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.
Sorry, I should have been more specific. What prospects do you think Pacioretty has since he's not gonna have a future with the Habs? They wanna trade him, so who do you think he'll be traded to?
I think there’re a couple obvious options. I’ll preface this by saying anybody can clear cap space if they really want to, of course. But I think the cap situation takes a couple teams out of it right away. I think he’s gotta go to a contender. Nearing 30 and looking for a long-term extension, it doesn’t make sense to go to a rebuilding team. I’m looking at San Jose and Vegas as probably the destinations that make the most sense. They’ve got the space and a desire for a top-six scorer. Jersey makes some amount of sense, if they’re looking to build on last season, though I have my doubts they’d pull the trigger on that trade. And I’ll throw Columbus into the mix as well. If they trade Panarin, they’ll need a replacement. And if they keep him, it’s going to be an all-in press to win while he’s still there. Pacioretty would help with that.
What do you think is gonna happen to Pacioretty? It looks like the Have won't be negotiating a contract extension, last I read.
They’re going to trade him. They can’t afford to let him walk in free agency. No negotiating an extension means they’ve either realised he doesn’t want to stay, or that they’re committing to some level of a rebuild/retool. It only makes sense to trade him now, get as much of a return as possible, and move on.
Hey, man, how many followers do you have? I couldn't get somebody to send me a question or ask my opinion to save my life haha
11,637. But the interaction comes and goes. I’ll get a bunch of asks over a short period, and then none for a month.
Do you think Seguin is gonna stay with Dallas? Some people in r/hockey think he’s gonna leave but I haven’t seen anything concrete. As a Wild fan, I hope he does leave the central.
I think he probably does stay. I keep hearing he really likes it there, there’s the tax thing, and every year, there always seems to be the expectation that this is the year the Stars are finally going to get their shit together. That has not turned out to be the case lately, obviously, but that doesn’t seem to matter too much to most people. So right now, I think he stays. But that could change. He could decide he wants to chase the money. If he doesn’t sign this summer, and Dallas comes out of the gates slow, he could be traded at the deadline. A lot of moving parts.
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.