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Keep making the playoffs, getting home ice, and hope the guys push through.

OR purposefully make the team slightly worse to secure the 7th seed instead.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Niemelä and Hirvonen singed to ELCs
« on: Yesterday at 02:33:51 PM »
I'd have liked to see them in the AHL mostly just because I think the Marlies could definitely use them but I think the whole idea that prospects are worse off playing in Europe is pretty overblown.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Niemelä and Hirvonen singed to ELCs
« on: Yesterday at 01:55:00 PM »

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Leafs Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM Thread 2022-2023
« on: Yesterday at 01:04:16 PM »
Yup. In fact, I don't move Brodie until we know we have a clear replacement for the right side of the D.

I honestly wouldn't be surprised to see Brodie stay here even past his current contract in a slightly reduced role/AAV.

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Leafs Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM Thread 2022-2023
« on: Yesterday at 12:18:57 PM »
Also on a side note Bunting didn't do any better than the maligned Hyman.  That was disappointing.

3 straight years where a supposed-to-be linemate of M&M went into the playoffs injured, right (Hyman -> Foligno+Hyman - > Bunting).

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Leafs Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM Thread 2022-2023
« on: Yesterday at 12:18:01 PM »
If they can bring back Giordano I'd move on from Brodie and Muzzin.  Both are declining IMO.  It's a gamble but I think Sandin and Liljegren are top 4 guys.

If we're bringing Giordano back then at that point, in a bit of a twist, we'll just have too much money invested into our defence and someone will have to go to put some money into a middle-6 forward and/or goaltending. Muzzin is the more logical choice for me since I think he'll have a tougher decline than Brodie (who I don't really think has shown much of that IMO) and at the same time he'll probably have more value to another team because of his style of play.

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Leafs Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM Thread 2022-2023
« on: Yesterday at 11:07:06 AM »

*starts a new armchair GM attempt*

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2021-2022 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 11:02:16 AM »

I don't quite follow drafts as much as I used to but it's pretty jarring to see a mock top-5 where I haven't even heard of the other guys past #1.

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It's somewhat ironic then that the biggest mistake Dubas has made as Leafs GM was made out of ruthlessness (trading Kadri).

Isn’t he UFA at the end of this season?  :-X

Yup and I'm hoping he gets multiple bank truck's worth of money on his next deal so after that one he can return home.

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It's somewhat ironic then that the biggest mistake Dubas has made as Leafs GM was made out of ruthlessness (trading Kadri).

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Leafs Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM Thread 2022-2023
« on: May 16, 2022, 01:16:16 PM »
Paul rejected a 2.5M deal from the Sens so I'm not sure 250K more from the Leafs will get it done.

Maybe it'll need a little bit more but he might have also just not wanted to commit to a team that wasn't going to be in a playoff position for the next little while. A big playoff run could also boost his value but he was also a guy dealt at the deadline for only a (good) 4th liner and a 4th round pick so I like him but I also don't think he's a guy teams will go nuts over in the offseason. Ian Mendes had an article at the Athletic looking at comparables for him while he was a sen and guys in the $2.5-3mil range were generally brought up.

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Welcome to Las Vegas, Barry Trotz?

Trotz will certainly have his pick of teams, assuming he wants to coach next season, but yeah that definitely seems like the best one for him.

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They still have Smith signed for next season, only 15 guys on the current roster signed, and just over $7M in cap space to fill out their roster. They're looking at about half their available cap space taken up just by plugging holes at the league minimum. Without other moves or completely foregoing upgrades elsewhere, they don't have room to offer much more than the Leafs did.

That's including Klefblom, so assuming he's back on LTIR which appears to be the case that'll open up another $4mil or so. But they'll presumably try to re-sign Kane and Puljujarvi and Yamomoto will need new deals as RFAs so yeah they'll be right up against the cap.

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Not sure how firing Trotz because the team needed a new voice and then replacing him with his right-hand man for the past decade makes much sense but here we are.

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