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@Savo43 @Cameron19 Exactly. Komarov getting the trio started. Kadri playing with an edge. And Byfuglien cleaning up the garbage for them afterwards while Leo gets his verbal jabs in.

8 hours ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@Savo43 @Cameron19 @Cloud09 It's quite obvious, in my opinion, that Kadri and Gardiner both receive "tough love" from Carlyle when they need to be reigned in. He clearly likes them both. When he doesn't like you, he doesn't have the time of day for you - Grabovski, MacArthur, Liles, etc...

8 hours, 1 minute ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@Savo43 @Cameron19 They'd be tough for anyone to out-possess though. Kadri and Lupul would have to hustle hard on the back-check.  I would also like to see Komarov/Kadri/Byfuglien.

8 hours, 3 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@Savo43 @Cloud09 It's an extra stupid narrative when it was always quite clear that Carlyle actually likes Gardiner.

8 hours, 4 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@MaxwellHowe I like to think of that situation as though the Leafs knew Florida would out-bid them, and simply used the media to raise his price and hurt a division opponent. I know, it's a stretch, but given all the other clever little things the Leafs have been up to....perhaps no longer laughably impossible?

8 hours, 7 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@Savo43 @Cameron19 I think it is a bad idea, as much as I like the skill set Kane brings. Would much rather Byfuglien, I think.

8 hours, 8 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@Savo43 And I suspect still a couple things yet to happen. Definitely a couple of front office hires left, and probably a trade.

8 hours, 12 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@sniperstar @Cameron19 He's also just an enormous man. He's never going to be ripped. Part of his game is just being huge. Kessel is more contentious because it looks like he could do a lot more.

8 hours, 13 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@Cloud09 @Cameron19 No idea, but I'd offer a package of Franson, Reimer, Ashton and see if that sparks any interest.

8 hours, 17 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@Cloud09 @Cameron19 Without sacrificing the offense.

8 hours, 23 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@twitting_sg @Cameron19 I suppose it's possible that because Gardiner joined the league late, he only had to give 6 years of pro hockey to get to UFA. Never heard of that before though.

8 hours, 30 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@JMAC17 @Cameron19 No, Lupul will not waive for Winnipeg.

8 hours, 32 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@sniperstar @Cameron19 Yea, for sure. A legitimate concern for this fan base. Still, the off-season isn't the problem for Byfuglien. It's the end of the season when he's tipping the scales.

8 hours, 32 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@twitting_sg Just the one. After you ELC you need 4 more years of pro hockey to get to UFA. The earliest you can do it is 25.

8 hours, 42 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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I really like the idea of getting Byfuglien from Winnipeg. How great would a line of Komarov/Kadri/Byfuglien be. Komarov would fire up Kadri, get him playing on the edge, and Byfuglien is there not only to clean up the mess but to snipe for Kadri's passes. 

8 hours, 42 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@TheCanucksnaphook @Cameron19 @Omac13 lol. Yea, and that....

10 hours, 21 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@TheCanucksnaphook @Omac13

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Anaheim:

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Kesler in; Bonino out

Heatley in; Selanne out

Thompson in; Perreault out

Stoner in; Sbisa out

Gibson in; Hiller out

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That's a mixed bag for me. I think the Canucks did pretty well in short order. Chicago added Richards at the expense of a defender that is yet to be named  - not fantastic. 

10 hours, 22 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@lukethenuke Gonna be a long damn wait for Tavares.

10 hours, 26 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@ingy56 Ha, how could there be. It's going to be pretty standard. 925K base salary - part of that delivered as a signing bonus so he can get himself a place in Toronto, and then the usual bonuses for a player in the 5-10 range of the draft.

10 hours, 29 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@Alec Brownscombe @Cameron19 @leafslunch No. UFA requires 7 years of pro hockey.

10 hours, 30 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@leafslunch Ha, it's only 1 UFA year.

10 hours, 33 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@mike_84 Would prefer someone more mobile, but I wouldn't cry about Smid on that third pairing. Also willing to see Polak/Franson, if it's true that Polak is good on his left side, too.

10 hours, 40 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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So any rumors out there in response to this deal?

10 hours, 51 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million

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@djamon @LeafsGuru Would not do that trade.

12 hours, 24 minutes ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs

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@vinoa @Cameron19 @Burtonboy I'm too stupid. Only Loiselle can do it.

12 hours, 40 minutes ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Komas Taberle @Cameron19 @LeafsGuru I know. That's what I'm saying. No need to carve any of our D a permanent roster spot.

12 hours, 45 minutes ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs

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I was so close. My post from a few days ago:

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@Burtonboy @Cameron19 The break down would make sense for him if he figures the Leafs are otherwise going to nickel and dime him all the way to UFA - which they probably are. Something like:

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2.5M

3.0M

3.5M

4.5M

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Six million bucks in his first UFA year.

12 hours, 45 minutes ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs

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@LeafsGuru He's already cleared waivers before. He likely will again.

12 hours, 47 minutes ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Pent_House @Cameron19 No, 23 is. Given the flexibility we have on D with so many waiver ineligible guys, I would just run with a 22 man roster though and call up D as we need them. Maybe take one with the team on long road trips.

12 hours, 49 minutes ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs

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So with a 22 man roster, the Leafs now have about a million in cap space.

12 hours, 51 minutes ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs

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@TheCanucksnaphook @Cameron19 We should have pushed hard to give Kadri this same deal, or something close to it.

12 hours, 56 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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@Mcost61 Of course it doesn't. No player can have those clauses until their restricted years are over with.

13 hours ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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Well, I said when Henny suggested a long term deal that my guess was 5 years, 19.5M.  Pretty close.

13 hours, 2 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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Doesn't it feel like the team has been much more pro-active with all their contracts this year? I wonder if Loiselle was a problem in that regard, of if it's just the way things have come together this year.

13 hours, 3 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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@LN-093 @Cameron19 I disagree vehemently. The point to his need on the roster more than ever.

14 hours, 44 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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@LN-093 I believe Subban filed, so the team gets to choose the term.

15 hours, 18 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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@LN-093 Lupul won't be traded. And the one thing we do know is the intend to play Robida with either Rielly or Gardiner.

15 hours, 19 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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@Walter_White @Cameron19 @-Keon It is if you just use it as a blanket statement. It still has its uses within context. Considering his competition was pretty soft compared to Phaneuf Gunnarsson, I would expect Franson's +/- to be MUCH better.

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As for Relative Corsi, well, only our top pair had worse numbers than Franson, but they also faced infinitely more difficult competition.

15 hours, 59 minutes ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Walter_White @Cameron19 @-Keon Also, you have to consider the combination of stats. Sure, he had more defensive zone starts this year? And what was the result? He was -20 and his CF% was the lowest in his career.

16 hours, 6 minutes ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Walter_White @Cameron19 @-Keon That's a lack of options more than anything. All our players have a great percentage of DZ starts. That's because we're almost always in the defensive zone.

16 hours, 7 minutes ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Walter_White @Cameron19 @-Keon CF% is what you want to be looking at. This past season was his worst for possession at 44.9%

16 hours, 9 minutes ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Walter_White @Cameron19 @-Keon Not so sure about that. The advanced stats show he was incredibly sheltered in his only good year as a Leaf. It's traditional stats that say Franson is good. The advanced stats say he is awful at even strength and should only be trusted on the PP and the third pair with offensive zone starts.

16 hours, 20 minutes ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Greg Fenton @Cameron19 Ugh. As usual this is pointless. You just disregard the arguments I put forward and continue on with a narrative you've already established. "Who cares" indeed.

16 hours, 22 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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@Hifi75 @Walter_White @-Keon We already know for certain that they tried very hard to move him at least once - and to their biggest rival, no less. I don't think there is any question whatsoever Franson is the piece looking to be moved.

16 hours, 24 minutes ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Walter_White @-Keon He has solid underlying numbers?

16 hours, 25 minutes ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs

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@Greg Fenton @Cameron19 @Ze_theLeafsFan Go read my post again. I said they got lucky with 2 or 3 picks which allowed them to be less than concerned about letting some players at the bottom of their roster go. Hardly accrediting all their success to luck. Jesus.

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Maybe it's not fair to call them cavalier about it. The truth is it was probably related to budget concerns. With Kesler added, someone had to go, and Perreault was going to need 3M bucks. Winnik probably wanted 2M from them initially, but they figure Etem and Rakell can take over there for 850K.

16 hours, 48 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal

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