Once the shock of the commerce wore off — not shock that Bo Horvat was traded, in fact, however moderately the place he was dealt — the massive unanswered query was whether or not an extension would quickly observe.
And therein lies the fascinating gamble Islanders common supervisor Lou Lamoriello made Monday within the first blockbuster of commerce season, as a result of buying Horvat from the Canucks actually may have a unique narrative relying on whether or not Horvat is round for a number of months or a lot of years.
On a name with the media Monday night, Lamoriello mentioned the Islanders “really haven’t had any discussions yet” with Horvat’s camp, led by veteran agent Pat Morris. I later requested him how a lot urgency there was, given the gamble that he’s an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
“I think it’s important to (start negotiations) as soon as possible,” Lamoriello responded. “We’ll work at it and do the best we can. But it’s a great point. We’ll do everything we can to get it done.”
Horvat, on an earlier media name, mentioned “nothing has been discussed as of yet” when requested about potential extension talks.
“This all happened so fast. No talks on that yet,” Horvat mentioned. “Obviously, we’ll see if we can get something done, but we’ll leave it to Pat to handle that.”
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On the one hand, I discover it tough to imagine that Lamoriello doesn’t no less than have an concept what it might take to get Horvat prolonged, simply primarily based on an inside prognostication and sense of the market.
But it’s value declaring that one of many sticking factors from some groups who had been keen on going additional down the street on commerce talks relating to Horvat was that the Canucks didn’t give permission to the participant’s camp to speak extension with different groups.
That appeared stunning since you would assume it might increase the return on a commerce. But some entrance places of work in Vancouver’s place have informed me up to now the fear if you happen to get the agent concerned is he can hijack the commerce trajectory and wrestle that management away from the place the Canucks finally needed to deal him. Or, extra to the purpose, severely restrict commerce choices.
In any case, what issues now’s whether or not Horvat is definitely inclined to signal an extension in-season with the Islanders or whether or not after talking together with his agent he decides going to July 1 and the open market is the higher enterprise determination to be able to maximize the profession 12 months he’s having offensively.
I believe he’s open to having talks with the Islanders. Otherwise, this commerce most likely doesn’t occur.
Again, although, let me reiterate: I discover it onerous to imagine Lamoriello blindly pulls the set off on this blockbuster with out no less than having some sort of concept whether or not he can signal Horvat.
There is a lot using on getting that extension finished, in my thoughts, when judging this commerce, particularly when you think about that the first-round choose traded to Vancouver is top-12 protected for this season and unprotected if it slides to 2024. Having Horvat in your lineup previous this season is a giant deal in some ways for the Islanders, who sit two factors out of a playoff spot as of the time of the commerce.
The Hurricanes, Bruins and Rangers had been amongst a number of groups that inquired on Horvat.
For the Rangers, I get the sense it was extra tire-kicking as a result of they’ve three facilities they like already. The actual want there’s a winger earlier than the deadline.
The Hurricanes, as I wrote last week, aren’t a group that spends huge on high-end rental gamers. So, sure, that they had curiosity in Horvat, however they’d have needed to speak extension with Horvat’s camp first, and as mentioned above, that permission was by no means granted to the agent.
I beloved the thought of Horvat in Boston as a signed participant previous this season, given the uncertainty down the center after this season with Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, however I believe that and not using a David Pastrnak’s extension finished, it was most likely too onerous for the Bruins to totally examine the Horvat possibility this early earlier than March 3.
The NHL commerce market swung into excessive gear Monday when the No. 1 participant on The Athletic’s commerce board was moved.
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— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) January 31, 2023
That the Islanders ended up with Horvat? Not positive anyone noticed that coming.
People had been fast to level out on social media after the commerce was made that if the Isles fall out of the playoff race, the group might all the time flip Horvat earlier than the March 3 commerce deadline. But that may fly within the face of Lamoriello’s historical past with pending UFAs. He usually doesn’t imagine in transferring them irrespective of the place his group is within the standings.
My sense is Lamoriello is sending a message with Monday’s commerce: that he completely believes his group is playoff caliber. That’s his solely focus.
Other than attempting to increase Horvat, in fact.
(Top picture of Bo Horvat and Scott Mayfield: Bob Frid / USA Today)