Pre-Draft Open Thread

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The buzz as we approach the 3 p.m. draft is that Carolina’s fifth overall pick is in play. Darren Dreger reports that the Maple Leafs have discussed a trade up scenario with Carolina but that it might cost the Leafs “Morgan Rielly as part of a package.” Presumably the Leafs’ 21st pick would also be involved, amounting to a pretty handsome price. Rielly was their fifth overall pick last June, so it would have to be a player they’re really sold on if Nonis is giving up Rielly-plus for another fresh prospect. While it’s important to keep in mind the strength of the top 10 in this draft, that’s still a price that only makes sense for a MacKinnon, Jones or Drouin in my opinion. Dreger is reporting that such a package was discussed, but that no deal is close.

Carolina reportedly has numerous offers on the pick and it will likely come down to the wire as to whether or not its moved. Otherwise, all is quiet at the moment on the trade front.

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

    Tick tock Doc!

  • Conis

    Morgan Rielly stays.  He will be unreal.

    • peterbleafs

      @Conis Agree.

  • skippysleafs

    lets get it on

  • MLHS_Luke

    Any interesting rumours this morning?

    • 4evrblue

      MLHS_Luke nada, been dead quiet

      • MLHS_Luke

        I’ve been a bit out of the loop – is this old news?
        http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=426659

        • 4evrblue

          MLHS_Luke that little deal? does that even count as news?

        • 4evrblue

          MLHS_Luke that little deal? does that even count as news?

    • 4evrblue

      MLHS_Luke nada, been dead quiet

  • Zep2

    I read reported that with realignment , the Canes realize that they need to get better now to compete for the playoffs. I dont see how Rielly is a sure fire solution for the upcoming season
    I would say its Phaneuf going the other way if TO pulls that trade off

    • Gilbey93

      Zep2 Phaneuf for Jay Harrison, Jiri Tlusty, and the rights to Tim Brent

    • 4evrblue

      Gilbey93 Zep2 I think we need to add Rielly and our 1st

  • tmlfan

    We need to keep Gardiner and Rielly so in three years we’re not spending a fortune trying to acquire players like them

  • Uncle Otis

    Reilly straight up would be enough…and only if we use 5 to move up.
    What the hell at 5 is better than Reilly and 21?
    Makes no sense

    • Loric76

      Uncle OtisA known commodity in Rielly for a 5th overall gamble, Carolina needs to throw something in IMO

      • Uncle Otis

        Loric76 
        Somewhat known and its the silly season remember
        Gardiner is a more known talent and likely the Cane’s target

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

        Loric76 Uncle Otis Tlusty and Harrison 😉

      • ShotgunCharlie

        Loric76 Uncle Otis just curious…how is Reilly a known commodity?

        • Loric76

          ShotgunCharlie Loric76 Uncle Otis we know who he is lol.  5th pick traded before the draft starts could be any one of 10 players

        • Loric76

          ShotgunCharlie Loric76 Uncle Otis but ya I know what you’re saying, he’s not proven or anything yet

        • Loric76

          ShotgunCharlie Loric76 Uncle Otis but ya I know what you’re saying, he’s not proven or anything yet

      • ShotgunCharlie

        Loric76 Uncle Otis just curious…how is Reilly a known commodity?

    • Shift_Disturber1

      Uncle Otis In my mind if you’re trading Reilly it’s for young help now in a position of need not an unknown pick

    • Uncle Otis

      Shift_Disturber1 
      Could be Nonis has a rough deal in place with someone higher but he has to get closer.
      No matter, Im not big on gutting the roster for anyone available

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/walsha
    Talking with some NHL people who say the League is projecting the Upper Limit to go up 33% over 3 years. That’s a $80M Upper limit.

    This is what all the GM’s are banking on

    • Xxxxxnew

      New tv contracts will play a part.

    • Xxxxxnew

      New tv contracts will play a part.

    • MaxwellHowe

      Pffff…players’ salaries will just follow and rise by the same

      • Burtonboy

        MaxwellHowe Not if you lock them in for 8 yrs right now

      • Xxxxxnew

        Players won’t get anything from new franchise fees or franchise moving fees.

      • Xxxxxnew

        Players won’t get anything from new franchise fees or franchise moving fees.

    • Xxxxxnew

      That’s just $3 million more than Detroit spent in 2004.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/walsha
    Talking with some NHL people who say the League is projecting the Upper Limit to go up 33% over 3 years. That’s a $80M Upper limit.

    This is what all the GM’s are banking on

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

    https://twitter.com/_rodrickheffley
    IF THE LEAFS TRADE REILLY JUST SO THEY CAN GET DOMI I WILL LEGITIMATELY SHOOT UP THE ACC

    • MikeGartner11

      Radar O’Rielly I legitimately wish people didn’t say things like this on twitter

    • Uncle Otis

      Radar O’Rielly 
      Good thing she dosen’t live in the States
      Knock knock

    • peterbleafs

      Its clear none of us really trust the Leafs brass as yet.  So many years of incompetence runs deep.

      • ProfessorRance

        peterbleafs The media doesn’t help either.

      • Xxxxxnew

        I’ve seen them win four cups, so everything in between is the basis fo my level of trust. So I’m still in Show Me mode, although for me Burke was the first sign of top to bottom reorganization. Cliff in his first run made some good move and brought back some pride but he didn’t really care about development.

    • rockydundas

      Radar O’Rielly Not cool. Totally inappropriate.

    • rockydundas

      Radar O’Rielly Not cool. Totally inappropriate.