“No worries. But if you could hammer out 2 articles for tomorrow, one for, and one against signing AP, that would be much appreciated.”
This is for you, Gil. Not quite two articles, but one is in the mail.
Alex Pietrangelo is a really great first pairing defenseman that would anchor the top pair for half a decade.
He’s 30 and might fall off too quickly.
He doesn’t cost any assets to acquire and the resulting cap dumps should bring in more assets.
We’ll be forced to lose Morgan Rielly, Frederik Andersen, or William Nylander.
It kills the depth on defense.
He’ll make the jobs of everyone behind him easier and while they’ll probably lose Travis Dermott, there are lots of depth defensemen available on the Marlies in Lehtonen, Marincin, and Rosen.
The bottom six will be gutted.
The bottom six was arguably overpaid for their production last season so a cheaper version of the third line could provide as much or more value than what was there last season.
Any injury will decimate the team.
Any injury to a top-tier player will hurt the team, but Pietrangelo has played at least 70 games in every season since 2010 (47 in 2013), he doesn’t have a major injury in his past, and Rielly has gotten by with much worse partners before!
For an injury at forward, yeah it’ll suck, but unless the Leafs can trade Marner for two guys making half as much, they were always going to have that problem. It’s going to be time soon to get uncomfortable with the constant need to find bargain bin depth players either through free agency, trades, Europe, or developing prospects. Mikheyev, Rodrigues, Barabanov, Engvall, Robertson, Spezza, Korshkov and in the future with Hallander, SDA, and the 15th overall pick.
Who won the debate?
Various Leafs Branches
The trade is official, now with a splash of Colton Sceviour!
Trade call just wrapped up: Colton Seviour and Mike Matheson to Pittsburgh for Hornqvist, sources say— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) September 24, 2020