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Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« Reply #60 on: July 30, 2018, 05:30:16 PM »
We really don't know anything about what's going on (nor should we), but it would be silly to suggest that if Matthews wants $13m, and Marner wants $9m, and Nylander wants $8m, that Dubas & co could really keep it all together without having to make some significant decisions on whether or not that's plausible.

I do believe that Matthews' next contract is essentially going to be as high as Matthews wants it to be (although considering the typical hockey player mentality, I don't think it goes above $12mil), but the Leafs do need to play a little hardball with Marner and Nylander. There's zero comparables out there right now that would give Nylander a contract with an $8mil AAV, and even if Marner has a monster year next season I think Draisaitl's deal is essentially the cap for him.

Agreed. 

Keep in mind:  Only 25 forwards in the NHL exceed $7M AAV.  Only McDavid, Eichel, Ovechkin, Draisatl, and Tarasenko are guys who got those deals coming out of their ELC's.  Looking further back, Crosby, Malkin, and Stamkos are the only guys who had post-ELC's above 7M AAV.  All superstars, and mostly centers.

Are Nylander and Marner top 25 forwards?  Neither are at this point.  Marner might put himself in that conversation this coming season.

There is the argument that you should look at cap hit percentage for comparables.  Then there are some comparables coming out of ELC's that got above 10% of the cap at the time:  Eberle, Hall, Backstrom, Kane, and Toews (going back to 2010).   Not that many, and almost all of those guys had bigger years in their ELC's than Nylander and Marner have had so far.

Edit:  Seguin and Nugent Hopkins also had very close to 10% cap hits coming out of ELC's. 
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Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« Reply #61 on: July 30, 2018, 05:35:39 PM »
All three won't get as much as most are guessing. I think because its there first long term contract, we will get all three for much less then the common guess going around.  The next contract like the one JT  just signed will be the one that put our payroll to the test.  Mathews will not get JT money yet, and the other two will be around the same as Marleau, or Kadri.

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« Reply #62 on: July 30, 2018, 05:38:44 PM »
We really don't know anything about what's going on (nor should we), but it would be silly to suggest that if Matthews wants $13m, and Marner wants $9m, and Nylander wants $8m, that Dubas & co could really keep it all together without having to make some significant decisions on whether or not that's plausible.

I do believe that Matthews' next contract is essentially going to be as high as Matthews wants it to be (although considering the typical hockey player mentality, I don't think it goes above $12mil), but the Leafs do need to play a little hardball with Marner and Nylander. There's zero comparables out there right now that would give Nylander a contract with an $8mil AAV, and even if Marner has a monster year next season I think Draisaitl's deal is essentially the cap for him.

Agreed. 

Keep in mind:  Only 25 forwards in the NHL exceed $7M AAV.  Only McDavid, Eichel, Ovechkin, Draisatl, and Tarasenko are guys who got those deals coming out of their ELC's.  Looking further back, Crosby, Malkin, and Stamkos are the only guys who had post-ELC's above 7M AAV.  All superstars, and mostly centers.

Are Nylander and Marner top 25 forwards?  Neither are at this point.  Marner might put himself in that conversation this coming season.

There is the argument that you should look at cap hit percentage for comparables.  Then there are some comparables coming out of ELC's that got above 10% of the cap at the time:  Eberle, Hall, Backstrom, Kane, and Toews (going back to 2010).   Not that many, and almost all of those guys had bigger years in their ELC's than Nylander and Marner have had so far.

Edit:  Seguin and Nugent Hopkins also had very close to 10% cap hits coming out of ELC's.

Also interesting how many of those guys are/were Oilers.

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« Reply #63 on: July 30, 2018, 05:59:01 PM »
We really don't know anything about what's going on (nor should we), but it would be silly to suggest that if Matthews wants $13m, and Marner wants $9m, and Nylander wants $8m, that Dubas & co could really keep it all together without having to make some significant decisions on whether or not that's plausible.

I do believe that Matthews' next contract is essentially going to be as high as Matthews wants it to be (although considering the typical hockey player mentality, I don't think it goes above $12mil), but the Leafs do need to play a little hardball with Marner and Nylander. There's zero comparables out there right now that would give Nylander a contract with an $8mil AAV, and even if Marner has a monster year next season I think Draisaitl's deal is essentially the cap for him.

Agreed. 

Keep in mind:  Only 25 forwards in the NHL exceed $7M AAV.  Only McDavid, Eichel, Ovechkin, Draisatl, and Tarasenko are guys who got those deals coming out of their ELC's.  Looking further back, Crosby, Malkin, and Stamkos are the only guys who had post-ELC's above 7M AAV.  All superstars, and mostly centers.

Are Nylander and Marner top 25 forwards?  Neither are at this point.  Marner might put himself in that conversation this coming season.

There is the argument that you should look at cap hit percentage for comparables.  Then there are some comparables coming out of ELC's that got above 10% of the cap at the time:  Eberle, Hall, Backstrom, Kane, and Toews (going back to 2010).   Not that many, and almost all of those guys had bigger years in their ELC's than Nylander and Marner have had so far.

Edit:  Seguin and Nugent Hopkins also had very close to 10% cap hits coming out of ELC's.

So, I may have been overshooting things with my well researched prediction, but I don't think I'm that far off with Marner at over $7m:

Here's my projection, based on nothing:

$11.25  X 7
$7.7 X 6
$6.67 X 6

The deals expire once guys are 28 years old: lots of UFA money/term still available, and staggered so that they can be handled individually. 

They'll do for Nylander and Marner what they did for Tavares with the max signing bonus and lock-out proof them, but only for that potential lock-out season/CBA ending year.  The other years will have a smattering of $3m-$4m in signing bonus component.

Matthews gets the full Tavares signing bonus laden package.

According to the NHL.com stats, Marner was well over a PPG guy in February and March, so there's some evidence there that as the season went on, he got more productive after his 4th line stints and stuff earlier on in the season.

Nylander didn't.  Nylander went 12 pts in 14 games in February, to 7 in 13 games in March.  April was only 3 games, although Nylander had a couple of good games, Marner not as much, but who cares it's 3 games.

Marner was also much more productive in the playoffs, but again, small sample size.

I think what I'm trying to argue here is that Marner should be considered a PPG guy, and didn't play with Matthews to get there.  Nylander is certainly not a PPG, while playing with Matthews.

Kadri and Marleau certainly aren't low caliber offensive guys to play with, but I have to think that Marner's deal is going to be significantly better than Nylander's.

I pegged Nylander at around Pastrnak money, but do we think he's worth a little less?

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Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« Reply #64 on: July 30, 2018, 06:55:38 PM »
There is the argument that you should look at cap hit percentage for comparables.  Then there are some comparables coming out of ELC's that got above 10% of the cap at the time:  Eberle, Hall, Backstrom, Kane, and Toews (going back to 2010).   Not that many, and almost all of those guys had bigger years in their ELC's than Nylander and Marner have had so far.

But I think the Kane deal kind of shows one of the tricky things about these sorts of negotiations. Sure, if you're the Leafs you're going to be inclined to look at Kane's breakout third year and say that's the source of paying him what they paid him but if you're Marner's agent and being asked to negotiate a long-term deal right now you're probably going to be inclined to look at the comparison of the first two years of their respective careers being as that's all Marner's gotten the chance to actually play.

If you look at those two years there are ways to look at it as Kane having better production(simply in terms of points per game or total points, playing against the other team's top defense every night) or ways to look at it in Marner's favour(points per minute, especially PP time). Treating the Leafs' young players with relative kid gloves in terms of ice time is kind of a double edged sword in that respect.

So Kane's deal is kind of a thorny one for comparison here. If Marner wants a similar deal now you'd be talking about 8.8 aav and that's without buying any UFA years.
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Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« Reply #65 on: July 30, 2018, 07:04:09 PM »
I pegged Nylander at around Pastrnak money, but do we think he's worth a little less?

In my opinion, yes.

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« Reply #66 on: July 30, 2018, 07:43:51 PM »
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« Reply #67 on: July 31, 2018, 07:54:27 AM »
I wonder how much of the delay is literally due to vacations. If you need five people together in one room, and everyone is off doing things for the summer, you just need to get a string of a few days in which they're all available. But that may be in July, Aug, Sept...

I'm not sure who or how many people need to be in a room to negotiate a deal but I have to imagine July and August are fairly uncommon times for agents and their staff and front office people to be taking vacations.

Better now than mid season. Summer's are slow for the team I would think, late July and Aug anyway.

Plus it wouldn't just be vacations. There are charity ping pong tourneys and things too.

I don't know. It's just tough to come up with a reason for a contract to take months to work out, unless there was a disagreement.

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« Reply #68 on: July 31, 2018, 09:49:44 AM »
There is the argument that you should look at cap hit percentage for comparables.  Then there are some comparables coming out of ELC's that got above 10% of the cap at the time:  Eberle, Hall, Backstrom, Kane, and Toews (going back to 2010).   Not that many, and almost all of those guys had bigger years in their ELC's than Nylander and Marner have had so far.

But I think the Kane deal kind of shows one of the tricky things about these sorts of negotiations. Sure, if you're the Leafs you're going to be inclined to look at Kane's breakout third year and say that's the source of paying him what they paid him but if you're Marner's agent and being asked to negotiate a long-term deal right now you're probably going to be inclined to look at the comparison of the first two years of their respective careers being as that's all Marner's gotten the chance to actually play.

If you look at those two years there are ways to look at it as Kane having better production(simply in terms of points per game or total points, playing against the other team's top defense every night) or ways to look at it in Marner's favour(points per minute, especially PP time). Treating the Leafs' young players with relative kid gloves in terms of ice time is kind of a double edged sword in that respect.

So Kane's deal is kind of a thorny one for comparison here. If Marner wants a similar deal now you'd be talking about 8.8 aav and that's without buying any UFA years.

You're talking about a deal done 8 years ago on a guy that had a 30 goal  - 88 point season, came in 9th best in the league in scoring, 7th in Hart Trophy voting...that deal is going to be some kind of benchmark for Marner's?

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« Reply #69 on: July 31, 2018, 10:40:24 AM »
There is the argument that you should look at cap hit percentage for comparables.  Then there are some comparables coming out of ELC's that got above 10% of the cap at the time:  Eberle, Hall, Backstrom, Kane, and Toews (going back to 2010).   Not that many, and almost all of those guys had bigger years in their ELC's than Nylander and Marner have had so far.

But I think the Kane deal kind of shows one of the tricky things about these sorts of negotiations. Sure, if you're the Leafs you're going to be inclined to look at Kane's breakout third year and say that's the source of paying him what they paid him but if you're Marner's agent and being asked to negotiate a long-term deal right now you're probably going to be inclined to look at the comparison of the first two years of their respective careers being as that's all Marner's gotten the chance to actually play.

If you look at those two years there are ways to look at it as Kane having better production(simply in terms of points per game or total points, playing against the other team's top defense every night) or ways to look at it in Marner's favour(points per minute, especially PP time). Treating the Leafs' young players with relative kid gloves in terms of ice time is kind of a double edged sword in that respect.

So Kane's deal is kind of a thorny one for comparison here. If Marner wants a similar deal now you'd be talking about 8.8 aav and that's without buying any UFA years.

You're talking about a deal done 8 years ago on a guy that had a 30 goal  - 88 point season, came in 9th best in the league in scoring, 7th in Hart Trophy voting...that deal is going to be some kind of benchmark for Marner's?

And had 28 pts (2nd on his team to Toews) in 22 GP to win the Stanley Cup.

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« Reply #70 on: July 31, 2018, 11:16:39 AM »
There is the argument that you should look at cap hit percentage for comparables.  Then there are some comparables coming out of ELC's that got above 10% of the cap at the time:  Eberle, Hall, Backstrom, Kane, and Toews (going back to 2010).   Not that many, and almost all of those guys had bigger years in their ELC's than Nylander and Marner have had so far.

But I think the Kane deal kind of shows one of the tricky things about these sorts of negotiations. Sure, if you're the Leafs you're going to be inclined to look at Kane's breakout third year and say that's the source of paying him what they paid him but if you're Marner's agent and being asked to negotiate a long-term deal right now you're probably going to be inclined to look at the comparison of the first two years of their respective careers being as that's all Marner's gotten the chance to actually play.

If you look at those two years there are ways to look at it as Kane having better production(simply in terms of points per game or total points, playing against the other team's top defense every night) or ways to look at it in Marner's favour(points per minute, especially PP time). Treating the Leafs' young players with relative kid gloves in terms of ice time is kind of a double edged sword in that respect.

So Kane's deal is kind of a thorny one for comparison here. If Marner wants a similar deal now you'd be talking about 8.8 aav and that's without buying any UFA years.

You're talking about a deal done 8 years ago on a guy that had a 30 goal  - 88 point season, came in 9th best in the league in scoring, 7th in Hart Trophy voting...that deal is going to be some kind of benchmark for Marner's?

And had 28 pts (2nd on his team to Toews) in 22 GP to win the Stanley Cup.

Yeah, I looked at that after I posted it, good point. 

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« Reply #71 on: July 31, 2018, 11:58:10 AM »
You're talking about a deal done 8 years ago on a guy that had a 30 goal  - 88 point season, came in 9th best in the league in scoring, 7th in Hart Trophy voting...that deal is going to be some kind of benchmark for Marner's?

And had 28 pts (2nd on his team to Toews) in 22 GP to win the Stanley Cup.

Yeah, I looked at that after I posted it, good point. 

Kane signed that 5-year contract just a few months into the 09/10 season (the final year of his ELC). So he didn't have the full 88-point season and subsequent playoff run yet. Probably safe to guess he could have earned a little more if he waited until the offseason to negotiate.
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« Reply #72 on: July 31, 2018, 12:15:12 PM »
You're talking about a deal done 8 years ago on a guy that had a 30 goal  - 88 point season, came in 9th best in the league in scoring, 7th in Hart Trophy voting...that deal is going to be some kind of benchmark for Marner's?

And had 28 pts (2nd on his team to Toews) in 22 GP to win the Stanley Cup.

Yeah, I looked at that after I posted it, good point. 

Kane signed that 5-year contract just a few months into the 09/10 season (the final year of his ELC). So he didn't have the full 88-point season and subsequent playoff run yet. Probably safe to guess he could have earned a little more if he waited until the offseason to negotiate.

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« Reply #73 on: July 31, 2018, 12:29:44 PM »
You're talking about a deal done 8 years ago on a guy that had a 30 goal  - 88 point season, came in 9th best in the league in scoring, 7th in Hart Trophy voting...that deal is going to be some kind of benchmark for Marner's?

And had 28 pts (2nd on his team to Toews) in 22 GP to win the Stanley Cup.

Yeah, I looked at that after I posted it, good point. 

Kane signed that 5-year contract just a few months into the 09/10 season (the final year of his ELC). So he didn't have the full 88-point season and subsequent playoff run yet. Probably safe to guess he could have earned a little more if he waited until the offseason to negotiate.

Shut it Carlton...damn it.

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« Reply #74 on: July 31, 2018, 12:37:05 PM »
Shut it Carlton...damn it.

Sorry man, I know how difficult and time consuming it must have been for you to look up all those stats.

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