MAJOR | We now have a clearer idea of what Hronek's next deal is going to look like

Published March 7, 2023 at 2:40 PM
BY FELIP GOSSELIN
     
Patrik Allvin and the Vancouver Canucks shook the whole hockey world last week when they announced they had acquired Filip Hronek and a 4th-round selection from the Detroit Red Wings.

In this trade, Allvin moved the first-round pick they had acquired from the Islanders along with the Canucks' second-round pick in the 2023 Draft to Detroit. Hronek, a 25-year-old, right-handed up-and-coming two-way defenseman will surely be a great addition to the Canucks blue line.

Though what may be in play here is the fact that Hronek currently plays on a really efficient contract, since he brings a lot of value to the table while having a cap hit of only $4.4M for the remainder of the calendar and next year. He will be a restricted free agent as soon as July 1st, 2024. Blake Price actually opened up on the subject and what the Canucks may have to pay is set up to have a lot of money on the blue line:

"The next time they are going to be competitive, it'll likely come with not one, but two #Canucks defensemen (Quinn Hughes and Filip Hronek) making north of 7 million per season."




Hronek is currently putting in a career-high season of 38 points after 60 games. The rarity of the right-handed shot defenseman really increases the price the Canucks will have to pay for his services in the long term. Amongst active right-handed defensemen making an average of $7M/year, we can find players like Aaron Ekblad, Alex Pietrangelo, Dougie Hamilton, Cale Makar, Jacob Trouba, and Charlie McAvoy just to name those.

Hronek has yet to play a game with the Canucks, but is he going to bring as much value as any of these?
IS FILIP HRONEK WORTH OVER A $7M AAV?
MARCH 7      395 ANSWERS
YES8220.8 %
THESE ANALYSTS ARE NUTS AND KNOW NOTHING15338.7 %
SEND HIM PACKING IF HE WANTS THAT MUCH16040.5 %
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