Jul. 1, 2021
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>palhal</b></div><div>C'mon, that's such a silly argument you presented. If Bertuzzi, Domi and Samsonov could be resigned.....why aren't they?
What else would Bertuzzi say, "I have no intention to remain a Leaf past this season.." Don't be so gullible to believe what a player, coach or GM says in front of a microphone..
But why do you think Nylander can get such a haul? Teams trying to make the playoffs, aren't giving up great futures for a rental .
Still the point is, the Leafs who hope to go on a Cup run, are better off with Nylander than without him. Look at the Leafs cap next season. They could certainly afford to match any offer from any other team, but should they? I don't think so.</div></div>
Bertuzzi and Domi are waiting for the cap to go up before they extend with the Leafs. They're just making a wise business decision, like Matthews just did, which means that's the culture of the current Leafs unfortunately. Follow the leader.
As for Nylander and Leafs playoff hopes, this team isn't good enough to go on a long playoff run WITH or WITHOUT Nylander. So the smart long-term approach would be to trade the guy for picks and prospects and load up in 2025 when JT comes off the books and the cap rises by 8-10 million. Treliving will have 25-30 million to reshape the roster and build a whole new blueline.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>palhal</b></div><div>As any knowledgable hockey would know, the Horvat and Nylander situations were completely different. NEVER (proof me wrong) has a top contending team allowed a star player to negotiate a contract with another team one full year from his contract expiring. Canucks were out of the playoff race, and he traded at TDL.
I'm surprised you didn't trade Bertuzzi, Domi, Klingberg, and Samsonov. They are all upcoming UFAs and would collect assets at TDL
Playoff contending teams often trade for upcoming UFA to make them strong for playoff push knowing they have no chance of resigning them. Why are so many obsessed with Nylander, thinking is in such a unique situation. He isn't. Besides it's a lousy trade for the Sabres giving up a possible lottery pick and more in the hope of signing Nylander.</div></div>
Bertuzzi, Domi, and Samsonov can all be re-signed. Bertuzzi has said he wants a long term deal with the Leafs. As for Klingberg, his play will dictate what happens.
Nylander is a different case because he is demanding too much money and he can get back a haul, especially from a playoff bubble team like Buffalo that wants to make the playoffs.
Leafs can still go far in the playoffs without Nylander in their lineup. That's the luxury of having a talented roster.