Next up on the player review list is Joffrey Lupul.
It was a whirlwind season for the man who has rejuvenated his career in Toronto. Lupul signed a 5-year deal worth 26.25M, got hurt twice, suspended once, and still potted 18 points in only 16 games before notching four more points in seven playoff games.
I gave Lupul a 7, which was the second lowest ranking any of the writers here gave him (Mike gave him a six, if you were wondering). A seven to me means he had a “pretty good” season overall, relative to his role. Lupul’s expected to score and play in a top six role, which he obviously did when he was healthy. However, he played less than 50% of the games and whether you think the injuries were his fault or not, it’s a recurring theme with Lupul at this point.
In fairness, Lupul did do well to not allow his injuries to affect his play. Whenever he jumped back into the line-up he was clearly ready to go. In the grand scheme of things, though, I just can’t give a player a high rating based on 18 of 48 games.
Going into next season, the question with Lupul will be whether Carlyle plays him with Kessel again to create an all-out scoring line that is poor defensively, or whether Lupul is paired up with last season’s partner Nik Kulemin to help balance out his deficiencies defensively; perhaps playoff line mate Frattin will be reunited with Lupul again, too.
Regardless of what line Lupul does end up on, we know what he brings at this point: he’s a pure scorer who will get dirty in front of the opposition’s net, and he’s the emotional leader of the team.
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Morning Folks . This Colorado thing is really interesting. I'm very surprised . Jones is an American kid with links to Denver . From a marketing perspective alone it would make sense they pick Jones. I'm guessing its the Roy factor coming into play here . He's very familiar with McKinnon and Drouin. Also heard Jones wasn't the fittest at the combine. If this is true I'm kinda shocked they are not picking Jones. This draft just got a whole lot more interesting
I wonder if Blackhawks fans were embarrassed when they came back against the Canucks from being down 3-0 in a series, only to lose in game 7 in overtime. I get the sense that ppl around here are forgetting we were down 3-1 to a team we never friggin beat, came back and dominated them for 80% of the remainder of the series but unfortunately came up short with a lesson to be learned. We are a team to be reckoned with and that will continue for years to come, we can thank Boston beating us in that final game for that, believe it or not, it will make us better than the alternative win. Chances are we would've lost to one of the Rangers, Penguins and especially Blackhawks. Instead, we lost to a team we SHOULD'VE beaten, and that will only make us more hungry going forward as an organization. Great things coming, be proud Leafs Nation.
So if Sakic and Roy are going to pick a forward i.e. MacKinnon then Stastny or Duchene would be available quite soon.
What would be price be for Stastny and for Duchene?
From Tim Panaccio:
2 NHL sources tell CSN Flyers & ANA talking of Bobby Ryan. Among scenarios being discussed: Coburn, 11th pick for Ryan... more later
One criticism that must be mentioned - he is absolutely the worst forward at chipping pucks out. Way to many turnovers and for a smarter than average player, I just don't get why he doesn't make the safe play when it required.
Ok clearly silly season is start on. This is just sport networks and reporters looking for hits on their websites and attention on Twitter. We should be used to this by now people. Hold fast boys.
what up with the bernier trade talk?? i hink we have a stud goalie in riemer. our focus is a legit number 1 centre. sign s.wiess hes a good hockey just on shitty panthers teams but he can still rack up point,put him on with kessel jvr look out
leafs are in good shape with the cap dollar make 1 or 2 free agent signnings bring up few marlies and lets rock next year
Anyone know where Tim and Sid live? I want to go punch them both in the face.
They're currently debating, "could the Rask for Raycroft deal actually be worse than the Kessel deal?"
This Bernier thing seems to have legs...not sure I hate it...but I am happy with Reimer and Scrivens
Through five games:
- Leafs with 101:27 in lead time;
- Bruins with 90:36 lead time.
- Leafs (58:57);
- Bruins (0:44).
How the Flyers negotiate:
Flyers: "What do you want for Bernier?"
Kings: "Let's start with a fresh cheese steak. You may have to add a little more, but we need this guy gone!"
Flyers: "Okay, we'll throw in Claude Giroux"
also, there is a chance that jonas hiller is available as well , fasth played really well last year and they have another super goalie prospect comin , just dont remember his name ...
10. I was sitting about 40 ft behind the canes net and pretty drunk when he scored that beaut of a goal.
Injuries suck but he played his ass off when he was in
current ufa goalies ; backstrom , smith , nabokov , theodore , emery .
possible buy-outs lalongo , brizard of oz ......
i would be shocked if kings can get a 1st rounder for bernier or equivalent ....
doesnt anyone else find this bernier stuff way out to lunch ?? 1st .there will be many goalies available july 5th .
2nd an offer sheet only gets a 2nd rounder , kings cant match.
3rd what the fuck has bernier proven ????
so are all the philly writers comin down with eklunditis ?!?! . or are they just tryin to compete with super ek ?!?! never beleive anything outta philly .....
So just my two cents for the day...
I hate the idea of signing Weise
I hate the idea of trading for Bernier
If those are the options right now...roll with Bozak and Reimer
John Shannon# Just had a quick email convo with Ritch Winter. He confirms that Flyers have told him his client,Ilya Bruzgalov,will not the bought out.
I give Lupul an 8, despite his injuries. The guy is a breath oƒ fresh air and chaRisma on a team that hasnt had any in years. He doesnt have the C on his jersey but he has become the face and voice of the team, taking the focus of off Kessel and some pressure of off Dion
OK, so it would be fair to assume that the Leafs aren't actually all that motivated to make a trade for Bernier. And if Philly really is keeping Bryz than we can forget about them as well (although what will that do to their cap crunch this summer will make things interesting).
So is this just LA trying to create a market when NJ might be the only interested party that they'll actually do business with. Cause I know that both the Oilers and Flames want him, but LA won't deal him to a team that is joining their division next year. And I hear they're even worried about a team trading for him and then flipping him to one of those teams. If we actually are in on Bernier, I wonder if it's with an eye to flipping him to either of those teams for a package of more immediate use for Toronto?
Off topic: but if I got a nasty cut on my finger, but I got it to stop bleeding, I don't need to go get stitches, right? I don't care about a scar.
Streit - Coburn
Timonen - Schenn
Grossman - Mezsaros
This isn't a terrible top-6. They just lack a true stud #1 Dman. Timonen and Schenn were pretty damn good together last season, and Coburn is good. Streit's still good, his contract is just crazy for his age.
But if they trade Coburn, they'll definitely need more help on D. You know what's funny? They let Carle walk last season. It typically doesn't end well when you let good players leave for nothing. Not that I'm saying anything revolutionary, here.
11th overall and Coburn for Ryan isn't a bad deal, in terms of value, though. 28-year-old 2/3 Dman and an 11th overall pick for a 26-year-old 1st-line star winger. The Flyers do need some help up front, but they can't really afford to lose Coburn. This is a tricky situation.
Man, I wish Carlyle didn't have it out with Bobby Ryan before leaving Anaheim. He would be a realistically attainable star forward we could add with a decent package.
Fuck this is one of those days where the blown 4-1 lead kills more and more thinking about it......FUCK
If anyone gives Lupul any rating other than "incomplete", they're lying to themselves and everyone else! ;)
MSM needs to come up with some new material . All these rumors are re-treads that we have heard a million time before
I'm bored so ...
It's been almost a decade since the NHL fought for and got its cap. Here's what teams were spending on payroll before the wage and price controls were introduced. I forgot about some of the big spenders at the time. Here's the top dozen at the time, followed by the rest
Detroit $77 mil
NYR $76 mil
Philly $68 mil
Dallas $68 mil
Colorado $63 mil
Toronto $62 mil
St. Louis $61 mil
Anaheim $53 mil
L.A. $53 mil
Washington $50 mil
Jersey $48 mil
In no order: Van $42 mil, NYI $40 mil, Boston 46 mil, Edmonton $33 mil, Minny $27, Phoenix $39 mil, S. Jose $34 mil, Pitt $23 mil, Buffalo 32 mil, Montreal $38 mil, Ottawa $39 mil, Atlanta $28 mil, Carolina $35 mil, Florida $26 mil, Tampa $34 mil, Chicago $30 mil, Columbus $34 mil, Nashville $21 mil.
Tampa won the cup that year over Calgary. Leafs lost to Philly in the second round.