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Forum: Armchair-GMMar. 9 at 4:18 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>RC_82</b></div><div>No his logic isn't that - Kerfoot may not be putting up points, but his game has been better than bunting. Bunting plays with emotion. Before last game, he was shifting from his game, was getting pissed and arguing with refs for non calls. The demotion is to get him to figure it out. He did last game. when assessing Kerfoot you need to look at his game from a non point production aspect sadly. He may get paid too much but he does alot of the little things well. He will score soon, he's doing everything else right.

Nylander is second line because when matthews is healthy you spread out the top guys. when your roster is this depleted, you load it up</div></div>

I admit that I oversimplified the situation with Kerfoot as Keefe believing he is a top line guy over Bunts and Willy. I agree Bunting needed the demotion to figure things out, and hopefully he has or will soon. His game-tying goal against the Devils should greatly help his confidence going forward.

I also agree with what you said about spreading out the top guys when Matthews is healthy and loading up the top line when he's not playing. Hopefully Keefe sees it the same way.

I wish I had the same faith in Kerfoot as you do that he will eventually score soon, but he's been snake-bittten all year with a career low shooting percentage and missing wide open empty nets, fumbling breakaways and 2-on-1s, not scoring on penalty shots, etc. I feel bad for him because he is trying his best and working hard to do all the little things right and just isn't getting a lucky break, but with all of the grade A looks he's getting, he NEEDS to bury those chances! Would you trust him to score in a game 7 right now? And let's not forget his brain fart drop pass in game 6 last playoffs. Nice guy and great teammate but 0% finishing ability this year. He needs to sit in the playoffs but probably won't.
Forum: Armchair-GMMar. 9 at 2:57 p.m.
Forum: Armchair-GMFeb. 7 at 8:37 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>palhal</b></div><div>Not sure how the how this really helps the Leafs. Downgrade from Kerfoot and Holmberg to play Lorentz and Svechnikov. Then that's a real overpay to obtain Meier who the Leafs can't afford to resign.
Gee, the Isles paid mid first rounder, the equivalent of second rounder and semi cap dump to obtain Horvat. But somehow the Leafs pay two firsts, a third Knies and Vogt for Meier.</div></div>

So here's my reasoning for the two 1sts, a 3rd, Knies &amp; Voit for Meier vs. what Isles paid for Horvat: Meier is younger than Horvat and is still an RFA under team control after this season vs. Horvat who was a pending UFA. If the Leafs fail in the playoffs again this year, there will be major changes and I'd rather have the option to re-sign Meier and trade Nylander OR keep Nylander and trade Meier's rights to a team that can afford to extend him for draft picks and/or prospects. Either scenario is returning at minimum another 1st round pick for the Leafs, probably a 2nd rounder and/or top prospect(s). That's why the cost is higher to acquire Meier vs. Horvat.

Also Kerfoot cost the Leafs game 6 against Tampa last year, so I personally don't want him anywhere near the Leafs this spring! I know all players make mistakes but Kerfoot's cap hit is too high for what he brings, and his decision making skills are very questionable during key moments of a game. IMHO Leafs are better off without him, but will need to add an asset to get rid of him so Holmberg or another prospect has to go.

Additionally the Leafs can waive Lorentz and Svechnikov and if no one claims them, bury them in the minors and call up Bobby McMann, SDA, Gaudette or Steeves instead.