The Phaneuf contract will likely be around 7 million per year

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  1. leemon says:

    Riiight, the number and term that the leafs said they wont pay, That’s not the discount the leafs are lookin for. Logic is so lost on Dreger when they said they don’t like the max term at big money. He maybe the teams best D-man and having a good year but after being here this long after many not so great ones, he’s not worth 7 million at 8 years. Dreger must be doing PR work fro Phaneuf’s agent!!! Sheesh!

    • leafs_wallace93 says:

      Dreger’s first cousin i Nonis, doubt he’s looking to burn him.

      Again the cap will likely be 100+ million sooner than later given the 5 billion just pumped into the revenue stream. Pay Phaneuf his money given anyone with a pulse will be making at least 5.

      • leemon says:

        First off if I highly doubt Nonis is going to show his hand Regardless of them being family. 7.2 million is not cap friendly even with the new nhl tv deal. And its to early to tell if he deserves that kind of money. yes he’s playing better. But handing Phaneuf 7.2 million for being better of only 24 games after 3 or 4 mediocre seasons is crazy.And if somehow he gets the money. 7 or 8? I mean Really? Not saying he’s not our best d-man,just not for that term. Secondly If a 100+million cap is going to happen be prepared for another work stoppage! also that increase wont happen for sometime most likely that Phaneufs contract will be up before that happens. The NHL isn’t going to let the players eat up all the revenue from this deal so its highly unlikely it will go that high

        • leafs_wallace93 says:

          I’d expect a work stoppage either way however there is too much money for everyone to walk away from post Rogers’ deal. It’s not like the players aren’t going to see a significant cut of that pie. Again is a superstar will be paid between 10-15 down the road, what does Phaneuf’s 7.2 matter? It’s like there are Leaf fans that want to prove a point to Phaneuf that he sucks in their eyes. Not saying he’s a perfect player but he deserves at least Letang money.

          • leemon says:

            You mistake the fact that I think Phaneuf sucks. Quite the opposite I loved the deal that brought him here and I always said playing him 23-24 mins would benefit him and it did. However, just because he’s our best d-man, He’s the best Dman on a thin blue line. and just because he makes 6.5 million now doesn’t make him an automatic for that money when you consider that he’s far removed from the Norris trophy conversation . and remember that 5 billion is over 12 years and each team only gets a portion of it. Players may make that kind of money but not until near the end of the cba which is when the tv deal will be nearing its end as well. and like I said he could very well get 7.2 million but he wont get the term he’s looking for. Oh and hope we beat those habs tonight go leafs go m/ lol

  2. blaze says:

    Pay him. Best Leaf on the ice by far last night.

    • blaze says:

      Gunnarson was also great.

      • blaze says:

        Looks pretty promising that we have our own long term and affordable solution to play with Dion. Gunnars safe, smart game has complimented him really well.

        The first D pairing has been good all season minus a kind of slow start from Gunnarson. It’s been everyone else that has been burned. Outside of Reilly I think it’s fair to say every Dman hasn’t quite met expectations.

  3. blaze says:

    The amount of shots against doesn’t bother me so much. It’s the lack of offense. I know it’s hard to produce when you’re always playing in your end but where has the transition game gone?

    On paper this team is better than last year in my opinion. Bernier is a no-brainer. Bolland was playing great and Clarkson adds a little bit of everything the Leafs needed. They are; up front in particular, still as fast a team as last year.

    All you seemed to hear last season from Leafs game was their speed. There seemed to be no problem at all getting the puck up ice or out of their zone, even with simple little chip plays.

    Anyways I think it’s a little early to panic. If Nonis feels he can be proactive and add via trade at a good cost then sure. Give it some time, injuries down the middle didn’t help anything.

  4. leafs_wallace93 says:

    Really stoked about the cap rising and making a big gap between have and have not teams. Those ‘cap busters’ won’t be found in the draft and players on ELC down the road, it’ll be players locked up on the old pay scale for long term (i.e. Kessel). The next generation of stars will be making easily 10+ a year.

    • reinjosh says:

      This is actually a really interesting point and spot on. The cap is likely to rise this year from record revenues, and that doesn’t even take into account the Canadian TV deal which will hit the cap a season and a half from now. James Mirtle says it’s entirely feasible and likely that it could push the cap up 10 million dollars by itself. In one year.

      Phaneuf making 7 million will look like nothing.

      • leafs_wallace93 says:

        Thanks, surprised more people aren’t talking about this, I suppose it has something to do advanced stats in regards to cap hit/production out the window.

        I wouldn’t mind Bozak as a forth line center, teams might have to trade for him to help meet the floor.

        • mapleleafsfan says:

          Not doubting you, but what are the sources for this?

          The globe projects a cap at around 75 mill by 2016, which is a nice increase but not massive. They think it’s more likely near the end of the CBA when the cap gets to 100 mill. By that point Kessel’s contract is finished anyways.

          Not that the source is necessarily reliable, but I don’t think it’s time to go completely crazy just yet.

          • reinjosh says:


            As he says in his tweet, it is only an estimate, but he’s the same one who made those globe projections you’re referring too, just prior to Bettman saying league had record revenues and this new TV deal.

            This is also a conservative projection based on 5 percent growing revenue. League grew 7.1 per cent a year in the last CBA.

            80 million by 2016-2017, 100 million by 2021. Meaning in the final two years of Kessel’s contract, he’ll be taking up approx 7 percent of the team’s cap.

            • mapleleafsfan says:

              Thanks. This is good news. Bettman is looking to be doing a pretty good job to be honest.

            • mapleleafsfan says:

              Wow on a second look these numbers are insane. In 2 years Clarksons cap hit is only 7% of the total cap, thats not nearly as big of a handcuff, and the number drops significantly each year. Bozaks only going to be taking up ~5% of the cap for the majority of his time, averaged out that’s about third liner money.

              This is huge considering these are conservative projections – so hopefully fairly likely.

          • leafs_wallace93 says:

            They were talking about it on Steve Dangle’s podcast (if you like the Leafs why are you not listening to this?).

            That and consider the reality that television contracts are the heart of any sports league success, 5 billion is a game changer.

            • mapleleafsfan says:

              To be honest, I’ve never listened to a podcast before haha, I’ll definitely check it out though.

              Any news about increasing salary cap is positive for the Leafs.

              Man, if these are conservative estimates, how good is John Tavares’ $5.5 million contract going to look in 17/18 when it’s 6% of the total cap lol. It’s already the best contract in the nhl.

              Contracts like JVR/Turris will be mind blowingly good.

              How do ELCs work with an increase in the cap? Are they % based or just set at the max and mins for the extent of the CBA?

  5. leafy says:

    Despite the recent slump, I’m not yet ready to concede that the Leafs’ season is going down the tubes.

    The Leafs still have one important advantage: Goaltending!

    Still the most important position on the team.

  6. Gambo says:

    CraZy plans, fucking defensive makeover.

    At deadline:
    Franson for Girardi(Pending UFA, wont have as much value as NYR fans say, throw a pick or prospect either way to make up for the difference).

    At Draft:
    Gardiner, Reimer, Orr and 1st to Edmonton for their 1st(Aaron Ekblad). Dump Liles somewhere, cap going up, someone will take him.

    July 1: Sign Joe Thornton, Dion Phaneuf, Dan Girardi, Dave Bolland, Jay McClement, Nik Kulemin, Leo Komarov, Willie Mitchell, Carter Ashton, JS Giguere, Aaron Ekblad. Trade Bozak somewhere idk, Calgary?




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