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10 Oct 2020 19:00:57
Leafs trade
Andreas Johnsson, Justin Holl

Wings trade
Luke Glendenning, Calvin Pickard, 4th round pick

While the Wings may not be looking to move draft picks, they already have 6 picks in the first 3 rounds next year. Their roster, quite frankly, is putrid. They need to bring in some players who will at least help them be competitive out of respect for their fanbase. Johnsson immediately slots into their middle 6 and Holl likely takes their 2RD spot - which becomes their stronger side with Stetcher and Hronek as well.

The Leafs lose on this trade, but they gain 3.6M in much-needed cap space. The Wings have 20M in cap space for this very reason.

Glendenning, along with Simmonds, make the Leafs bottom-six harder to play against, and Pickard offers much-needed injury insurance at the goalie position.



Andersen, Campbell


1.) 10 Oct 2020 19:54:08
Solid trade

Can’t see anything unrealistic or wrong with this one

Well done.

2.) 10 Oct 2020 20:13:36
I would do this only if Detroit retain half his salary and drop pickard we don't need him.

3.) 10 Oct 2020 21:03:46
Trade Dermott and sign hamonic to play with muzzin for 4 mill AAv.

4.) 10 Oct 2020 21:49:23
@hockey91 I was debating going Helm at half salary over Glendenning, but Glendenning only makes 1.9M so it basically cancels out - except Glendenning is a rental and Holl would have another year. But I agree, half retained would be even better

@Leafsguy handedness aside, Dermott is younger, will be cheaper short term and has more upside - I would actually prefer Dermott.



13 Sep 2020 04:09:09
Leafs trade
Alex Kerfoot, Freddy Andersen, Yegor Korshkov

Hurricanes trade
Brett Pesce, Petr Mrazek, 4th round pick

Leafs sign
Joe Thornton, 1.5M
Jason Spezza, 700k



1.) 13 Sep 2020 06:13:47
As much as I'm tired of the pesce trades this seems like a fair one. Both sides get what they want. Wouldn't be surprised if it was Reimer coming back not mrazek but it's a small difference really.

2.) 13 Sep 2020 07:55:13
Sorry, accidentally hit send before finishing my lineups



Mrazek/ Campbell in a tandem

The only issue I see with adding to the blueline is that it still keeps Sandin/ Liljegren out of the lineup, which bums me out.

3.) 13 Sep 2020 16:30:29
So you have Nylander, a 7 million dollar player who scored 31 goals last year, on the third forward line? That makes absolutely 0 sense. Also not sure Carolina needs to add to Pesce in that trade

Robertson-Jumbo Joe-Mikheyev.

4.) 14 Sep 2020 17:41:59
Yeah I was trying to put together a top line, a shut down line and a scoring third line like what they had when Matthews-Kadri-Bozak were the centres. Willy simply doesn't fit on the shutdown line, and I wanted to give Marner two high quality shooters on the top line.

Also given Kapanen's departure, I feel like Hyman has a good shot at playing RW this season and would be a great fit next to Tavares in a shutdown role.

Even in a shutdown role, Tavares and co. will put up points (not to mention JT on the powerplay) so Johnsson-Thornton-Nylander would be in prime position to be productive against softer matchups. And with how little Keefe plays the 4th line, a combination like this would simply enable Keefe to roll three lines more evenly.

Regardless, Keefe leaves the line blender plugged in and ready to use at all times, so I'm sure we're going to see a whole bunch of crazy things this coming season.

5.) 14 Sep 2020 17:44:08
Woops I mixed up Johnsson and Mikheyev- doesn't matter really though, the point is JT-Hyman as a shutdown "pair" and Thornton-Nylander as a depth scoring "pair".



03 Sep 2020 05:26:35
Leafs Trade
Freddy Andersen, Alex Kerfoot, Timothy Liljegren, 2020 2nd round pick

Wild Trade
Devan Dubnyk, Eric Staal, Matt Dumba

Leafs sign Bruce Boudreau to run the D and PK, let Haskol go and hire someone knew to run the PP (I can't say that I have any idea who that would be)

The Wild shed some salary and get some pieces for an extremely necessary rebuild.

Dubnyk and Freddy both had a down year and are rentals. Dubnyk is a few years older than Freddy, so the Wild could end up keeping Freddy if he performs well, and Dubnyk can hold the fort for a year while helping Campbell transition into a more prominent role.

The Leafs get that RHD thy've been looking for and a legitimate 3C, even if he is just a rental.





1.) 03 Sep 2020 12:06:46
Thats a terrible trade and value for the Leafs.

2.) 03 Sep 2020 12:56:14
Dubnyk is done the guy is 34 adding Staal makes little sense too only value coming back is Dumba and I’m not sure he would be a player the leafs would need.

3.) 03 Sep 2020 15:59:51
To me, Dubnyk for Freddy is pretty even value - both coming off bad seasons, both have had their moments of greatness in the past, both will be UFAs after next season. "Straight-up hockey trade. "

Staal is a huge upgrade at 3C over Kerfoot and could easily step into the 2C role following some loaded up lines. Kerfoot has 3 years left vs. 1 year of Staal, so that's a loss but its a huge upgrade to the third line's ability to drive play and score.

And then you're left with Liljegren and a 2nd for Dumba, which is less than the Leafs got for Kapanen.

Breaking it down, this trade seems to check a lot of boxes on the Leafs to do list - change up the goaltending, add a top-4 RD, improve the depth at C, improve bottom 6 scoring.



30 Aug 2020 17:51:35
Leafs trade
3rd round pick, Nic Petan

Stars trade
Stephen Johns

Dallas gets a mid round pick and a passable bottom six forward for Johns, who at best would be playing their third pair this upcoming year behind Heiskanen and Klingberg and is a pending UFA. The reduced cap hit helps their roster and this gives Fedun an opportunity to lock down a spot.

Leafs gain a rental defenseman who's defensively responsible and fairly mobile who can compete for a top 4 RD spot.



1.) 30 Aug 2020 22:10:14
My guess is Johns would rather retire a Star than go anywhere else to play.

2.) 31 Aug 2020 02:41:30
Johns is only 28 years old and doesn't have an NTC.

3.) 31 Aug 2020 06:00:53
Get er done. might not even take higher than a 5th if you give them malgin instead of petan. either way I've wanted leafs to get johns since my debut on this sight 2 years ago.

4.) 31 Aug 2020 06:08:01
John's ends up on our LTIR before November and we gain some more cap relief for mid-season team adjustments.

5.) 31 Aug 2020 06:13:25
If this is all it takes then let's do it. Nothing big but a good prop.



26 Aug 2020 07:05:52
Leafs trade Jeremy Bracco, 6th rd pick

Islanders trade Josh Ho-Sang, 7th rd pick

Both players were highly touted prospects/ draft picks who are trending down and could use the change of scenery.

Bracco has no value, Ho-Sang has no value. The draft picks even it up, as Ho-Sang's zero value is still a little higher than Bracco's zero value.

Added bonus, Bracco is from New York and Ho-Sang is from Toronto.


1.) 26 Aug 2020 07:11:50
Does hockeyluvr approve?

2.) 26 Aug 2020 07:31:15
Does RussianColt approve?

3.) 26 Aug 2020 07:39:10
Really minor trade but should work for both teams. Best we can hope for for Bracco so I like it.

4.) 26 Aug 2020 09:11:33
I will approve if hockey luv does not.

5.) 26 Aug 2020 11:15:18
I'm flattered my opinion means so much to you Dolt. Since it's so important, my answer is, meh. I'm indifferent to it, though I would tend towards no. The reason why? Simple. Neither player has any value. Their chances of making the NHL are smaller than the chance of even a 7th round pick making the NHL now. So why downgrade our pick for a player we don't want or need?

That's just my opinion though. You are more than welcome to your own. And I encourage you to form your own opinion regardless of what my (probably wrong) opinion may be.

6.) 26 Aug 2020 11:58:45
Honestly I could care less. Was bored.

7.) 26 Aug 2020 12:27:38
You must get bored a lot.

8.) 26 Aug 2020 14:31:21
I feel like Ho-Sang has a lot of untapped potential. He's just a major character risk with his lack of work ethic and sort of garbage attitude.

He's really the opposite of the sorts of players Dubas targets - Dubas is always talking about work ethic and character. But Ho-Sang could do well in a locker room filled with young, energetic superstars but led by hardworking, high character guys like JT, Muz, Reilly and Hyman.

I thought Bracco might be a fit with NYI since they don't have a lot of pure skill guys. If he made the team he could be a realy boost to their second PP unit and depth scoring if sheltered on an experienced lower line.

9.) 26 Aug 2020 14:36:26
Definitely. Why not? He could bounce back so could bracco, I mean they play professional hockey.
They had good years. Under new system and new team and hometown they may just be inspired to do better. Not a bad idea imo. Misewell let them have one more chance.




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12 Nov 2020 19:28:38
@LeafsLife I would put Barabanov's chances ahead of Engvalls too. I think Robertson is the real wildcard since the AHL isn't an option. And with no forwards in the pressbox due to salary constraints, they would have to go 11-7 just to give him a night off. Makes for a really hard choice since the OHL would probably be a waste of time for him.




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12 Nov 2020 01:13:53
@LeafsLife I both agree and disagree. Teemu Kivihalme signed last year and played the whole year in the AHL, and then resigned. Miro Aaltonen before that also never made the Leafs roster.

I don't believe that Barabanov is the calibre of European prospect where he's guaranteed a roster spot. Outside of a solid 2018/ 2019 season, he's been a less-than-half PPG player in the KHL. Maybe he will simply return to the KHL, but who knows - maybe like Rosen, Borgman and Kivihalme, he just wants to come play in North America.




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11 Nov 2020 20:00:00
Engvall probably doesn't make the roster anyway.

Cap constraints and defensive depth will likely leave the team with a 21 man roster and 7 defensemen, meaning they will likely only have 12 forwards.

Jimmy Vesey should probably make the team, and Robertson is too young to play in the AHL; it's NHL or OHL for him and I'd be willing to bet that he makes the opening day roster. So swap Barabanov/ Engvall for Vesey and Robertson.

Engvall and Barabanov are also waiver exempt, and Vesey would be an attractive waiver claim due to his low cap hit so barring a training camp collapse on his part or an extremely impressive showing by somebody else, Vesey probably makes the team.




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24 Oct 2020 22:52:41
It was so foolish, it was so obvious Marner wasnt going to hold out. Marner even admitted after signing that he was unwilling to miss any training camp. He could have been signed for 8M long term easy.




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22 Oct 2020 18:06:58
100% true Chickenfoot, that contract is an albatross. There would have to be a lot of salary coming back, and frankly it would either be one player on an equally bad contract OR two 5M ish contracts with one being a salary dump.

Many teams are operating 10+M under the cap right now, and the really good teams around the league have their core in place. Moving Marner for a fair return seems extremely unlikely over the next couple years.

This is the team's core, this is the cap situation. It's all on Dubas to make the right moves to create an effective roster of peripheral players around the core and ice a championship team.





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