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Morning Mashup: Enough SC Finals, bring on the buyouts!

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Not saying the Cup Finals are over at 2-1 Bruins, but you had to know, after the Leafs let a team come back from 4-1 down with 11 minutes remaining in Game 7, that team would go on to win the Cup, right? Right. Of course.

The pain will soon be over and off-season activity will follow very shortly thereafter. Should the Stanley Cup Finals go seven games, the Entry Draft will take place a mere four days later. The delayed, compacted schedule and the lowering of the salary cap means that under a week after winning the Cup, the Bruins or Hawks could be buying out players and focusing on drafting for the future.

The compliance buyout period, and any accompanying trade activity, will begin 48-hours after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals and conclude on July 4 at 11:59 p.m. (eve of free agency). It will produce an interesting new group of names for the free agent pool. More intriguing is the possibility of trading buyouts, something a team like the Leafs would be a prime candidate to capitalize on. Most of the rumours sound right out of rosterbation fantasy land, but the possibility of acquiring a buyout candidate is something the Leafs‘ own Claude Loiselle lent credence to in a recent radio interview. At the very least, it’s being discussed.

Free agency follows on July 5.

The fun starts soon.

(Note: The Joffrey Lupul player review will be up later on today).

Links:

Recap: Bruins take game 3.

From yesterday – my analysis on Clarke MacArthur vs. David Clarkson.

Steve Dangle weighs in on Clarkson here.

Cam Charron wonders about Daniel Briere to the Leafs, as Briere is all but guaranteed to become a bought-out free agent.

SkinnyFish argues the belief that Carlyle’s system pushed shots to the perimeter is a myth.

Yep, Briere and Bryzgalov will get bought out so the Flyers can fit in 35-year-old Mark Streit’s 4 year, $5.25 million contract on the cap… can’t make this stuff up.

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. Contact him at [email protected]
535 comments
LeafblowntoVan
LeafblowntoVan

Claymish14 hours ago

If the Leafs are seriously thinking of paying millions for the 3rd overall pick from Tampa (Buy out LeCavalier so he can sign again with Tampa) please please demand Radko Gudas as well. He was very impressive in the games I saw against the Leafs and he is like the Tasmanian Devil. Pairing him with Gardiner would be outstanding.


I couldn't agree more. Too bad Komerov took off, those two would have a lot to talk about and no shortage of languages to say it in. I believe Gudas has six languages to his credit. He's young, big, and loves to use his size to separate man from puck. He's a thinking defender who's going to mature into something really special. I suspect Tampa knows that though.

Claymish
Claymish

If the Leafs are seriously thinking of paying millions for the 3rd overall pick from Tampa (Buy out LeCavalier so he can sign again with Tampa) please please demand Radko Gudas as well. He was very impressive in the games I saw against the Leafs and he is like the Tasmanian Devil. Pairing him with Gardiner would be outstanding.

ingy56
ingy56

Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie

2m

Not clear yet whether Corban Knight becomes UFA on July 1st or 5th but won't matter - agreed to terms on 2-yr entry level deal with CGY.

So, Calgary traded a 4th for a kid who could have walked in 2 weeks? Wow.

Axle_Goalie
Axle_Goalie

I'd like to hear about how the Leafs are going to acquire Mckinnon in the drat. 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

Man the sens renamed there arena "The Canadian Tire Centre". I like there old one better.

Alec Brownscombe
Alec Brownscombe moderator

Mcloki - you asked how the adv stats crowd squares away the Leaf playoff performance.

Pretty hilarious how... They gave it a little time, and then wrote an article about how "time of possession" showed the Leafs were easily the inferior opponent and lucky to have made it to Game 7. 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

Datsyuk got done too, when are we gonna start on kessel?

maple1967leafs
maple1967leafs

Mclean has been into thet ann of green gables shine

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@Claymish 

That guy hits like a truck...wasn't he the guy who initially hurt Bozak?

leafmealone
leafmealone

@ingy56 Have to assume they were given an opportunity to see if there was a deal to be made with his agent before pulling the trigger. 

LN-093
LN-093

@Black_Hawk It's a shame a waste management corporation didn't take the name.

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@Alec Brownscombe Sounds like revisionist history so they craft an explanation detailing the how the leafs are inferior after the fact.   Everyone is an expert after the fact.   

LN-093
LN-093

@Black_Hawk My fearless prediction: Kessel will wait to see what gets done with Bozak first.  Negotiating with Bozak is like having Kessel in the room.

Pent_House
Pent_House

@Burtonboy I don't know why everyone is so against this one. Personally I rather have Bernier than Scrivens. 

Claymish
Claymish

@B_Leaf @Claymish That be him...I like this for our D---Phaneuf/Gunnarsson, Gardiner/Gudas, Frasher/Franson....that's a pairing of toughness and offense on each unit. With that said I would still like to explore trading Gunnarsson.

ingy56
ingy56

@LN-093 @Black_Hawk MLSE should have bought the rights, it is our building whenever the Leafs play there.

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@LN-093 @Black_Hawk I hope not, b/c if thats the case he might not come back b/c we might not bring back bozak. He is just gonna have to go on with out his good friend.

LN-093
LN-093

@Pent_House @Burtonboy Because he's due for a big raise which the Leafs can't afford, because he wants to be a number 1 goalie when we have Reimer.  Do you need more??

theacs1966
theacs1966

@wendelsfist @theacs1966 @Pent_House Send me more.  I love this quote, "Right now, the Leafs are relying on out-scoring the opposition and not out-shooting them."  Pretty sure the game is decided by who gets the most goals and not the most shots.  It's funnier each time I read it.

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@theacs1966 @Pent_House What is funny about that one is the leaf got "worse" by being outshot even more and yet continue to win.   A bad prediction that the leafs would collapse. 

Jimmie Dorey
Jimmie Dorey

@theacs1966 @wendelsfist @Pent_House How about providing one where they called Kadri washed up and should have been traded?

The write up on Kadri from Hockey Prospectus Annual (advanced stats guys) and what they think,

Expected to finally break through with a full NHL season, Nazem Kadri missed the start of 2011-12 due to a knee injury. Three games into his return, the former seventh overall draft choice was sent back down to the AHL. As he proved once more with a second consecutive season of greater than 0.80 point-per-game production at the minor pro level, Kadri has the offensive wherewithal to be a contributor at the highest levels. While the Memorial Cup winning Kitchener Ranger only dressed for two games under Carlyle, it seems unfathomable that he will not be given a longer leash than under former coach Ron Wilson, who seemed to delight in discussing his defensive shortcomings. With a goal scored as valuable as a goal allowed, it would be to the new coach’s benefit to focus on what his players can do, instead of trying to focus on their weak points. As the Leafs showed amply last season, they were full of players with deficiencies, but few of them had the potential upside of Kadri.

theacs1966
theacs1966

@wendelsfist @Pent_House I'd like some links.  Not because I don't believe you, but because I want to feel smug.  I don't like or understand advanced stats.  According to them, Kadri was washed up last year and she should have been traded.

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@Pent_House @wendelsfist And yet they expect MSM to apologize for their mistakes and blunders.  Hypocritical.  

Even worse, how many times has Carlyle said - that the problem were his or the coaching staff fault and the coaching staff needs to address it.  And then he made the changes to roster.  He did it a few times this year and the last time was after game 1 in the playoffs.  In fact, the first thing he did when he joined the leafs was admit he goofed regarding Lupul.  

Yet they rant on Carlyle and are oblivious to the fraud that they are themselves.  They hold Carlyle to a standard that they themselves are fail to meet.  

Pent_House
Pent_House

@wendelsfist They're not going to admit flaws in "advanced" stats because they live and die by them. 

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@ingy56 @wendelsfist @Alec Brownscombe

You guys need to read what these advanced  guys wrote in February on how the leafs would never make the playoffs and were due for a collapse.  I can link articles if anyone wants to see how off base these guys were but I don't want to embarrass the bloggers.  But really, where is the accountability for those wrong predictions.  Where is the mea culpa.  Where is the integrity.  They want people to take advanced stats serious but it looks more like an anti-leaf agenda.  They are as bad - no they are worse then MSM media - because they ought to know better then publish trash and then don't have the balls to own up to their own mistakes.

LN-093
LN-093

@Black_Hawk @LN-093 I hope not too but Bozak played the political game perfectly.  He's also demonstrated value, making the Leafs have no choice but to resign him.

Pent_House
Pent_House

@Black_Hawk If Reimer can't handle a little competition for his spot then I'm not sure that's the guy you want. 

phaneufoundlander
phaneufoundlander

understood, but if Reimer goes down which he usually does, I'd be more comfortable with Bernier

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@phaneufoundlander It might send a bad message to reimer though. He work so hard this year and bringing in this guy, who is suppose to be a #1 goalie and reimer starts to look over his shoulder again which might effect his play.

Pent_House
Pent_House

@Burtonboy The cap is a good point, but he's never been a starter so it's not like he should command 4-5M, and he's RFA so all the leverage is on our side. I think after all our moves, and with a Clarkson signing we should have about 3-5M in cap-space. That should be enough to fit Bernier in. After next season the cap should start going up again. 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Pent_House @Burtonboy I thought Scivens played well while Reimer was injured . Besides with the friggen cap going down its difficult carrying a back up goalie who will want a raise like he will. . He made 1.5  last yr and is looking for a new contract this yr.

Pent_House
Pent_House

@Burtonboy Well I have no idea what that might be, hopefully it's not too high. I rather have more talent at that position than less, and It would seem Bernier has a higher ceiling than Scrivens. I also didn't like how Scrivens changed his game at the NHL level. To go along with that, Reimer has proven a lot over the last few seasons. He's definitely a number 1 goalie. The one thing Reimer hasn't proven is the ability to manage a work-load and stay healthy. If he goes down, I'd like to have Bernier there to pick up the slack over Scrivens.