Feb. 26, 2017
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There's two reason the Leafs are going nowhere fast.
One, they don't have a legit number one defenseman. I suppose this deal is trying to address that, but I don't see Byram as a number one.
Two, they have three of the worst contracts in the league. In fact, the Matthews and Marner deals may be two of the worst in league history. Not only are you paying $11M each to two players that have collectively only hit 100 points once in their careers, but both contracts walk them to UFA before they turn 30, which means you're going to have give them raises on those ridiculously bloated deals to extend them. The idea that they would actually consider swallowing the highest AAV in the league for Matthews is completely insane, and only in the Vortex of Nonsense that is Toronto would they even consider this. These contracts are so bad, you'd have to treat any trade for either player as partial cap dumps at this point.
And then you give Tavares $11M, a local guy who probably would have happily signed for 8 per.
If Dubas is responsible for these contracts, there is now way he should be back as GM. It's Toronto, for crying out loud. You could ice the Coyotes in that market and they'd still be sold out for decades. Don't believe me? Go back and look at their history in the 80's, when they could barely make the playoffs in the Norris division and were filling Maple Leaf Gardens every night. There is no reason for the Leafs to be handing out contracts that pay players on their potential, nor should they have the need to be overpaying to attract and keep talent.
And if it was Shanahan that handed out those deals, then he should be fired.
Sorry Leafs' Nation, you're still the hot mess you've been since the 70's, and you're probably still another generation at least away from winning the Stanley Cup.