With James Reimer’s negotiations settling on Friday, only Jake Gardiner remains of the Leafs‘ outstanding contract situations, and this contract quietly might be most interesting among all of the Leafs’ RFAs this off-season. Do the Maple Leafs bridge him with a 2 year deal or buy some UFA years on a long term contract, pay a little more than they would have in the next few seasons, and hope it pays off down the road?
The comparative thinking here being that $4.25 million for James van Riemsdyk until 2018 is ridiculously good value. We could also point out that the Buffalo Sabres probably wish they bridged Tyler Myers instead of going long term after his ELC expired. It’s harder to project with young defencemen, too, given ability to play bigger minutes against tough competition becomes the judgment call as opposed to projecting based mostly on point production.
It’s not always as doable at a price that makes sense. From the player’s perspective, it seems crazier and crazier deals are doled out to UFAs with every passing off-season and a young talent like Gardiner would be remiss to sign away his golden ticket UFA years if the offer is well below what he considers commensurate to his talent and potential. Last off season, the Leafs entertained the idea of a long-term deal with Nazem Kadri but found the salary demands were a little too rich and risky for their liking given Kadri was still under 100 games played in his NHL career — he was also in the awkward position of having produced nearly a point per game in a half-season sample in a more sheltered role.
What will the Leafs do with their like-aged defenceman?
- Boston Globe: Toronto President Brendan Shanahan a forward thinker
Refreshing: “I like to surround myself with people that challenge ideas and think differently.”
- PPP: Wantaway Stamkos Puts Leafs on High Alert
- VLM: Can Reimer Still Thrive in Toronto?
Langlois: “I also noted a contingent of Reimer supporters who still see him as capable of being a solid NHL goalie. I’m not sure he can ever be that, however, in Toronto.”
- Yahoo!: Maple Leafs hiring Kyle Dubas an assault on the old boys network
Wyshynski: “Dubas isn’t some former NHL jock getting a career boost from a former teammate. He’s not a franchise fan favorite added for public relations as much as player relations. He’s an untraditional pick, both in age and in biography, and that itself makes it newsworthy.”
Anyone think a team with plenty of cap space, like Buffalo, would be willing to take Clarkson on if we package him with picks/prospects or maybe with Reimer?
Toronto: couple of minor leaguers, Enroth/Neuwirth
Buffalo: Clarkson, Reimer, 2015 3rd, prospects (Ashton?, Brown?, Abbott?)
Buffalo has plenty of cap space and their owner is willing to spend, Reimer is better than Enroth and Neuwirth, the 2015 draft is so deep that the pick would be like a 2nd in other years, and I don't see prospects such as the ones listed above in Toronto's plans (maybe Ashton).
JVR - Bozak - Kessel
Lupul - Kadri - Frattin
Booth - Santorelli - Clarkson
Komarov - Winnik - Kontiola
I don't like keeping Holland and Ashton in the press box but barring a trade (or 2) I think that's the best option. There's chemistry on the 1st, 2nd, between Santorelli and Booth, and Kontiola and Komarov.
Top to bottom, I think this is a good team now. I struggle with calling it a playoff team because of Carlyle, but I'll watch the games at least. The only piece that doesn't fit is Franson. He forces one of our D to play on his off side and the way the organization has talked about wanting a good L+R balance, something has to happen with him.
So much versatility in this lineup. Tons of players that can move up and down the lineup, play C and W
Daniel Winnik #34 W | 6'2", 207 lbs. |
Birth Date:March 6, 1985 (29 years old)
Place of Birth:Toronto, Ont.
Shoots:R Experience:7 years
Drafted:Drafted by Phoenix in 2004 (9/265)
Assets:Can play any forward position and displays plenty of defensive acumen. Has excellent size for the NHL game, as well as plenty of determination.
Flaws:Doesn't always use his large frame (6-2, 210 pounds) to the best of his capability, especially offensively. Is prone to prolonged scoring droughts.
Career Potential:Versatile veteran forward.
Bodie probably goes down.
Another good depth signing for the Leafs, makes guys like Ashton and Frattin fight for a job than just gifting them a spot on the roster.
Someone on here posted here yesterday that Winnik was a done deal, had a friend/relative that knew his agent. Stand up and take a bow.
@Ze_theLeafsFan Is Kane RW or LW? If so, with the excess of LWs something like Kane for Lupul is making more and more sense.
@Ze_theLeafsFan Might be, could also see them hang on to everyone and send down what's left to the Marlies.
Fuck... just imagine switching Clarkson with a 2nd line guy making slightly more and bump Santorelli down a line.
Now that's a good looking fourth line
Guessing that makes Frattin the extra player sitting. But that's a good problem to have and I'm sure he'll push guys like Clarkson even harder to be on there game
@loomx Yeah Id have to say this Winnik thing puts us into a category of a really hard to beat team with significant depth.
@The_Polish_Cannon Yet Randy will play Colton Orr and Frazer Maclaren
@CanuckUKinToronto No $ value announced yet.
@Ze_theLeafsFan I think Kontiolla will surprise a few people.
@Burtonboy Speed, Grit and options. Gonna be quite an interesting year.
@Chris Jay Also a lot of versatility players who can play wing and C
@Xxxxxnew It was a guy over on the HB site. was telling people that Setogutchi was a no go because the Leafs had signed Winnik but it wasn't announced. Said he had talked to his agent.
@GreekGod Now RC has no reason to not bench any players for lackluster play.
@drummond Between those two I hope it's Clarkson.
@peterbleafs @loomx Pretty much all needs have been addressed except for two major ones. The depth at forward was improved, the support for Phaneuf on D has improved, and the Leafs got more good puck possession players.
Problems: Still a lack of quality centre depth. A lot of it relies on hope that Holland, Kontioal, santorelli etc, can hold down bottom 6 C jobs. Also: Carlyle. He needs to change how he runs things in some way. If his assistants help him do that, great, but for now that's still a question mark.
@wendelsway1 One way contracts have nothing to do with being waiver exempt. Or not.
@RandomScrub Just out of curiosity who do you think would be scooped up in an instant? Bodie? Ashton?