What Will Martin Marincin's Next Contract Be?

July 29 2016 07:00AM

Martin Marincin is the last remaining Toronto Maple Leaf with an arbitration hearing scheduled.  Peter Holland and Frank Corrado both signed short-term contracts with the team shortly before their arbitration dates, while Marincin is set for Tuesday, August 2.  Before Holland's hearing, I took a shot at guessing what his AAV might wind up being based on the contracts signed by players with similar statistics over the previous few seasons.  Holland ended up signing well below my guess, but I think the general method is still sound (it's similar to how arbitrators make their decisions), so I'm going to make an attempt at estimating Marincin's next contract value in this post.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
July 29 2016 05:00AM


Auston Mattews contract saga over nothing, how do the best NHL teams structure their salary cap, Trevor Linden speaks, Flames off-season report card, all signs point to Connor McDavid to be Oilers next Captain, Pacific division preview, size doesn't matter, Evander Kane, The Tragically Hip and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Despite having all the players, the Marlies have one key hole

Jeff Veillette
July 28 2016 08:16AM

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Last night, we talked a bit about the Marlies bringing back Brett Findlay and having Patrick Watling on the Solar Bears, available for whenever they may be needed. After all, AHL teams need to have depth even more than their parent clubs do, with call-ups being just as much of a risk to their roster composition as injury.

Certainly, that problem is being solved and then some; by my present estimates, Toronto has enough forwards to dress more than eight lines, to go with nine defencemen and three goalies. Needless to say, until trades and injuries start hitting the top two clubs, the Solar Bears might have the best forward core the ECHL has seen in a while, but despite this massive crowd, I do see one issue at the middle-most level.

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In rejoining organization, Findlay and Watling add flexiblity and stability to minor league depth charts

Jeff Veillette
July 27 2016 04:35PM

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Thanks to many of us distracted by the Leafs' big-league signings over the course of the past few days, a couple of smaller deals were agreed upon yesterday without the much fanfare. Brett Findlay signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Marlies, while Patrick Watling agreed to terms with the Orlando Solar Bears.

While neither of these players is likely to ever really make a jump up to the show, it's still not a bad idea for the team to bring the two back for another year.

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Potential new names, similar expectations for Leafs goaltenders

Ryan Fancey
July 27 2016 11:52AM

It's no secret the Leafs have established a nice stable of prospects over the last couple years, and those key pieces like Matthews, Nylander, and Marner are at the front of all the hype around this rebuild, as they should be. But Toronto is also wading through the process of turning over the old names from the Burke & Nonis Show, and as such have now started to put together a new supporting cast to go along with these blue chippers.

There are still a few more names yet to be booted from roster, but in just the last four months Lou and company have turned over their NHL goaltender scene completely. Out are Reimer and Bernier, with Freddie Andersen now taking the reigns as the team's number one, along with strong speculation of Jhonas Enroth coming aboard. If this is the way things shake out - with Andersen and Enroth being the actual tandem - are the Leafs truly going to be better off in the crease? Or is this simply about getting some fresh names in there, an example of a front office bringing in "their guys" for the sake of it?

When we take a glance at the numbers, it appears the latter is true. Well, sort of.

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