7 août 2018
Maple Leafs de Toronto
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Well thought out, but my two cents on your defense alone:
Girodano chose where to go when he had a NTC and as a TDL piece for 20+ games. As a UFA, he won;t take a 750k 1 yr deal.
Lyubushkin is a UFA, is in demand as a RD, and will get more than the 1.6 he makes now, its laughable to think he signs for just 1mil.
See above for Miller, he doesn;t sign for 1mil. (Not to mention, you cant even dress him in the lineup above at 1mil)
without going through each one, I'll move on....
Sandin and Liljegren will not take 2 yr bridge deals, (in your explanation, you say this takes them to Muzzin and Brodie expire, but it also takes them to Nylander and Matthews, and past Bunting and Ho-Sang. And dont forget the last 2 guys who took "bridge" or under market deals, Ajohnsson and Kapanen, and promptly got moved). Its also a moving commodity for the team, theres no way the Leafs dont make other deals in that 2 yr time frame on defense, they'll want some sort of commitment from the team and wouldnt be waivers exempt.
And a team so close to contending like the Leafs, shouldn;t be looking at goal for cost savings. (And dont get me started on the Mrazek suddenly is a reliable number 1 goalkeeper: DET, PHI and TOR found him an unreliable backup). With that team defense, goal tending is the one position that shouldn;t be a risk on a goalie finding his game, not to mention Kalgren didn;t look that great after his first few magical games.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Ledge_And_Dairy</b></div><div>I mean Ill gladly pay Monahan + Dube/Valimaki + a 1st as a base for him. Coots is a fantastic player that was hurt this year. simple as that</div></div>
You're right on Couts, he is a 65+ pt Selke player with size, although his contract is hefty and long, he is worth it. And the price above is weak.
Well that sounds awesome, I dont think 6.3mil Monahan works for PHI though. IMO, if they are moving Couts, its for some cap space and a solid two way, top 9 player, (Monahan doesn;t offer enough of either, although I think he is a solid top 9 guy.)
If CGY could move Monahan, I think PHI looks hard at some kind of Dube and a 1st deal (LD is not an issue with Provorov, Sanheim, York, Zamula and prospects in PHI, so Valimaki doesn;t help). If Zadorov or Gudbranson were under contract, they'd fit the bill. If it were Monahan with 2mil retained, Dube and a 1st its closer.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Buffalove</b></div><div>I think it’s gonna be tough for u guys to get rid of Mrazek
It’ll probably cost more than you’d wanna pay, so u could be stuck with him
Is a buyout an option that might make sense?</div></div>
Buyout an option, but ideally its all about the entire cap space (3.8mil) and getting a solid 2 way reclaimation project who could play 3rd line in this proposal.
Mrazek as a backup (with his history of injuries, hes let down 3 teams: PHI, DET, TOR) can be really good when healthy, but hes overpaid by about 1.5-2mil.
BUF has the cap, but doesn;t really need prospects (and TOR cant afford to move any), and could use a solid (if healthy) veteran goalie to aid the youngster, but ultimately I think in a perfect world, some team with cap space would take Mrazek and a 2nd and 4th for futures, (but alas TOR has no 2nds).
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Ledge_And_Dairy</b></div><div>Thats it for Couts?</div></div>
I think I'm swayed a bit by public (MTL fans) opinion. Coots has been healthy, productive and a great two way 2C until this year. But his contract size and length is scary. IMO, Montreal with Suzuki, Couts and Wright down middle would be awesome, with Wright in time taking the 2C position as he develops. To me, its really solid for MTL, but opens up some options for PHI as well
But for PHI, moving Coots affords a short term solution at 1C, (under 6.25mil), while solidfying the center position by having Hayes, Frost, Dvorak, Laughton able to take 2C-4C.
I think theyve already doubled and tripled down on this top heavy talent/cap structure.
Alot worked this year, but the results are the same as evey other year. The team is inconsistent, mentally weak which cant be addressed by them just "getting over it".
Even moving poor return commodities like mrazek and holl, doesn;t create cap space to develop a team. The 3 rfas of liljegren, sandin and engvall are signable, if holl and one of kerfoot or holl are moved, but mikeheyev is gone, kase is gone (and probably should be because hes a poor investment, injury concern moving forward). But it leaves only room for a re-sign of campbell and not space to really improve the team, and I rweally believe the team cant cheap out on the goaltending position or continue to bargain hunt with mixed results for team depth.
Only robertson appears NHL ready to play a key role, but there needs to be continued development of sandin and liljegren, muzzin probably needs to go, and hopefully an abruezze or kral can fill a 4th line or 7th role. Lyub and Giordano will come relatively cheap but probably a little out of the team price range without moving muzzin, maybe one of them could be brought back. Moving the cheapest of the big 4 forwards probably isn;t the answer either, but with he and Matthews having just 2 yrs left, not a lot of picks, amirov's issues, the ability to find cheap internal KEY players are all probelms moving forward.
Tough position, but I cant see them blowing it up, but it would require an extra 4 picks or 10mil in cap space to address the talent/cap imbalance.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>csick</b></div><div>I love Savoie, he can play both C and RW. Jiricek is nice too, I don’t think you can go wrong with either tbh</div></div>
To be fair, when you look at organizational depth, we are really good at forward and defense and goaltending, but really it comes down to the limited exposure of York, Zamula, Attard, Cates, Frost, Brink, Tippett and whether some of them are ready and can play top 6/top 4. We look good in depth prospects like Wisdom, o'brien, Allison, Ratcliffe, Hogberg types that can fill bottom 6/5-7th dman.
The team lacks speed, physicality and needs some top end talent. I think they have it, just need the right vets to assist them along so that they can develop. Thats why I went with Debrusk, cernak, burakovsky and the youngsters above, but really the organizatrion isn;t in bad shape, if 3 of those youngsters can contribute.