That said - I've never been too keen on all the cap related stuff, and for what it's worth I was under the impression that the Leafs had a ton of space, but then again signing their recent acquisition goalie Andersen probably took a big chunk of that space.
They still have yet to re-sign 5 more players. So even with the $7 according to that website, they are in a cap crunch.
That's not to say they won't trade a crap ton of people to make space. But as of now the top 3 teams in the running are.
Detroit as it stands is the richest team amongst the 4 teams going after Stamkos. We have $24 million. Buffalo has $22 million. Tampa has $18 million, Toronto has $3.7 million ($7 million if you go by sportrac)
Stan Bowman gave up Teuvo Teravainen to move Bryan Bickell's contract. Ken Holland went from 16th pick to 20th pick in the draft and on top of that got a 2nd round pick to make up for the lost 3rd round pick.
And supposedly Ken Holland sucks and Stan Bowman is god because his father was god.
Absolutely I would pay that price. Depending, of course, on which young player. Pulkkinen, Jurco, Nyquist, Tatar yes. Mantha, AA, Larkin no.
Trade Pav, Nyquist, 2nd. That is fine with me. We'll worth opening all that cap room.
It is well known that we aren't looking for depth, we are looking for impact top players. This kukla guy just doesn't have a clue. I prefer to listen to what McKenzie, Dregger, et al have to say over a blogger.
You would trade Pav contract, Nyquist and 2nd just to clear $7.5 million dollars? How about some return?? What if we can't sign s*** with the $7.5? We would lose Nyquist and a 2nd pick for nothing.
That's bad management Lefty.
If it was Jurco and 2nd round conditional pick on the condition that we land Stamkos then I'd be okay with it.
You don't give away picks, players just to move cap space without some guarantee. What if Stamkos ends up re-signing with Tampa and we've struck out and end up with Radulov for $7 million for 2 years or something lol.
That's just terrible management. If Holland succumbed to this idiocracy I'll be the first to protest outside his house in Northville to fire him.