The good thing about today? I managed to take care of so many day-to-day errands that I can’t actually remember most of the day’s events. The not so good thing? It’s 10:44 AM and I’m about to do my second mailbag in three days. It sucks, I know, but at least we’re getting to the bottom of the inbox. Besides, I’m hoping to get our first Wayback Wednesday post in a while up tomorrow, so that will be something, right?
Just for funzies, If the Leafs and the Marlies completely swapped rosters next season, what would happen in both leagues? (You can answer with or without swapping coaching teams, whatever.)
Lets Debbie Downer this right away; the NHL Marlies would not get enough cap relief to allow them to add players to get them anywhere above 30th place. There’s a lot of supplementary guys on that team, and many will find NHL jobs some day, but the blue-chip talent is lacking.
As for the AHL Leafs, they’d be screwed. The AHL has a rule stating that 12 skaters in every game’s roster must have fewer than 260 professional games played (NHL+AHL+top level Europe). The Leafs had three players with 20+ games this year who qualified under this: Jerry D’Amigo (who is now at 262), Peter Holland (still eligible next year), and Morgan Rielly (who was too young for the AHL this season). The team would flat out be ineligible to play. Odds are, however, they be the best team in the league. You never know though; the Oklahoma City Barons were supposed to be world-beaters during the lockout, and while good, didn’t meet the hype.
Who will win the Stanley Cup first, Oilers or Leafs?
The Oilers are absurdly dysfunctional, can’t get out of the basement, have zero hope on defence whatsoever, may have finally “solved their goaltending” by getting two good backups, and don’t even know what arena they’re going to play in a few years down the line. The Leafs at least have a depth chart resembling a hockey team and are teetering on mediocrity at the moment.
Oilers will win twelve years ahead.
Tyler Bozak: does he seem like he takes long showers?
I mean, seeing as he’s rich *and* he lives at Kessel’s house, the shower system there probably shoots out champagne instead of water, and has a waterproof Xbox. So, yes.
Do you think Carlyle knows he’s toast?
Undo one Leafs move made in the last 10 years.
I would have never played Jeremy Williams in the organization ever again after he scored his third goal, on his third shot, in his third season. It could have been one of the greatest “what if” things in the history of the organization. Instead we got confirmation of a minor leaguer with a small sample size.
What return, if any, could the Leafs get for Joffrey Lupul?
Three hundred and sixty eight suits and majority ownership in HMV.
I think he’s still in that “prospects and draft picks” level of value, or possibly a player with less perceived immediate skill but a potential upside. His “sell high” peak was probably two trade deadline’s ago, but I’m sure there’s a team that sees him as a positive asset right now.