29 mai 2018
Maple Leafs de Toronto
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Eli</b></div><div>This was my first impression, here.
You know you can look up how old guys are, though?
Weber and Nylander each have up and down years, but there's just over a decade age difference.
Some MTL fans on here like to claim that if Weber gets bought out after he's 36 (in three years) NSH pays some of the buyout and takes all of the cap hit. I think they're confusing the rules and that would only be if he had signed the contract as a 36 year old, but I have no idea. Would love to see a link to the rule, or a good explanation of how it specifically affects Weber, from anyone who knows where to find it.
If Weber is nearly free to buy out, and the Leafs feel like Nylander isn't playing up to his contract, then this could be something both teams consider, give or take.</div></div>
They are talking about the cap recapture penalty. If Weber retired, Nashville will pay the majority of that penalty like Vancouver is paying 3 mill or whatever for Luongo. Montreal would pay some but I don't know what it would be. But that only happens if he's retired. If they buy him out its just the standard rules and I don't believe Nashville would pay a dime of that.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>blowing_the_zone</b></div><div>Solid assessment of the current situation. Two things though:
1) I don't think these kids are wondering why they're struggling at all. They know the implications their salaries have on their teams cap, and what that's meant for the roster. It's why, though, that I wonder if they ever wish they woulda took less. I doubt they do, but I wonder..
2) I'm a big Kadri fan but I actually think the leafs make that trade all day long. Kerfoot has been super impressive in the 3C role, and doing a better job of it, at a cheaper hit, than Kadri did last year. Losing Kerfoot for an extended period of time is going to sting, methinks..</div></div>
I am certain that these young guys know exactly why things aren't going perfectly and it has nothing to do with money. It has everything to do with execution. Do you think anyone thinks about money during the game? I don't, I think they think about winning and I think sometimes, they make a mistake and lose focus and it compounds. I think that has a lot to do with them being young and because a 3rd of the team was overhauled in the off season.
Losing Kerfoot will definitely be a felt but I think Spezza should be adequate to keep the 3rd line afloat. I also don't know how long he's going to be out for, it may not be as long as most think. Depends on whether he needs his jaw wired.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>blowing_the_zone</b></div><div>Well, yeah. They could win their next 10 games. They could lose their next 10 games, too. Ebola could break out throughout the NHL and league shuts down. All sorts of things could happen...
But there's nothing wrong with an honest assessment of the present, especially when circumstances change and expectations aren't being met. I think the leafs have set themselves up well for future success. I also happen to think that they presently look like a non play off team - and their record to fate reflects that. I can think both of these things at the same time without hurting my brain.. :)
I think we're in good shape, Logan. My expectations, at this moment, aren't very high at all for this season. That's based on what I've seen this year. Those expectations could change if some circumstances change. Im open to that.</div></div>
My take is that they haven't been good. At the same time, their problems can be fixed. Its a mental thing more than anything else. And that can be fixed and things can change in a hurry. Like what happened to St Louis last year. Not saying that is what TO will do, but I am 100% sure this team is far better than they've shown so far. Which is why I am so annoyed with the doom and gloom. 62 more games to play, its not March and the Leafs aren't 6 points out with 12 games to play and 4 teams to leapfrog. Its November 15th, they Leafs are 4 points out of 1st place in their division and being mentally consistent is the main issue for the team. I don't think all this panic is warranted.