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17 Jan 2018 20:30:25
2017-18 Trade Deadline

PIT:
Tyler Bozak (C). UFA
Josh Leivo (LW). RFA
Connor Carrick (RD)... RFA
3rd Round Draft Pick. 2018

TOR:
Bryan Rust (RW). RFA
2nd Round Draft Pick. 2018
4th Round Draft Pick. 2018

Penguins get a third line centre and future young winger. Leafs get some added draft picks and Bryan Rust (IR) is for cap reduction and probably won't even play for the rest of the season. Dominic Moore can than be easily slotted into the third centre line role to play with JVR, Brown and/or Marner.

DET:
Kerby Rychel (LW). RFA
2nd Round Draft Pick. 2018 (SJ)
4th Round Draft Pick. 2018

TOR:
Mike Green (RD). UFA

Wings secure draft picks and reduce cap space. Leafs secure an RD to help with the power play and push Roman Polák out of the lineup.

2017-18 Trades * After Season is Over

VGK:
Jake Gardiner (LD). UFA
Nikita Soshnikov (LW). RFA
Matt Martin (LW). UFA
3rd Round Draft Pick. 2018
2nd Round Draft Pick. 2019

TOR:
2nd Round Draft Pick. 2018
1st Round Draft Pick. 2019

Knights get a top-four defenseman with a cap friendly rate as well as a young prospect. Matt Martin is merely a cap dump if the buds can pull it off. Leafs secure draft picks to use and/or parlay into another player trade. Bryan Rust could easily be signed to a $925,000 contract extension to play on the 4th line with Gauthier & Kapanen.

In closing these trade scenarios are more realistic and fair for each team as they do not gouge organizations. And the Leafs free up ample cap space to take a serious run at John Tavares for the 2018-19 season and possibly Drew Doughty for 2019-20 season.

ShanapLan

1.) 17 Jan 2018 20:56:05
These trades will most certainly not free up enough space to sign tavares or doughty.


2.) 17 Jan 2018 21:31:46
Green gets u much more than rychel a second and a forth. Rychel has zero value put him waivers no one will even claim him. Your trades are nonsense.


3.) 17 Jan 2018 22:19:22
Cheeks97. Are you sure about that? Because according to my metrics should all of these hypothetical trades take place with a projected average cap space of $80M to use come the 2018-19 season, the Leafs would have roughly between $13M to $15M in cap space left over. And that's including the signing of JVR to a $6M extension, Nylander to a reasonable $4.75M deal and Tavares to a $10.5M contract. Side Note, Horton's LTIR contract is excluded from these projections. So hey that's always a nice bonus to fall back onto.

I will concede that it would take some superior wiggle room to fit Doughty into the line up come 2019-20 as well. But it can be done.


4.) 18 Jan 2018 00:49:02
Bozak is worth a late 1st and prospect. He was 61st amoung forwards and 29th among centers. #2 centers are not that easy to come by. He will net a 5-6 M deal in free agency.

You are just giving him away.

Green can be signed as a free agent. No need to give up anything for him but money.

Gardiner alone is worth the very late 1st and 2nd.

Wholesale is not the way to go.


5.) 18 Jan 2018 14:24:12
Okay Shanaplan, but you have to take into consideration of how much we will have to pay M&M as well as other players which will be ready for new contracts in the coming years.


 

 

15 Jan 2018 16:22:06
I had mentioned back in an earlier post that the Leafs should look to secure a defenceman such as Kris Letang. The 30-year old Letang certainly adds an element that the Leafs are lacking. An offensive, minute-munching blueliner capable of playing in almost any situation. He's a right-shooting defenseman and would fit perfectly alongside Morgan Rielly on the Leafs' top pairing.

Rielly - Letang
Dermott - Zaitsev
Borgman - Hainsey
Rosen

These pairings above look a lot better for the playoffs than using Gardiner, Carrick or Polak. Why? Because they all have something in common... "Youth and Reliability" to ease Babcock's soul.

The biggest issue that many people have pointed out is Letang's health concerns and that his corsi numbers do not reflect the player he is simply because he is on a good team and these are some fair points.

But what Letang does have aside from his experience (cough: 3-championship rings) is a much more manageable contract with more term. And with the cap expected to go up to $85M for 2018-19 and potentially $87M by 2020-21, the Leafs need to position themselves better financial long-term to sign their young guns rather than handing out $9M for Doughty or Karlsson for 6 years. I'd rather the Leafs use their cap saving's to pitch and sign the likes of John Tavares to fill Bozak's spot once he is gone.

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13 Jan 2018 19:05:03
VGK:
Jake Gardiner (LD). UFA
Nikita Soshnikov (LW). RFA
3rd Round Draft Pick. 2018

TOR:
2nd Round Draft Pick. 2018
1st Round Draft Pick. 2019

Vegas gets an extra d-man for there playoff run and don't have to worry about Gardnier's contract until the end of 2018-19. Leafs can then slot in Travis Dermott and reduce cap space for next years UFA/RFA contracts.

ShanapLan

1.) 13 Jan 2018 22:30:10
I like your trade get Gudbranson b4 u make that one though.


 

 

08 Jan 2018 03:44:26
PIT:
Tyler Bozak (C). UFA
Leo Komarov (RW). UFA
Connor Carrick (RD)... RFA
2nd Round Draft Pick. 2018 (SJ)

TOR:
Kris Letang (RD). UFA
Bryan Rust (RW). RFA
2nd Round Draft Pick. 2018
2nd Round Draft Pick. 2019

This trade may not appear to be in the Leafs favour - especially considering that both Letang & Rust are on IR. However, what this does do is create cap relief for both teams for next year along with picks.

Toronto takes on two contracts that are on IR. Thus, reducing their cap number to potentially acquire another player or two before the trade deadline.

Pittsburgh takes on two expiring contracts and fills their need for some seasoned veterans such as Bozak & Komarov. Both teams take on an RFA contract for the remaining year. Total difference in costs between these two teams works out to be $10K going back to Pittsburgh.

This trade is fair value for both teams and ultimately could yield a top line defenceman for the Leafs should Letang's health get better. If not, then he is placed on IR and cap space is available. This also creates more cap room for younger talent within the Leafs depth charts to move into a full-time position and of course free agency.

Seeing that it will be a high probability that the Leafs will face the Bruins in the first round of the playoffs, here is how I would construct the lineup.

Hyman - Matthews - Nylander
Marleau - Kadri - Marner
JVR - Moore - Brown
Martin - Gauthier - Kapanen

Rielly - Hainsey * If Letang is not ready
Gardiner - Zaitsev
Borgman - Dermott

ShanapLan

1.) 08 Jan 2018 04:15:53
Pittsburgh wobt let letang go for that they want high end skill in return.


2.) 08 Jan 2018 04:56:35
Letang would be an issue in terms of health and cap if I were the Leafs i suggest we stay away from letang.


3.) 08 Jan 2018 05:09:21
Letang is still perceived as an elite top pairing defenceman. There is no way Pittsburg would accept this deal as fair value for their number 1 defenceman. I’m not disputing the possibility that Letang gets traded at some point in his career, but if the Pens were to trade him, their asking for more than two pending UFA’s and a bottom pairing, sometimes in the press box defenceman. The fact that the Pens fought tooth and nail to get a lottery protected pick out of the Kessel deal along with rumours that their top prospects were also off limits shows you how hard this team will be in negotiations for a trade of this magnitude. If you had Letang in your roster, would you trade him for parts?


4.) 08 Jan 2018 14:08:17
You can get a much better return individually for Bozak and the others.

The Leafs do not need an overly expensive (7.25M), 30 year old, injury prone, offensive defenceman. And just remember that Letangs numbers are vastly inflated by whom he plays with.

This is year 3 of the Shanaplan. Youth must still be in the return.

We certainly don't need Rust at all, an undersized, low scoring, checker. We have enough of them already.

"After the bend over backwards for", Kessel deal, the Leafs just need to stay away from the Pens, whose farm is decimated, and where the yearly planning centers around staying under the cap.

This deal is useless for the long term plan for the Leafs, and is centered around helping out the Pens.

I think Letang is related to Lupul.


 

 

20 Dec 2017 18:59:03
Assuming that the Leafs are listed via his M-NTC what would be your thoughts on trading for Niklas Kronwall? Yes, he is an older player, but so is Hainsey. But he is a veteran Right D-Man... which are in short supply; Can log big minutes... a guy which Babcock knows and would trust - not to mention that he could help ease the heavier minutes from the likes of Ron Hainsey & Nikita Zaitsev who are already leading the NHL in penalties killing minutes.

Luke Fox stated on SportsNet (Dec 20) that the Leafs will be hard-pressed to find a top 2 defenceman prior to this years NHL deadline. But they could look to a proven veteran who is signed for 2 more years with Detriot to help strengthen the blue line for a deep playoff run. And considering that it's more likely that the Leafs will do anything thing they can to keep JVR in the fold, I see Bozak being the odd man out next year. Leafs also have a plethora of prospects that they could use as added leverage to present to a team that is potentially looking to hit the reset button.

DET:
Tyler Bozak (C). UFA
Nikita Soshnikov (RW). RFA
Connor Carrick (RD)... RFA
2nd Round Draft Pick. 2018
2nd Round Draft Pick. 2019 * If Bozak does not sign a Long-Term deal for the 2018-19 season

TOR:
Niklas Kronwall (RD). UFA
2nd Round Draft Pick. 2018

ShanapLan

1.) 21 Dec 2017 02:35:57
Kronwall isn't a rhd he shoots left.


2.) 21 Dec 2017 16:49:59
My Bad, he is a left shooter, but can and does play the right side when needed.


3.) 21 Dec 2017 23:21:27
Too much for Kronwall who's offence has dried up. And he'll be 37.

You are giving up pretty good youth in Sosh and Carrick, and a vet center who finished in the top 30 in points (centers) last year.

Plus a conditional that the Leafs would have to pay.

Kronwall and the upgrade in the 2nd are clearly not worth it.


4.) 22 Dec 2017 17:26:04
Hey, I am all for keeping youthful prospects within the Leafs organization. But considering that Kapanen and Levio are more likely to secure a spot over Soshnikov (RFA) the risk is worth it.

The same could be said for Carrick (RFA) with the likes of Travis Dermott, Calle Rosén, and Timothy Liljegren looking to crack the lineup.

Oh and let's do not forget the high probability of Igor Ozhiganov from the KHL looking to secure his roster spot with the Leafs next year.

My point being is that one way or another some of these prospects will have to be dealt in order to make the Leafs more competitive. Thus, the risk is worth it to have another veteran (short-term) help with the defensive zone coverage. Plus it would be awesome to hear the sports announcer say "You Just Got Kronwall'ed" in a Leafs uniform.


 

 

 

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17 Jan 2018 22:19:22
Cheeks97. Are you sure about that? Because according to my metrics should all of these hypothetical trades take place with a projected average cap space of $80M to use come the 2018-19 season, the Leafs would have roughly between $13M to $15M in cap space left over. And that's including the signing of JVR to a $6M extension, Nylander to a reasonable $4.75M deal and Tavares to a $10.5M contract. Side Note, Horton's LTIR contract is excluded from these projections. So hey that's always a nice bonus to fall back onto.

I will concede that it would take some superior wiggle room to fit Doughty into the line up come 2019-20 as well. But it can be done.

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15 Jan 2018 06:03:04
Unless they are re-signed to their respective team (s) the likes of Erik Karlsson and Drew Doughty will no doubt create much trade buzz between now until the end of there contracts in 2018-19. The biggest issue for any team looking to trade for them right now is that they would be taking two big risks:

1.) They would be forfeiting prospects and draft picks via trade to have this player for less than two seasons with no guarantees of a re-sign.

2.) Each player will undoubtedly be looking for a long-term contract at Shea Weber type money (i. e. $7.8M - $9M) . That's a lot of cap space for one player to command for someone heading into there 30's. Not to mention that it would create very little wiggle room for signing younger prospects/ superstars.

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14 Jan 2018 18:04:48
I am all for the Leafs securing a high 1st round draft pick for 2018. But I just don't see them trading JVR away as they'll need all the scoring help they can get in the playoffs. Intersting trade concept though.

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14 Jan 2018 17:58:18
Interesting trades.

I'm not keen on giving up on Leivo as I can see him being slotted into the lineup come playoffs. And Johnson is someone that I think is not worth putting in the line up ahead of Dermott. But if CBJ throws in a draft pick (i. e. 2nd or 3rd) of there own then I would pull the trigger.

As for the Islanders trade that would be an interesting scenario. NYI would get a defenceman who could log big minutes should the likes of Johnny Boychuk be out longer than expected? But this trade could also allow the Islanders to squeese into the playoffs where anything can happen. This trade would be a real steal if a) the Islanders miss the playoffs and b) Tavares decides to sign with the Leafs in the offseason.

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13 Jan 2018 19:20:53
Huh! Exactly how is Toronto getting what they want? All they would be getting is an underachiever taking up more cap space and a roster spot that could go to someone with more upside like Dermott.

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