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Apr 8, 2017
Toronto Maple Leafs
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>thelastlongbow</b></div><div>So Leafs basically stood pat, while the team with a stack of defensemen (despite the injuries) added more.
Also, this is the same Carolina team that embarrassed us just the other night with solid defensive play and desire. And they're only getting stronger on D...
Their D core is ridiculous: Slavin, Pesce, Edmundson, van Riemsdyk, Gardiner, Skjei, Hamilton, Vatanen, Fleury.</div></div>
And Jake Bean in Charlotte who I would argue is the best blueliner in the AHL. I am so confused with Carolina’s game plan. Are they gonna play 3 D and 2 F’s moving ahead?!
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>bhavikp27</b></div><div>Tbh, Salomaki is an okay 13th F at NHL level. Before the trade, he was playing on the Admirals' 3rd line. They are the best in the league and they got several options better than him, at least offensively. Still, 15 pts in 41GP.
Anyways, it's a TOR win. You can't trade for Ben Harpur and think you won this trade...</div></div>
Thanks for the details. I reckoned Salomaki would be an adept middle-6 option at the AHL level. With the recent losses of Johnsson to injury and the trades of Marchment & Moore, the Leafs depth at LW has been significantly Compromised. All season they’ve had too many D-Men - particularly of the fringe variety taking up space at the AHL level (its why Joey Duszak and Mac Holloway, the Leafs top D prospects after Sandin and Liljegren, started in St. John’s of the ECHL rather than with the Marlies). This trade takes from an area where they had a surplus of bodies and adds to a relative area of weakness at LW. I reckon we won’t be seeing Salomaki up in the NHL however I think it would be good to give him some top-6 minutes at the AHL level and see if he has more to give and fits in with the system the Leafs/Marlies employ.
But yes, as I initially said - definitive Leafs win, for à definitively minimal move.
Marincin has played a role and done it without griping. Some perennial 8th D-Men will look elsewhere to ensure they stay in the NHL or get more mins/more games. Marincin has happily played in the AHL for much of the past 4 years, including playoff games (which are unpaid!), when his services have not been required by the Leafs. In the AHL he’s an effective shutdown D-Man who’s able to kill penalties and is good in the locker room at mentoring the numerous young Marlies D-Men.
As noted, while he will be earning a guaranteed $0.7M on a 1-way contract, none of that will count against the cap when he is not on the Leafs roster and, when he is on the Leafs roster you’re not going to find a cheaper contract to fill out your 5th, 6th or 7th D-Man slots. With where the Leafs are at, anything higher than league minimum or an ELC is just no longer tenable in the bottom pairing nor most of the bottom-6. There’s better D-Men but the Leafs can’t afford them.
I for one am happy MarMar is coming back. It’s good to have continuity and loyalty, an intangible quality that is so often lost these days. He’s another member of the Calder Cup championship team from 2018 that is now forming almost half the Leafs roster and he was a big part of that win (played top pair D with Hollsy for the Marlies back then). It’s great to see so many of these players progress to playing FT for the Leafs (with more to come)!
In sum, MarMar will never be a Top-4 defender in the NHL (edit: checks current Leafs depth chart on Cap Friendly....well sheeeeeeet, that’s why we’ve been allowing 6 goals per game) but anyways, *ordinarily* when he plays in an appropriate role, he does it well and without griping.