Senators get: right wing Alex DeBrinkat.
Black Hawks GetFirst round selection, #7, and second round, #39, in 2022, and a third round in 2024.
Sean Gentile: Throughout the “Should Chicago Trade Alex DeBrincat” debate, she has maintained the same basic position. Was it embarrassing and sad that the Black Hawks were shopping for a 24-year-old with a 40-goal? yes. But that didn’t make him a wrong decision either.
The logic was sound enough – the Chicago roster went very far to save it, thanks to a sweaty and desperate 2021 season by which Stan Bowman should have fired him on merit. Moral failure was the reason Bowman entered instead of signing Seth Jones, but the end result has not changed. Because of him, Chicago was awful without trying to be – which takes real effort at NHL – Now it’s time to unbutton them.
DeBrincat, other than Patrick KingGM’s most valuable asset was Kyle Davidson. It wasn’t a hard decision…just a divided one. They are not good and will not be for a while. Also, why would DeBrincat sign a new agreement with them? Why does he score to spend his head years in purgatory? It will be fine five years from now. It wouldn’t be the Blackhawks thanks to Bowman.
Anyway, here we are. DeBrincat is a senator — not a demon — and the Blackhawks have turned a dollar into a quarter and two cents. A comeback like this started to feel inevitable when we saw reports that New Jersey was No. 2 It won’t be enough for Chicago.
What is mind boggling about the DeBrincat trade is how unnecessary it was. He didn’t want to go out. It wasn’t a problem. He signed up for the next year. He is 24 years old.
Kyle Davidson said last week that he wouldn’t “force” anything. This really feels powerful.https://t.co/rlRU4WBAiP
– Mark Lazerus 7 July 2022
They were looking for quantity, which rarely succeeds, and that’s what that payoff represents. I am not a potential man. However, I know that “No. 2″ is better than “No.” 7, “And that the value we can expect from the other two items isn’t enough to move the meter. In the end, that’s why I hate this deal for the Blackhawks. We know the broad strikes for what they rejected, and it doesn’t look good at all.”
As for the Ottawa? DeBrincat would fit in with one of the league’s best young cores, and he’s something a little bigger than his stats streak. The sinces go for it, and that’s important. I’m going to make two risky assumptions here – that DeBrincat is signing an extension with Sens, and that it’s nothing ridiculous. If it came through? Big W by Pierre Dorion. What a good time to be alive.
Black Hawks: Dr
Why did the Blackhawks feel they need to trade Alex DeBrincat now? Why was the return smaller than expected? What does this mean for the coming years? My column on Kyle Davidson’s bold move: https://t.co/UleA8iweSL
– Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) 7 July 2022
Dom Luszczyszyn: This is a very exciting deal for both sides. It seemed odd at first that Chicago would trade a DeBrincat at all considering his age and ability – an over-correction of last year’s Seth Jones disaster. But if the team realizes it won’t be competitive to fit DeBrinkat’s schedule, it makes sense to get maximum return at what may be its peak value. This is especially true with one year left on his deal and a qualifying offer of $9 million awaits on the other side.
It’s the qualifying show that makes things interesting for Ottawa because it doesn’t give the Senators much time to prove they’re a team worth staying for. There is a real chance that the DeBrincat will walk in a couple of years and that’s the big risk here.
But it is a risk worth taking in terms of Ottawa’s current schedule. The Senators needed to make a big swing and get a real squad maker who could move the needle in a fundamental way in order to take the team to the next level. away from the cellar. They cannot afford to stumble. DeBrincat did so as one of the league’s top scorers, having scored 41 goals last season. Only seven players are expected to score more goals than DeBrincat next season – although the absence of Patrick Kane could put soreness in that expectation.
Whether or not this trade is worth it depends on how long the DeBrincat stays in Ottawa. The projected total value of the three selections traded in Ottawa – seventh, 39th and third round 2024 – equals nearly 10 wins over the next seven seasons. DeBrincat is worth roughly three wins a season, and she should hit that 10 win goal over the next four years. If he walked before that, the Senators wouldn’t get their money’s worth here.
For Chicago, that account makes the deal more plausible assuming DeBrincat wasn’t to stay long and painful anyway, adding DeBrincat to a rising team makes Ottawa a group worth watching in the Atlantic. The Senators have had trouble retaining top players in the past, but if the club can get back to winning ways, things could be different this time.
Black Hawks: B
Corey Bronman: DeBrincat is a legitimate star winger in the NHL. He was a highly productive scorer. His skill and sense of hockey are top-notch, and he has a great shot. His skating for a petite wing has never been his strong point, but he competes so hard and he’s so smart that he overcomes those issues. His deal is going to expire soon and he’s not far from being a free agent, but assuming Ottawa can extend him, he becomes an essential professional piece that can help the organization take the next step out of this rebuilding process.
Chicago, on the other hand, is just beginning to rebuild. We’ll see who crafts the shots with the picks. Pick number 7, in particular, should give them a top six attacking or defensive four up front.
Chicago gets the future assets it needs, but that hurts and speaks volumes for a lot of long and painful rebuilding ahead – especially getting only one premium asset in this deal.
Black Hawks: B
Senators: b +
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