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14 Jun 2018 07:23:29
Leafs trade Gardiner, Nylander, Bracco, 2nd
Chicago trades Kieth, 1st (8), 1st (27)
(Condition Gardiner signs first)

Leafs trade Sparks, Lievo, Carrick, Martin, 1st (27)
Devils trade 1st (17)

Leafs trade 1st (8), 1st (17), 1st (25)
Detroit trades Larkin, E. Svechnikov

Sign Maroon

Hyman/ Matthews/ Marner
Marleau/ Kadri/ Brown
Johnsson/ Larkin/ Kapanen
Maroon/ Lindholm/ E. Svechnikov

Rielly/ Hainsey
Kieth/ Zaitsev
Dermott/ Liljegren
*Holl

Andersen
McBackup

*Chicago wants one more kick at the can and this gives them a couple players to really increase their odds. Kieth is still a stud and has got to better than Gardiner defensively. He had a bad year (as all Chicago did), and that gives Leafs an opportunity to bring him in. Expect a bounce back on a better Leafs team this year. As his sweet deal of a contract winds down over next few years, he drops to 3RHD, or is traded, and Dermott moves to 2RHD. Gives plenty of time for Dermott to fully develop and be mentored by one of the best in the game.

*Liljegren probably makes the team next year 3RHD. Similar to Keith/ Dermott situation, eventually Liljegren creeps up and takes the 1RHD in a year or two and Hainsey drops down. If we have to sign Hainsey for another year until Liljegren is ready, that can be done. Gives plenty of time for Liljegren to come into his own and become a real star.

*Not overly sold on the Detroit deal (its all in good fun, you guys will criticize it and make suggestions to improve), but we don’t lose anything off the roster, and we bring in Larkin, who instantly makes our third line a real threat and probably fastest line in the league. Svechnikov has enormous potential and is a big kid that may really turn out to be the steal in this trade. A rebuilding Detroit gets three more first round picks to make five total.

LeafsGM

1.) 14 Jun 2018 11:09:19
Not sure Keith is a good fit for that price. He is 34 signed for another 5 years.


2.) 14 Jun 2018 14:23:58
You know what this trade is good, the only thing I would change is that I would want Gustafson instead of Kieth from Chicago and then we could possibly also get Duclair
If we are putting Keith in second D pairing anyway, may as well get younger d who can play there as well for a price that is way lower than Keith’s
Otherwise this is a good trade.


3.) 14 Jun 2018 18:46:28
Keith is on a sweet contract, which is why I targeted him. It was designed for him to be traded in the final years of the contract, and his base salary starts dropping steeply this year on. If worse comes to worse, we can buy him out after a year or two. The guy is still phenomenal. He came 4th in Norris voting 2106-2017. Last year was really the first let down of his career, and it’s hard to point the finger at him when the entire team did so poorly. It’s a helluva good contract, and Leafs could do a lot worse than pursue Keith. Athletes of his caliber play a lot longer these days, and I can easily see Keith playing until 40.


4.) 14 Jun 2018 23:10:34
I'd personally try and stay away from Nylander and the 8th overall. I'd try making that deal without those main pieces. If Oliver Wahlstrom is available at that time, I'd think about this trade. I personally think Keith would be a good addition to this team.


 

 

12 Jun 2018 17:22:19
Leafs need to add size. Couple depth moves and signings just for that reason.

Leafs trade Gardiner, Lievo
Devils trade 1st
(Gardiner has contract in place first)

Leafs trade 3rd, Carrick
Penguins trade Oleksiak

Sign Maroon, Sustr, Schenn, Vanek
(Maroon gets 2-3 years, everyone else gets 1 year)

Leafs lineups next year

Hyman/ Matthews/ Nylander
Maroon/ Kadri/ Marner
Johnsson/ Marleau/ Kapanen
Vanek/ Lindholm/ Brown
* (Martin)

Rielly/ Hainsey
Dermott/ Zaitsev
Oleksiak/ Schenn
*Sustr, Holl

Andersen
McBackup

*Leafs draft Lundestrom (17th), Samuelsson (25th)

*I put Marleau at center for now because of experience and speed factor would fit nice with Johnsson/ Kapanen, but can easily switch positions with Nylander when he’s ready for center.

LeafsGM

1.) 12 Jun 2018 18:11:09
We have to get rid of Hainsey he cannot play another year with Rielly that ended terribly last year.
At least sign Mike Green in free agency and get rid of Hainsey or Robidas him.


2.) 13 Jun 2018 00:06:54
Get rid of our Stanley cup winning veteran defenseman, who happens to be the only defenseman on the team that can actually play defense? Why would we do that?


3.) 13 Jun 2018 02:51:27
Because he is too old, you have guys like Zaitsev and Gardiner for a good top 4 paring d and Dermott and Carrick who can play in your top 6 d, i agree with that. Hainsey altough he has won a cup is basically done with his career, he is good on the pk ill give u that, but if the leafs want to improve their defence any time soon then you can't have a 36, 37 year old left defence playing on the right side of your top d line, it is just idiotic and it will result in Freddy having to stop 50 shots again per night.


4.) 13 Jun 2018 01:39:16
Hainsey was not the problem last year, you are a fool

He played every minute short handed in post season . never came off the ice . Was used poorly

Most of leafs issues this past season were either;

1) Gardiner (you all know how I feel about her)

2) poor coaching (I like babs but made some poor calls . maybe he was held hostage by Lou, we don’t know the way it all trickles down )

Playing Gardiner 14 / 20 minutes in third period game 7 . playing Hainsey 27:51 / 30 short handed minutes . too much for an old guy . should have played Martin 4th line, maybe 5 minutes a game, but a HARD 5 minutes .

You do the above, leafs beat Boston in 6, would have smashed TB (they stink) and who knows about Washington . probably still would have lost to Washington .

Let’s see what they can do to better set themselves up for 2018/ 2019

Tell me you agree . thanks.


5.) 13 Jun 2018 03:33:01
Hainsey has one year left on his contract and is placefiller until Liljegren is ready. He has an excellent year last year, and is cheap. Gardiner and Zaitsev are already top 4 defensemen on the team. They make up the second line. Hainsey is far superior to Carrick. Else why would Carrick be sitting in the press box while Hainsey played over 20 minutes a game? Just because he is old, doesn’t mean he is not good.


6.) 13 Jun 2018 03:44:55
I fully agree with you blizzard. You couldn’t have said it better.


7.) 13 Jun 2018 04:50:31
Are u kidding me, so all of a sudden Gardiner has one bad game and everyone wants to get rid of him, wow that’s messed up
Ur also saying to play Martin over someone like Komarov or Johnson after Martin basically didn’t play the second half of the season, that’s dumb
And I’m not saying Hainsey was the problem last year I’m saying leaf should have only signed him to 1 year because now he will be a problem this year, he is too old and won’t be able to keep up playing on the top defensive line.


8.) 13 Jun 2018 05:20:45
Gardiner has more than one bad game. Game 7 was just the cherry on top. We need to trade Gardiner because he is UFA end of next year and we can get substantial assets in return for him right now.

Hainsey is a stud. I really don’t think he’s going to fall off a cliff next year. Hainsey covered for many of Reilky’s mistakes, and if Gardiner has Hainsey as his defense partner last year, the argument to keep Gardiner and trade Reilly could easily be going the other way right now.

Hainsey was used as a workhorse last year. If his play is impacted towards the end of the year, we should have Liljegren on the team by then. It would do them both a lot of good to reduce Hainsey’s time and increase Liljegren’s.

As his trade value isn’t very high, and he plays a much needed role on the team, I expect Hainsey will finish the year with the Leafs. After Hainsey’s contract is up, I wouldn’t be surprised if he re-signs to a 1 year deal to play on the third line or be our seventh defenseman. He’s far better than Polak.


9.) 13 Jun 2018 12:31:12
Omg now your saying Hainsey is better then Gardiner, you are not using your head, ITS CALLED A CONTRACT EXTENSION, Gardiner will be cheep because of his off-season so you can keep him around for a while because if you give him a contract extension this summer then. He will be cheaper than if you wait and trade and bring in someone more expensive
You are being wayyyyy to hard on Gardiner
If you really want to keep Hainsey than put him on the last line RD and trade or keep Carrick as your 7th d.


10.) 13 Jun 2018 16:31:49
Gardiner is a bad defensive defenseman . That’s the reality of his skill set and ability
He does not skate well backwards, is not physical and doesn’t have great hockey sense

Should have been a winger

Could easily be a 3rd or 4th line winger in the NHL.


 

 

08 Jun 2018 16:24:35
Toronto trades Gardiner, Nylander
Edmonton trades RNH, Larsson
(Condition Gardiner signs first)

Trade can be tweaked by adding picks/ prospects from either side, but this is the core of the proposal.

Gives both teams something they desperately need.

Matthews, Kadri, RNH would be one of the best trips at centre in the league. Larsson is a hitting and shot blocking defense machine who would be perfect beside Reilly and finally give relief to poor Hainsey before he has a heart attack from Leafs working him into the ground (or should I say ice) .

LeafsGM

1.) 08 Jun 2018 17:19:16
I like what you are thinking here but I wouldn’t move nylander for either of those guys. I’d prefer moving nylander to centre over trading him.
I think a deal around kapanen (as much as I don’t want to get rid of him) for klefbom would be a better deal. Just my opinion though.


2.) 08 Jun 2018 17:46:36
Edmonton is not going to trade the only good RHD the got.


3.) 09 Jun 2018 10:32:16
LeafsFuture

Considering what they paid for Larsson, I tend to agree with you on that one.

Bettsy

I’d prefer to move Marleau to center until Nylander gets more experienced at that position. But I get where you are coming from.


 

 

07 Jun 2018 04:44:04
just reading a new article on players most likely to be traded at the draft, and Buffalo’s Ryan O’Rielly and Rasmus Ristolainen are on the list. Both these players fill a need for the Leafs, and a trade with Buffalo could be in order.

Blockbuster trade

Leafs trade Nylander, Liljegren, Bracco, 1st
Buffalo trade O’Rielly, Ristolainen
(Buffalo retains $1.5M on O’Reilly’s contract) .

Ristolainen is here and now, while Liljegren is at least a couple years away. Liljegren will never be as physical as Ristolainen, and probably about the same offensively.

O’Rielly is a bit of a pussy, despite his size, but is a proven center and still isn’t as soft as Wee Willy.

Both these guys are huge, signed to long term contracts, and can put up the points. Leafs significantly improve both defense and centre positions.

Thoughts?

LeafsGM

1.) 07 Jun 2018 10:59:43
I wouldn't even think twice about doing this. Not sure if Buffalo would though.


2.) 07 Jun 2018 12:10:02
I feel like Buffalo would want a little more, but I love the one-stop shopping. And O'Reilly is awesome. Although who knows how Kadri and Ristolainen would get along in the same dressing room, dem boys got some beef. That would be my only fear with acquiring him.


3.) 07 Jun 2018 16:20:47
O’Reilly is too old and too expensive.

Would love Ristolainen though. He’s on cusp of becoming elite defenseman in the league.


4.) 07 Jun 2018 18:19:54
Then flip O'Reilly to Calgary for Hamilton?

With picks prospects going either way?


5.) 07 Jun 2018 19:20:42
Risto isn't going anywhere. He'll be on the right side with Dahlin. I hate buffalo but that's the perfect top pairing if u ask me.


 

 

06 Jun 2018 06:33:11
Leafs trade Nylander, Picard, 1st (25)
Carolina trades Hanifin, 1st (2nd)

Leafs trade Gardiner
Oilers trade 1st (10th)

Leafs trade Bracco, Liljegren, Brown, Martin 2nd
Islanders trade Eberle, 1st (11th)

Leafs lineups next year

Marleau/ Mathews/ Marner
Johnsson/ Eberle/ Kapanen
Hyman/ Kadri/ Grundstrom
Lievo/ Lindholm/ Komorov

Rielly/ Hainsey
Hanifin/ Zaitsev
Dermott/ Holl.

LeafsGM

1.) 06 Jun 2018 06:38:34
LOL. Liljegren? Only time I’d put in Liljegren in a package is when you’re trading for Tavares that’s it. Not Eberle. Replace Nielsen instead of Liljegren and I’ll be ok with that.


2.) 06 Jun 2018 06:42:50
The Islanders trade looks weak. But they receive some good players and high end prospects. Maybe the same trade can be used to acquire Jersey’s 17th overall and a depth center man if Islanders don’t want to play ball.


3.) 06 Jun 2018 06:50:15
Eberle is a stud. At $6M he’s the same price as Staal, and a much better player. Would be contingent on him signing an extension first. We also get the 11th overall pick.

When all is said and done, Leafs walk away with Hanifin (3rd overall), 2nd overall, 10th overall, and 11th overall, plus a true 2C/ 3C in Eberle.

With Matthews, Eberle, Kadri, we have one of the best trips at center I. The league. We can surround them with quality wingers, and roll out three credible scoring lines.

Sign Maroon for depth. Put him on third line instead of Grundstrom.


4.) 06 Jun 2018 12:49:57
Carolina isn’t trading their second overall pick. But I think Eberle is great player and would be a great fit.


5.) 07 Jun 2018 00:59:17
That trade with Carolina is crazy unfair for them. Nylander and Hanifin pretty well cancel eachother out, that means you're trading the 25th overall and pickard for the second overall. No way Carolina does that. Eberle also isn't a centre, not sure why you have him there.


6.) 07 Jun 2018 02:02:27
I may be mistaken but I'm fairly sure that Eberle is the right winger on his line (and was with the Oilers) and that Barzal is the center!


 

 

 

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18 Jun 2018 02:21:56
That’s a lot of money to be paying for a guy who only had 16 goals last year to be your third line center.

That’s an incredible amount of money to be paying for a one hit wonder like Carlson. Bettsy said it best: this years biggest surprise will be next year’s biggest bust.

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18 Jun 2018 01:26:12
Simmonds is a great player. He would look good in a Leaf uniform.

I think what you are offering here is pretty reasonable. But I don’t know if Simmonds is on the market. Fliers will be wanting to make playoffs again this year, and they can probably use Simmonds a lot more than anything that is going their way here.

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18 Jun 2018 01:15:00
Good luck trying to pry Sergachev out of Tampa’s hands.

Carolina laughs at that offer. It’s well known they are trying to trade their own defensemen for forwards.

I’m not sure why you don’t think we need our first round picks. All teams need to be holding those picks in the salary cap era so they can replenish depth. All those teams like LA and Chicago, for example, who traded their picks for a chance to “win now” have sacrificed their futures and are paying for it now. Those teams are no longer competitive and might not be again for many years.

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17 Jun 2018 03:10:07
Randy

You aren’t far off from your value for Matthews. According to RFA rules, if another team were to poach Matthews, the compensation would be four 1st round picks. So six first round picks has got to be just about right for a franchise #1 center of Matthews caliber.

I would still rather have Matthews than all those picks. You could go to the draft six times and still not get a player of Matthews caliber.

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17 Jun 2018 03:04:10
Absolutely not.

Couturier almost doubled his previous average in goals and points, and I’m not convinced he will be able to continue to put up the numbers like that again. Nylander has been consistent since coming into the league, and I feel he is the more proven player.

I don’t know anything about Sanheim. His scouting report looks good, and his stats ain’t bad. But he is definitely not enough incentive to make this trade.

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