– Marc-Olivier Beaudoin (@MOBeaudoin1) July 10, 2023
What we notice is that the Sens, faced with a player they had to trade (he would have left as an independent player in a year’s time), didn’t exactly manage to maximize his value – especially considering the price he paid a year ago. That said, they minimized the damage.
Because, in reality, Ottawa didn’t have much choice but to send him to Detroit. Yes, the club could have traded him elsewhere, but clearly, he wanted to come home.
The Sens were kind enough to trade him there, but in reality, it’s probably because their best offer came from Detroit.
Because otherwise, I can’t believe that no club was willing/able to do better than Detroit’s offer.
Honestly everything about the Debrincat acquisition is beautiful for Detroit. The trade, the contract…
How could there not have been another team topping that? Unless Debrincat really wants to live specifically the next four years in exclusively only Detroit.
– Dan Kramer (@DanKramerHabs) July 10, 2023
Of course, it’s impossible to know everything about the CH and Dubois. Perhaps the CH didn’t want to approach the Jets’ price and Dubois’ price (for the transaction and the signing), and that dampened the Québécois’ ardour.
So I’ll just say this: DeBrincat and Detroit were more willing to trust each other than Dubois and Montreal.
What I’m also seeing is that the Habs’ already strong division hasn’t just weakened. After all, Pierre Dorion didn’t get his forward out of the Atlantic.
It’s a shame for the CH, which will have a hard time holding its own in such a context in 2023-2024.
– /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) July 10, 2023
What fascinates me is that I understand the context that DeBrincat forced his boss’ hand, but in the end, the Sens traded the player at a discount in the division.
I’m not the only one who finds this a fascinating context, am I?
Of course, I’m sure it tears Pierre Dorion’s heart out, but he did it anyway. And that’s what makes me realize that divisions aren’t important in today’s NHL.
Why isn’t division important in today’s NHL? Because teams never play each other.
I don’t want to rehash a milk run I’ve delivered in the past, but it’s not right that the Habs went to Boston just once this year. They’ve also been to Minnesota, Dallas and Arizona.
Trading a big player in one division isn’t necessarily worse than trading him in the other Eastern division. And in fact, for a club like Ottawa that’s going to be fighting for draft spots, it doesn’t make any difference.
Auston Matthews comes to mind. Everyone knows that he doesn’t want to sign for eight years and that a four- or five-year contract is more realistic for him with the Maple Leafs.
Nick Kypreos: How Auston Matthews’ next contract can break Leafs’ salary cap debacle https://t.co/V3UALQqMFY
– Toronto Star Sports (@StarSports) July 6, 2023
DeBrincat is 25 years old. That means he’ll be 29 when his contract expires, which means he’ll have flexibility.
With the cap going up en masse, he’ll be able to sign a huge contract if he plays up to his talent. He’ll also be able to evaluate whether he wants to sign in Detroit or elsewhere in due course.
Clearly, the DeBrincat case is fascinating for what’s happening in the division.
– The Blue Jays aimed for a home run in the draft.
Their rivals Boston and New York also drafted well. https://t.co/Ws07w2ZSwX
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) July 10, 2023
– Alouettes loss last night.
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– Alexandre Pratt (@alexandrepratt) July 10, 2023
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– Too bad for Canada.
– Jeremy Filosa 🎙 (@JeremyFilosa) July 10, 2023