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Forum: Armchair-GMFeb. 25 at 2:49 p.m.
Thread: Trading
Forum: Armchair-GMNov. 14, 2022 at 9:17 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>DefenseFirst</b></div><div>Don’t get me wrong, its the bruins two best players. That’s going to hurt, particularly with mcavoy. But what are they going to miss? 15 games? Maybe 20? I think they can tread water for that stretch given the depth. The top six still looks pretty good, and having lindholm back there to anchor the D will certainly help things.

Ottawa’s off-season was incredible. No argument there. I still think they’re a year away though.

The devils on the other hand…ya, i don’t see it. An amazing top six? Hughes is awesome, but I certainly worry about injuries with him. Hischier is good, but I think I would wait for him to have a season north of 60 points before thinking of him as an amazing top six center. Then there’s Palat who is certainly a good second liner, and Brett who had a breakout year. But beyond that, what are we calling amazing? Who’s got the better top six, boston with the injury to marchand, or jersey?

I’m not a fan of their blue line at all. I’m not a fan of dougie, and think he has massive holes in his game. I think it’s kind of telling that teams generally seem to get better once he’s off the roster.
Then there’s the goaltending, the biggest issue. The devils chose to address that problem by taking a backup goalie from another team that had really bad goaltending.

I just can’t see the devils making any sort of a jump forward that would have them sniffing the playoffs.</div></div>

I just wanted to go back to this post because I wanted to say "ha" (and yes I am petty for this)
Forum: Armchair-GMOct. 27, 2022 at 5:39 p.m.
Forum: Armchair-GMOct. 10, 2022 at 3:23 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>DefenseFirst</b></div><div>I completely understand it given the injuries to start the season, but this feels like year three or four straight where the consensus around here was that this was the year the bruins would step back.

I have a really hard time seeing both Ottawa and New Jersey being better.
That said i have an even harder time seeing either the wild or the rangers in the final. I could see the rangers missing the playoffs.</div></div>

With the Bruins I had a hard time putting them there, every time you bet against the Bruins they do even better than the year before. I just think the injuries they have (best forward and best defenseman) is going to be hard to replace that production.
With Ottawa I think they did a good job this offseason and have the goaltending depth to do well without Talbot plus their young guys are only going to get better.
The Devils have an amazing top 6 which was reinforced with Palat, they are going to have a full year with Hamilton who was finished top 10 in Norris 2/3 past years. Also no chance they have as bad goaltending luck as they did last year (they used 7!!!!)
The Rangers have a sick team with the best goalie and their young guys (Laf, Kappo, Miller, Fox, Schneider) are only going to get better (a lot better). They also have superstar pieces
The Wild was a team I might regret putting into the finals but they have an elite goaltender who put up okay numbers on a terrible Blackhawks team and was good on the Wild. Plus Kaprizov will take a leap, and they have great depth on both forward and D
Forum: Toronto Maple LeafsJun. 13, 2022 at 2:01 p.m.
I don't think you fire Keefe, especially after this year. He has proven time in and time out that he has been successful with this team, he took a team who had below .900 save percentage for half the season and brought them into the second seed in their division. That is pretty impressive.

Does he make some questionable decisions come playoff time? Ya for sure. But he also has made some good ones that really paid off. He took a team that has won back-to-back cups and is on the verge of a three peat to the brink of elimination and if it wasn't for a questionable call that waived a goal off Toronto could just as easily be in the finals right now. If by next year Toronto doesn't win a couple rounds then you start looking at the coach. We only have a year until Matthews can sign an extension and two more until his contract expires. We got to give him every possible reason to want to stay. Auston has had his best seasons under Keefe and getting rid of him after a record setting season is stupid.

In respect to Mitch: trading him will only make the team worse. There are just a handful of players I would trade for Mitch and it probably won't even be worth it. He has incredible chemistry with the best goal scorer in the league, he is one of the top passers in the league, can play the pk and pp and can score 30+ goals. Trading him is something the team would regret for years to come. I was all on the trade Marner trade last year, but this playoffs he's shown a major improvement and more confidence.

There is no easy fix for this team, but I do not see a world where any of the top 5 guys are traded. The only person I see any possibility is Nylander and even that could be a problem unless you are getting a big return back. What probably ends up happening is adding one or two new defensemen (trading Muzzin to NJ or LA) and getting one or two new goalies. And obviously some new additions to the bottom 6
Forum: Armchair-GMJun. 1, 2022 at 3:36 p.m.
Forum: Armchair-GMMay 31, 2022 at 7:06 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>dannibalcorpse</b></div><div>-Anthony Duclair just came off a 31-goal season and is signed for 2 more years at a $3M cap hit. Not only are there probably a half-dozen guys Florida moves before they get to him, but they sure as hell aren't gonna take a pile of beans in a B-tier prospect, a complete non-prospect, and next year's 3rd for him.

-Kerfoot for a 3rd works for Vancouver (or wherever) but getting a reliable veteran RD3 at only $850K means Toronto needs to add. I can't see Vancouver being super excited to move him at that cap hit since they have some cap issues of their own.

-Holl gets a 4th or a 5th but not both, if I'm gonna nitpick.

-Mrazek doesn't make as much sense for Arizona if only because he's the opposite of their normal cap dumps. Check out who they traded for last summer - every single one of those guys they acquired, minus Anton Stralman, had a lower salary paid out than their cap hit. Stralman, FWIW, had a salary that matched his cap hit. Mrazek has a salary that actually exceeds his cap hit - Arizona would spend $8.6M in real money over the next 2 seasons for $7.6M in cap hit. I just think it's unlikely they buck their trend to get a 2nd rounder three drafts from now.

-I think you'd need a little more to get Stolarz but not much - either upgrade the prospect to someone like Abruzzese (or whoever Anaheim might be into) or upgrade the pick to a 3rd. Stolarz has developed into a solid backup on a very cheap salary so I can't see them rushing out the door to move him for scraps.</div></div>

They did take Nick Ritchie who's 3.3 mill base salary next year is almost a mill higher than his cap. I could see him getting to Arizona, might need to add a player or something but I think Toronto explores any way to get him off the books without giving a 1st or top prospect or having to buy him out. Don't underestimate Dubas
Forum: Armchair-GMMay 31, 2022 at 7:01 p.m.
Forum: Armchair-GMMay 31, 2022 at 6:50 p.m.