That's your opinion. That's fine. I have a different opinion. You're suggesting Dubas is looking at the now...I'm not sure how that's possible because he's technically overpaying all 3 of the RFAs when looking at the season of 2019/2020 in a silo. So, he's looking into the future. OK, that's fine too! It's wait and see approach. I don't think many Leafs fans share that view point though. They're looking to win now and your suggesting that TOR isn't contenders now. I'm NOT saying all bridge deals are better. I'm saying contract diversity is better. Going back to my bridge deals example. I'm a fan of Bowman playing hardball with D Strome. Long term deal. NOT what he's looking for. He's proven to me that he hasn't been able to drive his own line...cough cough Nylander. So if Strome gets an 8 year $7M deal...I'm wouldn't be too happy. With that said, I'd be more acceptable because of Bowman's contract diversity. As contracts roll off the books each year...there is more cap room to work with each year.
So remember when I said you aren't considering my words, well I am not sure you are even reading them. I said Dubas looks at both now and the future, he hasn't made many moves for the now without making sure it doesn't hurt the future. Trading for Muzzin was a move for the now, and it almost paid off last year. A better head coach and TO could have been in Boston's position, and before you clap back on that one, keep in mind that TO was the better team at 5v5 against Boston but the PK let in 6 or 7 goals in that series, that alone is enough of a difference that even a 25% increase in effectiveness (which would have taken it from 50% to 75% effective) would have meant a TO win in the series.
Dubas wants TO to be good now and in the future, I'd argue that is why he wanted long term deals over the bridge contracts as well. Why? Because as I have mentioned a 3 year bridge would have created more problems than they fixed for the now. TO right now has a pretty sick roster, they have underperformed and have been injured a lot which hasn't helped but seriously they are 2nd in their division and if you take out just the 2nd half of back to back games, they are right up there with anyone. This piling on Dubas, or Nylander, or Marner, or Ceci or whoever is all manic responses to small sample sizes.
Strome and Nylander are not at all comparable though, so I wouldn't talk about them in the same way again. Strome is close to a 1st round bust, he's starting to come a long now but I just don't like his skating. Man was I happy that Arizona picked him ahead of Marner, the whole time I heard people talking about Strome's size and then say "his only flaw is he isn't a strong skater", that is 90% of being a forward in today's game. If you can't keep up, you aren't very effective, all the strome family was the same too, size and pedigree and stuff but none of them can skate well. I'd be playing hardball with him too, he has done nothing to show himself as anything more than a borderline NHLer apart from a terrific run in Chicago last year. He's been okay when he's with Kane but Kane is also a superstar. Give Nylander anyone who can score and he'll get points and create offence. He's also on pace for 30 goals and is nearing the 70 point pace you yourself seem to think he needs to reach to be considered not crap. All of that and now he's going to be on the top PP for once. I think you're going to have to eat your hat on Nylander soon.