12 mai 2017
Maple Leafs de Toronto
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Blackhawks de Chicago
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I think with the Corona issue, the cap will no go beyond $86 million, and the players would have to agree to increase the escrow, which is always a sticking point to cap determination.
Next, if it gets to the draft and Pietrangelo is still not resigned by the Blues, I suspect the Blues will take what they can get for his rights. The fact that you are having the Leafs make such a generous offer to them solely for rights is way way too nice, extremely Canadian of you, and a little ridiculous actually. No way they would ever make that offer, since they would automatically become one of the favourites to sign him, in large part because this is his home town. Let me preface this by saying the Leafs would be among a group of favourites, not necessarily THE ONE AND ONLY favourite. The Leafs will not be offering that package up, since they could sign him for free, though it would likely cost them just under $10 million AAV on a 7 year deal. Maybe something in the ballpark of $9.25 million AAV.
For that too happen, the Leafs would have to trade some wingers, and probably Dermott as well.
Why does everyone want to trade Mitch Marner? Yes, his contract AAV is high, and should have been lower, but he's been about 1.2 pts per game over the last 2 season. He also is one of the few Leaf forwards that kill penalties and does a pretty decent job at it. Yes, he gives up the puck a little more than I'd like, but when the salary cap is $90 million in 2 years, his contract will not nearly as bad as some might view it now. In my opinion, there are 4 wingers ahead of Marner as far as trade bait, and in order that would probably look something like Kapanen, Nylander, Kerfoot and Johnsson. If Nylander is really getting moved this offseason, then I think there is really 1 deal with 1 team that solves basically, or at least potentially, most of the Leafs issues. That team would be the Flyers. I am not sure that the cap numbers work, even with a raised $84 million cap for 2020-21, but the deal would like this:
To Flyers: William Nylander, Kasperi Kapanen, Travis Dermott, Jeremy Bracco
To Toronto: Travis Sanheim, Phillipe Myers, Scott Laughton, Morgan Frost