A John-Michael Liles buy-out?

Cam Charron
July 29 2013 01:06PM


-via Michael Miller

The Toronto Maple Leafs have already used both compliance buy-outs, on Mike Komisarek and then on Mikhail Grabovski. Should they need a third to dispatch themselves of John-Michael Liles' contract, they can do so starting... Friday it appears.

Per Article 13 of the Standard Player's Contract:

(c) The notice of termination shall be effective if given in the form attached as CBA Exhibit 20, with a copy to the NHLPA and Central Registry as follows:

  • (i) beginning the later of June 15 or forty-eight (48) hours after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals and ending at 5:00 p.m. New York time on June 30; and
  • (ii) For Clubs who have Club or Player elected Salary Arbitration filings pursuant to Article 12, within the forty-eight (48) hour period beginning on the third day following the later of: (i) the Club's receipt of its last salary arbitration award; or (ii) settlement of its last case (provided such award was received or such settlement occurred prior to 7:00 p.m. New York time; awards or settlements that occurred or were received at or after 7:00 p.m. New York time will be deemed to have occurred or received the following business day for purposes of this provision).

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Three things to know about Mark Fraser's arbitration hearing

Cam Charron
July 29 2013 10:19AM

So this is what we've learned in the last two days. Nick Kypreos and Darren Dreger both suggest that Mark Fraser wants $2-million when he goes to arbitration tomorrow:

Just an off-shoot of the Franson post from earlier, this Fraser arbitration is key to the Leafs offseason. Anything at $900k and under is a win because the Leafs can send him to the minors and it won't count against the cap.

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Ruminating on Cody Franson's future

Cam Charron
July 29 2013 09:43AM

Cody Franson's name has circulated in trade winds (Steve's post | Jeff's post) over the last week and some people are really freaking out about it. Perhaps for a reason, perhaps not. I'm of the camp that the Leafs are in a tight salary cap position, but they'll be find if they get Franson and Nazem Kadri under contract for $7-million apiece, win their arbitration case against Mark Fraser and demote him, Trevor Smith and Korbinian Holzer and skate just 20 players. What can go wrong, right?

If you assume the Leafs won't get hurt at all this season or tired, and two-thirds of the roster play 82 games, like Anthony Petrelli points out, the opening day roster can be seen as an upgrade to last year's. Unfortunately, the team will have little depth if they fail to trade John-Michael Liles, and if Mark Fraser's arbitration award comes in at more than $900K, any demotion of his will count against the cap a little. The team can ill-afford to see Franson or Kadri come in at more than our projected amounts (Franson was at $2.8-million and Kadri at $3.5-million, but Carl Gunnarsson's deal was a little more than our $2.8-million projection, as was Jonathan Bernier) and every $100K counts during this season.

If to get around that, the Leafs need to trade Franson… well, what is he worth?

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No, It's a Bad Idea

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
July 27 2013 04:09PM

If you were on here yesterday, Steve wrote an article weighing the positives and negatives of a Cody Franson trade (which Darren Dreger suggests the Leafs are looking at due to a lack of cap space). His eventual conclusion was that there is the Leafs should probably give in and do it, because despite his talents, there's potential return. Plus, they don't appear to have much of a choice. On the other hand, I believe that this is a worse situation than it already appears to be, and whatever happens, it will be laced in regret. I present my argument in a shuffled version of the Five W's: 

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Cody Franson trade: Good or Bad?

Steve Dangle
July 26 2013 01:40PM

So apparently Cody Franson might get traded. Here's a picture of him looking for a cab to the airport or something.

People are accusing me of hating everything the Leafs do just because I’m a whiner. I mean, I’ve spent over half a decade blogging about the Toronto Maple Leafs, two of which were spent actually working for the team, and I've been constantly dumped on for defending the likes of Phaneuf, Kessel, etc. But hey, people disagree with me, so let’s all call Steve a meanie bo beanie because I disagree with his points and critical thinking.

How about this…

Here is how I think trading Franson could be a good idea, and how trading Franson could be a bad idea.

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