Jul 6, 2019
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>MG1986</b></div><div>Haha well I can tell you that Mihkeyev's agent loves playing hardball and is tough to deal with. That said, Kucherov is also his client, and as we all know Kucherov took a very reasonable "bridge deal" even though he probably could have gotten more. I guess my point is, Leafs would want to "Trevor Moore" him or, as you put it "Kevin Lablanc" him to a cheap next contract, where perhaps his play, and especially his play to date, indicates he should be getting more of a Kapanen/Johnson second contract, which would definitely hurt the Leafs' cap and their ability to resign at least one of Muzzin or Barrie plus make additional upgrades, which I am sure will be needed once we again lose to Boston in the first round of these 2019-20 playoffs :P</div></div>
Fair points! Watching Leafs vs Boston was telling. IMO, Dubas needs to trade Hyman now (Good player but far too much$ for a limited skill set) ...and, unfortunately, to keep a close watch on Willy's (other's?) 'level of intensity'. Sadly, Leafs appear to have encouraged a culture of too many primadonnas skating around and opportunistically seeking to add to their point totals - rather than to engaging in the game. IMO, this includes 'no hit' Rielly. In Leafs vs Boston each Bruin meticulously finished every play by initiating a 'conscious' body contact/hit against their opposing Leafs' player. Think they have been instructed to do this? By comparison, the Leafs avoid contact - and will soon become known as the team avoiding contact in a contact sport!.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>leaflet</b></div><div>It all depends on when he is signed imo. If Dubas waits until the end of the season, the price will increase. Mikheyev will likely end the season with more points than Johnsson, Kerfoot and Kapanen, which will make it difficult to argue he should earn less than them. And Dubas doesn't have the reputation of signing players to team-friendly deals. If he pushed to sign him early, he could probably have him at a discount.</div></div>
Agreed. With JT out for 2wks, Dubas should get good look at Miki over next 7games w/ pressures of x2 back-to-backs. That said, remains to be seen where Milstein might sit with coming to terms early and Miki's 'reported' wish to play in TO - as, if M waits, he could force Dubas out of market?
At this point, I'd also reserve judgement on Lilje. Imo, Holl is looking pretty good...and not sure about Lilje's defensive lapses ...and 'grit'. If Dubas is right, and his model gets Leafs deep into playoffs this year, then maybe. But, if Dubas is wrong, there could be major re-think of blueline strategy?