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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>BallPuckFellow10</b></div><div>Firstly, I have to say that the way you constructed your response is exemplary. An extremely great read with some very valid points that you backed up nicely with facts. I can't really dispute much you said as it all makes sense, but I have some things I want to discuss.

I have to say that your point regarding bridging Marner makes sense the more I think about it. If his contract expired next summer, he would be paid the exact same amount as he is paid now, So for these 3 years if he was bridged around $7.5-$8M, we would have had some extra cap space to play with. I really didn't think about it that way before you mentioned it.

Secondly, I do disagree with your opinion on the contract putting too much pressure on Marner. Since his draft year, Marner has not been anything other than a stud. He even had an excellent rookie campaign in the OHL almost hitting a ppg while actually doing it in the playoffs for the London Knights, a team that is known for making their young talent have to work and earn that spot in the top six. He did it in his rookies year with players 4 years older than him. His draft year he was the best player on the team when there still was players 3 years older than him. Max Domi who was picked 12th overall in the draft 2 years earlier, was outshone by Marner. We don't even have to talk about the season after his draft year, the numbers a pure comedy, especially in the playoffs. He already had all that pressure built on him when entering the league and still managed to produce an excellent rookie season in the NHL (61 points in 77 games). He survived that kind of pressure, in addition to having Mike Babcock as a coach who at stretches played Mitch on the 4th line. He showed to me at least that he wasn't the kind of player that gets fazed when the pressure builds up. I think he has proven since then that he can handle pressure very well. Somebody has to be the highest paid player on their position, why can't it be Mitch, from a psychological perspective?

While playing him 25 minutes a game in the playoffs is a little bit ridiculous, I don't think Keefe was wrong in riding him and Matthews. They are our two best players without question, and I want them on the ice as much as possible, especially in the playoffs. What I would question is why Nylander is playing more than 7 minutes less, the difference between the two isn't 7 minutes a game different. I didn't view it as Keefe saying ''you wanted that contract, now deliver.'' In my view, it was more of a ''please, bail me out here, I don't know what to do.'' I do like Keefe as a HC, but he couldn't really adapt to JT going down, in a series we were up 3-1 in without him. I don't think Mitch has got too much too soon, I think that is the media narrative around him. From what I have read and seen, he seems like a very humble young man that works extremely hard to improve at a sport he already is one of the greatest currently active at playing it. He never comes off as rude, selfish, childish, spoiled or ignorant that you would link to someone that has got too much in life too early on.

At one point, I would completely agree with you and not have Mitch Involved with the PK anymore. I think it was a waist of his energy and would negatively impact his offensive impact. But, if you look at his production levels during the regular season, he has been on 90+ point pace the least 3 season with the most recent season having a pace for 30 goals and 100 points. This idea I am about to present doesn't have anything statistically to back it up with. It is more of a hunch that I have. I believe Marner is one of those players that just feeds of being involved in the game at all the time, it almost is as if he doesn't have enough time to sit down and think about what is happening, he can sort of just ''feel'' the game if that makes sense to you at all? His hockey IQ is actually through the roof, he must surely be in the top 10 of players in the league with the highest hockey IQ, something I would think defensemen and players that play in the middle would top. My point is that, by playing him in all situations, which won't make you worse at a team at all due to his high intelligence will only benefit him and you as a team, because he almost always impacts the game in a positive way, by making the right play or the impossible play that us casuals could only dream of executing. I wonder if the Leafs ever would give Marner and Kerfoot a chance to play together shorthanded. Their IQ's are of the chart's. I think they could expose some power plays that aren't sharp. Not suggesting that they would lead the league in shorthanded points, but it would also not surprise me.

I will start with saying that there's ALWAYS more pressure playing hockey in a Canadian city. Now add in the negotiations Marner had and the eventual contract signed, yeah the pressure is ratched up because it's suddenly "put up or shut up" time.

Back during contract negotiations, I was saying similar things to what <a href="/users/leaflet" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@leaflet</a> said in the above post. <a href="/users/Aadoyle" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@Aadoyle</a>'s post also very nicely sums up why players get paid more playing for Canadian teams despite taking home less money than players south of the border.

The pandemic really messed things up for Dubas because as others have pointed out, had the cap risen Marner's contract (or Nylander's/Matthews') wouldn't be quite the issue they seem to be ATM.

Lastly, I want to make a point about this site but particularly the people posting here on a daily basis. When Marner's contract was being negotiated, every single non Leafs fan was coming into Leafs discussion threads and saying how Marner deserves the rumored 10 million but as soon as he got that contract, man... the turncoats came rushing out to point out how overpaid Marner is.

There's quite a few hypocrites on this site and they all have something in common. Can you figure out what that is?
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>BallPuckFellow10</b></div><div>Well, you can't just say we had losses on the wing without saying that we brought in replacements. I absolutely don't see a chance for Mikheyev in the top six. He has had his chances, but hasn't proved he is a top six calibre player. Still doesn't make him a bad player, just not somebody that should be put on a scoring line. We lost Hyman, Galchenyuk, Thornton, Foligno that played on the wings and replaced them with Bunting, Ritchie, Kerfoot (Dubas said on his press conference that adding Kämpf would allow them to move a player to the wing, which should be Kerfoot) and Kase. I like the 2nd grouping much better and think the competition for spots are equally as hard in if not harder for a winger this year.

I don't think they will build a so called shut down line initially. They will balance the lines and see what they got. I currently have Mikheyev slotted in on my 4LW spot, so it's not like it is impossible to replace him. My opinion on him requesting a trade is that he doesn't want to be in Toronto. Why are you going to keep a guy around that doesn't want to be there with all the guys and isnt focused on achieving the same goals? I don't think that is good for anyone. If he wants out, then move him.

My current lines are the following:


Mikheyev is only really unhappy about his ice time and usage. Yeah I understand you saying he hasn't shown he's a top six player but with an 82 game schedule Keefe may have to experiment and this might be one of those opportunities.
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>BallPuckFellow10</b></div><div>Ritchie-Matthews-Marner




$80,217 left in cap space.



PK Lines:


I have finally settled on this being our most likely opening night lineup. This is the optimal route to go if we want to avoid losing players on waivers. Brooks, Anderson, Amadio, Gabriel, Dahlström, Biega, Menell and Hutchinson are likely the players that we have a chance of losing. Semyonov, Robertson and Liljegren are waiver exempt which likely makes it an easier decision to have those players start down in the minors. I can see Liljegren getting a chance to start the season ahead of Dermott if he comes in and absolutely lights it up in training camp and shows that he should be a top six NHL defenseman out of the gate. That would mean that someone like Engvall likely gets sent down as it would be between Engvall, Spezza and Simmonds to fight for the two last lineup spots. If you think logically and for depth, it makes more sense to start Liljegren in the minors and call him up once there are injuries to avoid us losing players on waivers.

During the season there are a few thing I really would like to see and I am going to list them here below:
- I don't want us to mess about with Rielly. Give him the keys to PP1 and let him shine. Give him all the love he needs and hopefully at the end of the season he wants to stay and signs a team friendly long-term extension. Sandin is fine for PP2, I don't like us switching it forth and back as it creates confusion and frustration. Rielly is our guy, and he has proved that he can do it as well.

- I want Liljegren to get a run of games in the NHL so that we can see if he is a legit NHL top six defenseman. It might take some time before he gets his chance but when he does I hope he is ready. I can see him and Sandin working well together with their strengths as players complementing each other very well. I want to see a Liljegren that is calm but decisive out there on the ice.

- I want to see Robertson get a look in the top 6 with Tavares and Nylander. I think Bunting gets a chance to start there, but at some point I want us to see what we have in Robertson and if he is ready. Robertson posses elite skill and shooting ability combined with high end IQ and vision. I also like his tenacity to win back pucks and he could potentially fit excellently on that 2nd line.

- I want Semyonov to get a chance to play on the 4th line with Mikheyev. They were line mates in Avangard Omsk in the KHL when they made it to the Gargarin Cup final and lost. He looks like a high end two-way forward that is elite on draws (60% last season and 59% the previous season) and kills penalties effectively. I don't expect much offensively from him but I like what he can bring defensively.

- Brooks, Amadio, Anderson and Menell are other players that I am extremely curious to see what they can offer. They are all ''wild cards'' and could really open up the doors for some trades if they impress during camp and early on in the season. It is unlikely that they start the season with the Leafs, but I want them to get their chances. I see them as Spezza, Engvall, Simmonds and Dermott replacements.

- Both Nylander and Tavares need more ice time, especially Nylander. He only played 16:36 per game while Tavares played 18:12. Matthews and Marner were up in 21:33 and 22:26 respectively. I think you can play Matthews and Marner around 20-21 minutes each while Tavares and Nylander should play minimum 18 minutes a night. 19 minutes would be ideal for me. I want these guys on the ice all the time.

As for our line combinations, I like how balanced they are. I don't want to split up Matthews and Marner like a lot of people seem to want to do. Matthews just won the Rocket and Marner finished 4th in the Art Ross. They are arguably the second best duo in the league after McDavid and Draisaitl. After watching Nick Ritchie highlights and all the previous knowledge I had about him, he seems to be the best fit with them. He is not as good at forechecking as Hyman is. Hyman is literally one of the best forecheckers in the league, so it it hard to replace that. What I like about Ritchie's game is that he finishes his checks literally every time and he has an unreal ability of finding the ''soft spots'' around the net to get open for a pass that he quickly can convert on. With Marner's elite creativity and vision and Matthews obviously drawing major attention, I think Ritchie is going to have the ability to score 20+ goals on that line. My only concern is that he can't create anything of the rush, but Hyman didn't do that either. He would chip the puck in deep and then go and get it. Ritchie will likely have to play the same way if he is the one transporting the puck into the zone. Ritchie will also be deadly in front of the net on the power play. Also can't forget that he literally will beat the crap out of anyone. Feels good to have somebody like that on your team I must say.

Nylander and Tavares finished the season on fire together and Nylander continued to bring his form into the playoffs as well. Tavares last 19GP, 9G and 14A while Nylander had 4G and 12A in his last 14GP. He missed some time due to being in COVID protocol if you remember. I could see either Bunting or Kerfoot play on this line, but I think the creativity Kerfoot brings is better served with Kämpf and Kase. Both Nylander and Tavares can create plays, they just need someone that can finish around the net and bring some speed and grit to the line, something Bunting does. He is also equipped with an absolute laser, so if he gets some time he can unload from distance. He can also create his own shot with his speed which is really positive. I love the fit on this line. Just like Ritchie, I can see him score 20+ goals, especially having the net front presence on PP2.

I really like what our third line can bring. Kase has elite skill and creativity, and dangerous shot combined with excellent skating ability. I can see him and Kerfoot combine really nicely. Kerfoot is very creative as well, and has for the last two years usually played with players who kills the play when the puck lands on their stick. Now he has another creative line mate to play with while also being fully unleashed not having to play centre. Kämpf will be the defensive anchor on this line. He was line mates with Kase when they played for Pirati Chomutov in the Czech Republic, so they know each other well. Apparently playing with Kämpf was one of the major factors in Kase signing with the Leafs which is promising. Kämpf isn't an offensive threat, but he played a majority of his NHL career with other skilled players like Kubalik for example that is someone that scored 30 goals on his wing. He has the ability to make the next play and not have the puck die on his stick. His finishing ability is atrocious however, so we can't count on him scoring many goals. I think both Kerfoot and Kase can have 35-40 point seasons if they are healthy.

I don't really have that much to say about our fourth line. Whatever we get from them is a bonus, hopefully they can hold their own and not be a liability. Mikheyev's speed should help playing with Spezza and Simmonds. I don't really have much to say about our defense either with the only loss being Bogosian. We have replaced him from within, so hopefully Sandin/Dermott/Liljegren are good enough to be bottom pairing defenseman. Despite loving Freddy, I think we got better in net. Freddy isn't what he once was, and maybe he just needed a change of scenery. Campbell and Mrazek is a fantastic duo that at least should deliver us league average goaltending, but hopefully more. I feel confident with each guy every night going in to the season.

Let me know what you guys think, I can't wait to have some good discussions with you guys.</div></div>

Good read. I'm not going into details of every single thing you brought up but a few things here..

Spezza: So far as a Leaf he has been tremendous so if I'm setting up the lines, he's definitely getting more ice time and that likely means he's on the 3rd line at the very least.

Lilijegren: You and others are more optimistic about this guy than I am. I do think he will be a useful player for the team at some point, the disagreement here is when. I'd use him as injury relief call up mostly.

I need to see Sandin be better at handling physical play.