Paul Ranger Signs with the Leafs

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Paul Ranger
Photo: Editorinleaf.ca

The Maple Leafs have signed former Toronto Marlie and Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Paul Ranger to a one-year, $1,000,000 NHL contract. With Paul Ranger added to the mix, a cap clearing measure will surely have to follow, at least eventually, with Franson, Kadri and Fraser left to re-sign and only 6 or so million in cap space remaining.

Ranger was a  top-4 calibre guy for the Tampa Bay Lightning prior to taking a three-year leave from the game at the start of the 2009-10 season. A big, strong-skating two-way rearguard with a big left handed shot, Ranger actually played a good deal of time on Tampa’s top-2 pairing. In 2007-08 and 2008-09, Paul Ranger averaged 25:13 and 24:30 in time on ice respectively. John Tortorella, Ranger’s head coach when he broke the league as a rookie, described his first-pass as one of the best in the league already.

After his lengthy leave for mysterious personal reasons, Ranger started working his way back into the game by coaching the Whitby Wildcats bantam team and signed with the Marlies last season on an AHL contract, with the word that he was interested in playing in the AHL only at that time. He appears ready to take a run at an NHL job. At this point it would be a reach to rely on him to play a top 4 role, but it could be something he plays his way back into. My preference was to pay him as a 5-6 depth option, having no clue where his game stands at the NHL level currently. At a million dollar cap hit, this seems like a very worthwhile flyer to take.

It’s a commendable little high-reward, low-risk move by Nonis. Worst case, Ranger is demoted to the AHL and he either gets claimed on waivers or the Leafs have to eat $75,000 on the cap to have him as an injury replacement/depth option on the Marlies ($1,000,000 cap hit – $925,000 in bury-able salary). Best case, they have a steal of a deal on a player who works his way back into a top 4 role at the NHL level.

Ranger takes out Malkin in his Lightning days:

An example of his big shot from last season with the Marlies:

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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]
  • rustynail

    where the hell is penthouse ? He is gonna just LOVE this :)

    • Burtonboy

      rustynail penthouse Can’t wait lol

  • Zep2

    Thats great news. Blue line is getting crowded though. Some kind of move has to be in the works

    • Burtonboy

      Zep2 Something other then just signing Ranger is in the works for sure

      • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

        Burtonboy Zep2 As we know, you never just roll with 6-7 defenceman. You need 9-10 D in the playoffs with injuries and such.

        • Burtonboy

          DeclanK Burtonboy Zep2 Agreed but we all know the cap situation.

        • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

          Burtonboy DeclanK Zep2 They have some time to figure it out.

        • rustynail

          DeclanK Burtonboy Zep2 all summer

        • Burtonboy

          DeclanK Burtonboy Zep2 I have no doubt they will . These guys are not fools

        • Zep2

          Burtonboy DeclanK Zep2 Its a nice problem to have for sure. Cloutier at EKs place will be pissed

        • djamon

          DeclanK No one rolls with 9-10 NHL defensemen. Sitting any more than 1 guy on a nightly basis is a terrible way to manage your Cap.

        • Zep2

          djamon DeclanK Having guys on the Marlies with 2 way contracts or are waver exempt who are able to play  in the case of injuries is the way to go
          Granberg, Blacker are the ones that could be the guys to fill that role this year.

  • cquilliam

    So, he wants to play in the NHL now?

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Liles just got married too. Note to single Leafs…stay that way.

    • rustynail

      ingy56 does Gunnar have a NMC or NTC?

      • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

        rustynail ingy56 I don’t think so but if he does it probably doesn’t kick in for a season.

        • rustynail

          ingy56 rustynail bye bye Gunnar right after signing? oops this isn’t Philly

      • Burtonboy

        rustynail ingy56 LOL everyone and his dog is on cap geek ….slow as cold mollasses

      • Burtonboy

        rustynail ingy56 Nothing on cap geek about it

        • rustynail

          Burtonboy rustynail ingy56 wanna see this place explode if its Gunnar that gets moved. :)

        • Burtonboy

          rustynail Burtonboy ingy56 yeah eh

    • Mind Bomb

      ingy56  No shite Ingy !

      • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

        Mind Bomb ingy56 General advice from a married man too! LOL

  • Knights2Leafs

    AWESOME!!!
    Wonder if the Leafs have known for awhile.  Might have made the cap decisions easier if this was done a month ago.

    • rustynail

      Knights2Leafs maybe they did and made cap decisions based on it

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    TheCanucksnaphook The Avs for Stastny ?

  • Cameron19

    I don’t like the sound of the word “outbid” in Cox’s Tweet.  Ranger should be a depth signing for a million or less, much like Redden and Gomez last year.  He hasn’t played in the NHL for years and should not be attracting bidding wars based on hopes and dreams of what he may or may not be.

    • Leaf Guy

      Cameron19 For the reasons you mentioned the leafs paying more than other teams still might not amount to a lot of money.

    • djamon

      Cameron19 Agreed. I’m not sure why people are all that happy about this. We’re already a little fucked Cap-wise and he’s not going to improve us on the back end, IMO.

    • Cameron19

      TheCanucksnaphook Cameron19 Sold.

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      Cameron19 Yeah, I’m guessing that Ranger is looking for the best fit, not the best contract.

    • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

      Cameron19https://twitter.com/TheHockeyChathttps://twitter.com/TheHockeyChat/status/360071302851215363
      https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Oilers&src=hash and https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Leafs&src=hash the last two teams left in signing Paul Ranger. Good depth D Retweeted by https://twitter.com/MapleLeafs_TML

      • Pent_House

        Radar O’Rielly Cameron19 Let’s go Oilers!!

    • Ze_theLeafsFan

      TheCanucksnaphook Cameron19 golfing sucks…

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    Steve Dangle used to work for Leafs TV?

  • Pent_House

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

    • Mind Bomb

      Pent_House hahhahahhahhahahha

      • Mind Bomb

        Pent_House Heere he is Rusty :)

      • Pent_House

        Mind Bomb Pent_House I really hope it doesn’t happen, or that he’s still going to play on the Marlies or something. Fak.

        • Mind Bomb

          Pent_House Mind Bomb I give up on figuring Ranger out, and Nonis for that matter lol. Who does not want to play NHL hockey, I mean really !

        • Pent_House

          Mind Bomb Pent_House He';s just an idiot. Plain and simple.

        • KenBreadner

          Pent_House Mind Bomb You must not have been one of the dozens clamouring for him to be a Leaf last year.

        • Pent_House

          KenBreadner Pent_House Mind Bomb Yea unlike 95% of people who wanted that, I actually watched the Marlies on a regular basis.

        • Mind Bomb

          KenBreadner Pent_House Mind Bomb No I was not, I actually made several post stating he is an idiot for not wanting to play NHL hockey

        • theacs1966

          Mind Bomb Pent_House Drugs, got to be drugs.  Nose candy or roids.  He would have some crippling social handicap that is more pronounced in the bigs, but then he signed with the wrong team.

        • Mind Bomb

          theacs1966 Mind Bomb Pent_House Access to more Cash and the lifestyle maybe, who knows

    • Uncle Otis

      Pent_House 
      Its not to late PH….
      Have Phook send Nonis your scouting report ;P

      • Pent_House

        Uncle Otis Pent_House For the benefit of the team, get me in there over Ranger.

        • Uncle Otis

          Pent_House 
          Could you handle the pay cut? 😉

        • Pent_House

          Uncle Otis Pent_House Anything to not watch Ranger play for the Leafs

  • Leaf Guy

    Nonis is not afraid to send guys down like he showed with komo….still plenty of cap space left boyzzzz

    • djamon

      Leaf Guy That’s incorrect. Especially when you consider that demoting a player still keeps most of his salary on our Cap.

      • Leaf Guy

        djamon Leaf Guy oh right new cba rules oops

    • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

      Leaf Guy How much salary is allowed to be buried and off the cap?

      • Burtonboy

        Radar O’Rielly Leaf Guy 925,000

      • djamon

        Radar O’Rielly 925K. The rest still counts.

        • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

          djamon Radar O’Rielly @Burtonboy Thanks

      • Ze_theLeafsFan

        Radar O’Rielly Leaf Guy per player or in total?

        • rustynail

          Ze_theLeafsFan Radar O’Rielly Leaf Guy per player

        • Ze_theLeafsFan

          rustynail Ze_theLeafsFan Radar O’Rielly Leaf Guy thanks

  • MaxwellHowe

    I can only assume at this point that Nonis has something up his sleeve to get under the cap.  More depth dmen seems unnecessary. If its a two way contract it might be no big deal at all.

    • NotInsane

      MaxwellHowe 
      I agree.  What kind of money does a Ranger demand?  There were some mixed comments here at MLHS about his play with the Marlies.

  • Anthony Petrielli

    -Keon- Who speculated this?

    • Mind Bomb

      Anthony Petrielli -Keon- Keon :)

    • Mind Bomb

      -Keon- See lol

    • Uncle Otis

      -Keon- 
      Hahaha…up to your old tricks
      Love it.

    • Zep2

      -Keon- Did you get that from Steve Simmons or another reliable source

  • Zep2

    -Keon- That sucks.

  • wiski

    What’s this Ph9’s replacement 😉

    • Mind Bomb

      wiski hahha Wiski, wait for it ……………………

    • Uncle Otis

      wiski 3..2…1..kaboom ;0

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      wiski Duck…

    • Doorman

      wiski Why the Dion hate grasshopper???

      • wiski

        Doorman wiski Just a little humor to keep things fresh 😉

        • Doorman

          wiski Doorman I think you should post that baby pic again!!!  lol

        • NotInsane

          Doorman wiski 
          oh God no

  • MaxwellHowe

    -Keon- Can we go back to the time, oh two hours ago, when there was no new and nothing was happening?  Lets block all this out and pretend everything is A-OK.  So.  Phaneuf sucks.  Discuss peacefully.

    • Ze_theLeafsFan

      -Keon- see I said you were an angry fellow

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/DarrenDregerhttps://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status/360072873651605506
    Confirming tweets, Paul Ranger has signed with the Leafs.

    • Pent_House

      rustynail noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

      • NotInsane

        TheCanucksnaphook Pent_House rustynail 
        Anarchy in the MLHS

    • Uncle Otis

      rustynail 
      Hope they locked up a steady head shrinker too.
      Risky bizness

      • MaxwellHowe

        Uncle Otis rustynail Well at least we have fresh horse to beat to death.

        • Pent_House

          MaxwellHowe Uncle Otis rustynail Once people see the truth, he’ll be a whippin boy for sure

      • wiski

        Uncle Otis rustynail Guess this means  Holzer’s to the Marlies

        • Pent_House

          wiski Uncle Otis rustynail Ranger is LD

        • Uncle Otis

          Pent_House 
          Were collecting them :)

        • Mind Bomb

          Uncle Otis Pent_House  We should collect ones that work though

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    I like this signing…..a lot

  • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

    uh oh , if its more then 1 mil , franson  might be gone …….

    • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

      -Keon- haha , just did , thanks steve …..

  • Pent_House

    Mark my words, you guys will see Ranger’s stupidity and poor decision making this season on full display finally. We might as well have kept Komisarek.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    Screw you Eakiins!

    • Pent_House

      Radar O’Rielly Yea he really did screw us by not taking that idiot off our hands.

  • NotInsane

    -Keon- 
    600k.  BOOOOoooooo RAnger

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Refresh.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    We really needed a left handed shooting dman.

  • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

    -Keon- hoping 925,000 , 2 way . just a depth signing them , means nothing else ….

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      unclejakescards -Keon- I doubt very much he’ll get a two-way deal.

      • rustynail

        ingy56 unclejakescards -Keon- that affects nothing anyway other than cost to MLSE and they have lots of cash

      • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

        rustynail ingy56 unclejakescards -Keon- Exactly

  • Pent_House

    FML I hate this move. If Ranger isn’t staying with the Marlies, then one of Brennan, Fraser or Ranger will not be with the big club or will be traded or something. 3 LD bottom pairing guys.

    • NotInsane

      Pent_House 
      You fill me with pessimism.  I only watched a few Marlies games and I never really noticed Ranger

    • Alec Brownscombe

      Pent_House Nonis knows what he’s doing, the Leafs haven’t even played a game yet, something something
      Seriously though, the guy used to log big time minutes for the Lightning… he gave the puck away quite a bit last season for sure, but provided the contract isn’t ridiculous for a player who hasn’t played an NHL in 4 years or w/e, this seems like a worthwhile flyer.

      • Pent_House

        Alec Brownscombe Pent_House It’s cause he’s perfectly suited as a pre-lockout defenceman. The game was slower, he could process it better. He’s of that older era, where he’ll just throw it off the glass or off the boards to get it out the zone, blindly. He’s really strong, and that worked well in clutch and grab. As a 5-6 d-man hopefully Randy can keep him from getting exposed, I just don’t like him as a player. In game 6 Marlies play-off against Grand Rapids he was basically solely responsible for Grand Rapids’ comeback.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    TheCanucksnaphook On the bright side, nobody’s talking about Wickie anymore.

  • Pent_House

    TheCanucksnaphook It’s a minority, I think I’m the only one phooky.

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      Pent_House TheCanucksnaphook Once another Leaf is jettisoned to make room, watch out.

    • Uncle Otis

      Pent_House 
      The one that watched him play most however….

      • rustynail

        Uncle Otis Pent_House but not the only one who watched him play

      • Pent_House

        Uncle Otis Pent_House Don’t get me wrong…he’s definitely got NHL strength and size, and he’s got NHL skills. He’s a good skater, strong shot, I can’t take those things away from him, or down play that, but imo he’s got some of the worst hockey IQ and decision-making I’ve seen. I just think he lacks intelligence, which gets him in trouble on the ice. Hopefully if he’s a 5-6 d-man RC uses him so he doesn’t get exposed.

      • Denied

        rustynail Uncle Otis Pent_House Obviously a bunch of teams took notice of Ranger last season judging by the fact the leafs had to “outbid” other teams.

      • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

        Denied rustynail Uncle Otis Pent_House Edmonton for sure and possibly Tampa

    • Leafbites

      Pent_House TheCanucksnaphook I trust your Marlies scouting more then the reporters assigned to them.

    • wiski

      Pent_House TheCanucksnaphookhttps://twitter.com/Hope_Smokehttps://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/360074628019916800
      This year the role of Mike Van Ryn will be played by Paul Ranger

  • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

    well …… how much for ranger ????

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/GregThomsonNHLhttps://twitter.com/GregThomsonNHL/status/360076125101232130
    Ranger: “This was a little bit of a blessing in disguise, you could say. I wanted to play here. I’ve thought about it actually for a year.”

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/GregThomsonNHLhttps://twitter.com/GregThomsonNHL/status/360076227102515202
    Ranger: “It’s great to be home. I love my family and friends. It’s been a bit of a tough road, but it feels great to be here.”

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/Hope_Smokehttps://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/360076736303611904
    $550,000 for Mike Kostka is a nice deal for Chicago in my opinion.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    I guess I should wait on the financials, but I like this as a one-year flyer. Who knows. The guy was a 25 minute player over 72 games one season. And he has all the tools.

    • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

      TheCanucksnaphook Alec Brownscombe I actually think he’d be a better pairing with Phaneuf than Gunnarsson.
      Phaneuf-Ranger (sorry, Pent_House )
      Franson-Gards
      Rielly-Gunner (sheltered with good minutes).

      • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

        TheCanucksnaphook Alec Brownscombe Pent_House That allows Phaneuf to not have to play 28mins a night where he looks gassed and drunk on the ice.

      • Pent_House

        DeclanK TheCanucksnaphook Alec Brownscombe Pent_House Phaneuf would have to be on the RD, Ranger is LD.

      • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

        TheCanucksnaphook DeclanK Same. Saw the Marlies enough last year, and I thought he was awesome. He reminds me of Phaneuf a lot, to be honest. Really, really strong guy, huge shot, skates well (but not fast).

      • Denied

        Pent_House  Phaneuf usually plays the right side.

      • NotInsane

        DeclanK TheCanucksnaphook Alec Brownscombe Pent_House 
        Any move that keeps Phaneuf below 25 minutes a night would be a good one

      • Pent_House

        Denied Pent_House yes I know, I was replying to Declan’s roster.

      • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

        Denied Pent_House Yup.

    • BigM27

      ….and in the words of Harry Neale “but does he have the toolbox”!
      I like the move say 1 yr 875 K

  • rustynail

    TheCanucksnaphook trolling fancy stats by using all caps? :)

  • wiski

    TheCanucksnaphook I’m taking my fenwick and going fishing 😉

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      wiski TheCanucksnaphook With some cold Coorsi’s.

  • rustynail

    TheCanucksnaphook overpayment by a factor 2 at least I hope

    • NotInsane

      rustynail TheCanucksnaphook 
      that’s crazy

      • NotInsane

        rustynail TheCanucksnaphook 
        2.5m is crazy.

  • wendelsfist

    The leafs always bring in depth with  these deals – last year they brought in Mottau who never stuck with the big club.    Create some competition and let the cream rise to the top.   Of course, as I learned on the ever reliable twitter, the leaf management is clueless on how to manage cap so they probably don’t have a plan for their existing RFAs.

    • Burtonboy

      wendelsfist Well there is not doubt he plays with the Leafs or he gets claimed off waivers by the oilers . He won’t be with the Marlies

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/DavidAlter590https://twitter.com/DavidAlter590/status/360078345012129796
    Maple Leafs confirm 1-year deal for Paul Ranger.

  • JUICEYP

    TheCanucksnaphook if its more then 900k its nuts

  • wendelsfist

    TheCanucksnaphook Since he has a nice first pass, I’d guess he is probably gets a good Corsi.  Corsi often benefits puck movers and penalizes shutdown defenders.   (Looks at Phaneuf)

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/TH2NSTATSGUYhttps://twitter.com/TH2NSTATSGUY/status/360076696042475522
    for big extension. Expect bridge contract similar to 2-year/$7M contract Duchene signed in 2012. After 99 games, Kadri 63 pts, Duchene 69

  • Doorman

    TheCanucksnaphook FrycersGhost Charge him Double!!!

  • leafmealone

    So we can expect a trade now I guess. Please let it not be Franson. Please.

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      leafmealone Eyes are on Liles, but I wonder about Kulemin.

      • rustynail

        ingy56 leafmealone its D we have too many of though

        • NotInsane

          rustynail ingy56 leafmealone 
          But not enough top 4 guys that can play top defensive minutes

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          rustynail ingy56 leafmealone Hard to move Liles unless he agrees, but they do have a lot of depth there but it’s never a bad thing.

        • leafmealone

          NotInsane rustynail ingy56 leafmealone My guess is they move Fraser, and that Ranger takes his role on a bottom pairing.

        • Jmessih

          leafmealone NotInsane rustynail ingy56 Ya I think that is most likely what happenes

      • leafmealone

        ingy56 leafmealone No way. Not enough depth on the wing to trade Kulemin.

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          leafmealone ingy56 Just that he’s in the last year of his deal and perhaps Nonis has had talks with him already. Conjecture on my part only.

        • leafmealone

          ingy56 leafmealone Fair enough, but it would still be better to do it at the deadline when you might be able to replace him, or have identified someone from the Marlies who can step up into his role. Losing 2/3rds of a third line before the season is not a wise move when you don’t have the money to find any better options.

  • wiski

    -Keon- three strikes and you’re still here;)

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    https://twitter.com/DarrenDregerhttps://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status/360079957344518144
    Paul Ranger’s deal with the Leafs is for 1 year…around $1 mil.

    • Pent_House

      ingy56 I hope it’s 925, or 950 whatever the cap-save is on sending a guy down.

    • leafmealone

      ingy56 So he could theoretically be buried in the minors with no real effect to the cap. But I would assume that he’s not immune to being claimed on waivers, so he’s more likely to be claimed if demoted to the AHL.

      • rustynail

        leafmealone ingy56 yup he won’t make it through waivers

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          rustynail leafmealone ingy56 Think he’d retire again if he didn’t want to go to the team that claims him?

        • leafmealone

          rustynail leafmealone ingy56 The one thing I don’t like, is that Brennan was only going to cost 600k against the cap sitting in the press box as the extra guy. If Ranger can’t crack the lineup-though I imagine he’s been more or less promised a spot-he’s just a more expensive press box inhabitant.

      • wendelsfist

        leafmealone ingy56 That’s fine so long as the leafs keep the better dman and waive the lesser (him or that Brennan kid or whomever) we are set.   

        Then again I would prefer to have my cake and eat it too

  • rustynail

    -Keon- WTF happened 3 deletes zoom zoom

    • Doorman

      -Keon- Your a bad man!!!  lol

  • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

    There HAS to be some sort of trade coming. What can they do? They have like 5 million to sign Kadri and Franson.

    • wiski

      -Keon- Fraser has arbi on friday to boot

      • Pent_House

        wiski -Keon- I think Fraser is on Monday

      • rustynail

        wiski -Keon- thena a waive to A?

      • rustynail

        Pent_House wiski -Keon- yup it is Monday

    • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

      -Keon- I can only wish.

  • rustynail

    TheCanucksnaphookhttps://twitter.com/DarrenDregerhttps://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status/360079957344518144
    Paul Ranger’s deal with the Leafs is for 1 year…around $1 mil.

  • JUICEYP

    Maybe Frasers fractured skull is not healing right and the Leafs are worried he wont be able to play?

  • Burtonboy

    -Keon- No they can’t unless its over 3.5 mil

    • Pent_House

      Burtonboy -Keon- Which there is no chance of

    • JUICEYP

      Burtonboy -Keon- they can put him on waivers tho, that will walk away cause he will be picked up

      • Burtonboy

        JUICEYP Burtonboy -Keon- Yes they can

  • wiski

    -Keon- not if it’s under 3 mil