May 6, 2019
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>johnston3504</b></div><div>yeah i know alot have been going around i just figured fixing the d and goalie at the same time what about instead of the 2nd next season was a first would that do it?</div></div>
I'd certainly consider it, but I'm sure most Leafs fans would be against it.
I know that many are anti-Ceci, but as Dermott gets his legs back under him (Which should be soon), would it not make more sense to stand-pat? Barrie seems to be figuring it out, and after a slow start has actually started to close the gap on his career norms for point totals. I get that it's desperate times in Toronto, but if it were me, and the Leafs weren't on Miller's NTC, I'd go 2020 3rd+Hutch for Miller, and hold onto the rest. You're already going to have to re-organize the d-core in the summer anyway.
If it's the right side that you're worried about, maybe run Liljegren out there for a couple of weeks to evaluate where he's at. If he's not at the level that he needs to be, revisit then, which is probably when you can get a deal on another option.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Lenny7</b></div><div>At this point, the issue isn't "How good is Josh Manson?", it's "Does this trade help the Ducks long term, or hurt them?". Getting a mid-6 (Johnsson), Bracco, Ceci and potentially a 3rd doesn't help the Ducks. All it does is take away ice-time from the young guys that they're trying to develop in a lost season.
I get that you guys hate Ceci, but if you're going to argue about how Manson is mediocre, then keep Ceci! There! There's your cap space for next year. Problem solved.</div></div>
The argument is Manson is an upgrade over Ceci. And Johnsson is a 24 year old player whos proven he can contribute in the top 6. Maybe Anahiem flips him too, and Ceci and then keeps Bracco to see what he can do with in the NHL. Anahiem doesn't have any capable RHD beyond Manson. That is the problem, not trading or keeping Manson. They aren't good enough, they don't have enough prospects and keeping old guys so they can hope they somehow bounce back is just pointless. Rebuild, sell everything and come back stronger. Or be like LA.