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21 May 2018 15:55:25
Matt Martin (LW - 2.5 Million x 2 Years - 25% Salary Retention) and 2018 4th Round Selection to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Tyler Ennis (C/ LW - 4.2 Million x 1 Year)

- Similar contracts and cap totals being swapped; one at less of a hit for an additional cost. Martin is worse than Ennis, so the pick is added, however, Ennis’ production for his cap hit is pretty worrisome. Toronto needs more cap hit for the 2019/ 20 season because of Matthews&Marner’s contracts, so they can afford the pricy tag for Ennis for the next year. If Minny wants free agents, then it makes more sense for them to take the cheaper contract, albeit for an extra year.

Jake Gardiner (D - 4.05 Million x 1 Year) to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Connor Murphy (D - 3.85 Million x 4 Years) and 2018 3rd Round Selection.

- Chicago could use an offensively minded dman, Toronto could use a defensive oriented one. Although Murphy has a longer term, and is locked down for longer, Gardiner is the superior dman based on the previous seasons statistics, and that's why Chicago adds the 3rd Round Pick. Gardiner could be useful alongside a true DFD like Brent Seabrook, and Murphy could partner well with Morgan Rielly.

2018 3rd Round Selection (Chicago) + Curtis McElhinney (G - 0.8 Million x 1 Year) + 2019 4th Round Selection to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Valeri Nichushkin (LW - Rights - Contract Extension: 2.25 Million x 3 Years) .

- Dallas acquires two draft picks and a cheap backup goalie to aid Ben Bishop, in order to not overplay him during the season. Mac played better than Lehtonen, and tbh, Dallas needs to move on from him. Toronto acquires a wild card: a guy who was a 30 point man in his first stint in the NHL, and a guy who has been 0.5 PPG in the KHL. He could be great alongside Auston, or could bust out, be worse than Connor Brown, and then defect back to Russia.

2018 2nd Round Selection + Josh Leivo (RW - 0.75 Million x 1 Year) to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Samuel Morin (D - RFA - Contract Extension: 1.5 Million x 2 Years) + 2018 5th Round Selection.

- Philly has a ton of young dmen (Prov, Ghost, Hagg, Sanheim, Myers), as well as some veterans such as Gudas, so Morin seems expandable, especially since his growth has somewhat stunted in Phillys farm system. Its possible he could use a fresh start, and maybe he could turn it around, especially on a team that could certainly use DFD. Philly gets a bottom six winger who never got a chance in Toronto, and a decent pick around 55th overall. Toronto gets a guy who could be a solid DFD for the future, or a guy who may be no more than a 5-6 dman.

Draft:

(C) Vitaly Kravtsov - MHL:
Comparable: Evgeny Kuznetsov
Rankings: Between 15-25.

If not.

(D) Mattias Samuelson - USA
Strengths: Hitting, Defensive Responsibility.
Rankings: 21-25.

Extensions:
William Nylander - C/ RW - 5.75 Million x 7 Years
Tyler Bozak - C - 3.0 Million x 1 Year
Andreas Johnsson - LW - 1.75 Million x 3 Years
Auston Matthews - C - 10.0 Million x 8 Years
Mitch Marner - RW - 7.0 Million x 8 Years)

Free Agency:
John Carlson - D - 8.0 Million x 7 Years

Lineup:
Valeri Nichushkin (2.25 Million) - Auston Matthews (ELC) - Mitch Marner (ELC)
Patrick Marleau (6.25 Million) - Nazem Kadri (4.5 Million) - William Nylander (5.75 Million)
Andreas Johnsson (1.75 Million) - Tyler Bozak (3.0 Million) - Kasperi Kapanen (0.85 Million)
Zach Hyman (2.25 Million) - Par Lindholm (0.85 Million) - Connor Brown (2.1 Million)
*Tyler Ennis (4.2 Million), Miro Aaltonen (0.8 Million)

Travis Dermott (ELC) - John Carlson (8.0 Million)
Morgan Rielly (5.0 Million) - Connor Murphy (3.85 Million)
Ron Hainsey (3.0 Million) - Nikita Zaitsev (4.25 Million)
*Samuel Morin (1.5 Million), Igor Ozhiganov (0.8 Million)

Frederik Andersen (5.0 Million)
Garrett Sparks (0.85 Million)

Total Cap: 68.725 Million
- Fourth line is the checking line against teams top lines, Hyman, Brown and Lindholm are all defensively responsible and will be the matchup line.

When Matthews and Marner and Dermotts extensions kick in.

Lineup:
Valeri Nichushkin (2.25 Million) - Auston Matthews (10.0 Million) - Mitch Marner 7.0 Million)
Patrick Marleau (6.25 Million) - Nazem Kadri (4.5 Million) - William Nylander (5.75 Million)
Andreas Johnsson (1.75 Million) - Miro Aaltonen (0.8 Million) - Kasperi Kapanen (0.85 Million)
Zach Hyman (2.25 Million) - Par Lindholm (0.85 Million) - Connor Brown (2.1 Million)
*Carl Grundstrom (ELC), Trevor Moore (ELC)

Travis Dermott (0.875 Million) - John Carlson (8.0 Million)
Morgan Rielly (5.0 Million) - Connor Murphy (3.8 Million)
Samuel Morin (1.5 Million) - Nikita Zaitsev (4.25 Million)
*Andreas Borgman (0.875 Million)

Frederik Andersen (5.0 Million)
Garrett Sparks (0.85 Million)

Total Cap: 76.525 Million

With the cap going up, this seems reasonable. If not, a Marleau trade could happen and could become a legitimate possibility.

TopShelfSlappers

1.) 21 May 2018 18:21:17
U know what u put a lot of thought and energy into this so I read the who thing, some things are questionable? But for the most part very realistic and in depth.


2.) 21 May 2018 19:06:29
There is just way to many variables for this to be believable IMO I do like a lot of those ideas tho but I think Carlson gets more and I’d rather a different package for Gardiner and I’m sure Chicago would want more term then 1 year with Gardiner. Valeri Nichuskinin is pretty redundant although I do like him not sure if Dallas Bites.


3.) 21 May 2018 19:07:32
Lol ty @Kings.

I didn't have much to do over the long weekend so I decided to make a post regarding what I'd like the leafs future to be like.


 

 

16 May 2018 22:00:56
Here is a move that I would be in favour of Toronto making this offseason:

Trade 1:
Connor Carrick (D - Restricted Free Agent) + Jeremy Bracco (RW - ELC) + 2018 1st Round Selection + 2018 3rd Round Selection to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Tyler Myers (D - 5.5 Million x 1 Year) + 2018 2nd Round Selection.

Why for Toronto?
- Fills a need on defence, a smart, physical right-shot dman who isn't going to put up a ton of points, but will be a strong force on the PP/ PK.

Why for Winnipeg?
- Acquires a decent prospect who turned it on in the second half of his rookie AHL season, and also shed valuable cap. Myers is currently Winnipeg's fourth best dman, and to pay him 5.5 Million is steep, and he will almost certainly be let go of after 2018/ 19. They acquire a stopgap #6 dman in replacement, and upgrade to a first round draft pick.

TopShelfSlappers

1.) 16 May 2018 22:23:20
Good post.


2.) 16 May 2018 22:34:29
That isn't enough for Myers.
And a 2nd? Lol.


3.) 16 May 2018 23:09:33
Don’t think jets send a 2nd back. Either just Myers or if you think a pick is necessary, probably a later one. But not bad.


4.) 16 May 2018 23:21:17
Winnipeg is in the conference final and are a good defensive team and he’s part of it, I doubt Winnipeg would trade him without a roster replacement because Carrick isn’t going to make the jets roster especially when he can Barely even make the leafs roster who are desperate for right handed Dman, and Winnipeg is loaded at forwards so Bracco wouldn’t make the team so I see no value from Toronto to entice Winnipeg so Winnipeg says no.


5.) 17 May 2018 01:33:13
Really @yup?
So they’d keep Myers and probably lose him next summer for nothing? A 1st, a former 2nd Round Pick for a guy who is a #4 on his team at a pretty hefty contract for such a role? I mean, right now, he's the #5, behind even Toby Enstrom, and I’d assume Enstrom stays to play alongside Buff. So, their top six is Buff/ Enstrom, Trouba/ Morissey, and Myers/ Chiarot. ANd they have Poolman and Morrow, and if they get Carrick back, there's another extra dman. Myers obv, has more potential than such, but with a hefty contract and being deep down on the Jets depth chart, I don't think his value is as high as you think.

And @UBJ
Id agree, i was a bit pushy w the second, but i'd say a 4th or 5th may be more fair.

Idk. I feel as though Winnipeg would survive without Myers, especially considering they need more cap space to resign Wheeler and Laine to pretty hefty raises. Myers’ cap will be removed for that.


6.) 17 May 2018 13:07:00
Myers contract is already removed in time to resign Wheeler and Laine. You just stated why Carrick doesn't add value to them he doesn't crack their team. There are enough teams looking for RHD I think theyd be able to find a deal giving them legit prospects that fit their plan better. Knocking the 2nd down to a 5th would make it more enticing though.


7.) 17 May 2018 15:24:32
Myers contract isn’t terrible. But with how many good D they have, it’s expensive for where he is used. But I agree with JBS that Enough teams would be interested to drive up the price a bit.


8.) 17 May 2018 18:19:19
It would take more than this package to get Myers, who would be the Leafs second best d-man, from the Jets. Winnipeg wouldn't want or need Carrick or Bracco but the 1st rounder and a top prospect might swing a deal.


 

 

03 May 2018 21:13:47
Trade Idea (Unlikely, because they are divisional rivals, but still) :

Jeff Petry (D - 20% Salary Retention - 4.5 Million x 3 years) + Chris Terry (Rights - AHL) + 2018 2nd Round Draft Selection (TOR) to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Yegor Korshkov (LW - Unsigned Rookie) + Connor Carrick (D - RFA) + 2018 1st Round Draft Selection (TOR) + 2019 3rd Round Draft Selection (TOR) .

- Montreal has upcoming blueliners such as Mike Rielly, Noah Juulsen and Victor Mete. Coupled with the big contracts of Shea Weber and Karl Alzner, one or two of Jordie Benn, Jeff Petry and David Schlemko have to move, considering they are more expendable than the first three mentioned, and are easier to move than the last two mentioned. Petry played well, so getting a 1st and a good prospect in Korshkov (31st overall in 2016) is a good haul.
- Toronto acquires a RHD to take away minutes from Ron Hainsey, and to help for the next three years. Petry has three years left on the deal, and should still be a decent dman over this time. They give away a 1st, but reacquire the 2nd Rounder that they traded to Montreal in exchange for Plekanec. Additionally, none of their core is damaged, and is Toronto so desires a 1st Round Pick, they can easily move Jake Gardiner for a pick within 15 -16, based on his career year.

Toronto Lineup (including Gardiner, and a resigned Tyler Bozak) :

Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Mitch Marner
Andreas Johnsson - Tyler Bozak - Kasperi Kapanen
Miro Aaltonen - Par Lindholm - Connor Brown

Jeff Petry - Morgan Rielly
Nikita Zaitsev - Travis Dermott
Ron Hainsey - Jake Gardiner
(Basically, setting the third pair up to leave, and allow guys like Borgman, Rosen, Liljegren to get settled in, considering both Hainsey and Gardiner are UFAs. )

TopShelfSlappers

1.) 04 May 2018 13:07:40
Our D is better with Petry than without, not arguing that. But I don’t see him as a long term fix at all. If he had a year left, I’d consider bringing him in. But like you said, Gardiners 4 mill and hainseys 2.5 are off the books July 2019, same day as doughty, OEL ans Karlsson are UFAs. Those are long term fixes. And I’m not saying we will get any of the 3 of them, but if we weren’t in a position to even try because we brought in Jeff Petry, looks really really dumb. If this management has shown one thing, it’s that they’re being patient, sticking to a plan and playing the long term game. Don’t see Jeff Petry being the guy that makes them abandon that.


2.) 04 May 2018 15:28:41
Petry plays on the right.
Also, not sure if those guys you mentioned are ready to make the jump to full time NHL yet.


3.) 04 May 2018 16:44:14
Honestly Top Shelf I think its not too great in terms of value but the fact that Jeff Petry has a NMC is also a factor to consider. let's say he waives and mtl retains his contract leafs would have to do more then to swap a late second for a late first and add a unsigned and looking like a bust prospect. Same trade you proposed but instead of that guy put Kapanen and mtl accepts. Needs to be a player that will help next season in they're if we're given up are best defensemen from last year.


4.) 04 May 2018 21:22:35
@Colt, what makes you think korshkov a bust? How many games have you watched him play? What type of player was he drafted to be? Because all you can see is that he’s 21 yeas old and put up 45pts in 85 KHL games since being drafted. He’s known as a big power forward with a great 2 way game and wasn’t drafted for offensive numbers. Compared to Backes (who never made the NHL for 4 full seasons after his draft) . Knock off the bust talk of anyone that’s not a hab lol rychel was a bust to you 3 months ago and now he’s a promising young player since leafs traded him to Canadiens.


5.) 04 May 2018 23:59:15
Not going to read all this.


6.) 06 May 2018 15:23:21
That’s an overpayment from the habs. Petry’s a top 2-4 defensiveman that plays on the 1st powerplay and kills penalties on the 1st penalty kill unit. You play him on the first pair and he probably gets 40 pts again. There seems to be a lot of people that undervalues him on this forum.


 

 

28 Apr 2018 23:56:24
I previously mentioned a Boone Jenner/ David Savard/ Jake Gardiner trade prototype.

What about something along the lines of.

Boone Jenner (C/ LW - RFA - 3.5 Million x 4 years) and Taylor Chorney (D - 800K x 1 year) to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Dmytro Timashov (ELC x 1 year) + Calle Rosen (ELC x 1 year) + 2019 2nd Round Draft Pick.

I prefer my original trade, however, I really feel that Boone Jenner could be a valuable, cost-controlled piece for this Toronto team. With big contracts on 'mean' guys such as Nick Foligno and Brandon Dubinsky, plus higher skilled guys such as Alex Wennberg, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Artemi Panarin and Cam Atkinson, it seems as though CBJ may pass on giving Jenner a decent deal, especially with diminishing totals since two years ago when he hit 30 goals. Its just because Jenner is a lesser in both the 'grit' department and the 'skill' department in CBJ.

I feel like he'd be perfect in Toronto, a skilled third liner who could chip in offensively, but is not needed as a 50 point guy. He could also provide grit/ leadership which is lacking, and can play up and down the lineup. Additionally, he can safeguard the kids like Auston and Mitch, and unlike Matt Martin, he's actually a skilled player in doing so.

Whadya think? I'm kinda repetitive with this, lol, but I really would like Boone Jenner on Toronto.

TopShelfSlappers

 

 

28 Apr 2018 18:17:28
Toronto/ Columbus:

Jake Gardiner (D - 4.05 Million x 1 year) + Calle Rosen (ELC x 1 year) + 2018 1st Round Draft Selection (25th Overall) in exchange for Boone Jenner (LW/ C - RFA - signed for 3.5 Million x 3 years) + David Savard (D - 10% Salary Retention - 3.825 Million x 4 years) + 2018 2nd Round Draft Selection.

- Columbus may have trouble signing Boone Jenner considering their current cap situation, so they trade him off in order to not risk offer sheets.
- Columbus upgrades on defence, as Gardiner is offensively better than Savard, and could work better with Ryan Murray than Savard. However, the main thing here is that Gardiners contract has only 1 year attached, compared to Savards 4 years, at nearly the same price tag. With Seth Jones, Ryan Murray, Zach Werenski, Gabriel Carlsson and Markus Nuttivarra, the CBJ d-core is very young, and with them in need of extensions soon, Savards contract can't be had a 6th dman, so, Gardiner comes in as a replacement/ rental for this year, and is released to free agency after.
- Columbus acquires a good dman (50 point guy), as well as a 1st Round Pick.

- Toronto acquires a forward who can replace some of JVR’s minutes, and can help with the lack of centre depth.
- Toronto ‘downgrades’ on defence, however, in a sense, they upgrade, as although Savard as a whole may be worse than Gardiner, Savard is a more stable dman than Gardiner, something that Toronto doesn’t have with all of Morgan Rielly, Nikita Zaitsev and Travis Dermott.

Signings:
William Nylander (C/ RW - 5.85 Million x 6 years)
- Gets less than Pasta/ Ehlers, and deservedly so, with a poor playoff performance. Still, a contract that would probably be taken by Nylander considering comparables.
Andeas Johnsson (LW- 1.75 Million x 4 years)
Connor Carrick (D - 1.2 Million x 1 year)
Calvin Pickard (G - 1.25 Million x 2 years)
Tyler Bozak (C - 2.85 Million x 2 years)
- Seems like a severe cut in pay, and is much less than what Bozak is worth, however, Bozak himself openly told the media that he wants to stay, and that it is also in his families best interest for him to stay. Maybe he’ll get more, but I do see him resigning at a hometown discount with Toronto.
Ian Cole (D - 2.75 Million x 2 years)
- Big, bruising dman with vet leadership. Can play PK, and will be a nice upgrade over Roman Polak.
Brandon Manning (D - 1.25 Million x 1 Year’
- Extra dman with a mean streak, again, a defensive dman to help the puckmovers.

And.

Matt Martin (LW - 2.50 Million x 2 years) and Curtis McElhinney (G - 0.75 Million x 1 year) to the New York Islanders in exchange for a 2019 5th Round Draft Selection.

- Mac could probably bring in a 3rd from a desperate team like the Islanders, and considering our prospect goaltending depth (Pickard, Sparks, Kaskisuo, Woll), we can afford to trade him away to alleviate Martins contract.

Lineup:

Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Mitchell Marner
Andreas Johnsson - Boone Jenner - Kasperi Kapanen
Miro Aaltonen/ Josh Leivo - Tyler Bozak - Connor Brown

Ian Cole - Morgan Rielly
David Savard - Nikita Zaitsev
Ron Hainsey - Travis Dermott
(Brandon Manning - Connor Carrick)

Frederik Andersen
Calvin Pickard

- Offence is very spread out. You may say ‘why resign Bozak if he's going to be on the fourth line? ’. That fourth line isn’t a fourth line, its interchangeable with the third line. kinda like 3A&3B. like what Toronto did against Boston with Plekanec centring Marleau/ Marner, Bozak with JVR/ Kappy and Kadri on a ‘fourth line’ with Johnsson and Nylander. Doing this allows for more depth.
- Defence is stronger, as rather than having four extremely mobile dmen, one defensive dman and one pylon, we now have three mobile dmen (Rielly, Zaitsev, Dermott), a TWD (Savard) and two defensive dmen, plus a third defensive dman in the press box. Much more variety, and allows for a tougher backend.

TopShelfSlappers

1.) 28 Apr 2018 21:31:44
I like it. Jenner is a nice addition since Toronto lacks size and center depth. I don’t know a lot about Savard but I do know he’s more defensively responsible than Gardiner. Cole would be a nice addition as well. I like that your not trying to trade Nylander or Liljegren. The leafs draft a RH defenseman first round and people want to trade him. Let’s see how he develops before trading core players.


2.) 28 Apr 2018 22:07:28
Nice post I think you nailed it on Nylanders contract and I believe the Columbus Trade is mutually beneficial. Gardiner could put up 60 points there with more sheltered minutes he put up 51 in Toronto.


3.) 29 Apr 2018 15:10:33
Listen if you leafs fan really don't wanna pat Nylander what hell deserve we will take him tabernouche. Stop thinking a player of his caliber will take 6 or even 5.5 million. Stop he's worth at least 7 million for max years.


4.) 29 Apr 2018 15:11:28
Nylander is getting 7million for 8 years at least. End of story.


5.) 29 Apr 2018 15:13:20
Lol Gardiner will get 5 million for 6 years and Nylander probably 7 million for 8. Somon man.


 

 

 

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17 May 2018 22:02:34
Carolina wants to 'blow it up'. Well, heres a very unrealistic idea:

Jeff Skinner (LW; 5.725 Million x 1 Year; Contract Extension; 6.25 Million x 5 Years) + Trevor van Riemsdyk (D; RFA; Contract Extension; 2.00 Million x 2 Years) + Aleksi Saarela (0.75 Million x 2 Years) to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Logan Couture (C; 6.00 Million x 1 Year; Contract Extension; 6.75 Million x 5 Years) + Joonas Donskoi (RW; 1.90 Million x 1 Year) .

Pretty much a swap of a centre for a left-wing, with additional parts being apart of the deal in order to compensate for value. I'd say that Couture has more value than Skinner based on his past year, his position, and Carolina's need for a centre, and that's why Saarela and TVR may seem like an overpayment for Donskoi. I think this trade helps both teams, as San Jose is stacked down the middle (Joe Thornton - albeit, he may retire soon; Joe Pavelski is a dual C/ W, Tomas Hertl, Melker Karlsson and Chris Tierney, and they could use wingers more than such. Carolina desperately needs centres, and thus, trade away their best offensive player for a #1 C.

Carolina Lineup:

Sebastian Aho - Logan Couture - Teuvo Teravainen
Phil Di Giuseppe - Jordan Staal - Justin Willliams
Elias Lindholm - Victor Rask - Joonas Donskoi
Joakim Nordstrom - Nicolas Roy - Valentin Zykov

Justin Faulk - Noah Hanifin
Brett Pesce - Jaccob Slavin
Roland McKewon - Haydn Fleury

San Jose Lineup (assuming they manage to resign Kane/ Thornton)

Jeff Skinner - Joe Pavelski - Mikkel Boedker
Evander Kane - Joe Thornton - Kevin Labanc
Timo Meier - Tomas Hertl - Jannik Hansen
Marcus Sorensen - Chris Tierney - Melker Karlsson

Joakim Ryan - Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Trevor van Riemsdyk - Brendan Dillon.

TopShelfSlappers

1.) 18 May 2018 00:42:42
I'd bet Pavelski and Couture are the untouchables for San Jose forwards. Especially with old balls - crippled - 1 year deal at a time Thornton. Lol.


2.) 18 May 2018 17:04:27
Such a lack of respect for one of the best long lasting centers of this generation.


3.) 18 May 2018 17:55:10
Where was the disrespect?
I'm saying from a hockey standpoint, why trade away one of your younger better forwards and have an older guy who's had surgeries on both legs the last two seasons step into number 2 role, He's not that guy anymore.
I actually highly respect him, But thinking as a GM, I would never trade Couture away and expect Thornton to take that role. That's just so bad. Even tho he's a massive important part to the team. You took my comment the wrong way I guess.


4.) 18 May 2018 18:02:36
I never disrespected him. He is actually old. He is actually injured a lot. And he is actually signing one year deals.


 

 

17 May 2018 21:40:32
Minor-ish Trade:

Valeri Nichushkin (RW - Rights) to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Calvin Pickard (G - RFA) + 2019 3rd Round Draft Selection.

- Nichushkin has played the past two years in the KHL with results of appx. 0.5 PPG. He was the former 10th Overall Pick in 2013, but underwent major struggles, and currently performed to average standard in the KHL. Considering Kari Lehtonen to be gone as an Unrestricted Free Agent, Dallas could use a suitable, cheap backup goalie, I was debating either Sparks or Pickard, but I feel Dallas would lean towards Pickard due to his experience. He could shoulder some of Ben Bishop's load as a goalie. As for Nichushkin in Toronto, he could take JVR's role as the LW on the 2/ 3 line, and could be a 30-40 point man, if he plays with good linemates. And, since he's 6'4, he may be able to take JVR's role on the PP. It's a gamble for Toronto, and a safe play for Dallas imo.

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31 Mar 2018 17:46:37
Playoff Predictions?

Here are mine:

Tampa Bay vs. New Jersey -> Tampa in 6 games.
Boston vs. Toronto -> Toronto in 7 games.
Washington vs. Columbus -> Columbus in 7 games.
Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh -> Pittsburgh in 6 games.

Nashville vs. Colorado -> Nashville in 5 games.
Winnipeg vs. Minnesota -> Winnipeg in 5 games.
Vegas vs. St. Louis -> Vegas in 7 games.
San Jose vs. Anaheim -> San Jose in 6 games.

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Tampa Bay vs. Toronto -> Tampa Bay in 6 games.
Columbus vs. Pittsburgh -> Columbus in 7 games.

Winnipeg vs. Nashville -> Winnipeg in 7 games.
San Jose vs. Vegas -> San Jose in 6 games.

Tampa Bay vs. Columbus -> Tampa in 5 games.
Winnipeg vs. San Jose -> Winnipeg in 6 games.

Tampa Bay vs. Winnipeg -> Tampa Bay in 6 games.

TopShelfSlappers

1.) 01 Apr 2018 09:00:08
#1 Boston will play NJ (or whoever gets 2nd WC)
#2 No way on earth TOR beats BOS in any series
#3 Right now, no way TB wins the cup, last two months have been pretty bad and PK is atrocious, won't get them far in the PO.


2.) 01 Apr 2018 12:08:13
@triplets Toronto has won like 7 out of there past 8 meetings or something like that so i wouldn't be so sure that Toronto wouldn't be able to beat Boston in a playoff series.


3.) 01 Apr 2018 14:32:28
@TT

I agree that Boston could win the division, and is looking more the case as the season winds down.

I disagree with you saying Toronto could never beat Boston, Toronto is one of the few teams that Boston struggles with because of our utter speed and youth. A battered Boston team (w/ o Carlo, etc. ) could be at the taking for Toronto.

And as for Tampa, I think they turn it around come playoff time, and I think they get their heads straight and figure out most of their issues.


4.) 02 Apr 2018 00:07:22
It’s all a guess and a lot can change on any team with hot streaks/ cold streaks and injuries. But to say there’s no way on earth Toronto could ever beat Boston is dumb. I’m not saying it’s easy, but they definitely have as good of chance as anyone else.

And yes @Charles, bruins are 1-7-0 against leafs in last 2 seasons.


5.) 02 Apr 2018 08:09:56
Lol idk why you guys take this so literally. All I was trying to say was I'd def choose BOS in a series between BOS and TOR. It's the NHL playoffs, no team is without a chance in any series, the NHL is way too even. But I think BOS would be the heavy favorite and also think their style of play fits the playoffs much better.


6.) 02 Apr 2018 17:17:11
leafs vs tampa and it goes 7, i take the leafs because i'm a fan and vasy looks tired. like triplets said pk is terrible.

triplets you are corrupt.


7.) 03 Apr 2018 08:44:54
gotta agree with that, right now I'd prolly say TOR in 5 or 6.


 

 

18 Mar 2018 22:19:29
If, by the draft, Toronto feels Calvin Pickard and/ or Garrett Sparks are ready to be full time, good NHL backups:

Curtis McElhinney and Matt Martin to the New York Islanders in exchange for the rights to Thomas Hickey and a 2nd Round Draft Pick (CGY) .

- I just commented on anothers posters post about Phillip Grub to the Islanders, and I felt that that may not be the right direction for them to go in because they need a proven NHL starter. Again, I stand by those words. However, McElhinney would not be put into a starters position, he'd be a backup to another goalie that the Islanders would acquire (Craig Anderson, Antti Raanta, Jacob Markstrom, Cam Ward. someone with starter experience) . Macs numbers are extremely solid, with a 2.09 GAA and a 10-4-1 record. He also has 3 shutouts in those 15 games. A mid 2nd would be a fair price to pay for an above average backup tbh.

TopShelfSlappers

1.) 19 Mar 2018 00:30:20
Woah. Too much for those two. Easy No from Islandees.


2.) 19 Mar 2018 10:26:26
Yeah, that's what I thought. Maybe a 3rd? Idk. Cause Mac has been phenomenal this year, and a team like the Islanders would be desperate enough to try and acquire him. With Macs stats, I wouldn't take less than a 3rd tho, he's been unreal.


3.) 19 Mar 2018 15:29:54
I don't really see where it's a lot considering hickey is a ufa that you would still have to sign even after aquiring his rights. No guarentee he signs. could turn out to be just a 2nd for martin and mac. And if there is one team in the league that might want martin it could be the islanders.


4.) 20 Mar 2018 02:44:17
@TSS he’s been great as a back up, but he’s 34. He’s not one of those back ups that you hope to acquire cheap and hope he becomes your starter. He is what he is. He been great behind the busiest goalie in the league. But he’s not a guy I’d put a ton of faith in starting a ton of games which is what isles would want. I think they have younger guys that they can get without trading those assets to play 15-20 games.


 

 

13 Mar 2018 23:50:14
Which 5-Man Squad would you rather have?
(Ignore contracts, term, entry-level status: just focus on the players)

Squad A:
(D) Aaron Ekblad (2014 1st Overall Pick)
(C) Leon Draisaitl (2014 4th Overall Pick - Redraft would have him 1st/ 2nd Overall)
(C) Connor McDavid (2015 1st Overall Pick)
(W) Patrik Laine (2016 2nd Overall Pick)
(C) Nolan Patrick (2017 2nd Overall Pick)

Squad B:
(C) Jack Eichel (2015 2nd Overall Pick)
(C) Auston Matthews (2016 1st Overall Pick)
(C) Nico Hischier (2017 1st Overall Pick)
(D) Rasmus Dahlin (2018 Presumed 1st Overall Pick)
(W) Andrei Svechnikov (2018 Presumed 2nd Overall Pick)

For me, this is super close. I'd probably lean towards Squad B because the talent level seems to be very close between the players. Idk tho.

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1.) 14 Mar 2018 03:30:25
I think the two best players are on squad A so I'd have to go with that one.


2.) 14 Mar 2018 03:32:14
McDavid and who cares. He is the best player. He makes everyone bettet.


3.) 14 Mar 2018 04:07:48
We'll van city apparently he doesn't make lucic better but yeah he's still the best there.


4.) 14 Mar 2018 04:23:03
Ahahahha he can’t make Lucic better, A player that has scored 30 goals in the past and isn’t even 30 years old yet but people still think Mcdavid is better Crosby.


5.) 14 Mar 2018 09:29:30
Easily A.


6.) 14 Mar 2018 16:18:49
The group with Drouin.


7.) 14 Mar 2018 22:43:43
Group A because group B has 2 players who have never played in the NHL. If you had them on 2 different groups, would be a more fair question. Best player is clearly on group A, and then Matthews in group B I think is next with Laine 3rd, although lately Laine has definitely made a case for himself while Matthews has been out hurt.


8.) 15 Mar 2018 04:12:25
But but but biased jim rasmus dahlin is already better then bobby orr eventhough he's never played an nhl game.


9.) 15 Mar 2018 13:17:36
I’ve never said anything remotely close to that lol I said he’s a lot better than the guy being taken 5th or 6th and that pro scouts say he’s further ahead in his development than Karlsson was at the same age.


10.) 15 Mar 2018 16:07:33
So he has the value of 2 lottery picks and 3 2nd rounders but he's not any good. Make up your mind man.


11.) 15 Mar 2018 16:35:07
You’re showing the tool you are. In bright colours. You have this bitterness that's comes out whenever someone says the habs aren’t great or made a dumb decision. Get that in check before you’re mark Lepine 2.0 over a game man.


12.) 15 Mar 2018 16:40:47
Last week I thought after a cpl days of working how great every Canadiens player was and kissing your ass in every reply, it would give you some peace and we could go back to being honest again but apparently you weren’t ready for honesty yet. Montreal will be a powerhouse soon enough with or without Dahlin or any other prime player to build around. They are well on their way to it already with Victor Mete, Charlie lindgren and drouin as the three young guys in the most important position. Plus add in their first rounder from last year who said “it’s exciting being picked by such a great organization like the Maple leafs” moments after being picked by the habs haha.


 

 

 

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21 May 2018 19:07:32
Lol ty @Kings.

I didn't have much to do over the long weekend so I decided to make a post regarding what I'd like the leafs future to be like.

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18 May 2018 11:21:09
@vb
I think you’re forgetting Drais.


But to be honest, as much as it may be a lot of youth going out from Edmonton, this is pretty interesting. Washington would never do this, even if the value is lopsided in their favour, there would be riots over trading Ovie after he got em past the third round. and Washington doesn't really need Drais with Kuzy and Backstrom down the middle. As for Edmonton, that's a ton to give up, and that's why i'd probably say no from them too, however, can you imagine McDavid - Ovechkin for the better part of the next ten years? Ovie would easily be a 60 goal man year after year, cause McDavid is well better than Backstrom. Idk. If Ovie lost in the second round again, this would be intriguing. But i just think its a bit too much from Edmonton, and a trade Washington just shouldn't make.

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17 May 2018 20:49:30
No from Edmonton on the first, Drais>Hub, and Puljs potential>>Bjugstad.

And absolutely no from Edmonton on the second. Holy, overpayment much? that's way too much cap and too older, declining players (albeit Price is still good) for a boatload of youth and Sekera.

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17 May 2018 02:25:25
Pulj and the 10th and a cap dump doesn't get Faulk and Skinner. Replace Sekera w someone else and then there's a better trade. Especially for Carolina, whos loaded on ‘d’, Sekera is nothing more than a cap dump.

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17 May 2018 01:33:13
Really @yup?
So they’d keep Myers and probably lose him next summer for nothing? A 1st, a former 2nd Round Pick for a guy who is a #4 on his team at a pretty hefty contract for such a role? I mean, right now, he's the #5, behind even Toby Enstrom, and I’d assume Enstrom stays to play alongside Buff. So, their top six is Buff/ Enstrom, Trouba/ Morissey, and Myers/ Chiarot. ANd they have Poolman and Morrow, and if they get Carrick back, there's another extra dman. Myers obv, has more potential than such, but with a hefty contract and being deep down on the Jets depth chart, I don't think his value is as high as you think.

And @UBJ
Id agree, i was a bit pushy w the second, but i'd say a 4th or 5th may be more fair.

Idk. I feel as though Winnipeg would survive without Myers, especially considering they need more cap space to resign Wheeler and Laine to pretty hefty raises. Myers’ cap will be removed for that.

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