Taylor Corridor is as soon as once more on the commerce block.
“He is likely to be out,” Sabres interim head coach Don Granato mentioned earlier than his group suited up in opposition to the Devils on Monday night time. “We nonetheless, undetermined but. However 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 3 p.m. ET), Corridor was held out as a precaution to protect his well being and his commerce worth.
The truth that Corridor is out there for the fitting 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.
It is not what was anticipated when he signed a one-year, $8 million deal within the offseason. It is not 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 isn’t what was anticipated when he lined up subsequent to prime NHL centerman Jack Eichel.
Sure, Corridor has battled accidents in the previous couple of years and he solely dressed for 33 video games in 2018-19 on account of a knee harm 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 choose seems to be to now be destined for his fifth NHL group in simply 11 seasons. Not a superb look.
For now, the large 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 bought 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 think about: TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported again on March 26 it includes a first-round choose. Plus, Corridor does have a no-move clause but it surely’s uncertain he’ll use it on this scenario as issues in Buffalo have, clearly, not labored out.
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Both method, the fundamental tenet is: if a group actually needs him, we’re certain they will comply with 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. “All people is. That’s not one thing that’s straightforward to do.”
Nicely, Lou, it could simply be for you.
Coming 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 recreation (fifth within the division); final yr it was 2.78 (twenty second within the league). However having a man like Corridor, particularly after shedding captain and prime scorer Anders Lee to a season-ending knee harm, could be greater than very best for the Stanley Cup contenders.
Also needs to add that with Lee, who was tied with Brock Nelson for the group lead in objectives (12) when he bought injured, on long-term harm 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 could be the match; in any case, he was reportedly on their radar again in October earlier than he joined the Sabres.
At the moment, the Boys from Beantown sit within the final playoff spot within the East with numerous groups inside hanging distance. And so they certainly want some offensive juice. The Bruins have only a plus-11 aim 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, it is a group that notched 227 in 70 video games final season. Principally, 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 aim drop. Yikes.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs might not have had the room to signal him this previous offseason, however Toronto is definitely interesting to the ahead. He spends his summer season breaks within the space and did signal as shut as potential to the place his mother and father stay in Ontario with out crossing the border. (Observe: again when he signed there was no method of understanding the border would nonetheless be closed at present.) Becoming a member of the Leafs could be one of the best 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 huge open.
“It is no secret that we’re going to be a group that’s going to be seeking to purchase gamers on the deadline,” he advised TSN’s James Duthie recently. He added that his group is versatile with whether or not their commerce accomplice 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 group 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 could 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; nonetheless, he might not fully match the Sutter mildew as his defensive recreation wants some sparking, however he can positively 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. Might one among these guys lastly be on the transfer after years of hypothesis? Sutter has referred to as them each out on multiple event for his or her lackluster play and there is a sense their days in Alberta are actually really numbered.
Whereas some have mentioned that the large adjustments 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 might not be round for the summer season overhaul.
As for the Sabres finish of issues, Calgary has draft picks. In addition 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 might 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 group he grew up cheering for quite a lot of weeks.