TravelPat1

Wow! The Leafs just got a MAJOR upgrade!

Seven years - $77 million

Tavares's words. 

TravelPat1

Tavares also just tweeted this picture of him as a kid with the tag line "Not every day you can live a childhood dream."

tony

Turned down Lou's 8 years for a chance to sleep in his Leafs sheets again. 

KevinRiley2

* Kevin Riley = The moral conscience AND movie reviewer for cfl.ca.  :)
* When in doubt, always ask (WWKD) What Would Kevin Do?
* Forgive me for always taking the High Road.  It's the ONLY Road I know.

PTBO Dave

Exciting news . . . but is he going to help improve the defense? That's where this team really needs to improve. 

Perhaps another forward will now be moved for a stronger d-man.

Lyle B. Style

Dynamic Duo in Leaf country now with Tavares & Matthews.

No big loss in Van Riemsdyk w/ Tavares in tow.

John is a deliberate and effective player - probably not worth 11 million a season - BUT WHO IS?

He's an all round player - now topping another great centre named Jonathan Toews - who's about the same age but Toews is starting to break down, show creaks, his sat totals are diminishing and Tavares is probably better in everything but back-checking.

Jets losing Statsny to Vegas is bad for Winnipeg - the 114 pt. Jets will be very fortunate to crack 100 pts. this season - prolly slotted for around 90 and a playoff placing somewhere between 12th & 16th.
WAITING FOR A  MIRACLE - 28 YEARS, COUNTING!

rcon

Can you say Phil Kessel Part Deux!!

KevinRiley2

...probably not worth 11 million a season - BUT WHO IS?
Crosby and McDavid.  That is all.

The Last Word

Only teams that rival the one-two punch at centre for the leafs are the Pens and Oilers.  I don't think there is a one-two-three punch when you factor in Kadri that is as good at centre as the Leafs.

DAN38

  Of the four let go, I think I would have kept Roman Polak. Experienced defencemen are always a plus.
Si vis pacem... para bellum

If you think you can't when you can, you won't.
If you think you can when you can't, you just might.

TravelPat1

The other Scotiabank Arena tenant got good news yeterday too - without doing anything.

Lebron James - Raptors killer - has left the Eastern Conference signing with the Lakers for an absurd amount of money.

Tavares was $11 million a year - triple that and you are still $5 million too low.

James contract $153.3 million for four years which works out to $38.3 million a season.  

Hank01

The other Scotiabank Arena tenant got good news yeterday too - without doing anything.

Lebron James - Raptors killer - has left the Eastern Conference signing with the Lakers for an absurd amount of money.

Tavares was $11 million a year - triple that and you are still $5 million too low.

James contract $153.3 million for four years which works out to $38.3 million a season.  
 Leafs are on their way to buying a championship . 

 Travares who I thought would shun the hot spotlight of Yonge St will be in the thick of things this year as high expectations will have the fans wanting nothing less than the Cup . 

  Maybe one goalie away from it in today's NHL . 

TravelPat1

Goaltending was fine last year for the most part. Andersen might have been their best player for the year overall. He certainly was many nights. Yes he had a couple of rough outings in the playoffs - but the year before against the Caps in the playoffs - he was their best player. 

And when McElhinney played in the regular season last season - he was great.  11 - 5 record with a .934 save percentage. 

They need help on D still. That is the achilles heal. 

As for buying a championship - with the salary cap these days you can't really do that. It is not like 15 years ago when the Leafs were spending as much as 50% more than other teams before the strike/lockout brought in the salary cap. 

In 2002 - 2003 and 2003 - 2004 he Leafs salaries were in the $62-$65 million range when the league average was $42 - $44 million.   After the lockout the leafs had to shed $24 million from their payroll and it did not get back up into the $65 million range until about 2013.

They are going to have some real cap related budgetting problems a year or two from now when some of the young guns like Matthews and Nylander and others will be up for huge raises. 

Hank01

Goaltending was fine last year for the most part. Andersen might have been their best player for the year overall. He certainly was many nights. Yes he had a couple of rough outings in the playoffs - but the year before against the Caps in the playoffs - he was their best player.

And when McElhinney played in the regular season last season - he was great.  11 - 5 record with a .934 save percentage.

They need help on D still. That is the achilles heal.

As for buying a championship - with the salary cap these days you can't really do that. It is not like 15 years ago when the Leafs were spending as much as 50% more than other teams before the strike/lockout brought in the salary cap.

In 2002 - 2003 and 2003 - 2004 he Leafs salaries were in the $62-$65 million range when the league average was $42 - $44 million.   After the lockout the leafs had to shed $24 million from their payroll and it did not get back up into the $65 million range until about 2013.

They are going to have some real cap related budgetting problems a year or two from now when some of the young guns like Matthews and Nylander and others will be up for huge raises.
 A  great goaltender makes a good defence look like a great defence .  

 Anderson is ranked anywhere from 11 th best to 31st .

 Holtby and Fleury exhibit A and B in 2018 . That's your standard .

 Teams that go as far as the cap allows are trying to buy a championship . 

  Nothing wrong with that as they the leafs built a bit with the draft that gives them room now until the day comes when they are unrestricted .

  Travares signing means they want to win now . The days of building are over .

TravelPat1

Absolutely the Leafs want to win now.  It's why they brought in Babcock 3 years ago. To take a run at the cup within 5 years of that signing. Years 4 and 5 coming up in that 5 year plan. That's why this Tavares signing  makes so much sense.

Last year the Leafs allowed the most shots on goal during the regular season of any team that made the playoffs.  

Many feel (and there were many articles written) that Andersen was the Leafs MVP last season.
 


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