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06-12-2013, 11:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Analyzer View Post
Komisarek buyout is logical.

No one is going to take Liles unless the Leafs give up something good, or take cap back. Liles isn't an asset. He could have a turn around season, though.

Leafs have to sign enough players to make a team for next season. When Malkin is coming up on UFA, so will Kessel and Phaneuf.
Gardiner will be a RFA Matt Frattin, too.
McClement and Kulemin as well.

Leafs can drastically change their team if they so wish, but I would imagine they'd want to keep some of their current players. I would imagine the Leafs would want to keep their current team and tweak it. It made the playoffs, why risk a year of failure for a slim hope to get Malkin as a UFA ? He'll probably be dealt if there's even the slightest hint that he's not going to re-sign.
Komisarek is a free agent at the same time as Malkin, so we don't need to buy him out, and two compliance buyouts on Liles and Grabovski as a worst case scenario.

And outside of Kessel and Gardiner, what franchise would pick keeping Phaneuf, Frattin, McClement or Kulemin as a priority over the chance to add Malkin to the mix?

That's just dumb. Also, the cap could probably go up.

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