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20 Nov 2020 16:36:05
Leafs trade Nylander
Avs trade Nichuskin, Graves

In keeping with the whole trying to be “harder to play against”, Leafs pick up a middle six forward that finished 8th in Selke voting and a top 50 ranked defenseman with size and edge. Graves is LHD but can play RHD, like Brodie. We save a bit of cap too.

Vesey/ Kerfoot/ Nichuskin

Rielly/ Brodie Rielly/ Graves
Muzzin/ Graves Muzzin/ Brodie

Third line looks much improved as a hybrid line that can both shut down the opposition and chip in the off goal. Defense looks much improved and has added flexibility.

Win, win.

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20 Nov 2020 23:32:49
To quote shania Twain”he doesn’t impress me much”
That’s my overall feeling about graves. If I wanted a big plus minus guy I woulda suggested pat nemeth 2 years ago. Take these guys away from systems that compliment their styles and you get exactly what pat nemeth is in Detroit. Toronto is no place for a slow big guy who can’t pass. He works in Colorado because they are built to have 1 puck mover and 1 stay at hone guy. Toronto is very very very much not built like they.

Like him now but once a leaf he will look a lot like a big guy leafs have now that every fan is wishing they to get rid of.

Sorry that’s just my opinion I could be way off his assessment as a leaf but I only go by what I’ve seen in past 10 years on this leaf team and that is big slow D don’t work well in this locked out city.

21 Nov 2020 00:11:48
This would be a good move just for graves alone but i don’t think the avs would want to tie that much money up long term.

21 Nov 2020 13:18:06
I don't think the value is really off and Leafs get the $1M+ in cap savings. The AV's have Rantanen, Burakovsky and Donskoi on the right and Landeskog and Saad already on the Left. Do they really need Nylander? I don't see the fit.



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