6 jan 2017
Maple Leafs de Toronto
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>MitchDezzy</b></div><div>Every team had that setting. Toronto was playing in their home city. Like Edmonton, there is no excuse for this. None whatsoever. A team that has Matthews, Mather, Tavares, Nylander, Kapenen, Barrie, Muzzin, and Anderson have to win that series. All are better players than what CBJ, ARI, NYI, MTL, VAN, and CGY have.</div></div>
Home city didn't really mean much.. they were still in the same hotel as everyone else. They had to dress in the makeshift rooms and the Raptors rooms like everyone else. Not trying to make excuses or anything but that's what it seems like to me
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>MitchMarnerElite </b></div><div>For me, it’s come to the point in which TOR needs to trade Marner at all costs. If they lose this series again & he plays badly, that’s 4 years in a row in which they can’t get past the first round. I have to think that if they continue to show no progress, the top guys Matthews, Tavares, Rielly & Nylander are gonna want out. So front office needs to be smart & show their support to the top players by addressing the problem that is holding them back: Marner.</div></div>
How is Marner not a top guy?
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>MitchMarnerElite </b></div><div>I agree that skill & talent is extremely important, but skill & talent is useless if the player doesn’t work hard or is hindered by arrogance, which seems to be the case for Marner. Honestly, I don’t think things changing as long as he remains on the team. So why not try & fix the problem by going after someone who has the right mentality to help the team, plus has solid skill too?</div></div>
And what indicates that he isn't a hard worker or is arrogant? He held out because he thought he could get paid, just like Nylander did (and guys like Trouba in the past). As much as that is frustrating for the Leafs and their fans, it's his right to do so and at the end of the day they reached a settlement which left the player and the team happy. I don't know, or quite frankly care, about how "arrogant" or hardworking he is, because he puts up points and helps the team on the ice. His numbers speak for themselves.
And besides, if you think they could find someone with that "mentality," who would that player be?
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>DaveAyersStan</b></div><div>Generous mark with contract negotiations but agree with everything else.</div></div>
The thing is Dubas hasn't overpaid the wrong guys. If he had extended Kapanen for like 5 million or given Barrie a new contract for 7-8 million, as he was reportedly asking, that would be a problem. But Matthews and Marner, the guys he overpaid, are the faces of the franchise and the top-2 scorers on the team. So personally I don't care that he threw a couple million extra away because he threw it at his stars. Besides Dubas and Pridham seem to really know their way around the cap and the CBA so they'll find a way around the flat cap. I think his mark for contract extensions is fair.
I think the other marks are fair too. Barrie hasn't panned out as planned but Dubas can't be blamed for that, he got back decent value for Kadri at the time. Whatever happens on the ice is down to the player and the coaching staff, not the GM. Muzzin trade was brilliant, and getting out of Zaitsev's contract was a huge win. It sucks that they lost a 1st rounder in the Marleau trade but keeping Marner is much more important than what's going to be a mid-to-late 1st.
Drafting should be an A+ too. Don't forget that in addition to the picks he made the last 2 years (Robertson, Sandin, Abruzzese, Abramov) he was also partly responsible for the 2015 draft (as co-interim GM), where they passed on Hanifin in favour of Marner and got Dermott in the 2nd round. And international FA's obviously, Mikheyev and Lehtonen are enough on their own to get him an A+.