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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Today at 03:23:29 PM »
Matthews to me is the one you need to worry about.  If he goes out and scores 70 goals, and has over 100 points and leads the team in scoring, then he could very well walk in to Dubas's office and say "I want 5 years and I want the max percentage of the cap." and there really isn't a whole lot you can do about it, because I imagine a team like Arizona would be willing to do that. 

I've still never understood why people thought that. Lets leave aside that Matthews has never come across as some sort of Country mouse who would rather be back home in Glendale(the profiles of him definitely present a  guy who likes the finer aspects of big city life) it doesn't really make sense for a team that's probably working with an internal cap like Arizona.

So replace Arizona with New York Rangers.  To a degree I was parroting something that Maguire said on the radio this morning, where he said "If I am Arizona, and Matthews is not signed, I offer him whatever he wants next year as an RFA to come play with us.  Sure the Leafs probably match, but take the chance.  At the very least you throw a wrench in to their plans."

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Today at 01:55:02 PM »
James Mirtle is saying they're heading towards a bridge deal based on the sources he's talked to.


https://theathletic.com/594581/2018/10/17/mirtle-william-nylander-stalemate-with-the-maple-leafs-appears-headed-for-a-bridge-deal-solution/

It's probably best for Nylander to go bridge. Has worked out well for other players in the past.

Bridge isn't ideal for the Leafs.

I disagree.  I think a bridge is actually the best thing for the Leafs.  I'm of the opinion that the Leafs have to get through the next two years, because of the Marleau contract.  So get Nylander in now at a lower hit for two years.  Get Marner and Matthews signed next year hopefully with some space because Nylander took the bridge, and then when Nylander's contract runs out you have the ability to revisit the discussions and slot Nylander in someplace around where Marner and Matthews are. 

Even with talk that Matthews wants a short deal, I still see it coming in around 12 million.   

I hear ya. I guess it depends on the parameters of the deal. Best case for the Leafs in my opinion would be 8 years at $6.5m which I thought was a fair target in the offseason.

If they can get Willy at $7m or $7.5m on an 8 year deal, I still think thatíll be better than what the number will be two years from now.

The Leafs might have to get creative in the interim.

Exactly. How is $7-8mil now worse than $10+mil long term 3yrs from now going forward? Maybe they're betting on the arbitrator not giving him that much?

Because they will have the space to absorb that 10 million.  You have to accept the premise though that the Leafs are going to be top heavy.  If that is the approach they are taking, and they are building this team around those 4, then the reality of the situation is that those 4 are going to take up a sizeable chunk of the cap.  If that is the reality, then you need to get out from under the Marleau contract so that you can make that happen.  I'm looking at it from a perspective of having Marner, Nylander, Matthews, and Tavares each, signed for more than 10 million going forward. 

Matthews to me is the one you need to worry about.  If he goes out and scores 70 goals, and has over 100 points and leads the team in scoring, then he could very well walk in to Dubas's office and say "I want 5 years and I want the max percentage of the cap." and there really isn't a whole lot you can do about it, because I imagine a team like Arizona would be willing to do that. 

Also, I wonder in there are future ideas about what the players are going to bargain for in the next CBA.  For example, what if the players put forth the notion of escalator clauses in their contracts.  In such a case, the deal is negotiated out as a percentage of the teams cap space moving forward year to year, with a base amount so that if the cap declines, the salary never gets below a certain point.  It would mean that rather than reporting salaries as a flat rate, you would report them as a percentage.  This would get around the tag up rule. 

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Today at 12:44:55 PM »
James Mirtle is saying they're heading towards a bridge deal based on the sources he's talked to.


https://theathletic.com/594581/2018/10/17/mirtle-william-nylander-stalemate-with-the-maple-leafs-appears-headed-for-a-bridge-deal-solution/

It's probably best for Nylander to go bridge. Has worked out well for other players in the past.

Bridge isn't ideal for the Leafs.

I disagree.  I think a bridge is actually the best thing for the Leafs.  I'm of the opinion that the Leafs have to get through the next two years, because of the Marleau contract.  So get Nylander in now at a lower hit for two years.  Get Marner and Matthews signed next year hopefully with some space because Nylander took the bridge, and then when Nylander's contract runs out you have the ability to revisit the discussions and slot Nylander in someplace around where Marner and Matthews are. 

Even with talk that Matthews wants a short deal, I still see it coming in around 12 million.   

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs 2018/2019 Schedule in 10 game chunks
« on: October 14, 2018, 09:55:02 PM »
Weird.  Their goals against was almost 6,5,4,3,2.  Let's see what happens against the Kings.
I ain't making any predictions at all, I am so passed those days

In the words of Jeff Goldblum "It's a countdown."

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: October 14, 2018, 09:08:03 PM »
I don't mind any interview where the player takes the time to thank the interviewer by their name at the end of it.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs 2018/2019 Schedule in 10 game chunks
« on: October 14, 2018, 09:01:34 PM »
Weird.  Their goals against was almost 6,5,4,3,2.  Let's see what happens against the Kings.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: October 13, 2018, 03:07:12 PM »
Given your druthers, would you rather have Matthews score 60 - 70 goals but end up with less than 100 points, or would you rather have him score around 40 goals but end up over 100 points?

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Morgan Rielly
« on: October 10, 2018, 07:52:23 PM »
Morgan had 1 point in the first game, 2 points in the second game, 3 points in the third game, and 4 points in the fourth.

Quick, figure out how many points he finishes with.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs 2018/2019 Schedule in 10 game chunks
« on: October 10, 2018, 05:37:48 PM »


The Leafs are 3 - 0 in games where you don't predict a win  :D.
I really have to refrain from that Detroit game tomorrow cause I have thoughts about it

We are all thinking it.  Matthews shot versus Berniers glove hand.  We all know how we hope that plays out.  We just aren't saying it.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs 2018/2019 Schedule in 10 game chunks
« on: October 10, 2018, 03:41:54 PM »


The Leafs are 3 - 0 in games where you don't predict a win  :D.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2018/2019 Goal Predictions
« on: October 10, 2018, 03:40:58 PM »
So, I did a quick calculation. The averages of the predictions were:

Matthews 50
Tavares 39

At current pace players are on course for:

Matthews 144
Tavares 123

Marner only on course for a medicore 41

Though I'm not sure that's sustainable.

Yeah, no way Marner hits that.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: October 08, 2018, 08:57:55 PM »
Lol
Nice rebuttal.  I feel overwhelmed by facts right now.

The truth of the matter is that you are a slightly more knowledgable and somewhat less obnoxious version of Nik the Trik.  You like to toot your own horn.  You rarely if ever post in agreement with *anyone* on here.  I can also see how someone like you would not see the importance of team chemistry.  You're probably the type of person that would disrupt it.

Itís amusing reading your constant posts attacking others and acting holier than thou over and over again.  It really is.
Of course, complain about my complaining about the bull**** instead of the bull**** itself.  Nice.  That would be like telling someone not to complain after you punch them in the face.

You can call it holier-than-thou if you want.  I personally believe in treating others with respect.  That goes for them as a person and also their opinions and POV.  I have no issue with herman and nik the trik disagreeing with me.  I expect it quite frankly.  It's just how they roll.  They don't just do it with me.  Other people also.  My issue is with the whole "LOL" comment.  The mockery.  Want to disagree with me?  Fine.  But that kind of bull**** is completely stupid, yet it's not only condoned on here but your little gang of trolls works together to perpetuate it.  It's like you guys are giving each other virtual high fives and talking down to anyone you don't agree with.  Pathetic.

What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some people you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. I don't like it any more than you people.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: October 08, 2018, 11:06:19 AM »
1st, 2nd, 3rd round picks would be the compensation.

Not a bad return.  :-\

That's what Tomas Tatar got. 

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So looking at plus/minus, the top two lines all pluses, bottom two lines are all minuses.

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The 1980s called.  They want their hockey game back.

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