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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: Today at 10:41:00 AM »
It wouldn’t bother me in the least to see

Rielly - Dermott
Gardiner - Zaitsev
Marincin - Holl

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: Today at 12:06:16 AM »
Thank you as well for noticing that I'm absolutely crazy bananas. I think Zaitsev is at his best when he's the go option, rather than the stop option. This season, the entire right side was assigned the 'stop' role. I know Zaitsev prides himself for defensive acumen, but he's really a good deal more effective when he's not playing as 'safe', whereas Marincin is the exact opposite and is very effective at denying zone entries (which is what Zaitsev gives away like Halloween candy 2 weeks after). This group has 5 PK options (MM, NZ, MR, TD) and 5 PP options (MR, JG, TD, CC, NZ).

This is coming from somebody who used to be probably his biggest fan here... stop trying to make Marincin happen.

It has been about a month and the landscape has changed significantly. I think it’s time to revive the Martin Marincin (the only Martin I’d like to be on this team next year) appreciation pipe dream.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Marlies' Playoff Games
« on: Yesterday at 10:10:53 PM »
On to the finals

Second sweep. Dermott and Johnsson remain undefeated in this year’s Calder Cup playoffs.

The guys a dirtbag for sure, but am I missing something else with a lot of the negativity thrown at this signing?

He’s one of the better ES scorers since 15/16 averaging 32 per year and is still in his mid twenties.

I totally understand the injury and behavioral concerns however.

As a percentage of the cap he’s likely under 10% next season and could reasonably be expected to bet 30 again on a better team.

Also consider how many guys have signed 5.5-6.6 million dollar deals over that time, I think this is a good signing for the Sharks.

We haven't mentioned his off-ice issues in this thread. And I don't think this thread has been altogether negative about the signing either...

My question was more about blocking off cap flexibility so early with Tavares potentially available to them.

Has the signing been panned elsewhere?

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 01:25:06 PM »
Kessel has an 8M deal. We're currently retaining 1.2M. If Pittsburgh trades him back to us retaining 3M, we'd have him at 5M for 4 years.

The 1.2M is on our cap regardless, I don't think you should count that as part of the cap implications of bringing him back. If Pittsburgh was to retain 3M, the additional cap cost is 3.8M.. which would be a no-brainer to me if the asset cost isn't prohibitive. I could see many teams being interested if Kessel is made available at 4*3.8 though, so I think it would take a pretty valuable package to bring him back.

I'm not sure what the rules are for retention in this case, is a team allowed to re-acquire a player they are already retaining on and if they are, can the team they are acquiring them from retain salary when the team they are trading the player to is already retaining on that player?

There is also the 50% maximum retention. Is it 50% of the total contract can be retained by all the teams combined, or is that 50% of current cap hit when the player is being traded.

Yeah that's a good point about reading it more like 3.8M to add.

I've always read the 50% rule as 50% of the remaining salary, as the previously retained amount is irrelevant to the trading team.
  • The acquiring team must assume at least 50 percent of the remaining salary and cap charge of the SPC.
  • Such a contract can only be traded twice using provision 1 during the lifetime of the SPC.
  • Retained salary by the trading team cannot be more than 15 percent of the upper salary cap limit.
  • A maximum of 3 such contracts with salary retained in a trade can be on a team's books at any one time.

Reacquisition restrictions only apply for one year following the trade.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 10:39:38 AM »
Kessel for 4 years at 7M is not where I would invest right now. Defense.

Kessel has an 8M deal. We're currently retaining 1.2M. If Pittsburgh trades him back to us retaining 3M, we'd have him at 5M for 4 years.

And this is just the Armchair GM thread bleeding into every thread (thanks, offseason), but that's basically what most people were wishfully thinking JvR would stick around for. I also think the defensive issues are internally solvable with better forward buy-in to puck retrieval and breakout support, and changing up the defense puck play philosophy a bit (more holding and scanning, less chipping by default).

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Marlies' Playoff Games
« on: Yesterday at 10:37:29 AM »
Which Moore is being slotted 4LW, Coco?
Dominic or Trevor?

Trevor.  I'm done with Dominic just as much as Babcock is.

Bless you.

I would swap Brown in your lineup with one of Aaltonen and Moore just to get some left sticks with right sticks, and get Hyman as Nylander's RW.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 10:32:41 AM »
Shanahan seemed to want Kessel out as much as anybody, so I doubt the Leafs even really consider it.

He was their biggest available trade piece to kickstart a teardown and build.

But between the lines, was there something else going on? It's a different Leafs squad almost entirely now.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 10:17:30 AM »
Can we trade for Phil Kessel, with Pittsburgh retaining 3M?

I wasn't kidding. Even if it'd be hilarious to watch Steve Simmons start frothing.

Hyman - Matthews - Kessel
Marleau - Kadri - Marner
Johnsson - Nylander - Kapanen
Aaltonen - Lindholm - Brown

though it'd probably cost a Johnsson/Kapanen+, so... Grundstrom/Leivo goes in there somewhere, maybe.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects - 2017-18
« on: Yesterday at 10:07:37 AM »
Rasanen has signed with Helsingin Jokerit in the KHL (2 year deal), along with former Leaf Viktor Loov.

This will put him closer to home and on a significantly higher paygrade while he develops.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 09:38:41 AM »
Guess what’s picking up steam?

You're probably right, though I can't really tell what kosher avenue they have for knowing that. Tavares did have two years of a modified NTC (8 team list)...

The same avenue by which contracts used to get done at 12:01 or whenever on Free Agent day. I don't think anything is gained by pretending that teams won't have informal talks with agents pre-when they're allowed to.

Haha, yeah that's the one.


I posted this article earlier in the Gilman thread, but it bears repeating here for perspective and a slightly different pullquote.

The other thing that people around the league have pointed out is that none of the Leafs’ top three executives — below the president — have pro playing experience. Pridham is probably the closest, having played Junior A briefly before blowing out his shoulder.

All three men are university educated, with Gilman holding a law degree from the University of North Dakota.

That is still fairly uncommon in the NHL — I’d be surprised if the top three hockey ops people on many teams didn’t play even major junior — but it has become more the way of things in other leagues, especially MLB and the NBA.

Gillis said he could see that becoming a trend. Or, at the very least, that it should become one.

“The last few years, I’ve done a lot of work with people in organizational science,” Gillis explained. “Analyzing how high-functioning organizations work. I think you need a variety of different people who bring a variety of perspectives to any situation for it to be high functioning.

“Whether hockey will go this route, I’m not sure. I think there’s that possibility. It’ll take time. But I do think there’s a need for a highly diversified group of young executives to come into the business and add perspective and add a level of different experiences.”

The triumvirate have a lot of overlap in personality and characteristics, and each of their respective strengths help mitigate the potential flaws of the other, as well as complementing Babcock. Philosophically aligned (find whatever way works to win) but each bringing different perspectives.

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