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Forum: Armchair-GMSep. 25, 2021 at 2:35 p.m.
Forum: Armchair-GMSep. 25, 2021 at 1:57 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>MrDinkiee</b></div><div>Don't get me wrong, I love Zach Hyman in every shape and form, but the problem I saw was that he had to take many roles, and by taking the specific role, he can't have another role at the same. You want a pest, you got it, but it limits his offensive ability. You want him to be a shutdown player? Sure, but now you can't use him as an offensive player. With Ritchie, Kampf, Bunting, and Kase, we have players that filled the role Hyman had, but we're not sacrificing anything. You want a shutdown player? Here is Kampf. You want a pest? Here is Bunting. You want someone to hit everything that moves? Here is Ritchie. You want two elements on the same line like an offensive player and someone who hits, here is Kase and Ritchie</div></div>

I don't disagree with you at all. I think everyone loves Hyman, but management 100% made the right move to walk away from a deal. I really like the additions we made, the only one I am not sold on 100% is Nick Ritchie, mostly because I am not in love with his fit on the 1st line. I like him as a player and what he brings, but I am not sure if he is what the Leafs need. He isn't a 4th liner, and if he ends up on the 4th line, it isn't great paying someone $2.5M for the next 2 seasons to play that role. I would have either tried to sign someone else or give Mikheyev his final chance as a top 6 forward to start the season before potentially making a trade in season if it didn't work out.
Forum: Armchair-GMSep. 25, 2021 at 1:52 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>draft_em_sign_em_trade_em</b></div><div>For Brooks, I don't know if the NHL will be doing another expanded roster taxi squad, so I don't know if the Leafs will be forced to send him down (he has developed enough with the Marlies, no point believing he needs more time there, unlike a Robertson who does).

As for Bunting and Kase; one was a career Ahl'er and the other was injured for the past 1 1/2 seasons. So failed experiment comment is justified.

Reilly will not be traded, Dubas track record proves that fact, but it would be a good idea. Wrong GM though.

It's so hard to forget that Sandin is still a rookie, though he seems to been around forever.</div></div>

I don't think your comment regarding Buying and Kase is justified at all. Just because Bunting has been a career AHL:er doesn't mean he can't make the step to the NHL now and you are also completely disregarding how good he looked when he got his chance for the last 23 games. He scored 10 goals and one 3 goal game. There are many players that are way more established that hasn't scored 3 goals in an NHL game. I don't see how Bunting can miss at all. He will literally just come in and work hard and every goal/assist he gets is a bonus. His contract is $900K as well.

As for Kase, I can see why people are concerned due to his injury record. All we can go on now is that he is healthy, and he is a fine hockey player when healthy. A guy like Ho-Sang could slide in on his line if it turns out that he becomes injured again or something else happens. But for now, absolutely NOTHING points to them being a ''failed experiment.''

If you said that one of these two players could end up as a failed experiment, I would agree with you, but you said that one of them WILL end up as a failed experiment, and you can't say that for certain at all. Do you have some inside info that GMKD or his pro scouting or medical team doesn't? If you do, then I believe you, but you don't so how can you say that for certain? We will have to see how this whole thing plays out before we can conclude statements like yours.
Forum: Armchair-GMSep. 25, 2021 at 12:33 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>draft_em_sign_em_trade_em</b></div><div>This will be Mikheyev's last chance with the Leafs, I can see if he gets sent down to the bottom 6, Dubas will do him a favor and move him, like Dubas set free Barbie and Lehtonen last year.

You left out Brooks, he will get pick up on waivers, so I think he makes the team, sort of like Timashov did 2 years ago. Brooks is a good player and can center the 3rd line if ever given a realistic chance.

Gusev will probably not sign a 2 way 750K contract like a Ho Sang would. My bet is Gusev is looking for a $1 million deal and no chance he'll go to the Marlies. So no contract for Gusev.

Either 1 of Kase or Bunting will end up as a failed experiment.

I think if Sandin's can play like a Top 4 Dman, Dubas will listen to trade offers on Reilly, only if a player under contract is involved.</div></div>

Why is Brooks going to get claimed? There are better players around the league that are going to have to be put on waivers, so expecting him to automatically get claimed is wrong IMO. He could very well be our 13th forward over Engvall, but I have Engvall ahead for now. Why is either 1 one of Bunting and Kase going to fail? What are you basing that on? Rielly won't be traded unless the Leafs suck and are out of playoff contention. He will walk as FA or resign, but he won't be traded if we are in the playoff race. There just isn't a deal out there right now where I can see us getting a return that doesn't make the Leafs weaker. Trading him at the TDL when we are 2nd or 3rd in the division makes little to no sense at all. Absolutely NO NEED to put extra pressure on Sandin this year. There is two reasons for that. Firstly it can backfire really hard. He might not be ready and the team can become worse because of it. Secondly, he might perform really well, which is nice, but then his contract next season will be much more expensive which isn't smart from a business perspective. He will play on the third pair with Dermott, and hopefully they can crush the opponents bottom six lines when they are on the ice.
Forum: Armchair-GMSep. 15, 2021 at 8:13 p.m.
Forum: Armchair-GMSep. 15, 2021 at 8:02 p.m.