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Creeping Depth by Metallica

Created by: Krom
Initial Creation Date: Jun. 29, 2021
Published: Jun. 29, 2021
Team: 2021-22 Toronto Maple Leafs
Team Explanation
I wanted to create a high quality 3rd line for the first time since Bill Berg, Mark Osborne and Peter Zezel in 1993-94. We've seen primising HEM line (Hyman-Engvall-Mikheyev) this year but they didn't last and I'm not willing to pay 5+ mil for Zach Hyman. I love Hyman, but everybody has a price. I tried to create a speedy, responsible 3rd line with some possibilities (e. g. Foligno instead of Robertson).

It was a joy to watch PIT's 3rd line a few years ago with Hagelin-Bonino-Kessel. That's why I penciled Robertson-Granlund-Nylander together.

Instead of Hyman we gave similar money to Saad who has a ring, and to keep his AAV low he gets an extra year.

With Nylander in the 3rd line, I put Marner next to JT. I believe he can help him to stay more productive and Matthews is good enough to play with less skilled wingers.

The asking price for Rakell during the TDL was 1st rd pick and prospect. At the end there was no bidding war, Rakell has struggled and he has one year remaining in his contract. Liljegren could be their young #6 d-man, with some luck maybe something better. He was a 1st round pick, Alex Kerfoot is a flexible forward who can play center or left wing. Anaheim could use him in the top six or they could trade him to another team at TDL. For the salary retention they received a 4th round pick.

Mikheyev has speed and penalty killing, but he is non-factor in the o-zone. Thanks to that I'm not willing to play him higher than 4th line and for the 4th line he is too expensive for Toronto. Same thing for Engvall. He is okay in d-zone, fine in transition thanks to his skating, but most of the time he is useless in o-zone.

I wanted to upgrade defense but it's not possible without trading one of the Big 4. It would be perfect to have Holl as a #6 and Bogo #7. So no Savard in the Leafs uniform. I would like to get at least someone like Stecher who is good at controlled zone exits, but he has 1.7 mil cap hit so maybe at TDL?

I'm not a big fan of Simmer because he would be okay as a 4th line RW, but that spot belongs to Spezza. Anyway I'm okay with him as a 13th forward and he is not going to play a full 82-game season. Same for Spezza. Last year Adam Brooks looked great as a 4th line center and he had some chemistry with Spezza and Thornton. Bunting is anything but proven, he had an unsustainable Sh% but his flashes of potential make him an intriguing UFA target (and Michael is only 25 yo). He even led the Coyotes in WAR, a metric that estimates the number of wins a player contributed to their respective team and he was not a defensive liability.

The last thing is Raanta. He played only 12 games last year and his Sv% wasn't good enough. Raanta is IR prone but he could be worth the risk in a 1A/1B role. I gave him half of his previous contract, he should be motivated to prove to everybody he is still a good goalie. There is no doubt he is better than Rittich. The only issue is his health. But I guess - as a GM - I would know if he could be back and start the new season healthy. Worth a risk?

That's it. Be nice, let me know what you think in the comments and stay safe. ;)
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Dermott, Travis2$1,250,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Bogosian, Zach1$1,000,000
Foligno, Nick2$2,250,000
Granlund, Mikael4$3,500,000
Saad, Brandon4$4,500,000
Raanta, Antti2$2,125,000
Bunting, Michael1$1,250,000
Trades
1.
TOR
    SEA
    1. Dermott, Travis
    Additional Details:
    - expansion draft -
    2.
    TOR
    1. 2021 6th round pick (DET)
    DET
    1. Engvall, Pierre
    3.
    TOR
    1. 2021 5th round pick (LAK)
    LAK
    1. Mikheyev, Ilya
    4.
    TOR
    1. Rakell, Rickard ($1,894,722 retained)
    ANA
    1. Liljegren, Timothy
    2. Kerfoot, Alexander
    3. 2023 4th round pick (TOR)
    Retained Salary Transactions
    • Phil Kessel: $1,200,000 (15%)
    DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
    2021
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    Logo of the DET
    2022
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    Logo of the TOR
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    2023
    Logo of the TOR
    Logo of the TOR
    Logo of the TOR
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    ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES TooltipBONUSESCAP SPACE
    20$81,500,000$79,514,867$0$0$1,985,133

    Roster

    Left WingCenterRight Wing
    Saad, Brandon
    $4,500,000
    LW, RW
    NTC
    UFA - 5
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    Matthews, Auston
    $11,640,250
    C
    UFA - 3
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    Rakell, Rickard
    $568,417
    RW, LW
    UFA - 1
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    Foligno, Nick
    $2,250,000
    LW, C, RW
    NMC
    UFA - 2
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    Tavares, John
    $11,000,000
    C
    NMC
    UFA - 4
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    Marner, Mitchell
    $10,903,000
    RW
    UFA - 4
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    Robertson, Nicholas
    $796,667
    LW
    RFA - 3
    Granlund, Mikael
    $3,500,000
    C, RW
    UFA - 4
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    Nylander, William
    $6,962,366
    RW, LW
    UFA - 3
    Bunting, Michael
    $1,250,000
    LW
    UFA - 2
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    Spezza, Jason
    $750,000
    C, RW
    UFA - 1
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    Simmonds, Wayne
    $900,000
    RW, LW
    NTC
    UFA - 2
    Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
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    Rielly, Morgan
    $5,000,000
    LD
    NMC
    UFA - 1
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    Brodie, TJ
    $5,000,000
    LD/RD
    NTC
    UFA - 3
    Logo of the TOR
    Campbell, Jack
    $1,650,000
    G
    UFA - 1
    Logo of the TOR
    Muzzin, Jake
    $5,625,000
    LD
    NTC
    UFA - 3
    Logo of the TOR
    Holl, Justin
    $2,000,000
    RD
    NTC
    UFA - 2
    Raanta, Antti
    $2,125,000
    G
    UFA - 2
    Logo of the TOR
    Sandin, Rasmus
    $894,167
    LD
    RFA - 1
    Logo of the TOR
    Bogosian, Zach
    $1,000,000
    RD
    NTC
    UFA - 3

    Special Teams

    Power Play 1
    Nylander, W.
    Tavares, J.
    Matthews, A.
    Spezza, J.
    Sandin, R.
    Power Play 2
    Rakell, R.
    Granlund, M.
    Robertson, N.
    Marner, M.
    Rielly, M.
    Penalty Kill 1
    Granlund, M.
    Marner, M.
    Muzzin, J.
    Holl, J.
    Penalty Kill 2
    Saad, B.
    Foligno, N.
    Brodie, T.
    Bogosian, Z.

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    Jun. 29, 2021 at 12:13 p.m.
    #1
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    Detroit have no use for Engvall.
    Jun. 29, 2021 at 12:16 p.m.
    #2
    PlusMinus is stupid
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    Detroit will never want Engvall
    Jun. 29, 2021 at 12:16 p.m.
    #3
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    Quoting: Billy12Bob
    Detroit have no use for Engvall.


    Think this could be an "any team" scenario.
    Jun. 29, 2021 at 12:19 p.m.
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    Cmon Kyle
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    I do really like this team.

    The only worry I have is that it’s a 20 man roster.
    Jun. 29, 2021 at 12:20 p.m.
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    Good song.
    Jun. 29, 2021 at 12:26 p.m.
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    Rakell is super overrated, I'd rather have Kerfoot at his price tag than trade him for rakell. He can play top line RW with Matthews instead. Otherwise, I like this
    Jun. 29, 2021 at 12:27 p.m.
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    Quoting: ZachHymanForTheHart
    I do really like this team.

    The only worry I have is that it’s a 20 man roster.


    I assume that he has players like dermott in the "scratches part" which isn't shown here
    Jun. 29, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.
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    What about Enter Sandman? Sandin.
    Krom liked this.
    Jun. 29, 2021 at 12:51 p.m.
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    Quoting: Ritzy
    Think this could be an "any team" scenario.


    Exactly. It's a simple salary dump. Engvall and Mikheyev were too expensive for the 4th line but they could be useful for somebody else. Even if there is a Suomela-like return for them.

    Quoting: q_birm_8
    Rakell is super overrated, I'd rather have Kerfoot at his price tag than trade him for rakell. He can play top line RW with Matthews instead. Otherwise, I like this


    Rakell was in the midst of one of the worst scoring slumps of his career in February. That has changed dramatically - he had 12 points in a 6-game stretch that ended in the middle of March, which vaulted him to the top of the Anaheim scoring lead.

    Few years ago (2017-18), he scored 34 goals and 69 points in 77 games. He may not be that player anymore - even though he is still relatively young at 27 - his shooting percentage this year was unsustainably low - 1.7 %. At ≈1.9 mil. USD, Rakell is worth the risk and he could always play the 3rd line instead of Nylander.
    Jun. 29, 2021 at 1:26 p.m.
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    Quoting: Ritzy
    Think this could be an "any team" scenario.


    Well any team but Detroit, they really do not like Envagalli nor have a need for him,Toronto needs him 10x more.
    Jun. 29, 2021 at 1:28 p.m.
    #11
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    Quoting: oasiswings123
    Well any team but Detroit, they really do not like Envagalli nor have a need for him,Toronto needs him 10x more.


    Been a boring day at work, needed a good laugh. Thanks!
    Jun. 29, 2021 at 1:31 p.m.
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    Quoting: Ritzy
    Been a boring day at work, needed a good laugh. Thanks!


    You're welcome.

    Every TML post has 1 of dermotte, envangalli or mikheyev to Detroit.

    Those are not the sorts of prospects or young players SY would be interested, less so than Toronto anyhow.
     
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