blowing_the_zone

Member Since
May 1, 2018
Forum Posts
2132
Posts per Day
2.42
Forum Threads
44
Forum: Armchair-GMDec 9, 2019 at 1:13
Thread: Radical
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>oneX</b></div><div>Picks can be added to make such a deal more fair but I think a big addition for CBJ would be Marner and he's locked in on a deal...so he wouldn't be leaving any time soon. The exciting thing for CBJ in such a deal is Marner would be the best talent at forwards.

About Andersen: so and <a href="/users/Random2152" target="_blank">@Random2152</a> would ride out his contract and not bring him back...and I understand the decision is still at least a year away but I'd like to hear both your plans going forward regarding goaltending.

Wait...Random mentioned Crawford? Hmm...what about his injury history? Doesn't scare you?</div></div>

Well, I think everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.. or something like that . ;)

I guess what I'm trying to say is that context always trumps planning in a vacuum. I honestly think that the leafs plan is that they're counting on a substantial bump in the salary cap with the new tv deal, which will allow them to deal with Andersen and Rielly, and will justify the overpays to Marner and AM. That, and they're probably thinking that they might have a bridge in place with one of Woll or Scott.

But if neither or none of those things happen then they'll need to readjust their cap structure. Which means one of the top paid players will likely need to go.

I like what Dubas and company are doing. They're going against conventional wisdom and betting on where the puck is going to be instead of where it's at.. Of course, they could be wrong. And in that case it will very likely cost Dubas and co. their jobs.. but you gotta like their guts in placing the bet that they have.
Forum: Armchair-GMDec 8, 2019 at 9:15
Thread: Radical
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>BurgerBoss</b></div><div>I think CBJ is going to decline this. The thought is something certainly new and different and I kinda like it, but the biggest problem for CBJ in this move is that they're not a contender, and most likely not going to be a contender for the several years to come. This is where Andersen's age makes an issue. Assuming that he re-signs with the Jackets, he's turning 32 that year. Now assuming more that the team might reach a contending status in just about 5 years...Andersen might is well out of his prime, and maybe declining. At that point also Marner has long moved from Columbus, making a Panarin in a sense. The value is good, but the team you're trading the assets is just wrong...

Also Holland is never going to pay that much for a mid-6 winger. That's a big-time overpayment.</div></div>

5 stars for the idea, the out of the box thinking, and the debate that was generated from Tircksters AGM.

After reading through the thread over coffee this morning (which was a good way to start the day, btw) I think your post, Burger Boss, hits the nail on the head. I agree, the value seems good, but I'm not sure it's a fit given where each team is at and because of the recent history of Columbus not being able to retain pending ufas.

I could see how Seth Jones might be offered up if Columbus decides to hit a full rebuild, but if they do I'd imagine that it'd be a deal for a bucket full of picks and some top tier prospects of the Sandin variety. I think if Jones is ever traded it's to set the stage for something similar to what Ottawa is doing. The Sens take alot of flack but I think they're in a good spot to turn the team around in a couple years with guys like Chabot/Tkachuk, the picks they have now, plus the ones they're likely to get when they unload this years ufas.

If the leafs are seriously interested in trying to land Jones the best approach might be to unload Muzzin/Barrie and whatever Ceci can bring for every pick they can get and package that this summer with Sandin and/or Lily/Roberston to try and pry Jones free. Of course, that doesn't resolve what needs to be done to resign Andersen, but I agree with Random, it makes sense to keep a goalie like Freddy as long as you can even if that means that he walks at the end.

The other side of the coin here is that if the leafs try to unload Muzzin/Barrie for hopefully a first each then that's a pretty clear indication that they're folding up the tent on this season in order to retool a bit for next year. I'm not opposed to that approach at all if the leafs are on the outside looking in at the TDL.

Anyways, great atm idea by Trickster. And solid post in your response, BB. The idea of looking ahead to what needs to done given that Andersen and Rielly are coming up is something Toronto must be thinking about now. Increasingly, Ithough, I'm thinking one of the high priced forwards might need to go at some point to rebalance thier cap structure (which Trickster did here with Marner). Either that, or the Leafs better hope that the cap takes a huge jump in the next couple years. Otherwise somethings gotta give.
Forum: Armchair-GMDec 5, 2019 at 7:59
Forum: Armchair-GMDec 5, 2019 at 6:02
Forum: Armchair-GMNov 29, 2019 at 1:52
Forum: Armchair-GMNov 29, 2019 at 1:48
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>newballcoach</b></div><div>I would be interested to see what some lineups moves look like to help stop the B's.

Match Mikheyev-Tavares-Hyman against the top line as much as possible. You can't shut them down fully, but those guys are defensively responsible and will make it tough for them to get extended zone time. The ideal D pairing here is maybe Muzzin-Holl?

Have Johnsson-Matthews-Nylander up next with Reilly and Ceci. Should be able to overpower Boston's 2nd line and gain an advantage.

Then Marner-Kerfoot-Kappy with Derms and Barrie. Lots of offence for a third group would hopefully be able to take advantage of their slower/heavier third group.

I would play my fourth line as little as possible,.

Does that do the job? Who knows, lots can change, injuries on either side could change things. Would be another very tight fun series, too bad it won't be in the conference final.</div></div>

Interesting. I like this approach lots.

Would only counter with a top line of Nylander/AM/Mitch, cause I'm not sure if Mitch gets enough ice otherwise. But I like the idea of Mikheyev/ JT/Hyman trying to contain Boston's top line and then force Boston to try to contain Toronto's 3 young guns. I'd imagine that both teams would trade punches on that type of matchup with each teams bottom six being the difference maker.. along with whoever has the hot goalie.

I hope they meet up again this year. The last two years have been fun, even if we came up short both times.
Forum: Armchair-GMNov 29, 2019 at 12:12
Forum: Armchair-GMNov 29, 2019 at 10:56
Forum: Armchair-GMNov 29, 2019 at 10:28
Forum: Armchair-GMNov 28, 2019 at 1:33
Forum: Armchair-GMNov 27, 2019 at 1:56
Thread: Leafs at tdl
Forum: Armchair-GMNov 27, 2019 at 1:31
Thread: Leafs at tdl
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Jack_</b></div><div>thanks. yours was good to. i think keefe will be trying so many different things that will include 11 forwards and 7 defenseman. in the playoffs I see no need to even run a 4th line (unless its a blowout and you dont want to risk injuries and fatigue). Gauthier isnt a good penalty killer and the defenseman they currently have on the pk isnt the best. mikeyev, hyman, tavares, marner, johnsson, kappy, moore and kerfoot can all kill. dressing the goat or shore for that main reason is a wast of a lineup slot. the only reason they could need shore is for a right handed faceoff specialist but spezza can be a part of the faceoff get off. rielly isnt good on the pk, Dermott, holl and muzzin are good, so is ceci but i think he will be traded. marty is a top 40 penalty killer in the league, keefe used him a ton in the AHL, I see no reason to dress him and only use him in a PK role and the last couple minutes in a game when the other team is pushing to limit the number of shifts rielly and barrie end up getting in the DZ</div></div>

Yup. It's that experimentation piece I'm looking forward to seeing. It still kills me that we never got a chance to see Naz line up on the left with either JT/Marner or with AM/Nylander, cause I think either of those options would have been pretty awesome.

The thing that I'm really happy to hear coming from the players and Keefe is that he wants to play to their strengths and put guys, and therefore the team, in a position to succeed. There's alot of options on the table now that each line isn't bound to the rule of grinder/shooter/passer or d pairings of puck mover/stand in the right spot guy. We could get 11/F 7/D or even simple stuff like a stacked top line, a cycle line, and a speed/rush line. Or a d pairing of Rielly/ Barrie.

We might even start to see an approach that looks alot like the Russian 5 with the Red Wings... I kinda think that's what Shanahan/ Dubas/Keefe are aiming for.
Forum: Armchair-GMNov 27, 2019 at 1:02
Thread: Leafs at tdl
Forum: Armchair-GMNov 27, 2019 at 12:59
Thread: Leafs at tdl
Forum: Armchair-GMNov 25, 2019 at 8:02
Forum: Armchair-GMNov 24, 2019 at 4:14
Thread: Moves