Aug 6, 2016
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Jamiepo</b></div><div>... and nylander will get back on track and be a 70-80 point player, no doubts there. </div></div>
Nylander has 4 points in 20 games. He's talented, but he's a problem for the Leafs offensively right now. You are not getting as high a return for an out-of-form player as you would for an in-form player. 70-80 points? That wouldn't be back on track. That would be a 15-30% jump over his best seasons so far. He's young, so maybe one day he gets there, but that's the high end upside, not the middle road of expectations for the player. He may never get there, and instead is a guy who, when he is on, gets 60-70 points, but when he's not, fetches 40 points. That's more realistic than baking in 70-80 point seasons at this point in time. In that light, the contract is a risk. I'd rather have Kapanen personally.
Re: Gardiner, I didn't say anything about him. I said puck moving D aren't as scarce and valuable as you seem to think. That was true, however, some 5 years ago.
Look, Trouba and Nylander are wonderful players. Of the two, I actually hope we do go for Trouba to establish an ideal top pairing going forward. That said, these trades are extremely costly from a cap management perspective. In both, you are trading low cost, high value assets (excepting Simmonds who is an ideal UFA deadline rental) for a very high value player who is much more expensive.
Winnipeg needs more cost controlled NHL talent for their cap situation, so Hagg would actually be a really good piece for them to get back if they deal Trouba. Myers, however, still being a prospect in the AHL, is probably too speculative for them.
Whatever the Flyers do, they're probably keeping Myers out of any trade talks. They want to get him into the third pairing right-side D role come next season. I don't see how they are actually in the Nylander sweepstakes. That is likely all Toronto media and agent BS leaks to the press amounting to basically nonsense.