Connolly plays soft but I'd think he'd still have value especially if leafs retained salary/cap hit
He was healthy last year, but look at his injury history. Can you honestly say you fully expect him to repeat that? Taking his cap hit for a year with that much risk is something most teams aren't willing to take.
Lombardi on the other hand was recovering from a major injury, and seems to be back at full strength now.
Who would've thought we could get rid of LACK by the end of this season with only a 1M cap penalty? (Assuming Komi gets dumped at seasons end)
I think it was inevitable for Kadri, I knew he'd be a lock this year. How on earth was Connolly going to keep up with Kadri in a shortened season? Kadri is in top gear and is producing at a ppg pace in the AHL. Connolly was really behind the 8-ball.
The Leafs are going to put as many game shape guys on the ice as possible IMO.
I don't think it has much to do with playing youth.
Burke always said he wanted a top six of skill guys and a bottom six of grinders. Problem is that he never did it. I think Nonis is just clearing out the guys who aren't skilled enough for the top six and not grinder enough for the bottom six.
Pretty much doing what Burke always said he was going to do but didn't. Carlyle was probably looking at Nonis and saying, "where the hell am I going to play these guys?"