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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Tank Nation UNITE!!!
« on: Yesterday at 06:09:49 PM »
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Mark Masters @markhmasters    46 minutes ago
Leafs D pairings at practice:

Holzer-Franson
Rielly-Polak
Gardiner-Granberg

The TANK is on!

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2014/15 Leafs Injuries Thread
« on: Yesterday at 03:52:34 PM »
If it is actually his hand, it's just helps to show how stupid it is to have guys like Phaneuf getting involved in fighting, since that's likely how he injured it.

So what you're saying is we need Colton Orr back.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2014/15 Leafs Injuries Thread
« on: Yesterday at 03:52:13 PM »
jonasTSN1050: Phaneuf suffered the injury during the game in Ottawa. He tried to play through the issue, requiring trips to dressing room amid the action.

So, possibly, the Michalek fight?

It's almost definitely from the Michalek fight, especially if it's a hand injury. But I'm sure they won't actually say that.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2014/15 Leafs Injuries Thread
« on: Yesterday at 03:32:58 PM »
It is Feschuk, though, so, I'm sure he spoke to Dion's mom, or wife, or someone else not actually part of the Leafs organization or medical staff.

I did wonder how, of all the journalists in Toronto, he was the one who got the scoop here. I'd be happy if this was just Dubas messing with him.

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I also imagine they'd prefer to overpay contributing UFAs than take on Clarkson.

Yeah but will contributing UFAs want to sign with an expans... *remembers it will probably be Vegas*... nevermind.

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I have my doubts about that, too, but, at the same time, I really don't envision a scenario where a team would acquire. I imagine even expansion teams will have better options. Two expansion teams at the same time might thin the pack enough, but, if they're introduced in different seasons, I'm not so sure.

It would mostly be because of that cap floor. Although it might be possible that the league exempts them from having to reach that in their first season or two so that would pretty much end that speculation.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2014/15 Leafs Injuries Thread
« on: Yesterday at 03:18:11 PM »
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Dave Feschuk ‏@dfeschuk  4 minutes ago
Hearing Dion Phaneuf missed practice today with a hand injury and is expected to be out a while, per NHL source. #leafs

Not confirmed yet, but makes sense given his absence and the lack of details surrounding it.

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We could also just pray for expansion.

We could, but, that's at least a couple seasons away.

Yeah but I think worst-case scenario he gets picked up there. Especially if there are two new teams. I don't think Clarkson finishes his contract as a Leaf.

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I suppose that really depends on the salary coming back. If there isn't any, I think they could go as high as the 50% max and have it still be worth it. $2.625M and a roster spot opened up? Could certainly do worse.

That being said, in the unlikely scenario that the Leafs do decide to go the blow it up and rebuild route, then retaining Clarkson has value. It helps keep the team from having to dish out a bunch of terrible contracts just to stay about the cap floor.

We could also just pray for expansion.

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I'm pretty sure Vatanen is a top 4 D-man, at least in terms of TOI.

Doh, you're right. Forgot about him, just looked at their top-4 in their most recent game and he was playing on their 3rd pairing for some reason (averaging the 2nd highest TOI for Anaheim). Wonder where he fits in that case.

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Yeah, I was looking at it in terms of replacing guys like Santorelli and Winnik with guys earning similar salaries to what they're earning now. Franson really represents the only expiring UFA contract that might not be replaced by someone on a similar contract. Also, Gleason's buy cap hit goes up to $1.833M next season, and that cuts into any savings the Leafs get from expiring contracts (though, the overage penalty going away covers some of that - assuming the team doesn't pick up another one of those because of this season). Without moving out a contract, the Leafs will have ~$16M-$18M in cap space to re-sign Kadri, Bernier and Panik, and fill out the rest of the roster. It's possible, but it'll be tight.

Ack, I forgot about Gleason's buyout + Gunnarsson's hit. If Bernier and Kadri split $10mil, Panik gets $1mil, Franson's "replacement" is signed for $1mil, and we sign UFA replacements for Santo/Winnik/Booth at their same rates we're at $70.8mil.

The NHL's lowest estimate is $71.7mil, so yeah it will definitely be tight. Like I said, forgot about Gleason/Gunnar. And it will be another year where we're right up against the cap despite being a wildcard team at best probably. Plus if the NHLPA doesn't use their 5% kicker we're screwed (like most of the league really).

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In fact, with the cap not rising significantly, the Leafs may need to free up roughly that much just to retain Bernier and Kadri - and to be able to do that without moving an actual contributing member of the roster out would be a big win in my books.

If they let Franson walk that shouldn't be much of an issue. They'd just have to let Santorelli and Winnik walk and either replace them with cheap options within or try and hit the bargain bin in late July/August again.

Then again letting Franson walk could technically be considered "moving an actual contributing member of the roster out".

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2014/15 Roster moves thread
« on: Yesterday at 12:50:46 PM »
So, I'm still confused about the Robidas signing.

The 3 years is looking pretty brutal, now I'm starting to wonder how much stock we should put in his performance this season. He started training camp late and was recovering from his broken leg all summer so he obviously wasn't up to speed when the season started. He looked bad but I think there was a bit of a stretch where his play improved. Then he allegedly suffered an injury on November 1st and played with it up until a couple of weeks ago. So he's probably played 90% of the season not at 100%.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Jerseygate 14/15
« on: Yesterday at 12:43:35 PM »
I was in Greece once and notice a guy weaving down the street plastered.  People were actually going up to this dude and spitting on him. You see public drunkeness in Greece is just not acceptable behaviour. And people do not tolerate it.
I think we have really lost some of our moral compass along the way.

I think that story proves your point but not in the way that you think.

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NHL Transactions / Re: 2014-2015 NHL Waivers/ Buyout Thread
« on: Yesterday at 12:25:15 PM »
Crazy. Lombardi could have used a compliance buyout on him last summer but didn't basically out of loyalty.

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