GAMEDAY: Maple Leafs at Sharks

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15h ago McKenzie: Signing bonus would diminish Leafs cap advantage on Nylander contract TSN.ca Staff

If William Nylander fails to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs by Friday, he stands to forfeit 25 per cent of this seasons salary due to games missed. That number will continue grow as the two sides progress toward the Dec. 1 deadline. 

Toronto is 7-1 in their last 8 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 games against the Western Conference. San Jose is 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games while the over is 21-7-2 in their last 30 games following a win. Toronto is 5-17-2 in the last 24 meetings between these two teams and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in San Jose. The Sharks have been kryptonite for the Maple Leafs over the years, especially here at the SAP Center. However, Toronto has the 2nd most wins away from home so far this season, and while San Jose is a tough place to play on the road, I think theres some value to be had with Toronto here so Ill side with the Leafs and the plus money in this one.

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TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie stated on Tuesdays edition of Insider Trading that the Maple Leafs could stand to benefit from an advantage in the salary cap the longer they wait to sign Nylander.

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Citing CapFriendly, McKenzie noted that if the Leafs signed Nylander to a six-year, $7 million contract on Tuesday his cap hit this season would stand at $8.7 million, but drop to $6.7 million in years two through six. If the team waits until Nov. 30 to sign the winger to the same deal, his cap hit would rise to $9.6 million in Year 1, but drop to $6.6 million in each of the remaining years.

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Lowering Nylanders cap hit in the future could greatly help the Leafs moving forward as they look to sign Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner next summer, but McKenzie told First Up on Wednesday that Nylander may now be looking for a large signing bonus this year to off-set his games missed, which would diminish the salary cap advantage for the Leafs.

“If William Nylander chooses to have a contract where the salary is really low in the first year, then it negates that benefit, which is benefit for the Leafs, and negates that theory that says the first year has a higher cap hit and the other years are lower,” McKenzie said on TSN 1050 Toronto.

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“You can manipulate this around depending on what you want and, in fact, if William Nylander said to the Leafs, You know what? I dont really want to pay a penalty for missing the first two months of the season, so why dont you give me a big, huge signing bonus in my first year and hardly any salary and that will make me whole. I wont have missed any time (for salary purposes). The Leafs would be not inclined to do that for the reason that the cap hit wouldnt be larger in the first year and smaller in the remaining years. It would offset that advantage.”

While Montrour is a decent enough player, he is not even close to good enough to be the central return on a William Nylander deal.  Now, as I pointed out here, the Leafs cannot possible get a good return of the potential hall of fame forward if it’s in a package deal.  And so, this is a no-go.

TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie joins First Up with Michael and Carlo to discuss the Maple Leafs negotiations with William Nylander, who they could be targeting in a trade, the impact the December 1 deadline will have and more.

The Toronto Maple Leafs don’t need any help on their power-play.  They do need to upgrade their blue line, but Montour is an average at best 5v5 player, and would not be a significant upgrade 5v5 over Ozhiganov, Zaitsev or Hainsey.

McKenzie noted that while the Maple Leafs may now be looking to take advantage of the benefit of signing Nylander in-season, it was not a factor general manager Kyle Dubas considered as part of the negotiations with the restricted free agent.

This rumour is part of the never-ending William Nylander saga, and as such, we hope it never comes to fruition. It has been our longstanding stance that the Toronto Maple Leafs can not, will not, won’t trade Mr. Nylander.

“I should point out, even though this situation exists, this has not been the strategy for the Toronto Maple Leafs. There are some people who think, Oh yeah, Kyle Dubas knew that if he waited until the end of November… Its nonsense. The Leafs wanted to get this guy signed long ago and this is not a strategy, McKenzie said.

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Having said that, now that theyre here – within two-to-three weeks of the deadline – and there is a potential opportunity here to have a cap hit of $8-$9 million in the first year and in the $6 million range in years two through six or two and three depending on whether its a bridge deal or a long-term deal, why not take advantage of that? That plays to the Leafs strength, which is lots of cap room this year and not so much next year or the year after. So, it could become a factor in all of this before its all said and done, but it was never the stated objective to drag this out just to manipulate the cap numbers.”

Its unclear whom the Kings are specifically speaking with when it comes to Toffolis availability, but one league source told TFP last season the Kings had spoken to the Montreal Canadiens about him when they were inquiring about Max Pacioretty.

McKenzie added that while the Leafs could stand to benefit from the cap implications of signing Nylander in-season, it could have a negative effect on the trade market for the winger. According to Cap Friendly, only four other teams – the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, Colorado Avalanche and New York Islanders – could afford to take on an $8.7 million cap hit this season.

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The power play returned with a vengeance and Morgan Rielly continued to improve his standing for the Norris Trophy as the Toronto Maple Leafs smacked around the Los Angeles Kings 5-1. A nice way to bounce back from the loss to the Boston Bruins and an excellent way to begin the California road trip.

After another poor performance Tuesday night against Toronto, losing 5-1 at home to the Maple Leafs, Kings GM Rob Blake and management appear to be significantly frustrated with the teams play this season.

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The Maple Leafs were clicking all night long and used their speed and passing to breeze by an older Kings roster. The Leafs outshot and outplayed the Kings from the opening faceoff, leading to Peter Budaj giving up four goals and being pulled in the second period.

There is some belief trade talks with the Maple Leafs expand, perhaps to blockbuster status, and include Toffoli, while discussions with other clubs may get kicked into high-gear.

While last night may have seen John Tavares put up three points, the real story continues to be the Leafs’ resident Norris Trophy hopeful.

The last thing Dubas wants, especially after he promised this offseason that he could and would sign all three players, is to overpay the 22-year-old Nylander and then try to shoe horn Matthews and Marner into a situation that forces them to hold out.

The Maple Leafs now have three skaters with 20-plus points, and their leading scorer is a 24-year old defenseman. Rielly looked excellent last night not just on the score sheet, where he had two points, but all over the ice. He led all Leafs defensemen with a 13.7% relative Corsi, had a hit and a blocked shot, registered three shots, and still did this while playing under 20 minutes.

Rielly has been a revelation this season. At this point last year (18 games), Rielly had 14 points and was averaging 21:07 minutes a night. This year in 18 games he has 23 points and is averaging 22:15 minutes a night. Rielly has taken his role as the Leafs’ number one defenseman and run with it, resulting in a season that could announce him as one of the league’s premier d-men.

I guess the Maple Leafs got tired of me complaining about their struggling power play because last night it lit up the Los Angeles night like a Christmas tree. Three goals on six power-play opportunities gloriously given to the Leafs by an undisciplined Kings squad. The PP looked like it did before Matthews went down, deadly. The passing was phenomenal, especially on the first goal by Nazem Kadri, and the Leafs looked like they had a spring in their step they will need to get through this road trip.

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As of this writing (November 14th), we are now 17 days away from the deadline for the Maple Leafs to sign RFA William Nylander. Another rumour surrounding Nylander has reared its ugly head, this time involving Brandon Montour.

Tavares had his fifth multi-point game of the season while extending his point streak to six games dating back to the 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.

Rielly is now six points away from reaching 200 points in his career. Andreas Johnsson scored his second goal in three games, and Kadri now has seven goals after not scoring in the first nine games of the season.

The Carolina Hurricanes are on the hunt for a top-line winger and its no secret theyve expressed significant interest in Toronto Maple Leafs winger William Nylander.

Frederik Andersen stopped 22 of 23 and is now 10-5-0 for his fourth straight win. He leads the NHL in wins while his .934 SV% and 2.02 GAA are sixth and fifth among all goalies, respectively.

The Hurricanes and Maple Leafs are believed to have discussed additional players outside of Pesce and Nylander, though its unclear which players have been brought up.

At 12-6-0, the Toronto Maple Leafs are only a game better than they were at this point last year (11-7-0), but that game appears to be enough as the Leafs are now only one point back of the Tampa Bay Lightning after that team lost to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

It appears, given their surplus of quality defencemen, the Hurricanes are comfortable in parting with blueliner Brett Pesce as part of a deal for Nylander.

Next up, the Toronto Maple Leafs are going shark hunting as they head to the SAP Center to take on Erik Karlsson and the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

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