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Maple Leafs 2017 Off Season Thread
#61
Interesting article below that shows the Ducks and Preds were mostly built from drafting and trading, not a lot of FAs here that are key pieces on either team. Something to keep in mind - developing prospects seems to be the way to success in this league.

http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/19436...were-built
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#62
Crazy to think that cap issues aside, Nashville's blueline could be (if they'd kept who they drafted):

Suter Weber
Josi Ellis
Ekholm Jones
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#63
Per Elliot Friedmen's 30 thoughts

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/30-thoughts-future-hold-dubas-leafs/

The speculation is wild in Toronto, especially since Lamoriello and Mike Babcock went to Nashville to see these teams in-person. I cannot imagine the Maple Leafs wanting to trade Connor Brown. He has turned into a terrific player. But you know who else loves him? Dave Nonis. Nonis swore Brown would make it, and he was right. Where does Nonis work now?


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#64
I don't like the thought of trading brown but if helps improve our backend I would be ok with it
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#65
If Brown was the central piece in a deal for one of Anaheim's dmen, then I think you have to consider that. I really like Brown, but it's all about asset management, and if you can deal from a position of strength to improve a position of weakness then I think you need to explore that option.
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#66
On one hand, with the type of depth we have on the wings, I would think that we could substitute Brown for someone else no problem.

At the same time though, Brown is more proven than most of the others we could substitute, and could get better value as a result. He's a 20 goal scoring rookie that arguably was only our 5th best rookie last year.

If we did have to deal him to get a top 4 defender from the Ducks, there's no shortage of options to replace him with
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#67
Bracco had a hell of a mem cup tournament. How much do you thing this has boosted his stock trade wise. I wonder if he could be a big chip to help upgrade our defense.
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#68
(2017-05-28, 10:06 PM)Wulfgar85 Wrote: Bracco had a hell of a mem cup tournament. How much do you thing this has boosted his stock trade wise. I wonder if he could be a big chip to help upgrade our defense.
I was going to post  earlier so thank you..for sure Bracco has upped his value.! but then again maybe Shanny,Lou and Babs look at him and think they can get him to play a 200' game.? its really a nice problem to have.keep him or trade him..i do think there would be a bunch of teams interested in his talents..
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#69
Bracco is just entering his three year ELC this coming season, no need to rush trading him, but if he is a "chip" in a deal, so be it.
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(2017-05-29, 12:09 PM)zapzac Wrote: Bracco is just entering his three year ELC this coming season, no need to rush trading him, but if he is a "chip" in a deal, so be it.

This is going to be a unique problem for the Leafs and their fans. We can't play or keep everyone and some fan favorites will be packaged in trades for better players or just let go when their contracts are up. We had an AHL team here for 11 years and a lot of so called prospects came and went and most were never able to crack the Flames lineup! Same now with a Major Junior team. This year we had 7 signed to NHL contracts but realisticly how many will make the NHL. I see Chabot as one definite! The rest maybe at best 75% chance!
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