NHL Rumor Mill – June 27, 2019

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Updates on Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene, Joe Pavelski, Corey Perry, and more in today’s NHL rumor mill. 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM FRIEDMAN’S LATEST “31 THOUGHTS”

SPORTSNET: Despite the Colorado Avalanche’s salary-cap space, Elliotte Friedman doesn’t see them as a destination for unrestricted free agent winger Artemi Panarin. He believes they’re also concerned about signing UFAs to long-term deals. That could affect efforts to re-sign key players like Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog down the road. He said they were looking at winger Mats Zuccarello but contract term could be an issue. Friedman thinks Joe Pavelski “makes a lot of sense here”, but the contract term makes it unlikely. 

Friedman also said the Avs unwillingness to part with their first-round pick (16th overall) in this year’s draft scuttled a proposed deal for Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers. He doubts they’ll revisit their interest in Kreider. He also shot down rumors linking the Avs to Montreal Canadiens winger Jonathan Drouin. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic has lots of salary-cap space ($38.9 million, according to Cap Friendly) and is looking for more scoring punch. Shipping out Carl Soderberg earlier this week to Arizona stokes speculation he’s got bigger moves in store.

Like Friedman, I don’t see Panarin heading to Colorado but it didn’t hurt to inquire. Pavelski hasn’t met with the Avalanche but visited the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.

If Sakic’s unwilling to invest too much for too long in older UFAs, he could return to the trade market. Some believe he’s preparing to sign Toronto’s Mitch Marner to an offer sheet. However, I’ve read he’s not a fan of offer sheets. I don’t think Sakic’s done making moves. 

Speaking of Panarin, Friedman said it looks like the Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, and New York Rangers are the front-runners for his services. The Panthers are also linked to UFA goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Friedman speculates Bobrovsky’s new contract could affect Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Lightning netminder is a restricted free agent next summer. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The New York Post’s Larry Brooks acknowledged the Rangers are on Panarin’s radar but the Panthers are considered the favorites to sign him. He feels the potential cost of signing Panarin ($11-$12 million per season for seven years) would be too high for the Blueshirts. 

Pending UFA center Matt Duchene met with the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday (Photo via NHL Images).

Having shipped P.K. Subban and his $9-million annual average value to New Jersey, Friedman wonders if the Nashville Predators will pursue Matt Duchene. The Columbus Blue Jackets center is slated to become a UFA on July 1. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports Duchene is slated to meet with the Predators today. Darren Dreger reported the 28-year-old center met with the Montreal Canadiens yesterday. While Habs fans are excited over the notion of Duchene signing with the Habs, I think the Preds are going to get him. They’re still a Stanley Cup contender, Duchene loves Nashville, and Tennessee doesn’t have a state tax.

After trading Subban, the Predators might not be done dealing. The Tennessean’s Paul Skrbina wonders if Kyle Turris, Ryan Ellis, or Nick Bonino might become trade candidates. 

The Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins are on Corey Perry’s radar. Friedman also wonders if the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators will pursue him. Friedman also wonders if the Canadiens might take a run at New York Islanders winger Anders Lee. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: But is Perry on the Habs and Penguins radar? His declining speed and production are significant concerns. If the Canadiens are looking at Lee they’re going to have competition. Recent speculation suggests the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks could also pursue him. 

Friedman thinks forward Gustav Nyquist could be a fit with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He also reports the Calgary Flames could try to move winger Michael Frolik before July 1, with the New Jersey Devils a possibility. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun reports the San Jose Sharks haven’t ruled out bringing back Nyquist. He also cites sources saying the Edmonton Oilers and Detroit Red Wings (Nyquist’s former team) could also have interest in him. 

Speaking of the Devils, Friedman said they’re not moving blueliner Damon Severson. The Minnesota Wild could make a pitch for winger Wayne Simmonds. 

The San Jose Sharks would like to move backup goalie Aaron Dell. Mike Smith’s been tied to Calgary, as is former Flyers goalie Cam Talbot. Edmonton and Carolina are also possible destinations for Smith. The Oilers are linked to Petr Mrazek and Semyon Varlamov. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers have reportedly connected with Smith. If he heads up the road to Edmonton, the Flames could go after Talbot as an affordable short-term replacement. 

Despite not qualifying Ben Hutton, the Vancouver Canucks will try to sign him to a more palatable contract. They could still be the favorite to sign Tyler Myers. In need of another left-hand defenseman, perhaps they’ll consider Jordie Benn. The salary-cap recapture penalty ($3.03 million) for Roberto Luongo’s contract will dent their salary-cap space. Friedman also said the rumored “Tyson Barrie-to-Vancouver” deal was never as close as it seemed. 

OTHER FREE-AGENT NEWS

THE ATHLETIC: Pierre LeBrun reports teams have contacted representatives of Carolina’s Sebastian Aho and Winnipeg’s Kyle Connor. The two are restricted free agents and eligible to receive offer sheets from rival clubs. 

The Edmonton Oilers, Colorado Avalanche, and Buffalo Sabres are among the clubs interested in San Jose Sharks UFA winger Joonas Donskoi.

The Florida Panthers are among six clubs who’ve reached out to UFA defenseman Anton Stralman. 







90 Comments

  1. If I remember right Sakic should be a fan of offer sheets considering what he got from the Avs in the 90s thanks to the Rangers attempting to poach him with one LoL

    • LMAO, I was thinking the same thing

      • The Colorado owner seems cheap to me, I highly doubt they will offer sheet anyone for 11-13 million.

        In other news: teams are really going to sign Corey Perry? I wouldn’t even offer him a 1 year deal for 1 million, I’ll laugh at the team who gives him a 3 year deal

    • TRUE!!!

  2. Teams have contact Kyle Connor camp. This player should’ve been a bruin (get over it) anyway he has flown under the radar by a lot of people, most are concentrated on Laine.
    Connor is coming off back to back 30 goals seasons and the boy can fly. So what does a guy with back to back 30 goal seasons get? Yes you could argue his point are from playing with Wheeler and Scheifele but he was also moved off that line for Laine to get him off his funk.
    His name doesn’t get mention much but back to back 30 season isn’t anything to sneeze.
    To all them GM contacting his camp BUGGER OFF! Connor likes the cold weather.

    • Who was in charge of that 2015 draft for the Bruins?????

      • The current crew. April 2015 is when Chia joined the Oilers.

      • Keith Gretzky headed up the draft

      • well they made up for 2015 a bit with that Charlie McAvoy pick

    • Conner is also very good in his own zone, if I’m the jets I’m worried about him more than laine

      • @BBB:I agree: Laine is a legend in his own mind while Conner is the real deal

      • If I had to pick one Id go with Conner. Good offensively and vastly superior 200ft game.

      • Laine is a pure shooter who is not a complete ‘goal scorer’ yet. Connor scores in a few different ways but not as a shooter.

        What Laine does is more likely to bring fans out of their chairs and change the momentum of a game. He is younger and does the hardest thing in hockey as good as anyone in the league. The play of Connor is more valuable in the short term as he is more complete.

        Winnipeg wants both of these guys, losing one to an offer sheet would hurt.

    • I wish my team would offer sheet Connor

    • Connor is a much more valuable piece than Laine imo. Would be nice if Chevy could get him long term 7 or 8 years at around $7.5M per. Trade Laine before you get stuck in a Trouba situation where his value decreases. On a side note I think Pionk will be a pleasant surprise in Winnipeg.

      Who would want Laine? I was thinking Maybe a team like the NYI if they miss out on Panarin and lose Anders Lee. Florida if they also miss out on Panarin. A return of Trochek or Huberdeau would be good for the Jets imo. Even Hoffman+.

      • Agreed NYR would want Laine

        Kreider, Buchnevich, Vesey and some 1st rd picks

      • Hoffman/Matheson

        For

        Laine/mid level prospect

        And the Jets should take that deal with Kreider if they ever get the chance.

      • a reporter somewhere out there suggested the Jets want to spend 16m on the two of them combined for the next contract. Is that Connor at 7.5 and Laine at 8.5? Then the question is always term – how much term can those numbers buy?

        The team has some control and will use it.

        Rumour is that Ehlers was offered to Carolina for Pesce. It doesn’t make sense that Jets trade away talented youth on reasonable contract with term. Is this a setup for a counteroffer of Laine for Pesce? re-uniting with Aho in Carolina?

    • Careful with the offer sheet that can bite you back the very next year

  3. Bjugstad for Bonino? Hornqvist for Bonino?

    If I were Rutherford, I’d be calling Poile constantly to get Nick back.

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    If that doesn’t work, I might offer Kessel to the Canes for Haula and Jake Bean.

    ———

    The Oilers need a goalie. If they settle for one of these second/third tier FA options, McDavid will be the NHL’s Dan Marino.

    The Oilers need a LOT. I wonder if they shouldn’t consider trading Draisital.

    If they could fill 3 needs with solid options by doing so, they should do it. A legit goalie, a top 4 D and a top 6 winger who can be Oilers for a while have more value than one player even one as good as Draisital.

    • MG
      I mentioned Rangers last week as a possibility for exactly those reasons. If they where willing to trade RNH in a package with Puljujarvi, Rangers could part with backup Georgiev, Namestikov, Buchnevich, Howden, and maybe DeAngelo 4 of those 5

      • The Rangers could send Edmonton a car full of middle 6 forwards to fill out their depth….but not sure RNH is a long term target for them.
        Puljujarvi for Namestikov? at least one is proven

      • The Oilers already have young d-men and forwards that will be fighting for positions in the line up this training camp. They don’t need to trade Nuge to get them. They also have some goalie prospects that they are high on, plus they drafted an over age Russian goalie this past draft. So again they don’t need to trade for another young goalie.
        I like what Holland is doing this offseason. Fixing the bottom 6 will add scoring support this season. Which should get the Oilers into a wild card spot. Then in the next couple after some contracts come off the books replace them with top 6 wingers. Then they will be Cup contenders.

      • @KevJan
        Oilers really need to make the playoffs….they cannot be looking at 2 years down the road the way this league is going

      • @ ds,
        With what Holland is doing the Oilers should make the playoffs as a wild card. Last seasons advanced stats showed that the Oilers were one of the best team when McDavid was on the ice. It was when he was off the ice that they were one of the worst teams and they missed the playoffs by 5 wins. So by fixing the bottom 6 that should get them the support score they need and one of the wild card spots.
        McDavid is 22, Draisaitl is 23, Nuge 26, Larsson 26, Klefbom 25, and Nurse 24. The Oilers core is young and there are still some young forwards and defenseman prospects (Benson, Bouchard, McLeod, Maroody, Yamamoto, Samorukov, Broberg, and Lavoie) that will start to joint them this coming up season and a few seasons after. So by the time McDavid is 25 they should be cup contenders.

      • DS. RNH would be an excellent fit as a 2c. He just turned 26 and is under contract for 2 more years at a reasonable 6M. In 2 years we can evaluate where we are with the younger guys and decide then whether to extend him or not.

      • Oiler fan or not the more we get to watch McDavid play the better

    • Hi MG

      I like your suggestion of Phil for Haula and Bean (me thinks Car would have to up it a bit) but I don’t think Phil would have Car on his list

      Bonino Bonino Bonino would be great to hear again

      All those moves however, are absolutely useless unless Rutherford humbles up and gets rid of JJ. They have ZERO chance at a cup with him as a regular and there is a potential that he (JJ) could cost them making the playoffs

      I’m gobsmacked; perplexed ; befuddled ; and on and on …. that JJ was not bought out …., immediate Cap savings of $3M and MASSIVE uptick in team performance and probability of lengthy playoff run

      Jimmy boy also re-signed the mostly inept Ruhweedel to 2 more years (he played low minutes in a whole 18 games last year and didn’t play well!!!) and re-upped two more D (to 2 way contracts)…. that’s more important than trying to better the team???

      Jim will be so glad that the HHOF committee didn’t take into account his performance over the last 12 months

      Fingers crossed that that Minny trade re-materializes and Phil signs off; or there is another team out there wanting Phil that will free up a younger winger and accept the brutal JJ in the trade

      If it were me as GM I would (not joking here) even call Stanny boy and offer Phil and JJ and ZAR for Seabrook and Strome (play 3C)

      Phil for sure will have Chi on his list so it would lay on Seabrook to waive his rights

      I’d then move Bjugstad and include Horny if possible for a top 6 winger

      Then deal with the heavy Sal load on the D side by moving another D for a winger

      Above is crazy and nigh impossible but this is the insanity that Rutherford has gotten the team into

      🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

    • Hi MG

      I like your suggestion of Phil for Haula and Bean (me thinks Car would have to up it a bit) but I don’t think Phil would have Car on his list

      Bonino Bonino Bonino would be great to hear again

      All those moves however, are absolutely useless unless Rutherford humbles up and gets rid of JJ. They have ZERO chance at a cup with him as a regular and there is a potential that he (JJ) could cost them making the playoffs

      I’m gobsmacked; perplexed ; befuddled ; and on and on …. that JJ was not bought out …., immediate Cap savings of $3M and MASSIVE uptick in team performance and probability of lengthy playoff run

      Jimmy boy also re-signed the mostly inept Ruhweedel to 2 more years (he played low minutes in a whole 18 games last year and didn’t play well!!!) and re-upped two more D (to 2 way contracts)…. that’s more important than trying to better the team???

      Jim will be so glad that the HHOF committee didn’t take into account his performance over the last 12 months

      Fingers crossed that that Minny trade re-materializes and Phil signs off; or there is another team out there wanting Phil that will free up a younger winger and accept the brutal JJ in the trade
      If it were me as GM I would (not joking here) even call Stanny boy and offer Phil and JJ and ZAR for Seabrook and Strome (play 3C)

      Phil for sure will have Chi on his list so it would lay on Seabrook to waive his rights

      I’d then move Bjugstad and include Horny if possible for a top 6 winger

      Then deal with the heavy Sal load on the D side by moving another D for a winger

      Above is crazy and nigh impossible but this is the insanity that Rutherford has gotten the team into

      🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

      • Is that the same Jim Rutherford who’s going into the Hockey Hall of Fame?

      • I don’t quite understand the Penguin fan need to fixate on one player who is, in their mind, single handedly ruining the team, it’s depth chart and cap structure.

        But, if I did…I’d be ranting about Hornqvist, who might be on the 4th line at $5.3 million for 5 years, not Johnson.

        Johnson isn’t great. Nor is his deal. But he’s OK.

        He was bad at times and at times he was very good. He and Schultz were the top pair during the great run in March. Not sure why a guy who makes less than $4 million a year and can play solid top pair minutes in a pinch needs to be run out of town.

        PS- Nickel and diming gritty character guys seems to be how the Pens unravel their championship teams.

        Talbot, Gill and Scuderi from the 2009 team.

        Bonino and Cole from the 2018.

        Compare what the Pens are now paying Bjugstad and Johnson to what Bonino and Cole make.

      • 2018?

        Hmmm…I appear to have blocked the Caps win from my mind.

        2017, obviously.

      • BCLeafFan

        Yes it is, and the same Rutherford that’s been to four Stanley Cup finals with two teams and has three rings.

      • Hi MG

        Certainly valid point re Horny.

        However , Pens can field a team next year with Cap as is …. their not as crippled as Leafs and VGK and have no viable threat of an offer sheet

        I stick with my assertion that the premier move for GMJR should have been and still is ; to rid JJ

        Singlehandedly he caused 11 game points ( Pens would have been 2nd in League) and 5 shutouts

        Add to that that he can be bought out and only have a $270 K Cap this year…. its a no brainer

    • Never happen for a washed up fat Kessel with that cap hit LOL

      • Yeah, that washed up loser…only has 174 points the past two seasons. Bum.

        Fat jerk hasn’t missed a game since the year Obama was sworn in but…any day now that hot dog eating load will be doing Louie Anderson impressions for a living.

        No doubt.

      • Those 174 points and he costs 6.8M? What a terrible deal

  4. Hoping Boston can get JP out of Edmonton. Could a trade for John Moore who is under contract for the next 4 seasons at a very reasonable $2.75 be too much, just right or not enough?
    Boston with 9 dman, someone got to go.

    • Never thought of that.
      Good idea for the Bruins.

    • Don’t know John Moore at all, but looking at his stats and his age, is he any better than Caleb Jones or Either Bear? Jones (22 years old) had 6 points in 17 games, .35 ppg. Moore (28 years old) had 13 points in 61 games, .21 ppg.
      I’m in the camp of letting Puljujarvi go to Europe to show other teams that his hip is healthy again and getting his trade value up. It really can’t get any lower than it is now.

      • Bjugstad for Puljujarvi and Gagner.

  5. Ryan Ellis might be available? Hello Kyle: He shoots right too I believe.

    You could offer Nylander and Zaitsev too. Now Poile likely wouldn’t do the deal but the least you could do is inquire

    • Joeyif Nashville lands duschene which they have a good shot they won’t have the cap for nylander and zaitsev

      • @BBB: just a thought bro: So trying to unload those two stiffs

      • Haha I get it

    • Not with Nashville being so up tight to the cap, that deal wouldn’t work financially. I’d say if Nashville were to make a trade with Toronto, Liljegren would have to be apart of the deal, as Nashville likes to develop good Dmen in their system. Would they consider this?

      To TOR: Ellis + Tolvanen
      To NSH: Zaitsev + Kapanen + Liljegren + 2020 1st Rounder

      Essentially it’s Zaitsev + Liljeren for Ellis and Kapanen + 1st for Tolvanen.

      • @LeafsAdvocate: Right idea, wrong combo: TML first round pick is conditional all becuz of the Patrick Marleau trade.

        I have a feeling Dubas is done with dispensing first round picks and is more interested in unloading contracts while gathering picks

    • The Preds aren’t going to be making any trades until after free agency. If they don’t get one of Duchene or Panarin then you will see them get into the trade market and/or maybe the offer sheet market… hello Marner 😉

    • After trading Subban!..Poille isn’t Sather NOR gonna happen with Duchene and Josi next year and Sarros year after…NOPE

  6. Ryan Ellis is the exact opposite of what the Leafs need….he may be of value to teams that have big defensive D men which other than Muzzin the Leafs do not have….the Leafs need size and heft at the back end….they already have D men the other teams forwards push into the crease at will. They should not trade for another one IMO…

    • @oldbluedog: while I understand your point of view, its appears Dubas wants to build a team of shrimps who stand under 6′.

      Heres my question to that thinking. You build, in your mind the ideal shrimp roster and your competition over the course of a 7 game Stanley ‘Cup final is 6’ or more and likes to throw the body around,

      Hello Bruins, The Blues bruised you to death. What would a likewise team do to a shrimp like roster that Dubas thinks should be built in Toronto?

      • Joey, could you repeat that, please? I’be only heard it about a million times.

      • The Leafs out hit the Bruins 254 to 233 in their series this year. The Bruins rarely out hit anybody, because they have the puck more than the other team.
        The Bruins 4th line like to pound guys and cycle, but the rest of the team is about possession and skill. Protecting the puck, and getting it back.
        Like OBD says below the size advantage is about taking away space and especially clogging the front of the net and taking away passing lanes and shooting angles.
        Both the bruins and the blues are very good at that.
        The Blues are the exception, that out hit most teams and still win. The opposite is usually true.
        If you are hitting someone it means you don’t have the puck.
        Not saying size isn’t an advantage, it is if you use it right and still have skill and can skate. It is more about getting and keeping position and taking away space and time. Not because you beat another team into submission.

      • thanks George….just read the article….I like big goalies & big D….they take away space and angles in the D zone just as a result of their size…never mind the athleticism they bring with their size

        The St Louis D in my view didn’t bring buckets of athleticism with them…but enough to win….goalie there not super big…

        Thanks again.

      • Of course, if push comes to shove, as Wang once suggested a team could always sign the biggest sumo wrestler they could find who can stand on skates and, even with the reduced goalie equipment it would be difficult to get a pea past him.

        Sort of a reverse of Bill Veeck signing midget Eddie Gaedel which reduced the strike zone in his case to about 2 inches!

    • Totally agree.

    • Here Here OBD!! I’ve been saying that since they got beat outta the playoffs in 2018 by The Bruins. We have too many smallish great skating puck moving D-men and too many smallish highly skilled wingers. We need a couple big ass D-Men to partner with Rielly (upgrade over Hainsey please) and Dermot. I’d love to trade Marner for Tkachuk some how…

  7. Nyquist and or Donskoi would work in Edmonton for the right dollars.

    Flames should be after Varlamov and not Talbot. Even Dell would be a better risk than Talbot. They need to fix the goaltending if they are to make any playoff run. For that matter make the playoffs. Everyone is getting better in the west except for them so far

    • The Flames don’t have the cap room for Varlamov.
      They have $13 million to sign Tkachuk, Mangiapane, Bennett, and Rittich. Right there they are probably over $15 million.

  8. The Leafs need Tyler Myers. Too bad they can’t afford him.

  9. Geez , maybe Kadri could play defense. Forwards would be nervous and Anderson could use the protection.

    • Nah, Kadri’s a shrimp – Matthews, Tavares, Hyman, Brown, Gauthier, they’re all shrimps.

  10. Would the sharks come out ahead by signing Duchene and letting Pav move on? The cap is crunching some players off the team. With EK on the books there has to be more pieces going. Nyquist is gone, Donny is gone. I can’t see bringing back jumbo for more than 1m.

    They still need to replace pav, donny, Jumbo and nyquist. Could they move Pickels? The Sharks still have a lot of missing pieces and not enough prospects to fill them. I see Doug making more cost cutting moves.

  11. Instead of MTL going after Duchene, would it behoove GM MB to call Poile and ask for Turris with $1M retained? It will leave more cap room for other moves to get that LD

    To MTL: Turris ($1M retained)
    To NSH: Hudon & conditional 5th rd pick

    NSH gets cap space too

    Both teams leave flexibility with their cap

    Duchene at the market rate of 9 plus for 7 years scares me bc I see him fading fast. Rather have a Turris at 6 who can play 2C well and help.

    • Then GM MB can call SJ for Dillon for a 5th or 6th rd pick.

  12. Where are they coming up with 11m a year? He scores like 25 goals a season..that’s worth 11m for 7 years? I hope to God my Rangers don’t go down that rat hole! Just keep Krieder for 5.5m for 5…call it a day…

    • I would like to see Krieder & ADA moved for Risto & a pick or Kreider and a massive package for Laine to line up with Kakko and Zib.

    • Marner is twice the player kreider is so are they going down that rat hole?

  13. Flames have Smith over $5 walking and Frolik over $4 to trade. I am sure they would have cap space for Varlamov . Magnapane isn’t worth much. Bennett maybe $3m only because he was a #4 overall . Tkachuk will be the wild card based on what the others in his class do.

  14. The Leafs problems are with Dubas, first, because his model for the team is flawed (skill does not always or even mostly beat grit, size and mobility, along with depth) Think back to last year-didn’t we all fall for the deal for JT meaning that skill would swamp the league-how did that play out in Boston? The solution for the Leafs was two years ago-Mark Hunter..today it is trade Marner for the D help needed and add to that pot to get back a d and a winger of substance. I still want Jones and Anderson from CBJ, who will need to re-build and could do so with Marner and Nylander, maybe throw in Zaitsev and/or Brown. I would also give the Marlie defence three, Rosen, Borgman and Sandin, immediate auditions for the Leafs (Rosen should be known to them by now)

    • Need defense? Ill trade ya Vesey and Shattenkirk for Kadri =) lol

    • I agree jon – but now I stay away from stating preference for size over smurf after the flak it drew across the board. Now I just look at teams like Calgary who rely heavily on the Johnny Gaudreau-type. Great for seasonal play when they can flit about, heads down, for enough games to rack up the goals and assists to get their team at or near the top and get the fans all excited. But when the playoffs roll around many of them get bounced around like a ping-pong ball and their effectiveness all but disappears.

      Just my preference.

  15. I agree that Toronto may need more toughness and back checking would help. 3 years ago they were last. Dubas has only been the GM for a year. They lost to a good team in Boston. Sounds like alot of knee jerk reactions , panic never works. The Shanaplan has been working , no matter what the naysayers say. In 3 years lost to Washington and twice to Boston. Ya pretty mediocre teams. Lmao

    • Or are the leafs just mediocre losing to good teams?

      • i guess that would make them all mediaocre

      • Were the Leafs the ones who finished first in the regular season and got swept by Boston? I didn’t think so either but we were the closest to beating the Bruins and yet we are the only mediocre team in the East that made the playoffs…..right BBB.

      • Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades ……… when the ACTUALLY make it by the first round than you can call the more than mediocre. Btw the bruins played their worst series against the leafs kinda like a warmup in a sense

    • I prefer to look at is as whether or not a team is seen to have been built for playoff hockey. Many of us may not like the complete turn-about we see every year i officiating when the regular season morphs into playoff mode – but until there is some concerted effort on the league’s part to address the issue, it will always be like that. As I say elsewhere, a team like Calgary, which relies heavily on smaller or “softer” players for their offense will continue to experience difficulty once the playoff grind begins.

  16. All I was saying is for years the leafs didn’t have talent, now they do. I don’t think most teams are built in 3 years. Once in a while you get a fluke, then the next year you are right back where you were or worse ,you think you are better than you are. I have an example but won’t use it. lol I believe they think they can trade for large players as long as they have skill players to send the other way. The sky is very blue it’s not falling. Reading the posts must be a high volume of prosaic sales

  17. Carl Gunnarson just re-upped with the Blues – 2 years, $1.75m. AAV. All of a sudden the Mike Reilly deal doesn’t look quite as dumb.

    • Just depth signings every-team does them where have you been? Lol

      • BBB , I guess you’re right close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. So if you didn’t win , you must have been mediocre. Crushing defeat at home, and Marchand cried. Toronto knew they weren’t tough and would cry and didn’t want to embarrass them . CHOKE !!!!
        Lol

      • Ya true only one team ever wins! If you ain’t first your last! The only difference is some teams can’t get by the FIRST round! Lol

  18. Hello Colin , this is Brad . Can you suspend the guy that broke Chara’s jaw. No Brad he deflected that into his own face , I wish you guys would listen to Cherry. Listen Brad I will suspend Barbashov for you. No Brad I can’t do Bozak too. Listen Brad you guys gotta win a series by Yourself sometimes. I let you punch Harrington in the back of the head and get away with it. Some people are silly they thought that was a head shot. Listen Brad I took Kadri out of the series cause you said he was mean. People are starting to suspect something. Oh Brad don’t cry it will be alright. I know it’s hard to get over the two quick goals against Chicago in 2013. I know I tried to stop St. Louis, I didn’t think anyone would see the glove pass by San Jose in Overtime. Brad don’t cry , it doesn’t matter that people say close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Listen I gotta go Brad , hold onto that teddy bear. Debruske is crying on the other line. No I can’t suspend Kadri for every game he plays you. Don’t cry , stand up like a big teddy bear .Boy would Cashman Johnathon and O’Reilly ever be embarrassed. CRYING LMAO

  19. Vinnie your the reason I don’t post anymore you are an embarrassment to hockey fans and especially this website. You are very immature and don’t know a rats ass about hockey or anything else. I will continue to read and when you finally realize your an idiot and leave I will return ,for now keep cheering for your blue and white your why Leaf fans are hated and everyone else cheers against them maybe try showing some class you ass.

    • OBE , I missed you. It’s always nice to read your comments. They are very insightful and inspiring. Just so you know I’m still living in my mom’s basement. I have been an idiot for along time , I can’t help it. You shouldn’t stop posting because of me . Put your big boy pants on. Are you Brad Marchand, I thought I heard a whimper. Love Always

  20. Boy , you Boston fans sure pout for along time. I think Obe just got out bed after Boston lost. That’s like two weeks ago. Lmao

    • And how long since you have been whining about the Kadri suspension? Lol I guess the longer the cup drought the longer the whine! Your tear ducts must be empty by now vinnie? Lol

      • Lmao