Leafs could find it tough to make playoffs next year
Is there a scenario in which the Maple Leafs don’t make the playoffs next season? There certainly is. As GM Kyle Dubas descends on Vancouver for the draft, the Leafs focus is on Mitch Marner and what kind of contract offer the right winger will get. And while the draft sets the course for the future of so many teams, it’s July 1 that matters the most: Free agency. This is the time of year to dream about next year, when the “What ifs” rule. And the rumblings around the league is that of big movement, lots of change of address cards.
VANCOUVER—It is likely that Patrick Marleau , who would like to return to a California-based team, will remain a Maple Leaf , GM Kyle Dubas said There’s a strong chance he’ll be back next season.” The Leafs , who continue to talk with restricted free agents Mitch Marner, Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas
While Dubas pointed the finger at himself for Leafs ’ failures, Babcock seemingly had few regrets. All the pressure to make a deal with Marner before the offer sheet season opens on July 1 is on the His first answer on his relationship with his coach was more interesting. Dubas said “Mike and I talk.
VANCOUVER—It is likely that Patrick Marleau, who would like to return to a California-based team, will remain a Maple Leaf, GM Kyle Dubas said Thursday night.
“I don’t sense there’s any real pressure,” Dubas said. “We’ll continue to do what’s right for the organization and go from there.
“If Patrick Marleau were back with the Toronto Maple Leafs at the beginning of next year, it wouldn’t be a problem for Patrick. There’s a strong chance he’ll be back next season.”
The Leafs, who continue to talk with restricted free agents Mitch Marner, Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson, are facing a cap crunch. They could manufacture about $16 million (all figures U.S.) of space by putting Nathan Horton and Zach Hyman on long-term injured reserve, but that might not be enough to keep every one happy.
Kyle Dubas: No guarantee Maple Leafs would match Mitch Marner offer sheet
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Toronto Maple Leafs trade and free agent rumors from ProHockeyRumors.com. The Carolina Hurricanes will start a search for a new goaltending coach after Mike Bales resigned his position with Patrick Marleau has made it clear to the Toronto Maple Leafs that he’d like to get closer to his family.
The Leafs may have to peddle some young players to attract a suitor for Marleau, whose cap hit is $6.25 million, or Nikita Zaitsev ($4.5 million), who has asked to be traded.
One draft floor rumour had the Leafs putting Kapanen on the market for a team that would want Zaitsev. Pittsburgh and Kris Letang was one possibility that “makes sense” according to a source.
Dubas is also bracing for the once unheard of offer sheets. He made it clear that the Maple Leafs won’t necessarily match it if one of Marner, Kapanen or Johnsson sign an offer sheet with another team.
“If there were an offer sheet, we would look at what they are, and what the compensation is for our team, and make a decision based off of that,” he said. “They’re all very important players for us. It’s our intention they’re here for as long as we can possibly keep them.
Maple Leafs trade Patrick Marleau to Carolina
Maple Leafs trade Patrick Marleau to Carolina
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It was a busy day for Kyle Dubas , as the Leafs ' GM sent Patrick Marleau to Carolina in a cap saving move and is nearing contract extensions with young After the NHL Draft, Dubas spoke to the media about the Marleau deal , shared the latest on Toronto's negotiations with their restricted free agents
“But if the dollar amount doesn’t make sense as far as our internal economics, it will be a decision as to what we might do.”
That’s a very different message than the one sent earlier in the spring when the Leafs were internally scoffing at the notion that another team would make an offer to one of their restricted free agents.
But with Marner believed to be looking at a deal worth $11 million annually and the Leafs believed to be holding firm on an amount up to $2 million lower than that, the prospects are rising than another team might try to poach Marner after July 1.
Rival teams can start talking to players with expiring contracts — both restricted and unrestricted free agents — June 23 to gauge interest. The window for interviews ends June 26, with free agency beginning July 1.
“What the other teams are thinking, I don’t know,” Dubas said. “It’s within the rules. It gets bandied about. It’s kind of hanging over everything now. If it happens, it happens. We’ll go from there.
Maple Leafs solve a lot of problems by trading Patrick Marleau
VANCOUVER—Patrick Marleau traded, creating cap space. Deals for Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen imminent. Talks with Mitch Marner’s camp continuing. All in all, it was an interesting Saturday for Kyle Dubas, the ever optimistic general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. “You try to be realistic as well, but we want to keep our young players as part of our team,” Dubas said of negotiations with the Leafs’ pending free agents. “We’ll continue to work toward that. We have some time left. You hope you don’t go down to the final hour. “We hope it comes to a good conclusion for everybody.
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“I hope it doesn’t come to that. I hope we can continue to work together.”
Compensation is a sliding scale in the form of draft picks. If, for example, a player signs for more than $10,568,590 a year, the team losing that player would get four first-round picks.
Offer sheets have been historically unsuccessful — only one player has changed teams that way in the last 20 years — but the list of RFAs seemingly on their way to testing the waters is quite impressive. It includes Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine, Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point, Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen, Boston’s Charlie McAvoy and Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk.
“We would like to have all these done quickly, but if you look around at all these other teams, everyone is in a similar spot,” Dubas said. “There’s nothing getting done. Nothing’s moving. I’m not sure why that is. Maybe just the sheer volume of restricted free agents.”
One part of the marketplace that has changed is young players seeking and getting long-term deals for large dollar amounts, rather than short-term cheaper “bridge” deals that had been the norm. Auston Matthews and William Nylander got the bigger deals with the Leafs this year, following the trends set by Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Boston’s David Pastrnak.
Dubas: Leafs won't be in 'big-game market' for UFAs
One year after landing the league's most sought-after free agent in John Tavares, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas knows his club's current financial limitations will prevent him from making another big splash this time around. "No, the salary cap is going to constrain us big time on July 1," Dubas said Sunday, according to NHL.com's Dave McCarthy. "We'll probably be looking for guys we can give a great opportunity to, like Tyler Ennis last year who came in and had a great season for us, and guys of that nature, but we will not be in the big-game market at all, aside from coming to an agreement with our own guy, Mitch, and working towards that.
Kyle Dubas said there is a real good chance Patrick Marleau will be on the roster at the beginning of next season He wants to finish his career in San Jose. Quite frankly, the Leafs would want Patrick Marleau not to be on Dubas prepared to keep Marleau and deal with offer sheets (Toronto Star).
While Dubas pointed the finger at himself for Leafs ’ failures, Babcock seemingly had few regrets. All the pressure to make a deal with Marner before the offer sheet season opens on July 1 is on the His first answer on his relationship with his coach was more interesting. Dubas said “Mike and I talk
“There is some sense the marketplace is changing,” an executive of a rival team told the Star. “But (offer sheets) don’t have a great track record of working. So I’m not sure this year is going to be any different than any other year.”
Though the Leafs don’t have a pick in Friday’s first round of the NHL draft, Dubas has more than enough on his plate to keep him busy.
Beyond his restricted free agents, there are the trade requests for both Zaitsev and Marleau and the possibility that he might be forced to trade some players off his roster — Nazem Kadri’s name keeps coming up — to create cap space.
“We have a lot of pieces on our team that other teams like,” said Dubas. “We’re fortunate to have these players on our team. Kadri is an important player for us. It’s foolish to say a player is 100 per cent never going to be moved because things change. But it’s our full intention that Kadri is going to be on our team.”
Dubas noted there was a great deal more trade chatter at this draft given the salary cap has not been firmed up yet, and may come in at a lower number than expected when it’s released this weekend.
Already there have been significant moves that might affect how things play out with the Leafs. The Canucks re-signed defenceman Alex Edler and the Rangers acquired defenceman Jacob Trouba from the Jets, who are in a similar salary-cap crunch as the Leafs.
That may take two possible landing spots for Zaitsev off the market. But it also may take two of Jake Gardiner’s potential pursuers off the market.
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Leafs enter restricted zone in NHL free agency.
While talking about trying to re-sign Mitch Marner at the NHL draft, Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas poked a little fun at himself. “You always hope you don’t go down to the final hour. It seems to be a specialty of ours a little bit, but we’ll try to avoid it this time,” he said. That bit of self-deprecating humour was aimed at the prolonged contract talks between the Leafs and William Nylander on Dec. 1. The forward missed the start of the season and signed less than an hour before the deadline to be eligible for post-season play. Well, Dubas appears to have missed on one front. Barring a deal by noon Monday, Marner will be a restricted free agent.