By my estimation, the Leafs have 10 forwards, 4 defencemen and 2 goaltenders (after dropping the expected Marlies-bound players from their capgeek page) signed with about $10.95 million in cap space available. RFAs Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson, Carl Gunnarsson, Mark Fraser and Joe Colborne still left to sign.
We’ll see if Nonis can finesse the remaining RFAs in under the cap at better deals than he got on Bernier (who, after giving up assets for him in a trade, Nonis must have feared paying even more than 2.9 for through an offer sheet). If we were to be conservative and put Kadri and Franson at $3 million even, Gunnarsson at $2.5m, Joe Colborne and Mark Fraser at $925k apiece, the Leafs might be able to just fit it all under. But those are pretty conservative figures and leave little wiggle room as is, so Nonis may need to make a space-clearing measure (most obvious option being moving John Michael Liles, perhaps retaining a little salary in order to do it).
Interestingly, if the Leafs had let Bozak go and bought out Liles with the compliance buyout instead of Grabovski, they would have an extra 2.575 million in space with which to get these deals done. That said, while I’m of the opinion that Bozak over Grabo was a downgrade in the hockey talent department, it is too soon to say if the Leafs mismanaged the cap or saved on cap space by keeping Bozak and buying out Grabovski (as opposed to Liles). After the season he had, Grabovski didn’t seem tradable at $5.5 million and Liles may well be. Let’s see how it plays out.
A few links..
Don Cherry is not a Bozak fan
Worth thinking about: as Bozak came out of the NCAA, Don Cherry may think he’s one of those Americans Wilson and Burke brought in. But seriously, this is telling. Sidenote: I don’t think the Grabovski/Bozak thing should be pitted as a debate of advanced stats crunchers vs. traditional game watchers. I’ve always been an eyeballs-first kind of guy and there’s really no question Grabo is the better player. The other side of the argument (pro-Bozak) seems to mostly involve sentiments that Grabovski wasn’t a good fit here anymore, not meant for/happy in the checking line role, not a good match next to Kessel, and usurped by Kadri for the second scoring line center position… not that he wasn’t the more talented player.
Not Advanced Stats – Grabovski is still the better player
From Cam Charron.
Where does Joe Colborne fit now?
I say with the big club as a winger to start. Lots of patience for this player.
CAPGEEK.COM USER GENERATED ROSTER
My Custom Lineup
Joffrey Lupul ($5.250m) / Tyler Bozak ($4.200m) / Phil Kessel ($5.400m)
James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.751m) / David Clarkson ($5.250m)
Joe Colborne ($0.600m) / Dave Bolland ($3.375m) / Nikolai Kulemin ($2.800m)
Frazer McLaren ($0.700m) / Jay McClement ($1.500m) / Colton Orr ($0.925m)
David Broll ($0.591m) /
Dion Phaneuf ($6.500m) / Carl Gunnarsson ($2.500m)
Jake Gardiner ($1.117m) / John-Michael Liles ($3.875m)
Cody Franson ($2.800m) / Mark Fraser ($0.925m)
T.J. Brennan ($0.600m)
Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m)
James Reimer ($1.800m)
Buyout: Darcy Tucker ($1.000m)
Buyout: Colby Armstrong ($1.000m)
RETAINED SALARY TRANSACTIONS (0.778% of upper limit)
Matt Frattin ($0.437m—0.5%) Ben Scrivens ($0.062m—0.1%)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $63,108,000; BONUSES: $300,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $1,492,000
Blues trade C David Perron to the Oilers in exchange for W Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 2nd round pick.
This past season it was Kadri that passed Grabovski to center the second line, Kadri started out on the third line and showed a lot of offense so was moved to second line center. It is not all Carlyle's fault that Grabovski is no longer there. Grabo let it be know right after the buyout became public that he had no use for Carlyle. Grabo does not know his place and he had that issue with Montreal as well. Good hockey player, but not so good at picking his spots to speak his mind. His issue with Carlyle did not happen overnight and to just be in Grabovski's corner does not deal with an ongoing issue with Grabbo.
What about considering Brendan Morrow at $1m-1.5m for one year. It would let him rebuild his game into a 3rd line shut down winger and set him for a better deal next year when he is 35 and his bonuses can be deducted from the cap. This would give the prospects, including Colborne another year in the A. Colborne could be slotted as first line C at the Marlies and get big minutes.
christopher gibson should get a good look.. was a 2nd round highly touted goalie prospect taken just 2 yrs ago.
Nicknames are a great way to pass the time. Brolldozer, Granny, Freddy G, .. anyone post some others?
Freddy G is a monster, another couple of inches and we will have a our Chara at centre but one that can skate, stickhandle and shoot. He is huge for only 18 years old.
Paul Hendrick @HennyTweets
1-0 blue.... Finn injures left leg. Leivo, camaranesi, broll and brown make strong impressions. #tmltalk
Move Broll and Colborne in and out according to opponent. Bangers like Broll, Fraser, McLaren, Clarkson and Orr should keep the yahoo at bay,
@Burtonboy Congrats Joe!
@Burtonboy i think Karl Alzner's contract is a good comparable to Franson.
@Burtonboy If that's true, then I think the Oilers overpaid. Or else they really have given up on Paajarvi.
I think The leafs coaching staff believed Grabbo could help the team as the go-to guy for neutralizing the opposition's top forwards while providing some offensive punch in that role. Many players would see that as a challenge and an opportunity to help the team. It's not like he was asked to go out and play the trap. Unfortunately, coupled with his illness this year, he didn't flourish in that role and seemed to take the job as a slap in the face.
@Burtonboy Wow. Gagner gone?
Hughes has been high on MacWilliams for at least a couple of years now
Biggs will take some time. He seems to be more of a complimentary guy rather than the lead right now...they want him to take ownership...we will see.
How bout Bergy or IceBerg insteady of granny
@Eye of the Tiger Dominic Tornado?
@wiski Wiski bro is that a Picture of Grabo ?
@Jimmy Keating Finn injured....Colaiacovo genes showing through.
@Jimmy Keating Damn Finn... I hope he is not like his cousin