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09 Mar 2021 21:36:27
Many reports out there suggesting leafs are looking for a top 6F, others saying they want a #6/ 7 F. Someone that will do some dirty work and play on any of your top 3 lines similar to another Hyman.

Jake Debrusks name has been in trade rumours for a year now and he’s been healthy scratched by Cassidy. He kinda fits the description of what the leafs would want, he can play with a chip on his shoulder and has the potential to chip in on offense. He’s performed well against Leafs in the playoffs in the past.

I would think a 1st round pick would be a must but not sure what else.

Tor: F - Kerfoot (3x$3.5M)
2021 1st
D - Timothy Liljegren

Bos: F - Jake DeBrusk (2x $3.675M)

Is it close? Leafs need to add? Boston happy with a slightly cheaper 2nd/ 3rd liner signed a year longer plus the first and prospect?


1.) 10 Mar 2021 01:19:38
Boston is angling for another Cup run before the wheels fall off of Marchand and Bergeron. I doubt they would want such a futures heavy deal if they move DeBrusk.

2.) 10 Mar 2021 03:14:50
I like it a lot

3.) 10 Mar 2021 04:05:21
Debrusk has been a healthy scratch this year no way he’s worth that much. I think Bennet and 3rd for Debrusk would be a good change of scenery trade but I don’t think Debrusk is worth much at this point.

4.) 10 Mar 2021 12:21:19
Konecny was a healthy scratch this year? This is probably too much but I’m sure he still has decent value.

5.) 10 Mar 2021 14:40:28
Yeah, being a healthy scratch doesn’t automatically effect a guys value that much. Every team and every coach has their reasons or methods. I think it maybe shows a disconnect between a player and coach/ system but not necessarily changes his value across the league.



23 Feb 2021 14:54:10
Elliott Friedman has confirmed he’s heard that the Maple Leafs have an offer on the table to Nashville for Filip Forsberg. Interested to know what that would look like.

A futures package including Nick Robertson would make some sense for Nashville, but you would have to assume Leafs need salary going out and Nylander my be included.

Would Nashville take it as a win to get Nylander who is 2 years younger and signed long term at $6.9M instead of having to negotiate with Forsberg who currently makes $6m for 1 more season? Gives them some cost certainty

Forsberg for Nylander

Or Forsberg for Kerfoot, Robertson, a 2nd round b.


1.) 23 Feb 2021 15:35:34
I can assure you Nylander absolutely will not move. Again the leafs are in 1st they won’t trade one of there best players on a cheap contract. A futures based package makes sense.

2.) 23 Feb 2021 15:46:23
The problem with Nylander not being involved is the cap. They may be able to sneak through this year based on cap space picked up with injuries and stuff but then this offseason would be a disaster because Forsberg a deal isn’t expiring. It’s another season at $6M.

Andersen not signed, Hyman not signed, Dermott not signed, Bogosian not signed, Simmonds, Thornton, Spezza not signed if they were coming back and already over or right at the cap.

I would prefer they find a way to add a top 6 without subtracting obviously, but it’s not that simple.

3.) 23 Feb 2021 15:49:15
Kerfoot at $3.5M makes some sense to go because he’s one of the only guys in that price range in the bottom half of the line up. Everyone else is pretty much $1.5 or under. I just think that hurts balance too. It’ll be interesting to see but I’m happy that Dubas is shopping for difference makers. We need to push chips all in soon.

4.) 23 Feb 2021 16:50:13
I’d say the trade would be 1st kerfoot Liljegren you look at what the leafs paid for Muzzin who had the same term leafs could make it work but I think they would have to do some work on the cap.

5.) 23 Feb 2021 18:08:13
Hockeyfan: that’s probably fair. A mix of current and future. And the difference in cap between Forsberg and Kerfoot is only $2.5M. They should be able to find a way. But I think Preds would want the prospect to be better than Liljegren. I assume Sandin or Robertson.

6.) 23 Feb 2021 18:11:33
I don’t think it hurts the balance at all including Kerfoot. Thornton should be 3C. Hyman has earned a spot in the top 6 and makes the young studs better. I agree with Hockeyfan on the trade value. Maybe even another piece from the leafs.
Matthews/ Marner/ Hyman
Tavares/ Nylander/ Forsberg
Many options to fill out the bottom 6. Thornton and Simmonds should have bottom 6 roles with PP time.

7.) 23 Feb 2021 18:26:14
Being reported

Nashville F Forsberg

Toronto W Nylander
T Dermott
T Lilgeren.

8.) 23 Feb 2021 18:52:54
Where’s this from weasle?

9.) 23 Feb 2021 19:30:13
Toronto17 that makes sense. Would be a tough lineup to match up front and for once the back end looks good on most nights too. I’m interested to see how it plays out.

And weasle, where is that from?

10.) 23 Feb 2021 19:35:57
Elliott Friedman reported a Blockbuster trade in the works around 1pm, trying to find the post but I think it's been taken down.

11.) 23 Feb 2021 19:38:09
Idk where you’re getting this information from but I can’t find it anywhere Nylander definitely won’t be moved.

12.) 23 Feb 2021 20:51:55
If the URL does not show up, go to Nhltraderumours. me

3rd story down.

13.) 23 Feb 2021 20:53:20
If that is the offer, then I hope it doesn't go down. Not enough of an upgrade from Nylander to Forsberg to trade both Dermott and liljgren.

14.) 24 Feb 2021 05:27:06
Lol people will look at anything and use it as a source the lack of intelligence some people have hurts my head.

15.) 23 Feb 2021 21:43:10
E Friedman reported the offer was on Nashville's table.

16.) 24 Feb 2021 11:34:19
He didn’t report THAT offer was on the table. That report you’re using on that website is ShockJoxk Dean Blundells friend, Shug. He’s hired to create clock bait for Deans website. He is the guy last year reported it was all but done that Leafs traded Nylander last year for Parayko and an announcement was imminent. Also he wrote that Piietrangelo was in agreement here. He got it right that Leafs were hiring Babcock 7 years ago and then since then he’s like 0-40 on his reports from “inside sources” within the organization

That’s an entertainment website, but I wouldn’t bet 10c on their info.

17.) 24 Feb 2021 15:03:28
Eliott Friedman didn’t report a thing get your facts straight.

18.) 24 Feb 2021 18:57:00
Friedman said there was an offer from the leafs to Nashville for Forsberg. Didn’t get into what the offer was or even hint that he knew what the offer was. Just that he heard there had been one.



16 Feb 2021 15:48:03
CGY - Sam Bennett, 3RD

TOR - Nick Robertson, Alex Kerfoot

It’s something Nick Kyprios mentioned and at first I scoffed at trading Robertson. But then you start to think and it makes some sense. Leafs want a player to play middle 6. Bennett can play C/ W, hits, has some skill, will fight If needed. I think this would allow Hyman to play 3rd line and help be a more shut down role which he’s great at.

Kerfoot goes the other way to fill Bennett’s spot and make the money work. Bennett makes $2.5 vs Kerfoots $3.5M so it creates cap flexibility and total contract flexibility since it’s 2-for-1. Not 100% sure on CGYs interest in Robertson but don’t know many teams not intrigued by 19 year olds with big offensive upside potential.


1.) 16 Feb 2021 17:18:47
Lmao this is such a joke Robertson won’t be moved he is the youngest player to play a NHL playoff game. He realistically could be better then Marner in a couple of years.

2.) 16 Feb 2021 17:20:13
Bennet has been 4th line for Calgary he is a great bottom 6 guy in the playoffs but you don’t trade a potential super star for that you trade a mid pick.

3.) 16 Feb 2021 18:45:16
Toronto is a really good team. They want to be a great team. Great teams give up young players or good picks to get pieces to give them a better chance to win. Tampa gave up 2 first round picks and a prospect they just used a 1st on (so basically 3 1sts) for 2 bottom 6 forwards last year, in Goodrow and Coleman.

Bennett’s numbers have been underwhelming and he’s obviously never going to live up to his draft position but his offensive output takes a big jump in playoff games vs regular season showing there’s another level when games mean more. (11G in 30 playoff games, vs 65 in 378 reg season) . There is value in that.

And I get falling in love with a second round pick that followed up his draft with a massive year in junior but I remember hearing a lot of the same conversations about Jeremy Bracco. Not saying he’s going to be a bust like Bracco, I don’t think he is. I think he would be good for Calgary. But you have to give something good up to get better. Teams aren’t giving impact players for garbage to help the Leafs.

4.) 16 Feb 2021 19:14:48
Bennetts 11g in 30 playoff games is very solid. Tavares has 15g in 36 playoff games, Stamkos has 24g in 71G which is about the same ratio. Gaudreau and Monohan have 8g and 10g respectively in the same exact 30 games Bennett has his 11. Bennett isn’t those players, I’m aware, but he’s out performed much better players while doing things that those guys don’t do, like play physical.

5.) 16 Feb 2021 21:24:36
Better than Marner maybe in a few years. I highly doubt that VB. its probably comparible to me thinking Romanov will be a perennial Norris contender. Both will be good players, but more than likely not Superstars.
Also, I agree with Sampson, about pretty much everything he said in this one, Bennet I think could put ya over the hump, and finally "1967" is a think of the past. He may not continue his offensive jump he has in the playoffs, but his grit he adds will be beneficial for the Leafs come playoff time.

6.) 16 Feb 2021 21:36:28
Sampson said it better than I ever could

7.) 16 Feb 2021 21:52:24
Thanks Sosa. And I agree, better than Marner is a little out there for a guy that had a good junior year and then didn’t look great in his NHL exposure. I think he will be a solid point producing player, but when Marner got his first sniff of action, you could see he had things to work on, but could also see he was a special player. I mean, he’s 3rd in the league in scoring behind Connor and Leon, if that’s what fans are expecting from Robertson, they better be ready for disappointment.

8.) 16 Feb 2021 23:41:38
Bennet is worth a 3rd round pick not Nick Robinson.

9.) 17 Feb 2021 03:21:39
Just last draft, leafs got Robertson at the end of the 2nd round.

I get his progression has been good since then, but he’s a mid to late 2nd rounder and yet you’re spazzing like I’m saying it should be Lafrenniere for Bennett.

You keep saying Bennett is worth a 2nd or 3rd and yet here’s a kid picked late 2nd round and yet you think he could be better than marner. it makes no sense.

I think he will be a good player. I think he will score far more than Bennett. But Bennett is what the leafs need now. Robertson is not. Andersen’s contract is up this year. Rielly next year. 2 years after that its Matthews and Nylander and the following one is Tavares and Marner. Incase you haven’t figured it out, leafs have a window. And that window isn’t going to stay open long enough to see if Robertson is a 25+G scorer or not. Going to have to make decisions on young players soon.



17 Nov 2020 03:22:47
COL - Mcdavid ($12.5M), 2022 1st

EDM - Mackinnon ($6.3M)

Swap #1C superstars, Oilers add the 1st as they’re getting the far better contract.

This way the Oilers can take the $6.2M per season in savings from this deal and actually pay their bills

This is sparked by the news that the Edmonton Oilers are being sued by hotels for refusing to pay $55k in tabs and actually bouncing cheques in Dec 2019 and March 2020, then blaming it on hard times and the C.V. C.V. even though it all happened prior to it.

Owner Darryl Katz is worth $3.5B but is too cheap to pay his tabs, so I assume he may consider a deal like this to save cash

Obviously this is a troll job, but refusing to pay your bills is so bad, it’s Arizona Coyotes missing player bonus type stuff. It’s cringeworthy and an embarrassment for the league. Other owners should be livid with Katz.


1.) 17 Nov 2020 03:32:21
McDavid will not be moved and same with MacKinnon

2.) 17 Nov 2020 06:14:36
I don't believe that Edmonton will trade McD for any one player.

3.) 17 Nov 2020 13:46:34
Neither team does this but I wouldn’t even consider from a Colorado POV.

4.) 17 Nov 2020 14:05:52
I read that it was simply just an accounting error and the Crescent Hotel will be paid right away. I think this is more of a story than it needs to be, and there is no reason to compare the Oilers to the Coyotes. Now if other hotels in different cities start, or had started to make the same claim, then it would be news worthy.
Only way McDavid is leaving is if he asks for it.

5.) 17 Nov 2020 14:31:26
This wasn’t meant to be serious. But can you believe an owner who has $21M per season committed to 2 players for the next 5-6 years is refusing to pay $55k in hotel bills?

It’s actually unbelievable. If I’m another owner, besides Melnyk (because he’s just as cheap) I’m fuming that this clown is making the brand look foolish and petty

And if I’m his players, I’m wondering when am I going to get my paycheque or bonus money late like ARI has done.

Just embarrassing all the way around.

6.) 17 Nov 2020 16:11:55
Sampson, I don't think he is refusing to pay the bill.
I agree that it is embarrassing, and i'm sure someone in the accounting department will be reprimanded for this, especially since it made way more noise than should have.

7.) 17 Nov 2020 16:12:57
I'm betting Katz wasnt even aware the bill wasn't paid. Unlike us, he has people that take care of that stuff.

8.) 17 Nov 2020 16:24:53
@sampson I thought you were serious haha but that’s messed up. The Sens management needs to go, they’ve been such a big headache for everyone

9.) 17 Nov 2020 16:44:42

Rick Westhead is one of the best investigative sports journalists out there. He was big in the concussion and CTE scandal/ stories. This is his reporting and his quote from the senior VP of the Oilers, Tim Shipton, was

“We have the same challenges as every business navigating through the global C.V.. We are working diligently through our business operations and attending to outstanding issues from the unexpected stoppage of last season. "

It is not a simple accounting error. They have changed their story to that after the lawsuit went public, but the first comment from a senior member of the company acknowledged its due to tough financial times and blamed it on a C.V. that hadn’t affected anything when these charges were not paid.

A little reading goes a long way lol.

10.) 17 Nov 2020 18:13:23
Colorada says no. MacKinnon > McDavid and a heck of a lot cheaper too!

11.) 17 Nov 2020 18:58:50
Ok buddy. you win this lil argument. Anyway, i'm sure we will have more BS who gives an eff stories while we have no Hockey on.

12.) 17 Nov 2020 20:25:54
Yes, There will be other stories. I just don’t think a guy worth $3.5B screwing someone else (a hotel which is one of the worst hit businesses during these times) out $55k is a nothing story. Not when he has financial commitments of hundreds of millions to some top players in the league

A nothing story to you isn’t to everyone.

13.) 17 Nov 2020 21:59:21
I just don't understand why the Hotel in Dallas is the only one complaining. All I read was the one on a sports App I have, not the original story by whoever the guy is you said. i'm sure Katz can easily pay that, not like 55gs is a lot of money. even i could pay that tab. . Just would hurt me a whole lot more, where as a billionaire probably wouldn't notice.

14.) 17 Nov 2020 23:06:17
This could be resolved by tomorrow and without knowing the inner workings, it is a nothing story.

Also McKinnon is probably the second best player in the league right now but McDavid is going to be the best for a long time. Can never be 100% considering how kids are developing but not likely anyone beats him out for best in the league.

15.) 18 Nov 2020 03:45:44
Lots of Rich people stiff others on tabs that they can easily pay. Barry Sherman was the billionaire in Toronto found murdered with his wife in their mansion a cpl years ago. The suspect list is so long because he had a history of getting tradesmen in to do work on his properties and then refusing to pay and just say “sue me” knowing the little guy couldn’t afford the fight in court. Rich people get richer by being ruthless, not by giving money away.

Problem is that method doesn’t fly when you’re not the sole big fish. When you’re 1/ 32nd of a combined brand and you pull this garbage, it makes everyone associated look really bad.



03 Nov 2020 14:51:05
WPG - Ekblad

FLA - Ehlers, 2nd RD

Jets get a big solid RHD with term since they lost Trouba, Buff and Myers in the same year.

Panthers get a good offensive winger to help with the offense they lost from Dadanov and Hoffman exiting. Plus a pick to make up the gap between the most coveted position (RHD) and the easiest to find (W)


1.) 03 Nov 2020 16:32:31
Florida can't afford to move Ekblad. They don't have the defensive depth to make up for losing him.

2.) 03 Nov 2020 17:42:53
Before the Jets trade one of their 5 top forwards for a defenseman I would like to see how their defense looks with Samberg, Heinola, and Niku getting a chance to play. If Maurice doesn't give them a chance to show what they can do and insists on playing Beaulieu, Sbiza then make a trade to get a real top 2 d-man like Ekblad.

3.) 03 Nov 2020 18:42:18
I think jets jump all over this. Top pair rhd, for your 4th best winger.

4.) 13 Nov 2020 02:34:42
If Florida wanted to trade Ekblad they could get a lot more than Ehlers and a 2nd from pretty much any other team in the league.

Ekblad is a top pairing defenseman on most teams, Ehlers is a 2nd line winger.




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13 Apr 2021 15:37:15
As a leafs fan I’m pretty happy that Dubas seemed to address every need that was identified.

Doing it without losing a roster player or a single prospect, let alone a top one, is impressive. I think they got way better for the playoffs.

After that I look at what the other teams in the division did and MTL got a couple vet Dmen and Eric Staal who will help because they have so many young forwards playing important roles this year.

Oilers didn’t do much at all but were so cap stuck they didn’t have much choice. I don’t think Adding Kulikov moves the needle for them at all

But I couldn’t believe the Jets didn’t do much. It was pretty widely reported they needed 2 Dmen, one top 4 or atleast a guy to make a big impact and another for depth. Jordie Benn is a good guy to add for playoffs but he’s not that impact guy whatsoever. With a path to the 3rd round that’s easier than it has been for years, the top 6 they have that’s probably the best in the whole NHL and an elite goalie, I’m shocked Chevy didn’t see this as an all in year.

Interested to hear from fans of each of those teams to see how they think their management did? Or from fans of any team to see how you think your team handled the past week.


1.) 13 Apr 2021 16:42:37
It sounds like Chevy was going after some longer term fixes rather than rentals and he just wasn't able to pry the players he wanted loose.

I'm okay with it. The Jets have plenty of cap space again this summer, so he can work on some stuff then. I'd rather have him spend assets on players that will help long term rather than overpay at the TDL for players that almost never pay dividends.

2.) 13 Apr 2021 17:46:07
MeMarcus. I get that. Obviously you always prefer long term over short term. Just sometimes the rest of what you have isn’t sustainable long term so you pick a window and go for it. I kinda felt like Jets were going to do it this year. I’m glad they didn’t for our sake, but I felt it was a missed opportunity for them. If you guys are good with it, then that’s good. Still a really good team.

3.) 13 Apr 2021 18:23:57
I just think you can't force it Sampson. From what Chevy said, he was trying to do things, just none of them turned out. It could have been stuff like Ekholm and/ or Manson and when it came down to it the price may have been too prohibitive, or, maybe the player wouldn't waive their NTC.

Then by the time Chevy's preferred deals fell through, his backup options were already gone and the stuff left was guys that aren't going to make a difference one way or the other, like Benn. So, he took what he could without giving away anything major.

I think Chevy is probably very willing to make a big deal, but just couldn't get one to fall in place in time, so he decided to wait until the summer, rather than spend assets now on a second choice and not have the necessary assets available for a larger deal in the summer.

4.) 13 Apr 2021 19:24:12
That all makes sense. I just thought they had a chance right now to be the best team in the North by adding 1 player. They still may be, it’s not like this somehow prevents them from being able to beat the Leafs, I just thought they could have solidified themselves as the clear favourite. But if you’re paying top choice price for second choice guys, you’re probably right it’s better to wait.

5.) 13 Apr 2021 21:36:06
The Leafs did good, they were and remain the team to beat. My only thing i'd be worried about if I were a Leafs fan, ( which I clearly never would be), is if Matthews or Marner get injured., although there is a good balance of depth in this team, I feel without one of those 2, this team goes from top contender to a decent team that just makes the playoffs kinda team ( Like my Habs) .

I do wish the Jets and Oilers could have done something more to knock off the Leafs, hopefully Hellybuck, Smith or Price can stand on there heads and knock them out. if not. well ill have to hope that Tampa, Vegas or Colorado, whoever, get these guys out. Ill even cheer the Bruins over these guys.

6.) 13 Apr 2021 23:22:26
Wow Sosa. that’s some hate lol

I welcome it though. Will be some epic chirping and bragging rights on the line these playoffs all around.

7.) 14 Apr 2021 00:54:49
It was rumoured that Getzlaf was heading to Vegas but obviously it didn’t happen but if it were to I’d put a lot of money on them winning cup. I think and always said Foligno is the perfect add he provides everything great leader and all around player. He’s the leafs Justin Williams. Nash is also a underrated move he’s the best shutdown 4c in the game. Hyman-Nash-Simmonds/ Mikheyev is a insane matchup line. Throw them again McDavid/ Drais and I think they keep them relatively quiet.

8.) 14 Apr 2021 21:09:06
Foligno is the type of guy the leafs really needed, I would've liked Hall, but I like Foligno for the Leafs even more just based on the fit. Also, Riley Nash does absolutely nothing offensively but should be a real nice matchup center; taking Engvalls spot on the HEM line if they're ever reunited.



03 Nov 2020 16:22:04
Mantha 4 Yrs @ $5.7M in Detroit. That should eliminate those trade rumours for a little while.


1.) 05 Nov 2020 17:43:01
Yeah he’s with us for at least 3 of those I would expect and by then we might actually be in the playoff hunt. So it works out.

Plus Mantha wants to stay and chose not to go to arbitration because he likes Detroit. So he could be a Wing for a long time.

2.) 06 Nov 2020 18:28:00
For what he got in terms of money he didn’t do Detroit a favor by any means. With the market being down and all, he got more then Anderson on a shorter deal. If he would of taken 7 years at 5.8 then you can say he wanted to stay there. But Detroit has lot of cap so a overpaying a big, smart and good goal scorer is not a terrible move.

3.) 07 Nov 2020 15:42:20
The problem with giving 7 right now is his injury history. It’s tough for him now to play for a full season.

Giving him 4 at least keeps him around and gives us flexibility to move him should we choose in a few years.



16 Oct 2020 01:01:09
Now that it’s been reported that Laine and his agent have asked for a trade, can we start speculating again?

I never thought he would start next season as a Jet. I wondered why they did. They were talking to teams about him and then stopped. At that time I don’t believe it was known he wanted out.

Having a player ask out usually hurts A GMs negotiations and leverage but probably won’t affect his this much because how many teams will be calling. Philly, CBJ, Minny and FLA would be my guesses.


1.) 16 Oct 2020 12:04:28
Boston is another team I’d keep an eye on.

2.) 16 Oct 2020 13:19:21
The Jet aren't going to trade Laine anytime soon.

3.) 16 Oct 2020 14:04:58
Laine is a great player but he seems to be selfish IMO. Should Wheeler, a PPG player for 10 years be demoted because the new guy wants to be #1? Laine is a #1 RW on most teams, but a team player would do what the coach asks of them. Once Wheeler starts to decline, Laine would get his chance. Winnipeg could get a good top 6 winger to replace him and a top 4 defenseman for Laine. Maybe it is time to part ways?

4.) 16 Oct 2020 16:59:42
Maybe Laine to Columbus for Werenski?
However he'd drive Torts absolutely bonkers.
But Domi passing to Laine, could really be deadly.
Jets would get a really good Dman. 🤷‍♂️. I know the 2 Jets fans in here will hate this., I wouldn't want to lose Laine either.

5.) 16 Oct 2020 19:20:49
Imagine Laine with Torts lol. Not going to happen.

6.) 16 Oct 2020 20:00:01
Probably not Nylander. but it would make for some great Torts press conferences!

7.) 16 Oct 2020 21:37:55
The only thing going against Werenski is that he is LD, which isn't as big a long term need as RD.

8.) 16 Oct 2020 19:34:15
I feel like Laine is a liability. not just defensively, but not knowing his next contract and having the flat cap situation (which was not anticipated when he did the bridge deal after his bad season), you really don't know what he will demand. If they could get someone, not equal, but a really defenseman and a prospect to help backfill needs or high picks, they should do it.
I think Werenski is too much though, or the jets would add.

9.) 19 Oct 2020 22:36:10
Yeah Laine with Torts lol

I was wondering about Domi even going there for that same reason. He didn’t like how Julien treated him? You think Torts is going to be easier on his stupidity? Nope.




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21 Apr 2021 21:04:06
No from Toronto.




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21 Apr 2021 19:17:41
Easy no for Buffalo in terms of both fit and quality.




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20 Apr 2021 23:41:25
Yeah there’s lots of those guys out there which is why I said depending on price. Like zach bogosian at $5.3M or whatever he was making in WPG and BUF was bad value.
Same player, now with Stanley Cup experience playing a bottom pair role is valuable for $2M-2.25M. Leafs have him for $1M. I imagine he will get some offers with a raise in the off-season.




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19 Apr 2021 16:16:48
I don’t know if he will or not. Depending on price, Larsson would be a nice pickup for any team. I like the way he plays, unfortunately they traded Taylor Hall for him and that’s a tough thing for the guy to live up to. He shouldn’t have been a 4th overall pick and he shouldn’t have been traded straight up for a 70-80pt 24 year old forward. None of that’s his fault.

If you can get him to be your #4-5, it’s a solid add to almost any team.




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16 Apr 2021 00:56:47
Sosa - that’s exactly the type of thing you do. My opinion on trading really good to great players for a package is: atleast one of the pieces coming back has to have the chance of replacing the piece leaving.

So if I’m trading a 2nd line winger, I would want a prospect with Atleast that potential and a mid to late first. Chances are I can find a future top 6 F with that

If I’m trading a 24 year old, franchise type Centerman, there better be a top 5 pick and atleast one A or A+ prospect coming my way. Anything less, I don’t feel comfortable finding a player like Eichel or a combination of 2 that make up for it.





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21 Apr 2021 19:24:18
Sunday night Campbell was okay and Holtby was exceptional. Canucks win. Last night Rittich was terrible and Holtby was good. Canucks win. Leafs don’t need exceptional goaltending. The have good offense and the D is far better than in years past. Just need solid. make the saves you should make and make a cpl others at key times. Give them a chance to win every night and they will win a lot. But can’t be letting 1,2 or 3 softies in a night.




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21 Apr 2021 11:52:39
He was so bad last night. Let in 3 goals that classify as “that terrible goal that goes in once a month” in one game. One of the 2 better get it together soon. Fred looks like he’s getting closer atleast.




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21 Apr 2021 00:24:32
And yeah Sosa. I get exactly what you mean. It’s so unpredictable. The other thing I’ll say to you that I hope doesn’t spark an unnecessary debate with someone else is that character seems to matter in these inductions, right or wrong. I like the HOF, in any sport to be about how great a player was on the field/ ice/ Ring etc. But guys that aren’t likeable or out spoken seem to be left out or made to wait a LONG time more often than not.

I’ve never heard anyone have a single bad word to say about Patty and he’s never said or done anything that could be considered even mildly controversial so I think that will work to his advantage. Not saying it should, but it seems to often work that way.




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20 Apr 2021 21:50:45
I’ll concede. You’re correct. In the debate of 3rd line talent playing in top 6, Toffoli is better, okay?




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20 Apr 2021 21:47:16
I think You know what I mean. You saying Patrick Marleau would only get in the Hall of Fame because he played the most games is diminishing a great career. If a guy like Cullen did it and got in the hall of fame with bottom 6 numbers, then I’d agree with you. If a guy with Marleaus accomplishments gets in the Hall, it’s not simply because he existed for a lot of games. Almost 600G and 1200PTS. I hope you can understand that one. My apologies.