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07 Jul 2018 14:57:23
Josh Leivo and a 2020 2nd Round Draft Selection to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Adam McQuaid and a 2019 5th Round Draft Selection.

I feel that McQuaid is what Toronto is missing; a tough RHD. I feel like a 2nd may be a lot, but I think it may be worth it, especially since Boston has a surplus of defence like McQuaid such as Miller, Chara and now Moore. After Moore’s signing, McQuaid becomes like a 7/ 8 dman on Boston, just because of their depth. Boston saves 2million in cap too, and gets a decent bottom six forward.

Toronto D-Core:

Rielly - Zaitsev
Gardiner - Hainsey
Dermott - McQuaid

Boston D-Core:
Chara - McAvoy
Krug - Carlo
Moore - Miller.

TopShelfSlappers

1.) 07 Jul 2018 16:09:10
McQuaid has one year left on his contract, and at 31 is overage and coming off injury. I think you are definitely overpaying here. Boston oils probably be willing to just give McQuaid away, as he’s fallen off the radar and as Boston has so many good defenseman, it’s unlikely he will lace up for them full time again, if ever. And to be honest, I don’t think Leafs have any room for him either. We have a lot of solid depth defensemen ourselves.


2.) 08 Jul 2018 02:11:39
@LeafsGM

Agreed. Unless it's someone who will play ahead of Hainsey and Zaitsev, there's no point in making a move. The Leafs have a plethora of bottom-pairing defensemen.


3.) 08 Jul 2018 04:43:34
Not sure that the Bruins are going to do anything to improve the Leafs, one of their main rivals in the East.


4.) 09 Jul 2018 04:59:52
We just gave up the toughest RHD in the league in Polak. We don’t need toughness we need speed and skill.


5.) 10 Jul 2018 04:05:04
It's not going to happen with the depth (although not ready yet) that the Leafs have aquired on the RHS. Dubas has already said he's comfortable with the defence he already has.

Given the soft state of the Leafs D. I have to like McQuaid though.


 

 

28 Jun 2018 00:39:51
(G) Garrett Sparks + (LW) Matt Martin to the New York Islanders in exchange for (D) Mitchell Vande Sompell + Conditional 2019 3rd Round Draft Pick.

Condition: If Sparks plays 40+ Games for the Islanders, the pick is awarded. If Sparks plays 30+ Games for the Islanders, a 5th is awarded. If neither is met, no pick is awarded.

(RW) Josh Leivo + 2020 2nd Round Draft Pick to the Florida Panthers in exchange for (D) Mark Pysyk.

(D) Jake Gardiner (Extension: 5.0 Million x 5 Years) + (C) Miro Aaltonen (Rights) + (D) Andrew Nielsen to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for (D) Justin Braun.

(I’d love to keep Jake too, but we can’t just keep him and let him walk. We could offer him that extension but we just can’t afford to be paying him and Rielly similar dollars for similar play styles, and with Timothy and Dermott coming up, it doesn’t make practical sense)

This is unlikely. but the speculation continues so. in free agency/ resigning:

John Tavares - 10.5 Million x 7 Years.
Anthony Duclair - 1.25 Million x 2 Years.
William Nylander - 6.00 Million x 8 Years.
Andreas Johnsson - 2.00 Million x 4 Years.
Mitch Marner - 7.25 Million x 8 Years.
Auston Matthews - 10.5 Million x 8 Years.


Lineup (2018/ 19, most expensive year)

Anthony Duclair (1.25 Million) - Auston Matthews (10.5 Million) - William Nylander (6.0 Million)
Patrick Marleau (6.25 Million) - John Tavares (10.5 Million) - Mitch Marner (7.25 Million)
Andreas Johnsson (2.0 Million) - Nazem Kadri (4.5 Million) - Kasperi Kapanen (875K)
Zach Hyman (2.25 Million) - Par Lindholm (1.0 Million) - Connor Brown (2.1 Million)

Justin Braun (3.8 Million) - Morgan Rielly (5.0 Million)
Mark Pysyk (2.2 Million) - Travis Dermott (875K)
Nikita Zaitsev (4.5 Million) - Igor Ozhiganov (2.0 Million [Extension])

Frederik Andersen (5.0 Million)
Calvin Pickard (1.0 Million)

Total: 78.85 Million (Fits)

Then, the year after, Marleau/ Duclair/ Braun will be let go or traded, and Grundstrom/ Engvall/ Brooks/ Bracco/ Liljegren will take their place, and will save nearly 7.5 Million in cap. The year prior, Matthews and Marner will still be ELC so we’ll be good there too.

TopShelfSlappers

1.) 28 Jun 2018 04:52:30
You’ve made a couple interesting choices here. In particular, I’m looking at Vande Sompell, and Duclaire. What made you zero in on Duclaire, and do you really think he is a better choice for Matthews wing than Hyman? Hyman has done rather well beside Matthews, I have a hard time thinking that combination will be changed. And why Vande Sompell? We already have a lot of depth on defence now. Is it worth taking on another project like Vande Sompell?

Just as an aside, I think you included Matthews and Marner new salary in your total for 2018/ 2019, but that won’t take effect until 2019/ 2020. So you still have some salary left for next year.


2.) 28 Jun 2018 07:32:04
Can't see Nylander and his agent accepting $6 million a year. If Marner gets $7.25 Nylander will want something in that vicinity.
Hard to see either of them making more than Pastranak ($6.6) but with the cap going up it will probably happen.


3.) 28 Jun 2018 12:31:26
Its great that the cap is going up but its bitter sweet because Willie will get more than Pastranak which i don't agree with. Nylander has yet to have the inpact that Pastranak has. Its too bad. I know everyone is tired of talking about it but i really hope that Tavares joins the leafs mainly to keep Matthews camp in check. Matthews is great and all but no where near upper tier quite yet. if Tavares gets 11-12 perhaps that makes the matthews camp realize they aren't there yet and the take 8-9. obviously this won't happen which again is too bad.


4.) 28 Jun 2018 13:46:47
Oh, @GM

I took Duclair as a reclamation project, Hymans looked good, but on a team with depth, playing him in a checking role (Hyman/ Lindholm/ Brown) could really help with team depth. Duclair hasn’t done much right over the past two years, but he could light it up alongside AM, and could possibly even become a trade target for help on d in the future. And he’ll come cheap this summer which is nice too.

As for MVS, he played decently well in the AHL, and helps positionally for us. Gives us more depth on D. He may not crack the team, but he has the potential to be a top6 d, give him a few years if the ‘Detroit slow cook’ method, and he may become a decent offensive #5 dman. Plus, Sparks will probably go considering he has higher value than Pickard or Mac, and we dump 2.5 million which is essential.


5.) 28 Jun 2018 16:04:33
The Islanders trade is a Martin dump, so taking on Vande Sompell is okay by me.

Two years of Duclaire at $1.25M per isn’t going to bankrupt us. If you think he can turn it around, may be worth a shot.

These trades and signings look pretty good. I like your lineups. If Duclaire sucks on the top line, we can easily put Hyman back up beside Matthews and drop Duclaire.


 

 

03 Jun 2018 03:30:22
Jake Gardiner (D - 4.2 Million x 1 Year; Extension - 5.25 Million x 4 Years) + Jeremy Bracco (RW -ELC) + 2018 1st Round Draft Selection (#25) to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Matt Benning (D - RFA; Extension - 2.4 Million x 4 Years) + 2018 1st Round Draft Selection (#10).

- Edmonton upgrades bigtime on defence, and gets their true offensive dman, who, if played on the top PP unit, could be a perennial 50-60 point man as McDavid’s point man. He may be suspect defensively, but that's because he doesn’t have support on defence; Edmonton has Darnell Nurse that can compliment Gardiner’s ‘wild’ style well.
- Toronto downgrades in general in defence, but gets a dman of need: a more defensively sound dman. They upgrade in terms of picks, and thus, that pick can be traded for more defensive assets for the ‘now’.

2018 1st Round Draft Selection (#10 - From Edmonton) + Calvin Pickard (G - 1.0 Million x 1 Year) to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Jake Muzzin (D - 4.0 Million x 2 Years) .

- Los Angeles, despite being involved in Phil Kessel trade rumors, should really be looking at a solid rebuild, and should be trading some of their veterans in order to acquire higher picks. They also acquire a decently young backup goalie who could probably fetch decent value at the 2019 trade deadline.
- Toronto acquires their true top pairing shutdown dman. Muzzins older than most of Toronto’s team, but he provides excellent shutdown prowess, and a solid veteran presence. Muzzin is not necessarily a household name, but he's a solid, veteran dman who would improve Toronto vastly.

(Basically, Gardiner + Bracco + Pickard + #25 for Muzzin + Benning; imo, that's not too far off, Gardiner [w. extension] + #25 gets Muzzin, Bracco and Pickard gets Benning)

Free Agency:
Austin Czarnik - 1.5 Million x 3 Years
Michael Kempny - 2.2 Million x 2 Years
Patrick Maroon - 3.0 Million x 1 Year

Resigning:
William Nylander - 6.0 Million x 7 Years
Andreas Johnsson - 2.25 Million x 4 Years

Lineup:
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Mitchell Marner
Andreas Johnsson - Austin Czarnik - Kasperi Kapanen
Patrick Maroon - Par Lindholm - Connor Brown

Jake Muzzin - Nikita Zaitsev
Morgan Rielly - Matt Benning
Ron Hainsey/ Michael Kempny - Travis Dermott

Frederik Andersen
Garrett Sparks.

TopShelfSlappers

1.) 03 Jun 2018 06:11:18
I like your forward free agent signings and lineups. Maroon especially is a player I think Leafs should be pursuing. Big boy that plays a solid 2-way game, can contribute offensively and be used in shut down of opposing teams best players.

I’m not too keen on your defense here though. These moves ages our defense and makes it weaker. I think Leafs are better off staying put on defense than making these trades. Muzzin is a good player, yes, but according to Corsi Stats, Gardiner is the second best defensive defenseman in the league over the last three years. We can’t trade him. He’s practically a Norris candidate.


2.) 03 Jun 2018 13:22:35
Wow step back I see gardiner is in the trade. Sorry he is an untouchable
Signed Matt Calvert 🤪.


3.) 03 Jun 2018 17:18:55
I have not liked Nylanders 200 ft. game for the last 2 yrs. I would not drop 6m in his lap until he shows maturity and not selfishness.


 

 

21 May 2018 15:55:46
Matt Martin (LW - 2.5 Million x 2 Years - 25% Salary Retention) and 2018 4th Round Selection to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Tyler Ennis (C/ LW - 4.2 Million x 1 Year)

- Similar contracts and cap totals being swapped; one at less of a hit for an additional cost. Martin is worse than Ennis, so the pick is added, however, Ennis’ production for his cap hit is pretty worrisome. Toronto needs more cap hit for the 2019/ 20 season because of Matthews&Marner’s contracts, so they can afford the pricy tag for Ennis for the next year. If Minny wants free agents, then it makes more sense for them to take the cheaper contract, albeit for an extra year.

Jake Gardiner (D - 4.05 Million x 1 Year) to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Connor Murphy (D - 3.85 Million x 4 Years) and 2018 3rd Round Selection.

- Chicago could use an offensively minded dman, Toronto could use a defensive oriented one. Although Murphy has a longer term, and is locked down for longer, Gardiner is the superior dman based on the previous seasons statistics, and that's why Chicago adds the 3rd Round Pick. Gardiner could be useful alongside a true DFD like Brent Seabrook, and Murphy could partner well with Morgan Rielly.

2018 3rd Round Selection (Chicago) + Curtis McElhinney (G - 0.8 Million x 1 Year) + 2019 4th Round Selection to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Valeri Nichushkin (LW - Rights - Contract Extension: 2.25 Million x 3 Years) .

- Dallas acquires two draft picks and a cheap backup goalie to aid Ben Bishop, in order to not overplay him during the season. Mac played better than Lehtonen, and tbh, Dallas needs to move on from him. Toronto acquires a wild card: a guy who was a 30 point man in his first stint in the NHL, and a guy who has been 0.5 PPG in the KHL. He could be great alongside Auston, or could bust out, be worse than Connor Brown, and then defect back to Russia.

2018 2nd Round Selection + Josh Leivo (RW - 0.75 Million x 1 Year) to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Samuel Morin (D - RFA - Contract Extension: 1.5 Million x 2 Years) + 2018 5th Round Selection.

- Philly has a ton of young dmen (Prov, Ghost, Hagg, Sanheim, Myers), as well as some veterans such as Gudas, so Morin seems expandable, especially since his growth has somewhat stunted in Phillys farm system. Its possible he could use a fresh start, and maybe he could turn it around, especially on a team that could certainly use DFD. Philly gets a bottom six winger who never got a chance in Toronto, and a decent pick around 55th overall. Toronto gets a guy who could be a solid DFD for the future, or a guy who may be no more than a 5-6 dman.

Draft:

(C) Vitaly Kravtsov - MHL:
Comparable: Evgeny Kuznetsov
Rankings: Between 15-25.

If not.

(D) Mattias Samuelson - USA
Strengths: Hitting, Defensive Responsibility.
Rankings: 21-25.

Extensions:
William Nylander - C/ RW - 5.75 Million x 7 Years
Tyler Bozak - C - 3.0 Million x 1 Year
Andreas Johnsson - LW - 1.75 Million x 3 Years
Auston Matthews - C - 10.0 Million x 8 Years
Mitch Marner - RW - 7.0 Million x 8 Years)

Free Agency:
John Carlson - D - 8.0 Million x 7 Years

Lineup:
Valeri Nichushkin (2.25 Million) - Auston Matthews (ELC) - Mitch Marner (ELC)
Patrick Marleau (6.25 Million) - Nazem Kadri (4.5 Million) - William Nylander (5.75 Million)
Andreas Johnsson (1.75 Million) - Tyler Bozak (3.0 Million) - Kasperi Kapanen (0.85 Million)
Zach Hyman (2.25 Million) - Par Lindholm (0.85 Million) - Connor Brown (2.1 Million)
*Tyler Ennis (4.2 Million), Miro Aaltonen (0.8 Million)

Travis Dermott (ELC) - John Carlson (8.0 Million)
Morgan Rielly (5.0 Million) - Connor Murphy (3.85 Million)
Ron Hainsey (3.0 Million) - Nikita Zaitsev (4.25 Million)
*Samuel Morin (1.5 Million), Igor Ozhiganov (0.8 Million)

Frederik Andersen (5.0 Million)
Garrett Sparks (0.85 Million)

Total Cap: 68.725 Million
- Fourth line is the checking line against teams top lines, Hyman, Brown and Lindholm are all defensively responsible and will be the matchup line.

When Matthews and Marner and Dermotts extensions kick in.

Lineup:
Valeri Nichushkin (2.25 Million) - Auston Matthews (10.0 Million) - Mitch Marner 7.0 Million)
Patrick Marleau (6.25 Million) - Nazem Kadri (4.5 Million) - William Nylander (5.75 Million)
Andreas Johnsson (1.75 Million) - Miro Aaltonen (0.8 Million) - Kasperi Kapanen (0.85 Million)
Zach Hyman (2.25 Million) - Par Lindholm (0.85 Million) - Connor Brown (2.1 Million)
*Carl Grundstrom (ELC), Trevor Moore (ELC)

Travis Dermott (0.875 Million) - John Carlson (8.0 Million)
Morgan Rielly (5.0 Million) - Connor Murphy (3.8 Million)
Samuel Morin (1.5 Million) - Nikita Zaitsev (4.25 Million)
*Andreas Borgman (0.875 Million)

Frederik Andersen (5.0 Million)
Garrett Sparks (0.85 Million)

Total Cap: 76.525 Million

With the cap going up, this seems reasonable. If not, a Marleau trade could happen and could become a legitimate possibility.

TopShelfSlappers

1.) 21 May 2018 16:20:36
I would avoid Carlson being that he is not good in his own end and is an offensive defencemen.


2.) 21 May 2018 17:52:47
I’m not sure Stars will want to give up on Nichushkin so easily. He has had two years of extra development in KHL, where he has done well, and Stars can almost certainly find a use for him on their team.

Wild might do the Martin trade. Lowers their AAV cap hit. Gives them a little relief.

Gardiner for Murphy is a yes from Chicago. Gardiner might help put them back in the playoffs next year. And if they decide they can’t afford him after, he is free to walk.

Morin I don’t know anything about. If we can’t get anything useful for Lievo, we should take it. Morin would be facing same depth problem on Leafs that he is facing on Philly and may have hard time cracking our lineup. Even if Morin doesn’t work out, it cost us fringe player for fringe player.


3.) 21 May 2018 18:24:35
I'm very high on Kravtsov. I think he might be a sleeper this draft. No question the leafs don't draft him if he falls to 25.


4.) 21 May 2018 18:56:49
I hope the Leafs pick a center this year. We are pretty desperate at that position and not a lot of depth there. Gauthier was a huge bust for us. Let’s not repeat that mistake again. We need to draft someone with real potential. It looks like defensemen are favoured to take up the top spots, which means of the available centres left when we pick, there should still be a decent one left.


5.) 21 May 2018 19:52:42
Gardner for Murphy would absolutely decimate Toronto’s defence, the hate jake gets on here is hilarious, leaf fans on here have no idea what they have in Gardner. He’s a 40 to 50 point defend men who makes the occasional bad mistake, I’ve watched him play every game the last few years and he is easily our second best defencemen. Murphy btw was a healthy scratch multiple times this year in Chicago and played poorly in a sheltered bottom pairing and yet apparently that’s a good trade.


6.) 21 May 2018 20:52:49
This year's draft lacks at the centre position. Although I absolutely think we should draft a centre, you always take the best available player. Kravtsov and Lundestrom are my guys at 25, not sure if they'll fall though. If not, Ryan Mcleod will be a safe bet at that pick.


7.) 22 May 2018 13:09:44
@tmarras

You must be joking . If you watched every game Gardiner played this year, you can’t argue with the simple facts x2 that I am listing below. If you disagree, you are lying about watching games and just read the stat lines :

1) Gardiner can’t transition to skating backwards fast enough to keep up. He can’t go from stop-to-go backwards fast enough and people blow by him (see game 7 tying goal in 3rd period)

True!

2) Also, when he is skating backwards and the offensive player is along the boards, instead of rubbing rim out into the boards, he swings his stick at them softly and rapidly and 7/10 times he misses and they go right by him .

True again!

These are 2 basic things you learn in early years of development .

Your response please . start with @Mr Blizzard.


8.) 22 May 2018 15:48:29
My other concern about Gardiner, he makes decisions too slowly. When he is first back to retrieve the puck in his own end, he seems to hesitate. Quite often he gives up the puck under pressure or the opposing forward is on him before he moves the puck.


9.) 22 May 2018 19:53:51
Ah so blizzard is using an eye test to judge jake Gardner based off of his backwards skating and lack of running people out on the boards, this being a flaw in most smooth skating defencmen whose game and purpose is to transition the puck, which everybody but us leafs fans knows that jake Gardner is one of the best in the league at, lol if you take away blind hate for the guy you realize that he’s a 50 point offensive defencemen, a term I hate because if you delve into any advanced stats you realize that Gardner actually has the most zone entries and exits and when he’s on the ice the puck tilts towards the leafs favour. Now before you go on about ya so he still has horrible give away tendencies I say to you so what? He more than makes up for it throughout a full year and is without a doubt our second best defencemen, again I’m not completely against trading him, but I’ve yet to see a trade on here that improves the leafs d by trading our second best d man. Stop using this weird hate for the guy and please look at the facts. The other teams will be laughing if we trade Gardner for someone that’s not equal to him, which btw would be someone who would come in and be our second best defence. Again I’m not against trading the guy but really if you think about there aren’t a whole lot of 1 for 1 trades that actually make sense with him.


10.) 23 May 2018 12:37:51
@tmarras

1) you gave it a shot . I respect that you are at least trying to show some value to this guy. The reality is we could take any of our many many wingers in our system and they could be just as good of an “offensive defenseman”

2) yes, Blizz uses the eye test . my eye test shows me that he is a defensive liability because he gives the puck a way a lot, skates poorly backwards, gets beat 1 on 1 all the time. also, look at a picture of the guy. I do believe he is completely cross eyed . (not making fun, I’m not prince, I just don't think that’s helping

3) second best D?!?! Yikes! here is our D depth chart :

Morgan
Hainsey
Dermott
Zaitsev
Roman P
Borgman
Holl
Rosen
. do we still Marincin or did we trade him?
Gardiner


The reality is we had a 4-3 lead with 10 min left in the 3rd period and Gards played 8:17 of the last 10:00 . why?

Side note : the East stinks. Washington stinks . stamkos is terrible . pity is always a threat because Crosby is great, they are probably the best team in the east.

If Gardiner didn’t play the last 10vs Boston we would ah e held on and went vs Tampa.

We would have won in 6 at the most . They stink . Very lucky to still be alive.

Washington would be a coin flip. But a big difference ina. Continuing build to make it out of that game

Gardiner stinks, your argument is is flawed, they won’t get anything for him, it’s too bad . we deserve to see the second round .


 

 

27 Mar 2018 00:17:06
Plan for the 2018/ 2019 Season:

Curtis McElheinney and Matt Martin to the New York Islanders in exchange for a 2018 2nd Round Pick.

- Seems stupid considering how well Mac has played for us, and I would love to keep him, but that means that Pickard and Sparks will have to be waived, and one, if not both, will be claimed. Trading Mac (or even one of Sparks/ Pickard) to the highest bidder makes sense, therefore evading losing one of them to waivers at the start of next season.

Jeremy Bracco and a Conditional 2020 4th Round Pick to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Filip Hronek.

Condition: If Bracco scores less than 50 points in the AHL in both of 2018/ 19 or 2019/ 20, the pick is awarded. If he scores more than 50, no pick is awarded.

- Hronek is a solid blueline prospect with good upside who is currently playing well for the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins. He shores up a position of need in defence, and could be a top 6 guy in Toronto in the future. We give up Bracco (and the 4th: but that's only there to basically give Detroit something if Bracco ends up a bust), and he is good, but on a team with so many dynamic offensive wingers, it seems hard to fit him in.

2018 5th Round Pick and the signing rights to Leo Komarov to San Jose in exchange for Maxim Letunov.

- Letunov is a centre, and could fill a void in a roster position that we are shallow in. He has not developed properly, and has been tossed from St. Louis to Arizona to San Jose, but can possibly turn his career around. A 5th isn't much, and Komarov, a guy who probably wasn't going to resign (and, shouldn't resign) has the value of a 6th at the draft table with no extension.

Free Agency:

Resign Tyler Bozak, 2 years/ 6 million total, or 3 years/ 8.4 million total.
- Bozak gives us a cushion, just in case one, or both of Nylander and Aaltonen fail to pan out at the centre position. Paying him 3 million or under 3 million for 40 points and good faceoff numbers is more than solid. Plus, a contract like that for a pretty durable player is movable, even if salary has to be retained. Bozak also has played with Toronto for a while, and really, I think he'd take a pay cut to stauy a bit longer and not have to move his family.

Resign William Nylander, 7 years/ 42 million total.
- Nylander at 6.0 is more than reasonable. He can certainly get better, and resigning him long term at a decent price is ideal.

Resign Auston Matthews, 8 years/ 80 million total
- Matthews at 10.0 is fair. He has been all we wanted, and tbh, I can't see him getting McDavid money. Eichel money is what he deserves thus far in his career, and the contract does have the potential to become better if/ when he improves.

Resign Mitch Marner, 8 years, 51 million total.
- Mitch at 6.5 is fair right now, considering what Pasta got. If he wants 7.0, I'd be willing to pay that too. But whatever we do, we have to resign him now. The kid is going to have a PPG season next year, and we're going to have to pay him at least 2-3 million more than what he'd want right now. Resigning him now is our best bet.

Sign John Carlson, 5 years/ 35 million total.
- Carlson would be a huge splash, and tbh, he'd be a better splash than Tavares. He makes our dcore much better, and gives a stabilizing presence to Riellys side that is much better than Ron Hainsey. To come to a city on the ups, with a possible Stanley Cup on the horizon would be all he wants. 7.0 may be a bit steep for Toronto, but with the money we save from JVR, we can invest.

Sign Lee Stempniak, 1 year/ 1 million.
- Stempniak can battle for a spot on the fourth line with guys like Leivo and Timashov. He can be a good veteran presence on the group, and can have a chance at a Stanley Cup.

Sign Shawn Matthias, 1 year/ 1 million.
- He knows the system, can be a good vet. Depth player for us, could be decent.

Lineup:

Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Mitch Marner
Andreas Johnsson - Tyler Bozak - Connor Brown
Lee Stempniak - Miro Aaltonen - Kasperi Kapanen
*Josh Leivo, Shawn Matthias

John Carlson - Morgan Rielly
Ron Hainsey - Jake Gardiner
Nikita Zaitsev - Travis Dermott
*Andreas Borgman

Frederik Andersen
Calvin Pickard.

TopShelfSlappers

1.) 27 Mar 2018 01:10:05
Whew. That’s a real mouthful.

There’s a lot here, and I agree with much of it. Few things stand out though. Matthias and Stempniak are not wanted. They are too old and would take up a roster spot that could be given to a younger player who deserves it. Matthias also never played for either Babs or Lou, so I’m not exactly sure just how well he would know the system. He’s also very injury prone, only having played two full seasons his entire nhl career.

Bozak is welcome back, but I expect he will be wanting more than $3M.

I like Carlson and think he is having a great year. He’s already on a cup contender and playing with OV though. I kinda expect him to remain a Cap.

The goalie trade is interesting and you raise some very good points about either trading one or losing one for nothing on waivers. A 2nd round pick is pretty high though, and isles would be doing us a favour taking Martin off our hands. I don’t think a rebuilding team like isles is your go to team to give up a 2nd for a backup goalie and Martin. In fact, we should just give them our third string goalie for doing us a favour and taking Martin.


2.) 27 Mar 2018 01:26:00
No chance Bozak signs for that.


3.) 27 Mar 2018 11:32:55
@LeafsGm

Thanks yeah.

Matthias did play for Babs during the rebuild year (with Parenteau, Winnik, Spaling, etc. ) and was shipped out to Colorado. that's why I suggested him, cause he kinda knows Babcock.

And as for Stempniak, I was thinking him or some other free agent as depth considering we more than likely get rid of Martin and Moore.

And as for the Mac trade, yeah, i do agree witn you. I only suggested the second because NYI has two firsts and two seconds, so I don't think theyd be too opposed. Additionally, they also need a goalie, and CMac has pretty good stats and has a chance to be a solid backup. And with Martin, I think tne Isles are the only team that doesn't view him as negative value, because he played for them before.


@FT4A

I was thinking maybe 3 years/ 9 million total then? It works out to an AAV of 3.0, and with a down year on Bozak, i don't think hell get much more. I see a contract similar to Mason Raymond when he signed in CGY, but a better playee with more consistency in Bozak.


4.) 27 Mar 2018 12:18:19
There is a lot wrong with your column number one you can't get a second for Martin and mcbackup. Those two may get you a goth or goth round pick. Martin can't really play anymore except to be a cop.

Next point is bracco is going to be a NHL player not next season but sometime in 2019-20 he will knock on door tremendous play maker.

I don't know anything about your Grand Rapids defencemen except his stats but bracco setup ability is near mich marner. He is not that good but in same vein.

Leafs leafs don't want 32 year old Bozak back and minimum he will want 3 years at 4.5 million some team will pay that.

Right now next year leafs

Hyman Matthews brown
Marleau kadri marner
Johnson Nylander Kapanan. The skate like the wind line
Leivo Aantonon Grundstrom

Leafs will add 2 UFA forwards to really make this core fantastic.

Reilly they need to fil this with a trade
Dermott zaitsev
Hainsey carrick

Liljegren gets look mid point next season

Number 1 trade chip jake Gardiner need to find piece to add with him to get upgrade right handed man Fault or better.


5.) 27 Mar 2018 13:42:53
I stand corrected on Matthias. He did play half a season under Babs. My bad. I’m still don’t think we want either him or Stempniak back. They might be better than Moore/ Martin, but so are Johnsson, Grundstrom, Kapanan, and Lievo. Let the kids play. They deserve a shot.

I thought your post was very well thought out and I agreed with most of it.


6.) 27 Mar 2018 16:01:17
So they should sign the three kids now even though they don't have to do so yet? Why not ride out their ELCs?


7.) 27 Mar 2018 20:36:36
Because @DBFM it locks them down asap. We need to get em locked down before they start playing even better and demand even more.


@LeafsGM Thanks man. I agree with Leivo over Stempniak for sure, but a guy like Grundy should get the AHL next season since itll be his first fulltime in North America (he was here for a short stint and then left last year)

And @David
Just stop. We can't have a team full of kids that'll never work. Why do you want to trade for a number 1 dman if John Carlson is just sitting there. Gardinee should stay, him being our third best dman would really be damaging to a lot of our opponents, and woukd give us a lot of depth. Bracco is also not a guarrantee, he's very high risk. I'd rather bank on his value now than risk him being a bust in the future. Hronek has a very good chance to be an NHL dman however, maybe just not a 'star'. Bracco might be a star, but that's a huge 'might' and with the amount of forwards we have already, there's no point holding him.


8.) 28 Mar 2018 08:09:52
Too shelf slippers

This is earth here calling to tell you john Carlson doesn't want Toronto CAN You UNDERSTAND WHY

New York New York baby go there and compare where a USA hockey player wants to be or ask Rick Nash.

Party time dude the Chics are hotter there ok r we finally clear.


9.) 28 Mar 2018 11:37:08
Lol David, I don't know why you're asking 'CAN i UNDERSTAND THAT'.

How are you supposed to know where John Carlson is to go? He might wanna come here, and he might not.

Don't be writing long-a** paragraphs with the same nonsense over and over and random weird catchphrases like 'fly-like-the-wind' line or 'new york new york baby go there'

Like what? Lol.


 

 

 

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21 Jul 2018 19:49:06
- just to clear everything up, this was a post on the main page as a satirical post against a winnipeg fan who thought Trouba was worth everything and anything.

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28 Jun 2018 13:46:47
Oh, @GM

I took Duclair as a reclamation project, Hymans looked good, but on a team with depth, playing him in a checking role (Hyman/ Lindholm/ Brown) could really help with team depth. Duclair hasn’t done much right over the past two years, but he could light it up alongside AM, and could possibly even become a trade target for help on d in the future. And he’ll come cheap this summer which is nice too.

As for MVS, he played decently well in the AHL, and helps positionally for us. Gives us more depth on D. He may not crack the team, but he has the potential to be a top6 d, give him a few years if the ‘Detroit slow cook’ method, and he may become a decent offensive #5 dman. Plus, Sparks will probably go considering he has higher value than Pickard or Mac, and we dump 2.5 million which is essential.

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28 Jun 2018 00:46:33
Okay, tons of things wrong there David.

Martin can be ttraded easily, not a problem with our abundance of prospects. Rosen will never make 2 million, and borg won't make 1.5 either. Marner will never make 10 either, he's closer to Pasta money (6.6; possiblily higher, i'd think 7.5).

And you know Pittsburgh won with a dcore of Maatta, Daley, Dumoulin, Hainsey, Schultz, Ruhwedel, Streit? An excellent forward core and a solid goalie can mask a mediocore defense. And if Z bounces back, Dermott/ Liljegren step up, we trade for cheaper guys like Petrovic, and have Rielly, our dcore will be very similar to that of Pittsburghs cup winning core.

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28 May 2018 22:12:28
I've actually posted some stuff, different things, such as Gardiner and some prospects for Savard and Jenner, Gardiner for Murphy, Gardiner for a 1st and warm roster bodies, Gardiner + picks + prospects for Klefbom, etc. And I post on here and on the main page too, so yeah.

And I'm not trying to be rude to you David, but just have some kind of different intuition, cause spitting out the same thing on repeat is kinda useless imo. Like, sure, you've added Bracco, or taken out a 2nd, or added Brown, or subtracted Brown, or added Carrick, or some other filler, but its continually for the same piece, the 10th Overall. Try for something different, maybe see that trading Gardiner for picks could be of little use for the Leafs, considering our shortage of dmen. Trading Gardiner for a RHD, or a shutdown D, that makes sense, and trying that makes sense. But continually spitting out this same idea gets boring and kinda annoying to be frank. Here are a couple of my ideas, albeit, probably not better than yours, but at least for some diversity:

Jake Gardiner, Jeremy Bracco and a 2nd Round Draft Pick (SJS) to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for David Savard and Boone Jenner.

A 2nd Round Draft Pick (SJS), Andrew Nielsen and a 4th Round Draft Pick to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Marco Scandella. (May seem low, but remember, taking Ennis/ Pomminville, both cap dumps, out of the Scandella deal, it was basically Scandella for Foligno) .

Jake Gardiner to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Tyler Myers (more pieces can be added, however, with Toby Enstrom leaving, WPG would probably want a puckmover alongside Byfuglien; both guys have 1 year remaining on their current deals)

A 3rd Round Draft Pick and the rights to Leo Komarov to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Sam Morin (Approaching bust territory, worth a gamble) .

Jake Gardiner and a 1st Round Draft Pick to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Oscar Klefbom and a 3rd Round Draft Pick

See, some variety. Maybe they aren't all good, but its better than the same thing x5000.

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28 May 2018 18:35:54
How many times have you posted this exact same thing? Adding Bracco, subtracting a 2nd, adding a 3rd, subtracting Brown and adding Hyman. please try something different.

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