Rielly, Hyman, Hamilton and more
In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors, I’ll be working again with longtime Maple Leafs fan Stan Smith to review and comment on some of the team’s news and rumors. Two rumors seem to persist in different places: the first is that Zach Hyman will be leaving the team and the second is that Dougie Hamilton could come to Toronto. We will comment on both.
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Element one: Maple Leafs set precedent in front-loading wages
Over the past week or so, we’ve tried to take a more critical look at some of the problems that hockey pundits and fans have attributed to the Maple Leafs. Our research suggested that another take might offer different perspectives. Specifically, we took a critical look at the claim that the Maple Leafs or any other team cannot win a Stanley Cup with the pay balance the Maple Leafs hired by signing John’s Team Core Four. Tavares, William Nylander, Auston Matthews, and Mitch Marner.
In yesterday’s post, we shared that the Tampa Bay Lightning – due to the team’s unique and favorable tax situation in Florida – have a $ 5 million advantage over the Maple Leafs that they can use. to add additional players. Our further research shows that other teams, like the Lightning and Maple Leafs, have successfully won the Stanley Cup with a similar percentage of their salary cap spending going to a few players.
For example, when the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2015-16, they had $ 32,250,000 in their top four players (and the salary cap that season was $ 71.4 million). This represented 45 percent of the Penguins’ payroll. Following on from the Lightning, when we widened our look at the Lightning Dollar vs. Dollar Against the Salary Cap, the 10 highest paid players on the Lightning receive $ 69.5 million against the cap, while the highest paid are paid $ 65.5 million over the salary cap.
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By the way, a commentator on yesterday’s post wisely added that Maple Leafs players have an advantage in Toronto-based endorsements that Florida players don’t. That is true; and, it is a great advantage to play in Canada and more specifically in Toronto. However, our calculations only address the implications of the salary cap, not specifically the net salaries of players.
The whole question is complex; however, he points out that the structure of the salary cap is a problem, but it is not THE problem in itself. The highest correlation with team playoff success is – as it should be – the production of money-making players. This can be seen in the success of the Montreal Canadiens (Quebec tax rate is 49.69) against the Vegas Golden Knights (Nevada tax rate is 31.92). The Canadiens players are just playing better hockey and put an end to the Golden Knight’s offense.
Second point: what could happen with Zach Hyman
It’s a fun year for contract negotiations as the Seattle Kraken expansion project will take place on July 21st. Technically and legally, teams cannot sign an UFA before the extension draft. If they do, the team must add that player to their protection list. Otherwise, they must allow them to become UFAs and allow them to talk and negotiate with other teams. Only after that will they be able to negotiate and possibly sign them. If the team is to re-sign their own AFUs, they must be careful not to violate the NHL collective bargaining agreement or the rules of the expansion plan.
There’s no way the Maple Leafs and Zach Hyman’s agent haven’t spoken to each other yet. Hyman knows exactly what the Maple Leafs are willing to pay and the team knows what Hyman expects. Plus, the Maple Leafs know they can’t sign him until the expansion draft.
As it stands, even if Hyman knew he wanted to return to the amount of money offered by the team, if he followed the rules he would be unable to tell. And the team surely wouldn’t reveal that they had a handshake deal. As a result, we can see that both sides might be quite happy to remain silent. Hyman would talk to Seattle or other teams to see how much they were willing to offer, then he would sit down to see if he could strike a deal that would make both parties happy and keep him like Maple Leaf.
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If that were the case, there would be no reason to silence rumors that Hyman would likely leave or be ready to play for another team. These rumors and speculations that exist only support the fact that everything was started by the book. There is no indication in our comments that there has been any subterfuge in these negotiations, just that both sides are profiting because rumors exist.
Third point: Dougie Hamilton set a price
Earlier this week, Elliotte Friedman reported on Sportsnet’s 590 The Fan radio show “Lead Off” that there was mutual interest between Dougie Hamilton and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Then we learned from two Sportsnet sources (Chris Johnston and Luke Fox) that Hamilton’s agent JP Barry was in conversation with a number of NHL clubs and that Hamilton was looking for a long-term deal to leave. of about $ 8 million per season.
While Hamilton is an excellent offensive defenseman who could turn out to be a good defensive back as well, his request for $ 8 million appears to have exceeded the Maple Leafs’ ability to recruit him. To sign him at $ 8 million, GM Dubas would likely have to hope that Alex Kerfoot will go to Seattle in the expansion draft, let Zach Hyman sign elsewhere, and trade Morgan Rielly in the offseason. Considering that Sportsnet’s Luke Fox believes Rielly is a “heart and soul” part of the team’s roster, that’s a lot to give up.
If he were to be part of the Maple Leafs roster, he should be ready to sign for around $ 6 million and his desire to play for the Mape Leafs should trump his desire for money. Hamilton may be a better fit for the Maple Leafs than Rielly. If Hamilton played on the right side, the team could use Hamilton, Holl and Liljigren on the right and Muzzin, Sandin and Dermott on the left. Brodie can play effectively on both sides. Over the past few seasons, the team have been heavy on the left side, and replacing Rielly with Hamilton would balance the sides.
What’s next for the Maple Leafs?
There has been a lot of energy spent blaming Mitch Marner and to a lesser extent Auston Matthews for their lack of playoff production. Until the Canadiens ‘4-1 win over the Golden Knights last night, I hadn’t really enjoyed the Canadiens’ preparation for the playoffs. They completely blocked the attacks of the Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets and now the Golden Knights.
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It’s time for me to give credit where credit is due. Carey Price is simply Carey Price, but Canadians are balanced, prepared and stuffy. They prove that the team with the best players doesn’t always win. I wonder what the Maple Leafs off-ice leadership is learning and how they will react.
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