Today on the PPP roundtable, we talk about what to expect of this team's future here and beyond.
(10) Saturday was Game 43, which means the clock on William Nylander losing his UFA eligibility finally stops ticking. Obviously, he suffered a setback with a concussion at the World Juniors, but once healthy, he will be the subject of questions as to whether he will play for the big club this year.
Do you see Nylander joining the Leafs this season? Why or why not?
KATYA: Yes. They should get a look at him in the NHL when he’s 100%.
ELSELDO: I’m for sure repeating myself from the start of the year, but I would only bring up Nylander if the Marlies are locked into the playoffs.
SCOTT: Had he not suffered the concussion, I would have said yes. If he rejoins the Marlies quickly and continues his strong play for 10 more games, I’d still say yes. But if his health keeps him off for an extended period of time, then they’re not going to throw him into the NHL and there’s a good chance he finishes what little of the season he has left on a Calder Cup run.
FIDDY; If he’s back to 100%, I see no reason not to get him in some games, especially if roster spots begin opening up after the trade deadline.
ACHA; Nylander needs to take his time with the concussion protocol, finish out the season with the Marlies, and join them for their playoff run.
JP: Let him recover from his injury at a level of play he is already prepared to handle. The mood around the Leafs’ dressing room is bound to get darker as players get traded. He’ll have the rest of his career to play for the Leafs and the team doesn’t need any hot streaks screwing up their draft pick.
11) Fill in the blanks, RFA Edition!
Nazem Kadri should get ________________.
SCOTT: Nazem Kadri should get between 4 and 5 million per year, and term.
ELSELDO; Kadri should get 4 years, $22 million.
FIDDY: 5 years, $5.25M AAV.
JP: I have no idea. $5M over four years? Five years? Would that get it done? Maybe $5.5M.
Morgan Rielly should get ________________.
FIDDY; 6 years, $5.75M AAV.
JP: The Jake Gardiner deal. Rielly has had moments of brilliance this year, but I’m less and less certain that he’s going to be the top-pair defender that we hoped for.
ELSELDO: 3 years, $12 million. A bridge type deal that still under pays him because we haven’t bought out UFA years. He’s 24 when it’s over and can cash in on a 6-7 year deal then.