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Fill the Holes

Created by: KMarner10
Initial Creation Date: Jul. 11, 2022
Published: Jul. 12, 2022
Team: 2022-23 Toronto Maple Leafs
Team Explanation
When I thought we would be getting Murray, I thought at the very least Ottawa would be retaining 50%, not to mention them retaining 25% and a third team doing 50%. But with this awful contract, cheap moves have to be made. We need a cheap backup that can be somewhat relied on to play 30-40 games, and then we have to get depth scoring.

Kevin Lankinen has played more than 30 games in each of his 2 first seasons in the NHL, and he has posted decent numbers on such an awful Chicago team. Most of the goals he allows are from the slot, so playing for the Leafs would mean that he if facing less opportunities. He would be decent if Murray gets hurt for a while. Also, Woll/Kallgren are decent 3rd/4th strings.

While Muzzin is still a decent defenseman, he doesn't have a spot on this team anymore, and I think that the Murray contract is evident of that. There are too many holes to fill for Dubas to justify keeping him on this roster, especially with him blocking Sandin. I personally think he will waive his NTC, not only because Dubas will ask, but he is too proud to be put on waivers at this point in his career. He is still a top-4 defenseman on most teams, and if paired with a decent skater/puck mover, he will play his role perfectly and be a mentor for the younger guys. He is also only owed $6M for the next two years.

Sandin is getting a contract similar to that of Adam Boqvist (3x$2.6), and he will need to be paired with a defense-first RD. Lyubushkin played well with him last year, and due to the price tag, I think he is the perfect fit.

The middle 6 is the biggest question for this team offensively, and I think that - at least to start the year - Tavares and Nylander should have their own lines. Robertson and Puljujärvi can prove to be good fits for JT, as they can get the puck out of the corners and in front to JT. Also, if Puljujärvi can be even half-decent at finishing, he should score at least 20 goals. Robertson should score anywhere from 15-25 goals and he probably hits 40 points. For the third line, I think that Strome is the most likely option, and he will be getting a fair amount. Edmonton is getting rid of Foegele because they need the money elsewhere, so he could have good value for the Leafs' third line. He should be getting 15-ish goals and could potentially hit 40 points.

The 4th line is essentially a shutdown/checking line, and adding Bjugstad as a potential resurgence option for cheap is something to think about. If he doesn't work out, the scratches are all young, cheap options with decent upside.
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Engvall, Pierre3$1,750,000
Sandin, Rasmus4$2,750,000
Puljujärvi, Jesse5$4,000,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Fleury, Haydn2$775,000
Lankinen, Kevin2$900,000
Lyubushkin, Ilya2$1,850,000
Rubins, Kristians2$750,000
Bjugstad, Nick2$900,000
Strome, Dylan4$3,000,000
Trades
1.
TOR
    Waivers - only if he refuses to waive his NTC. Personally, I think he will waive it, but we will see. Could also be SEA, CBJ, CHI(?), NJ.
    DET
    1. Muzzin, Jake
    2.
    TOR
    1. Puljujärvi, Jesse [RFA Rights]
    2. Foegele, Warren ($1,375,000 retained)
    Additional Details:
    Retention done by third-party team
    EDM
    1. Kerfoot, Alexander
    2. Holl, Justin
    3. Der-Arguchintsev, Semyon
    Additional Details:
    EDM gets a dynamic two-way winger/centre coming off of a career year. They also get Holl, who at the very least can play on the bottom pair and be a decent shutdown guy. SDA is also a decent prospect.
    DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
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    2024
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    2025
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    ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES TooltipBONUSESCAP SPACE
    23$82,500,000$82,252,283$212,500$0$247,717

    Roster

    Left WingCenterRight Wing
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    Bunting, Michael
    $950,000
    LW
    UFA - 1
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    Matthews, Auston
    $11,640,250
    C
    UFA - 2
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    Marner, Mitchell
    $10,903,000
    RW
    UFA - 3
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    Robertson, Nicholas
    $796,667
    LW
    RFA - 2
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    Tavares, John
    $11,000,000
    C
    NMC
    UFA - 3
    Puljujärvi, Jesse
    $4,000,000
    RW
    RFA - 1
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    Foegele, Warren
    $1,375,000
    LW, RW
    UFA - 2
    Strome, Dylan
    $3,000,000
    C, LW
    RFA - 1
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    Nylander, William
    $6,962,366
    RW, LW
    UFA - 2
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    Engvall, Pierre
    $1,750,000
    LW, C
    UFA - 1
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    Kämpf, David
    $1,500,000
    C
    UFA - 1
    Bjugstad, Nick
    $900,000
    C, RW
    UFA - 1
    Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
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    Rielly, Morgan
    $7,500,000
    LD
    NMC
    UFA - 8
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    Brodie, TJ
    $5,000,000
    LD/RD
    NTC
    UFA - 2
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    Murray, Matt
    $4,687,500
    G
    NTC
    UFA - 2
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    Sandin, Rasmus
    $2,750,000
    LD
    RFA
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    Lyubushkin, Ilya
    $1,850,000
    RD
    UFA - 2
    Lankinen, Kevin
    $900,000
    G
    UFA - 1
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    Giordano, Mark
    $800,000
    LD
    UFA - 2
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    Liljegren, Timothy
    $1,400,000
    RD
    RFA - 2
    ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
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    Abruzzese, Nick
    $850,000
    C
    RFA - 1
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    Anderson, Joey
    $750,000
    RW
    RFA - 1
    Fleury, Haydn
    $775,000
    LD/RD
    UFA - 2
    Taxi Squad
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    Simmonds, Wayne
    $900,000 ($0)
    RW, LW
    NTC
    UFA - 1
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    Clifford, Kyle
    $762,500 ($0)
    LW
    UFA - 2
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    Rubins, Kristians
    $750,000 ($0)
    LD
    RFA - 1
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    Woll, Joseph
    $766,667 ($0)
    G
    RFA - 3

    Special Teams

    Power Play 1
    Marner, M.
    Tavares, J.
    Matthews, A.
    Nylander, W.
    Rielly, M.
    Power Play 2
    Puljujärvi, J.
    Strome, D.
    Bunting, M.
    Sandin, R.
    Robertson, N.
    Penalty Kill 1
    Kämpf, D.
    Marner, M.
    Rielly, M.
    Brodie, T.
    Penalty Kill 2
    Engvall, P.
    Puljujärvi, J.
    Giordano, M.
    Liljegren, T.

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    Jul. 12 at 1:47 a.m.
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    Prepare yourself for massive disappointment.
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    Jul. 12 at 1:48 a.m.
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    Quoting: GenXHockey
    Prepare yourself for massive disappointment.


    Oh I know. We're probably gonna run the same squad as last year minus Soup and Sandin.
    Jul. 12 at 1:48 a.m.
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    Edmonton declines. Nobody would claim Muzzin. And if you really thought Murray was coming with 50% retention you need to find better sources.
    Jul. 12 at 2:54 p.m.
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    Quoting: Isles5513
    Edmonton declines. Nobody would claim Muzzin. And if you really thought Murray was coming with 50% retention you need to find better sources.


    I think we all now ottawa only wanted to retain 25%, that's why you get a 3rd team.

    Unloading 4.7m and dumping it on your enemy is a 9.4m swing for ottawa.
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    Jul. 12 at 2:55 p.m.
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    Quoting: GenXHockey
    I think we all now ottawa only wanted to retain 25%, that's why you get a 3rd team.

    Unloading 4.7m and dumping it on your enemy is a 9.4m swing for ottawa.


    Dorian went from being a joke to being the best GM in the league Lmao. This reminds me of when Garth Snow turned Griffin Reinheart into Barzy and Beauvillier lmao.
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    Jul. 12 at 2:58 p.m.
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    Quoting: Isles5513
    Dorian went from being a joke to being the best GM in the league Lmao. This reminds me of when Garth Snow turned Griffin Reinheart into Barzy and Beauvillier lmao.


    He could **** it all up in FA but so far he is gm of the year.
    Jul. 12 at 2:59 p.m.
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    Quoting: GenXHockey
    He could **** it all up in FA but so far he is gm of the year.


    I always had a soft spot for Garth and I’m glad Dorian is paying homage to his legacy Lmao
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    Jul. 12 at 2:59 p.m.
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    Quoting: GenXHockey
    He could **** it all up in FA but so far he is gm of the year.


    He should sign Giroux, Lindblom and maybe Samsanov as his 2nd tendy
    Jul. 12 at 4:20 p.m.
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    Quoting: Isles5513
    He should sign Giroux, Lindblom and maybe Samsanov as his 2nd tendy

    I would go big and young in fa. Some great players this year. If sens can nab a couple they are a playoff team.
    Jul. 12 at 4:24 p.m.
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    Quoting: GenXHockey
    I would go big and young in fa. Some great players this year. If sens can nab a couple they are a playoff team.


    I would say target Strome but the Sens don’t need a top six center with Stutzle and Norris. Lindblom is a high character dude, Giroux lives in Ottawa and is a legit top six forward with experience and I like how Samsanov played in the post season.
     
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