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23 Nov 2022 18:52:03
Leafs get RD Conor Timmins in exchange for behemoth Curtis Douglas.

At one time was viewed as a top D prospect but concussion injuries negatively impacted his entry to the NHL.

6.2" 202, only 24, with excellent skating skills, plays a physical and responsible game but hasn't perfected the offence he showed in OHL. Another Soo player that Dubas is familiar with and a Sandin D-mate.

I cited him as a candidate a few weeks back so certainly am not unhappy with this minor move.

I do like his skating, size and physicality and at $850k doesn't hurt our cap.

A good backup that should not hurt us! Time will tell if he can blossom into a solid player which would be tremendous news.

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1.) 23 Nov 2022 22:10:51
I like the trade as Douglas isn't going to ever make this lineup.

As you said, he definitely has the pedigree, but has never played much in his career.

Could be good, could be a nothing deal. Time will tell.


2.) 24 Nov 2022 04:18:13
I like the trade small risk with upside.


3.) 24 Nov 2022 10:20:16
I mean they were never gonna let Douglas play in the nhl so it seems like a good trade we will see if Timmons gets a look.


4.) 24 Nov 2022 11:45:27
I personally really like this trade, it doesn’t hurt the team giving up someone who may have never made the team. I think you’ll see timmins tomorrow against the wild.


 

 

20 Nov 2022 00:36:21
Not sure if CBJ thinks the season is lost but Connor Bedard might be a very good reason to tank.

A 4 for 2 trade; cap in and out is virtually the same. Gavrikov and Jenner to TO for Kerfoot, Sandin, Holmberg and Robertson.

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17 Nov 2022 00:33:06
I think many of us like what Vladislav Govrikov has to offer: still young, big and mobile, a very capable 2-way defender.

Would CBJ accept a package of Rasmus Sandin, Pontus Holmberg and Nick Abruzzese?

He’d be a very good add! If not maybe Jake Bean?

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1.) 18 Nov 2022 04:03:05
Leafs will need Holmberg next year when some team overpays Kampf in free agency.
Holmberg is our next 4th line center.


2.) 18 Nov 2022 15:09:01
Who would you replace Holmberg with!


 

 

13 Nov 2022 01:09:40
Sandin and Niemela to Ottawa for Alex Formenton.

Sign him for 3 x $3m.

Robertson for Andrew Peekie.

Leafs give Ottawa a needed boost to D corps and scoring to CBJ.

We get an amazingly speedy big man who can score and PK.

Peekie is a big upcoming 2-way RD.

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1.) 13 Nov 2022 02:41:01
Isn't Formenton involved in the hockey Canada investigation? I remember hearing something along those lines anyway.


2.) 13 Nov 2022 06:42:51
@Leafslife. i believe he is. which is probly why he has not been signed. or traded. which i think this trade would be a huge over payment for him.


3.) 13 Nov 2022 12:44:45
Okay you’re quite right to question this trade if he’s involved. I was not aware of this so good catch.

Assuming he is, let’s set our sights elsewhere.

I’ve always liked Athanasiou, similar to Formenton. Size, amazing speed, PK ability and decent offence.
Replace Niemela with Bobby McMann and check in with Chicago.


4.) 13 Nov 2022 12:53:01
We trade 2 defenceman (which is an are of weakness) for a forward? Peeke was just signed long term, I don't see him being moved.


5.) 13 Nov 2022 19:19:05
And sending Sandin away will improve the D, he’s the primary weakness on D!

A big fast forward, strong on the PK helps the team defensively.

As you know strong D is a team concept.


6.) 13 Nov 2022 22:00:28
I also like Athanasiou. I think he has another level he can reach in the right system.


7.) 13 Nov 2022 23:42:15
More forwards Leafs do not need.
A better defense is what they do need.
Yet you propose to trade two, young defensemen (Including Niemala a RHD) to Ottawa for another forward.
I don’t see how this helps the team?


8.) 13 Nov 2022 23:43:54
CBJ’s just lost Werenski for the season.
They are not about to trade a defenseman (Peekie) for a forward I wouldn’t think.
This does not improve their team at all.


9.) 14 Nov 2022 07:04:35
@WB CBJ is calling the season a write off I'm sure. I can't see them thinking this is a contention year.

Sandin can go for a bag of pucks for all I care anyway. He's a bad skater and has zero hockey IQ.


10.) 14 Nov 2022 13:40:48
@WB49
When I submitted these trades I was not aware Werenski was shelved for the season so CBJ might choose to pass on Robertson.

But they may see it as a longer term improvement since this year they won’t make the playoffs.

Subtracting / trading Sandin, as I say, improves our D simply by replacing him with any current D in the Leafs system! He’s a big liability!

I removed Niemela in the Athanasiou trade, so we lose only one D. Athanasiou would add much to the Leafs forward group (never can have too many) and he replaces Robertson.


 

 

08 Nov 2022 13:15:30
I’d be quite happy if the Leafs could add a big, young power forward who can skate and be a depth contributor. Julian Gauthier is my target and given how NYR have used him I think he’d be available for the right return

Another piece that I see as a big need is extremely mobile 2-way Dman who has good hockey IQ and the ability to join the rush. In this case it’s Jake Bean, and in this case I’m not sure he’s available.

Let’s send NYR Kerfoot who, like Gauthier, has one year left on his contract but adds value to their PK unit. I think the Leafs have ample PK forwards to allow this.

Bean will be tougher to get so I’m willing to send CBJ a decent 3-player package led by Sandin. Adding in Niemela and Anderson should be enough.

Niemela is tough to give up but I do like Bean’s smarts, skating and skill level.

Should we plan the parade now? LOL.

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1.) 08 Nov 2022 14:23:40
I like Gauthier as a target. Always good to find underutilized physical players that have shown they have talent in the past. Rangers don't have the cap space for Kerfoot though.

That's a pretty big package for Bean. Would prefer a true RD if that group of players goes out from Toronto.


2.) 08 Nov 2022 23:37:58
I would prefer Max Comtois to Julian Gauthier.
I also don’t think the Rangers can fit the salary cap difference between Kerfoot and Gauthier under their cap structure.
Giving up two, young defensemen in Sandin and Niemala for Bean seems like an overpayment.
If Bean was a right shot defenseman I would be more inclined to make the move.


 

 

 

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22 Nov 2022 21:48:29
The only good about Rielly's LTIR is the $914k in cap savings.

And it is quite possible that this moment becomes the rallying point for the entire season!

The Leafs are having team discussions right now how their response as a team will dictate the season's outcome.

Let's make the decision right now that we play for each other and we will come out of this challenging situation much stronger than before!

I'M IN!

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22 Nov 2022 21:24:10
I started a post earlier but didn't send it.

It was addressed to those Rielly nay-sayers saying you'll probably get your chance/ wish to see the Leafs in action without his needed skill set.

I had thought Mete and perhaps another might be brought up, Mete for his NHL experience and offence (what little there is) .

I'm now hesitant to make a quick trade because we will lose any bargaining power we might have had.

I would prefer to wait 4-6 games to see if the team can come together.

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21 Nov 2022 14:41:47
I've been reading as much as I can about Brendan Perlini and watching any video that's available.

He's really a very interesting guy to me: big, fast, young, can score and set up teammates.

I remember watching games that he played and thought his speed was awesome and likewise his wrist shot.

The Leafs have no contract space so would need to engineer a 2-for-1 or 3-for-2 trade.

He would be available and wonder why another team hasn't given him a chance?

Can anyone share what they know about Perlini?

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1.) 22 Nov 2022 14:59:27
From what I remember is that he just never really progressed from junior. His game never really matured. He never found his niche at what he is really good at and doesn't do any of it consistently. He is big, but not overly physical. He never really found his type of style of play to score at a decent pace. He isn't really that good defensively, so he can't fall back on that. He has tools, but never found the best use of them. That probably doesn't help you much, but that's what I seem to remember about him.


2.) 23 Nov 2022 12:31:42
Yes, I did read about his inconsistency and not being overly physical but able to win corner battles.

One concern that I have is with 50 contracts the Leafs have zero flexibility to add though waiver selection or PTO on someone like Perlini, Virtanen or Connolly or even RD Sammy whats-his-name. lol.


 

 

20 Nov 2022 00:36:46
Tage Thompson is an absolute beast!

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1.) 20 Nov 2022 21:31:12
I didn't realize how big he was. He looks like a giant out there.


2.) 20 Nov 2022 22:23:55
And he protects the puck well so it’s very tough to take it from him.

He uses the same move often where he pulls the puck toward his body and then retrieves it. It’s not a curl and drag but a curl and pull.

And he’s got a lethal shot as well.

I often mentioned his name a year ago and hoped Dubas would trade for him.

Other big men I’ve liked and mentioned are Adam Ruzicka and Evgeny Svechnikov.

The Leafs unfortunately have 50 contracts so are unable to bring a big man in without dropping or trading someone.

You might get Svechnikov but not Ruzicka after the tear he is on.

Honestly I’d try and find a way to give Jake Virtanen or Brendan Perlini a try, both big men who can skate and are still young.

Or maybe get Julian Gauthier from NYR or Tim Gettinger who is with NYR’s AHL team Hartford Wolf Pack.

I do like big men who can skate and battle with an offensive touch.

Give ‘em a try, can’t lose!


 

 

19 Nov 2022 15:26:18
Speed, size, physicality, a tenacious work ethic and athleticism are important attributes in a professional athlete.

Add to that a high hockey IQ he’s a player I want on my team.

Leafs need to find someone that fits those criteria and make that trade NOW.

We are almost 1/ 4 through the season and should have a good idea of what we have.

A trade sends a message that everyone can be replaced and everyone needs to elevate their game.

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1.) 19 Nov 2022 19:21:07
I agree that's what is needed, but where exactly does one find an all around defenceman?


2.) 19 Nov 2022 20:07:00
Really the closest all-around Dman that might be available is either Vlad Gavrikov or Jake Bean.

I’ve chosen to eliminate Chychrun because of his injury history but he is certainly available and would add much to the Keafs.

Klingberg is also available but he’s very expensive and now on the dark side of 30.

I’d trade the farm for Jake Sanderson. He quite possibly will be a Norris winner IMO.

And of course there is Carson Soucy but they might think they are playoff bound.

So Sandin, Abruzzese and Steeves (Robertson if I must but remove Abruzzese and Steeves for other possible moves) for Vlad Gavrikov.


3.) 19 Nov 2022 21:08:48
Leafs just need one of those guys?
I see a few needed.


4.) 20 Nov 2022 13:00:20
I don’t think, as I’ve said a few times, that it’s our D that’s the problem, so one does it for me. I wouldn’t say No to more since good mobile Dmen can help the offence by joining the rush.

We’re simply not scoring like we should.

I’m targeting a decent 2-way Dman and a big, fast, smart top 6 forward.

Honestly there are many choices that can be considered. We all seem to be cycling through many decent options.

Let’s land on the best and I will write Dubas. LOL.


5.) 20 Nov 2022 18:39:04
I meant Leafs could use more players with those attributes, not just a defenceman.


6.) 21 Nov 2022 00:57:24
You’re right, more than one are needed.

I poorly stated my overall point that something needed to be done right now.

Last night’s game against Buffalo was a better all-around effort.

I saw players actually working hard for once.


7.) 21 Nov 2022 20:01:10
@Rsears Buffalo looked like they couldn't wait to go home and shovel 6 ft of snow. I don't think that was really much of a test.


8.) 21 Nov 2022 20:28:55
LL, you're right but I was certainly happy with their tempo, most of the time.
Buffalo's last goal was because Murray did not think he had the puck fully controlled.
We will get another look tonight.


 

 

 

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25 Nov 2022 13:41:03
Yes please!

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24 Nov 2022 19:24:53
So Chicago is certainly one team ready to deal but I'm not trading for Kane or Toews, too much money and probably tough to resign.

They are looking for youth and skill and since Leafs will have their hands tied with zero flexibility as we near the trade deadline a multiple player deal today might be what the doctor ordered.

Athanasiou (one year left) and Murphy ($4.4 x 4) for Abruzzese, McMann, SDA, Kerfoot and Engval. Kerfoot and Engval can be resigned and traded in 2023 for other young players or picks.

Chicago can handle the contracts and we drop to 47.

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24 Nov 2022 19:12:44
I'm onboard with the first trade, adds toughness!

I'm not crazy about the Chychrun deal, I think it's too much for someone who has had one good year and a riddled injury career.

Maybe closer to the deadline I will feel more inclined.

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22 Nov 2022 21:37:12
I really don't think Holl is our problem!

I'm not saying he's what I want in our top4 but he earns his $2m. Plus he's not going to get you much if traded.

I do like Larsson but not at that price, Engval and a 2nd I'd do.

I'd also be leary of Chychrun until I satisfy myself through a thorough medical review by Leaf doctors.

And I would also make the Holmberg Myers trade that RLF suggested in the earlier post.

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21 Nov 2022 14:34:46
I do like Xjakai but have lost my appetite for Anderson.

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26 Nov 2022 00:07:06
They just wanted to be sure!
LOL.

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23 Nov 2022 12:31:42
Yes, I did read about his inconsistency and not being overly physical but able to win corner battles.

One concern that I have is with 50 contracts the Leafs have zero flexibility to add though waiver selection or PTO on someone like Perlini, Virtanen or Connolly or even RD Sammy whats-his-name. lol.

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21 Nov 2022 20:34:01
I have recently read that Jarnkrok is not his best on LW so it may be preferable to keep him on RW.

So leave Willy with Matthews (they seem to be clicking) and put Willie on LW where he is comfortable. I also wonder if Jarnkrok can be a top6 with the Leafs. He does have a wicked wrist shot.

Sorry but Engval won't be coming out due to his strong PK ability.

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21 Nov 2022 20:28:55
LL, you're right but I was certainly happy with their tempo, most of the time.
Buffalo's last goal was because Murray did not think he had the puck fully controlled.
We will get another look tonight.

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21 Nov 2022 00:57:24
You’re right, more than one are needed.

I poorly stated my overall point that something needed to be done right now.

Last night’s game against Buffalo was a better all-around effort.

I saw players actually working hard for once.

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