I think Connolly could definitely turn his game around but then get a major injury. He totally sucked last year and stayed remarkably healthy throughout. No wonder Sabres fans were so happy to see him gone. It's a shame because you can see how much natural talent the guy has.
So, how do the Leafs rid themselves of overpaid/underachieving players? Thought it might be fun to hear ideas to give these players a second chance at making a difference on a different team. Any ideas on reclamation projects that could benefit both teams?
They don't. We ice that collective slugfest and set ourselves up for another top five pick.
Peter Mueller is a 6'3" center that was a 1st round pick in 2006 #8 overall, (3 spots after Phil Kessel), and is only 24.
Mueller & Kessel have played together on US National Development team, and together on the U-18 and U-20 (WJC) as teammates and linemates. So we have a previous chemistry here.
I'd argue this is well worth the gamble and an area of need. MacArthur is now a spare part and as a 3rd liner at best will not put up the production, and easily replaceable in that role by a cheaper ELC like Kadri or Frattin internally.
Draft position is irrelevant. Previous history is swell, but you'll never see it come to fruition. He's a greater risk for a reoccurring concussion. There are serious red flags in regards to serious head injury that aren't going to magically disappear. He's damaged goods, I'm not questioning his skill level or ability to produce.
And he would play on the wing ideally to see success, as he's done for the majority of his NHL career to date. We already have a glut of talented offensive wingers that command more value and are a much safer commodity than Mueller at this point. There's a reason that Colorado didn't care to extend him a qualifying offer, and it's the same reason that your trade is ridiculous. The fact that we could easily pick him up for nothing and that you want us to give up a valuable asset for essentially nothing relative to what could (and likely will) fetch a good price on the market in the near future. It just doesn't make sense to me, and for gods sakes I'm a big fan of Mueller.