UFA defencemen- Is one of them the answer?

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Do you think any of these UFA defenceman may be the answer to our RHD problem? (read OP for more)

  1. Justin Schultz

    0.6%
  2. Mike Green

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Sami Vatanen

    7.8%
  4. TJ Brodie

    22.1%
  5. Chris Tanev

    30.5%
  6. Travis Hamonic

    17.5%
  7. Justin Braun

    7.1%
  8. Radko Gudas

    24.7%
  9. Kevin Shattenkirk

    1.3%
  10. Jan Ruta

    0.6%
  11. Dylan DeMelo

    37.0%
  12. None of the above (only a trade will fill our RHD need)

    9.1%
  13. None of the above (our D if fine as-is)

    2.6%
  14. Other/I don't know/I'm a bot/I'm indecisive

    5.8%
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  1. 67Leafs67 Registered User

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    Yeah, I seriously doubt they'd let a capable, cheap defenseman walk...more of a hypothetical since the OP included him in the poll.
     
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    Shatty, Cernak and Rutta are probably all looking for raises on their right side.
    Shatty is 1.75 and looks well worth around 4.
    Cernak is at 697k (steal) and probably wants 3.5+
    Rutta may just be priced out, as they may need to save that 400k by having Foote play 3rd pair. Footes looked good in the AHL.

    Cirelli, Verhagee, Shatty, Cernak, Sergy, Maroon all RFA or UFA.
    They are in a much tighter spot than we are.

    Rutta could be a heck of a bargain, even IF we sign another guy, giving him 3rd pair minutes with a Sandin type
     
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    To further comment on Tampa Bay's cap situation, these are the same Evolving-Hockey contract projections for their expiring UFA & RFA players:

    Mikhail Sergachev --> 8 x $6.5M
    Kevin Shattenkirk --> 8 x $6.1M
    Anthony Cirelli --> 6 x $5.8M
    Pat Maroon --> 4 x $3.5M
    Erik Cernak --> 2 x $2.5M
    Mathieu Joseph --> 2 x $1.4M
    Carter Verhaeghe --> 2 x $1.2M
    Jan Rutta --> 2 x $1.1M
    Zach Bogosian --> 1 x $975K
    Luke Schenn --> 1 x $845K
    Mitch Stephens --> 1 x $840K
    Gemel Smith --> 1 x $795K
    Alex Volkov --> 1 x $785K
    Cory Conacher --> 1 x $725K
    Cameron Gaunce --> 1 x $705K

    They currently have $76.17M tied up already, with 29 players under contract for 2020-21, which leaves them with just over $5M to re-sign all of these players. Priority is obvious Cirelli and Sergachev, and with those two costing ~$12M combined, there's likely no way they are going to be able to afford UFAs Shattenkirk & Maroon, unless they take a major discount on their projected market value. I'm guessing they'll probably try to move out some of their more expensive 'mid-class' players, like Palat ($5.3M), Gourde ($5.2M), Johnson ($5.0M), and Killorn ($4.5M)...and that leaves them with space to target the likes of Cernak foremost, and perhaps Rutta as well.
     
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    From the Leafs perspective, id target Cernak, Rutta and Verhaeghe as potential options if they run out of cap space.
     
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    Brodie said he left his wife at home (I’m assuming GTA... cottage in Severn which apparently what he named his kid)

    he has big concerns about her medically. So I’m thinking signing in the states especially south... is unlikely

    dubas likes him and tried to trade for him. So I’m guessing he’s the most likely.

    I personally would go for demelo if he Would sign cheap.

    but Brodie is probably 2 on my list out of what’s up there.
     
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    I'd hope for a trade first, but if theres nothing out there, Demelo and Brodie should be the two guys they target
     
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    I think it's possible, if Columbus losses to Toronto, or even in round 1 that David Savard becomes available, and if that happening I wouldn't be surprised if he ended up here
     
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    If we can find a way to get a Brodie and a guy like Rutta id be pretty happy.

    Reilly - Brodie
    Muzzin - Holl
    Sandin - Rutta
    Lehtonen - Liljgren

    Gives you the chance to move Dermott if he doesnt show improvement in these playoffs.
    Would be huge I think for Sandin's development if you gave him a good RHD partner who is defensively responsible and has real NHL exp.

    Gives Liljgren another year (if needed) in the AHL to work on his offensive game. He has been in and around the team for a while, so I think people forget he is still only 21, and wont be 22 until the end of next season.

    If Sandin stagnates or Lehtonen just outplays him in camp, gives a guy new to the NHL a solid partner.

    Im not opposed at all to having both Sandin and Liljgren in the AHL.

    **I assume at minimum Leafs will be moving one of Kerfoot or AJ depending on who is available in free agency**
     
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    Rutta misses A LOT of games, if we are going to sign a guy that misses games it should be Chris Tanev
     
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    I don't think anyone of them is THE answer. I think a couple of them might be able to help us out if the money and term is right.
     
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    Dylan Demelo has 38% of people buying the hype
     
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    If Rutta is the 3RD, and misses lets say, 40 games, im ok with that.
    We get to ease Liljgren into 40 games and see what we got. But IMO right now Rutta is a good amount better at the NHL level.
     
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    need a Right handed but I really don’t have a good feeling most of them on the poll though.
     
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    They need forwards badly.

    I could see a Savard plus Anderson for one of our forwards (hopefully AJ but maybe kappy?) swap....

    Anderson despite Ferris can’t really ask for much. Both AJ josh are injured. Josh is RFA.
     
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    Brodie is 30 years old, likely gonna get 5-5.5M on a 4-5 year deal.

    DeMelo is a bit younger.
     
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    You know what both are good ideas as they like to rotate defensemen rather often. If they get hurt they will just run them till Injury Reserve. No issue for enough playing time... In this situation to score a 1 maybe 2 year deal. I would say cowabunga.
     

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