Yeah, it’s Tuesday. Yes, I got busy and distracted on Monday and didn’t deliver a mailbag like I should have. Technically, I could just pull the “what mailbag?” manoeuvre and move on, but I figure it makes sense to actually answer some questions, so let’s get on with that!
@JeffVeillette if shattenkirk doesn't want the short term max deal. What is a realistic AAV on a 7 year contract?
— Miles Hoaken (@SmokinHoaken) April 16, 2017
I think we’ll have a better idea of this based on how the series goes. People are already pointing fingers at Shattenkirk for how this has gone for the Capitals (which is kind of silly), and if that type of recency bias continues, he’ll probably see a dip in expected value; especially now that the Leafs won a game where they threw a few hits and everyone assumes that missing Karl Alzner was catastrophic for the team..
If Toronto were to win this series, I bet that the idea of the Leafs being the team that gets Shattenkirk his best chance at rings in the long term starts to really spill into his mind. What looked like a slam dunk to be 7×7.5 might fall into the 6.5 to 7 range, if not less if the series completely falls off the rails for the Capitals moving forward.
I’d still prefer to jack up the price for a year or two, but I’d probably look at a 5-7 year deal at the right price.
— Playoff Zach King ? (@ZachTKing) April 17, 2017
I think the team will always be trying to upgrade in as many areas as possible, but the “they absolutely need one of X type of defenceman” stuff should be put to rest at some point. It would be nice for Toronto to add one or two more offensively inclined defencemen who are net gains in terms of puck defensively, to mesh with the system they play now. If they have an edge to their game as well, all the better. But they won’t get into crazy bidding wars to do it, be it with dollars or with assets.
The Leafs have a few lefties in the system already who look to be good options, and as for the right side, it’s only a matter of time before somebody young and good ends up in the “change of scenery” pile again, so if they can’t get an undervalued game breaker this summer, they’ll take their time.
— Rutledge (@Rutty_91) April 16, 2017
I doubt it. The only spot that would really be up for grabs is Kasperi Kapanen’s, and he’s been lightning fast, a solid penalty killer, and scored some massive goals. Unless Babcock plans on shocking the world and scratching Matt Martin after calling him a permanent fixture, I don’t see where a Fehr or Soshnikov-type player could fit.
— Chemmy (@felixpotvin) April 16, 2017
— x-Zibit fromWaterloo (@XZ_FM) April 16, 2017
Pearson, as is the case for all MLSE teams, but if we’re worried about June, I’d wait for the parade to give them their heroes welcome.