Free Agency and Trades Thread: Post deadline wasteland

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  1. IBeL34f

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    Doesn't everybody get the right to talk to him the day after the Draft? Why spend assets for an extra day of negotiating?
     
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    Beats that window. Otherwise it makes no sense.
     
  3. IBeL34f

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    Seems insecure to me. Just wait it out and make the same pitch you were always going to make. Having that extra day tells JT that they're "super cereal, you guys," but is otherwise just a waste of assets.
     
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    It is more than one day (more like 5 but I am not sure exact number). Sabres traded pick for Vessey's rights a couple of years ago but could not sign him.
     
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    I think Vesey's rights were held until August, so a bit of a different scenario there. With the discussion window leading up to July 1st, I imagine acquiring UFA rights is just about extinct. Could be wrong, though.
     
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    While possible, it's damn unlikely. Offer sheets are rare because no one wants to see their young star get offer sheeted, there were teams in worse financial shape then the Leafs that didn't get offer sheeted before and I doubt anyone wants to deal with the Leafs on that.
     
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    Could they trade a conditional pick? A 3rd if he doesn't sign, a 2nd if he does, for example..??
     
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    No player has ever signed here with that as the reason.

    Tavares will sign in the place he can get the best combination of lifestyle, money, and winning that suits his desires. Getting a Hyundai deal from Nav Bhatia will have no bearing on his decision.
     
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    No rainre to be interested in his rights prior to the draft. We have time to negotiate with him prior to July 1st like every other team. Why pay valuable assets just to get an extra few days to talk to him?
     
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    No player, except perhaps Stamkos, has been in that position. Is there any reason to believe that, if money is a factor, that MLSE won't use their industry clout to set up unofficial meetings where he can make even more?
     
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    I would say it doesn't happen mostly because the team usually gives in and gives the kid what he is looking for, or something both deem as fair. it wouldn't be about going up against the Leafs financially, if it's late August and Matthews hasn't signed yet because were not willing to go 5 years but that's what Matthews wants, then another team could offer that and see if we match, we probably would but it's an avenue that RFA's can use in order to get a deal they want. the other team who signs Matthews to the offersheet has nothing to lose really.
     
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    I just remember a few cases with teams that had like no cap space and teams weren't offer sheeting them...I guess inflation? I mean I might risk it for a talent like Matthews but we totally have the cap space to fit them in...but at a more favourable rate and term is ideal.

    I feel like people are just looking for things to worry about at this point. I'd bank on Matthews signing an 8 year deal around 11M
     
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    it's what I think happens aswell I was simply pointing out that there are options for Matthews as an RFA to get what he wants should we not be willing to. other then have Arb rights. which your post suggested Matthews had no leverage as an RFA with no Arb rights which I feel is incorrect the offersheet is an option for him to get what he wants should he want to play that card.
     
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    The Leafs already brought Canadian Tire and I believe one other company in with them to meet Stamkos.

    They will do the same thing with John Tavares.

    "We are offering you this amount of money, they are offering you this amount of money, and we have this list of companies that would offer you deals as well, we expect your total annual earnings to be around ______"

    "Oh by the way, you will be coached by the coach you won gold with in 2014 and hopefully will again in 2022, playing along side former Olympic teammate Patrick Marleau, former junior teammate Nazem Kadri, as well as elite talents like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander, Morgan Rielly, among others."

    I think the Leafs have a better chance at landing Tavares, should he go to free agency, than most want to believe. I think fans of other teams just don't want to see him go to Toronto, and I think all of us are keeping expectations low.

    The Islanders are now 8 points out with just 13 games left. They are cooked, and it doesn't look like things are going to end positively the rest of the way. He's even admitted he's not having fun, and when a player is a couple months away from being able to explore 30 other options, that's not a good thing.
     
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    I definitely see this happening as far as their approach, one thing I’m not sure they would be allowed to do, but could definitely consider would be to give JT max money next year (or as close to it we can do without overage penalties) and then January first give him a 8 year backdiving deal keeping his hit down as much as possible. He gets 9 years, a ton of money up front and chance to bring multiple cups home.
     
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    I might be silly but I think he won't do that. I believe something similar happened with Bobby Ryan and Anaheim, he wanted like a 2-3 year deal but they wanted a longer term contract and eventually he took it. I don't think players will be *that* upset by getting term, I mean who knows if you blow out a knee or get concussed really bad right? Plus I think Matthews loves it here anyway.
     
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    All I can say is that if we land Tavares, we're cup favourites next season. No team is going to be able to match Matthews, Tavares and Kadri down the middle with Nylander and Marner playing wing on different lines.
     
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    Just need to fix defense, likely can deal 1 of Brown or Kapanen to help us land the defenseman, they're a luxury on the 4th line if they're there, and they could definitely help us land something much better.

    I would assume both Vancouver and Florida would be okay with getting Brown+Pick as apart of a package to get Tanev or Pysyk, which is how i've drawn up a lot of mocks.

    • Carrick+Brown+4th for Pysyk+2nd
    • Trade Martin after July 1st (we pay his signing bonus, they take the full cap hit) 2.5M cap hit for 750k, might have an appeal in ARI/NYI...maybe someone else. Martin for a 7th or Martin and Leivo for a 5th
    • Re-sign Nylander for 7 years at 6M (Ehlers contract comparable)
    • Re-sign Marner for 7 years at 6M (see above)
    • Re-sign Matthews for 8 years at 11M
    • Re-sign Gauthier for 1 year 850k (1-way)
    • Sign Tavares for 7 years at 10M
    • Sign Brodziak 1 year 1.25M (was just making like 950k) or Beagle 1 year 2M or 2 years at 1.75M per
    • Sign Rick Nash for 1 year at 5.5M-6M (we'd have room only for 1 year)
    • Sign a cheap 4th line winger (600k-900k) - JT Brown, Torey Mitchell, Chris Stewart, Ryan Reaves, Tommy Wingels
    • Sign another (cheaper) defenseman
    Hyman-Matthews-Nylander
    Marleau-Kadri-Marner
    Nash-Tavares-Kapanen
    Johnsson-Beagle-4th line winger
    Gauthier

    Rielly-Pysyk
    Gardiner-Hainsey
    Dermott-Zaitsev
    Borgman

    Andersen
    Whoever emerges out of McBackUp, Sparks and Pickard (one is definitely getting traded this off-season)
     
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    True but if they were interested and we could get it done using JVR's rights, why not ?
     
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    I'd like to see see some size added up front, but yeah, no one can touch that forward depth. Moving Gardiner + for a similar calibre RHD would solidify the team overall if Zaitsev can bounce back next season.
     
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    I'd rather sign Kovalchuk for one year than Nash.
     
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    I was thinking Maroon. Move Martin to the Isles and sign Maroon.
     
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    In my mock up I didn't see the obvious fit with us and Kovalchuk, none of the centres made sense.

    Matthews - I don't see Kovalchuk being able to play the top line anymore
    Tavares - 2 bad defensive players? Plus Kapanen is pretty young, a lot of pressure there.
    Kadri - Marleau and Marner are underrated defensively so this line can go up against anyone

    Crazy thing is I think they could give Tavares a ton of ice time in "protected" or ideal OZ% starts like Bozak received this year but obviously he'll have more ice time and success.
     
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    Isn't Kovalchuk above-average defensively? I'd always heard he'd ended up developing a half-decent 2-way game in his years with the Devils.
     
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    They played a defensive system, definitely much more then we do. Rick Nash isn't a burner, but Kovalchuk has gotten slower in the KHL. He'd be lethal on the PP but we don't really need help there, Nash's 2-way game beside Tavares would actually be welcome. I wouldn't be upset with Kovalchuk but I like what Nash's overall game could do for us, I don't think we'll struggle to score goals.
     
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