Carl Gunnarsson re-signs with Leafs, 6 Leafs invited to Olympic Camps + Links

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Carl Gunnarsson
Photo: CBC.ca

The Toronto Maple Leafs have avoided arbitration with defenseman Carl Gunnarsson, with the two sides agreeing to terms on a three-year contract. TSN’s Darren Dreger is reporting it’s worth $9.45 million.  Salary is listed at : $2.85m, $3.15m & $3.45m.

The 26-year-old Gunnarsson had one goal and 15 points in 37 regular-season games for the Maple Leafs in 2012-13 and added an assist in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games.

A seventh-round pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, Gunnarsson has 12 goals and 69 points in 224 games for the Maple Leafs.

Michael Stevens Stephens had a great year end write up on Gunnarsson. He has this to say about re-signing him.

But when looking at Carl Gunnarsson’s future with the Toronto Maple Leafs, it isn’t a question of ‘if?’ It’s a question of ‘how much?’ The soon-to-be 27 year old is a restricted free agent this summer (on account of a late birthday) and you’ve got think he’s the third highest priority to re-sign after fellow RFAs Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson.

On the most recent Leaf Report podcast, both James Mirtle and Jonas Siegel agreed that Gunnarsson’s cap hit would likely fall between $2.5 and 2.9 million.  Given the number of tough-as-nails minutes he plays, his chemistry with Phaneuf and burgeoning offensive game, I’d reckon his money will be closer to 3.5 million come July 5.

Whatever the cost, I wouldn’t miss the money, as 30-point defensemen and shutdown defensemen are not usually contained within the body of one man, and to have one so cheaply is doubly rare.  The Leafs may need to improve their D corps, but Dave Nonis has real keeper in Carl Gunnarsson.

Scoring StatsGoalsAssistsIce Time
SeasonAgeTmLgGPGAPTSGC+/-PIMEVPPSHGWEVSHPPSS%TOIATOI
2009-1023TORNHL433121558103000912456.792221:26
2010-1124TORNHL68416207-21431011303695.8124018:15
2011-1225TORNHL76415196-9204000906894.5164921:42
2012-1326TORNHL3711415451410001400283.678721:17
CareerNHL2241257692225811101451112315.2459920:32
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/22/2013.

Here is a list of comparable cap hits among defencemen.

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6 Leafs invited to Olympic Camps

Per TSN:

Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews lead a list of 47 players invited to a summer orientation camp for the Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team.

The newcomers on the list include young guns like defencemen Alex Pietrangelo and P.K. Subban and forwards Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Claude Giroux and Brad Marchand.

The others are goalie Roberto Luongo, defencemen Dan Boyle, Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Shea Weber, and forwards Patrice Bergeron, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Rick Nash, Mike Richards, Eric Staal and Joe Thornton.

The goalies are Luongo, who was the starter in the 2010 gold-medal game, as well as Carey Price, Mike Smith, Corey Crawford and Braden Holtby.

The other defencemen are Karl Alzner, Jay Bouwmeester, Mike Green, Dan Hamhuis, Travis Hamonic, Kristopher Letang, Marc Methot, Dion Phaneuf, Marc Staal and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

The other forwards are Jeff Carter, Logan Couture, Matt Duchene, Chris Kunitz, Andrew Ladd, Milan Lucic, James Neal, Patrick Sharp, Jordan Staal and Martin St.Louis.

Wingers Nikolai Kulemin and Leo Komarov were invited to orientation camps for the Russian and Finnish Olympic squads.

USA Hockey had their roster announced Monday afternoon and Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner, wingers Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk were invited.

Leafs Links

 

 

  • Mind Bomb

    Evening Folks, Who is Gunnarsson ?

    lol 2 more to go, I hope they are at the same reasonable rate :)

  • Mind Bomb

    And serious Brayden Fucking Holtby invited but Reimer shunned. And Mike I had one good year Smith ?

    Bah a Fucking Joke !!!!

    • Zep2

      Mind Bomb The players at top of their game in January will be in Sochi.  This a pure PR exercise.

      • Mattmark

        Zep2 Mind Bomb Well, it’s also an orientation for the nucleus that is bound to be there.

        • Zep2

          Mattmark Zep2 Mind Bomb Nucleus yes. Crosby, Stamkos , Weber, Keith. But if guys like Loungo ©o in the shitter,  someone else will take their place.
          If Lupul , kadri , are lighting it up Yzerman will consider them
          Greztzky lost the 2006 Olympics by taking guys based on what they had done, not what they were doing

      • Mind Bomb

        Zep2 Mind Bomb  Ya and We got PR’D :) 

        lol

  • Mind Bomb

    And double serious you guys can join me any time now

  • Dan39

    On Capgeek, if I regular buyout Liles, it only counts as $0.8mm of cap instead of $3.8mm. That right? Seems that’s where this is headed.

    • Komas Taberle

      Dan39 For the 1st couple of years then it counts as 2.87M and 1.25M for the rest of the buyout period.

      • Burtonboy

        Komas Taberle If they get Fraser signed before arb. which Loiselle says they expect too there will be no buyout

        • rustynail

          Burtonboy Komas Taberle how can there be?

      • .JVR.

        Komas Taberle
        How does the cap hit change?  
        I thought it was 2/3rds of his remaining salary, spread out over twice the remaining term or is that just what they have to pay him?

  • Mattmark

    Fabulous experience for Gardiner with Team USA, if he makes the cut.

    • .JVR.

      Mattmark 
      As of right now, I don’t see Gardiner making Team USA, but that could change if he gets off to a good start.

      Here is my projected Team USA defence (assuming they take 8)
      Yandle   –   Suter
      J. Johnson   –   Shattenkirk
      Martin   –   Bogosian
      (E. Johnson   –   McDonagh)

      If they decide to take just 13 forwards and go with 9 defenceman, I think Gardiner would be in a battle with Faulk and Carlson for the final spot.

      • Cameron19

        .JVR. Mattmark Ugh, the Johnson’s are both pretty bad for an Olympic roster.  I wouldn’t trade Gardiner straight up for either of them.  But yea, it is unlikely he makes it, but a strong season could really catapult him into the race. 

        And Bogosian will almost surely be injured.

        • .JVR.

          Cameron19
          That’s true, I believe both Johnsons are overrated and I also wouldn’t trade Gardiner for either of them.  Hell, I don’t think I would trade Gardiner for both of them as the return, haha.

          With that being said, that has alot to do with the potential Jake has and not because of what he is right now.

        • Mattmark

          .JVR. Cameron19 I hope they see their way clear to developing his potential for us.  For purely selfish reasons, of course…

  • MikeGartner11

    What is the cap hit for gunner? Am I missing a leaf or is Komorov counted as one of the six?

    • Mattmark

      @MikeGartner11 Komorov is history.

      • MikeGartner11

        Mattmark I’m aware I’m just wondering if I am missing a leaf or if he is one of the six in the article. I count five and komorov.

      • Cameron19

        Mattmark He’s still Leaf property though…

        • Mattmark

          Cameron19 Mattmark In NHL business terms, technically yes… but that’s hardly justifies a claim that he’s a ‘Leaf’ playing in the Olympics.

    • Mattmark

      @MikeGartner11 K. is on the ‘projected’ Finnish roster but, either way, no longer counts as a Leaf…

  • .JVR.

    Well, I called that one this morning.
    Said this place wouldn’t blow up on Friday, when Gunnarsson’s contract was signed after his arbitration hearing.
    It’s gonna come 4 days earlier.

    • Mind Bomb

      .JVR.  Gunnar Sign a Reasonable Contract ? why would it blow up bro ?

      • .JVR.

        Mind Bomb
        Somebody had mentioned in the previous thread that this place would blow up on Friday, after Gunnarsson’s arbitration award.
        I stated that, “no it wouldn’t” because he would be signing a deal before his scheduled arbitration hearing.

        • Mind Bomb

          .JVR. Mind Bomb  Ahh cool :)

  • Bernier_The_Boats

    So that leaves 6.57 mil for 3 signings…
    1)  Kadri – 2 years at 3.4 per
    2)  Franson  – 2 years at 3.157833 per (If he’s in a good mood)
    3) Fraser – ???
    She looks T-I-T tight!!!  (So tight you have to lose the GH).  What can Nonis do to pull this one off??

    • .JVR.

      Bernier_The_Boats 
      Take away the cap hits of Smith and Brennan, as I don’t think either of them will be on the Leafs’ final roster.  
      That adds $1.15 million of Cap Space, so we actually have $7.72 million left to sign Kadri, Franson and Fraser.

      • Bernier_The_Boats

        .JVR. Bernier_The_Boats Cool!!!!!  :)

        • .JVR.

          Bernier_The_Boats
          $3 million each to Kadri and Franson and $1 million to Fraser and we still have $700K of cap space

        • Bernier_The_Boats

          .JVR. Bernier_The_Boats I believe Franson is deserving of at least 3.5/  That half clapper is the shit!

        • .JVR.

          Bernier_The_Boats
          How can he justify asking for more than Gunnarsson?
          Like I said before, Gunnarsson was a 1st pairing defenceman, while Fraser was a 3rd pairing defenceman.

  • ErikGruber

    It’s pretty lame that they calculate cap hit by average salary.

    • .JVR.

      ErikGruber 
      What would you suggest?

      • ErikGruber

        .JVR. ErikGruber It should go year by year. 2.85 cap hit year 1, 3.15 year 2 and so on.

        • .JVR.

          ErikGruber
          That would really benefit us right now, but I believe it has something to do with teams being able to circumvent the cap if cap hit was calculated that way.

          Think about all the deals that would have been signed this summer, where a player makes say $1 million for the 2013/14 season and then gets $5 million for the rest of the contract.

        • The_Polish_Cannon

          ErikGruber .JVR. then all the teams would have no issue with getting under this lowered cap. It is a mirrored version of the past cap circumvention problem. Teams would back load the contract paying out more in the later years because of the cap going up

  • Bernier_The_Boats

    Are my numbers off?  Where is a cap expert to verify??  Anyone?

    • Cameron19

      Bernier_The_Boats It’s more complicated than that because so much will depend on the term of the deals we sign, and the roster size we’re willing to go into the season with. It’s pretty hard for us to say what has to happen before we see the numbers for Kadri, Franson and Fraser…

      • rustynail

        Cameron19 Bernier_The_Boats Kadri and Franson more so

      • Bernier_The_Boats

        Cameron19 Bernier_The_Boats So in your opinion do we have a chance at retaining Fraser’s services?  *fingers crossed*

        • .JVR.

          Bernier_The_Boats
          I believe we do

        • Cameron19

          Bernier_The_Boats Cameron19 We can retain them all as along as we run with a 20 or 21 man roster.

        • Bernier_The_Boats

          .JVR. Bernier_The_Boats That would be cool if he could find lightning in a jar…hat to see the team chemistry altered any more than it already has been…

        • JMAC17

          Cameron19 Bernier_The_Boats Still think we will see Liles moved and we will sign a vet late in the offseason.

        • Bernier_The_Boats

          JMAC17 Cameron19 Bernier_The_Boats Who in their right mind would take Liles without NONO retaining some salary…that is a lateral move IMO

        • JMAC17

          Bernier_The_Boats JMAC17 Cameron19 might not cost us salary, but a prospect or a pick.  
          Dont count him out as a player, he’s got skills

        • Bernier_The_Boats

          JMAC17 Bernier_The_Boats Cameron19 He plays like he is scared to get rocked again…lol

        • Cameron19

          Bernier_The_Boats JMAC17 Cameron19 I think that’s a bit of an exaggeration.  Some of us have watched Goon a few too many times.

        • Bernier_The_Boats

          Cameron19 Bernier_The_Boats JMAC17 I honestly have never seen Goon…(point taken though)