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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.


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.


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

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.


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.



25 Feb 2018 16:47:18
Plekanec and Kyle Baum to the Leafs in exchange for Kerby Rychel, Rinat Valiev and a 2nd.

I like it. Better 4C than Moore, and Rychel and Valiev are nothing, but could get a shot with a Montreal team that will sell fast.


1.) 25 Feb 2018 16:58:11
Great trade leafs 2 second round pics so they lose one. Rachel and values not in leafs plans going forward. Fantastic trade.

2.) 25 Feb 2018 17:45:08
That's two players that the Jets were trying to get. Now that the Leafs have signed Plekanec, it would behoove them to move out a centre of there own.

James Van Riemsdyk (LW)
Dominic Moore (C)
* Maybe Leafs retain some of JVR's money to sweeten the deal.

4th Round Draft Pick, 2018
1st Round Draft Pick, 2019

P. S. Thank you, Kelly Hrudey for stating the obvious by calling out JVR's lack of backchecking during Saturday HNC game against Boston. This is the rubbish that annoys me about his game. Sure he gets a lot of tap-in goals, but the guy doesn't even use his size to drive hard to the net like smaller guys on the team do (i. e. Hyman, Kapanen) .

3.) 25 Feb 2018 18:16:26

Agreed on JVR

Johnson has speed and will go to net

Leafs are not done more things will shake out in next 24 hours

The haul for JVR is a first a second plus. Look what New York got for Nash.

4.) 25 Feb 2018 18:25:58
The leafs aren't going to trade JVR for just picks and prospects. If they do that, they'll use those assets to acquire a defencemen. They're contending this year, they're going for it.

5.) 25 Feb 2018 18:55:10
The Jets won't give up a first for JVR. They don't need him at all.

6.) 25 Feb 2018 18:36:54
IMO a rental player Trade becomes good if Leafs sign Plekanec to a contract. He is ufa and can return to Montreal in 2018/ 2019 season.

Just don’t like giving up that 2nd in such a deep draft if he bolts.

7.) 25 Feb 2018 19:23:43
Jvr gone and Johnson in you don't lose much. Jvr won't play two way game.

8.) 25 Feb 2018 20:55:53
Mackin you’re an idiot we lose one our top point getters and the only reason the leafs have been so effective is because the leafs are three lines deep the only way the leafs move jvr is if we get a top dman or replacement forward that put up around the same numbers as him picks aren’t enough if you think by adding more rookies to the lineup will help your fooling yourself why take one step forward and two steps back.

9.) 25 Feb 2018 23:17:48
Andres Johnson

Speed will go to net, try him get assets for JVR

Johnson is youngest AHL player with most points.

10.) 26 Feb 2018 01:29:55
Give it up with Johnson leafs are not going to throw a player with no nhl experience in the lineup for the playoffs doesn’t matter if he goes to the net he’s had a good season in the ahl but the ahl and the nhl are a big difference leafs add no more forwards and maybe try and add something in the backend just because Boston’s gm is retarded doesn’t mean every other gm is give your head a shake.

11.) 26 Feb 2018 02:29:07
Andreas Johnson has never played an NHL game. Expecting him to take over for JVR when the Leafs are set to attempt a deep playoff run is unrealistic. I can’t see Johnson even getting a chance with the Leafs this year, despite leading the Marlies in scoring. Johnson is a good player who might one day become an NHL regular, but he’s far from taking over for JVR.

12.) 26 Feb 2018 02:43:32
With the Leafs being a borderline elite team right now, I don't see them moving JvR without getting an RHD back, and then making a move to bring in a JvR replacement. That seems like a lot to ask for. Johnsson has definitely looked good in the minors, but I don't see the Leafs calling him up and immediately slotting him into a key role for a playoff run.

Johnsson should make the team out of camp next year, and may get a call up for injury insurance during the playoff run, but he's better off staying in the minors this year and trying to win a title of his own with the Marlies.

13.) 26 Feb 2018 13:52:26
Also everyone is writing the leafs off in the playoffs they have as good as of a chance of making it deep in the playoffs they can beat Tampa they can beat Boston so to move jvr for picks that really
Hurts our lineup.



25 Feb 2018 15:59:59
With the return Rick Nash got, I had a crazy three team trade idea:

Toronto Trades:
(LW) James van Riemsdyk (50% Retained)
(LW) Yegor Korshkov
2018 2nd Round Pick

Florida Trades:
(C) Jared McCann
(RW) Jayce Hawryluk
(LW) Jamie McGinn
2018 1st Round Pick

New York Trades:
(D) Ryan McDonagh
(C) David Desharnais
2018 3rd Round Pick


Toronto Acquires:
(D) Ryan McDonagh

Florida Acquires:
(LW) James van Riemsdyk (50% Retained)
(C) David Desharnais
2018 3rd Round Pick

New York Acquires:
(LW) Yegor Korshkov
(C) Jared McCann
(RW) Jayce Hawyrluk
(LW) Jamie McGinn
2018 1st Round Pick
2018 2nd Round Pick

Basically, its like JVR goes to Florida for all that (similar return to what Nash got tbh, McCann Lindgren and Boston 1st, but JVR > Nash imo.

Then Toronto flips all of that, plus the 2nd and Korshkov to New York for McDonagh. And I think that's a very good haul for McDonagh tbh. Three prospects and two picks in the first two rounds.

Believe me. I never in WILDEST dreams thought this would be possible. Seriously, I thought JVR would be worth like a 1st+ a little bit at the deadline. But holy smokes, does the Nash deal change everything. We can agree that JVR is a better player than Nash, and therefore his return should be a bit better. Its just that Toronto needs none of the prospects, so they all get thrown onto NY for something they need - a dman.

Still tho, I think that Toronto wins this deal. Maybe some more from them? Idk.




24 Feb 2018 13:24:36
With the extensive Brassard trade that just happened, I certainly wouldn't be surprised if Ottawa flips Ian Cole as soon as possible:

Ian Cole and Max McCormick and a conditional 2018 5th Round Draft Pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Frederik Gauthier and Garrett Sparks and a 2018 2nd Round Draft Pick (lower of SJ/ TOR) .

Condition: If Cole doesn't resign in Toronto, the pick is awarded.

- Toronto gets a rugged dman for the playoffs, to ease pressure of off guys like Nikita Zaitsev and Ron Hainsey. They also get a guy that will help the farm team more than Gauthier would, but also is less likely to become an NHLer regularly.

- Ottawa gets a guy who will be nothing more than a 4C at any level, but imo, he has a better chance to be a long term NHLer than McCormick. Garrett Spaeks can be sent to the AHL, and he'd be a capable goalie if the Sens need one - if they trade Condon/ Anderson. And I heard from twitter that Condon may be bought out, so Sparks is his replacement. And they get a 2nd. Which is always nice.




01 Feb 2018 18:42:34
Nick Holden and Daniel Cantenacci to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Nikita Soshnikov, Roman Polak and a 3rd Round Draft Pick.

New York might sell, so they get a 3rd to kick that off. Plus, Sosh can fill in if they decide to deal away Grabner, Nash, Zucc, etc.

Toronto upgrades their defence. And trims away two players on the main roster who were bubble players.


1.) 01 Feb 2018 19:05:42
Can we swap the pick for a body and have NY add a pick in return? I’d love to kill a contract spot. Still, a solid deal. Nicely done.

2.) 01 Feb 2018 23:35:42
Holden is 30, LHD (who can play RH), and not too expensive UFA in the summer.

On the other hand, we already have Hainsey for 2 years that will do the same. We also have Dermott making a run to stay and a host of NHL ready LHD's.

Catenacci has not done well, at any level offensively for a 24 yr, small lightweight player. He's not likely NHL bound.

I think we can get something we need more, elsewhere.




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21 Apr 2018 15:10:27
Best player on the team thus far is KApanen? Are you drunk? Have you not seen Marner or Hyman or Marleau?

And Polaks sh*t bricks this playoffs, Riellys been better than him, hell even GArdiner has.




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21 Apr 2018 15:09:03
What the, what the what.




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21 Apr 2018 15:08:34
I like it. I could see Gardiner being flipped straight across for Tanev since Gardiner is coming off of a career high in points.

Then, signing Carlson is another good move. That dcore looks very potent, and can be made if we aleviate the cap taken by JVR, Bozak and Leo.

One issue I have (not with your post, but in general, if we decide to let Bozak walk) is 3C. Miro Aaltonen, imo, is not ready, and Willys better on the wing. My idea is to add a guy like Calle Jarnrok for a 2nd Round Pick and a prospect like Andrew Nielsen, as Nashville has centre depth of Johansen/ Turris/ Bonino/ Sissons, and Jarnkrok is wasted on the fourth line.

Still, i like your ideas.




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19 Apr 2018 02:13:42
Buddy. Buddy. Did you see Toronro in game 3? Were fine. Add a dman like Tanev for a 1st maybe, or sign a guy like Carlson, or wait it out for Doughty. We don't win games on physicality or truculence. We played stupid and slow in games 1 and 2, that's why we lost. NOT because of ‘size’ or ‘physicality’.

No need to throw away three of our roster players. I domt care what were getting back, we drafted willy, mitch and auston and we are trying to build with them and NOT TRADE THEM TO GET EVANDER KANE or something like that. No need. Zero. Zilch. Compliment them with minor pieces, maybe physicality on the fourth line, but focus on drafting centres or trading picks for upgrades on defensive dmen like Tanev.




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16 Apr 2018 20:50:25

I kinda believe it is. that's four pieces of the rebuild (Brown, Rielly, Nylander, Zaitsev) and a 1st that are gone. Now, do I think that every one of Nylander, Rielly, Gardiner, Carrick, Zaitsev, Brown, Grundstrom, Hyman and Marner are going to be Leafs for life? Of course not. But to give up on three of them after their second year, and Rielly just as he is turning into a stud on defence seems abrupt, rash and flat out rushed for no reason.

I am for one not under the impression that we are 'rebuilding'. However, you see many other championship teams, they build their team up and don't just trade for pieces asap. That's what ruined the Leafs before, and I sure don't want it to happen again. Trading for guys like Stempniak, or Raycroft, or this guy or that guy, signing guys like Komiserak or Finger, or Robidas or Clarkson, drafting guys like Biggs, or Percy, or Schenn. It was all stemmed from this idea to 'get better and stronger as soon as possible', and it never works.

maybe this management could pull it off better than ferguson, or burke, or nonis. but i'd rather play it safe than risk another 5-10 years of being mediocre.





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