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The new reality of overpaid defencemen

That’s an expensive check. John-Michael Liles signed an extension this past season for four years and $15.5M, with an annual average value (AAV) of $3.875M. In a vacuum, paying a borderline second-pairing defenceman that kind of money to barely tread water possession-wise against below-average competition looks patently absurd. Mike Komisarek signed three off-seasons ago to…

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On Rebuilding – Part 4, The Toronto Maple Leafs

    (RexLibris continues his series on rebuilding this week with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Parts 1 through 3 can be found here, here and here.) By: RexLibris What are the common perceptions surrounding the Leafs and their recent rebuilding efforts? Okay, let’s be more specific, what are the common perceptions surrounding the Leafs rebuilding…

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If Mikael Backlund is available, the Leafs should pursue him

Reminder, Jonas Gustavsson will make $3M over the next two seasons in Detroit. Some interesting possibilities. Sometimes teams get handicapped with a lot of clutter toward the back of their roster, and some good players get forced out. Yesterday, the Calgary Flames signed Akim Aliu and Paul Byron, who are, by my count, the 45th…