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Toronto Blue Jays / Re: 2024 Blue Jays
July 12, 2024, 08:49:16 AM
Quote from: L K on July 12, 2024, 07:36:40 AMKiermaier is still being credited with a +0.5 WAR on the season entirely due to defense.  He's not a 10 million dollar player.  The smartest thing for teams would be to not claim him.  Make the Jays buy him out and then sign him for league minimum to be your 4th outfielder.

Though, really, unless the Jays have someone they need to get back on the roster (they don't, as far as I can tell) or a prospect who's ready to take over on a full-time basis (also, not seeing anyone fitting that description), there's no reason for the Jays to release him until after the trade deadline (if they even bother, at that point). The season is lost and they have to pay him any way. They're just continuing a trend we've seen since MLB eliminated their two deadline system - teams place guys on the fringe of their rosters on waivers to see if anyone will take them on at full freight. If not, then they'll try to trade them while including cash to cover significant portions of their salary. It's an attempt to get under the luxury tax threshold.

Quote from: L K on July 12, 2024, 07:36:40 AMAlso, once again, the NHL is stupid when the David Kampf of the Leafs is making 10.5M and we are bitching about Marner making 11M.  Screw the salary cap.

I get your point, and while MLB doesn't have a true cap, the luxury tax - and the associated penalties with exceeding it - has acted as a soft cap. The salary discrepancies are much more reflective of revenue differences than systemic differences. If the NHL had revenue numbers like MLB, we'd be bitching about Marner earning $30M+, how that's limiting the team's ability to fully flex their financial strengths in free agency and potentially having a negative impact on their draft position.
Quote from: Frank E on July 10, 2024, 05:24:33 PMSure, but they need centremen.

Well, then it's a good thing Jarnkrok started in the league as a center!

Seriously, though, I don't get the push by some to move him. You're not getting a better player for that money and there's better options to move if you're just looking to clear space. His role on the team needs to be adjusted - and, hopefully, the new coaching staff will recognize that - but he provides good value, is a solid defensive presence, and can chip in offensively. He's not a cap dump guy.
Quote from: cw on July 09, 2024, 04:48:43 PMSigned more than 8 days ago.
Still not on the roster.
I don't recall anything quite like it in the NHL ...

The longer this goes on, the more it feels like the information Simmons relayed is close to the truth. While it could just be a matter of difficulties with Hakanpaa being overseas or otherwise unable to get seen by the Leafs' medical team, you'd have to think that would have been resolved by now. The fact we haven't heard a peep about it - no leaks, nothing official, not even a whisper or suggestion he's even been in town - concerns me. Could easily be nothing, but could also easily be that things with his knees are potentially career threatening.
Regardless of what play-style is en vogue, one thing has always been true - the deeper you get into the playoffs, the harder it gets to find time and space. Some playmakers adapt well to that and make quicker, often simpler decisions with the puck. Others try to lean into what worked for them in the regular season, and those are the types that struggle as things tighten up defensively.

It's not about whether you're a perimeter player or a playmaker or any of that. It's how you adapt your game to the tighter defence and the different tempo of the playoffs. That's really what separates playoff performers from playoff "no-shows."
Dubas is just dead set on building a weird Penguins-Leafs hybrid, huh? Feels like a not great idea, but, cool.
Quote from: Joe on July 08, 2024, 08:10:00 PMOther than his name I don't understand at all what the appeal would be.

What's his ceiling? Kapanen? Honestly what use would be have. He's not a centre, he's not a defensive specialist, he's not a penalty killer, he's not tough. He doesn't address any of the needs the leafs have.

Like others have said, he's a potential cheap depth scoring option and possibly a diamond in the rough, with the right coaching and other resources could blossom into a quality player. He's not an exciting add, nor does he fill a pressing need - which is why no one is suggesting adding him as more than someone who could potentially bounce between the Leafs and Marlies - but he probably comes cheap with no commitment, so what's the harm, especially considering the UFA market has basically been picked bare.
Quote from: Frank E on July 08, 2024, 01:35:40 PMI'd say the risk is if big brother doesn't like how little brother is being treated RE ice time, linemates, getting sent down, etc... or if it looks like Alex is getting preferential treatment...those things could create some issues/dissention.

That doesn't seem like it would an issue with Willy. He doesn't let much bother him and he seems to understand the business and winning aspects of the league. Unless Alex is actually performing well and getting the shaft, he'd be in board with whatever needs to happen.

That being said, the younger Nylander seems like a prime candidate for a PTO if he doesn't sign somewhere. I'd also have no problem signing him to whatever current buriable max cap hit is ($1.15m, I think) - though that does create potential cap complications, it also makes a waivers claim a little less likely.
The biggest question re: Stolarz is how he'll hold up to what will almost certainly be a career high in starts by a fairly wide margin (at least, at the NHL level). His current high is 24 - this past season - and it's a pretty significant jump from that total to the 35-40 he'll be expected to handle this year.
Quote from: cw on July 02, 2024, 05:57:53 PMhttps://www.nhl.com/mapleleafs/roster
Tanev, OEL, Stolarz & even Mermis added today are on the roster.
Hakanpää isn't.

Pending a medical?

Seems likely, considering everything we've heard.

More Marlies. Myers has a decent amount of NHL experience, so he's probably near the top of the call up list.
Quote from: Rob on July 02, 2024, 05:03:26 PM
Quote from: Highlander on July 02, 2024, 04:53:08 PM
Quote from: bustaheims on July 02, 2024, 04:49:56 PMIf you got Prime for the streaming service, you got it for the wrong reason.
elaborate?  THanks

Most people sign up for Amazon Prime for the free delivery of items ordered off Amazon.  It happens to include access to Amazon Prime Video. 

Yup. All the other stuff are really just perks of the membership - music, streaming, photo storage, games, etc. They're all useful, but not as good as the dedicated alternatives. The free one or two day delivery with no purchase minimum, on the other hand, is really the main selling feature.
If you got Prime for the streaming service, you got it for the wrong reason.
I think part of the issue is the difference between not being healthy enough to be able to play again - which doesn't appear to be the case - and not being healthy enough to be effective enough to play in the league - which is still TBD.
Quote from: cw on July 02, 2024, 05:51:24 AMIn summary, he missed 4 playoff games with his knee injury and then suddenly, 64 games later, his career is over?
Seems quick to me for something that appears to have been gradual wear ...

For a players whose mobility is far from his strength, a serious knee injury could definitely put his career in jeopardy. Hopefully, not the case. As much as I'm not high on him, now that he's part of the blue and white, I obviously want the best for him. I do suspect these issues could relegate him to a mostly #7 type role.