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05 May 2019 17:36:11
As Ken Holland will be named new GM of the Edmonton Oilers. Kyle Dubas will release Mike Babcock as coach of the leafs and will then be hired as new coach of the Edmonton Oilers. Holland and Babcock will be back together. you heard it here first.

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04 May 2019 17:54:30
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04 May 2019 00:24:39
Nylander, Brown for Larsson, Kassian
Zaitsev, 3rd for Gudas

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02 May 2019 22:16:50
What would it take to get Bertuzzi out of Det

Would Brown or Johnson get it done? Or would you have to add

Gives a good forward roughly same age as the two from Toronto and keeps the cap lower at 1.4 mil for next two years.

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30 Apr 2019 17:31:03
What to do with Mike Babcock. I still believe that Babcock holds value within the organization but in order to move forward something has to give. Coaching is an evolutionary process that involves changing with the times. let's take a look at this past years changes: 1. Power play: our power play started off with a bang and looked unstoppable so what happened - nothing, opposing teams adjusted and the leafs didn't, until game 7 when i saw Marner and Matthews change sides - something I thought should have happened long ago to give Matthews the 1 timer.2. older players TOI: the playoffs are a one time chance to shine and your elite players have to play. The leafs are full of young talent, just let them play. If they screw up so be it, it is a process and watching older experienced guys fail is not the way to go.

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02 May 2019 17:32:32
I didn’t think Hainsey did all that bad this year. Either in the regular season or the playofffs. He certainly wasn’t the worst player on the team. Anyway, I doubt he will be back. If rumours are true and Dubas and Babcock were split on the decision to play Hainsey top line, then I guess the easy solution is to just not re-sign Hainsey. Which of course begs the question: who is going to replace him? Liljegren? Very unlikely Liljegren is ready to play top line minutes Thisbe coming season. Zaitsev is a hunk of garbage mixed with poop. He’s simply not good enough. Muzzin is the best choice I suppose, and likely who Dubas has in mind. But concerning he didn’t really seem to click with Reilly though.

I guess the only other old guy on the team is Marleau. Not too sure what to say about him. He’s past his days of usefulness, and maybe should be dropped to 3rd, RW even 4th. Again though, we have a bit of a situation where we need to replace him. Is Moore good enough? I don’t know. What do you think 16? Drop Marleau all the way to 4th and give Moore the opportunity?

29 Apr 2019 17:31:02
So if the cap is 83 million next year the leafs cap hit going into July 1st, assuming all UFA's and Ozhiganov walk will be $68.909699.

This includes Phil Kessel, Garret Sparks and Trevor Moore, but not Jospeh Woll (for some reason on the Leafs according to cap friendly) or Nathan Horton (LTIR).

I didn't include any other Marlies because IDK what Dubas and Babcock have in store.

So if the cap is $83 mill, then the leafs have about $14 mill to lock up Marner, Johnsson, and Kapanen.

Someone is getting traded at the draft or on July 1st. My guess is it is going to be Connor Brown since the leafs were shopping him at the trade deadline.

Did I miss anything?

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29 Apr 2019 18:35:58
I forgot about Rosen so that means it’s around 13.3 mill, my bad.

02 May 2019 18:07:28
I think you came pretty close to getting this all right. Brown is probably tops on Leafs “Most Likely To Be Traded” list. I agree there. He’s just too overpaid and underutilized for the 4th line. He is really a 3rd line on most teams and even 2nd line on some of the worst ones. At $2.1M, he costs as much as an entire 4th line should. Hate to see him go, but the return for him is probably going to be pretty substantial. I don’t think they traded him at deadline because they wanted the depth for playoffs and weren’t comfortable with Moore and Petan carrying the workload. This year will be different as those guys will have a full year in the team to establish themselves.

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27 Apr 2019 23:49:36
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24 Apr 2019 21:11:22
Now that our season is over I believe it's going to be a busy offseason. Here are some moves I think should be made so that we can still at least have a pretty good team next year. Keep in mind I know this may not happen but I'm hoping Nylander has a big year.

Let gardiner walk and trade Kadri and Marleau for Braun in San Jose and maybe some picks. SAN Jose wants to win either this year or next year. Then trade zaitsev and a prospect with a pick for Brett Pesce.

We take in around 6-7 mill and we give away around 14 million. So now we have 7 million in extra to sign players. I do believe we will have to let someone like brown go buy maybe not. Team should look something like this

Hyman Tavares Marner
Johnson Matthews Kapanen
Moore Nylander Brown
Ennis Gauthier Bracco

Riley Dermott
Muzzin Pesce
Braun Hainsey

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24 Apr 2019 22:52:11
Marleau has a NMC. He'll definitely be a Leaf next year. You'll need to move someone else to clear cap.

25 Apr 2019 13:14:46
What Marleau needs is a bout of Lupalitis. Just imagine making $6+m a year to watch hockey, hell i watch it every year for nothing.

26 Apr 2019 17:57:41
The number one problem the Leafs face - the coach and GM don't agree on players or style of play. The coach said he wanted players that play heavier. The GM gave him Petan. The GM wants a fast, skilled team. The coach plays Hainsey on his top pairing.
They can never amount to anything if Dubas and Babcock can't agree. One of them has to give in or one of them has to go.
Today's poll question - who would you replace, Babcock or Dubas?

02 May 2019 17:59:05
If Quennville was still available, I would replace Babs with him. None of the available coaches really turn my crank. Babs is still widely regarded as one of the best, if not THE best coach in the game. Replacing him will be very difficult. It’s the first year these two have worked together in their current roles. The team is still way ahead of the scheduled turnaround. It was hoped they would be making the playoffs, but certainly no one would have predicted them to be cup favorites. Babcock was signed to 8 year contract for a reason. The turnaround was expected to take much longer. They are still a young team experiencing growing pains. That’s all. It’s not like they were the only team to disappoint this post-season. At least they didn’t get swept like Tampa. If Leafs fail to make it past first round next year, we might see a coaching change. Especially if they lose to Boston again. But for this year anyway I’m pretty sure Babs job is safe for at least another season.

24 Apr 2019 02:16:25
New Leafs, Same Old Result.

It’s already starting to look like another lost decade while we spin our wheels with this core going nowhere.

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25 Apr 2019 16:41:52
I feel your pain, but after the initial shock that it's over for another year i think we all need to reflect on what we have.
All the headlines say another game 7 loss and 3 years of early exits, and all these facts are true but hang on:

Year 1. The Leafs weren't expected to make the playoffs in year 1 and pretty much blew every lead they got but forced the Caps to six games (big surprise) .

Year 2: The leafs grew better and easily made the playoffs, were better at holding leads, but had to face a veteran Bruins team that were one of the league's best teams and forced 7 games (somewhat surprising) .

Year 3: The sign Tavares, trade for Muzzin, the kids got better, Reilly showed his pedigree, and Andersson played like a vezina trophy candidate for much of the season, yet the fall again to the Bruins in 7 (disappointing) . Well just hang on there, Boston did have home ice advantage and were considered the favourites again.

So yes, we lost 3 years straight but if we don't make the playoffs in year 1, and we scrape in there in year 2, does this loss sound quite as bad. I believe we are overachieving in Toronto and the media is as much to blame for this as anyone. I know the media don't play but if your the opposition and all you see or hear on the sport channels in Canada is Leafs Leafs Leafs, you get up for every opportunity to bring them down.
My trade proposal for this summer, tell the media to find a real job instead of wondering if Babcock likes Matthews, or Dubas likes Babcock.

26 Apr 2019 17:51:23
The number one problem the Leafs face - the coach and GM don't agree on players or style of play. The coach said he wanted players that play heavier. The GM gave him Petan. The GM wants a fast, skilled team. The coach plays Hainsey on his top pairing.
They can never amount to anything if Dubas and Babcock can't agree. One of them has to give in or one of them has to go.
Today's poll question - who would you replace, Babcock or Dubas?

22 Apr 2019 18:56:33
I just don’t see how it’s possible that Hedman got nominated for Norris and Reilly didn’t. Reilly was the superior player pretty much across the board. A real stud this year, any loyal Leaf fan can’t help but feel disappointed right now.

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23 Apr 2019 02:05:34
If he gets game winner Tomorrow night, we won't care.

24 Apr 2019 15:13:18
Well we don't have to worry about Rielly getting the game winner. He did cost the Leafs a goal with his typical poor defense though.

 


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