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Jun 18, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Boomer125</b></div><div>There are other options around the league with just as much experience and equal stats as Georgiev - he's ok , he's not great, he is very high risk , goalies are like that</div></div>
Keep the draft pick. The Leafs aren't exactly flush with 1st and 2nd rounders over the next couple years. Those picks will be the guys filling holes when we need to clear cap space and can't afford to re-sign all of the guys like Kapanan, Mikheyev, Engvall, Sandin, Lilly, in a few years.
Also, if we trade for Georgiev, regardless of what we give up, there's a very good chance he only plays 5-10 games this year, 25-30 next year, and then we lose him in the expansion draft. He's not going to take over the starter role from Anderson. He's a good backup. NYR fans think they're going to get Kapanan or Johnsson for a backup goalie that will play 30-40 games, give me a break.
The play of both Sandin and Lilly this week will determine a lot of what the Leafs do before the trade deadline. Muzzin should be back after the break. Burning year 1 of Sandin's ELC seems inevitable at this point. Left side of Muzzin, Dermott, Sandin, right side of Holl, Barrie, Ceci/Lilly. All reports from the Marlies is that Lilly has been excellent, especially lately, so let's see what he's got. Don't make a move without given the next guy up internally a shot to fill the role.
Then we add a hopefully healthy and rested Reilly for the last 10 games and playoffs.
I wouldn't be giving up much in any move before the deadline. The way this season has gone (bad start, coaching change, injury after injury, inconsistent play, terrible backup goalie, awful defensive play) I don't really see how this season ends with a Stanley Cup in TO. Keep your assets, keep building towards the future, don't force moves.
The Leafs look like they're set up well for next season. Sure they won't have a ton of cap space to go spend on big name UFAs, but I don't think that's really part of their plan. Moving forward they'll have no bad contracts like (Marleau, Ceci, etc.) that they can't move if need be. Yeah they'll need to fill a top 4 D role by either re-signing Muzzin, trading a winger like Johnsson/Kapanen, or signing a UFA. The Leafs biggest problem will be losing a really good player in the expansion draft. So you add another top 4 d, you have Reilly, Holl, Dermott, and whoever the new Dman is and you can only protect 3. Without any other moves they'll have Matthews, Tavares, Nylander, Marner, Johnsson, Kapanen, Kerfoot, Mikheyev, and Engvall, protecting only 7. Good problem to have I guess. If these guys are all still on the team I protect Matthews, Tavares, Marner, Nylander, Kapanen, Mikheyev, Engvall up front. Depending who the new top 4 D is an their contract situation I would honestly considering making Reilly available, assuming his play does not improve. But that's a discussion for another day