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    Quote Originally Posted by showmethemony View Post
    You wait for guys like Faber, Grans to come up and make a difference. I guarantee you it's not hard to turn somebody into a Chychrun. Durzi's basically right there, without the defensive play. I think you just wait on the D and don't trade valuable offensive prospects.
    You know those are all RD, right? Are you saying don't worry about LD and just go with high-end RD?

    The other side is if you don't start trading offensive prospects you'll start losing them on waivers for nothing.

    Also, then you're wasting the last good years of Kopi, Quick, and Doughty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jt View Post
    That's true about elite years. But a package for a proven elite D on a reasonable contract is WAY more than Turcotte + Vilardi/Kupari + 2022 1st. Take a look at the comps of past trades for proven elite D on a reasonable contract (which almost never come up anyway). Karlsson would be the comp and it would be much more than that.


    I'll ask a little different question since you seem to see Turcotte as a vital piece of winning a Cup. Who would you compare him to?
    Just a note, Karlsson is a poor comparison as he was one of the best defensemen in the league at time of trade and a norris winner prior to the trade. I really haven't seen Chychrun play enough to properly evaluate him, so in my trade ideas I am looking more at stats, trending and expert projections. At the end of the day, he is worth whatever the top offering team is willing to pay for him.

    In regards to you second question, I realize this probably sounds wild but I would compare Turcotte to Igor Larionov.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DryKing View Post

    In regards to you second question, I realize this probably sounds wild but I would compare Turcotte to Igor Larionov.
    I say this with the utmost respect: You're out of your ****ing mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DryKing View Post
    Just a note, Karlsson is a poor comparison as he was one of the best defensemen in the league at time of trade and a norris winner prior to the trade. I really haven't seen Chychrun play enough to properly evaluate him, so in my trade ideas I am looking more at stats, trending and expert projections. At the end of the day, he is worth whatever the top offering team is willing to pay for him.
    I agree Karlsson isn't the best comparison (he's a RD anyway) but then who is? Who's the last 23ish year old LD to be traded? Here are the comps hockey talking heads mention...IMO almost none are anywhere close:

    Burns (pure offense no defense - the Wild played him at wing A LOT) + 2012 2nd for Setoguchi (24 yr old proven pure goal scorer) + Coyle (19 yr old and one of the most sought after kids in the entire NHL at the time) + 2011 #28 pick (Zach Phillips - yawn)
    Butcher + 2022 5th for futures (salary dump)
    Bear for Foegele (Bear is very good but brings no offense)
    Schmidt for 2022 3rd (Schmidt was a journeyman at this point, wasn't very good, and was a salary dump by the Canucks)
    Jones + 2022 1st + 2022 2nd for Boqvist + 2021 1st + 2021 2nd + 2022 1st (might be a good comparison but BJs knew they were losing him and everyone knew Jones would command twice the salary (until age 36) of Chychrun (until age 27))
    Ekman-Larsson + Garland for Roussel + Beagle + Eriksson + 2021 1st + 2022 7th + 2023 7th (OEL + Garland isn't a good comp because nobody besides Benning thought OEL (who was 7 yrs older than Chychrun) could play top 4 minutes anymore)
    Ristolainen for Hagg + 2021 1st + 2023 2nd (one of the worst trades in the last 5 years. Ristolainen hasn't been the catastrophe most thought he would be, but he's just a regular 2nd line D and nothing at all special like Chychrun has been the last 2 seasons)
    Ellis for Myers + Patrick (Ellis was 29 so it's not a great comparison but it's closer than most of the rest of these, even so, it's not very good because nobody thinks Ellis can be an offensive stud like Chychrun can be and he was 6 yrs old with some hard miles)
    Leddy for Panik + 2021 2nd (Leddy was a salary dump and he was 30 so it's no comparison)
    Graves for Maltsev + 2021 2nd (also a salary dump and nobody ever thought Graves could be a 1/1a D on a good team)
    Matheson + Sceviour for Hornqvist (Rutherford swinging for the fences trying to get a 25 yr old failed former and overpaid #23 overall pick for his own overpaid forward that he didn't want anymore. If this trade had happened when Matheson was 23 it could be a good comp but by this time Matheson was a mess and worth almost nothing in trade except for someone desperate like Rutherford)
    Skjei for 2020 1st (not a comp because Skjei was never thought of as a potential 1 or 1a like Chychrun is)
    Martinez for 2021 1st + 2020 2nd (Martinez was old and had no potential to be a 1 or 1a, so not a comp)
    Miller for 2021 2nd + 2022 5th (Miller is no comp to Chychrun)
    Montour for Guile + 2019 1st (there was a time Montour would have been a good comp for Chychrun but not when he was traded by the Ducks, by then he was a 4-6 D, not a 1-3)
    Muzzin for Grundstrom + Durzi + 2019 1st (not the worst comp but Muzzin never had Chychrun's offense, which boosts Chychrun's value a lot)
    McDonagh + Miller for Howden (2016 #27 pick) + Hajek (2016 #37 pick) + 2018 1st + 2019 2nd + Namestnikov (a nobody throw-in) (if the Coyotes were willing to trade a Miller type player, this would be an ok comp to start with. The problem is that McDonagh was 28 and had proven he couldn't a a 1 or 1a D for the Rangers (he's really good but still needs protected minutes with TB and Hedman being the workhorse) and Miller was an inconsistent enigma when traded. They've both since proven to be vital pieces on very good teams. But is 2018 McDonagh + 2018 Miller worth 2022 Chychrun? I don't think so, so it would take more than 2018 Howden + 2018 Hajek + 2018 1st + 2019 2nd + 2018 Namestnikov (essentially two 1sts and two 2nds) to get 2022 Chychrun.
    Jones (21 yrs old) for Johansen (23 yrs old). I'd love this comp but the Coyotes aren't looking for a Johansen type and the Kings don't have one to trade.
    Toews for 2021 2nd + 2022 2nd (I'd love this to be a comp because 2020 Toews might be the closest comparison to 2022 Chychrun on this list, but he still wasn't looked at as a potential 1 or 1a. But the real issue is that Lamoriello traded him for 2 reasons: 1. he had a hissy fit because Toews requested arbitration and 2. he knew Toews would win and put the NYI is cap hell. If the Coyotes were in a similar situation to the NYI, this would be a starting point comp.
    Trouba for Pionk + 2019 #20 (another one I'd love for this to be a comp but Trouba had already started to show that he wasn't a 1 or 1a and he never was (or has been) the offensive player Chychrun has been.


    So, what do you think? Do you see any good comps on this list? Or can you think of any others? After doing all this, IMO it really comes down to whether Chychrun can be a legit 1 or 1a. If he can't he's not worth what the Coyotes are asking. If he can, he is and you have to pay the price because true 1/1a D who are this young just don't come on the market much. At best, you can trade for ones who are unproven like Toews and Pionk, or older ones like Karlsson, 2017 Jones, and (arbuably) Burns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DryKing View Post
    In regards to you second question, I realize this probably sounds wild but I would compare Turcotte to Igor Larionov.
    I'm pulling this out in hopes of getting more people to throw out comps for Turcotte.

    So santiclaws's correct assessment aside......

    Larionov was an elite skill player in the USSR and when he came to the NHL was still an elite playmaker and very good scorer. He wasn't the workaholic almost grinder Turcotte is. Or do you see Turcotte as an elite playmaker?

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    Is anyone concerned that Chychrun has been absolute dog **** this season? Even when Doughty was minus-34 the was still among the team leaders in point shares. He was playing ok on bad bad team. Chychrun has been playing terrible on a bad team. And it is going from a small sample size to a point where I'm a bit concerned what the heck is going on with his game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jt View Post
    I'm pulling this out in hopes of getting more people to throw out comps for Turcotte.

    So santiclaws's correct assessment aside......

    Larionov was an elite skill player in the USSR and when he came to the NHL was still an elite playmaker and very good scorer. He wasn't the workaholic almost grinder Turcotte is. Or do you see Turcotte as an elite playmaker?
    Turcotte is not the professor. I watched Turcotte at rookie camp after he was drafted and he stood out. The skill and hustle was obvious to see even to me. So I get why he was picked 5th. But he's struggled to produce in the pros and that is concerning. Even in college he wasn't tearing it up. So I'll throw out a couple of names. Upside is Mike Richards. More concerning case is Brett Connolly. Not in the style but in the sense that you have a 5-6 overall pick who is a solid NHL player but only as a contributing piece.

    If I'm Blake, I don't want to trade Turcotte because I love the combination of hustle and skill but I move him to get my guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hokiecat View Post
    Is anyone concerned that Chychrun has been absolute dog **** this season? Even when Doughty was minus-34 the was still among the team leaders in point shares. He was playing ok on bad bad team. Chychrun has been playing terrible on a bad team. And it is going from a small sample size to a point where I'm a bit concerned what the heck is going on with his game.
    Concerned? Yeah. But if he wasn't he either 1. wouldn't be available or 2. would cost what Karlsson cost.

    But that's where the Kings have to do serious homework and why they get paid big money and have a full team of scouts. This is exactly the time they make their money, earn their reputations, and either keep their jobs or get fired. These are the key moments in a franchise and if they can't do it, they should be replaced.

    That's not to say they SHOULD trade for Chychrun but they damn well better use every bit of expertise in the organization (maybe even calling former teammate Jeff (Jacob's dad)). And if they pass and he turns into Pionk, Toews, or even Jones they suck and should be fired. Same thing if they trade Turcotte for him and Chychrun turns into Trouba and/or Turcotte turns into O'Reilly...same thing. Their job is to predict what guys like Chychrun and Turcotte will probably develop into. I sure as hell don't know but they better know more than I do.

    As for Chychrun himself, playing on an awful team can be demoralizing...Doughty has said as much and explained that's partly why his game tanked for a couple years. Is that the case with Chychrun? Hell if I know but the Kings need to research it and find out.

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    I thought we already agreed that Turcotte's ceiling is Richards? Which imo is pretty accurate...

    JT - I think the Toews comp is is in the ballpark. May need to change one of the seconds to a first and they may want an existing prospect to replace to 2nd rdr..

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    Quote Originally Posted by santiclaws View Post
    I say this with the utmost respect: You're out of your ****ing mind.
    Haha I totally get where you are coming from and expected to be flamed for that comment. Thanks for being kind in the process

    Quote Originally Posted by jt View Post
    So, what do you think? Do you see any good comps on this list? Or can you think of any others? After doing all this, IMO it really comes down to whether Chychrun can be a legit 1 or 1a. If he can't he's not worth what the Coyotes are asking. If he can, he is and you have to pay the price because true 1/1a D who are this young just don't come on the market much. At best, you can trade for ones who are unproven like Toews and Pionk, or older ones like Karlsson, 2017 Jones, and (arbuably) Burns.
    I agree, there are some good comparisons on the list you provided but the best ones were at a different stage of their career. I think Blake will be very cautious on what he offers, though, as if he gives up top prospects in our system he needs it to be a big hit / successful. If Chychrun really has the good to be a future lasting 1a then it's a deal that needs to happen - I'm just personally not yet sold on him.

    Quote Originally Posted by jt View Post
    I'm pulling this out in hopes of getting more people to throw out comps for Turcotte.

    So santiclaws's correct assessment aside......

    Larionov was an elite skill player in the USSR and when he came to the NHL was still an elite playmaker and very good scorer. He wasn't the workaholic almost grinder Turcotte is. Or do you see Turcotte as an elite playmaker?
    Yeah I don't see Turcotte as a grinder, he has elite level hockey IQ and passing, and good shooting (a step under elite). What Turcotte has to do to make the team right now is grind and while he is capable of that, I don't see that as his true strength. I really think people are underestimating how much talent he truly has and the future will show it. Let's agree to revisit in 5 years.
    Last edited by DryKing; January 25th, 2022 at 11:42 AM.

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