Discussion in 'Toronto Maple Leafs' started by TheDoldrums, Jul 17, 2017.
I'd rather see Marner and Kadri together for a full season myself.
If they leave Nylander with Matthews I agree.
Sounds good to me.
I remember stating on here earlier this season that Marner might yet score 20 goals this season as well as I see him leading the Leafs in points in the future.
Marner is a player who thinks the game better then any other Leaf player and his on ice vision is among the best ever who have laced them up.
That puck retrieval and pass to Nazem last night was... slick. Classic Mitch.
Whether or not to split up Matthews and Nylander is potentially Babcock and managements most difficult decisions they will ever have to make imo.
Do they move Nylander back to his natural position and allow the big three to each drive their own line: on the other hand the Nylander-Matthews tandem is one of top 5 forward duos in the league, they elevate one another’s play.
I certainly don’t have the answer...
I think you try them separated to start next season and see if another player walks in and meshes with Matthews. Only way to figure it out is to try.
Lol no you goofball, read my posts.
Hahah just trolling you. Don't doubt Mitch ever again.
He is so damn good with the heavier guys just like we thought he would be. What a gem with the crafty Kadri and disciplined Marleau.
So happy he is back on track to becoming the best of the big 3 (offensively)
Matthews adapts to his wingers very well. I think if you stuck him with Hyman and Kapanen, he'd turn into an elite checking center overnight without necessarily becoming less effective.
I believe Kappy is just too good to play on the 4th line
Running following duos
Is pretty solid IMO
I don't have a problem with that.
But we will need to find another good C for this roster if we do. But it's great to see the options we have. You can leave Nylander with Matthews or move him into Bozak's role for next season. If the price is right I wouldn't mind looking at Simmonds. Probably wants to much money/term though. I don't want pay him 6 + years anymore than JVR. 4 years would be perfect.
Imagine how good this team will be next year? They'll win the President's trophy.
I predict anywhere from 1st. to 31st. Pretty safe thinking they'll beat out Seattle.
I think Tavares might play a role in who ends up 1st. next year. Stamkos and Tavares on the same team could pose a problem.
Stamkos, Tavares, Kucherov, Johnson
Matthews, Nylander, Marner, Kadri
Good point. Stamkos and Tavares, yikes. I hadn't even considered that. Hopefully the cap precludes that possibility.
IMO Tavares will be back with the NYI. I'll believe him going somewhere else when I see it.
You really think this team could sink below top 15 next season?
You really think we're guaranteed to finish ahead of Seattle? Last time I looked we were behind Vegas, not sure where this optimism is coming from.
Safe bet for sure.
Here or back there is what I'm hoping for.
Mono strikes the young more often doesn't it?
Normally, you have to say that would happen.
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However, Tavares will be 30+ before their projected new arena is built. So he's going to spend the next 2-3 years waiting for a decent arena to play in? How many players want to donate their prime years of a short career to continuous upheaval?
Of course the odds heavily favor not making a change ... many people deplore change.
If we lost 1 or 2 of our best players for long stretches I still think we are a top 15 team.
Tampa cannot afford Tavares. No state tax or not. In fact, Tavares likely will never go to a contender. A team like Montreal will likely offer the most $.
Do you really believe this team can miss the playoffs?
Any team can miss the playoffs.
Didn't the Kings win the Cup and then miss the playoffs?
No I think Marner and the boys will keep building.
The Kings barely made the playoffs the years they won the cup. There were issues with those teams. In 2014 they literally could not score untilGaborik arrived.