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Forum: Armchair-GM17 minutes ago
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Isles777</b></div><div>You're right , things don't always go as planned. Just like the leafs were supposed to be Stanley cup contenders and now there's a decent chance they don't even make the playoffs.

The blues had a ton of players 30+ on their roster. Perron, maroon, steen, bozak. Boston has backes and krejci. The islanders will have players on ELC in the top 6 and by the time their ELC are up, most of those contracts will be off the books. That's what you fail to recognize. Did backes and his 6 mill cap hit (at times a healthy scratch) prevent them from making it to the SCF?</div></div>

Here is the thing though, the Islanders are counting on 2 things to remain competitive. You are counting on your young players all taking small short term deals or hope they give you discounts. And you are hoping none of these 30+ year olds decline at all.

What happens if Barzal wants a long term deal? Whats that going to look like? He's your best offensive player and looks like he's going to be one of the better top line centres in the league. That isn't going to cheap. Sure you can hope for one of those new bridge deals but the are entirely full of risk and will result in even more cap dollars spent in 2-3 years after that. What is the plan with the goaltending? Varlamov has never been as good as he is right now and is also 31, what if he starts trailing off? Comparing yourself to St Louis who was a top team in the West for years before finally getting over the top last year is a awfully bold comparison. Same with Boston, who have the most flexible payroll in the league. In Boston's case, they got lucky getting Marchand and Pastrnak under contract before they broke out. Both of those guys should be making over 10.

So like I said, you need a tonne of things to go right for there to be zero problems ahead. But the chances are, guys like Lee, Bailey, Nelson, Eberle, and Varlamov will start taking steps backwards because it almost always happens. Look at guys like James Neal, he was a lock for 25+ goals and 50 points and now he's a shell of his former self. Andrew Laad was the same, as was Backes. And you have 4 guys like that at the top of your payroll right now. If just 1 of them falls off a cliff in the next couple of years, that is a major problem for you. What happens if all 4 decline rapidly. Its far more likely to see that for all of them to stave off any sort of decline.
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>BurgerBoss</b></div><div>If he was more than a middle-6 winger TOR would use him in there, probably put him in the left side. Last year he played a good part of the year with Matthews when Nylander was without a contract, without any better results he has put up this year to be fair.

Also actually I'm not that sold on Kappy being slotted to the first line in EDM, since their first line of Draisaitl-McDavid-Kassian has been great. Why should they break up the line? Also if their wingers were just as useless bunch as you seem to think, EDM wouldn't be near the top in the Western Conference and above TOR in the standings...

Semantics argument to lower his value? That's the exact opposite that TOR fans did back in the summer when they thought of moving Brown to EDM lol. I can't count how many times I saw people saying that "Brown would be a 25 goal scorer with McDavid." but that doesn't exactly mean that Brown was more valuable, rather that means that McDavid is valuable. The players you allegedly could play with does not effect on the player's value. I personally think you overrate Kappy just a bit.</div></div>

Those Brown trades were usually a 2nd or 3rd round pick for Brown. And Kapanen is a RW and isn't half as effective on his off hand. He's admitted as much when he didn't get going playing with Tavares and Marner. However, he's been much better on his strong side. Anyways, it doesn't matter, Larsson is nothing special, he won't get you a top 6 winger.
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