Apr 13, 2016
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I'm late to this party so apologies if I'm re-hashing anything.
I'd rather keep Holl at $2m. I personally like him as a half decent 2-way D man. He seems to get better the more opportunity he gets. I remember seeing him in a pre-season game 2 years ago and being impressed at his ability to carry the puck up the ice, make a solid outlet, and stay at home when needed. Nothing spectacular, but kinda what we need.
I think Dermott and Mikheyev will get a bigger salary. It's hard to see them give $2m to Holl but less to Dermott.
Leafs will be active on Pietrangelo, Shattenkirk, Bogosian, Demelo, Gudas, etc. and they'll give Lehtonen every chance to crack the squad. I can see Sandin, Liljegren and the 1st rounder all in play to trade for a d-man, too. I could see them targeting one of the Buffalo d-men (Montour, Miller or Risto) in a trade.
I like the Freddy concept...we wouldn't need to retain as I think part of the attraction for Ottawa is using him to get to the cap floor. That being said, I'd personally rather keep him another year and lose him for nothing than get 2nd round picks for him (assuming we can fit his cap hit after addressing the D). It would be a shame to improve the back end and not see how Freddy can play behind some competency.
All in all, there's no single concept you have that doesn't make sense on some level. It's unheard of to make 5 trades and 7 UFA signings in an off-season, but as individual acquisitions I could see any one of them happening.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>A_K</b></div><div>I think the reason for the stubbornness from the Blues' side of the Petro negotiations is because they like Parayko's age, cap hit, style of play, etc more too; in effect, they're not afraid to play chicken with Petro so the only way I can see Parayko getting plucked is with a massive package - Sandin / Robertson / picks - and even then, they may not want to meet Petro's demands so I really can't picture it working out for either side.
I don't know why so many people on this site act like Dermott, Kerfoot, Johnsson have zero value. I guess just because they'd be the pieces that the Leafs would have to move out for a big money signing, but tossing away a single draft pick outside the top-40 and getting a useful, relatively young player seems like a no-brainer to a lot of teams. IMO Leafs are accepting the L in those type of trades but netting an overall improvement. Just more evidence that draft picks are overrated I guess.</div></div>
<a href="/users/A_K" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@A_K</a> as always, you are a gem. Insights are always on point. I respect the Blues for wanting to go with Parayko over Pietrangelo. It's tough to let your captain walk away, especially so soon after he's delivered a cup....but he's not worth an expensive 8yr deal and they're wise to avoid it...especially with the players they have to step up and take his minutes.
Leafs are likely desperate enough to overpay for a guy who they hope can give 4-5 solid years and deal with the consequences on the final years of the deal. I'm desperate enough to let them.