It’s been awhile. How do these work again?
Seriously. Despite Tweeting up a storm during the playoffs, I haven’t written anything since January. Call it a combination of
hell the lockout sucking the passion out of me and Burke’s firing amounting to a platinum-knuckled gut punch at the time. But new posts are coming, and I need your help!
(Not really. But it will be a lot easier and quicker if I crowd source opinions and call it research!)
Sometime soon, I want to go in-depth on compliance buyouts options for the Leafs. Because, y’know, we haven’t talked about those nearly enough. Or yesterday. If you can (and even though you probably already have, at length), please sound off in the comments below with one (or a combination) of the following options:
Who you would use the Leafs’ compliance buyouts on this summer? This question is stupid. We know who the targets will be.
B) Would you use one, or both?
C) Would you use neither of them? If so, why?
D) What are some intriguing massive contract targets in other organizations that we should try and obtain solely to buy out, if the deal includes the acquisition of a prime asset alongside them?
E) “Screw off, Matt. We’ve talked about this enough.”
F) E + “We literally spent all day talking about this under yesterday’s post. You’re just trying to get us to organize it for you.”
G) E + F + “Ugh, fine.”
I promise, if we get enough of “E” or “F”, I’ll actually not write it. Because that’s democracy, and I respect the process.
–Interesting points in Tuesday’s TSN Insider Trading about Letang’s future in Pittsburgh. I can’t, personally, imagine there not being one.
-Hossa will likely play tonight. That’s good news, for those of us who want to see the Bruins…oh, I don’t know. Fail?
-Ben Scrivens will march in Toronto’s Pride Parade on June 30, because no matter what you think of that weird way he holds his glove, he’s an awesome guy.
-Jonathan Bernier on the Maple Leafs makes no sen…ah, damn. Cam Charron @ TLN beat me to that headline, and even explained why in detail.
-Cam also chimes in with a post on why David Clarkson is probably not worth the money someone will pay him. So I’m not the only one seeing (albeit undeniably better) shades of Colby Armstrong here?
-The Kings extended Slava Voynov for six years and $25 million yesterday. Someone on Twitter suggested that sets a dangerous precedent for Cody Franson’s upcoming negotiations. I think Cody Franson’s play sets a dangerous precedent for Cody Franson’s upcoming negotiations.
Here's one for you...call Shanny and get me a royalty.
Everytime a team ices the puck,it is marked on the scoreclock.
When one team consecutively reaches a certain number(4?),they receive a penalty.
If the other team interrupts the chain,they zero out/start over.
One extra wrinkle..PK's are NOT exempt.
This would mercifully bring to an end the endless icings(there isn't really a deterrent) AND make PP's more effective and perhaps open up the game as teams would be more fearful of being penalized.
I think it would be VERY entertaining to watch...especially when one team's at three.
Who knew icings could be fun?
The absolute only reason I could see in getting Bernier would be to flip him as part of a bigger package for an area we actually need help with.
That'd be a sick future lolllll.
@jonasTSN1050: Questioned on interest in Jonathan Bernier, Nonis said position from end of season hasn't changed. Will look to upgrade wherever possible. I don't know how you read into that one way or the other.
Go Away Goalie Rumours! + Nonis Updates http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2013/06/19/go-away-goalie-rumours-updates-from-nonis/… Wherein I wonder why ppl (Leafs mgmt included?) hesitate to believe in Reims
http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update >> Microsoft actually backing down a bit
Nonis said Leafs haven't moved along very far with any of their UFAs or RFAs.
GMs are saying trade talks are heating up. Dave Nonis in particular said it and George McPhee said he expects a flurry of activity soon
Nonis is not the only saying things are heating up.
Marlies new coach by July 1-Nonis
Dave Nonis says it's "a distinct possibility" the Maple Leafs will use a compliance buyout. No decision made yet.
So there's a chance Seth Jones goes first in the draft. Here's all the defencemen who have gone 1st overall in the past 30 years:
Erik Johnson 2006, Chris Phillips 1996, Bryan Berard 1995, Ed Jovanovski 1994, Roman Hamerlik 1992, Gord Kluzak 1982
Dave Nonis says talks aren't far along with UFAs, which include Bozak and MacArthur.
Don Maloney says the "dollars and cents" portion of Dave Tippett's contract is done. Future of franchise is holding it up.
Philly is use to putting in offer sheets for players, why dont they just do it again for bernier? give him 4 M and give up a 2nd
The 5 teams I believe are in the mix, to varying degrees, on Jonathan Bernier: Florida, Minny, Philly, Tor and NYI...
so will mandatory visors, shallower nets, and video review on 4 min high sticking penalties. all have to be approved by board of governors but i think they will get done.
If Letang is available the leafs should do all they can to go after him. Adding another guy who's mobile, physical and can score is never a bad idea. I imagine the price would end up being a Gardiner a first type deal with is tough to swallow but this guy is a norris nominee and coming into his prime. I guess the gamble is whether or not Gardiner can do what Letang does. Is Franson's value higher than Gardiners? I doubt it but that would be a more favorable trade.
The other guy we should look at is Matt Cullen. Solid defensive center who can still put up points, good vet presence. Likely wants a two year deal but I'd be more inclined to go one year 5 mil ish. Probably won't leave minny.
As per a source close to the team, the Flames are shopping Mike Cammalleri http://www.thefourthperiod.com/news/cgy130619.html
So Sather fired Torts because Torts didn't evolve with the game. Meanwhile, Gillis says the game is evolving, and may hire Torts?
According to sources, the #Flyers have a performance bonus overage for 2012-13: http://www.csnphilly.com/hockey-philadelphia-flyers/flyers-have-2012-13-performance-bonus-overage… #FlyersTalk
RFA signings are all over the map.
THNRonnieShuker: Combined career stats (regular season) and 2013-14 cap hits:
Del Zotto/Subban…GP 452, Pts 224, $5.5M;
Josi/Voynov…GP 202, Pts 79, $8.2M.
I don't think the connection between Jones and Colorado is all that its being made out to be. He only lived there a few years as a child while his dad, Popeye, played for the Nuggets. He was born in Texas and the family moved back there when he was 12, and that's where he played his elite hockey. I don't think a lot of hockey fans down there care much about it.