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20 Jun 2019 10:14:30
Marner won't be getting traded but with all this talk going around.

TOR: Mitchel Marner
NYR: 2019 2nd overall (Kappo Kakko), Brady Skjei.


1.) 20 Jun 2019 11:53:17
Your 1st statement was accurate. The media have created careers for themselves off the backs of Trade rumours and Toronto is the hub that pays them the most. I will always say the media in Toronto has to stop. Any word on Point in Tampa (who) or Tkachuk in Calgary (again, who) but a 3rd liner on the Leafs - Johnsson is getting more coverage.
The frenzy is so bad now that the media claims the entire league is waiting to see what Marner gets paid before their RFA's sign, unbelievable.

2.) 20 Jun 2019 12:05:57
Yup! It's all about Marner getting offer sheets. Yet, the Leafs are kn better cap position than the Lightning lol. Not to mention Point had a much better year than Marner, but he should sign for $9M and Marner $11 haha. The media is insane.

3.) 20 Jun 2019 16:52:05
The reason they say Point signs for less is because of the income taxes in Florida are so low. He will still net the same as Marner after tax.

I feel that’s an unfair advantage to teams located in the lower tax bracket areas. It allows teams to sign players for lower than what they are worth. I don’t know how the league can address that issue, but something should be done. That’s why Tampa is able to get guys like Stamkos for $8.5M or Gourde or Johnston for $5M. It lowers the pay scale and allows them to sign players cheaper, so they can get more quality players than a team in a high tax bracket area. It’s a loophole that teams can take advantage of. The league needs to index the salary cap to income taxes somehow. So a team in a 60% tax area gets $90M cap, while a team in 40% tax area gets an $80M salary cap. That would even things out and make it more fair.

4.) 20 Jun 2019 16:57:44
We don’t get paid, but we are all on this site doing the exact same thing you guys are complaining about. Talking about trade rumours is fun. And it gives you a lot more insight to the game off the ice. I know I’ve learned a lot of things since I’ve joined this site, instead of just reading articles and editorials. It makes you think more instead of just accepting someone else’s word.



11 Jun 2019 22:07:13
TOR: Nazem Kadri, Nikita Zaitsev

DAL: Radek Faksa, Julius Honka, 2019 first.


1.) 11 Jun 2019 22:36:27
I could almost see Dallas doing this. They can use Kadri. Honka is looking more and more like a bust. But at least he’s not Zaitsev. He might end up making the nhl in some sort of depth capacity one day. Faksa is an adequate replacement for Kadri and plays better defense. Might be asking for too much including the 1st, especially if we are dumping Zaitsev on them, but then again, who knows. We don’t have a 1st this year anymore, so would be nice to get back into that top round again.

If Dallas does this, I think it’s an easy yes for the Leafs.

2.) 11 Jun 2019 23:20:47
Boy these pro-Leaf posters are trying to peddle Kadri and Zaitzev to every team in the NHL with no success due to over valuing their worth. Soon they will try to unload these two overrated players to teams in the KHL.

3.) 12 Jun 2019 01:14:23
At least they got enough balls to put up a proposal and expose themselves to criticism from sideshow commentators that are too unimaginative to come up with something themselves. It’s a Leaf forum. What did you expect?

4.) 12 Jun 2019 01:26:44
The irony in your comment IslandJet is outstanding bye.

5.) 12 Jun 2019 03:37:20
You're complaining about pro-Leaf posters on a website called Leafs rumours. Sorta comes with the territory you've chosen to visit.



26 May 2019 01:19:10
TOR: Zaitsev, Kadri
CBJ: Wennberg (1M retained), Josh Anderson

I'm going based on the fact that Wennberg was a healthy scratch throughout the playoffs and would be a cap dump for them. I personally like his game and it would be a cheap 3C at 3.9M AAV. He's also played really well with Willy on his wing for Sweden this tournament. They get Kadri who plays their style with term left on his contract and a very good AAV.

TOR: Johnsson, Marleau, 2020 2nd, Timashov, Borgman
ANA: Manson

Anaheim will be looking to rebuild, they'll be able to sign Johnsson to term and keep him for the future.
(Marleau would be bought out and San Jose would sign him to a 1 year, $1M contract)

TOR: Kapanen
CAR: Pesce

This trade just makes too much sense for me. Carolina needs scoring and the leafs need a cheap RHD.

Projected Lines:

Hyman (2.25)-Tavares (11)-Marner (10)
Mikheyev (.9)-Matthews (11.6)-Anderson (2)
Nylander (7)-Wennberg (3.9)-Bracco (.9)
Marchment (.8)-Gauthier (.7)-Moore (.8)
Petan (.75)

Rielly (5)-Manson (4.1)
Muzzin (4)-Pesce (4)
Rosen (.75)-Dermott (.9)
Holl (.7)

Anderson (5)
Sparks (.75)
Kessel (1.2)

Total Cap: (78.9)


1.) 26 May 2019 16:13:42
Marleau has a 35+ contract. So if he’s bought out, the full amount still counts against the cap. I can’t see Ducks being willing to do that. They don’t have a lot of cap space themselves. They can’t afford to take on over $6M in salary for a player who isn’t even going to be playing.

2.) 26 May 2019 16:33:03
Wennberg had an off year last year and moving to a new team is probably just what he needs. However that said, I would rather keep Kadri since he is a proven NHL center on a great contract. Also there are already a lot of bad contracts in Columbus (Dubinsky, Foligno to name a couple), so I don't think they will want Zaitsev.

Take out Johnsson in the Manson deal and flip Manson after for a cheaper option, then you have got yourself a deal. Also Marleau isn't going to waive his NMC to go to a rebuilder so I doubt this goes through anyway.

We cannot afford Pesce at the moment, but Kapanen for Pulock I would love to see.

3.) 26 May 2019 18:31:57
If Anaheim is looking to rebuild, it wouldn't take much to shed off salary to acquire future assets. I also mentioned that Marleau would be signing with San Jose after being bought out, he'd waive his NMC for it. You also say we cannot afford Pesce but I just showed our salary cap and we'd be way below it.

4.) 26 May 2019 19:06:19
Saying Wennberg had a down year last season is a little gentle. Lol. He did terrible, and was a healthy scratch in the playoffs. He had a bad year the session prior as well. It’s starting to become a trend.

Wennberg has all the signs of a player that needs a change of scenery. And since Zaitsev kinda falls into that category too, hey, it could be a good trade. We all want to get rid of Zaitsev. At this point I’d rather have the Leafs take a chance on Wennberg than keep Zaitsev. Losing Kadri hurts obviously, but that’s ok. Anderson is a damn good player and should be able to replace Kadri’s point production fairly evenly. And you got to love his size.



21 May 2019 14:05:26

Toronto: Nazem Kadri
Calgary: Sam Bennett, Rasmussen Andersson

Sam Bennett is the perfect 3C in my eyes. He was born and bred a leaf fan and plays with his heart each and every night. He'll be another Hyman type player who will be cheap and will be able to take faceoffs on our PK unit. I have him extending with the leafs for 2 years at 2M AAV.

Toronto: Kasperi Kapanen
Carolina: Brett Pesce

Pretty simple and straight forward hockey trade. Nylander will not be getting traded this summer and he needs to be playing with Matthews. With the emergence of Bracco, he'll be able to play on the third line. Kapanen is a great player and he's far too good to be playing on the third line. It's wasted assets having him there. Carolina will be able to sign him long term and give them depth scoring, something they're in need of. Pesce is under contract long term at a good AAV, he's a right shot and that's exactly what the leafs need.

Toronto: Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown, Dmytro Timashov, 2020 3rd round pick
Vancouver: Chris Tanev

People say that Zaitsev is a massive cap dump but it's been said numerous times that the leafs had offers on Zaitsev at the deadline. He was paired the majority of his time with Jake Gardiner and had glimpses of hope but I think jake's defensive mistakes make Zaitsev look even worse. When Zaitsev was paired with a defensive defencemen (Muzzin), he showed he could be a good shutdown partner. Tanev has 1 year left and is super injury prone. I'm taking he doesn't have any trade value anymore and could be worth the risk for a playoff team if healthy.

UFA Signings:

Brian Boyle (1year x 1.5M)

Big and solid centre who can PK and is reliable in the faceoff circle. Didn't produce with the leafs but I love his game.

Carl Hagelin (3years x 3M)

Speedy winger who although doesn't produce many points, plays a very solid game without the puck and drives possession.

RFA Signings:

Mitch Marner (7 years x 10M)
Sam Bennett (2 years x 2M)

Projected 2019-2020 Lines:

Hyman (2.25)-Tavares (11)-Marner (10)
Mikheyev (.9)-Matthews (11.6)-Nylander (7)
Hagelin (3)-Bennett (2)-Bracco (.9)
Marchment (.8)-Boyle (1.5)-Moore (.8)
Gauthier (.7)-Petan (.75)

Rielly (5)-Tanev (4.5)
Muzzin (4)-Pesce (4)
Dermott (.9)-Andersson (.9)
Rosen (.75)-Holl (.7)

Anderson (5)
Sparks (.8)

Total Cap (79.75M)


1.) 21 May 2019 15:17:35
WHERE IS Marleau?

2.) 21 May 2019 15:59:27
Hagelin 3 for 3 is a terrible signing. There are much cheaper options out there for speedy guys who can move the puck. Someone will give him that money, but it's not going to be the leafs.

The Boyle signing is interesting, but again I think the leafs will go for a cheaper option.

Chris Tanev is not a top 4 defenceman anymore, he is even worse then Zaitsev. The only reason the leafs probably make that trade is to get rid of Zaitsev's long term contract. I would target a cheaper option like Dylan Demelo who put up more points last year while playing on the worst team in the league.

Kapanen for Pulock is a better move then Kapanen for Pesce. However this is only because the leafs cannot afford Pesce's 4.25 million dollar contract at the moment.

The leafs likely aren't trading Kadri unless they are totally screwed with the cap situation (they can't trade Zaitsev)

3.) 21 May 2019 16:54:13
I forgot to mention:

Toronto: Patrick Marleau, Andreas Johnsson
Arizona: Future Considerations

Arizona would buyout Marleau's contract. Since he signed it after the age of 35, the cap hit would stay with Arizona. Johnsson would be the cost to take the cap dump. This may sound like a lot but I compared it to the Brooks Orpik deal last year with Colorado. After being bought out, Marleau would then sign a 1 year, $1M contract with San Jose to retire there.

4.) 21 May 2019 23:11:22
Downgrading Kadri to Bennett in order to bring in Andersson is a smart move. Bennett plays similar grinder style as Kadri, but less apt to make stupid moves that get him suspended. Even if he did do something silly, he does not have a history, so would not be receiving long term suspension like Kadri, who is now an easy target for referees and discipline committee. Calgary has a surplus of high quality defensemen, so may be willing to add Andersson in order to facilitate the trade for Kadri.

The main problem trading for Tanev, as you clearly state, is that he is super injury prone. Even Zaitsev is better than someone who isn’t playing. I guess the bonus is that if Tanev gets hurt, we LTIR him and use the cap space to pursue a replacement. MostLeaf is right, Tanev is no longer a qualified top 4 player (his possession metrics are especially poor), and should be on third line with reduced minutes in order to limit his exposure to high risk plays that lead to injury.

I like Boyle, but he made it clear he doesn’t want to play in Toronto when he signed with the Devils for less than what the Leafs offered him.

Hagelin just isn’t very good anymore. I like his speed, but that’s all he has going for him.

Your LW looks really weak, and that’s because you forgot to add both Johnsson and Marleau. Once you insert those guys, your lineups look much better, and it becomes apparent that we wouldn’t need Hagelin anyway.

5.) 21 May 2019 23:20:44
How does this help the leafs I could see adding a pick or a prospect like Engvall or something but to just give away a player that could be in our top 6 next year makes no sense.



24 Feb 2019 07:21:05
TOR: Nazem Kadri, Nikita Zaitsev

CBJ: Alex Wennberg (1M retained), Josh Anderson.


1.) 24 Feb 2019 18:52:17
I don't mind this trade, but I think it's again something that would be done in the offseason. The leafs will keep Kadri for their playoff run this year, and if Dubas hasn't traded Zaitsev by now well then I guess the leafs are running that train, at least for this year.




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18 Jun 2019 04:57:52
Yeaaah. Kadri does sound pretty good right now. Too bad he's not what the jets were looking for.




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17 Jun 2019 00:15:05
Hamilton will cost you way more than Kapanen. I could see Carolina asking about Kadri.




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17 Jun 2019 00:12:25
We do people want kassian so bad? I get that he bringns grit to the team but we need cheap fourth liners now. he'd be good if we weren't in cap trouble.




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15 Jun 2019 22:16:48
Kapanen for vrana would be fair value I think. I'm not sure the leafs would trade kappy for a LW though. Marleau for burakovsky would be unreal but it doesn't make sense for the caps to do it.




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15 Jun 2019 22:11:42
I will actually laugh if Kadri goes to Winnipeg.





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