- Oct 27, 2017
In Dubas we trust.
With Cody, we went back and really studied him when Ottawa was making their run a few years ago. The last couple of years, part of it goes into the circumstances of him taking on really, really difficult assignments. When we looked at it, we said, “Okay, we can bring him in here and pair him with either Morgan or Jake or Travis Dermott when Travis Dermott is healthy, and have him with a partner that can really move the puck very effectively and efficiently. We know that he is a big, strong guy down low. We think we could make some improvements with him.
I’m sure Ottawa is hoping to do the same thing with Zaitsev and get better as they continue to grow. In Cody’s case, we just felt that for someone who is 24 and not yet 25 years old, we would be able to help him continue to grow and evolve. We liked a lot of things we saw within his game even going back a few seasons and we’re just trying to get him back on track. We feel he’s got a lot of incentive. He’s got an arbitration case ahead of him and one year before he hits free agency. We are excited about working with him and trying to make some gains with him.
Paywall, couldn't read.Let's look back on the mistakes of the past by building a full roster out of some of the worst July 1 UFA deals of the cap era.theathletic.com
14 of 18 are Eastern Conference
4 appearances by the Maple Leafs
You think Ottawa never tried that? LolReplace "Ceci" with "Gudbranson" and it's the same story about the latter when he was traded to Vancouver. 24 years old with room to grow and evolve, has been good in the past, big, strong, stay at home guy, put him with a puck mover (Hutton) in more favourable circumstances (not the shut down pair) and he'll succeed.
Pretty sure you and Lone are on the same page here. He's definitely not bringing up Gudbranson in a positive way
ESPN: How were you able to avoid the Fortnite craze?
Matthews: I've played it. Like I said, I go through stretches were a play a lot of games, and Fortnite was one of them. I don't think it ever got to the point where I was playing all night and not sleeping. I didn't play to the point where it was affecting my life. But I would play three or four hours a day after getting home from practice. Log on and play with all the boys. But nothing too crazy.
ESPN: No, you're not from Finland.
I just like to imagine the Pens front office on Monday, all huddled in a conference room while a stone faced Jim Rutherford gives the Captain America "whatever it takes" speech and a giant monitor shows an endless loop of Brandon Tanev skating really hard.“It’s the way things work on July 1 — you either give the player close to what he wants or you don’t get the player,” Rutherford said of forward Brandon Tavev, who joined the Penguins on a six-year contract that will count $3.5 million annually against the salary cap.
“We felt so strong about Tanev that, you know, we were willing to go as far as we had to go to make sure that we got him.”
"Look this 27 year old career 4th liner who despite being 27 (28 in December) hasn't even played 3 full seasons yet and has 51 career points.... wanted 6 years to play on our 4th line till he's 33, you know an age Crosby hasn't even hit yet, and 3.5 million and a modified NMC or NTC... and I mean he's a 4th liner... hardly the easiest hole to plug, we had to use the money we saved, for only a year btw, by downgrading, the role Phil Kessel filled, to lock this guy up to play 8 minutes a game on our 4th line... that's just good business sense, we'll find cheap 700k.year guys to fill the much easier top 9 spots.... Oh and we're fucked cap wise so we might have to trade, 26 year old Bjugstad who has 4 times the production with double the experience, or just a slightly younger 27 year old Bryan Rust who has 50+ games more experience and double the production, in order to really fit Tanev's great 51 career point 4th liner 3.5 million for 6 fucking years with a NTC contract in our cap"
Basic run down on him? Analytics Twitter is already shitting on him while other guys like Ferraro seem to really like him. Can’t say I’ve ever really paid attention to him before.
Nba off season is so much fun and you aren't punished for drafting well. You get exemptions for resigning your draft picks. At least allow a designated player rule where only like $1m of a players salary counts against the Cap. The franchise tag.
He's a bit like Myers - there are things he does pretty well and he is clearly a useful NHL dman. But the things he doesn't do well mostly negate any of the good stuff and he's prone to breathtakingly dumb plays and reads. He can be physical. He paired really well with Byfuglien, to the point where people started thinking maybe he was a second pair guy himself, but as soon as Buff was hurt or Chiarot needed to be moved to a different partner his numbers cratered so fans eventually realized he was yet another mediocre LHD who Buff made look much better than he was.
Nah, if anything the NBA needs a hard cap like the NHL.
It says a lot about a league when the only thing you're talking about being fun is the offseason. The NBA is a garbage league with zero competitive balance. You know who is going to be there at the end before the season even starts and it's fucking boring seeing the same teams make the finals 5 years in a row. The regular season doesn't mean anything and the playoffs don't matter because the same two teams steamroll through everybody.
Only counting $1M of a $10M+ cap hit is one of the dumbest ideas I've ever heard. You're asking to be able to sign Matthews + Marner for a little over what Matthews' cap hit is now. Completely ridiculous.
Don't worry. With Mike Babcock returning as coach, Leafs are about to have their 4th straight 1st round exit.
I hope captain Spezza takes the Cup and then hands it off to Ceci first and it makes it's way through all the former Sens while a clearly unhappy Matthews gets angrier and angrier.
Last playoff series win 1996.