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I'm not convinced Foligno wants to sign here.
Nobody but Foligno knows. I'm sure Dubas has talked with him. I'd take him back on a mid 2 hit.

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If the Leafs wanted to go after one of the bigger names in free agency this summer, here's a way for them to make that possible:

1) One of Kerfoot/Dermott gets selected in the expansion draft, the other gets dealt for some kind of futures return to clear cap/roster space

2) Foligno comes back on a 1-year, $2.5mil contract. This might seem a bit low but we're also talking about a guy who's scored at a 37-point pace over his last 4 seasons and isn't getting any younger. I think he could get $3-3.5mil from someone else but he does us a solid for being a jerk and getting injured after we gave up a 1st for him.

3) Galchenyuk, Bunting, and Hutton all sign 1-year deals at $950k to fill out the roster.

At this point in time we have $8.2mil in cap space with 12 forwards signed, 7 defencemen, and 1 goalie.

So that would give the Leafs room to either a) sign Hall to a $6mil AAV deal + have $2mil to sign/acquire a goalie or b) trade Holl to clear out $2mil and go after Hamilton on a $8mil AAV + have $2mil to sign/acquire a goalie.
Well get on the phone to Dubas. I like the way you think and I'd be happy with these moves.

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I like the idea of signing Bunting but if the move of the offseason is let Hyman walk and replace him with Bunting we aren't going to be a great team next year.

Yeah I'm at least somewhat kidding around here. I mean I definitely want the Leafs to sign him but expectations wouldn't exactly be through the roof. The good news is he of course wouldn't exactly eat into the cap space the Leafs would have been likely earmarking Hyman for (I'd guess $4.5mil-ish). With him and Kerfoot both potentially gone the Leafs actually have a decent amount of cap space to play around with.
He's a star and we need to sign him. You can't build him up for a big letdown...that's not fair lol. From reading about him I think he's a late bloomer, much like Hyman. I'm sure Dubas and Keefe know him well. I guess we'll find out in a month or so.

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Special Teams Usage: He thrived as a net-front player on the power play tipping pucks and cleaning up rebounds. It would be prudent of Bunting’s potential suitors to have a plan in place to emulate his PP situation in ARI if they want a comparable PP impact next season.

Hmmmm
Hyman replacement....sign him!

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Spezza Re-Signs - 1 year - $750,000
« on: June 16, 2021, 05:31:57 PM »
Thought they'd wait until post-expansion draft to officially announce it, but I'm guessing Francis knows the deal here.

Yeah. Timing surprises me a little, but, at the same time, it's public knowledge that it's Leafs or retirement for Spezza. Unless Francis has a serious beef with him or, for some reason, just wants to stick it to the Leafs, he's off the table.

Francis seems old school enough to not mess with Spezza.
Francis isn't messing with a vet. He'd be very respectful.

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With Hyman almost certainly gone I'm coming around to the idea of trying to bring Foligno back. I know Chris Johnston was kinda musing about the possibility of him coming back on a 1-year deal to sorta rebuild his value and take another shot with the Leafs. Lots of talk about him returning to Columbus originally but with Torts gone and them maybe going through a bit of a rebuild with a potential Jones trade maybe he stays here for a year or two before going back. Don't think he replaces Hyman entirely but still a good lite version to have around, especially in defensive situations and on the PK.
I think you could get Foligno a lot cheaper then Hyman and I would bring him back too if possible. I like what he brought when healthy and would be a good fit with the team.

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Hmmmm... 8 years/$3.5m?

No...wouldn't want him on the books until he's 37.

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A $6 million cap hit might sound outrageous to some Leafs fans, who have watched as Hyman has gone from a Marlies checker to a bonafide NHL first-liner over the last six seasons. But, statistically speaking, Hyman falls in the same category as veteran UFA wingers like Nick Foligno, Ryan Callahan, Cam Atkinson and, yes, David Clarkson who all signed for around 8 percent of the salary cap as UFAs over the last eight years.

Even in a pandemic-induced flat cap world, that’s $6.5 million a season.
Fine, see ya. I said it before, a slight increase from Connor Brown's 3.6 mill. Don't like it, goodbye and good luck.

For sure, but let's not imagine he'll be easy to replace.
I didn't say he would be but he is replaceable. M&M produce just fine without him and the Leafs kept winning when he was out. I like him but not at that kind of cap hit. You could probably get Coleman and Goodrow for less then what the author is suggesting.

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A $6 million cap hit might sound outrageous to some Leafs fans, who have watched as Hyman has gone from a Marlies checker to a bonafide NHL first-liner over the last six seasons. But, statistically speaking, Hyman falls in the same category as veteran UFA wingers like Nick Foligno, Ryan Callahan, Cam Atkinson and, yes, David Clarkson who all signed for around 8 percent of the salary cap as UFAs over the last eight years.

Even in a pandemic-induced flat cap world, that’s $6.5 million a season.
Fine, see ya. I said it before, a slight increase from Connor Brown's 3.6 mill. Don't like it, goodbye and good luck.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« on: June 14, 2021, 12:32:55 PM »
I would do it. I like Hamilton.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« on: June 12, 2021, 10:08:50 PM »
Bring Naz home.
Hard pass...we don't need another playoff suspension and the trust is long gone.

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I don’t care really but New York and Montreal both play suppressive hockey.  I don’t really care for success coming to teams that play a modern day version of the trap
Very good point.

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I'm thinking Kadri will be finding a new home next season.

Maybe, though, I'm not sure he would have been a difference maker here.
He would have. In a series so tight you need all your guns going. He's their 2nd line centre and Kadri being out allowed Vegas to focus on the MacKinnon line and after the 1st game blowout, that's what they did.
MacKinnon had 2 assists in the last 4 games,(Vegas' victories). Rantanen had 2 goals 1 assist, Landeskog had 2 assists.
Anybody think the Leafs still lose if JT was in our lineup? Kadri hurt them just like he did with us 2 years in a row. I say he gets left unprotected for the draft.

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I get cheering for the underdog but once the Leafs are gone I just want entertaining hockey. So I'm fine with ignoring any kind of dislike we're "supposed" to have against Montreal and New York but I still want to see Tampa and Vegas go at it in the Finals since it'll likely provide the highest levels of entertainment for when I do turn the games on.

Mostly same. I do want Montreal to get run-over to shut up the Habs fans I know, but, other than that, at this point, don't really care who else wins.
Same here. Don't really care who wins but like CTB said, would love to see Tampa and Vegas go at it.

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I'm thinking Kadri will be finding a new home next season.

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