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01 Apr 2020 17:55:04
Now before you all start ripping my post up I also think that Dermont could be resigned with the money saved from putting Gauthier on waivers and Speeza not resigned.

Toronto could trade him for defense help instead of signing a UFA OR could trade him for picks.

Nylander or Marner will probably be moved next season 2021-2022 to make cap space for signing Andersen and Rielly. But hopefully the cap goes up by then and we can keep them.

1.) 01 Apr 2020 18:04:48
I don't see Nylander helping. Has to be Marner or Nylander+Johnson/ Kapanen. Moving out a guy making 6.9 just doesn't seem to help if your signing both. Reilly will need at least 10/ yr. Freddy probably 7/ yr. So if the cap goes up by say 4mil and you trade Marner for picks and prospect you can resign both. Otherwise you trade Nylander+Kapanen and have a very weak top 9 after 3 guys.

2.) 02 Apr 2020 05:01:55
I think Dubas will trade our entire third line (Johnsson, Kapanen, and Kerfoot) before he bites the bullet and admits his mistake and trades any if the top 4 guys.

Dubas entire philosophy is built around hockey being a strong-link sport. He will have an entire bottom six of fringe players making league minimum before he parts with any of our top 4. And by the time he realizes he has to trade Marner, it might be too late. That will be the job of his successor.

3.) 02 Apr 2020 15:27:01
Idk if anyone has watched the video with button and how he said where the leafs went wrong was signing Tavares he says it made no sense they had kadri at 2c coming off back to back 30+ goal years not to mention offence was not an issue which eventually led to the departure of kadri and even brown who was a horse and one of our best pk guys also button went on to say that if played a big part in both marner and Matthews contract I think a big piece needs to be moved to try and balance things out I can see the leafs going backwards next year.

4.) 02 Apr 2020 17:38:37
I would agree with that one too Leafs1994. Most teams in the NHL would be ecstatic having Matthews and Kadri as our too centres. Sure, no doubt Tavares is a better player than Kadri. But is he a $7M better player than Kadri. That $7M could have bought us a proper 1RHD on multi-year contract. If I had a choice between Tavares or Kadri+Dumba (for example), I would keep Kadri+Dumba every time.

5.) 02 Apr 2020 21:01:35
Didn't see what your talking about Leafs1994 but I agree completely there. I didn't really see why we needed Tavares at the time either. He's a better player and I am happy to have him but at the end of the day he isn't so much better than Kadri that 11m is justified.

6.) 02 Apr 2020 22:38:58
Robin Lehner is a better, cheaper, and underated replacement for Freddy imo. Just look where he took the Islanders.

I don't think the leafs should be re-signing Freddy to a contract over 7 million and Reilly may not actually cost as much. It totally depends on next year.

7.) 03 Apr 2020 19:48:08
He didn't take Chicago anywhere this year though. He faced about the same amount of shots in Chicago as he will face on the Leafs. So is a goalie with a 3.00 gaa really better choice than Anderson? He do about the same job for us as Andersen and cost just the same. Except Lehner needs signing this year, so his cap hit would come in a year when the cap might not be going up. So it's probably not a good idea to be adding salary in net this year if we can avoid it.



01 Apr 2020 17:42:26
Correction on my last post.
Toronto trades Kapanen, kivihalme
To buffalo for Ristolainen or Montour. Salary out 4 million, salary in $5 million

1.) 01 Apr 2020 18:05:57
Can't be adding salary. If you add even 1 million you need to trade Johnson or Kerfoot for picks and prospects which in itself weakens areas significantly.



01 Apr 2020 17:33:24
So as we all know Barrie and Ceci are coming off the books as UFAS.
That is 7 million.
I believe like most that A. Johsson will be traded as well as Kerfoot and Kapanen and this is why and how I think it will turn out.

I think Dubas will revisit the non Kadri trade to Calgary as Kerfoot is to expensive and not good on face offs. The experiment with Kerfoot on the wing with Tavares was not productive as he looks lost and slow to the play most nights.
Therefore I am suggesting that

Toronto trades; Kerfoot and J. Bracco to Calgary for M.Jamkowski and a 3rd in 2020. Sign Jamkowski for 2 yrs @ 2.2 million. Savings of 2 million

Next I am predicting that Toronto trades; A.Johnnson to Columbus for josh Anderson.
I know that everyone has mentioned or made this trade many times but Anderson plays the right side and we know Kapanen is being shopped for defense help and he can play on any of the four forward lines.
So Toronto offers Anderson 3yrs @ 2.5 million. Savings of 1.5 million

Now that gives us $10.5 million to sign our Rfas and UFA Clifford.

So perhaps Mikheyev signs 2 million for 2yrs and Clifford signs 2.75 for 3yrs. So $4.75 spent, $5.25 million left.
Now on to the Defence for now, Toronto trades; Kapanen, telivenne
To buffalo for Ristolainen or Montour. Both have term left on contracts. $4 million out $5 million in. $4.25 left in cap space.
Toronto could then sign a 3rd pair defensive player such UFAS, Pysyk, Tanav, Soucy for say 2-3 million for 2yrs.
So this could be the line up for next season.
Hyman Matthews Nylander
Barashov/Robertson Tavares Marner
Mikheyev Jamkowski Anderson
Korshov Clifford Engvall
Rielly/ Ristolainen or Montour
Muzzin/ Holl
Dermont/ Pysyk or Tanav

Sandin and lilegren need more time in minors
Gauthier waivers
Speeza gone.

1.) 01 Apr 2020 18:10:42
You won't get Jamkowski for that. Far as I can tell they like him. They also wanted Kadri because he's a centre not a LW.

Ceci and Barrie is 7m but your forgetting a few guys get raises. Mikheyev, Dermott need to be resigned and won't be making league min. Anymore. Muzzin and Engvall already were resigned and are getting raises. That's the 7m right there. Clifford will be looking at probably 2m so that's 9 now if Spezza agrees to sign another league minimum and goat either takes minimum or is traded.

Third pair will be Liljigren and Sandin. Defence for next year other than a top 4 D is already locked up.

Muzzin Holl
Sandin Liljigren.

2.) 02 Apr 2020 04:52:39
Kapanen to Flames makes a lot more sense to me. He's a right shot, and Calgary only has two right shots in the forwards. So I could see them having interest in Kapanen more than they would want Kerfoot. Would they trade Bennett for Kapanen though, I don't know. I don't see why not. It's not like Bennett is a top six player. He's a good player, sure, but he's not part of the core to the team. And that exact same description applied to Kapanen.

3.) 02 Apr 2020 04:58:32
Jankowski only had 7 points this year so far. That isn't even 4th line production. If Calgary said no to this deal their gm should be fired. Like him or not, he's a big risk at $2M+. Kerfoot is a much better player.

I don't think either Sandin or Liljegren will he seeing any more time in the AHL. They both did good in the NHL this year. They should be a bottom pairing for us this year. Maybe use them in limited roles on pk and power play and build minutes from there.

If they go to the AHL at all, it's only because Leafs have too many good defensemen right now and would have to make room for them to get enough minutes that it makes sense for them to be in the NHL. If they are only going to get less than 10-12 minutes a game, then maybe the AHL is better for them.



26 Mar 2020 18:30:30
Although to add to my previous post, if I was Dubas I would trade the bum Nylander to Minnesota for Dumba

So the trade would be,
Toronto trades Nylander, Dermont
To Minnesota for; Dumba , Greenway

1.) 26 Mar 2020 18:46:07
If you were looking to increase the size of the team then congratulations are in order. This team is a much bigger and more physical one than what we currently have.

Kerfoot for Jankowski is a tough one for me. They both had downer years, but Jankowski had almost zero production this year. 7 points in 56 games is 4 the line material, if that. $2.25 over 3 years sounds like a real gamble at this point.

Greenway was a highly rated prospect player when he came into the league. He's big, fast, hits, and can chip in a goal here and there. I'd like to see him and Korshkov on a line together trucking over competition.

2.) 27 Mar 2020 01:02:18
Why is Nylander a bum? Is it because he's on pace for 35 goals and 75 points while being paid less than Marner, Mathews or Tavares by a large margin?

The Nylander bias will never end in this city. He held out for a better deal. Mathews and Marner were fully prepared to do the same before Dubas got out the Vaseline and accepted his fate. Some people just still seem to believe Marner was more willing to take a discount which is obviously false. I'm also not convinced Marner is the better player like everyone else is. Marner averages more points and less goals. If Nylander is a consistent 35g 75 pt guy and Marner is 20g 85pt then how is Marner better? Especially when we consider Marner plays 1st PP consistently and Nylander has played second unit for a large portion of his career. To me the comparison isn't even close to fair especially considering salary.

3.) 27 Mar 2020 08:30:24
I honestly don’t think Dumba is worth this package when you look at dumbas stat line this year 24pts -7 69gp. Comparing him to a player on the leafs Jake muzzin
23pts +12 53gp we payed a top prospect and a 1st for him so imo Dumba isn’t worth a roster player but due to the fact it has to be a cap in cap out type deal the players in this trade would be Johnsson or Kerfoot with a guy like Bracco and a pick.

4.) 27 Mar 2020 18:09:45
Muzzin is a better player than he gets credit for. Always been like that. He doesn't score in a league of puck movers so he will never win a Norris no matter how well he plays. He and Dumba always play different styles of game. Can't really compare the two.

5.) 27 Mar 2020 18:47:33
You’re right Dumba is supposed to be this great two way guy can argue the numbers Dumba is t that good he’s an average nhl defencemen.

6.) 27 Mar 2020 22:46:39
One thing lost in the mix on Muzzin side lately is that he played PP in LA. I wouldn't mind seeing that here if up in a game. Hopefully less chances shorhanded.

7.) 27 Mar 2020 23:16:36
Muzzin is very underrsted. Muzzin came in 11th in Norris voting the last three years in a row. I wouldn't be surprised if he was too 15 again this year. He might have even come 11th again except for injury. But now that the season is cancelled, the second injury doesn't count against him and he had a real good season. Probably good enough to come in top 15 in voting.



26 Mar 2020 18:13:09
Trades that could happen,
Toronto trades; Kerfoot
Calgary for; Mark Jamkowski (signs 3years $2.25 million per year)

Toronto gets the 3rd line center (Ontario boy) they wanted (because Kadri nexed that trade). He is big at 6'4 and kills penalties well, has better scoring numbers than Kerfoot and better defensively.

Plays with Korshkov and Engvall 3rd line

Toronto trades; A.Johnnson,
Columbus for; Josh Anderson
(Sign Anderson for 2.75 for 2yrs)

Toronto trades; Kapanen
Carolina for B.Pesce

Toronto signs free agents;
Carson Soucy and/ or Mark Pysyk
I know you guys might not like Pysyk but he is a good stay at home RHD with some offensive upside
Probably could Soucy for 2 million x 3years and/ or Pysyk for 3.25 million for 2yrs.

This allows Sandin and Lilegren time develop more with the marlies.

Therefore Toronto could trade Dermont or keep him and not sign Soucy. But Dermont might want too much money as an RFA.

See I didn't trade the ballarina Nylander because you all seem to like him now that he scored 30 goals, but he still sucks defensively and never checks anyone, except with his stick. (European Style) ha ha ha

1.) 26 Mar 2020 18:49:24
Last I heard Peace was hurt. I can't remember what it was, but I know it was serious because he wasn't expected back even for the playoffs. I don't think Leafs, or anyone, should trade for a guy while he's on LTIR. You never know what they are going to play like when they get back. Dumba and Karlsson come to mind for example.




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24 Jan 2020 23:50:29
Leafslife I guess you don't watch many leafs games. When was the last time Nylander checked another player with anything other THAN HIS STICK!
When was the last time Nylander blocked a shot. Never, that's why he plays every game. Tavares makes all wingers that he has played with better. This year he has made Nylander better. Did Nylander have these numbers you so boost about playing with Matthews. NO.

So I guess you didn't notice Nylander's one and only move when he has the puck. Skate like hell down the wing (not in the center of the ice where he will get HIT! ) NO DOWN THE WING, SLAM ON THE BRAKES AND MAKE A BAD PASS! So yes he is soft and over paid so get over it. He is a ballerina not a high end nhl player worth all than money.

Second, I do agree with you on Marner and he is over paid by 3-4 million. Public fan and media pressure put on Dubas to sign Marner caused this over payment. Solely based on Dubas screwing around with Nylander contract. He should have made Nylander sit out the whole year and we would not have the unbalanced salary structure the leafs are in now.



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15 Jan 2020 23:16:11
Toronto will not be going after any Ufas (such as pietrangelo) as the cap space will not be there. We need more players at 3-5 million that 8+ million.



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15 Jan 2020 23:13:04
Possibly, but the team needs more wiggle room with the salary cap. Although Dubas said he would not trade Nylander as long as he is GM, that will cost him his job. Don't think for one moment that the major shareholders and MLSE board cares how he feels about Nylander they want to win and win now!
Trading Johnsson and or Kapanen will not help our cap situation or get the players we need on defense or in net.



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31 Dec 2019 00:30:31
Hey broken wing I will bet you $50 that Pietrangelo signs in Toronto July 1 or shortly after!



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30 Dec 2019 17:33:57
Oh yeah by the way I have enough brains for both of us if you need some.




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