With our cap situation, it's near impossible to make trade and upgrade our team at the same time.
I think right now we have to hope that a team loves Kulemin (and can extend him) AND one of our defenders in order for us to get an upgrade on defense is our best hope.
The flip side here is that if never recover from this big crash in the standings, we have a couple pieces we can sell for picks and prospects. Raymond, Fraser, Franson, Kulemin and poetntially even someone like Reimer... that could be a lot of picks and prospects back. Yay?
I would suspect that Franson has the most value, Kulemin the next, and then Raymond. Fraser I suspect has very little value.
Stalberg got that on an open market, from a team desperate to get top 6 offensive players, after often filling in on the top 6 and producing as the 6th best forward on the Hawks behind Saad, Toews, Hossa, Kane, and Sharp.
Bickell turned a massive playoff performance into a big contract.
Leino and Jones were completely stupid deals and outliers, but also getting top 6 time.
Kulemin isn't playing in the top 6, and isn't producing like a top 6 forward. He's not getting 3 million plus dollars from the Leafs. He might be able to do what Stalberg did to a team needing him, on the open market. But if he signs a deal with the Leafs, it will be before FA, and nowhere near that sort of value you're suggesting.
I'm in agreement the Leafs should trade Kuli but more cause this team needs to get more picks/prospects and start dedicating cap space to the center and D than to the wing group.
But saying Kuli wouldn't get 3 million is being naive. 3 million buys a good 3rd liner now and the cap is going back up.
It's not his fault, he'd make a good 2nd pairing D
We need more offense 5 on 5
And the blueline's offensive production is poor
That's because our forwards have been terrible this year at sustaining a forecheck and being able to cycle it consistently so that they can work the puck back to the points for shots or open up lanes for the defensemen to jump in to shoot
A majority of the Leafs offense this year have come in transition and off the rush, actually the Leafs are one of the best in that department .. If they could only sustain that forecheck when they gain the zone and don't score, they wouldn't be slumping as they have .. The defensemen are typically way behind the play when this happens
Furthmore when our defensemen like Gardiner or Rielly rush the puck through the zone, I haven't been seeing much support from the forwards to garner any offense .. It's like the forwards don't know what to do when they see a defensemen lead the rush with the puck
Out of curiosity, is there anything stopping the Leafs from trading Holland at this point? Is the conditional pick based on 25 games with the Leafs, for the remainder of the 13/14 season or is it a third once he goes elsewhere?