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Kontiola and Komarov will probably tried together as they played together in Europe but it could easily wind up as you have it.

I think their only connection was the Finnish national team, and I don't believe they ever really played on the same line. So I'm not sure how much chemistry there will be there, although they could certainly develop some quickly. There's definitely a ton of options for lines from that group, I mostly just meant that those will be the 14 forwards I expect on the roster.

They might be weaker at center than last year but stronger on the wings in the bottom six.

I don't think that's the case (regarding the centres). I guess that depends on how much you consider Bolland's 23 games effected their centre depth. But even including him the team had this down the middle:

Bozak
Kadri
Bolland
McClement
Holland
Smith
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Smithson
Kulemin
JVR
McKegg

Once injuries hit we had to rely on a 35-year AHLer or move two of our wingers to a position they've never played before. McKegg didn't even get a sniff from Carlyle.

Now we've lost McClement and Bolland but added a ton of players who can play centre. In my opinion Santorelli is probably just about as good as Bolland, but I don't really have a high opinion of him. Holland playing centre full time will be an upgrade over McClement who lost even some of his biggest supporters with his play last season. Then we added Kontiola, Komarov, and Winnik who have all played centre as some point in their career. We won't have to scrap the bottom of the AHL barrel or move Lupul to centre now when injuries hit. At worst I'd say quality-wise it's a draw but we've definitely improved in terms of quantity.

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I don't mind if Holzer is the #7, but I don't want him on the ice during any games.  He sucks.

He sucked playing top line minutes with Phaneuf against the Crosby's and Ovechkin's of the world. As a bottom pairing guy with secondary PK minutes I think he'd probably be fine. At any rate we shouldn't really judge him too harshly based on what we've seen from him at the NHL level so far.

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This is how I see things going now: Smith and Orr are going to the AHL. I think that's pretty clear. One of Ashton/Frattin/Kontiola/Bodie will have to join them, and I think it will be Ashon. If the Leafs lose him off waivers or trade him for a low draft pick I wouldn't really care. On defence the team still needs a 7th defenceman. Most people are penciling Granberg in there but he's only had 1 year of North American hockey and still has room to grow, particularly when it comes to handling the puck. Holzer likely makes more sense as he's older/more experienced and his development won't be stunted by playing the role of 7th defenceman. So that leaves us with this:

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CAPGEEK.COM ARMCHAIR GM ROSTER
CapGeek Armchair GM Roster

FORWARDS
Joffrey Lupul ($5.250m) / Tyler Bozak ($4.200m) / Phil Kessel ($8.000m)
James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.900m) / David Clarkson ($5.250m)
Leo Komarov ($2.950m) / Mike Santorelli ($1.500m) / David Booth ($1.100m)
Daniel Winnik ($1.300m) / Peter Holland ($0.775m) / Matt Frattin ($0.800m)
Troy Bodie ($0.600m) / Petri Kontiola ($1.100m) /

DEFENSEMEN
Dion Phaneuf ($7.000m) / Cody Franson ($3.300m)
Jake Gardiner ($4.050m) / Stephane Robidas ($3.000m)
Morgan Rielly ($0.894m) / Roman Polak ($2.750m)
Korbinian Holzer ($0.788m) /

GOALTENDERS
Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m)
James Reimer ($2.300m)

BUYOUTS
Mike Komisarek ($0.000m)
Mikhail Grabovski ($0.000m)
Tim Gleason ($0.833m)

RETAINED SALARIES (0.29% of upper limit)
Carl Gunnarsson ($0.200m6.35%)

BONUS OVERAGE
$450,000
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CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(estimations for 2014-15)
SALARY CAP: $69,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $68,440,000; BONUSES: $850,000
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $560,000

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5 more years of this:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCFvaJuJTck" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCFvaJuJTck</a>

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Aren't we over the cap now?

Once the roster gets down to 23 guys they'll likely have about $500k in cap space.

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Awesome. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

Don't remember the last time I was this pleased with how an offseason has gone.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Bottom 6/Depth Chart
« on: Yesterday at 08:47:33 AM »
The Leafs are in a very fortunate position here with Nylander. He doesn't have to win a spot in training camp for him to be a member of the Leafs this season. This isn't like the Rielly situation last year. Assuming the Leafs can get him to play in the AHL (which I think they can), he can go up and down as the team pleases. I'd rather give him a month or two in the AHL to learn the teams general system and adjust to the NA pro game. If he's lighting it up down there and the team still can't find a fit on that Kadri line then by all means bring him up.

The other potential bonus to having him start in the AHL is that he can possibly revert back to the centre position and the Leafs can see if he has a future there. He won't be given that opportunity on the Leafs next season, barring injury of course.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Bottom 6/Depth Chart
« on: Yesterday at 08:20:41 AM »
Does anyone think there is a chance that Nylander makes the team and plays in the top 6?

I think it was always unlikely, even moreso now with all these signings. It's probably better for him to play in the AHL for a season anyway.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Bottom 6/Depth Chart
« on: Yesterday at 08:17:09 AM »
I would imagine the Leafs will go into training camp with this type of line-up in mind:

JVR-Bozak-Kessel
Lupul-Kadri-_____
Komarov-Santorelli-_____
Winnik-Holland-_____

With Clarkson, Booth, Kontiola, Ashton, and Frattin battling it out for those 3 spots.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs sign Daniel Winnik
« on: Yesterday at 08:13:45 AM »
If by quite good you mean less likely to be a 100% train wreck then yes!

I hope this replaces "Burn the Boats".

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs sign Daniel Winnik
« on: July 28, 2014, 03:36:16 PM »
I think the PK will thank having Winnik on the team.

This likely virtually guarantees him a spot in the line-up too. Winnik, Komarov, Santorelli, JVR, and Bozak make for a decent collection of penalty killing forwards. Booth doesn't really have a history of PK work but his speed could make him an option. Wouldn't mind seeing Holland get a bit of spot duty there either, just to give him an increased role. I know Spott used him on the PK a bit during the playoffs.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs sign Daniel Winnik
« on: July 28, 2014, 02:53:11 PM »
Also, it's not beyond painfully clear that guys like Orr and McLaren no longer have a spot on the team.

Poor Marlies. Orr, McLaren, Broll, Devane, Ross, Biggs. Hopefully somebody snags Orr and/or McLaren off waivers.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs sign Daniel Winnik
« on: July 28, 2014, 02:43:06 PM »
I haven't looked lately... What does this do to the cap?

Lets say Winnik gets $1.5mil, and the Leafs demote Smith and Orr:

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CAPGEEK.COM ARMCHAIR GM ROSTER
CapGeek Armchair GM Roster

FORWARDS
Joffrey Lupul ($5.250m) / Tyler Bozak ($4.200m) / Phil Kessel ($8.000m)
James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.900m) / David Clarkson ($5.250m)
Leo Komarov ($2.950m) / Mike Santorelli ($1.500m) / David Booth ($1.100m)
Daniel Winnik ($1.500m) / Peter Holland ($0.775m) / Matt Frattin ($0.800m)
Troy Bodie ($0.600m) / Petri Kontiola ($1.100m) / Carter Ashton ($0.851m)

DEFENSEMEN
Dion Phaneuf ($7.000m) / Cody Franson ($3.300m)
Stephane Robidas ($3.000m) / Roman Polak ($2.750m)
Morgan Rielly ($0.894m) /
Korbinian Holzer ($0.788m) /

GOALTENDERS
Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m)
James Reimer ($2.300m)

BUYOUTS
Mike Komisarek ($0.000m)
Mikhail Grabovski ($0.000m)
Tim Gleason ($0.833m)

RETAINED SALARIES (0.29% of upper limit)
Carl Gunnarsson ($0.200m6.35%)

BONUS OVERAGE
$450,000

------
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(estimations for 2014-15)
SALARY CAP: $69,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $65,440,500; BONUSES: $850,000
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $3,559,500

Shade over $3.5mil, but a forward will have to be waived to make room on the roster for Gardiner (or it could be Holzer and the Leafs just keep 6 D on the roster). So we're likely looking at $4mil in cap space plus a bit of wiggle room. The latest reports are the Leafs are looking at a bridge deal for Gardiner so he'll probably come in around $3mil.

In other words, they're still fine. Not a ton of room, but they can comfortably have 23 guys on the roster.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs sign Daniel Winnik
« on: July 28, 2014, 02:35:00 PM »
Komarov signing seems strange too.

Yeah. I mean the hope is that Komarov establishes himself as a 3rd line penalty killing forward who can score 30 points or so. But that's basically what Winnik's been the last couple of seasons and we likely scooped him up for $1-1.5mil. If Komarov can still play to that level I won't hate the deal, but hopefully that will be the last time the Leafs overpay/overcommit to a bottom-6 forward.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs sign Daniel Winnik
« on: July 28, 2014, 02:22:23 PM »
I think Kontiola is probably more likely to make the team opening night than Frattin.  But maybe he doesn't fit a 4th line role.

The Kontiola signing is looking a little strange (or stranger right now). I suppose it's possible he wins the 2RW spot and that bumps Clarkson/Booth down a peg.

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