How do you think the Leafs center depth stacks up around the league with Tavares?
It’s very good. There aren’t a lot of teams that can roll out two lines with legit number one centres on both, and Kadri is a second-line centre on most other teams in the league. But don’t let the hype get you over-excited. Washington and Pittsburgh have great centre depth, and are winners, yes. But you know another team that’s got great depth down the middle? Edmonton. And look where that got them.
Seguin is a flashy guy I feel like the hockey is secondary to him lol
Maybe. But he’s an elite point-producer and legit number one center. Those don’t grow on trees. He shows up and does his job, and it’s going to get him fucking paid.
does the kucherov extension mean tampa's out on karlsson now?
No. They were always going to have to move money out to make a long-term Karlsson deal work. It’s not like if they’d traded for him five days ago, they would have stopped trying to sign Kucherov. This just gives them a hard number to work with moving forward now, rather than speculation. They know how much they’re paying Kucherov now, so they can work out exactly how much salary needs to be moved out to bring in Karlsson and sign him to an extension.
How much do you think Seguin gets on his extension?
That’s an interesting one. On one hand, he’s statistically almost identical to Benn, and I’m sure Dallas would be eager to give them the same deal. On the other hand, he could very easily make the argument that he’s been just as productive as Tavares over the last five seasons, and deserves to be compensated just as well for it. It all depends on how badly he wants to stay in Dallas. Which, Dallas is one of those cities, just like Tampa, that has no state or city tax. If I had to guess at this moment, I’d say he probably ends up taking the Benn extension, but shit could change real quick, so I’ll be watching that one closely to see how it plays out. Him and Wheeler. Arguably the biggest bargains in hockey the last couple of seasons, along with Kucherov and Backstrom.
Are you surprised Kuch didn't get more on his extension? I thought he'd get at least what Chicago gave their big two.
Yeah, a little. I thought he’d get $10 million. But I forgot to take into account the tax situation in Florida. Capfriendly posted a breakdown of what the $9.5 million actually turns into after taxes in every NHL city. Tampa is tied for the highest. That really helps.
Do you think Josh Leivo will be kept in the Leafs organization after they signed Tyler Ennis?
He could be. Probably better for him if he gets moved though, to a situation where he’ll get some real minutes, a legit chance to play and find out if he’s a real NHL player or not. I heard they were exploring moving him a week ago, but I haven’t heard anything about it since. But with a depth player, a deal could come together quick.
What do you do for fun when there isn't any hockey stuff to deal with?
I watch a lot of movies and tv.
I write, though that’s mostly only been in theory the past six months.
I run three other sports blogs, which takes up some time.
I work, which isn’t fun, but is unfortunately necessary.
Right now, I’m working on a very rough playlist for a story I hope to write.
That’s basically it. I’m not a particularly interesting person.
favorite movies? maybe a top five this time.
In no particular order:
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Big Lebowski
favorite song? or maybe top 3 or something? (sorry, i'm waiting for news on the karlsson-lightning trade and i'm supes bored)
No worries, pretty much the same on this end.
Top three favourite songs, in no particular order:
Motorhead – Ace of Spades
Death – Pull the Plug
Saint Vitus – Born Too Late
William Nylander is a RFA why aren’t people losing their mind because he’s a RFA right now and hasn’t sign anything yet
Because he’s an RFA with no arbitration rights, which means Toronto owns his rights no matter what. Worst-case scenario, some team offer-sheets him and they match it. Otherwise, they have as long as they need to work out a new contract. It’s going to be a somewhat complicated contract to work out all the details for, and Dubas has been a pretty busy guy lately, so it’s going to take time.