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24 Sep 2017 00:02:59
Jeremy Bracco and Martin Marincin to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Colin Miller and a 6th Round Pick.

- Vegas has a lot of average dmen. Lots of waiver eligible ones too. Miller is possible trade bait, and wouldn't hurt Vegas very much.
- Toronto loses Bracco, but with so much forward depth, it isn't a notable loss.
- Vegas gains a skilled forward who could be a skilled player in the league in the future.
- Toronto gains a solid young dman who could add depth to a decently thin defence.

Leafs d-core:

Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev
Colin Miller - Andreas Borgman
*Travis Dermott, Connor Carrick.

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17 Sep 2017 21:43:58
McGinn for Demers (12% Retained)




Eek. Bad for Panthers.

TopShelfSlappers

1.) 17 Sep 2017 21:53:51
Panthers have made some questionable moves. But I think they're just wanting to rid of salary on this one. Maybe they want to set up for a bigger move maybe during season or deadline?


2.) 18 Sep 2017 06:25:53
I think they wanted to clear cap like Yup said above and also Ian McCoshen looks ready for full time so maybe Demers became expendable with McCoshen's arrival.


3.) 18 Sep 2017 11:06:00
Wow the Coyotes really have a solid defence now:

Ekman-Larsson - Hjalmarsson
Goligoski - Demers
Chychrun - Schenn
Conouttan - Clendening

They may not make the playoffs this year because their forwards are real young but come 2019 this is a playoff team.


4.) 19 Sep 2017 17:50:11
Demers and Goligoski played great together in Dallas, Arizonas D looks really nice.


 

 

17 Sep 2017 03:33:04
Minor Deal Thought:

Mark Fayne and Jujhar Khaira to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a conditional 6th Round Pick

*Condition:
Mark Fayne plays in 50+ games with NJ - pick becomes a 2018 6th Round Pick
Mark Fayne plays in fewer than 50 games with NJ - no pick transacted.

- New Jersey is so depleted on the backend that they could use someone like Mark Fayne as a 5/ 6 guy, despite his hefty contract and limited skillset.
- They also acquire Khaira, who could provide depth to a relatively top-heavy offensive core in NJ.
- Edmonton adds valuable cap space at a minimal cost (giving up Khaira) : cap space that could be used at the deadline to beef up the team for a playoff run.
- Khaira is easily replaceable in the system, and at best, will become a third liner for the Devils.

TopShelfSlappers

1.) 17 Sep 2017 04:41:36
Can't see Devils doing it.


2.) 17 Sep 2017 04:52:13
No way from Edm. Keeping Jujhar
He will play a lot this session. Then full time nex season when Letestu is maybe gone.


3.) 17 Sep 2017 21:56:57
Fayne is buried in the minors. They don't need to trade Jujhar away for just a conditional 6th to get rid of Faynes contract. This is terrible the more I think about it. They value Jujhar a lot more than this believe it or not.


4.) 18 Sep 2017 11:22:08
Lol come on yup. Jujhar is the equvelant of like Josh Leivo, if i could send Leivo and Lupul put for a 6th, i'd do it. Not everyone has as much value as you think.


 

 

16 Sep 2017 14:42:32
James van Riemsdyk to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Jack Johnson and a 2019 2nd Round Draft Pick.

- Two UFA's traded for each other, for positional needs.
- Columbus could use another left winger, especially if Sonny Milano doesn't pan out on the left side. Foligno, van Riemsdyk and Panarin on the left would be ridiculous.
- Columbus also has internal depth to take over for the loss of Johnson, as Harrington, Nutivarra and Gabriel Carlsson are all young enough to play the bottom pair and have sheltered minutes. The top four in CBJ would stay the same, with Seth Jones, Zach Werenski, David Savard and Ryan Murray.
- Toronto definetly could use another defenseman to round out their top four, and Johnson could be a stabilizing partner for the still growing Morgan Rielly. It would also be better if Ron Hainsey played in a third pairing role than in a first pairing role, that way he could play big minutes on the PK.
- Toronto also can easily replace JVR, as currently, with him in the lineup, they have 5 NHL ready left wingers (JVR, Marleau, Hyman, Komarov, Martin) . One would shift to the right side if this move wasn't done. With this move, there is an opening on the right wing for Kasperi Kapanen, who played well in a fourth line stint last year.

Toronto Lineup:
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Patrick Marleau - Tyler Bozak - Mitch Marner
Leo Komarov - Nazem Kadri - Connor Brown
Matt Martin - Dominic Moore - Kasperi Kapanen
*Josh Leivo

Jack Johnson - Morgan Rielly
Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev
Connor Carrick - Ron Hainsey
*Travis Dermott, Roman Polak

Columbus Lineup:
Artemi Panarin - Alex Wennberg - Josh Anderson (if he signs)
Nick Foligno - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson
James van Riemsdyk - Boone Jenner - Oliver Bjorkstrand
Sonny Milano - Lukas Sedlak - Matt Calvert
*Jordan Schroeder

Seth Jones - Zach Werenski
Gabriel Carlsson - David Savard
Markus Nuttivarra - Ryan Murray
*Scott Harrington

- Only reason I added the second is because I believe Jack Johnson is worth a first, and JVR is worth a first and second. So yeah.

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1.) 16 Sep 2017 18:18:27
I like it, I don't think Johnson is the answer to the Leafs and JVR isn't a centremen but it does make both teams better without them really giving up much. So solid and a realistic trade.


2.) 16 Sep 2017 22:27:00
You put too much time into this. Lol.


3.) 17 Sep 2017 04:25:49
@Yup

I have nothing better to do on a Saturday mornin. Lol.


 

 

12 Sep 2017 13:59:32
Hampus Lindholm, Kevin Bieksa, Logan Shaw and a 2018 3rd Round Draft Pick and to the Boston Bruins in exchange for David Pastrnak (signed to 7 year/ 7 million per year deal) and Adam McQuaid.

- Anaheim beefs up their attack to contend with a beefy Edmonton Oiler offence. This will make the Pacific division title a race, as otherwise, it seemed a given that Edmonton would win.

- Anaheim loses a big piece of their defence, however, with Jacob Larsson, Cam Fowler, Sami Vatanen, Brandon Montour and Josh Manson in place, their defense still looks fine for the future.

- Of course, Anaheim would HATE to give up Lindholm, however, in order to get a 75 point guy, who is only getting better, ya got to give up something good.

- Boston loses the biggest and flashiest part of their offence, however, they acquire a dman who will compliment Charlie McAvoy and Torey Krug in the future.
- Lindholm is a solid dman who will be able to produce offence from the backend, and will allow Boston to produce a good defence core - something they have been lacking for a while now.

& don't tell me that Anaheim can just give up Fowler for Pasta. Lindholm will HAVE to go in order to get Pasta. Unless Sweeney is crazy. Which is entirely possible as well.

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1.) 12 Sep 2017 14:05:09
Don't think bruins win a trade for Pasternak but this is definitely the best one I have seen. At least makes you weigh the options. Only thing is I feel that if a 7x7 deal was possible, they wouldn't trade him. Then again, seguin, kessel and Hamilton never saw a second contract because bruins wouldn't get off their wallet, so it's possible I guess lol.


2.) 12 Sep 2017 14:20:49
I can't see the Bruins doing it because they really only have like 5 players players that can get goals (Bergeron, Pasternak, Marchand, Vatrano, and Krejci)


3.) 12 Sep 2017 15:06:07
@Jim


thanks man. I read that Boston only wants 6 mil x 7 and aren't budging much. Maybe if the new deal is 7.5 x 7?


4.) 12 Sep 2017 20:58:11
I think 7.5 is perfect. He's a lot more of a game breaker than horvat who got 5.5, and he's more important to his team than most comparable guys because bruins best offensive weapons from their better days (Bergeron, krejci) are on the wrong side of 30. Draisatls 8.5 is higher because he can play multiple positions and run his own line. 6,7 or 8 years at 7.5 should be fair.


 

 

 

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19 Sep 2017 17:09:05
Better team for the future:

Carolina or Philadelphia?

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1.) 19 Sep 2017 17:48:06
I dislike both teams and Philly more. I would maybe say Philly? It's pretty close tho.


2.) 19 Sep 2017 17:59:27
Yeah. It's close. Philly has a better mix of young players, canes best are mostly D. Both have a cpl decent prospect goalies. I'd say Philly by a hair if they keep their players. But canes have the possibility to be far better as they have more young D which are gold on the market and they can move those valuable assets to fill out the rest. Tough call so early.


3.) 19 Sep 2017 19:26:06
I like the Canes personally but Philly is the right answer here, they have hands down the best prospects in the pipeline right now.


 

 

11 Sep 2017 02:24:22
Ken Holland needs to be Axed. He thinks that Detroit has a shot at the playoffs. He keeps making irrational decisions in order to try and squeak into the playoffs. THey need to go full rebuild and annex all of their terrible contracts.

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1.) 11 Sep 2017 14:06:24
I agree completely! Holland's head is so far stuck back in 2009, that he hasn't realized that the winning window is closing and signing underperforming veterans to try for a playoff run won't work!

Helm did not need to stay a Red Wing when we have young AA who has his speed but way better hands. He can learn the defensive style too if you wanted. Just train him but because of Holland's folly, we could lose a player who generates offense with less minutes, brings speed and skill and has some really good underlying statistics compared to really good players! He has a lot of potential and should be untouchable but because of Holland holding out on him, then we could lose one of our future best players.

So yes, Holland needs to go, hopefully we tank and then management won't renew his GM contract at therms of his last year this year.

Go Wings Go! Let the kids play!


2.) 11 Sep 2017 22:43:25
100% agree, esp since, even if they use their like 1% chance of making the playoffs, they won't come close to a first round win.


 

 

03 Sep 2017 23:41:37
Lmao, I read something funny.

Goofball James Tanner suggests that the price to acquire Jacob Trouba is JVR + Carl Grundstrom + Travis Dermott + Adam Brooks + 1st + 1st.


Lmao.

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1.) 04 Sep 2017 15:21:12
a little much, yes jvrs value is less now than it was last year because he's on the last year of his contract but not a lot of guys are worth 2 1sts alone, and jacob trouba is not one of them.


2.) 04 Sep 2017 16:57:35
Mr. Tanner is just writing things to piss people off. He flip flops on everything he writes. If Trouba struggles out of the gate he will say he's only worth a 3rd round pick. He has been writing a lot of crap of late. I think he's trying to be a Steve Simmons and just make stuff up for a reaction. Doesn't he also say Marincin is a great defender. He could not make a bad defense in Edmonton 3 years ago. He looks like he will not make Toronto this year. Don't fall into Tanner's trap.


3.) 04 Sep 2017 17:43:00
Trouba is definately worth 2 firsts alone, he is more valuable than Hamonic. However he isn't worth this whole deal.


4.) 04 Sep 2017 19:36:01
James tanner is quite possibly the biggest moron in the world.


5.) 04 Sep 2017 19:45:48
@Ovies

Totally agree.

@Vancity

Yeah, he says marincin is better than Hainsey/ Carrick on TO. He thinks he's elite. Havent fallen into his trap yet, but he is hella annoying,


6.) 05 Sep 2017 02:59:59
He says Jake gardiner should be a norris candidate and that OEL is on the same level as karlsson.


7.) 05 Sep 2017 17:01:42
A guy like Trouba is exactly what would be so perfect for the leafs.
He would get a decent contract tho. Maybe $6M.
With what they gave Marleau, Would they be able to keep Marner and Nylander then? Their three young guns be getting big raises right away.


 

 

01 Aug 2017 12:40:34
I normally don't make these kinds of posts, but I feel that it has been overdue for the Leafs. Its sort of like an appreciation post.

If JVR and Bozak stay with the team, I truly believe that the Leafs will have one of the best, if not THE best forward groups in hockey. They would have seven players who are easily capable of hitting 50 points (Matthews, Marner, Nylander, van Riemsdyk, Kadri, Bozak, Marleau), plus Connor Brown who can hit 20 goals, Leo Komarov who hit 19 goals just two seasons back, and Zach Hyman, who can get 30 points as well. Plus, if a player was to go down with injury, there's Leivo, who git 10 points in 13 games, and Kapanen, who looks to have flashes of great things in him (I see Kappy as a better Connor Brown in terms of scoring) .

Of course, as everyone in the hockey world knows, the Leafs need help on defense. But I'd be foolish to say that Zaits, Gards and Rielly aren't good dmen. Gards has hiccups, but he's a pretty good offensive defensemen, and he can break out plays, which is what Babs wants. Rielly was a warrior on both ends of the ice. He may have not had his best season last year, but he has shown promise, and I think he can rebound nicely. However, my favourite dman out of the three is Zaits. Everytime I see him (when he was healthy), he would be calm on the ice. And it was his rookie season nonetheless. He is going to be a cog on the Leafs for the future.

I know, everyone will be hating on me for making this, calling me a homer and whatnot. But if you look at years before, where was the Leafs forward depth? We had one line running, and it was JVR/ Bozak/ Kessel. Kadri never seemed motivated, Lupul was always injured, Clarkson was flat-out garbage, Kulimen was a one-hit wonder, Santorrelli and Winnik were flash-in-the-pan. It's nice to have depth, and its nice to have a team that will have a good future. It hasn't been like this for a while in Toronto, so yeah.

TopShelfSlappers

1.) 01 Aug 2017 13:31:15
I'd argue TB can at least match that. Capable of:

50+ points: Stamkos, Johnson, Kucherov, Palat, Point
40+ points: Killorn, Callahan, Namestnikov, Kunitz
30+ points: Gourde.


2.) 01 Aug 2017 13:41:40
TSS. ya your a homer! . but honestly, we all are. you Leafs fans have been through hell for years, so it must be refreshing to have confidence in your team.
I don't know if its the best group of forwards in the game, but its deffinetly a solid bunch, that is jus going to get better and better. The o y questionable move I feel they made this summer was signing Marleau for that long of term at his age., when as you say they need some helo on D. so maybe JVR gets exchanged for some help on D.
Anyway, the future looks bright in T. O. wish I could say the same witj my team lol.


3.) 01 Aug 2017 14:57:40
I can see the 7 players you mentioned getting 50+ points. marleau may take some of browns ice time and opportunities but overall it's a pretty solid forward group.


4.) 01 Aug 2017 16:21:50
I hope they all get better and some of them will. But having that insane crop of rookies blow away expectations last year, it's hard to believe a cpl of them don't have a minor set back. The depth is definitely there tho. I can remember when leafs had players on their 2nd and 3rd lines that couldn't make this team today and it was that long ago.


5.) 01 Aug 2017 16:37:58
I think Kadri will have the biggest setback. i could see him drop back to like 23 goals and 50 points. that's an entire 10 goals less.


6.) 01 Aug 2017 17:19:36
Even if Kadri does drop in points, he still become a valuable asset. he's becoming one of those guys that maybe isn't the biggest factor on a score sheet, but ya deffinetly knew he was in the game. Has become the royal pain in the ass every contending team needs to be successful. I've really like his development latley. wish we had him! . Lol. would be our number 1 center! Lol.


7.) 01 Aug 2017 18:05:57
Yeah Sosa, if kadri broke 30 again i'd be very impressed. But he has become a guy that you don't need to score every night now. That's a huge plus and a relief to him I'm sure. Allows him to focus on other details in his game that help the team rather than trying so hard to lead the team in scoring like he was a cpl years back.


8.) 01 Aug 2017 21:43:12
This is a hard one. I'm a habs fan that lives in Toronto. So they are my top teams. I really like what i saw out of the leafs this year, but they are too young and such a small sample size for me to jump. I still think they should try and make a bid deal for great defense, probably involving JVR and Bozak plus some to get a real stud.

They can put up points but if they could round out their game and let less opportunities get to Freddy, i think that would be better than having a super deep front line. This might also just be my desire for defense on my own team though, lol.


9.) 01 Aug 2017 23:47:05
Callahan has scored like 30 points the last two years combined, what makes you think he's remotely capable of coming anywhere close to 40 in one season? Same with Johnson, he hasn't scored 50 in the last two years and it's expected that he will now? I mean, he might, but there's no reason to expect it given recent performance. The same with Point, he has scored a grand total of 40 points in the NHL. And Namestnikov, he has never scored over 35 in a season and last year got only 70% of the 40 points you say he's very capable of getting. Not to mention Gourde who has a total of 9 freaking points in the NHL.


10.) 02 Aug 2017 07:36:28
Well Shankar, would help to set those points you mentioned in perspective, huh? as TSS did in the original post, I assumed everyone plays all 82 games.

Callahan: Last 3 years was on pace for 58, 31 and 18 points but was hampered by injuries a lot. If you don't see him getting back to 40, fine, put him to 30, but don't tell me he isn't capable of that in 82 games.

Johnson: case for him is even easier. if he plays all 82, safe bet for 50 points, imo. Last 3 years, was on pace for 77, 45 and 56 points, which equals ~60 per year, so why wouldn't he get 50?

Point: Point had a great first season, why wouldn't he improve on it? How do career points matter? Point was on pace for 48 points last year, so saying he is capable of 50 in year 2 seems reasonable to me.

Namestnikov: he was fire on a line early last season with Stamkos and Kucherov until 91 went down. I expect this line to be together again, which would def make it possible for him to get 40+.

And srsly Shankar, how is saying Gourde has 9 points any productive criticism. He's played a grand total of 20 NHL games and has been on pace for 33 points. Although its a small sample size, why wouldn't he be able to be 90% the player he was last year?

All in all, some not well thought out criticism while not setting data in relation to injuries and number of GP. I expect better from you, Shanks ;-)


11.) 02 Aug 2017 08:20:44
Ok, let's assume 82 games:

Callahan: He was on pace for 18 last year and is coming off of what I believe is a rather serious surgery and is now 32. It's been 3 years since he has scored even 30 points, so where is the reason to assume he's going to even score 20?

Johnson: All I'm going to say is nice job going back three years to make sure you get that 77 point outlier in there. Look at the rest of his career, especially recent production, and you get a much different picture.

Point: Maybe he'll improve, maybe he won't. You know as well as I that a lot of young players come into the league, have success, and then regress. A player with 40 points and 60-ish games on his NHL resume is a guarantee of nothing.

Namestnikov: Another player who regressed in terms of production last year, despite him apparently playing with Stamkos and kucherov. What reason do I have to assume he is going to put up a career high in points this year?

Gourde: The exact same reason as Point, except to a greater degree. He is a 25-year-old who has proven literally nothing. Seriously, the only thing he has proven at the NHL level is that he can make it, and that's a guarantee of nothing points-wise.

It's not that these guys can't score 30, 40, or 50 points (most NHL forwards can if everything goes their way for a year), it's that you can't necessarily expect it from them for a variety of reasons. The same way I'm not expecting Kadri to score 30, Matthews to score 40, and Marner to put up 60 points. Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised, but I doubt any of them will get to those numbers next year.


12.) 03 Aug 2017 16:03:46
Well, before I will say sth to a few players, let me say this in general to what you said in your last paragraph: If you read what my first post said, we actually agree in everything, I guess. I said they are "capable of", which has nothing to do with saying they will 100% reach that. I used the same terms the original post used for comparisons sake.

Callahan: I think he's still capable of 30 in a fully healthy year, he was hampered by injuries big time last year and the year prior.

Johnson: I went 3 years back for every player, so def not to catch Johnsons 77 points. It doesn't matter, just take the last two years and his average for 82 games is still exactly 50 points.

Point and Gourde: guess its a matter of point of view and also watching them play more. I watched them play a lot and I'm confident both will reach or are at the very least capable of the point totals I assigned.

Namestnikov: As you could know, Stamkos played 17 games and after that, that line was obviously not togehter anymore and Vladdy also got put away from Kuch. that's why my hope is that a full season next to 91 and 86 would def get him 40 pts. I mean, that's not even a testemant to Vladdy, but I guess you can put pretty much every player next to 91 and 86 for an entire season and he'd get at least 40.


 

 

17 Jul 2017 21:36:58
Phil Kessel rumors have been shut down, however, lemme make a trade.

Dylan Strome + Anthony Duclair + Kevin Connauton in exchange for Phil Kessel + Derrick Pouliot.

Why for Arizona?
- Arizona has a lack of depth on RW (dailyfaceoff. com has their list as Rieder/ Duclair/ McGinn), so bringing in an experienced, prolific right winger makes sense.
- Arizona has depth at centre (Stepan/ Keller/ Dvorak/ Cousins), so losing Strome is not the worst thing in the world, although it would hurt.
- Kessel has chemistry with Stepan (Olympic teammates) and has his favorite coach in ARZ (Tocchet) .
- The Coyotes seem to be wanting to win in the next 2 to 3 years, with their acquisitions of Stepan and Hjalmarsson, so another win-now piece in Kessel could help them solidify themselves.

Why for Pittsburgh?
- They save 7 million dollars of cap. Which will be huge when reigning of Guentzel, etc. comes along.
- They get their third line centre who can play up and down the lineup in the future. Strome will be a third line centre for now, but when Geno/ Sid age, he can take over. He won't be as good, but at least they'll have a piece of the puzzle.
- Duclair replaces Kessel, and him playing with either of Geno/ Sid should ignite him.
- They still stay competitive, with a mix of Sheary, Rust, Guentzel, Hornqvist and Duclair as wingers on their top two lines. Any of them will be good alongside of Sid/ Geno.

TopShelfSlappers

1.) 18 Jul 2017 02:03:28
You really think Kessel is going to waive his NTC for Arizona? Come on.


2.) 18 Jul 2017 02:12:21
Woah. No way from Arizona.
F yes and NO take backs from Pitts.


3.) 18 Jul 2017 02:56:14
No from Arizona.


4.) 19 Jul 2017 15:40:33
You think ARI wants to win in the next 2-3 years?


5.) 20 Jul 2017 13:56:06
Really don't see the value going to Pittsburgh? Duclair is okay but had a brutal season. No Strome isn't a bust but I'm willing to bet he will become nothing special he's to slow and really isn't great at any aspect. He will probably be as good/ worse then Ryan Strome. And that other guy is a throw in. Why would pits do this?


 

 

 

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22 Sep 2017 12:51:48
What could the leafs expose on him?

I think the whole situation is overblown.

I think he apologized quickly because he realized his comments were solely anger related. physicals don't just test a players 'healthiness' as related to injuries, they also test the players healthiness in terms of game shape.

Looking at Lupul, he looks like he enjoyed himself over the year and did not care about training/ routines. He lost his fitness basically. He may be free of his injury, but he also may have not been phyiscally fit/ adequate to play.

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21 Sep 2017 11:45:47
If Demers can go for McGinn, then I'd say this is pretty fair.
Maybe a small, teeny add from the Canucks? Like a 5th?

Cause Rychel sucks. He takes way too many penalties. But teams like him because of his relative youth.

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20 Sep 2017 14:50:44
Need to throw in like Kappy buddy. No ones taking Horton for free.

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19 Sep 2017 14:41:18
There is a need for an add to RNH for Trouba. Especially since Winnipeg has depth at centre with Little and Scheif locked up.

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19 Sep 2017 14:40:11
Schenn, Binnington, Gunnarson and a 1st for Price?

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