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Jul 7, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs
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Dec 17, 1998
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Austerity</b></div><div>Don't think that's enough money for Galchenyuk nor Haula but I like those acquisitions, as well as the idea of getting someone like Lomberg. I don't really think trading Engvall is much of an option though, given that he's a replacement level player making more than league minimum, even if he's an RFA upon contract expiration.
Ullmark contract seems fair but he may be looking for a true starter's role. We'll see.
Not really a fan of Domi, I think he gets a lot out of having good press upon his entrance to the league and during the Galchenyuk trade, but I think he gives up a lot on defense and doesn't push the needle for forechecking, penalty differential, or finishing talent.</div></div>
I can see Galchenyuk signing for around that on a multiyear deal, as he gets security and it lowers the AAV. Haula is a decent 3C option, and for a team close to the cap, it makes a ton of sense. Trading for Domi would be risky, and if he is injured for a chunk of the season, I wonder if Dubas pulls some cap shenanigans and almost uses Domi as a free TDL acquistion. Mcginn seems like he will get a contract similar to Jesper Fast did last season from the Hurricanes nonetheless. Seems like the type of player the Leafs can use in the bottom 6. Lomberg and Engvall is almost a wash. I also like Ullmark as a tandem goalie with Campbell.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>OldNYIfan</b></div><div>Expansion-draft-fodder Kerfoot and rookie Liljegren get you Kuemper without the retention. Dvorak alone is worth more than Kasperi Kapanen.</div></div>
I dont know how that is the case tbh. The Coyotes want to get rid of salary, and clearing Dvorak's contract alone clears close to 20 million, and most of Kerfoot's contract is paid out. And while the Leafs may have to add more, Liljegren still imo is a competent top 4 D who needs somewhere to play. While Kuemper is a good goalie, his injury history, fact he may be exposed, and that he is a year out from FA, adding onto the fact there are a ton of goalies that are available this offseason, I dont think this trade is so unfair, but that is just my opinion. Also Bill Armstrong hasnt really ever made a major trade, so its hard to know how he is as a trader, and Kyle Dubas often makes shrewd trades so something along the lines of this makes sense. From what I understand the Leafs may have to add more for retention.
While I personally dont want to trade Amirov, as I would rather gamble on him than Bertuzzi at this point, in terms of trades with Bertuzzi i think its fair based off previous Kyle Dubas trades, and it makes even more sense if Bertuzzi is resigned for the next 4/5 years. Red Wings fans who think Bertuzzi is worth 3 firsts and Sandin, Robertson and Amirov are off base. I see this trade being similar to the JT Miller trade from 2 years ago, which was a first and a bottom of the roster player. Amirov may be worth more than that first, but on the flip side many may say that Bertuzzi is more established/more unique than Miller was, so that is why it can be used as a somewhat fair comparison. I think the Leafs could upgrade their team without giving up a top prospect, so that is why I wouldnt make this trade personally, but its fair and not bad.
For the rest of this AGM, I think other than an upgrade at 3C (Spezza isnt moving up the lineup), this team is pretty solid.