May 17, 2019
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Toronto Maple Leafs
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Wow, that's a very good one. As a habs fan, I would not do it but I got to say it's a close call cause Laine is a hell of a shooter. Here's my 2 reasons why :
CAP HIT : I made a lot of projections for 2021-22 and I was pretty surprised to find out we will only have space for one more high-end player (one laine, one werenzki, or one Taylor Hall). Initially I thought we could afford 2 stars (a 1st line winger and a 1st pair LHD), but we can't really. Unless losing all 3 of Danault, Gallagher and Tatar.
All this to say that each penny you can save is worth gold.
Laine is already aiming for a 8,9,10 M$ contract.
KK, on the other hand, has 2 more years at entry level salary. KK is very young and I can see KK reaching 45-50 point this year and 60 points next year. This means that his next contract will be either a shorter transition contract at 4-5 $ M or a longer contract but not higher than 8$ M (since he will not have reach his peak yet).
2) ATTITUDE : This is only an opinion but I did not hear anybody praise Laine for work ethic and he is not described as a had working player. I don't know how hard-working KK is but he really look like he's having fun on the ice.
So that's my reasons, but it's a tough call cause I can really picture cross passes from Drouin or Domi right on Laine 's stick and you can imagine the rest...
Your plan requires great faith in our prospect pool. Remember, there's no Kakko, Hugues, Dalhin, Shevnikov, MAtthews, MArner etc in our prospect pool. Today Habs are an average team (ranking between 10-20). With our prospects, in 5 years we will also be a good team, but an average 10 to 20 team. That's just the real projection.
I'm for you plan ONLY if the next 2-3 years we try to tank and draft really really high. The only way to be so bad is to trade 2 or 3 players amongst Tatar, Danault, Petry, Gallagher. Any UFA you're NOT thinkin of resigning in 2 years, trade now. And replace them with the kids , starting this year. Lehkonen gets full ice time. Put Suzuki with Domi, not with Byron. KK with Drouin, not Lehk.
In that case, yes i'm for your plan. Either going for it, or completing the rebuild, but if we go only halfway, we'll still have an average team. And one more thing...hope that
Primeau is good cause Price will be on the decline in 4-5 years (37 years old)