Which witch is which
Rejoint: nov. 2022
Mentions "j'aime": 28
This starts with offering Mathews an extension.
15 Million / season for 8 yrs.
If he doesn't sign it... trade him.
If he does sign it... you then have to decide "Do we trade Nylander and keep Marner.... or sign Nylander and Trade Marner". For me that's the dilemma.
Personally (and this is based on last three years of play-offs) I keep Nylander. The Leafs had 5 guys who stepped up and brought it for these two play-off rounds - Morgan RIelly, Noel Acciari, Luke Schenn, WIlliam Nylander and David Kampf. You can nit-pick all you want and say "Kampf was useless in such-and-such a game, or Nylander disappeared for a couple of games", but over-all I think they rose to the occasion more often than not.
The guys who under-performed were Holl (just awful), Giordano (too old and slow), Mccabe (too often outclassed), Jarnkrok (That was 11 games of absolutely nothing), Marner (too soft for play-off hockey), Mathews (a complete mystery to me) and Kerfoot (just not a factor).
The reasons for keeping Mathews are simple - he's a superstar who can score 50-60 goals. You can't just toss that aside. But Marner, as skilled as he is... continuosly shows that he is not built for play-off hockey. Other than game two vs Tampa... he was a complete mess. I have said this for 4 years now "All a team has to do is shut-down Marner and you eliminate 50% of Mathews offense." With nobody to make room for Mathews, he becomes useless. He cannot drive play on his own.
If Mathews signs and you extend Nylander (10 million for 8 yrs - which is fair value)... YOU HAVE TO TRADE MARNER!!!
The key to fixing this team is 11.6 million in cap space to use on the type of depth players you need to compete in the play-offs and a NEW COACH!!!
Sheldon Keefe... sorry, I like you and think you're a good coach... but we need another level of coaching.
... and that's a no brainer.
Just to add.... with Marner gone and 11.6 Million in cap space - I would resign David Kampf (priority)... re-sign Noel Acciari (this is a Toronto player!!!!)... re-sign Ryan O'Rielly (if he's willing to sign in the 4-5 Mill range) and bring back LUKE SCHENN!!!