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#1
Quote from: cw on Yesterday at 01:24:10 PMHockey News: Report: Maple Leafs Told Nick Robertson Loan to Marlies Isn't Play Related, Shouldn't Expect Long Stay
QuoteDuring Sportsnet's Saturday Headlines, Elliotte Friedman reported that Robertson being sent to the Marlies was only to make room for the incoming forward, and wasn't a result of his play.

"The Maple Leafs informed Robertson this was purely because he doesn't need waivers and he shouldn't expect a long stay in the American Hockey League. He's still in their plans to come back this season," Friedman reported.

Not sure whether to read that as in 'more moves coming' or 'it won't be long until the deadline ...'



A little column A. A lot column B. I'm sure they're trying to make more moves, but those can't be guaranteed. But, at most, he's down there for the week.
#2
Petterson's ceiling might be slightly higher than Nylander's, but their career progressions are pretty similar. Petterson got to his ceiling a little quicker, but also had a little less leverage here, as he was a pending RFA rather than UFA.
#3
Quote from: Zee on March 01, 2024, 01:04:38 PMFunny I thought the same thing. Would that spell the end for Kampf though?

Probably not. Bjugstad could center the 3rd line with Kampf on the 4th. Or one of them moves to the wing. They're different enough players that there should be spots for both of them on the roster.
#4
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on March 01, 2024, 10:41:34 AM
Quote from: Bender on March 01, 2024, 10:23:33 AMI think that's possible but you have to think there's probably some kind of forward pickup, no?

Probably depends on how much stock we can put into the recent performances of guys like Bertuzzi, McMann, Holmberg, and of course Reaves. If those guys keep playing well and cement their spots in the line-up once Jarnkrok returns then we'll have Robertson and Gregor slotted into the 13/14 forward slots and that seems pretty fine depth wise.

But yeah personally I do think adding another defensive or physical or defensively physical element to the bottom-6 would be worthwhile.

I was thinking during the game last night that adding someone like Bjugstad might be the kind of piece the Leafs forward corps needs. Someone with some bite, defensive awareness, and the ability to chip some depth scoring. Throw in the fact he's a right-handed C, and he might be exactly what the team needs. Signed for another season at a reasonable cap hit, too.
#5
Reasonable acquisition cost, all things considered. Not the flashiest of names, but I also don't think big game hunting is in the team's interests right now, any way.
#6
Quote from: cw on February 29, 2024, 11:15:24 PM
Quote from: cw on February 29, 2024, 04:30:41 PM
Quote from: bustaheims on February 29, 2024, 02:21:50 PM
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on February 29, 2024, 01:59:50 PM
Quote from: cw on February 29, 2024, 01:53:34 PMProblem is, the Wild have been playing decently and are still in the hunt for a wild card berth.

They're 11th in the conference and on pace for 6 less points than the current 8th place team. At this point in the season they'll need a bit of a miracle.

Yeah. Having to leapfrog 3 teams at this point in the season and make up that many points is a tall order. If they don't win all their games between now and the deadline, they should go full sell on any pending UFAs (other than Fleury, apparently).


They play the Preds (the 8th place team) tonight.
A regulation win has them 4 pts behind with a game in hand and over 20 games to go.
At a glance, they seem to have slightly easier opponents the rest of the way.
After the Preds, they have the Sharks, Coyotes & Blues before the deadline.
Preds have Avs, Habs & Sabres before the deadline.

I presume they would want the playoff games if they can get them.

Flames have begun their fire sale so I do not expect them to keep pace.
I think the Wild play all but the Flames in the wild card pack so they probably control their destiny.
Minnesota is playing the best win% hockey over the last 1ten: .750

OTH if they lose to the Preds in regulation tonight, that might be it.

Odds are against them but I think it is a little too early to throw in the towel.
They may have to wait to see where they are March 7th - if they haven't fallen away before then.

"OTH if they lose to the Preds in regulation tonight, that might be it."

They got killed 6-1 in a game they really needed.

Like I said, if they don't win all their games between now and the deadline... :P
#7
Quote from: cabber24 on February 29, 2024, 06:34:48 PMWeird Knies stat! The last time the Leafs played on a leap day Marincin scored, duked Tanev.

Oddly enough, the Leafs have the most Leap
Day wins in NHL history, with 9. Not that it means anything, but it's an interesting stat.
#8
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2023-24 NHL Thread
February 29, 2024, 02:36:03 PM
Quote from: cw on February 28, 2024, 07:06:39 PMHe was on emergency recall according to CapFriendly

Because Carter Hart got clipped, I was intrigued about maybe pitching an extra goalie we had to help keep the price down on Scott Walker. (Not a very popular thought around here as I came to find out)
So something is happening and I do not see a transaction from the Phantoms yet.
Looks like a move to get cap space & add a goalie. I don't see anyone that capable from the Phantoms.
Smells like a trade about to go down.

Outside of bringing in a true starter (which, considering the unknowns around Hart's legal issues, is probably a good idea), I suspect they want to give Fedotov or Sandstrom a shot. And, if they were making a big move for a goalie, I suspect they'd be sending Petersen's salary the other way. It's possible they were just getting the waivers issue out of the way for a trade, but it's equally possible they're just giving themselves the potential flexibility in case they need it, but have nothing imminent (or even anything that will go through). They might not even be sending Petersen down. We've seen similar moves approaching the deadline in years past.
#9
NHL Transactions / Re: 2023-24 General Trades & Signings
February 29, 2024, 02:21:50 PM
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on February 29, 2024, 01:59:50 PM
Quote from: cw on February 29, 2024, 01:53:34 PMProblem is, the Wild have been playing decently and are still in the hunt for a wild card berth.

They're 11th in the conference and on pace for 6 less points than the current 8th place team. At this point in the season they'll need a bit of a miracle.

Yeah. Having to leapfrog 3 teams at this point in the season and make up that many points is a tall order. If they don't win all their games between now and the deadline, they should go full sell on any pending UFAs (other than Fleury, apparently).
#11
Quote from: Kaberle15 on February 28, 2024, 12:16:15 PMThis is the kind of out of the box thinking that the Leafs did in the past.

Was that 100% Dubas ? I don't know.
Brad Treiving is yet to prove himself as a (decent) Leaf GM.

If it involved cap shenanigans, it was almost certainly driven by Pridham.
#12
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2023-24 NHL Thread
February 28, 2024, 11:14:21 AM
Quote from: Arn on February 28, 2024, 10:59:51 AMWhat was wrong with draws/ties anyway?

Americans (supposedly, per the media) don't seem to feel satisfied by them.
#13
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on February 27, 2024, 12:24:43 PM
Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on February 27, 2024, 12:12:47 PMYou're almost certainly right CTB but if they somehow go deep this year (!) and absolute disaster strikes (injuries to goalies, Samsonov regresses, etc.) and the choice was Hildeby or Murray ... I'd roll the dice on the guy who's won a Cup.

That would still be a really tough call to make, it'd really depend on exactly where Murray was at in his recovery. If he's just gotten cleared to play I'm not sure I call on him at any point after that surgery and after not playing a hockey game in over a year regardless of how many Cups he has. Now if he's fully, 100% ready to go and has been cleared for quite some time and had gotten in a number of starts with the Marlies then sure, I'd slot him as the #4 goalie.

With all that said I wouldn't be opposed to re-signing Murray (assuming he's healthy of course) and basically replacing Jones as the #3 goalie next season. I can't see any team offering him a definite back-up position so 3G on the Leafs would be a good gig for him.

Yeah. There's basically zero chance Murray suits up for anything more than practice this season or playoffs. If he dresses for a game, it would basically mean disaster has struck the team.

I'd also be up for bringing him in as a 3rd/4th string option next season. On a one year, near league minimum contract, there's basically zero risk to the team. If he recovers any of his form from the beginning of his time in Pittsburgh, as unlikely as that may be . . .
#14
Quote from: Joe on February 27, 2024, 09:20:09 AMI still don't get how we're days away from March and the leafs have played the habs once.

but their season series with Ottawa is already done.
#15
Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on February 25, 2024, 09:57:25 PMSome pundits seem to think their 1st rounder is gone.  I'm not so sure.

Treliving has to be looking at how much Dubas has already sold off (to little effect). Despite the current hot streak, the defense isn't good enough.  To improve that at the TD, I would be looking at trading Samsonov rather than the 1st rounder.

But I would be happier standing pat than either of those two options.

There's no way the team moves Samsonov at the deadline. Not enough time to be confident in Woll's health, and, really, to position them for the most success, better to have both (especially considering Jones' numbers lately).

Other than some depth moves, I'd also like to see the team stand pat. If they move out some future 5th round picks or depth prospects, fine. Those are usually pretty easy to replace. More valuable pieces should only be on the move for guys with terms who will have a more significant impact - and, even then, I don't think the deadline is the time to make those moves. Go with what they have, maybe add a RHD who can move the puck reasonably if there's one at a decent price, and possibly a veteran bottom 6 forward, but, other than that, stay the course. This doesn't feel like the year to push all your chips in, by any means.