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#1
Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: 2024-2025 ECHL
June 08, 2024, 08:54:54 PM
Would they not want the team in Canada - exchange rate, canadian dollar expenses, easy access?
#2
And thank you Dubas for screwing up that negotiation. What a major major should-be-fired type of
deal by KB - not so much the money but the money AND the NTC/NMC.

Of course I felt Burke should have been fired for not lottery protecting the Phil the Thrill deal.

That was something even a rookie GM would have done.
#3
Quote from: Bullfrog on May 30, 2024, 06:54:47 AM
Quote from: L K on May 29, 2024, 12:48:12 PM
Quote from: Bender on May 29, 2024, 10:19:17 AM
Quote from: cabber24 on May 29, 2024, 10:11:10 AM
Quote from: Bender on May 29, 2024, 08:28:12 AMWait... the CRA is arguing that they're called signing bonuses but they actually aren't signing bonuses?
It's salary paid up front, not a bonus. I don't get the argument. $77M over 7 years with a cap hit of $11M per year regardless of when he gets the money is still all taxable salary. If the NHL allowed bonuses outside the SALARY cap he would have a case.

So it basically is a misnomer. I think this a pretty open and shut case considering he would only get the bonuses pro-rata if he "breached the Contract, voluntarily retired, withheld his services (including a refusal to report, practice, or play), or left the Toronto Maple Leafs." I would imagine a true signing bonus would be cash you get in its entirety should you choose to sign, regardless of future consequences.

The only thing that makes them a little different is the signing bonuses have clauses where they still get given out in the event of a lockout whereas a regular salary isn't.  So there is definitely grey area here.

Agreed that there's some grey area and there's room for argument each way.
However, a signing bonus needs to be a "bonus" I would think. I'm starting a new job in a month and am getting a true signing bonus. In my case, the bonus is irrespective of my salary. My salary is clearly separate.

In JT's case, it's easily arguable that his appropriate salary is far greater than the reported salary. So it's clearly just paying him in advance.

On the other hand, how is a bonus defined? I'm sure it's clear in the excise tax act, but I'm too lazy to look it up. Part of the bonus might not be the value, but the timing.

I'm confident the CRA will prevail, but maybe they cut a deal recognizing it's potentially grey and that JT is entitled to a sizable signing bonus. It'll likely come down to an argument of how much of his total remuneration is salary vs bonus. No way CRA will accept 75% bonus / 25% salary. This case will be precedent setting.

This could be devastating for Canadian teams....hopefully the political parties know that hockey fans will slice and dice them if they don't "fix" this....
#4
Marc Savard and Flames have mutually parted ways. Welcome to the Leafs in 3-2-1....
#5
42-18 shots for Florida in the win. Nice to see Bruins getting hats handed to them
#6
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on May 09, 2024, 09:21:22 AMhttps://twitter.com/jonassiegel/status/1788573504213758423

Boucher surely can't stick around after the PP disaster. I get they want more time to reevaluate and maybe let the new head coach put his input in on these guys but I'm a little surprised he wasn't part of this news immediately. Dean Chynoweth always seemed like a good one and the Leafs were wise to grab him out of Carolina, although it was a little weird that they hired Mike van Ryn to essentially take half his job when he was doing it pretty well. So who knows what happens with him, I can see him looking to move on for a bigger role. I assume the organization sees Mike van Ryn as a bit of an up and comer and that's why they stepped in to grab him again even though they already had a pretty established guy in his place. He's likely safe for that reason, and hey wouldn't ya know he's worked for Craig Berube before. Malholtra was the up and comer before MVR but has seemed pretty lost in the staff so I assume he's let go. Curtis Sanford, I dunno goalie coaches are voodoo like goalies so I don't have an opinion there.

Good job. I was coming to say the exact same things.
#7
Quote from: cabber24 on May 07, 2024, 05:20:16 PM
Quote from: lamajama on May 07, 2024, 04:58:01 PM
Quote from: cabber24 on May 07, 2024, 12:54:27 PM
Quote from: Guilt Trip on May 07, 2024, 11:40:15 AM
Quote from: cabber24 on May 07, 2024, 11:28:55 AMPaying guys off the charts to the detriment of everything else is a terrible plan.
Who was really paid off the charts? Not Matthews or Willy. Marner maybe a million too much? Too much, sure but not PLD, Huberdeau bad.
Marner (aka "a God") cannot contribute in the playoffs and is overpaid.

Matthews got top dollar and a short-term twice, no one has ever gotten paid so much on a shorter-term contract.

Tavares was #2 paid in the league only behind McDavid when signed.

Nylander got paid on projection, not on production (half a season at a career-high pace), Nylander's previous contract was higher than all his 60-point-peers.


good points but IMO, while a LOT of dough Matthews has earned his contracts and I'm not placing massive playoff blame only on him either.

Quote from: lamajama on May 07, 2024, 04:58:01 PM
Quote from: cabber24 on May 07, 2024, 12:54:27 PM
Quote from: Guilt Trip on May 07, 2024, 11:40:15 AM
Quote from: cabber24 on May 07, 2024, 11:28:55 AMPaying guys off the charts to the detriment of everything else is a terrible plan.
Who was really paid off the charts? Not Matthews or Willy. Marner maybe a million too much? Too much, sure but not PLD, Huberdeau bad.
Marner (aka "a God") cannot contribute in the playoffs and is overpaid.

Matthews got top dollar and a short-term twice, no one has ever gotten paid so much on a shorter-term contract.

Tavares was #2 paid in the league only behind McDavid when signed.

Nylander got paid on projection, not on production (half a season at a career-high pace), Nylander's previous contract was higher than all his 60-point-peers.


good points but IMO, while a LOT of dough Matthews has earned his contracts and I'm not placing massive playoff blame only on him either.

McDavid and MacKinnon don't make the $'s Matthews makes and their contracts are longer term. I really don't know why Matthews gets max money and short term? The Leafs don't need to "win" at signing contracts but they sure as hell don't need to "overpay" all their stars either.

I think the primary reason is yes, Matthews is smart enough to know Leafs will pay because they have the dough and he's been their best player in DECADES. If we were honest, (and understanding the risk in a career -ending injury), this is a pretty smart way to max his career earnings. His is also the latest mega-star contract with the Cap going up. IIRC his % of the Cap is not THAT far off those other 2. McDavid will ask for more obviously but in hockey no matter how much they deservedly should get, they simply can't get paid like that - as we well know with what the Leafs are going thru.
#8
Quote from: cabber24 on May 07, 2024, 12:54:27 PM
Quote from: Guilt Trip on May 07, 2024, 11:40:15 AM
Quote from: cabber24 on May 07, 2024, 11:28:55 AMPaying guys off the charts to the detriment of everything else is a terrible plan.
Who was really paid off the charts? Not Matthews or Willy. Marner maybe a million too much? Too much, sure but not PLD, Huberdeau bad.
Marner (aka "a God") cannot contribute in the playoffs and is overpaid.

Matthews got top dollar and a short-term twice, no one has ever gotten paid so much on a shorter-term contract.

Tavares was #2 paid in the league only behind McDavid when signed.

Nylander got paid on projection, not on production (half a season at a career-high pace), Nylander's previous contract was higher than all his 60-point-peers.


good points but IMO, while a LOT of dough Matthews has earned his contracts and I'm not placing massive playoff blame only on him either.
#9
Quote from: herman on May 05, 2024, 03:06:18 PMSeason/post-season review

Gamers and clutch performers:
Matthews: 69 goals and selke finalist while battling illness in the final stretch
Nylander: hard carried the team for the first half and happened to score all their only goals in elimination games even though someone keeps saying he played poorly ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
McCabe: got settled into a role, and just was an adult the whole season, eating pucks, taking out bodies, and moving the puck. We miss Muzzin a lot, but he was better than Muzzin-lite.
Domi: poor start to the season but he kept covering gaps in the roster and performing when needed for his pay grade. A defensive liability at times but sparked a lot of fire and attitude throughout the roster.
Knies: first full season visibly wore on him after playing well above his head for stretches of the season. Rounded into form for the playoffs and will be a key driver for the next era of the Leafs.
Benoit: got better as the season settled in for him and has really found a match with McCabe. For a reclamation project, this first season was a pleasant surprise.
McMann: hard to credit the coaching staff for anything here as they were planning to scratch or relegate him to 4th line purgatory until injuries forced their hand.

Adequate:
Robertson, Jarnkrok, Woll, Lyubushkin, Dewar, Holmberg, Tavares, Kampf, Jones, Reaves, Edmundson

Oof:
Marner: distracted start? He had like one goodish month and then was felled by a self-inflicted injury right after the deadline and didn't have enough time to get back into form, and lost his sidekick job. He hasn't added anything new to his game in multiple seasons now and his contract is down to one year left. It's hard to see and justification for paying anything more than he's getting now, even with the rising cap. The fan base is ready for heads to roll and Marner is not the type who can shut that noise out; there is a good argument to be made that divorce would benefit both parties more than trying to stick out something that can quickly turn toxic.
Brodie, Giordano: time remains undefeated and there were some mitigating circumstances (both of them lost parents), but the team could no longer rely on them even in spot duty.
Rielly: if he was regular playoff Rielly I think the regular season's unevenness would've been forgotten, but he just seemed out of sync all season.
Bertuzzi: just not great value if there is no actual production and just sideshow. 
Samsonov: prone to bad goals and prone to letting that throw off his game. I don't think the Leafs play in the way that benefits a reaction goalie.
Coaching Staff: no one should be safe other than the video coaches. Ridiculous lack of adjustment in the face of challenge or opportunity. There was no real lack of personnel. If they had the right messaging, then they did not get the motivation part right to get players executing before it was too late.

Good write-up!
#10
I think it was Noodles that said (trying to remember exact quote) "that one of the best abilities for a goaltender is availability ".

Woll, as much as I think he's a pretty good option just doesn't have that.

Also fire Keefe.
#11
Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on May 02, 2024, 09:17:45 PMThis is the the most consistent effort I can remember from these guys in the recent post-seasons.

It certainly makes you think what could have happened in previous years
#12
Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on May 02, 2024, 07:30:50 PMI've got a cherry-filled donut sitting here and I'm going to eat it if the Leafs score on this PP.

I would be more impressed if you said you would not eat a single thing until the Leafs scored on a PP....😉
#13
Quote from: cabber24 on May 02, 2024, 06:33:34 PMI have an awful feeling about how this game is going to go.

You, the GTA and me in BC....
#14
Quote from: cw on May 02, 2024, 07:28:56 AM
Quote from: princedpw on May 02, 2024, 07:03:50 AMIt is weird to me that they don't put Robertson in Matthews slot on PP1.  The guy's shot is a weapon.  It's not like the power play is humming and shouldn't be changed.

Had a similar thought.

I agree 100%. His shot is all-world...the rest needs practice but at the least he's a shooting threat and if he doesn't rip it in the net it'll create rebounds
#15
One thing this team has done to me anyway is pretty much the exact opposite of what I think they will do..anticipate a good game they are awful...I didn't expect anything tonight and they actually try.