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Frank E:
Given what the trade market looked like, I think trading Nylander would have been difficult in terms of getting a decent value...other than maybe for a top pairing d-man.

So I'm disappointed that they couldn't land Pietrangelo, but I'm not unhappy with how they used their assets/cap dollars and that they got Brodie instead.  The only disappointing move for me was the Johnsson deal, but they needed the cap space, and there just wasn't much market value for the guy given all the supply of good forwards out there as UFA.

I said a few days ago that I thought prices and terms were going to be reasonable, and I think that turned out to be the case.  It's really too bad the Leafs didn't have more cap space available. 

azzurri63:

--- Quote from: Guilt Trip on October 13, 2020, 10:01:04 AM ---Its funny and annoying to listen to Colaiacovo go on about the Leafs should have traded everything they had to to get Petro. Get rid of Nylander because Petro answers all the needs they have on D. He then slams Brodie in one sentence because Calgary let him go but no mention about St Louis moving on from Petro and saving themselves 2.3 mill.
I would have liked to get Petro but not at what it would have cost. Is Petro better then Brodie? Absolutely but what's best for the team overall? Having Petro or having Brodie and Nylander and anything else it would have cost to land him?

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I agree 8.8 is too much. Not sure if they could have gotten him for $8 million per season but if possible how about signing both AP and Brodie and trading Nylander. Our defense would have been solid. Sure we lose some scoring but overall would we be a better team or weaker? Nik I do agree with you on Nylander being a big part of the team but in my opinion a change was needed with this team and the big 4. Matthews and Tavares aren't going anywhere and Marners contract yikes probably hard to trade without taking some salary back so that leaves Nylander as the one to go. I didn't like his contract because of him holding out otherwise its a good deal and easily tradeable.

Andy:
You know it's funny, there's always all of this media talk about Toronto's "horrible" cap situation and how overpaid certain players (who haven't nearly reached their prime yet) are yet a lot of these same people balk when the Leafs refrain from signing a guy who will be 31 in January to a 7year x 9million per+ deal. That is a pretty crazy risk to take, imo. And then I've seen multiple articles listing Brodie as a risky sign because he's already 30. I really don't get it. And had the Leafs cleared out space and signed Pietrangelo, you know the second he starts to struggle the narrative will immediately shift to how risky the signing was and how poorly the assets were managed, etc. etc.

I guess this is just a rambling, ranting way of saying I am glad we stayed far away from that AP contract and am happy with the way the roster has been constructed thus far. Oh, and I am also aboard the Thornton train.  8)

herman:

--- Quote from: Zee on October 13, 2020, 11:30:02 AM ---
--- Quote from: Guilt Trip on October 13, 2020, 10:01:04 AM ---Its funny and annoying to listen to Colaiacovo go on about the Leafs should have traded everything they had to to get Petro.

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Colaiacovo is one of those Woodbridge Leafs fans that doesn't think that far.  Give him a big name signing and he'd dump a bunch of players to get him without thinking of consequences.

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He's also really good friends with Pietrangelo from his days playing in St. Louis, so it goes a bit beyond just clamouring for a big ticket free agent.

Nik:

--- Quote from: Guilt Trip on October 13, 2020, 10:01:04 AM ---I would have liked to get Petro but not at what it would have cost. Is Petro better then Brodie? Absolutely but what's best for the team overall? Having Petro or having Brodie and Nylander and anything else it would have cost to land him?

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I really don't think enough attention got paid to that article that was posted examining Pietrangelo's actual role with the Blues. I think most of the people who really wanted him here cast him in the Norris-contending do everything play 25 minutes a night and be the best defenseman on the whole ice and apparently aren't aware that the Blues had their real success in not using him against the other team's top lines.

I really, genuinely believe that the sort of fans who are the most upset the Leafs missed out on Pietrangelo would not be satisfied with him or any one who fell short of a Pronger/Larry Robinson sort of all-timer in the role.

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