Nov 19, 2016
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Right before July 1, 2018, the Capitals resigned John Carlson to an 8 year, $64M contract. Let's just pretend that he had hit the open market, and the Leafs could've opted to sign Carlson instead of Tavares. Because it's the open market, Carlson would get considerably more than he did in DC, so let's just say he signs for a $9.5M AAV over 7 years. If you're Kyle Dubas, which do you sign? Also, don't account for Carlson's incredible start to the season. Think back to the reputation Carlson had back in 2018, which was a legit #1 defenseman that would probably be hovering around 5th-7th place in the Norris voting. I'm curious as to what the responses are.
I'd think most of the Leaf haters will go with Carlson and most of the crazy biased Leaf fans will choose Tavares, but I'm curious as to what the reasonable Toronto fans and non Toronto haters would choose. It would certainly change the team outlook, with the Kadri trade most likely never happening and needing to find a 3C solution.
If we're including players who haven't hit their primes yet, I'm going with Chicago or Tampa. Kane, Toews, Keith, Seabrook, Saad and Crawford all playing at their old peaks, plus Debrincat, Strome, Dach and Kubalik all fully developed is scary. Pittsburgh would be pretty interesting, with Sid, Geno, Hornqvist, Letang, Schultz and Jack Johnson all turning back the clock (and JJ would actually be solid).