Thursday, January 16, 2014

Most popular names in the rumour mill

I'm going to go across the internet and write down names that are frequently mentioned on the various trade rumour websites/pages. Here they are:

Centres:
Paul Stastny
Sam Gagner
Ryan O'Reilly
Nazem Kadri
Brandon Dubinsky
Daniel Briere
Steve Ott
Matt Stajan


Wingers:
Evander Kane
Tomas Vanek
Matt Moulson
Blake Wheeler
Ray Whitney
Ales Hemsky
Tuomo Ruutu
Mike Cammalleri
Martin Erat
Lee Stempniak

D:
Dustin Byfuglien
Dan Girardi
Alex Edler
Michael Del Zotto
Jake Gardiner
Dmitry Kulikov
Rusty Klesla
Sergei Gonchar

Goalies:
Ryan Miller
Cam Ward
Jaroslav Halak

Friday, July 5, 2013

Leafs RFA's and what the rest of the summer could hold

Here's some rough numbers on our RFA's and what kind of cap space we could have left -

Nazem Kadri - $2.5 million
Joe Colborne - $0.8 million
Cody Franson - $2.8 million
Carl Gunnarsson - $2.4 million
Mark Fraser - $1.2 million
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Additional $9.7 million - Let's call it $10 million to be safe.

This would bring the Leafs to within $1.5-2 million of the salary cap (closer to $2.5 if Holzer is left with the Marlies). Here's the roster -

James VanRiemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
Joffrey Lupul - Nazem Kadri - David Clarkson
Jay McClement - Dave Bolland - Nikolai Kulemin
Fraser McLaren - Joe Colborne - Colton Orr

Dion Phaneuf - Carl Gunnarsson
Jake Gardiner - Cody Franson
J.M. Liles - Mark Fraser
T.J. Brennan

Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer

Not a bad looking team. There's enough cap space to add a veteran defenceman into the mix, and then fill the final roster spot up front out with a cheap Marlie.

With most teams really tight against the cap, most of the remaining UFA's will not be getting those outrageous UFA contracts. Here are some UFA dmen who I would hope Nonis is kicking tires on, looking for one who could come in on a short term deal in the $1.5-2 million range

Tom Gilbert
Ron Hainsey
Ryan Whitney
Toni Lydman
Tomas Kaberle
Hal Gill
Marek Zidlicky

Probably more likely Nonis allows the likes of Blacker, Holzer, Percy, and Rielly to fight for  the final spot. But if none of those guys seem ready they could look at some of these veterans. The Leafs could even wait until camp and if none of the kids look ready they could look for that token UFA who is kicking around with no contract and get a vet on a bargain basement deal.



Thursday, June 27, 2013

Names to watch out for at the draft

Big draft on Sunday, here are some names of players who could be traded, based on all kinds of various reports. I've just kind of compiled it all in one sheet here:

Centres
1. Shawn Horcoff, 34
2. Rich Peverly, 30 (2 years @ $3.25)
3. Stephen Weiss, 30 (rights, UFA)
4.Valterri Fillpula, 29 (rights, UFA)
5. Drew Stafford, 27 (2 years @ $4 mil)
6. Paul Stastny, 27  (esp. watch out if Colorado drafts a C)
7. Dave Bolland, 27 ($3.4 mil, 1 year away from UFA)
8. Sam Gagner, 24 (RFA)
9. Tyler Seguin, 21
10. Sean Couturier, 20

Wingers
1. Dany Heatley, 32 ($7.5 mil, 1 year, can't be bought out due to LTIR status)
2. Mike Cammalleri, 31 (1 year left at $6 mil)
3. Ales Hemsky, 30
4. Tomas Vanek, 29 (1 year from free agency, $7.1 mil)
5. Tomas Fleischmann, 29 (2 years @ $4.5)
6. Scotty Upshall, 29
7. David Booth, 28 (2 years @$4.2)
8. Bobby Ryan, 26
9. David Perron, 25
10. Cal Clutterbuck, 25 (RFA)

Defence
1. Filip Kuba, 36 (1 year @4 mil)
2. Keith Ballard, 30 (2 years @ $4.2 mil)
3. Tom Gilbert, 30 (1 year, $4 mil)
4. Carlo Colaiacovo, 30 (1 year @ $2.5 mil)
5. Brayden Coburn, 28 (3 yrs left at $4.5 mil)
6. Dion Phaneuf, 28 ($6 mil. 1 year)
7. Alex Edler, 27 (6 years, $5 mil per season)
8. Kris Letang, 26 ($3.5 mil, 1 Year away from UFA)
9. Niklas Hjalmersson, 26 (1 year @ $3.5 mil, then UFA)
10. Michael Del Zotto, 23 (1 year @ $2.5 mil, then RFA)

Goalies
1. Tim Thomas, 39 (rights, UFA)
2. Evgeny Nabokov, 37 (rights, UFA)
3.Roberto Luongo, 34
4. Scott Clemenssen, 34
5. Mike Smith, 31 (rights, UFA)
6. Jonas Hiller, 31
7. Ryan Miller, 31 (1 year away from UFA)
8. Marc-Andre Fleury, 28
9. Jaroslav Halak, 28 (1 year @ $3.8)
10. Cory Schneider, 27

Watch out for Edmonton's pick (7th) and Carolina's (5th) to be in play as well. *Update - now read in a couple places that the Flyers (15th overall) could be in play.