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20 Aug 2018 05:38:36
I think this trade helps both teams which is the basis for a good trade.

To Oilers: Jake Gardner (extension signed), Kapanen, Carrick
To Leafs: Adam Larson

Gardner gives the Oilers offense from the back end and the PP quarterback they have been missing, Kapanen gives the Oilers a right wing speedster to play with McDavid. Kapanen has good offensive capabilities as well as excellent PK skills, Carrick replaces RHD depth Oilers lose in the trade.

Leafs get the RHD they covet to pair with Morgan Reilly. Larson is only 25 (same age as Reilly), a big body 6'3", 210lbs who is excellent defensively.

Larson has been unfairly scapegoated for Chiarelli's trade. Playing for the Leafs would remove the pressure of the Taylor Hall trade and allow Larson to do what he is good at, play defense without having to be a prime offensive producer.

Hugh Allan

1.) 20 Aug 2018 15:46:14
Id rather keep kapanen and send a prospect and a pick.

2.) 20 Aug 2018 19:25:55
Larsson is a great player. I would love to have him on the Leafs. A hitting machine, he blocks shots, clears the net, does everything that Giveaway can’t. And that’s exactly why Oilers will be wanting to keep him.

It’s been pointed out more than once that having made the worst trade since Joe Thornton went to San Jose, Oilers will be reluctant to move Larsson unless the paycheque is enormous. Having overpaid to acquire him, they will be looking for a bigger sucker, which I don’t think Dubas is.

It’s well known Oilers are looming for an offensively minded defenseman like Gardiner, but I don’t think Larsson is the player they will be looking to offer in exchange. That just puts the Oilers back into same position they were a year ago when they made the Hall for Larsson trade. Who are they going to trade next? McDavid? Lol.



07 Aug 2018 13:43:30
Time to ruffle some feathers and give the abusers some ammunition.
This is a trade from a long term perspective not to help win the Stanley Cup this year.

To Montreal: Nazim Kadri, Jake Gardner

With Leafs depth at center they can afford to trade Kadri. Montreal gets the center they covet to play with Drouin while he is in his prime.
Gardner will need a new, long term contract at the end of the season. Leafs can not afford him, the Habs can. Gardner would be the 1st pairing LH defenseman Montreal needs to play with Shea Weber while he is still a premiere player.

To Leafs: Kotkaniemi, Juulsen, Olofsson

Kotkaniemi can replace Kadri in a year or two.Juulsen adds another young, good skating defenseman to our prospect pool and he is very close to competing for a starting position. Olofsson will become Leafs 3rd line center.

There! That should get the dogs howling.

Hugh Allan

1.) 07 Aug 2018 15:14:06
I think you have the right idea. Being proactive by long term planning for the future is very smart thinking. I just don’t think you have targeted the right team here. Kotkaniemi and Juulsen are both very highly rated prospects who are expected to be the backbone of Montreal’s rebuild. In the past, Montreal has made some incredibly stupid trades and might have pulled the trigger on this type of offering. But now I expect they will be unloading assets and building for their own future. Right idea, wrong team.

As an aside, I’m not so sure if Montreal can afford both Kadri and Gardiner, especially in a few years after they both need re-signing and will be looking at much more money. According to capfriendly, Montreal has just over $7M in cap space right now. They would still need to unload assets like Alzner and Petry and maybe Weber if they can find a bigger sucker.



07 Aug 2018 01:42:19
Time to give the abusers some ammunition and ruffle some feathers.

To Montreal: Kadri, Gardner and Freddie Gauthier

To Leafs: Kotkaniemi, Juulsen and Jacobsson.

Habs get their center to play with Drouin while he is still in his prime.
Canadiens get a 1st pairing LHD to play with Shea Weber while he is still a premiere defenseman

Leafs get Kotkaniemi which opens up $4 million in cap space and provides them with a young, high end center with serious upside for the future.
Juulsen gives Leafs more defensive depth and can step in this year and be the 3rd pairing LHD as Dermot moves up to the 2nd pair with the departure of Gardner clearing another $4 million in cap space.
In Jacobsson Leafs get more depth at center to compete for a roster spot in the future with Par Lindholm.

Leafs trade a defenseman in Gardner that they won't be able to afford to resign next year. Leafs trade a 27 year old center in Kadri for an 18 year old center (Kotkaniemi) on an ELC.
Leafs get A 3rd - 4th line center, Jacobsson to fill out the position for the foreseeable future.
Montreal can afford Kadri and can also afford to resign Gardner under the cap.

Hugh Allan

1.) 07 Aug 2018 05:30:03
Montreal says no. Looking to rebuild, I expect Montreal to be dumping assets like Alzner and Petry and maybe even Weber if they can find a bigger sucker. Juulsen and Kotkaniemi are the back one of the youth movement right now. This would be a trade Montreal would have made in the past, but not now. I like your thinking. Just the wrong team to be dealing with.



07 Jul 2018 01:07:00
Usually I do a follow up to justify a proposed trade but as I sit here with my coffee this morning, I'm feeling a little lazy so here is the trade, straight up!

To Canes: Gardner, Kapanen, Sparks, Bracco and a 3rd

To Leafs: Skinner, Pesce, DeHaan and a 2nd

Hugh Allan

1.) 07 Jul 2018 02:44:26
I don’t think that’s enough, if leafs can pull it off then do it but I don’t think that’s enough, plus I kind of want to keep Kapanen.

2.) 07 Jul 2018 04:06:27
I don’t see Carolina making this trade


Skinner > Gardiner
Pesce > Kapanen
De Haan > Sparks + 3rd
2nd > Bracco

Skinner is a top line winger. Gardiner is not a top line defender. Contracts are about equal. Gardiner plays 2LHD behind Slavin for a year to allow Fleury and Bean develop. Skinner plays top line beside Matthews, and Hyman drops to 3rd. Carolina signed DeHaan four years though. I’m assuming they think Fleury and/ or Bean need longer than one year. They might not want to chance only a single year of Gardiner.

Pesce is a proven 1st/ 2nd line defender and RHD. Kapanen is 3rd line winger with 2nd line potential who hasn’t even played a full season of NHL yet. Pesce plays 1st line until Liljegren is ready, then drops to second, at which point Zaitsev can be traded. Kapanen probably makes 2nd line after Williams is shown the door.

Sparks is a backup goalie who might be a starter one day. Even if he is a starter, Goalies don’t go for much. Leafs only traded a couple picks for Andersen. Sparks + 3rd isn’t worth De Haan.

Bracco is currently in AHL with virtually no chance of making the team any time soon. You can get a useable NHL player for a 3rd/ 4th round pick. (Eg. Soshnikov, Oleksiak) .

Contract wise, I think the $ and terms are pretty close. Valuation is about close, but slightly factors Leafs. Needs analysis is close, but also factors the Leafs.

It’s close, but seems to favor leafs slightly in a couple measures.

Leafs lineups are much better though:

Skinner/ Matthews/ Nylander
Marleau/ Tavares/ Marner
Hyman/ Kadri/ Brown
Ennis/ Lindholm/ Jooris

Rielly/ Pesce
Dermott/ Zaitsev
DeHaan/ Hainsey
*Carrick, Ozhiganov.

3.) 07 Jul 2018 17:06:16
So mostleaf33 the pattern of fumbling over your own comments continues. you say it’s not enough to make the trade and then say you want to keep kapanen. But then offer no alternative. that’s worth a double🤡🤡.

4.) 07 Jul 2018 18:00:15
My trade is better that’s why.

5.) 07 Jul 2018 19:55:58
What trade are you talking about. I see no trade in this specific post anywhere?

Keep fumbling fella.

6.) 08 Jul 2018 04:55:59
Your right. Maybe a little light coming from the Leafs. How about Leafs send their 1st in the deal and Carolina sends a 2nd back.



07 Jul 2018 00:50:35
If the Leafs had wanted to sign a left wing why sign Tyler Ennis?
Make a trade with Carolina for Jeff Skinner and get a real left wing.

To Canes: Sparks, Bracco and a 2nd

To Leafs: Jeff Skinner

Skinner only has 1 year left in his contract so he wouldn't complicate Leafs cap next year.
Skinner would be a perfect left wing to play with Tavares and Marner giving Leafs 2 of the most dangerous lines in the League.

Hugh Allan

1.) 07 Jul 2018 03:40:09
I would like Skinner but we need Pesce too, throw in a first rounder and Pesce and I’m fine with it.

2.) 07 Jul 2018 19:56:48
Yes throw in rask and Faulk for a third and fourth while you are it right mostleaf?

3.) 08 Jul 2018 04:57:10
Skinner - Tavares - Marner would be a scary combination.
Love this trade!

4.) 10 Jul 2018 04:10:14
That's too much money coming back.




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18 Aug 2018 01:42:18
Great humor!

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18 Aug 2018 01:41:43
Why not just pick all the players you like off other teams and put them on the Leafs?

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18 Aug 2018 01:40:33
Maybe Gardner (if he signs an extension), Kapanen (one of the few players who can skate with McDavid) and a 2019 - 1st round pick for Bouchard and Puljujarvi.

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18 Aug 2018 01:36:49
Brown (a 3rd line player), Nielsen (an AHLer who will likely never make the NHL) and a 2nd for Lindholm a #1 defenseman (top 5 in the Western Conference)?
Any GM who makes that trade would lose his job.
This site is all in fun but it should at least make sense!

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18 Aug 2018 01:32:31
As nice as it would be to see the Leafs acquire a defenseman of the caliber of Lindholm their real need is a RHD more than another LHD.
What about simplifying the whole scenario and offer Kadri to the Canes for Pesce.
Their salaries match and both teams are trading from a position of strength.
Or Kadri, Kapanen and a pick for Pesce and Rask?

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