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24 Feb 2019 03:50:15
Edm trades

2019 5th
2020 4th
Cond 2019 3rd if leafs go to cup finals
Cond 2020 3rd if rattie resigns

NJ trades

2020 2nd
Greenway rights
Dakota rights

These deals don't help the defence but give leafs better depth forwards whom are tougher while adding a better backup goalie

Going to take this much to fet these guys in my opinion..



1.) 24 Feb 2019 06:26:58
Depth moves are always good, and if I wasn’t so tired, I could write a book here on these guys. You’re bringing in at least three roster players and only losing Brown off the current roster. Bracco and Borgman are solid b-prospects but haven’t turned any minor league success into nhl play yet, and those low round picks won’t help us much but will go a long way in helping Edmonton and Jersey find a late round gem or two in their draft.

If Leafs can afford this, why not. I like the size of all these guys. We add depth and a couple guys that I wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley.

As always Craigger, you thinking smart here. Good moves that don’t mortgage the future or cost too much. If it doesn’t work out, so what? It would be a mild toe stub. I call this a low risk/ high reward trade. None of the guys sending out might never make the team. At least not this year. But if any of those guys coming in score a game winner in the playoffs, then it’s a pretty big reward. Looks good on us.

As always Craigger. Love your stuff. Good work. Look forward to tomorrow’s post. Hopefully I get it a little earlier when I’m still awake. I just got up to use bathroom and late night snack when I seen this. Lol. Peace out brother. And stay safe. Lot of bad drivers out there.

2.) 24 Feb 2019 18:48:07
I would like to keep Bracco and the leafs don't need Kinkaid. Sparks is good enough, and if you want him to improve then you have to give him some time. Take Sparks and Bracco out of the New Jersey trade and I like it.

I also don't mind adding a bit more depth with the Edmonton trade but it's just not the thing I think the leafs management will do before the deadline.



17 Feb 2019 01:55:25
To arizona
Horton contract

To tor
Bolland contract

Toronto sends 14.3 cap for 12.25 this year
Toronto sends 14.3 cap for 7.25 next year

Horton is only owed 3.6 money next and 1.4 this year..that 5 million real money arizona may do

Getting kadri is arizonas prize..become legit 2nd line centre on this team..zaitsev may become better in arizona ..horton is yet just another ltir player arizoba takes on for assets such as kadri

Goligoski is better now than zaitsev is but is 33 and in 2 years may be a burden but for now is legit rhd..richardson as we see tonight is an actual top notch 3rd line C..covers top players real well and contributes at a goal every 5 games rate plus has 1 more year at 1.25 salary..not bad..bolland is off books next year



1.) 17 Feb 2019 21:00:27
I do not like that Goligoski contract, the player is a top 4d, but he is making way too much, I don't think the leafs will be able to afford him.

Horton can just got to LTIR next year right? I don't really see the point in trading him.

I like Kadri, he is a guy we will need to keep within the organization over the next few years. He has a sweet contract for a 50+ point player and will drive the third line for many years to come.

I think Richardson had a NMC but I'm not positive, it might just be a modified NTC.

2.) 17 Feb 2019 22:23:34
Yeah, this was probably a bad deal here. i was just getting annoyed at how good richardson was able to cover and shut down matthews during game so thought hey why not grab him to be the 3rd line center.

Thanks for pointing out the things i missed while making this deal. good response. not rude and to the point. exactly how responses should be if you disagree with deals. well done.

3.) 17 Feb 2019 23:51:34
Those guys are so old. I mean, out of all those guys on Arizona to target, you go for the oldest? Lol.

Not taking into account Horton and Bolland’s contracts, then Leafs actually save about $1M or so in cap space.

Im pretty sure if you offered every team in the NHL Kadri the they took he Zaitsev contract off your hands, you would have 31 teams all accepting. It’s a good deal. I have a hard time seeing Arizona pass this up.

The two main pieces are Kadri for Oligoski. i'm pretty cautious about that one. I like Oligoski, but I like Ladri too.

I don’t know Craigger. I would have to think about that one if I was Dubas. It’s not something that jumps out and screams “make this trade”. Maybe if Arizona retained some salary on Goligoski’s contract. They can afford to do that. It’s sonetging to think about though.

4.) 18 Feb 2019 01:06:29
Guess i like my old guys. lol. richardson i know from owen sound. he doesn't excite anyone but he doesn't screw up either just does his job like a robot

This deal kinda sucks but like i said arizona annoyed me last night. if every team plays the way they did last night the leafs better come up with a better game plan

I think leafs just don't play well against sub 500 clubs. thank god the playoffs are all better teams. They seem to play way better or get up for the game against the better teams.



17 Feb 2019 00:59:03
To tor

2020 3rd
2021 3rd

Thats 5 for 1.. toronto doesn't take too much stock in 3rd rounders sonce they paid that for a coach then again for a gm....improves leafs and devils are in rebuild so getting 2 former 2nds plus 2 future 3rds may intice them..leafs get out of zaitsev contract but he may work out in jersey land

Then after season offer marleau skating coach job for 5 yrs at 3 mill a year..thats 15 million to retire over 4 million he will get to play 1 extra year..15 million not a cap hit..not against rules and retires 2 generations of marleaus without even working..marleau travels with team and becomes every players dad for 5 more years possibly more..

Hows that?


1.) 17 Feb 2019 21:11:41
Wow, this is really intriguing. If you take out one of Bracco or Rasanen (preferably Bracco), and switch him with a different, less skilled prospect, then I'm all for it.

My Idea:
To NJ:
Rasanen, 2020 2nd, Timashov, Zaitsev, 2019 4th
To Leafs:

That seems a bit more fair to me.

2.) 17 Feb 2019 22:20:59
Thats a great counter proposal. well done and i agree with everything you said about this deal

What is your response to my Marleau idea. kinda out of box thinking but could work.

3.) 18 Feb 2019 00:09:32
Craigger. You sly dog. I love the way you hype it as “5 players for 1”. Lol. The picks and Rasanen and Bracco are only players if they ever actually play for the Leafs. Which they very well may not. So it’s still a 1:1 deal, with Leafs throwing in futures. It’s still a lot of volume, though to be honest, the thirds and Rasanen don’t hold a lot of value and Zaitsev holds negative value. Bracco is the only decent piece, but still doesn’t have NHL experience and is middle six projection. To downgrade from Severson to Zaitsev, Jersey might want something a little more quality. Brown maybe? And just forget all those picks and b-prospects.

I like Severaon though. He’s a good choice. He’s got good size. Contract is decent. His possession metrics could use a boost, but on Leafs I think you would see an improvement in that area, and in his +/ - as well.

Good job there Craigger. I like this trade a lot. If we could run a right side of Severson/ Muzzin/ Hainsey it would be a damn good defense. And they are already top 10 in the league this year.

I always love your proposals Craigger. Well, most of the time anyway. You keep it real, which is what I like most. You’re never too fantastic where it’s over the top. You get my drift. Keep it real bud. 👍💪😜.

4.) 18 Feb 2019 01:02:38
Thanks. its a lot of moving parts but zaitsev is gone. bonus.

I try hard to keep it real but sometimes my mind gets the best of me. lol

What do u think of that Marleau idea?



16 Feb 2019 20:08:55
To tor

To Det

No picks.. toronto takes on salary this year which they have and detroit replaces kronwall with zaitsev moving forward since kronwall retires at season end. Kronwall is a left handed right defencemen..

Howard is short term solution for reducing andersons game playing for this season while sparks is given better chance in detroit

McIlrath is big rhd who was reillys main jr partner but stays with marlies unless injuries happen..borgmann won't ever get a chance in leaf land so why not take risk on a hard hitting swede dman for detroit

Rasanen is a b level prospect big and former 2nd rounder..



1.) 17 Feb 2019 02:02:55
Craigger. You dog you. Lol. Always on, I love your posts, and this is a perfect example why. The two main pieces here are Kronwall for Zaitsev, and that’s a trade that I think anyone of us on this site would make in a heartbeat. Kronwall is no doubt the better player and he helps us improve our chances this year, while at the same time we dump Zaitsev, which frees up $4.5M a year for the next four years, thereby helping us in future as well. It’s a little something for now, something for later type swap.

Howard over Sparks. Again, a no-brainer. I think we all would feel more comfortable having Howard in net if Andersen went down. And since Sparks will be looking at what I’m assuming will be a fairly hefty raise this summer, again, we save money there too by going with Hutchinson as backup next year.

McIllrath for Rasanen + Borgman I’m not so sure about. My feeling here is that McIllrath had his chance to make the nhl and couldn’t do it, while Rasanen, though a long shot, still might get in. Borgman for sure is going to be in nhl, probably next year. Losing three defenseman from the system is a butter pill to swallow. But hey. We get a couple real good ufa’s and free up some cash for next season. So I don’t think it’s a terrible idea. It’s like drinking Buckley’s. It tastes bad, but it works.

All around, you came up with a beauty Craigger. For the “win-now” guys, it’s a given. This trade definitely improves us for this year. And for those keeping an eye on the future, it’s a winner there as well since we can use the cap space we save next year to pursue other options in the back end. One snag: Detroit wants a 1st for both Kronwall and Howard. I doubt they get it or they would be gone already, but you might need to toss in a pick still.

I always enjoy your posts Craigger. You obviously know a lot more about the game than I do. Every time I read something you put out I’m impressed. You nailed it this time again. If Leafs could pull this one out it would make a lot of people very happy. I can see the parade down Yonge St. already. Lol.

2.) 17 Feb 2019 06:32:41
Thanks for seeing my vision. although very unorthadox i have seen much wierded in my day. i love reading your responses.8 days from now the truth will be told and finally i can play nhl2019 for real. truth for ever. you the best LeafsGM.

3.) 17 Feb 2019 10:27:30
We overrate where guys are taken in draft. Rasanen now playing in Europe after leaving OHL has little value. Read at beginning of year
Opposing scouts looked down on Rasanen's decision. I would agree.

Could use Kronwall. Don't think Leafs do anything with their goalies.



07 Feb 2019 01:07:37
3 team trade

To aniheim
Col 2nd 2019
Tor 4th 2019

To Col

To Tor

Aniheim gets faster, rid of 7 million cap this year and younger..they need change..

Colorado gets much needed secondary scoring winger plus an offensive dman they can resign long term

Leafs get some tough dmen

Muzzin reilly
Dermott manson
Zadorov zaitsev

moore or ennis takes johnssons spot



1.) 07 Feb 2019 01:39:05
I don't know how the Leafs afford Marner after bringing in Manson (4M+ in 2019) and Zadorov (Rfa with arb rights in 2019). You're adding probably 9-10M onto next year's cap while only subtracting Johnsson, who i'm guessing would probably only make 1.5-2.5M next year depending on term. The Leafs only have about 14M in space next year, so Marner + Kapanen have to split the remaining 4 million when the two of them almost need the full 14.

2.) 07 Feb 2019 03:22:59
No way Colorado goes for this zadorov is their guy on d and timmins had a serious injury this year but still is a top prospect for them.

3.) 07 Feb 2019 03:52:16
2 UFA’s for Zadorov is a risk Colorado might not be willing to make.

Timmons experiencing serious setback with major concussion. Anaheim already has a lot of very good young defensemen anyway. They might be looking for more forwards instead of Rasanen and Timmons.

4.) 07 Feb 2019 13:44:20
With Timmins having concussions issues, he could possibly be had for less than originally expected. Would be good if the Leafs could bring him in and take a risk on him.

Oh, and he was a Soo Greyhound drafted by Dubas.

5.) 07 Feb 2019 15:54:01
I would say Colorado is giving up too much for their liking here, and Anaheim isn't giving up enough.




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27 Feb 2019 21:12:43
Maybe instead of 2019 1st edmonton gives a 2020 1st lottery protected.




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26 Feb 2019 00:28:42
Only nic petan

Other than that leafs do nothing.




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25 Feb 2019 11:21:29
Leafs hound dog did at some point put all those players he mentioned above in a deal to become a leaf

However, he has basically put everyone in the nhl in some sort of deal to become a leaf because he offers many many deals. So the odds are the players he mentions will get dealt at some point.




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25 Feb 2019 11:17:14
I like this idea. rangers have money so hortons contract may not be a big issue.




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25 Feb 2019 11:16:09
Good suggestion but ottawa isn't a team that will take on a ltir contract.





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