Forums/Armchair-GM

2020 Flat Cap Bottom 6 Size Top Pairing D WIP

Created by: Itchy22
Initial Creation Date: May 25, 2020
Published: May 28, 2020
Team: 2020-21 Toronto Maple Leafs
Team Explanation
Assuming Leafs needs are:
a) Top 4 Defenseman; preferrably Top Pair
b) Size in the bottom 6.

Cap room comes from moving 2 or 3 of Kerfoot, Johnsson & Kapanen (bottom 6) without going backwards. IF only move one, it's a "do-nothing" scenario b/c of cap space.
Dermott contract is a variable, and don't move unless clear upgrade.
Kapanen & Dermott are likely best trade chips to updgrade defense.
Source Credit - All RFA contracts from Alexander MacLean's (Dobber Hockey) Model.

Strategy is:
1) Move Johnsson contract for value (could be LTIR , let Pridham do his magic or a 4+, 3- Center)
2) Kerfoot has more value than Mango, move for a W with size that can play up and down line up.
3) Package Kap & Dermott for a Top 4 D that can play with Rielly.

Instead of knocking, suggest something else that works :) Unless it is Mackenzie Weegar or Brandon Carlo, because those teams aren't dealing within division.
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Mikheyev, Ilya2$1,850,000
Dermott, Travis3$2,000,000
Gauthier, Frédérik1$855,000
Anderson, Josh2$2,750,000
Bracco, Jeremy1$842,500
Kivihalme, Teemu1$850,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Spezza, Jason1$725,000
Trades
1.
TOR
  1. Anderson, Josh [RFA Rights]
  2. Dubinsky, Brandon
  3. Savard, David ($2,125,000 retained)
Additional Details:
Taking Dubinsky contract + draft pick to offset $$ retained on Savard contract. +$3m in cash for COL.
CBJ
  1. Kapanen, Kasperi
  2. 2021 2nd round pick (TOR)
2.
TOR
  1. Bennett, Sam ($600,000 retained)
CGY
  1. Johnsson, Andreas
3.
TOR
  1. Roy, Matt
LAK
  1. Dermott, Travis
  2. Rosén, Calle
Buyouts
  • Mikhail Grabovski: $0
Retained Salary Transactions
  • Phil Kessel: $1,200,000 (15%)
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2020
TOR
TOR
VGK
VGK
TOR
CAR
COL
SJS
STL
WPG
2021
TOR
TOR
TOR
TOR
TOR
2022
TOR
TOR
TOR
TOR
TOR
TOR
TOR
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
22$81,500,000$79,257,283$0$0$2,242,717

Roster

Left WingCenterRight Wing
TOR
Hyman, Zach
$2,250,000
LW, RW
NTC
UFA - 1
TOR
Matthews, Auston
$11,640,250
C
UFA - 4
TOR
Nylander, William
$6,962,366
RW, LW
UFA - 4
TOR
Robertson, Nicholas
$821,667
LW
RFA - 4
TOR
Tavares, John
$11,000,000
C
NMC
UFA - 5
TOR
Marner, Mitchell
$10,903,000
RW
UFA - 5
TOR
Mikheyev, Ilya
$1,850,000
LW, RW
UFA - 2
TOR
Kerfoot, Alexander
$3,500,000
C, LW
UFA - 3
Anderson, Josh
$2,750,000
RW, LW
UFA - 7
CGY
Bennett, Sam
$1,950,000
C, LW, RW
UFA - 1
TOR
Spezza, Jason
$725,000
C, RW
UFA - 1
TOR
Engvall, Pierre
$1,250,000
LW, C
RFA - 2
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
TOR
Rielly, Morgan
$5,000,000
LD
NTC
UFA - 2
LAK
Roy, Matt
$700,000
RD
UFA - 1
TOR
Andersen, Frederik
$5,000,000
G
NTC
UFA - 1
TOR
Muzzin, Jake
$5,625,000
LD
NMC
UFA - 4
TOR
Holl, Justin
$2,000,000
RD
NTC
UFA - 3
TOR
Campbell, Jack
$1,650,000
G
UFA - 2
TOR
Lehtonen, Mikko
$925,000
LD
UFA - 1
CBJ
Savard, David
$0
RD
UFA - 1
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
TOR
Gauthier, Frédérik
$855,000
C
UFA - 1
CBJ
Dubinsky, Brandon
$5,850,000
C, LW
NMC NTC
UFA - 1
TOR
Marincin, Martin
$700,000
LD
UFA - 1

Special Teams

Power Play 1
Matthews, A.
Tavares, J.
Nylander, W.
Rielly, M.
Marner, M.
Power Play 2
Hyman, Z.
Kerfoot, A.
Anderson, J.
Lehtonen, M.
Spezza, J.
Penalty Kill 1
Marner, M.
Hyman, Z.
Muzzin, J.
Holl, J.
Penalty Kill 2
Mikheyev, I.
Engvall, P.
Rielly, M.
Savard, D.

Embed Code

  • To display this team on another website or blog, add this iFrame to the appropriate page
  • Customize the height attribute in the iFrame code below to fit your website appropriately. Minimum recommended: 400px.

Text-Embed

Click to Highlight
May 28, 2020 at 10:32 p.m.
#26
Thread Starter
Joined: May 2020
Posts: 138
Likes: 18
Quoting: Ajp_18
I doubt Columbus or Anderson consider that. Columbus isn’t moving picks and Anderson won’t be singing anything longer then 2 year. I’d guess he signs for 1 year plays well and capitalizes as a UFA.


Yesterday you suggested Kerfoot and a second for Savard + Anderson. Does this mean that a Kerfoot for Anderson straight up is the value? And Savard is worth a second rounder?
May 28, 2020 at 11:03 p.m.
#27
Joined: Mar. 2018
Posts: 7,936
Likes: 3,720
Quoting: Itchy22
Yesterday you suggested Kerfoot and a second for Savard + Anderson. Does this mean that a Kerfoot for Anderson straight up is the value? And Savard is worth a second rounder?


It wasn’t yesterday. It was more like a month ago.

Anderson is closer to a second and Savard is worth a middle 6 center. Kerfoot would be on the lower level of center I’d like for Savard and Anderson.
May 28, 2020 at 11:24 p.m.
#28
Terry_AkiSauce
Joined: Jun. 2019
Posts: 1,943
Likes: 691
Quoting: Ajp_18
It wasn’t yesterday. It was more like a month ago.

Anderson is closer to a second and Savard is worth a middle 6 center. Kerfoot would be on the lower level of center I’d like for Savard and Anderson.


You think Savard with 1 year left is worth more the Kerfoot? Savard is worth slightly more than Kerf probably but he'd pretty much be a rental. Could see the Leafs adding him at the TDL if Columbus isn't in it
May 29, 2020 at 12:33 a.m.
#29
Joined: Mar. 2018
Posts: 7,936
Likes: 3,720
Quoting: Terry_AkiSauce
You think Savard with 1 year left is worth more the Kerfoot? Savard is worth slightly more than Kerf probably but he'd pretty much be a rental. Could see the Leafs adding him at the TDL if Columbus isn't in it


If you fully read what I said it’s the same thing you said. Savard is worth a middle 6 center. Kerfoot is on the lower end of that spectrum.
May 30, 2020 at 9:17 a.m.
#30
Joined: Sep. 2019
Posts: 118
Likes: 38
Quoting: PleaseBanMeForMyOwnGood
Who knows what happens next year at training camp, I am not against sending Sandin and Liljegren down but if they force their way into the top 6 awesome. If Dermott is the best option sending one of those guys down for some extra seasoning isn't a bad idea. I sort of hope Liljegren clicks next year and gets the 3RD spot. Maybe you trade Dermott at that point if he's sought after. Otherwise your #7 is really good, which is also pretty awesome.


This 100% the right way to do things. Historically the Leafs try to force players into roles with expectations that they just can't meet. Putting a player in the best possible situation to succeed is always the best option. Make the player force you to play him.
May 30, 2020 at 9:21 a.m.
#31
Joined: May 2018
Posts: 23,892
Likes: 7,524
Quoting: Bc44
This 100% the right way to do things. Historically the Leafs try to force players into roles with expectations that they just can't meet. Putting a player in the best possible situation to succeed is always the best option. Make the player force you to play him.


I wouldn't say this is how they do things now but Babs did that I suppose. He did try to make Barrie a defensive defenceman instead of letting him do his thing.
May 30, 2020 at 9:39 a.m.
#32
Joined: Sep. 2019
Posts: 118
Likes: 38
Quoting: PleaseBanMeForMyOwnGood
I wouldn't say this is how they do things now but Babs did that I suppose. He did try to make Barrie a defensive defenceman instead of letting him do his thing.


Yes you are correct they definitely saw that rushing prospects or asking a 20 goal scorer to score 30 just wasnt working. Drafting and development take time and patients and when the leafs started to get good the team has the luxury of being even more patient. I actually find leaf fans are still wanting to do it. I get it fans want to win now but its very easy to make a mistake in a trade and actually make the team worse instead of better. Alot of trades on here about trying to find a RHD and trade one of kerfoot johnsson or kappanen. But hang on a second these are all 20 goal scorers that add alot to the Leafs lineup. Also just look at last year who was justin Holl? Essentially nothing now all of the sudden he looks like a good nhl player. So what if he takes another step fwd in development what if dermott takes another step in development. Now all of the sudden the solution to the defence problem has come from within the organization and it was right in front of us the whole time. Patients patients patients people seem to think the leafs are in a position of weakness but in fact they are in a postion of strength.
May 30, 2020 at 10:06 a.m.
#33
Joined: May 2018
Posts: 23,892
Likes: 7,524
Quoting: Bc44
Yes you are correct they definitely saw that rushing prospects or asking a 20 goal scorer to score 30 just wasnt working. Drafting and development take time and patients and when the leafs started to get good the team has the luxury of being even more patient. I actually find leaf fans are still wanting to do it. I get it fans want to win now but its very easy to make a mistake in a trade and actually make the team worse instead of better. Alot of trades on here about trying to find a RHD and trade one of kerfoot johnsson or kappanen. But hang on a second these are all 20 goal scorers that add alot to the Leafs lineup. Also just look at last year who was justin Holl? Essentially nothing now all of the sudden he looks like a good nhl player. So what if he takes another step fwd in development what if dermott takes another step in development. Now all of the sudden the solution to the defence problem has come from within the organization and it was right in front of us the whole time. Patients patients patients people seem to think the leafs are in a position of weakness but in fact they are in a postion of strength.


I don't think a RHD is half as important as people think it is, especially with how the Leafs system under Keefe works. Defenceman swing back and rotate sides constantly while carrying the puck. Have good puck handlers is the Paramount thing. What hand they shoot isn't nearly as important.
 
Reply
To create a post please Login or Register
Question:
Options:
Add Option
Remove Option
Submit Poll