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Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« Reply #105 on: June 07, 2021, 11:16:14 PM »

But it would be nice to get out of that mistake and have the cap space to make even more biggerer and stupiderer mistakes.

Ah, yes. The compound mistake, where you get less production for the same cap impact.
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Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« Reply #106 on: June 08, 2021, 10:41:57 AM »
This is my somewhat-boring armchair GM attempt:

Kerfoot-Matthews-Nylander
Mikheyev-Tavares-Marner
Robertson-Granlund-Bunting
Galchenyuk-Engvall-Spezza
Anderson

Rielly-Brodie
Muzzin-Holl
Sandin-Liljegren
Hutton

Campbell
Ullmark

-Dermott gets taken in the expansion draft
-Granlund is signed for $3.75mil, Bunting/Galchenyuk/Hutton signed for $950k, Ullmark signed for $3.25mil
-Team has just under $200k in cap space. But that also comes with a 22-man roster. The Leafs could waive Anderson/not have a 13th forward and have a bit more room to play with.

Some general/scattered thoughts:

-The Leafs can't have a bottom-6 that produces almost zero offence again. This past season the 3rd line frequently contained guys like Mikheyev, Kerfoot, Hyman, Engvall, and Simmonds and almost every combination of them had difficulty producing goals. And the 4th line when it had 2 or 3 of Thornton/Spezza/Simmonds generally couldn't provide much either because of their lack of speed. I think this combination of bottom-6 players has a lot more speed/offence while also not being massive defensive liabilities.

-I especially very much resisted having a Mikheyev-Kerfoot combination on the 3rd line like we saw for much of last season. And the best way to do that was to just not have either of them on it. Now they can both provide speed/defensive acumen in the top-6.

-Matthews with Marner or Matthews with Nylander isn't something to get too worked up about, but I would like to see them go back to the OG pairings. I'd probably keep those wing pairs together though so if they wanted to change it just swap the centres.

-No Bogosian was tough. He really did exceed all expectations and was a solid bottom pairing guy. Not having him is a combination of two things: 1) him coming off 2 pretty good seasons might set him up for a $2-3mil type contract and that's not something the Leafs can afford and 2) the Leafs need to give Liljegren at least some sort of opportunity to crack the line-up. If Bogosian is here that doesn't exist, he's just not getting scratched. Bringing back Hutton gives Liljegren some legitimate competition for the 6th spot so he'll still need to earn his place on the team.

-Ullmark is mostly a fill-in, any of the UFA goalies could possibly fit in there for a similar price.

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Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« Reply #107 on: June 08, 2021, 11:38:19 AM »
 I like your line up...Ullmark would be our #1...would love to get him at that price..line up looks good. Dubas will have to do some kind of deal with Seattle to keep the top 4 D men as 1 of them must be made available because as if now, we only have 4 that meet the requirements. Same with forwards. Kerfoot and Engvall with the big 4 are the only ones. I think Dubas leaves Holl unprotected and will go with Dermott if he gets taken.
Also agree that I think Hyman is gone. Leafs simply can't afford him.
Good job an great explanation.
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Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« Reply #108 on: June 08, 2021, 11:58:19 AM »
I'll be honest, I have no idea who Bunting is.

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Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« Reply #109 on: June 08, 2021, 12:02:22 PM »
I'll be honest, I have no idea who Bunting is.

Carlton posted this about him the other day:

Was scanning through the list of pending UFAs to see if there were any interesting middle-6 forwards who could potentially replace Hyman and/or Kerfoot if we lose them to FA/expansion. A couple of names immediately jumped out at me in Mikael Granlund and Blake Coleman, both of whom have been linked to the Leafs in the past. Jaden Schwartz was another tempting name if he's looking for a show-me type deal after a down-ish season.

Then the name of 25-year old, Group 6 UFA Michael Bunting caught my eye. I recalled an Arizona Coyotes reporter/observer speak pretty highly of him earlier this year. Some quick background info: he's 5'11" and 197lbs, turns 26 years old this September, was a former 4th round pick of the Coyotes way back in 2014, didn't played AAA hockey until he was 16 years old, and has just 26 NHL games under his belt. After his OHL career finished he spent 5 years in the AHL and slowly but steadily improved each year. This season he popped off with 19 points in 16 AHL games and that earned him a call-up to the NHL where he scored 10 goals and had 13 points in 21 games. He's unlikely to keep up a 26.3% shooting percentage but he also had some very good underlying numbers as well. He's generally described as a hard-working, pest type player.

Did I mention that he played his OHL hockey with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds where he was selected in the ninth round of the OHL draft by Kyle Dubas and coached by Sheldon Keefe? Certainly sounds like a very intriguing late-bloomer type player that the Leafs might be interested in this offseason.

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Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« Reply #110 on: June 08, 2021, 12:03:58 PM »
He will be in every line-up I post for next season until I'm told otherwise.

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Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« Reply #111 on: June 08, 2021, 12:07:31 PM »
He will be in every line-up I post for next season until I'm told otherwise.
I don't see him getting a lot of money so if he got along with Keefe and Dubas in the Soo, there would be a fit.

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Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« Reply #112 on: June 08, 2021, 12:35:22 PM »
He will be in every line-up I post for next season until I'm told otherwise.

I'll use him in EA NHL 20 and let you know if he's any good.

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Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« Reply #113 on: June 08, 2021, 12:36:34 PM »
He will be in every line-up I post for next season until I'm told otherwise.

I'll use him in EA NHL 20 and let you know if he's any good.

Ah, the Buffalo Sabres scouting method. Pretty sure the whole department is sharing one account too.
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Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« Reply #114 on: June 08, 2021, 12:48:14 PM »
To LAK: Mitch Marner (signing bonus paid, 4x 10.903M), Morgan Rielly (1x 5M)
To TOR: 2022 1st, Quinton Byfield, Akil Thomas, Olli Maataa, Matt Roy, whatever buriable spare parts they want to dump

Let's goooooooooo

Yes I know my proposed return is low. Throw in Turcotte or Vilardi. Or the recently signed Iafallo.
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Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« Reply #115 on: June 08, 2021, 04:21:42 PM »
To LAK: Mitch Marner (signing bonus paid, 4x 10.903M), Morgan Rielly (1x 5M)
To TOR: 2022 1st, Quinton Byfield, Akil Thomas, Olli Maataa, Matt Roy, whatever buriable spare parts they want to dump

Let's goooooooooo

Yes I know my proposed return is low. Throw in Turcotte or Vilardi. Or the recently signed Iafallo.
Iafallo would be nice.

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Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« Reply #116 on: June 12, 2021, 12:05:49 PM »

When Bunting becomes world famous just remember where you heard of him first.

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Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« Reply #117 on: June 12, 2021, 12:50:28 PM »
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Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« Reply #118 on: June 12, 2021, 01:03:49 PM »

Some pretty high praise for Bunting here but I dig it.

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Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« Reply #119 on: June 12, 2021, 02:39:39 PM »
Blahda blahda blahda.

They don't need new personnel.  They need a new CULTURE OF WINNERDOM to replace the CULTURE OF LOSERDOM they got now.

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