A dearth of links to share in Leafs news, but things are going to heat up this week headed toward the buyout period and the Draft.
Something that could speed up the wait – the Bruins losing out tomorrow night. They’re in big trouble, on the brink and likely without Bergeron.
A good read from a few days ago – Leafs prospects gain playoff experience in time of transition.
Here is the latest from Nonis, if you missed it. It’s hard to tell if he’s suggesting a Bernier acquisition is in the cards or if he’s just doing his due diligence. He far from dismissed the possibility, though.
One of the less talked about centers tabbed to go in the early second half of the first round – Alexander Wennberg.
Bernier holds no cards. Any team signing him foir over 3.5 mil would owe the leafs a 1st and 3rd pick. If I'm the leafs then I sign some old timer and bank the picks for my own free agent run or trade ( Yandle ). I expect though he'll sign for something decent quick so he can get into camp and establish himself. Remember when this team had old goalie fading and questionable prospects. Is this better?
Oh, and fuck, we have to sign Bernier post-haste, too. We may end up overpaying for him on his contract. He holds all the cards now. We risk exposing him to an offer-sheet from Philly and others if we wait, now....
Now for the buyout trades Dave!
Liles to the Islanders for DiPietro + _________ + 1st
Komi to the Lightning for Lecavalier +_________ + ____________
Current forward group, before UFA signings (assuming RFAs are signed):
JVR - Grabo - Kessel
Lupul - Kadri - Kulemin
D'Amigo? - Colborne - Ashton?
McLaren - McClement - Orr
That bottom-6 is terrifyingly atrocious.
I actually really like this trade. Scrivy was not going to be a number 1. Bernier and Riemer both have the ability to become franchise goaltenders. Who ever runs away with the job over the next couple season, go with them and trade the other. Sets us up very well for the future i believe.
Nonis... just wow. We have to re-sign Mac, now, even if we are going for Clarkson or another UFA wing. What an insane trade. A top-9 forward and a 2nd just to upgrade our current back-up goalie... fucking ridiculous.
The people who are going to cry and moan about this will be the same people who cheer and go nuts when we have a lights out goaltending tandem next.
We gave up a 3rd liner and a 2nd round pick. No big deal.
That's a bit much for a backup goaltender. Fuck NoNo. I blame " Quest for Glory" Tim Liewikie and his meddling.
The text from TSN woke me from my post ACL surgery nap. Strange trade, though I guess some saw it coming..
Don't like losing Frattin, but he was never the same after he came back from his injury... the 2nd is a bit of an overpayment imo, but Welcome aboard Bernier... I really wonder how this is gonna make Reimer feel because I thought Bernier only had interest in becoming a number 1
That was my concern earlier in this thread. I don't love the trade but I'm okay with it, but it has the potential for disaster if Bernier tries to fuck us over by signing an offer sheet.
@Cameron19 come to the other thread
@-Keon- Well when you trade Slaney and Lebda for Frason and Lombardi, you don't really have to look down the road. But other than that totally agree.
@-Keon- If Bernier is what people think he is, then we've secured an elite tandem for a long time.
Just like positive over reactions are uncalled for.
@DeclanK This shouldn't be surprising. We've been in on him forever, it seems. Last year, when he was available, he himself said, somewhat cryptically, that he was going to get traded somewhere "close to home". Aside from Montreal, we're the closest team. Ottawa maybe, but they have no goalie issues.
Well, that's one good thing about the trade then.
@DWCMLHS Why is it we have to re-sign Mac? I like him being here but there are players out there that could replace him
@Jay_Berg I'm fine with the trade. It's an overpayment, but the pick will be the 2015 2nd, and we'll find a way to replace it before then.
Having said that, Frattin could be playing on a line with Richards and Carter next year. He could be a 25/20 man in that situation, easily.
@Knights2Leafs I think moving Frattin is an indication at least one more experienced winger and hopefully a center are coming to Toronto.
@DWCMLHS off the fence now I am
@tmlfan lol, You make it sound like Frattin had been damaged goods for years. He came back from his knee injury in the second half of a shortened season, and looked impressive in the playoffs.
Maybe he will but he wasn't going to be a top 6 winger on the leafs. Could be a trade that works for both sides.
Just idle speculation. We've lost Leo and Matt, two of our better bottom 6 guys and we can't turn over our forward roster too much. Pretty sure we haven't signed Clarkson or Bickell or anyone else yet/
@Waiting4LSC Bernier to Leafs for Frattin, Scrivens and a 2nd. With Frattin gone, much much more likely we sign MacA.
Leivo is obviously taller but he is not now much bigger and may never be. Frattin was a tank that could go through people. I have high hope for Leivo's game, but that is not his game.