Quick Turnarounds: Why Jack Campbell Has All the Leverage With Maple Leafs

Quick Turnarounds: Why Jack Campbell Has All the Leverage With Maple Leafs

A quick mix of the things we got from hockey week, seriousness and less seriousness, and a depth of four streaks. If my brother goes deep in the Stanley Cup playoffs, I’ll go full brady very.

1. Jack Campbell turned himself into one of ten NHL goalkeepers to have 30 wins this past season.

When goalkeepers like this – no matter how many match streaks they’ve won – become unrestricted free agents in a scene where there aren’t 32 of those scattered around them, they get paid.

If the Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper opens the doors to all suitors, based on comparisons and free-agent competition, the AAV should start his next multi-year contract with five.

Last summer, when Frederick Andersen walked in, general manager Kyle Dupas said finding a new goalkeeping partner for Campbell was a top priority.

In response to a question Tuesday about how much focus he would place on Campbell’s confinement, Dupas is underselling if not undercut. He combined his starting goalkeeper with his impending defenses and flankers in UFA.

“I think I will put Jack in the same group regarding him, Ilya Mikheev, Mark Giordano, Ondrej Kase (actually RFA) and Ilya Lipushkin who are unrestricted free agents. We will be sitting as a group here in the coming days and weeks,” Dubas replied.

“(Assistant GM) Brandon Bridham is going to work on talking to their representatives and getting an idea of ​​the outlook. We’ll start looking at the market and then make our decisions from there.”

In other words, there is no guarantee that Campbell will return – the historical and emotional ties will be damned.

Dubas-Campbell’s relationship goes back to Sault Ste. Mary days. The trade to Toronto in 2010 gave the No. 1 winner his long-awaited chance to snatch his first turn. Went to the All-Star Game. Early in the morning before Match 7, his Leafs teammates chanted, “Soooooop!“At their best when he made impressive saves in practice.

Find the money, and Campbell will surely mentor his hard working agent, Kurt Overhardt, to get the business back.

“Winning here means everything to me,” Campbell said as he cleaned out his closet on Tuesday. “I love the city of Toronto, I love the fans, the support. My teammates are so amazing, the coaching staff, everything really.

“I definitely love being paper.”


Would you take a little less than market value to stay one?

Campbell replied, “As much as I love the city and do my best to stay here, it’s up to Kurt and Kyle to discuss.”

There is no shortage of clubs hungry for goalkeepers with hat space that could make the field for Campbell. Buffalo, Detroit, New Jersey, and Chicago, to name a few.

The goalkeeper can say he leaves it in the hands of his agent as he pleases, but that would be Campbell’s call.

2. I was asked on air if Campbell’s future was tied to the fate of Peter Mrazek and thus Dubbas’ ability to right another wrong contract, something the CEO was able to do efficiently when a flyer on Nick Ritchie didn’t work.

I do not believe that.

No matter where Campbell gets his payday, the Leafs must weed out Mrazek’s last two seasons worth $3.8 million from the books, either via an acquisition or bundle it into a commercial package — with sweetener.

The Leafs need that cover space to invest in a true #1 goalkeeper and will need to eat a bit of a crow to do so.

What makes trading more complicated: Mrazek funds are loaded. His actual salary is $4.2 million in 2022-23 and $4.4 million in 2023-24.

After three hip injuries in one winter, who wants to sign the bill?

3. Looming like the specter of Toronto’s 2022-23 season, Auston Matthews’ decision on July 1. The MVP could sign a stretch that is possibly the richest in the sport.

There’s no doubt that both Dubas and President Brendan Shanahan (if he’s still in their seats next summer) won’t hesitate to hand Matthews the keys to the safe.

“He has a lot of runway left,” Shanahan said. “We’d like to make it a forever paper.

He was very supportive. It’s kind of grown into a leadership role here. He made an immediate impact as a young and up-and-coming player, but grew into a man. It was great for us in every aspect: on the ice, off the ice, in the locker room.”

Dupas understands Matthews’ no-move clause is in effect for 2023-24, which means he could have the option to bypass the final months of his deal and walk out the door for nothing.

The Leafs must make sure he stays. Matthews needs to believe that a leaf can win.

Look no further than Jon Tavares’ departure from Long Island to see how these ugly scenarios turn when the superstar flies in full swing with no return.

“I certainly don’t consider it the doomsday hour,” Dubbas said. “We are fortunate to have one of the best hockey players on a contract for another two years. On top of that, he is a great player that we would love to see play throughout his career with Toronto. He wants to win more than anyone else. He aligns with that in every discussion we have.” with him”.

Dubbas was asked if he should prove to Matthews that the group can thrive in the playoffs.

“That’s more of a question for Auston than for me in terms of what he and his representatives are looking for on the team,” Dubbas replied.

“In my conversations with him, he thinks we are close. He has said that to everyone here. It will be a big part of helping us get here as it continues to grow and develop.”

Matthews downplayed their intensity, but he was dealing with minor knee and thigh injuries along the stretch that kept him out of a few games in late April.

4. The best thing about William Nylander’s business speculation is that no one cares more about rumors than the man himself.

“My summer will be the same,” said Nylander, smiling. “That’s all I’ve heard since I’ve been here.”

The winger believes the Leafs have come a long way and doesn’t take the recent Game 7 disappointment lightly.

“As much as other people want it, we want it more,” Nylander said.

“I can’t really explain to you how you feel. It’s really hard to feel that way. I still feel the same way. You don’t want to do anything. It’s just a rumble. It’s going to take a while to get over this.”

It’s good to see Nylander jump back into action and represent Team Sweden as a late addition to the world championship.

5. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals—perennial beasts of a playoff—have lost four consecutive postseason series.

Niklas Backstrom tried to play painfully. Evgeny Malkin and Chris Letang may be heading to the market.

All great eras must come to an end.

6. Bruins president Cam Neely told reporters he has begun work on an extension for GM Don Sweeney.

About coach Bruce Cassidy’s fate – after his sixth playoff appearance behind the bench – Nellie was less decisive.

Instead of a thunderous endorsement, Cassidy was left to curl up in the wind here.

“We have to look at making some changes in terms of the way we play and the way we do some things,” Neely said. “I think Bruce is a great coach. I mean, he’s had a lot of success for this organization. I love him as a coach. So, we’ll see where she goes.

“But I think we need to make some changes. And I think Bruce, a couple of days ago, hinted at that. So, we’ll see where that goes.”

Cassidy, unlike Barry Trotz with Islanders, still has a year left on his contract (at $3 million per CapFri Friendly.com).

Nellie was unhappy with how his strong play against the Hurricanes was and was frustrated that his club couldn’t snatch a win on the road.

I wonder if he’s going a little further into his group after seeing the closing mission the Hurricanes put on the Rangers.

7. Incredible story here worth your time. Minnesota Wild’s Chris Foucault, who now plays in Germany, saved a six-year-old girl from drowning in the Bahamas. I did well.

8. The Florida Panthers—the most dangerous offensive hockey team for 82 games—are zero to 25 in the power game in these playoffs.

In the regular season, they worked 24.4 percent, fifth overall. If they didn’t find out yesterday, they’re done.

The cruel irony is that the cats paid the first manager to hire maestro Claude Giroud, and he still didn’t click 5 on 4.

9. week quote:

“I have never been more excited than I am now. I will do everything in my power to make sure I get this opportunity again and I will make sure I am on the other side of it next time.” Dallas Stars goalkeeper Jake Oettinger, having scored 1.81 goals-to-average and 954 saves in his first full NHL series…and lost in seven games

10. A batch of NHL awards will be handed out one by one, starting on June 1. The Big Five – Hart, Calder, Norris, Ted Lindsay and Visina – will be saved on a one-hour televised live show on June 21.

Here are my predictions for the top winners.

Jack Adams: Daryl Sutter, flame

Bill Masterton: Carrie Price, Canadians

Frank J. Silk: Patrice Bergeron, Bruins

Mrs. Bing: Kyle Connor, Gates

King Clancy: Ryan Getslaw, Ducks

11. Bergeron, 36, said he won’t skate anywhere except Boston next season, but retirement is still on the table.

A frightening idea for an organization that could lose Mr. Selke while still a central elite, especially considering that the Bruins lost David Krejci to a similar decision last summer and patiently endured a bid for Tuukka Rask’s comeback.

Nellie wants to give the captain space for him but he prefers to answer soon.

“He understands that we have decisions to make here,” Neely said. “I hope he’s fine with his game, because he’s had a very good year. So, I hope he’s mentally prepared to get another one. You have to give him some time to absorb all of that and talk to his family about it. But we have decisions coming as well.”

“Bergeron is hard to find. We hope he comes back. But if he doesn’t, we have to go to work.”

After Boston finished fourth and out of the first round in five years, Neely admitted he’s been thinking about rebuilding “for a while now.”

It’s realistic.

“As your key players and your best players start to get older, you have to look at that. But we have some good young players in this squad that we hope will continue to grow and hopefully we will continue to add to that,” said Neely. But that’s something you think about.”

12. Lifetime Maple Leafs fan Mike Myers wore a competition saber jacket during his stay Late Show with Stephen Colbert appearance.

I love buffalo. I would love to see him.

2022-05-21 13:51:00

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