Taylor Corridor is as soon as once more on the commerce block.
“He could be out,” Sabres interim head coach Don Granato mentioned earlier than his staff suited up in opposition to the Devils on Monday night time. “We nonetheless, undetermined but. Nevertheless it’s simply a part of it, it is a part of the enterprise. Taylor is aware of that.”
Nicely, when the lineup was introduced, the winger was certainly out. With the NHL commerce deadline lower than per week away (April 12 at three p.m. ET), Corridor was held out as a precaution to protect his well being and his commerce worth.
The truth that Corridor is offered for the appropriate asking worth shouldn’t be a shock contemplating his tenure in Western New York has been, for lack of a greater phrase, atrocious. In 37 video games he collected two objectives and 19 factors. Sure, you have learn that proper, two objectives in 37 video games, and the primary got here on opening night time.
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It isn’t what was anticipated when he signed a one-year, $eight million deal within the offseason. It isn’t what was anticipated when the 2018 Hart Trophy winner reunited with ex-coach Ralph Krueger, who labored with him for 3 years in Edmonton and who he praised throughout his media availability following the signing. And, it is not what was anticipated when he lined up subsequent to prime NHL centerman Jack Eichel.
Sure, Corridor has battled accidents in the previous few years and he solely dressed for 33 video games in 2018-19 as a result of a knee damage that resulted in arthroscopic surgical procedure to take away bone fragments. However he additionally has some firepower with 582 factors in 664 profession video games. One main concern although is that the 29-year-old 2010 first-round decide appears to now be destined for his fifth NHL staff in simply 11 seasons. Not a very good look.
For now, the massive query shouldn’t be actually the place will he go, however who can truly afford him? According to CapFriendly, the upcoming unrestricted free agent has acquired a remaining cap hit of $2,206,897 (as of April 7) in 2021 — however, there’s a complete bunch of groups which have zero wiggle room.
There’s additionally the rumored asking worth to contemplate: TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported again on March 26 it entails a first-round decide. Plus, Corridor does have a no-move clause however it’s uncertain he’ll use it on this state of affairs as issues in Buffalo have, clearly, not labored out.
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Both approach, the essential tenet is: if a staff actually desires him, we’re certain they’re going to observe Tim Gunn’s recommendation and, “Make it work.”
So, with that, here is a couple of potential touchdown spots for one of many prime guys accessible.
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New York Islanders
“We’re all the time looking for a scoring winger,” GM Lou Lamoriello mentioned throughout his midseason chat with reporters. “Everyone is. That’s not one thing that’s simple to do.”
Nicely, Lou, it might simply be for you.
Getting into Wednesday’s video games, the New York squad is tied with the Capitals atop the East Division standings. They’ve carried out a greater job this yr of placing the biscuit within the basket with 2.95 objectives for per sport (fifth within the division); final yr it was 2.78 (22nd within the league). However having a man like Corridor, particularly after shedding captain and prime scorer Anders Lee to a season-ending knee damage, could be greater than splendid for the Stanley Cup contenders.
Also needs to add that with Lee, who was tied with Brock Nelson for the staff lead in objectives (12) when he acquired injured, on long-term damage reserve the Isles do have that all-important wiggle room regarding the wage cap.
There have been some rumblings that the Bruins need to improve their roster and Corridor will be the match; in spite of everything, he was reportedly on their radar again in October earlier than he joined the Sabres.
At present, the Boys from Beantown sit within the final playoff spot within the East with numerous groups inside placing distance. They usually absolutely want some offensive juice. The Bruins have only a plus-11 purpose differential, which is the bottom among the many prime 5 groups within the division, and have potted a measly 99 objectives (not the worst). Thoughts you, this can be a staff that notched 227 in 70 video games final season. Mainly, they have been on tempo for 267 in 2019-20 if it went a full 82 video games and are taking a look at 226 this yr. That is a 40-plus purpose drop. Yikes.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs might not have had the room to signal him this previous offseason, however Toronto is unquestionably interesting to the ahead. He spends his summer season breaks within the space and did signal as shut as attainable to the place his dad and mom dwell in Ontario with out crossing the border. (Be aware: again when he signed there was no approach of realizing the border would nonetheless be closed right now.) Becoming a member of the Leafs could be the most effective factor for Corridor long-term as he’ll be in search of a brand new deal come this offseason.
As for the Leafs, GM Kyle Dubas has repeatedly mentioned that Toronto’s retailer is vast open.
“It is no secret that we’re going to be a staff that’s going to be trying to purchase gamers on the deadline,” he instructed TSN’s James Duthie recently. He added that his staff is versatile with whether or not their commerce associate is in search of picks, prospects or roster gamers. Within the subsequent three drafts, the Leafs nonetheless have all their picks however two (2021 third- and seventh-round picks) and the staff does have some high-end prospects like Rasmus Sandin, Nick Robertson, Timothy Liljegren, Filip Hallander and 2021 IIHF World Junior standouts for Finland, Roni Hirvonen and Topi Niemela.
This one hasn’t been thrown out an excessive amount of however it might simply take advantage of sense — however provided that Corridor is signed long-term.
Since his return to the Saddledome, head coach Darryl Sutter has repeatedly mentioned that the Flames roster doesn’t have sufficient firepower to compete. When Corridor is wholesome and doing his factor, he is scoring; nevertheless, he might not fully match the Sutter mildew as his defensive sport wants some sparking, however he can undoubtedly bury the puck on the different finish. Which, by the best way, is one thing that Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan have struggled to do that season. May one in all these guys lastly be on the transfer after years of hypothesis? Sutter has known as them each out on a couple of event for his or her lackluster play and there is a sense their days in Alberta at the moment are really numbered.
Whereas some have mentioned that the massive modifications will most likely come in the summertime, the truth that Sutter’s struggles are solely heightening points with the roster assemble, GM Brad Treliving might really feel the stress to make a transfer now. Why? He will not be round for the summer season overhaul.
As for the Sabres finish of issues, Calgary has draft picks. Additionally they have reportedly put David Rittich on the commerce block, and when you think about Buffalo hasn’t had a prime goalie since Ryan Miller, he could possibly be a pleasant addition between the pipes in Buffalo.
And why would this transfer pique the curiosity of Corridor contemplating the Flames season is all however carried out too? He is a Calgary native and he could also be enticed to play for the staff he grew up cheering for quite a lot of weeks.