scored 27 points in 79 games. The Hurricanes don't have any more young centers in the system who can play behind Aho, so Aho would mentor Rossi. If Carolina continues to depend on Aho for most of their offensive production, they will continue to get eliminated. 

    Rossi will also benefit from a change of scenery, but will Carolina be patient with his development? The Hurricanes are in a win-now situation. They will have player control and upside with Rossi, 22, but he will need to improve from his rookie season performance if they want to advance in the playoffs. If Rossi can match Necas’ point totals (53 points) from this year, this will show that Rossi’s ready for the next challenge. 

    The Wild needed to add center depth with size, and Necas would address that. Minnesota should continue building around Kaprizov, who wants to win now, while also setting up for Danila Yurov's arrival. Yurov and Öhgren were first-round picks, and they could eventually play together with Necas to form a great second line behind Kaprizov's. With that level of support, the Wild have a much better chance to sign Kaprizov to a long-term deal. Acquiring Necas would be an expensive proposition for the Wild, but the upside of building a championship-caliber team around Kaprizov makes the cost worthwhile.

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    Too expensive and requires too much trade capital. Somewhat plausible Spurgeon could go to Carolina but is Necas a guy you wanna commit to long-term?

    Not for me, I'd rather try to get Chandler Stephenson for 3years/4M, from UFA.

    So many UFAs that could fill holes and you can keep your assets. Plus if prospects pan out you'd rather begin using them than be stuck with a lengthy contract for veteran Euro.

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    Love the Necas to the Wild next year, he’s exactly what the Wild need and that’s scoring, instant offense. However she’s lost her mind if she thinks we’d trade Rossi, the kid is finally coming around and starting next year should be a top point producer. The Wild can’t afford to get rid of point producer’s since we have so few of them. Spurgeon and somebody from Iowa for Necas, perfect.

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    Still love Spurgeon, but if we can trade him and Nojo, him and Fred, him and Foligno... maybe toss in Merrill for Shts and Giggles! That would be a dream! 

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    17 hours ago, Ice Creeps said:

    Love the Necas to the Wild next year, he’s exactly what the Wild need and that’s scoring, instant offense. However she’s lost her mind if she thinks we’d trade Rossi, the kid is finally coming around and starting next year should be a top point producer. The Wild can’t afford to get rid of point producer’s since we have so few of them. Spurgeon and somebody from Iowa for Necas, perfect.

    This is exactly the type of thinking that gets us nowhere. It is completely looking at one side of the transaction and not the other. I hope everyone realizes that Carolina has a very deep prospect pool also. The rumor around Carolina is that they may blow it up if they fail again this year. Their top goalie is 34 and had blood clots half the year. They've buried Raanta in the minors.

    Spurgeon is not the kind of guy they are looking for either, they like bulk on their back end. They don't necessarily mind age as they signed Orlov and traded for Burns. But, let's get real and look at what Carolina might want. 

    One thing Waddell hasn't done is paid Necas. Necas doesn't necessarily add size, he adds height. He's 6'2" 189. He doesn't play a physical game, but he has speed to burn. Necas is listed as a center, but he mainly plays wing on the Canes. He's not particularly counted on to win faceoffs. But, pairing him up with Dino and Ogie on a line might have a nice identity. He's also an RHS and could play in Ovechkin's office. His shot is good and he tends to find free space. He does like the perimeter, though. I think he'd be a nice fit on this team and I wanted to trade for him last year too. 

    One thing that is hard to find on the Canes prospects is that they did not have an A affiliate after the Chicago Wolves went independent in a failed experiment. They've loaned a bunch of their prospects out for the season playing many in Europe. Carolina doesn't mind having a lot of Euros on their team, and I think they might welcome Rossi. 

    Carolina also has a bunch of cap room to play with this offseason, so it will be their choice of who they do or don't want to sign. The area likes guys that are clean cut, not a bunch of ruffians. They are solid but fight rarely. If they decide to blow it up, they will be thinking that some of their prospects are ready for the jump. 

    Drury had a mediocre year, true, but was also a rookie. They believe he will be getting better. They have 2 #3 centers in Staal and Kotkaniemi. Drury was elevated to #2, but I don't think he's up to the task yet. They also have Kuznetsov for another year. This would make Rossi a good fit. While they may take Spurgeon in the deal as they have plenty of money, it won't be because there's great value for him. He might fill a slot, but I think they've got some defenders marinating in the minors who may be coming up. I would doubt that Carolina is on Spurgeon's M-NTC list. It's a nice place to play, live, raise a family and has favorable tax policies. I do think Waddell will think he's too small, though.

    Honestly, I don't see much else Carolina would want from this roster. They might want to use that money to resign some defenders, or go out in UFA and grab some players there. 

     

     

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    16 hours ago, TheGoosesAreLooses said:

    On another note; Rossi just put up 2 points and was plus 4 in IIHF against Canada. Against Jordan Binnington. That alone should qualify him to stay in 'soda

    Could Rossi be Binnington's Kryptonite? I'm sure Binnington has plenty of candidates for that, but maybe we've got one of them!

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    Jeez, what’s the big hurry for so many to get rid of Marco Rossi? He had a fine rookie year and he’s only going to get better. 

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    What's with all this trade talk? I don't really understand why now. We are not in a good position yet. Why not just fill needs with UFA's for a temporary fix and when the penalties fall off, then I think we could be in better position for trade talks.

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    3 minutes ago, Backwoodsbob said:

    What's with all this trade talk? I don't really understand why now. We are not in a good position yet. Why not just fill needs with UFA's for a temporary fix and when the penalties fall off, then I think we could be in better position for trade talks.

    Can't really talk UFAs right now since there's still time for them to sign with their teams. Some are still playing. Necas is an RFA so that's legit, but he's still playing.

    I confirmed Necas' play with my son who watches most of their games (I'm typically blocked unless visiting him). I was able to watch Necas play while in the minors a few years ago. He really stuck out to me. Speed and height. I thought he'd fill out a bit more, but he hasn't. My son says he needs on ice protection and does not play large. He is fast enough, though, where he's tough to catch. 

    I still believe his speed matches up well with Dino and Ogie to form a line. He is now listed as an RW on the Canes capfriendly page. I do not think that Necas matches the need to get bigger, however. 

    So, I'm still saying Brady Tkachuk would be the most franchise changing player to grab. Mason McTavish is another one who would be good, probably not as much as Tkachuk. If we have to go the draft route, trading up for Lindstrom should be the priority, and we'd pay a hefty sum to make sure we got there. I believe he could go as high as 2 to the Blackhawks. Should he drop, that's a huge risk to take. Of course Saliyev wouldn't be a bad consolation prize. He's supposed to be mean too, and we don't have those guys in our pipeline.

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    As long as we are all fond of pipe dream trades how about this one from NHL rumors. Faber for Marner. According to them it's not out of the realm and Marner would make the Wild an instant Stanley Cup contender. I stopped reading after that!🤣

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    2 hours ago, MacGyver said:

    As long as we are all fond of pipe dream trades how about this one from NHL rumors. Faber for Marner. According to them it's not out of the realm and Marner would make the Wild an instant Stanley Cup contender. I stopped reading after that!🤣

    I would never swap out a 454 big block chevy  for a 318 dodge  .

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    Canes are now put down after a 3rd period collapse last night. I'm sure we can all relate to that!

    So, now's the time to start doing business with them. Out of all the teams in the league, I think Carolina will be the most interesting since they had a lot of big name free agents. Who will they keep? Freddie Andersen did not play particularly well in goal, either. You could say the Canes could use a true #1 'tender, but Goose is not that guy. They do have Kochetkov who could prove to be quite good. He's really good low in the net, but gives away a lot of room upstairs. 

    There are a lot of players I'd love to grab from this team if possible. To me, Skjei would be one to heavily recruit. If Skjei were in the room, that would make Middleton expendable. I could definitely see a Skjei-Faber pairing. 

    Also, was reading Russo's article last night on how fans felt about the team. When it came to the resigning of Middleton, Russo said that Middleton played hurt a good deal of the year, and when you're looking for a committed guy, playing through that type of pain because there really was nobody else is commendable and should be placed into the equation of replacement value. He said Middleton had a knee issue that was taken care of after the season. Obviously, this would affect his skating, and depending on which knee, likely is a reason he couldn't turn and go in one direction. 

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    6 minutes ago, mnfaninnc said:

    Obviously, this would affect his skating, and depending on which knee, likely is a reason he couldn't turn and go in one direction. 

    Merrill must have a similar issue…

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