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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 01:42:48 PM »
And if things do not work out, Lebrun, over at The Athletic opines:

"Would Carolina be willing to move 23-year-old Brett Pesce, for example? He’s in the first season of a six-year, $24.15-million deal, a cap-friendly contract charging $4.025 million a year for a good, young defenceman who would automatically step into Toronto’s top four. That would surely appeal to the Leafs. Mind you, it’s also the same reason budget-conscious Carolina loves the player. But for a talent like Nylander, would Carolina bite?"

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: Yesterday at 01:40:32 PM »
Why do they all have to fly to Switzerland to talk?  Dubas could just go to Sweden, or, what makes the most sense, Nylander could just come to TO and if a deal is worked out, boom, he's there.

This isn't the United Freaking Nations where you have to go to some kind of symbolic neutral ground to do a negotiation.  It's a hockey contract.

My guess would be that it is an important gesture on behalf of the Leafs. If things work out then Dubas is the hero for doing all that he could to get things done, and if things do not work out then no one can blame him for trying. There is nothing wrong at all in Dubas going there to make a face to face pitch.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: October 15, 2018, 11:11:46 AM »
After this year is complete, how many seasons does Matthews have before he would be eligible to become a UFA? Also, if someone knows and responds that would be appreciated, but if you could also tell me where/how you found this information I would appreciate it even more. :)

This is from the top of my head, so I could be wrong - but I believe it's either 27 years of age, or 8 years of NHL service; whichever comes first.

Since AM came into the NHL right out of the draft, the earliest he could hit UFA is 5 years after this season.  I believe he would be 26 at that time.

edit: 7 years of service according to Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_agent#National_Hockey_League_usage.  So, AM could actually be a UFA 4 years after this season.

Wow. That is soon. Thanks.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: October 15, 2018, 10:38:27 AM »
After this year is complete, how many seasons does Matthews have before he would be eligible to become a UFA? Also, if someone knows and responds that would be appreciated, but if you could also tell me where/how you found this information I would appreciate it even more. :)

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: September 27, 2018, 11:41:22 AM »
Maybe someone has already said this, and if so then I apologize. I have not read all of this thread.

My guess is that Marner will be signed pretty quickly after Nylander is done. He will need to be. The setup that Marner is in right now might lead to him getting 90 - 100 points. That would be great... right up until he wants $10 million per year.

My guess on Leaf wants here is:
- Nylander to a friendly 6 year deal
- Marner for more money and an 8 year deal
- Matthews for the real big cash and an 8 year deal

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: September 26, 2018, 02:21:53 PM »
Nylander is a millionaire with millionaire parents. While I'm sure he's itching to play and doesn't like the idea of losing money, it strikes me as unlikely that a few missed paychecks is really going to make a huge difference to him. Especially when someone is going to pay him.

Likely the bigger motivator for Willy is the desire to contribute and put up numbers. Sitting, for example, for 10 games would deflate his yearly point total. I have a sense that good players, whether they ever admit it or not, look at the scoring leaders and compare where they stand. They all want to get off on the right foot. Willy's agent also reps for Johnny Gaudreau and I believe he signed the day before the season was set to start.

Perhaps I am making too much of it in my mind, but I would really like to see all of these guys together to start the season and get off on the right foot without a distraction.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: September 26, 2018, 02:18:12 PM »
I think a lot of it will have to do with how the Leafs start the season. If they come out firing I think Dubas will be largely pressure free. A rough start and there'll definitely be noise.

That is a very valid point I had not been considering. The win/loss record will factor into this for sure. I am still hoping it never comes to that and Willy is locked up by this weekend.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: September 26, 2018, 08:33:17 AM »
If Nylander starts to miss regular season games I am not sure who will be feeling the pressure more.

Ordinarily I would say that the team holds all the cards and the pressure is on the player (given the nature of this CBA), but in this case I have to believe that Dubas will be feeling some pressure as well. More so because of his comments about being confident in getting them all done and that he is a rookie GM.

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So, someone thinks this is only two 4th lines? This is the opening day forwards on Mike Babcock's season journey towards Matthews. Perhaps Bozak and Kadri make two legitimate centers, but Kadri's wingers were not top 6 (or maybe even top 9) on most other teams.

JVR-Bozak-Kessel
Lupul-Kadri-Kozun
Leo-Mke Santorelli-Clarkson
Winnik-Holland-Frattin

In retrospect doesn't it make you cringe?

It does. Now just imagine that the Leafs had traded away their 1st round pick.

That is how Sens fans feel right about now.

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So, someone thinks this is only two 4th lines? This is the opening day forwards on Mike Babcock's season journey towards Matthews. Perhaps Bozak and Kadri make two legitimate centers, but Kadri's wingers were not top 6 (or maybe even top 9) on most other teams.

JVR-Bozak-Kessel
Lupul-Kadri-Kozun
Leo-Mke Santorelli-Clarkson
Winnik-Holland-Frattin

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Looking forward to seeing more of the Sandman, but also wanting to see more of the Oz.

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Ozhiganov is a right shot. I thought he played the right side just as Hainsey does.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: September 14, 2018, 03:22:12 PM »
"The gap between Toronto and William Nylander sounds wide. The player doesn’t want a bridge deal. Neither Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas nor agent Lewis Gross are talking, but the rumour is the player ask is near Leon Draisaitl territory ($8.5 million AAV). I can see that being true for three reasons."

31 Thoughts

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General NHL News & Views / Re: Official Ottawa Senators Thread
« on: September 13, 2018, 03:53:09 PM »
Wow, the Sens put a condition that if the Sharks trade Karlsson back to the East, they'll get an additional first round pick.

When I first read this I actually thought you were joking. I laughed.

Then I just read that this is really true. I laughed again.... much harder this time.

Ottawa is such a sorry joke right now that I almost feel sorry for them.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Media Thread
« on: September 07, 2018, 03:51:10 PM »

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