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20 Feb 2019 20:15:52
OK so when I look at the leafs, I see defence needs an overhaul. It's not good enough. I am going to try to bring it in at $20m or less for next year. See how it goes.

I see the following for next year

Reilly-xxxxxxx
Muzzin-xxxxx
Dermott-Liljegren
Sandin or someone else

So short top two rd. So for me, this year, I would trade for Pesce. And a guy like Jensen. Long term contract stability with Pesce and Jensen can stay or go next year. The total next year with second rd still open (Jensen gone) roughly $16m. Quibble over a few hundred thousand if u wish.

So for this year u have

Reilly-Pesce
Muzzin-Jensen
Gardiner-Dermott
Seventh

Zaitsev would have to go. Hainsey too. Which to me solves two big problems.

Question will be what it takes. Will explore that in leafs rumours. That and salary cap.

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20 Feb 2019 20:34:50
In my opinion with Liljegren missing a lot of time i think he starts in the ahl unless he impresses in camp looking at potential moves I agree that hainsey and Zaitsev need to go but I think the player that will land us that top rhd will be kadri I mean it would be smart for the leafs to maybe downgrade the 3rd line center and get a quality defencemen weather it be Hamilton Pesce etc but this also depends on what the leafs sign marner Kapanan and even possibly Johnsson would love to see Lillegren and Rosen and Sandin get a look near the end of the regular season to maybe get a sense on what we actually have.

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20 Feb 2019 07:38:35
Zaitsev and a third for zadorov. Apparently sakic doesn't want to deal with him, maybe we can swing fr him. Pretty sure he's left D but i'd take 6 elite left d over 3 and 3 where the 3 right d are mediocre

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19 Feb 2019 02:54:29
Another trade option for the leafs

Tor: Lilejgren or Bracco with a 2nd 2020
Ott: Dzingel

Then

Tor: Johnsson Subban
Car: Pesce

So here's what I'm thinking the sens are looking for young players and picks honestly I'm not sold or Liljegren so I'd be ok with moving him if it Bracco I'm ok there too he's a small winger not really what we need we already have guys like marner Nylander but with this trade if we could do it opens up a Johnsson trade for that top 4 rhd Dzingel has more upside in my opinion only difference is Dzingel is a ufa Johnsson is a rfa but I think Dzingel is affordable

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19 Feb 2019 02:06:59
So just seen that the leafs have asked about Mcquaid so I wanna know for you guys which trade makes more sense

Tor: brown
Nyr: McQuaid

Or

Tor: Johnsson
Car: Pesce

Do the leafs go with the cheap physical rental player or do they pay a bit more and land a long term piece I'm undecided with this one I think if you move Johnsson you need to replace him with a player that can play that third line role

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19 Feb 2019 01:10:39
Maple Leafs - Blue Jackets

Maple Leafs trade Nazem Kadri to the Blue Jackets for Josh Andersen

Maple Leafs - Rangers

Maple Leafs trade Nikita Zaitsev to the Rangers for Adam McQuaid

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18 Feb 2019 02:21:15
No need to keep spending players/prospects/picks to get rid of Horton's contract, I am sure Dubas and Prindholm have the situation well in hand. My speculation is that they plan to buy out his contract after this season. His cap hit is $5.3M and being over 26 YO he will get 2/3 of that, spread out over 2 years. The cap hit break down would be $2.9M for the 2019-20 season and $1.2M for the 2020-21 season. That will be an extra $2.4M next year for contract negotiations and $4.1M plus Marleau's $6.25M the following year leaving only Kessel's $1.2M on the books as dead money.

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19 Feb 2019 23:56:50
You can't buy out an injured player. Its rule #1 with buyouts.

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17 Feb 2019 19:25:09
So I've stepped back and really taken a look at this cap situation.
Right now they sit at about 75 million with 4.5 in cap space.
This offseason, the following players need to be resigned or lost: marner, Kapanen, Johnsson, sparks, Gardiner, Hainsey, Lindholm, ennis, and ozhiganov.
This gives us about and extra 13.5 million in space next year, giving us a total of 18 million to sign those guys or replacements. Marner being a priority will probably command at least 10.5 of that leaving 7.5 for Kapanen, Johnsson at the very least leaving us with holes at 4C, bottom pairing D, and back up goalie. Say we are able to sign Johnsson and kappy for 4.75 between the 2 (if we're lucky) and ELCs at 4C,Backup goalie, &3RD, 3LD... that's at least another 4 million. That makes 8.75 million, and puts us 1.25 over the cap. Say the Cap increases to 83.5. Now we have about 2.75 million in space. HOWEVER, we would then have to add the performance bonuses achieved from this year as carry over. So in reality, based on what happens this season could actually put us over for next. Someone will have to go to clear space, and not a lot of adding can be done without a serious shakeup. IMO, it has to be one of Marleau(who controls his fate), Zaitsev (who could be tough to dump in a cap era), brown (who only gains 2.1 million) or Kadri (who granted is a great 3C, but probably easiest to move). I doubt marleau wants to go anywhere, no one wants Zaitsev. I'm truly interested in what Dubas will come up with in this situation, as they will definitely have to move out some salary to continue to stay competitive. At this point, moving anymore first round draft picks, would be a mistake long term for the team. The only thing that worries me is that, every team knows the leafs will have some cap issues coming, so making a trade may cost us more than it would've without these issues in my eyes.

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18 Feb 2019 15:46:02
Matthews-Nylander-Marner- tavares - Marleau - Reilly - muzzin - Andersen equals roughly 60m

Fourth line - 5 to 7th defence - backup goalie and Kessel - 8m give or take.

If cap is $83m and they keep $3m in reserve (and they should), they have $12m to spend.

Johnson
Kapanen
Hyman
Brown
Kadri
Top rd
Second rd. What 21-22m?


We are way over cap. And I didn't include Gardiner and Zaitsev

Way way way way way over.

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18 Feb 2019 16:26:48
I 100% agree, it will be very interesting what happens this offseason, as things have to change. This is what I keep looking at: gardiner is gone, Kappy (2.5 bridge or trouble), Johnsson (2.25 bridge or trouble), marner (10.5).

Matthews Hyman Kappanen 16.35
Johnsson Tavares marner 23.75
Marleau Kadri Nylander 17.5
Moore Gauthier brown 3.55

61 approx

Reilly Muzzin 9
Dermott zaitsev 5.363
Rosen Liljegren 1.6
Borgman .925

17

Andersen/ backup 6

84

Kessel 1.2
Horton 5
Performance bonus carry over 3

93.2
Granted Horton is LTIR but I believe we have to wait to IR him after first game as I discussed with memarcusjoe.
That’s about 10 mill over if the caps 83.5. So somethings got to give, whether it’s hortons contract, Kadri& zaitsev. Changes have to be made.

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17 Feb 2019 18:29:39
I just have a question about the future of the leafs. Ok so first off everyone says that they are in win now mode. This makes it seem like next year they will be bad. Is it possible to have a team next year that is as good if not better then the team this year or does the cap not allow them to be a juggernaut for years to come

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17 Feb 2019 18:18:39
Well I do understand a lot of what the different CBA rules and what not. I'm just trying to figure out why all of the sudden Hortons contract is an inconvenience as he will never strap up the skates again. That being so, why is everyone so eager to get rid of him if he can be placed on IR for relief anyways. I don't really understand how shedding this contract does anything to relieve our cap situation. Can someone please inform me on the correct reasoning behind all the efforts to shed this contract, as even when we were up against the cap during the beginning of the rebuild. Those contracts weren't a problem.

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17 Feb 2019 18:35:58
As I understand it Horton's contract is only a problem for opening night. The Leafs can't put him on LTIR until the season opens, so his salary must be on the books and count against the cap and the Leafs still need to be cap compliant for their opening game. After that he can go on LTIR and have his salary not count against the cap.

So, a contract extension may need to be delayed or a player sent to the minors for opening day to make room for his salary. Long term though, I don't think it should hurt, but I don't for the Leafs' salary structure too closely.

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17 Feb 2019 19:36:49
@Memarcusjoe

Out of curiousity, if Marleau was waived at the end of training camp next season, that I believe would make them cap compliant if over the cap before day 1 where they could then place Horton on IR and bring Marleau back up. What are the possibilities that Marleau would be claimed on waivers and would this work?

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17 Feb 2019 23:28:13
I don't think you can waive Marleau as he has a no movement clause. So, he would have to agree to be waived, which would be highly unlikely. Also, he is a plus 35 contract, so it may not help you even if he did, although I'm not positive on that.

Then, although again I'm not 100% positive on this, I believe since it is still the off season until the puck drops for game one, that your salary hit is based on your top 23 salaries, no matter where they play. After the first game then your cap is based on your 23 man NHL roster.

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18 Feb 2019 18:39:58
His contract is also a nuisance when it comes to signing bonuses. Even thought we can put his full contract on LTIR for cap use we can’t use it to pay this years bonuses.

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17 Feb 2019 17:28:40
New Maple Leafs D Pairings

Reilly, Hamilton
Dermott, Muzzin
Sandin, Borgman
Rosen

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