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29 Jun 2021 15:03:41
Leafs re-Sign Simmonds. Two years at $.9m per. I can think of many better choices. Brett Ritchie, for one, can do what Simmonds better and for less. He’s a UFA. It’s not the end of the world but shows you what management is thinking!


1.) 29 Jun 2021 19:51:21
If plays like he did before his broke wrist then this signing is a mega deal.

2.) 29 Jun 2021 21:12:58
Someone playing for less means they take league minimum. Ritchie isn't doing that.

3.) 29 Jun 2021 21:32:52
I good with the signing. Cheap veteran depth and a physical presence. Just don't sign more old vets who can't contribute.

4.) 29 Jun 2021 23:37:20
The use of adjective mega seems a little over-the-top, don’t you think?

5.) 30 Jun 2021 00:49:45
@Hrenklin even before the wrist injury he wasn't a 20 goal scorer.

He also can't pass to save his life.

He's a solid guy to have around at 900k but he isn't what he used to be.

6.) 02 Jul 2021 21:28:41
Sign Corey Perry for the fourth line.
Kerfoot + Engvall for J. T. Miller
Perry Brooks Spezza
Simmonds, FA Center, Mikheyev
Galchenyuk, Tavares, Nylander
J T Miller Matthews, Marner

Protect 7 Forwards, 3 Defenseman and Campbell.



28 Jun 2021 22:37:56
Let’s shake it up and consider trading Marner. Which team has the biggest need and cap room?
Two teams who can be considered are the Red Wings and the Ducks.
Bertuzzi and Vrana are interesting but maybe take a chance on two young, big players who have not yet reached their expectations. Let’s push Detroit as far as we can and obtain Michael Rasmussen, Evgeny Svechnikov, Joe Veleno and a 2nd in 2021. Is this too much? Or the wrong players?
The only player on the Ducks of interest to me is Maxime Comtois. Add either Max Jones or Sam Steele and either Hayden Fleury or Jacob Larsson and a 2nd.
Do either of these have merit?


1.) 29 Jun 2021 05:49:53
I mean I'd be all over zegras but think he might be untouchable.

2.) 29 Jun 2021 12:42:51
You’d have to get a lot more then that from Detroit Anaheim intrigues me but I think they will be looking at a center first.

3.) 30 Jun 2021 06:02:04
I don't think either team pays that much for Marner. I would gladly take Beans and Bertuzi but that wouldn't happen either.

The big thing for Detroit is the rebuild. They aren't looking to acquire anyone that has Marner type numbers and salary for a few years.

Also, other teams watch what has happened recently with Marner. We aren't the only ones. Your selling him extremely low right now if he's traded.



28 Jun 2021 15:51:40
The Leafs have 15 signed roster players, 10 UFAs and 1 roster RFA.
They have $11,755,217 in cap space plus $3.5 more if Kerfoot selected by Seattle.
Here are my proposed moves:
1) Sign Dermott 2yrs @ $1m per
2) Resign only one UFA with similar Dermott deal - Bogosian
3) Trade the over-rated and turtle-like Rasmus Sandin for a young Center, either Joe Veleno or Michael McLeod
4) Nick Robertson (LW) makes team in a top 6 position.
5) Sign Jamie Oleksiak for 3-5 years at $3.5m
6) Sign backup goalie Chris Driedger @$1.25m for 2 yrs
7) Sign Blake Coleman for 3 yrs @$2.5m
8) Sign Barclay Goodrow for 3years @ $ $2m
9) Sign Eric Haula for 2 years @$1.8m
Let the criticism begin!


1.) 28 Jun 2021 16:09:48
No criticism from me. I too think Sandin is over rated. Good puck mover but too small and ineffective defensively. If you didn't like Tyson Barrie, you won't like Sandin.
Sandin for McLeod is a fair deal for both teams and I really like it as a Leafs fan.
I like all your signings and if Robertson is to have any success he needs to play on one of the top two lines.

Well done.

2.) 28 Jun 2021 18:18:43
Thx. I too like McLeod and I would make every effort to sign him. Has size, some pop and can fly!

3.) 28 Jun 2021 19:23:56
how about sandin for nolan patrick.

4.) 28 Jun 2021 20:02:53
McLeod? Seems to be getting a lot of attention on here all of a sudden. lol.

5.) 28 Jun 2021 21:41:22
Yeah Macleod was noted 2 summers ago then again last summer but guess people needed more years to evaluate the guy.

Ryan might be a name people start talking about in 3 years.

Get both Macleod boys and leafs would be set for a while on that 3rd unit.

6.) 28 Jun 2021 22:00:23
I would do the Patrick trade in a heartbeat. Where do we sign!

7.) 28 Jun 2021 22:03:37
Sandin is a lot younger than Tyson Barrie. Defenceman don't general learn to play defence until later on. In fact, that's the same for most positions. Give him some time, Barrie is 30 and can't play D.

Dreger probably offered more somewhere. My guess is he ends up in Seattle.

I don't see Goodrow or Coleman signing for that.

What's with McLeod lately? I miss an article praising him or something?

8.) 29 Jun 2021 07:48:32
@LL. Yea, we may need Sandin if Rielly goes. Need a puck mover still.
You would think someone wrote that McLeod could have a breakout season on the Leafs or something. Lol.

9.) 29 Jun 2021 12:52:29
Sandin is only 20 he’s going to get better as he plays more nhl games Dermott seems like he has peaked he’s capable of playing top 4 but he not very effective there.

I think it Tampa wins the cup again Coleman and Goodrow are going to be chasing money rather then success. I like haula and I like Oleksiak.

10.) 29 Jun 2021 14:53:03
I agree that Sandin might be needed if Reilly goes. My described scenario has Reilly staying. If Reilly is traded the landscape changes dramatically. A better return and more money to find a Reilly replacement, but that will be a sizeable challenge. There are no comparable UFAs available for less money, other than problem-childbTony Deangelo who I previously mentioned.



27 Jun 2021 12:24:11
Trade Reilly to NJD for Wood and McLeod. Reilly has too many giveaways, is soft and has peaked offensively.
Replace his offence with Tony Deangelo, dare I say it.
Trade over-rated and slow (remember Byron's short-handed goal) to DRW for Joe Veleno.
Attempt free-agent signings Jamie Oleksiak, Brett Ritchie, Travis Hamonic and Samuel Morin.
Sign backup goaltender, either Ullmark or Dreidger.
Liligren is ready on 3rd pair.


1.) 27 Jun 2021 14:54:47
People complain about Kane around their team, deangelo is so much worse.

2.) 27 Jun 2021 18:39:01
Yet many propose a trade for Kane. I understand the reluctance to sign Deangelo. but one cannot deny his strong offensive skills and unlike Reilly can actually shoot the puck and is more than capable in playing the game physically.
Hamilton is also a player fans want but has also been accused of not being a good teammate.




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18 Jul 2021 12:53:23
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15 Jul 2021 21:53:41
@RLF. No we won't get Bertuzzi for that. You know my plan. I simply wanted to agree with pursuing the two trades. A lot of moving parts and have to start somewhere!




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15 Jul 2021 12:49:32
Love the trade ideas regardless of 1st or 2nd round draft choice. And Kerfoot could be lost to Seattle!

I think Girgensons has some upside, especially in a new dressing room with a ‘winning team’ and Middlestat is a keeper.

The draft pick is a bonus.

The Mikheyev trade should also improve the team, even though I like Soup-man. McLeod offers a player with better hands and some real grit.

So let’s pull the trigger. fast!




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15 Jul 2021 12:38:06
So maybe the Larsson over Hamilton idea will allow the numbers to work. He’s big and strong defensively which is needed.
While I’m not a Sandin believer I’m okay with this proposal.




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12 Jul 2021 23:17:58
Hasek. damn spell check.





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