The Maple Leafs placed John-Michael Liles, Trevor Smith, Korbinian Holzer, TJ Brennan, Troy Bodie and Drew MacIntyre on waivers at noon today. If they clear by noon tomorrow, all will join the Toronto Marlies.
Liles has been waived to save $925,000 of his $3,875,000 on the cap, which could be used to keep Morgan Rielly with the team, at least for the first nine games. It is not out of the question yet, should Rielly get sent to junior after 9 games, that Liles could return to the top 7 with the big club.
Carter Ashton looks to have grabbed a spot for opening night thanks to a great effort throughout camp. Jamie Devane may stick around to replace Frazer McLaren if he isn’t ready to play due to his pinky injury. This would require placing McLaren on the long term injury reserve. If not, Devane is on an entry-level deal and can be sent down or recalled at any time. Same goes for Ashton.
The #leafs are still finalizing roster plans behind the scenes. Morgan Rielly hasn’t been told yet if he’s staying or going.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) September 29, 2013
Here’s what the Leafs are roughly looking at for an opening day roster:
Note: Morgan Rielly’s cap hit is, effectively, not the full amount due to the bonus cushion.
James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Tyler Bozak ($4.200m) / Phil Kessel ($5.400m)
Joffrey Lupul ($5.250m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.900m) / Nikolai Kulemin ($2.800m)
Mason Raymond ($1.000m) / Dave Bolland ($3.375m) / Carter Ashton ($1.040m)
Frazer McLaren ($0.700m) [IR] / Jay McClement ($1.500m) / Colton Orr ($0.925m)
David Clarkson ($5.250m) [suspended]
Dion Phaneuf ($6.500m) / Carl Gunnarsson ($3.150m)
Jake Gardiner ($1.117m) / Cody Franson ($2.000m)
Mark Fraser ($1.275m) / Paul Ranger ($1.000m)
Morgan Rielly ($1.744m)
Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m)
James Reimer ($1.800m)
Buyout: Darcy Tucker ($1.000m)
Buyout: Colby Armstrong ($1.000m)
Buried: John-Michael Liles ($2.950m)
RETAINED SALARY TRANSACTIONS (0.778% of upper limit)
Matt Frattin ($0.437m—0.5%) Ben Scrivens ($0.062m—0.1%)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $65,525,833; BONUSES: $1,350,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $124,167
JVR-Bozak-Kessel Lupul-Kadri-Raymond Leivo-Bolland-Kulemin
What about this lineup at some point in the first 10 games?
Random note, but ever since Burkie left, theres been different music in between the whistles that actually matches our teams youth. Gone with are the 80's classics, and finally some tunes our young team can actually relate to. Goal song is 100x more exciting. Im 23 though so obviously my opinion will cater to the newer age of music, although i do respect all the genres and classics of each decade, its refreshing to hear something more modern.
Kinda wish Leivo would dress against the Habs. Who knows what he could string together with the momentum he gained after that last game. Could find a home sooner than expected given the opportunity. I'm sure it won't be long until he's back up with the bigs though.
I know we've all be talking about either having Gardiner/Franson & Fraser/Ranger or Gardiner/Ranger & Fraser/Franson as our bottom two pairings, but what about the following?
Ranger - Franson
Gardiner - Fraser
I said a few months ago (even posted it here) that I thought Colborne was being poorly managed and wanted him traded to put his career back on the right path. Now I am eating those words, now that he is gone I wish he never left. The team looks pretty weak coming out on opening night without Clarkson and dressing Devane and Ashton. I really hope our defence tightens up and we get some superb goaltending from the first 10 games or so.
The liles situation
As we know John Michael will be this years version of komisarek/finger.
Moving forward the way I see it barring an improbable trade
JML stays buried and we either buy him out nxt summer 2M 4 yrs
Or take on like 2M in trade only 2 yr hit
So, I'm guessing Kadri and Raymond will be playing together on Tuesday night, considering they were paired together for both games against Detroit.
I heard somewhere that Carlyle likes having pairs, so Bozak/Kessel, Kadri/Raymond, Bolland/Kulemin.
Which lines do JVR, Lupul and Ashton fit on?
Djamon, after our conversation earlier today, I drew up the numbers for some of the heavy hitters in the East, and I must say, our cap situation looks appalling compared to almost all of them. You were right that Pittsburgh isn't going to be much better off, but almost all the other money teams (Boston, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia) are going to have barrels of cap add to their roster and address weaknesses. And I did this assuming optimal resigns for us, and expensive resigns for them (i.e. Subban at 7.5, Callahan at 5.5, Girardi at 5.0, etc...).
@CanuckUKinToronto Dont think they confirmed any lines yet, besides top line which is obvi. But who knows about defensive pairings
@CanuckUKinToronto He only goes to Junior championships if he's in Moose Jaw after 9 games. "my understanding
@Savo43 Yeah not bad for first ten, Id probably match Franson with Fraser, and Ranger with Gardiner most likely.
@Savo43 Not tough enough and Ramger has not lost his spot imo
@Bring the Cup Home Dion is currently on a level above Franson, but he has all the pieces to be a great top line defenseman. He just needs to learn how to put it all together (which he is well on his way to doing).
@.JVR.It looks like Gardiner/Franson & Fraser/Ranger but I can see Fraser/Franson being a good fallback pair. I just don't like Fraser in the 3/4 pairing though - best to utilize him to his strengths as 5/6 and PK.
Lets hope none of our centers get injured or we're screwed
Guess you missed the part where the Leafs were missing Gardiner, Lupul, Frattin, Reimer etc at points during last season and still kicked ass and made it into the playoffs.
Colborne wasn't being poorly managed... He was doing a poor job fighting for a spot on the Leafs roster. Guys like Ashton and Devane who you seem to be so down on have shown more heart in this pre season and skill then Colborne did.
@Kulemin the Gang We wont have to care next year with the cap going up. Liles isnt garbage. Hes only down because of cap reasons
@.JVR. Barring injuries, I don't see JVR coming off top line, while Kadri can rejuvenate Lupul who looked off in preseason.
There is 3rd and 4th line wing holes, and i'm guessing Ashton fits onto the 3rd, while someone like Devane hops onto the 4th while McLaren is injured.
@Cameron19 Just as a quick look...
Boston - 58m with 15 players, only 4 NHL d-men signed.
Montreal - 43m with 15 players, lost of money but only 1 d-man signed.
NYR - 30m with only 7 players signed. Lots of money, but almost their entire core is FA.
Philly - 57m with 16 players signed. No goalies under contract, but not terrible.
Toronto - 34m with 10 players signed. Some big guys to be signed for sure, but 2.5m coming free.
@Cameron19 Like MB just said, if we've had so much trouble filling a position such as 1C, then why would our opponents have any easier time filling their holes, such as Pronger's hole in Philly, will Boston overcome a decline of Chara, you either hit or miss with Carey Price in Scab land, in NYR if Sather is still running the team, i'd say history shows he's an idiot....so yea, i'll take our young skilled core of: Kessel, Kadri, JVR, Lupul, Phaneuf, Franson, Gardiner, and Reimer.
If you keep that core, we'll be top of the league.
@Cameron19 Add who Cam, you are running on the theory these teams will be able to add what they want, need, like shopping for groceries. Cap, is all well and good with something to spend it on.
@CanuckUKinToronto Most likely Ranger, because last one in sorta thing. But thats just my best guess, unless he dangles Carlyles pants off haha.
@CanuckUKinToronto All are candidates to come out to allow Morgan to play . Likely decided on a game by game basis
@maximus_asinus @Bring the Cup Home Trying to think of the things Dion does a level above Franson. Can't find them. Love Dion, but not much separates them outside of their track record. Dions track record is longer, and more glorified, whereas Franson has been undermined his entire career due to his quieter nature, and due to those who had jobs entitled to them on the top lines before his arrival (Suter, Weber, now Phaneuf and Gunnarsson). Doesn't mean he isn't as steady though bc imo he is. Both are crucial in our teams success however, and for that the comparison really doesn't matter until we have to make a decision on who we need to keep (if it comes down to that).
So, until McLaren is healthy and Clarkson is done serving his suspension, we'll have something like this?
JVR - Bozak - Kessel
Lupul - Kadri - Raymond
Ashton - Bolland - Kulemin
Devane - McClement - Orr
When they return, I hope to see Clarkson join Lupul and Kadri on the 2nd line, with Ashton dropping to the fourth line and Raymond taking Ashton's spot on the third line.
lucic (6.00)krejci (5.25)______________
marchand (4.50)bergeron (6.50)eriksson (4.25)
smith (1.50)kelly (3.00)soderberg (1.08)
paille (1.30)campbell (1.60)______________
chara (6.9215)boychuk (3.3675)
seidenberg (4.00)krug (2.50)
mcquaid (1.5675)hamilton (0.875)
rask (7.00)subban (0.925)
CAP HIT: 60.6375
CAP SPACE: 10.3635
Remember - Savard doesn't really count towards their total.
pacioretty (4.50)plekanec (5.00)briere (4.00)
galchenyuk (0.925)desharnais (3.50)bourque (3.33)
prust (2.50)eller (2.50)gallagher (0.685)
gorges (3.90)subban (7.50)
tinordi (0.87)emelin (3.00)
beaulieu (0.925)diaz (2.75)
price (6.50)budaj (1.40)
CAP HIT: 56.71
CAP SPACE: 14.29
All key resigns, accounted for, and tons of money to spare.
@Mind Bomb @Cameron19 Well some of them will be able to add through free agency. It's true that it's sort of a dead market, but we got Clarkson last year, and one of those teams will likely add Cammalleri, Stastny, Miller, Vanek, maybe even Bolland if we get too pressed. But with the cap space, they'll also be free to use their accumulated assets to make a trade - next summer's Bobby Ryan. They'll also be able to absorb all the veterans looking for homes again - the likes of Iginla, Whitney, Alfredsson, etc...
No one team is likely to take an astronomical leap forward but collectively, they'll all be adding and addressing weaknesses, and we'll be replacing veterans with rookies.
@Cameron19 Is Markov retiring? Other than that I have no issue with the Habs, except that team you priced is garbage. It's cheap...but garbage.
@Cameron19 Yea the elephant in the room: 1C....I think our pieces are extremely comparable to Chicago's.
More importantly, i'd take the Leafs roster over every East team for the next 5 years, except Boston and Pittsburgh.
@Reversethecurse67 @Cameron19 But Chicago has pieces that we don't. Having Toews gives them the ability to do that. If we had a Toews in our organization, absolutely, I would be fine with rotating in lesser players. But we don't - we're still missing some pieces. And the only way to get more pieces is to keep translating assets into better assets so you can either make a huge trade, or move up big time at the draft.
@Cameron19 Even if you thought that a future predicament would handcuff Nonis' ability to improve the team as he sees fit, to be concerned with minor additions, both on our team and other teams, is pretty inconsequential imo:
Chicago should be a good example of maintaining a strong young core, while rotating inexpensive but role-aware depth.
@Cameron19 @Mind Bomb I like our Chances moving forward provided we sign Kessel. At the end of the Day, its high end talent that is elusive. And our Top 6 is set except for Tavares :) Most any team would be thrilled to have Kes JVR, Kadri, all 25 or younger. Our Goalies are both young and high end, and our D is full of promise.
Book your Hotel Cam, and plan the parade !