The Toronto Maple Leafs have a big problem coming their way.
Think about it. They’re in the middle of a mini-slump while Boston and Montreal are threatening to pass them in the standings. Next season has threatened to be a major cap crunch for a while now with no obvious relief in sight.
Let’s say the Leafs make some moves at this deadline and in the off-season that both frees up some necessary cap space for the signings they have to make AND helps improve the team — Hainsey and Gardiner walk as UFAs; Brown, Hyman and Zaitsev are traded for cap relief; Nylander is traded for Dougie Hamilton or Colton Parayko; Marleau develops a sudden and career ending allergy to hockey equipment.
Then the Leafs can re-sign Matthews and Marner to $13 million AAV each, and Kapanen and Johnsson to $7 million AAV each. They manage to sign hometown boy Wayne Simmonds as a UFA. Liljegren and Sandin each make the roster out of camp next year and form a solid second pair. Rielly finally gets that top pairing RD to make a top unit. They re-acquire McElhinney but also keep Garrett Sparks around to develop or trade depending on whether you like him or not.
Johnsson - Matthews - Kapanen
Moore - Tavares - Marner
Grundstrom - Kadri - Simmonds
Marchment - Brooks - Bracco
Rielly - Hamilton
Sandin - Liljegren
Dermott - Jensen
Have you seen the problem yet?
Who the fuck are we going to complain about and blame for everything that’s bad next year!!!
And don’t be a smartass and say Babcock, because the Leafs are also going to fire him and hire Quenneville or Keefe or something.
ONTO THE LINKS!
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Patrik Berglund breaks the silence about his time with the #Sabres in an interview with local newspaper VLT in his hometown Västerås: "It's a cliche but money doesn't make you happy. I'll give it all up any time just to feel good inside"https://t.co/5xlwz5Qhlu— Uffe Bodin (@UffeBodin) January 18, 2019
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