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Messages - CarltonTheBear

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I like this line of thinking on Hamilton.  Can we also trade Rielly to recoup assets and then use Rielly's contract to sign Alec Martinez?

I like Martinez but with $10mil+ already dedicated to two other 30+ year old defensive defencemen I'm not sure that'd be the best use of cap space.

I think upgrading from Holl to Hamilton does put the team in a better position to bump Sandin (or even Dermott) to the 4D spot though so trading Rielly for futures and using his cap space to boost the forwards (3C is definitely a bit of a problem in my scenarios) could still be on the table.

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If the Leafs wanted to go after one of the bigger names in free agency this summer, here's a way for them to make that possible:

1) One of Kerfoot/Dermott gets selected in the expansion draft, the other gets dealt for some kind of futures return to clear cap/roster space

2) Foligno comes back on a 1-year, $2.5mil contract. This might seem a bit low but we're also talking about a guy who's scored at a 37-point pace over his last 4 seasons and isn't getting any younger. I think he could get $3-3.5mil from someone else but he does us a solid for being a jerk and getting injured after we gave up a 1st for him.

3) Galchenyuk, Bunting, and Hutton all sign 1-year deals at $950k to fill out the roster.

At this point in time we have $8.2mil in cap space with 12 forwards signed, 7 defencemen, and 1 goalie.

So that would give the Leafs room to either a) sign Hall to a $6mil AAV deal + have $2mil to sign/acquire a goalie or b) trade Holl to clear out $2mil and go after Hamilton on a $8mil AAV + have $2mil to sign/acquire a goalie.

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I like the idea of signing Bunting but if the move of the offseason is let Hyman walk and replace him with Bunting we aren't going to be a great team next year.

Yeah I'm at least somewhat kidding around here. I mean I definitely want the Leafs to sign him but expectations wouldn't exactly be through the roof. The good news is he of course wouldn't exactly eat into the cap space the Leafs would have been likely earmarking Hyman for (I'd guess $4.5mil-ish). With him and Kerfoot both potentially gone the Leafs actually have a decent amount of cap space to play around with.

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Deployment: He was deployed perfectly as a garbage man (finisher), primarily off the rush, on a line with two impactful and shifty play-driving forwards.

This part didn't get you first?

3rd line Michael Bunting, don't read this...

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Top-6 Michael Bunting, hello.

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Special Teams Usage: He thrived as a net-front player on the power play tipping pucks and cleaning up rebounds. It would be prudent of Bunting’s potential suitors to have a plan in place to emulate his PP situation in ARI if they want a comparable PP impact next season.

Hmmmm

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With Hyman almost certainly gone I'm coming around to the idea of trying to bring Foligno back. I know Chris Johnston was kinda musing about the possibility of him coming back on a 1-year deal to sorta rebuild his value and take another shot with the Leafs. Lots of talk about him returning to Columbus originally but with Torts gone and them maybe going through a bit of a rebuild with a potential Jones trade maybe he stays here for a year or two before going back. Don't think he replaces Hyman entirely but still a good lite version to have around, especially in defensive situations and on the PK.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Spezza Re-Signs - 1 year - $750,000
« on: June 16, 2021, 03:22:54 PM »
Thought they'd wait until post-expansion draft to officially announce it, but I'm guessing Francis knows the deal here.

Yeah. Timing surprises me a little, but, at the same time, it's public knowledge that it's Leafs or retirement for Spezza. Unless Francis has a serious beef with him or, for some reason, just wants to stick it to the Leafs, he's off the table.

Whichever one of Dermott/Holl/Kerfoot is exposed would probably be more appealing than 1-year of Spezza anyway too I guess.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Spezza Re-Signs - 1 year - $750,000
« on: June 16, 2021, 02:55:37 PM »
Thought they'd wait until post-expansion draft to officially announce it, but I'm guessing Francis knows the deal here.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: June 15, 2021, 01:00:20 PM »
It's a little refreshing to see hockey people admit to some faults here but it's not as if they hired someone completely outside of their organization who had no familiarity with their scouting personnel/system. Sweeney was in Boston's organization for almost 10 years at that point and was the teams assistant general manager for 6 years prior to being promoted.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: June 15, 2021, 11:28:08 AM »
Crazy stat: the Leafs had 6 defencemen play 45 or more games this season.

Boston had 1.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: June 15, 2021, 11:21:05 AM »
They used exactly 8 D... so everyone played through it?

Safe to assume that would be throughout the year. 8 concussions during a 3.5 week period would be a whole other story.

During the regular season they used 13 different defencemen.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: June 15, 2021, 11:07:38 AM »

That's insane.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: June 15, 2021, 10:39:07 AM »

Only posting this because I let out a chuckle after "Glaring need at RHD with Carrick a UFA". Carrick played 11 games with the Devils this season. Love having a higher base knowledge of other random NHL teams than the "reporter covering the Sabres/NHL for @TheBuffaloNews".

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Vegas is the enemy, yeah? (Gifted a competitive team due to overly favourable expansion draft rules)

The expansion draft rules weren't really that favourable, Vegas just did a great job making a small handful of teams look extremely dumb. I think they should also be given a ton of credit for being super-aggressive and going out and getting a 1LW (Pacioretty), a 1RW (Stone), a 1G (Lehner), and a 1D (Pietrangelo) all in a span of 2 years while a bunch of other GMs just sat on their butts and did nothing to improve their teams.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« on: June 14, 2021, 11:01:04 AM »
That's tough to say. It would have been great to get him when Boston traded him or when Calgary traded him but now as a 28-year old about to maybe get $8mil or more on his next deal? I'm a little more hesitant.

If there was a world where he REALLY wanted to live close to the ROM and would take $7mil and the Leafs had a trade lined up to move Rielly for a pretty big return I'd consider it though.

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