Rumble LeBrun: NHL execs on commerce for Tanner Jeannot, and inside deal for Timo Meier

There was a collective second on NHL Twitter Sunday night time the place we realized what the return on the Tanner Jeannot commerce was.

The Lightning despatched defenseman Cal Foot, his first-round decide in 2025 (prime 10 protected) and his second-round decide in 2024 to the Predators, in addition to third-, fourth-, and fifth-round picks in 2023.

So, as famous on Twitter, one draft decide for every of Janu’s 5 targets this season.

Right here’s the factor: If there’s any workforce that advantages from the doubt, it’s Workforce Lightning. It’s a really sensible entrance workplace, and located these gamers feeling very strongly that they may match into the workforce and pay no matter worth it takes. This strains up completely with earlier offers for Blake Coleman, Barclay Goudreau, Nick Paul and Brandon Hagel.

It noticed three consecutive journeys to the Stanley Cup Remaining, together with two titles.

Had been you shocked at first by the value paid? naturally. However then I believed, “Properly, I believe Lightning Common Supervisor Julien BriseBois feels very strongly about this participant who’s a very good match for his workforce.”

Jano, a restricted free agent this summer time, scored 24 targets final season and made $800,000. So there may be this one as nicely.

I requested just a few competing entrance workplace executives what they considered the commerce on Monday morning. That is what they mentioned:

Implementation Workforce #1: “To start with, an ideal comeback for Nashville. I like Ginot as a participant. centre-six winger brings measurement and a few heft with a grit and secondary assault to the line-up. Did Tampa pay an excessive amount of? positively. Did they overpay? Yeah…however in the long run they’ve carried out it earlier than and had success. Credit score to Julien. They’ve an identification and do a very good job of discovering the items to fill wants and who play with that identification.

“They usually have a report of re-signing these sorts of acquisitions and in the event that they try this with Gino, that can offset the associated fee.”

Implementation Workforce #2: Tampa has gone again to its acquainted ebook and added a ahead on the deadline who injects extra grit and snarl, and a few scoring capability, into their already robust offensive lineup. I’ve labored up to now with Goodrow, Coleman, Paul and Hagel. The fee could also be considerably steep, however on Through the years, their gamers have performed a number of play-offs and possibly wanted one other injection {that a} participant like Ginot would herald. Based mostly on their historical past, in addition to the place they is perhaps of their circuit, this was a wonderful addition for them.”

Implementation Workforce #3: “Wonderful. Davy Boyle’s swan music. An unreal Nashville comeback. Once I learn it… I’m nonetheless ready for somebody to say it was a typo.”

So yeah, it was an overpayment, however the backside line for Tampa Bay is that the entire draft picks that had been traded had zero probability of truly being within the Lightning lineup whereas the present middle was led by Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevsky, Stephen Stamkos, Brayden Level, and Anthony Cirelli and Victor Hedman try to win extra championships. First spherical decide in 2025 (prime 10 protected), decide two years from now, possibly an NHL participant in 2028 or 2029?

Missing experimental capital, Tampa Bay made the choice that they must go above amount over high quality of their efforts to accumulate a participant they coveted.

And that’s what they did.

Might it backfire? naturally. Maybe these elites aren’t ageing in addition to the entrance workplace hopes and never having a number of picks within the subsequent few years coming again to hang-out them and this workforce in about 4 years is a catastrophe.

However I understand how I might really feel if I had been a participant within the Tampa Bay locker room at the moment: Let’s go.

What a grind.

It’s the very first thing that involves thoughts once I take into consideration the quantity of labor Sharks Common Supervisor Mike Greer and his employees have put into this operation over the previous few weeks.

Did they lastly decide the suitable package deal to go together with New Jersey over eventual choices from Vegas and Carolina?

I imply, let’s revisit that in 5 years. However there isn’t any denying that Jarir has scouted the market completely.

Don’t neglect that different groups just like the Blues and Jets had talks with San Jose on Mayer earlier than it petered out. The Maple Leafs checked in just a few weeks in the past earlier than going the Ryan O’Reilly route. There have been different groups, too.

Legs tried valiantly over the previous 10 days, particularly. Considered one of their closing performances had a six-piece, together with a first-round decide and a second-round decide, in addition to projections. However the one younger participant they didn’t give in to was Russia’s Alexander Nikishin. It might need been a recreation changer had Carolina included him within the pack, however I don’t blame the Canes for wanting to maintain him. They’ve large plans for him.

What additionally shocked me was that in response to my TSN colleague Darren Dreger, the Golden Knights had been nonetheless up for Mayer even after the acquisition of Ivan Barbashev on Sunday. Wasn’t {that a} factor, getting each Barbashev and Meyer. This additionally tells me that the Golden Knights usually are not completed but.

However in the long run, Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald by no means relented. He’s been in San Jose constantly the previous few weeks, since he was clearly going manner again like an interview I did in late January. He was prepared to be all he might to get a prime six winger so long as it was a hockey deal, not a lease. Which in fact exclaimed Meyer.

Right here’s one thing to recollect about Fitzgerald: Final August, he tried actually arduous to enter Matthew Tkachuk’s commerce sweepstakes, however sadly for him, the Devils didn’t make it into Tkachuk’s shortlist. Fitzgerald additionally spoke to Johnny Goudreau’s camp when free company opened final July.

Neither of these materialized, however I bear in mind submitting that away as a result of it gave me the impression the Devils would once more take a giant swing of a top-six winger when the second introduced itself.

Explosion. mission completed.

The Devils have but to re-sign Meyer, a restricted free agent this offseason with a qualifying supply of $10 million. This shall be an enormous precedence. They usually must signal Jesper Pratt, too.

If Fitzgerald can pull off each of these issues, you’re taking a look at a Devils workforce that would show to be a sustainable contender for years to come back.

(Picture by Tanner Ginot and Timo Meyer: John Russell/NHLI through Getty Pictures)