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21 Sep 2020 17:02:37
There is only one way Toronto can land petro and that is through signing bonuses if they can keep the cap hit low it maybe possible believe it or not the big four most of there deals are already half paid in actual money I think the leafs being the richest team allows them to do a lot more than any team in the league

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21 Sep 2020 22:55:40
Its a great enticement giving bonus money out to sign a UFA but at the end of the day its still a cap hit of between $8.5 and $10 mil per for 7 years. This will put the Leafs in cap problems until it goes up in 3/ 4 years. To make this doable the Leafs will have to trade one of their expensive top 4 and finding a trading partner that will take on that cap hit will be harder then the Leafs and their fans believe. They won't get a return they would want or deserve.

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21 Sep 2020 23:43:03
You might be right, I heard Pietro is quite a business savvy guy. If they give him that money up front, float the idea of 16 million this year for him to **** around on the stock market with. That could be enough for him to look at this as a way to start any sort of business venture he may have in mind.

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22 Sep 2020 01:13:25
Can someone explain how signing bonuses work
Ie how they count against the cap
Thought the value of the contract is just divided by the number of years of contract
One could pay 30 million in signing bonus on a 40 million 7 year deal but the aav is still 40/ 7
Contract is more attractive if you need to trade it as cash is mostly paid out but cap hit is what it is.

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20 Sep 2020 04:34:16
These are the hits stats for Dallas and Tampa players. It’s unbelievable how much these guys have been pounding the body. Islanders names were all over the top of the list as well. I even included a couple ex-Leafs. Martin is leading right now with 105 hits in the playoffs.

Martin 105
Komorov 79


Oleksiak 90 (DALLAS )
Coleman 89 (TMP)
Paquette 85 (TMP)
Comeau 82 (DAL)
Goodrow 67 (TMP)
Cirelli 67 (TMP)
Benn 67 (DAL)
Gurianov 67 (DAL)
Dickinson 63 (DAL)
Lindell 60 (DAL)
Cernak 49 (TMP)
Maroon 47 (TMP)
Sergachev 46 (TMP)
Klingberg 45 (DAL)

I really hope Dubas is paying attention. This is what it takes to win. It’s not a coincidence that Tampa took note of their shortcomings last year and went out and got Coleman and Goodrow and those guys have over 150 hits combined so far. Dallas’ Captain has almost 70 hits and is leading the team in scoring. Does anyone seriously think Tavares is capable of 70 hits in 20 games?

Leafs are not built like Tampa. Other than the fact both teams score a lot of goals, the comparison ends there. One is a perennial cup contender. The other can’t get past the first round. When they actually make the playoffs, that is.

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20 Sep 2020 16:36:55
How could Toronto afford to pay Komorov 3mill and mat Martin 2.5 to play on the 4th line?

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20 Sep 2020 17:18:52
Well said Hockeyluvr.

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20 Sep 2020 22:06:11
By not paying MNMT so much money would have been a good start Apsley.

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20 Sep 2020 22:20:59
Dubas not over paying the big 4.

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20 Sep 2020 23:10:33
We'll put. Have been thinking same thing. I noticed from the start that this lightning team was different. They are modeled like the leafs but they added some warriors.

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21 Sep 2020 14:10:37
I think either way the league is going to switch to having more gritty grinders my worry is if Dubas will swallow his pride and make the changes or stick to his plan.

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21 Sep 2020 18:36:20
League has always had gritty grinders. NHL in general just doesn't have Colton Orr's and tie Domi anymore. More guys like Wilson that fit in. Score 20 but also fight.

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21 Sep 2020 19:33:28
Oh I know but I’m saying teams are going to move to having more than 1-3 of them on a team more in less have your bottom six full of hard working guys that play like a holes.

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20 Sep 2020 03:34:32
New lines
Hyman,Mathews,marner
Mikheyev,Tavares,nylander, Simmonds,Koivu,Robertson,
Maroon,spezza,engvall
New top 7
Rielly,Pietrangelo,
muzzin,SHATTENKIRK,
sandin,Lehtonen,liljegren

Trade holl,Johnson,kerfoot for picks/prospects let Barrie,ceci,Clifford walk if you add in the kappanen trade that frees up over 19 mill sign Pietrangelo 7x8.5, SHATTENKIRK 3x3.5,Simmonds 2x2.6,koivu1×1.5,maroon 3x1.25 and resign Mikheyev to a 2 year bridge 2x2

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20 Sep 2020 03:17:03
Brodie’s new deal is back loaded. Actually, more accurately, it’s humped, with the most money being paid in years 3&4. Apparently this is because of lower revenues coming in the next couple years, and the fact that player could be facing big losses themselves with as much as half their salaries being clawed back the next two years.

If that’s the case, we might see some really interesting contracts coming out soon.

One caveat: his last deal was structured much the same way, so maybe Brodie sees an advantage in it for himself personally.

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21 Sep 2020 23:44:51
Did brodie extend?

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20 Sep 2020 00:44:51
So next year Leafs start the season with: a rookie head coach, a rookie assistant coach, a rookie video coach, at least three rookie defensemen and one second year defenseman, and at least two rookie forwards plus Mikheyev (who technically didn’t play enough games that he can still be considered a rookie too) .

I thought the rebuild was over?

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18 Sep 2020 17:30:54
Would you guys take Mikko Koviu for one year at league minimum or more and play in the third or fourth line for Toronto

Yes or no.

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18 Sep 2020 20:12:51
No even when he was at his best he wasn’t that good he doesn’t add anything to the leafs.

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18 Sep 2020 23:44:28
At league minimum it's whatever.

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20 Sep 2020 03:52:05
No. He’s not what we need.

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18 Sep 2020 15:13:33
In my old account I always used to talk about how the leafs should acquire Robin Lehner. But now since he will be signing in Vegas, the goalies Toronto should look at are Fleury, Kuemper, Markstrom, Holtby. I don’t want Murray. I want someone that is consistent and will be the best goalie out there every night. Not saying Andersen isn’t good but he’s not up there with these goalies because every single one of these goalies haven’t won a cup or have had better seasons the Andersen and I’m ready to see who Toronto will get to replace Andersen in net next season.

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18 Sep 2020 17:01:53
3 of the those 4 guys are on the wrong side of 30.

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18 Sep 2020 19:35:24
Markstrom is the goalie of everyone's dreams right now. Would love to have him. Issue I'm seeing with every available goalie is age and contract. Those guys you mentioned are not younger than Freddy and most will want same amount of money. Why sign any of them?

I know, everyone will suggest a short term contract. After 30 players want as long as possible though because they know this is the last chance they will get. I don't see it happening.

Dubas seems to me like if he ships out Freddy it's because Soup is the new starter or part of a tandem. No other reason.

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18 Sep 2020 20:19:58
I agree LL leafs can’t overpay for an aging goalie so they either keep Freddie and give Scott or Woll another year or move Freddie and target a younger goalie.

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20 Sep 2020 03:58:52
At this point, it is obvious to me that it doesn’t matter who we have in net. All we need is an adequate enough goalie that can stop one of every ten pucks, and that would be better than what we had with Andersen last year. Last year was a bad year for Andersen, and it very easily could have been an anomaly, but it revealed something of note: even with such a bad showing from Andersen and Hutchinson, Leafs still we’re in a playoff position when the season was cancelled 70 games played. In other words, they did pretty good despite the bad goaltending. So realistically, Leafs can throw any nhl level goalie in net and expect the same results. You don’t get much worse than what Andersen/ Hutchinson were last year. So you can only go up from here. Trade Andersen, make Campbell the 1a, and slide any cheap free agent goalie in as the 1b. We can’t do any worse.

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18 Sep 2020 14:05:13
What's everyone's thought on the new assistant coach know him as a player but not much as a coach was hoping for more of old school for an assistant

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20 Sep 2020 00:56:45
Was hoping for someone with a little more experience. I’m not sure who, but someone that actually has worked the bench before would have been a good idea. It’s great Malhotra is good at player development. But that doesn’t have a lot to do with player deployment.

I think it was a real let down knowing that’s Boudreau was willing to sign on and was rejected. More than likely the fact he wanted to go back to head coaching had something to do with it. He’s a good coach and well liked in the league. It won’t take long for him to find another job soon. Leafs probably wanted to find someone that was going to want to be there long term so they didn’t have to scramble mid-season to find a replacement if Boudreau left.

Only time will tell if Malhotra was the right choice. I will admit that it is unnerving that we now have a rookie assistant coach to go along with our rookie head coach. If the players tuned out Babcock and his staff, how long will they listen to a couple guys with no experience? It already looked like they were starting to regress again the last third of the season after the initial pop that usually follows a coaching change.

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