May 17, 2016
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>GMTD</b></div><div>OK, enough of the Nylander v. Kapanen discussion, am I the only one who thinks this is a terrible trade for the Leafs? TOR trades Brown, Connor and Zaitsev, Nikita to BUF for Sobotka, Vladimír; 2021 3rd round pick (BUF) and 2021 6th round pick (BUF)
I get it, the Leafs move the most hated player since Kessel and drop cap, but the Sabres dump Sobotka, get the defensive defenseman to pair with Dahlin and a PK forward only 2 years removed from 20 goals for only a 3rd and 6th round pick.
This is the only way I can see this trade making sense:
Sobotka is a dump and Zaitsev is a dump.
That leaves 3rd and 6th for Brown.
If the Leaf fans view the trade in this manner, then I guess it is fair. I would appreciate comments regarding this trade. BTW, I think you all know that I am a Sabres fan.</div></div>
I dunno. It's pretty simple, I think. The idea is that there's more value, to the Leafs, in cap space than in holding onto those two pieces -- they can sign/extend players that better fit their (Dubas's) style. BUF's had a pretty miserable defense and penalty kill, so they'd maybe be interested to acquire the players. But I didn't want to go nuts with picks coming back and figured there'd need to be some cap balancing. Sobotka's a bad contract, and the Leafs can benefit from and easily afford buying out the last year.