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That might work, but you've gotta remember that Kessel is still a young man, so having him as part of the rebuild definitely wouldn't hurt.
2 months, 1 week ago on Anthony Petrielli & Steve Dangle on Global News Talking Leafs Rebuild
Alright, scratch that and just put McDavid as the Top Line Centre.
Also, it's nice to know you can predict the future and I think you're severely underestimating the talent this team already has.
Just because they're in a slump and basically tanking for the highest pick possible this season, doesn't mean guys like JVR, Kessel, Lupul, Kadri, Gardiner, Rielly, etc. aren't extremely talented!
Hell, I'd even hold onto Phaneuf and tell LA to keep Richards, but the Salary Cap is holding this team back and Phaneuf $7 million + Bozak $4.2 million isn't nearly as valuable as Richards at $5.whatever it is.
Whats with you guys and labeling lines as 1, 2, 3, 4?
Get that shit outta your head!
If Nonis had continued what Burke had started and built Carlyle a Top Line, a Scoring Line, a Shutdown Line and an Energy Line, along with a solid defence and Bernier/Reimer between the pipes, we'd have ourselves a contender right now!
Oh, and I somehow left Kozun and Nilsson off by accident and I'm not sure when guys like Toninato, Herzog, Valiev and Johnson are eligible/going to join the Marlies.
When is management gonna realize that you don't have to burn it to the ground and wait 5 years for a rebuild?
There's lots of good pieces in place and I know it's alot easier said than done, but here's my plan:
1: Immediately place Kessel on the I/R. He's clearly injured and it's effecting his play and if he isn't, he's gonna come out of his slump sooner or later and cost us valuable losses.
2: Trade Phaneuf to L.A. for M. Richards and a prospect and/or pick.
3. Trade Bozak
4. Trade Reimer to a team looking for a goalie (Anaheim with Andersen injured)
5. Sign/trade for a veteran backup
6. Bottom out and hope for some luck at the draft lottery (Select one of McDavid or Eichel)
7. Sign Chris Stewart and Mike Green in the offseason (once again easier said than done)
I haven't done the math if the following will fit under the cap. If it won't, a guy like Lupul could be traded at the deadline (if he's healthy) to make space and Clarkson could always be sent to the Marlies to save $925K.
JVR - McDavid/Eichel - C. Stewart
Lupul - M. Richards - Kessel
Komarov - Kadri - Frattin
Panik - Carrick - Clarkson
Rielly - Polak
Percy - Green
Gardiner - Robidas
Bodie - Nylander - Brown (Resign Bodie to provide some protection for Nylander and Brown)
Leipsic - McKegg - Leivo
Verhaeghe - Rupert - Abbott
Devane - Gauthier - Biggs
Finn - Holzer
MacWilliam - Granberg
Loov - Knodel
Lineup for next year???
Leivo - McDavid/Eichel - Kessel
JVR - Kadri - Nylander
Komarov - Holland - Brown/Abbott
Panik - Carrick - Clarkson
Rielly - Phaneuf
Gardiner - Polak
Percy - Robidas
Even though the media seems to think Kessel and Phaneuf are available, I just can't see any team willing to take on their contracts, while also giving up something of value in order to convince Nonis to trade them, so I kept them on the roster.
I could definitely see them trading guys like Bozak and Lupul, along with Reimer finally getting his wish to see if the grass really is greener on the other side.
I assume those free agent bargain bin additions of Winnik, Booth and Santorelli won't be back next season and I can't see Franson returning either.
So, here's a somewhat realistic look at what our roster could look like next season.
P.S. I know I'm probably dreaming when it comes the getting one of McDavid or Eichel, but if Franson, Bozak, Lupul, Winnik and Santorelli are all moved by the deadline, I could see this team falling right out of it.
2 months, 1 week ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours
Depends what pick we'd be getting back.
Would hate to see Lupul go, as he's seems like a stand up guy and would make a good leader, once Phaneuf is gone.
Are the Kings already pushed up against the cap?
How the hell are they supposed to fit another $7 million under it?
Check my junk, haha?
Your enforcer should never be a defenceman, as it leaves you with only 5 capable defenders!
Looks like a solid hip-check to me!
P.S. Welcome to the MLHS Keeper League on ESPN.
Feel free to change your team name and picture, as Zeus will be removed soon enough.
Clarkson would still be at his own blueline, while McDavid or Eichel are putting the puck in the net at the other end!
I agree, if it was Chris Neil of 5-10 years ago, I'd be all for it, but he's played a rough game and there's no way he has much left in the tank!
No worries man, just replacing my "right-hand man" who can't seem to decide whether he wants to play in the league or not.
Check your inbox or maybe junkbox.
Also, if it goes to your junk mail, make sure you mark it as "not junk" or else all correspondence from the pool will end up going to your junk folder.
If anybody is interested, I've got an opening in the MLHS Keeper League on ESPN.
In case you're worried, you're not getting some crappy team that has been mismanaged and is sitting at the bottom of the standings.
You'll be getting the top team in the league right now!
First one to post their email address will get the league invite and can start managing as soon as tonight!
50 goal scorer with a number 1 centre like Eichel or McDavid!
2 months, 1 week ago on Game 55 Scoring Chances: Rangers 5 vs. Maple Leafs 4
Dos anybody know who's first round pick Buffalo traded to Winnipeg?
That was the start of the most recent demise of the Leafs.
I realize they made the playoffs the year he was fired, but that was the team he built and it was still young. To this day, I don't undrestand why Nonis blew the team up so much in the offseason.
The fire was burning inside of them from losing Game 7 the way they did and then he shakes things up. Rookie move by a not so rookie GM!!
Even if he wanted to make additions, he could have waited till the trade deadline to do so, at which time they wouldn't have costed him 82 games worth of Salary Cap.
Why the fuck did MLSE choose Tim Lieweke over Brian Burke??
Just another mistake to throw on the burning tire pile of mistakes over the past few decades!!
We'd probably get a goalie interference penalty if we did that
3 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #45, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. San Jose Sharks (10:30 p.m., TSN4)
JVR - Bozak - Kessel
Rielly - Phaneuf
Winnik - Kadri - Santorelli
Gardiner - Franson
I've honestly heard enough of this Cori bullshit!!
If you get out shot attempted, but have more quality shots(scoring chances), is it a bad thing?
So, does anybody wanna take over Zeus's team in the MLHS Keeper League on ESPN?
If I were in Phaneuf's skates, I'd be dropping the gloves with Thornton tonight!
Nah, only Thornton takes slap shots at people.
If he did it on purpose, yes it's a good call.
If he hits the net by accident and it goes off - no penaty
That's an odd call, haha
Back-to-back games in California (2 outta 3 nights) will do that.
Dubnyk will be a huge acquisition for you.
You've gotten off to an amazing start so far.
If he really pussying out, it won't be him in first place though, it'll be his replacement.
Doubt that, as the standings won't change at all after this week
Anybody interested in taking over Zeus' team in the MLHS Keeper League on ESPN?
He's currently tied with me for 1st place with a 12-4 record.
When Gunnarsson was healthy, he was a solid defender.
The play will be reviewed by the War Rom regardless of whether the players whine to the refs.
Ya, we might as well start up tank nation again.
Atleast our GM didn't trade our 1st rounder away this time.
Well, I think it might be time to hit the sack, lol
Yup, I've noticed that, aha
Been awhile, but figured I'd check in to see what's up.
Well, he is 6'5 and defencemen usually use longer sticks than forwards, so that makes sense.
4 months, 1 week ago on Friday Mashup: Wings Again on Saturday
@In it to Winnik
The Leafs are definitely the more talented team, so as long as we match their work ethic, we should come out with the W.
If we don't, it could be a long night!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: Burkie Bowl
Definitely could have used Komarov and his energy tonight
4 months, 3 weeks ago on GDT: Game #25, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New Jersey Devils (7:30 p.m., TSN4)
That's exactly what happened tonight.
The Leafs are far more skilled than the Devils (especially with all their injuries), but the Devils just plain and simply wanted it more tonight.
Do you work for TSN?
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Wednesday Mashup: Game Day in Pittsburgh
Marty should just retire.
I know it's tough, but he's had an unbelievable career, all with one team, so why mess that up?
I don't wanna remember the Brodeur who got lit up as a member of the Blues, I wanna remember the goalie who won Cups in Jersey and brought Olympic Gold back to Canada.
Oh, I've been watching and just can't believe how inconsistent this team is!
If they could just consistently play the way they do when they win, we'd have a team that could challenge for the Prince of Wales Trophy, as I don't see much that impresses me in the East.
They wouldn't stand a chance against the giants of the West, but I'd be happy with a Stanley Cup Finals appearance.
Been awhile since I've had to time check in here and was wondering what the general consensus of the Leafs has been for the Leafs so far this season?