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

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

The compliance buyout period begins 48 hours after the Stanley Cup Finals.

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. You can contact him at [email protected]
394 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

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Its officially silly season when Kipper starts spreading rumors 

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

Bernier is one of those names that just won't fucking go away. We don't need him at all. 

ingy56
ingy56

MacLean: Minimum of Leafs first for Bernier......bahahahahaha

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers are the front runners for Kings restricted free agent goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
 

I don't buy it.  But no need to worry guys.  Philly will overreach.  They're dealing with the Kings after all.

rustynail
rustynail

Ted Kulfan ‏@tkulfan

5m

Datsyuk's agent Gary Greenstin says 3 year deal worth $23 million: $10 million first year: 7.5 2nd year; 5.5 3rd year. Cap hit is 7.5 mil

mcloki
mcloki

tsnjamesduthie
Jagr (to Chris Stevenson) on shift in last min: "(Julien) wants me to get the monkey off my back and I told him, ‘I love the monkey, man.’

How can you not love Jagr.

rustynail
rustynail

So what the hell did Couture sign for?

Dudgee
Dudgee

The fact that "they" are still trying to discredit Carlyle is just hilariously sad.  Maybe they have daddy issues and he reminds him of his. 

theacs1966
theacs1966

Former 1st round pick  Bobby Sanguinetti, he's 6.3 190lbs, has 50 pts on the Checkers and at the same rate for this year.  A D-man that has some pop, has size, but low minutes, played 14 min/gm, he is UFA coming off a min wage contract.  Might be worth looking at for the Buds.  No, I'm not his agent.

mcloki
mcloki

PaulC14
@bruce_arthur I'm looking forward to the ceremony raising a giant pine car freshener.

Great Christmas Tree Idea

leafmealone
leafmealone

How is the idea that shots were pushed to the outside a myth when the team Leafs led the entire NHL in opponent's average shooting distance despite being wildly outshot 90% of the time? 

mcloki
mcloki

Thanks guy I just broke 200. Nice.

Claymish
Claymish

I feel the Maple Leafs won't waste their buyouts on clearing small ticket items. Komisarek will be traded to a team needing to reach the minimum or as a cheaper buyout if we take their higher cost buyout in a deal. Otherwise he will toil in the Marlies for one more year. Liles has a value to a team looking for a point producing powerplay defenseman. He can be traded to a team looking for a replacement to their over paid under producing player that they just bought out. Teams that could use his services are  Buffalo, NY Islanders, Calgary, New Jersey or Carolina. If we can't receive a significant advantage taking other teams buyouts we will use one on Grabovski if he doesn't improve this upcoming year.

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

My friend just text me that the Scotiabank Place has been officially changed to the Canadian Tire Centre. Anyone else here this. I guess its fitting, considering i am "tire'd" of hearing about the sens.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

Anybody else struggling to get their comments loaded?  i shudder at the thought of being deprived of your collective wisdom

Dink
Dink

Nonis has to show team improvement signings and deals this summer to convince Kessel to sign a longer extension...

Dink
Dink

Rangers and Canucks exchange Coaches, now that's gotta be rare...

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

Here's a wild thought.  Tampa Bay will not likely be coaxed out of their #3 pick this year, even for  LeCavalier buyout.  The Leafs could still try to wring Brent Connelly or Victor Hedman from them.  But how about another option: Take Lecavalier for the buyout (and TB can sign him back) and in exchange seek TB's first round pick in 2014 or 2015; the Leafs get to choose which year at season's end in 2014.

Just a crazy thought - but banking on TB faring poorly is not a bad bet, especially given the new realignment.  Who knows - that 2015 pick could be a certain young McDavid.

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

Supposing we use one buy out on Liles, that leaves one more for next year. (Unless of course there is something bigger in the works)

Next year before employing a potential buyout, we already have a potential 6.5M coming off the books. Tucker 1M, Armstrong 1M, and Komi 3.575M, and possibly Orr sent down at .925M. In addition we should be able to shave a little off Phaneufs salary, perhaps from 6.5 down to 6.0...thats another .5. If Grabovski doesn't bounce back we can look at the option of buying him out. Also the cap may go up some.

All in all we have to be careful, but I don't see where we have huge cap issues. If we see value in signing Bozak and Clarkson then we should do it.

Cameron19
Cameron19

I think Clarkson's suitors are going to be more reasonable than people are predicting.  It's one thing to spend 5+ million on a defender, when you have very few to begin with and decent ones almost never become available right now.  It's another thing to spend that money on a forward who is arguably not even a top six winger right now (right wing being one of the lowest league-wide commodities on the value scale), and will almost certainly be only a top 9 at some point throughout his next contract, being that he's 29/30 already.

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I think you will have guys on the high end offering him 5 by 5, for approx. 25-27 million, maybe a touch more with a signing bonus in the first year and salary tailing off in the final two years. (ie. 7, 6, 5, 4, 3.5).  At the lower end you're going to have a team like the Leafs offering 5 years, 20-22.5 million. If he wants to be a Leaf, our offer is going to be good enough that it's not going to kill him to take a few less million. 

mcloki
mcloki

Alex. Are teams given a window to talk to free Agents this year before July 4th. I thought that was in the new CBA but i never see it mentioned.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

If Alec is correct about the buyouts dates and it closes on July 4th its gonna make for a lot of action in a short peroid of time 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

So Morrison of Newport News is Clarkson agent and Don Meehan is Bozie's agent . Expect these guys to go for the big bucks with a dog and poney show to go with it .

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

Nice short article by Dangle that summarizes my feelings on Clarkson.  I really like what he would bring to the team and on a 2 year contract at $5M, it would be work.  That's simply not going to happen, so we have to avoid at all costs an albatross of a contract that will hamper our cap flexibility for years to come.

A guy like Hossa might look at signing a short term deal.  If so, I like that much better.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

The only Leafs buyout candidates are Komi, Liles and Grabovski.  Liles should be tradable.  If the Leafs upgrade at C, Grabbo should be tradable, though much depends on Bozak's fate.  As for Komisarek, I agree, the compliance buyouts are too valuable to waste on him.  Evevn if the Leafs do not make a compliance buyout trade, they still may be better of saving one or even both buyouts for next summer, when these options may be even more rare and valuable.

Zep2
Zep2

Morning all. 

Hopefully Nonis, Loiselle and Co will try to pry something out if the Islanders (Stromme+Hammonic,/ de Haan)  by taking DePietro of their hands. The TB deal seems less likely

The compliance buyouts might lower the price in the FA period . Weiss .

Watching Chicago the last 5 periods, they are missing something right now. A determination to go to the net

Funny how that coincides with the disallowed 2nd goal in game 2. They've been passive ever since

Wouldnt JVR look good on their PP right now


Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

Thanks or the heads up on the timetable of events Alec

I'm with you CUK,save the $$ on Komi and see what we can negotiate with some cash strapped teams.

As always,the levergae comes down to supply/demand....how many teams have the $$ and green light to pull off such a coup? Not many me thinks.

Shame Burkie isn't still here to wheel/deal...he could have Wang and Tampa and?? outbidding one another for the "privilege" of the buyout haha