Mar 25, 2017
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Danny12357</b></div><div>The Leafs have their top 3 lines signed through next year (other than Marner) and assuming he comes in at $10M, they will have just over $65M committed next season. They will need to do a lot on D with that, re-sign Dermott, and probably end up having to let one of Barrie or Muzzin walk, but they will have cash to take on some salary or make other changes without any tough negotiations on the immediate horizon.
There is this constant freaking out about paying stars, but when teams are in cap trouble, it has far more to do with wasted money. Dubas will have cleared the decks of any wasted money by next summer (with Ceci's salary being the last real bit of over spending), so while he may have some difficult decisions to make when it comes to signing players as they command too much term depending on their age, he has shown a willingness to let players go when they price themselves out, such as Komoarov, Bozak, JVR, and what likely Gardiner.</div></div>
Dubas is managing this team as if this was a Fantasy Hockey who scores more points stays. You need Bozak and JVR and Komarov, and Hyman and Kadri to win. You don't need Nylander and Tavares cause you already have Marner and Matthews. Look at CHI 3 cups, well balanced team, thru out including D (Keith, Seabrook, Campbell, Oduya, Hjamarson). Look at PIT, they are super top heavy and yet, top 4 players make $30M, while TOR now top 4 will make $40M. Thats not going to work. You can't win cups this way, who you go on D? Berri? why? you need shutdown people not point getters, you already have F core that can score a ton... I don't get it... I guess management wats sell tickets, and jerseys and could careless about cups.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Danny12357</b></div><div>The comparison is not Zaitsev versus Ceci, it's committing to 5 years of Zaitsev versus 1 year of Ceci. Neither player is worth what they are being paid, but Zaitsev's contract was an anchor.
Also, Zaitsev was not the Leaf's 2nd best D in the playoffs, he was 3rd at best, and only because Gardiner and Dermott were both playing hurt. Although his play was tolerable, I think Dubas had to use that short window of good play to get someone to take Zaitsev while he had a chance, if not, he would be paying $4.5M for a bottom pair D for the next 5 years with no way out.</div></div>
TOR put themself in this situation where every contract will be an anchor. Look they have no D signed past next year. If they sign Marner and plan on keeping the core, they will have to play ELCs every year, but their ELC pool is getting smaller. Can't even play Bracco next year, what if he is good? can't sign him. What if Mikheyev good, can't sign him next year. What if Berri good, same, can't give him raise next year and he is not playing for $2.7M. Can't list 20 players, can't have 6-7 rookies every year. You have to build a team that knows each other, not just top 2 lines. Dumbass is too scared to let a star player go, because media might rip him a new one, but thats must be done.