If Leafs have a decent goalie, they make it to the Finals...
Unfortunately, AOC, Sanders and the squad aren't running things - corporate lobbyists and the politicians they own are.Ouch, AOC/Sanders and the squad would NOT like to hear that.
But those pyjamas!The Matthews contract should of been 8 years
6% less than McJesus and team only bought 1 year of UFA
It all comes down to the JT contract .....not the player
One move created all the cap gymnastics moving forward for a team that never won a round in over a decade
You get JT when your ready to win not trying to assemble a roster after a gut job
COVID is killing the Leafs. If they could add another 7+ million to their cap it would make a huge difference.The thing is they were capped out 3-4 years into a gut rebuild
The minor moves are not the cap problem
They paid JT before they took care of their 2 most important forwards of the last 20 years
On 20+ other teams that contract is a non issue as they are no comparables or a salary bar to worry about
The future cap consequences was going to bite them when the payroll pecking order was established
Unfortunately the Covid flat cap made it even worse , as most projected a 90 mil ceiling about now
Before the cap was a thing, the Leafs would simply throw money at their problems and try to outspend the incompetence of their management. It didn't work then and it isn't possible to do in a cap system now. All it ever did was cause salaries league wide to spiral upward and cause the type of competitive imbalance that can kill off franchises that can't afford to keep up. I knew the day the cap was announced that the Leafs (and Rangers) would never be able be able to win now that they could no longer just outspend everyone. From then on they would have to get by on their wits and both franchises employed halfwits as GM's. How smart does a GM have to be if he's got a bottomless pit of money to spend and there's no cap?
All they did last year was load up on no longer ready for prime time veterans who had never done anything but underachieve their entire careers. How does adding Joe Thornton, a guy who never won jack shit for 2 decades, make you a contender? What exactly is Jumbo going to teach them other than how to be good at losing? The Leafs were already choking before he arrived. They didn't need to sign the poster boy for choking.You were handed a gift this year and still fuked up taking advantage of it
Some players get you to the playoffs .....you dont have the ones to get you through the playoffs
Time to change the core