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14 May 2019 06:42:03
Leafs trade Nikita Zaitsev
Canucks trade Ryan Spooner, retain 600k

Leafs trade Andreas Johnsson
Knights trade Collin Miller

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I acquired Spooner to free up Kadri to play up on LW. Zaitsev could be an attractive piece for Vancouver, as their defense is pretty weak and they have their young core on ELCs and tons of cap space.

I don't think we can afford both Kappy and Johnsson, and of the two I think Kapanen will be easier to resign. Acquiring Miller replaces Zaitsev with a defenseman who plays more of a Dubas style. Vegas could be looking to move Miller and Johnsson could be a great fit with the Knights.

Marleau to 4C so he keeps his streak going and plays a role that maximizes his current skillset.

Add and subtract smaller pieces to even the value, but I think both trades are pretty fair and are good fits.


1.) 14 May 2019 07:37:06
LOL I suppose I forgot to trade Connor Brown, but with the coming cap crunch, moving his contract is a given. Connor Brown to the Edmonton Oilers for a third and fifth round pick.

2.) 14 May 2019 18:50:24
I think Vancouver would happily except Zaitsev. Edler is looking less and less like he will re-sign there and he probably walks on July 1st. If Vancouver also wants to move Tanev, they are going to need someone to step-up and play in their top 4. Zaitsev could be that guy. We could bring in Spooner and then flip him to a team like Ottawa. Maybe he succeeds in a top 6 role there and gets his stride back.

I think Dubas would be a little reluctant trading his best LW, especially with the lack of depth behind him. Kapanen on the other hand for Miller is interesting and you might get a bit more for him since he is younger.



05 Apr 2019 18:17:36
Leafs trade Connor Brown

Flyers trade Philippe Myers

A disappointing season has led Philly to get a real good look at their deep stable of young defensemen, and it seems like Myers could be the odd man out. Connor Brown's skillset would fit right into Philly's middle six, and Myers would slot into the third pair next year with Calle Rosen. Myers is 6'5 every day, so you know Babs would be thrilled. In 21 games this year (again, probably odd man out) Myers has a surprising 4.8% corsi rel, so he's actually been a major positive factor when on the ice, on average.

This trade also follows Dubas' propensity for trading NHLers for younger, cost-controlled players while also following Dubas' pattern of stockpiling a lot of young prospects at positions the Leafs are weak at (LW and RD - the Marlies are absolutely brimming with players at those two positions).

I think both teams happily accept this trade. Thoughts?


1.) 06 Apr 2019 21:03:32
I like this. Philly still holds with Ghost, Prov, Sanheim and Gudas as a top4. Then Morin and Hagg round it out. I’d like Myers, although it might be with a sweetner on top for the cap change, so maybe Philly wants a 4/ 5? Great idea tho. Rielly/ Muzz/ Dermott/ Rosen/ Myers/ Zaitsev looks solid to me.

2.) 07 Apr 2019 00:31:05
If we could get Myers for Brown, it’s a no-brainer. Myers has 40 hits in 20 games this year. So on a full year, that would be 160 hits. Not too shabby. Good to see a guy his size not afraid to throw the body around a bit. Unlike a certain Carolina player we all know. Lol.

Brown and Myers are both victims of the extraordinary depth each of their teams have in those respective positions. Brown is probably tops on Leafs “Most Likely To Be Traded” list. We all know he’s a damn good player, but a bit of a wasting asset on the 4th line. Same can be said about Myers in Philly. I don’t look up Myers’ salary, but I believe Leafs would be saving money here.

I like it MarsBars. You don’t float a lot of proposals, but when you do, you always float some of the best proposals, and this one is no different. We save money, and add a solid RHD who hits and still has potential to become an offensive threat as well. You’re absolutely correct. It’s the exact type trade Dubas would enjoy.



01 Jan 2019 00:12:56
Leafs trade Carl Grundstrom
Oilers trade Matthew Benning

An idea that's been floated around by Mackin a few times this season. With the additions of Manning and Petrovic, Chiarelli is clearly convinced he has a playoff team. Missing three defensemen (Sekera, Klefbom and Russell) is difficult to overcome, so Chiarelli acquired some stopgaps until those guys cone back. Benning was already playing 3rd pairing minutes and likely won't lose them now, but once Russell and Klefbom start to get healthy Benning's going to be the odd man out. I could see Chiarelli agreeing to something like this to avoid waiving Benning and losing him like Zykov.

Grundstrom is a near-NHL-ready prospect, though his ceiling looks like a bottom six grinding forward. Current bottom pair D for a likely future bottom six LW, seems fair to me.


1.) 01 Jan 2019 01:05:59
Benning doesn't have much value, Oiler fans themselves don’t really think of him highly. It def wouldn’t cost Grundy, whos playing well in the A, but I like the idea of Benning. i'd give up a 3rd.



29 Dec 2018 01:59:57
Here's a crazy suggestion for yall

Leafs claim Valentin Zykov off waivers

He can play both wings. He scored 33 goals for Charlotte last year. After losing Ennis and Hyman to injury, the Leafs could really use the reinforcements.


1.) 29 Dec 2018 07:02:33
Not so crazy. Leading scorer in the AHL last year. Never got a fair shake yet at NHL level. If Carolina doesn’t claim him back first and Leafs get a chance at claiming him, it’s well worth the risk. We can squeeze him on the roster I’m sure. Marincin and Ennis can both be made available to make room.

2.) 29 Dec 2018 14:36:37
Toronto should claim him. having zaitsev and ozhiganov may actually help this guy. he can score and on this team given the proper chance could do it a lot and thus when everyone is back make another expandable to get a rhd. carolina and edmonton only tested him on fourth line duties. try him out on either three lines for toronto and second power play and this guy could be a sleeper for success. love the idea. hopefully dubas does too.

3.) 29 Dec 2018 19:44:04
Claimed by vegas.

4.) 29 Dec 2018 21:38:10
Of course.

5.) 29 Dec 2018 22:19:18



26 Nov 2018 20:04:12
What If..

Leafs make no trades. Get Willy signed for an escalating salary that averages 7ish per year. Hyman and Tavares keep Marner clean on that line, so how about moving Kadri to 1LW? It gives the Leafs a top line that matches the big ones around the league (DAL, COL, BOS) and still leaves the third line with tons of talent. Kadri gets to play big minutes and can maintain his shutdown role. In the offensive zone, Kadri can play net front and let Matthews stay clean on the half wall.


With this configuration there's a steep drop off between 2C and 3C but Lindholm has shown that he can play 3C and has some awesome wingers to work with. Gauthier can keep doing his shutdown thing on 4C while also getting an upgrade on the wings.


1.) 26 Nov 2018 22:40:56
Trade Brown + Zaitsev + Gardiner + 1ST rOUND for two RHD.

2.) 26 Nov 2018 23:07:58
Get rid of Gauthier. He is garbage. I would prefer they play Ennis over Gauthier. Gauthier looks disinterested in playing to me. Kinda reminds me of Andrea Bargnani except Bargnani had more talent than Gauthier but both have the disinterested, sleepish looking faces. Big and lazy, the both of them.

3.) 27 Nov 2018 00:27:25
LW not as strong as RW. If we aren’t going to trade for a true long term elite LW, maybe Kadri makes sense. He wasn’t doing much at 3C. After Matthews got hurt, he has been outstanding. Underutilized and misused at 3C. He really is an offensive force and if he could play that 1LW, would solve what is going to be a real problem for us after next year when Marleau is gone. Speaking of which, if Lindholm doesn’t cut it 3C, then Marleau would probably do a fine job for a year and half.

4.) 27 Nov 2018 03:04:03
Great idea. it would give two crazy lethal lines. I like lindholms game as 3 c.

You could always put kadri back if you get a lead.

5.) 27 Nov 2018 03:41:52
There’s some real good UFA’s we can consider too as rentals. Hayes for example. If the price is right, we can get someone like that to play 3C and Bob’s your uncle.

6.) 27 Nov 2018 07:39:38

I've liked Gauthier as a depth guy. He knows his role, he's a shut down guy who plays the body and forechecks hard. He's skating a lot better than last year, when he was obviously still feeling the effects of that nasty leg break. We've already seen the space he creates for Leivo and Ennis by forechecking a tying guys up down low, very similar to how Hyman plays. He may not be scoring but he's driving play by being heavy and this 4th line has only been outplayed by Vegas' 4th. Otherwise they've been great.


Agreed. If Lindholm does struggle Kadri could move down, but there are tons of options. Marleau can play C, and I think Zach Hyman would make a great shut down 3C. He's decent in the faceoff circle and has the size and grit to play either net front. He's my darkhorse future 3C.


We've seen the cost of bringing in Boyle and Plekanec, you'd have to figure Hayes would cost about the same at a minimum. For a team with tons of young talent and what will very soon be a top-heavy cap, the Leafs will need to conserve their futures to avoid ending up like LA and Chicago. I say hold onto the futures as much as possible, and bank on chemistry versus trying to win the cup on paper.

7.) 27 Nov 2018 12:56:43
Nylandermagic: So we get rid of Gauthier. I agree that he is not the greatest out there and boy with that size he could really be a force but he is not. He is signed at the minimum for 3 years and we do need that next year, plus he was drafted here, I say we keep him as he has come a long way and if he ever gets a goal everybody on that team will celebrate - sometimes that is more important than trades and free agents.

8.) 27 Nov 2018 21:17:18

Our pipeline sucks. None of those guys in our system other than Liljegren and Sandin are A-prospects. We definitely need to keep those low round picks. Bringing in a top end UFA like Hayes will be expensive and represent a “win now” mentality. But Dubas is too conservative to make a bold move like that. Winning now is fun, but we want to win again later too. I wouldn’t be surprised if Leafs bring in a defenseman maybe. But we are pretty saturated at forward. I actually only said Hayes because I was thinking about that whole Kadri on LW you brought up yesterday. If Hayes was our 3C, that’s a more than adequate replacement. We could easily put Kadri beside Matthews then. Just a thought.




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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.




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29 May 2019 23:18:40
I don't understand your evaluation of Demelo. I do understand trying to dump the Zaitsev and Brown contracts, but in a vacuum, both players have reasonable cap hits for their skill levels and are both arguably better players than Demelo.




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17 May 2019 05:37:37
I think both teams would want more, but not much more. I don't know what we'd do at RW, but our top two RWers are still elite, so we could afford a downgrade. Manson and Pulock would be game-changers at RD, though we'd have to shed Zaitsev somehow, ideally for a bottom six forward. Overall the makings of a great offseason.




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14 May 2019 07:37:06
LOL I suppose I forgot to trade Connor Brown, but with the coming cap crunch, moving his contract is a given. Connor Brown to the Edmonton Oilers for a third and fifth round pick.




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15 Apr 2019 22:50:17
Spent his post-draft year in the AHL and flashed what he can do, had an injury-riddled 2nd year where he still put up good numbers playing top-pair. Seems way too early to label young Tim a bust.





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