Lou Lamoriello’s out as Leafs GM!
No one asked about it though, probably because we sent out our call for questions before that news broke.
So here’s some rambling on some other stuff that really doesn’t matter too much.
Which Marlies player besides Derm and Johnny do we see in the nhl for an extended period of time next year.
— Aadil Saeed (@aadilsaeed) April 30, 2018
Timothy Liljegren seems as good a bet as any. By all accounts, he’s adapted well to the North American game, and while it would be a year earlier than Travis Dermott’s jump, he comes in as a little bit of a higher-profile prospect. If he’s slated to do big things in the NHL, why not get him as reps as soon as possible. Wouldn’t be too crazy to see him make the roster out of the main training camp.
If Grundstrom makes the team and slots in on Matthews line, where do you see Hyman playing in the lineup?
— Joe McCague (@joemccague) April 30, 2018
Grundstrom, who has been an absolute animal in the AHL, is also another outside shot to be on the big roster next year. We jump into a speculative roster down below, but it’s possible in this scenario to expect the Leafs to return to fourth line Connor Brown and push Hyman down into a third line role, alongside whichever free agent they decide to pluck into the lineup.
When is Babcock getting fired, Matthews, Nylander and Marner be traded away for more grit and sandpaper? *sarcasm* Being serious what is the odds Sparks becoming the new back up for Freddy he looks bored in AHL
— Andrew (@FerenClaw) April 30, 2018
The thing that sucks for Sparks? Right now, as good as he’s been, he honestly hasn’t been needed. While it’d be nice to give Andersen some extra time off, Curtis McElhinney has been perfectly competent in Toronto. Professional sports always operates in a team over player kind of mindset, and right now, Sparks is just getting the short end of the stick. If McElhinney starts to falter next season, the last year of his contract, maybe we’ll see him on waivers, but I’d expect McElhinney to still be BackupHinney come October.
What is the 2018/2019 leafs roster looking like on opening night (realistically)?
— Goose the Analyst (@analystgoose) April 30, 2018
Without speculating on unrestricted free agent signings, it’ll probably look something like this.
Brown-Free agent- Kapanen
Or maybe they go wild and trade everyone. We won’t slot potential new signing Par Lindholm into the roster just yet, because we probably all remember (or forget) just how well the Petri Kontiola years worked out.
why does william nylander deserve $15 million annually for the next eight years?
— jake gardiner supporter (@DylanFremlin) April 30, 2018
Because he’s a good boy, Dylan.