Why Backstrom can affect the Buds
So Nicklas Backstrom looks like he is going back to Minni.
“An unrestricted free agent on July 1st, Backstrom said he feels his heart is with the team in Minnesota, and made that point clear to his agent last weekend. It’s believed Backstrom is worth over $3 million per season but re-signing him could force the Wild into trading netminder Manny Fernandez.ESPN.COM/AP “
So with this in mind what does this mean to the Leafs, and pretty much the rest of the league, Manny Fernandez, a premiere NHL goaltender just last year will be available.
The Leafs have some big cap hits that they could possibly match Manny’s contract with to pull off a possible big trade that could possibly fix some of the “mistakes” that our boy JFJ has committed. It has already been stated by the former that he has something big up his sleeves in the coming off-season, so lets help it looks like this:
Going to Minny:
Pavel Kubina $5 Million (3 years remaining)
Andrew Raycroft $2 million (2 years remaining)
Total salary: $7 million
Going to Toronto:
Manny Fernandez $4.33 million (2 years remaining)
Keith Carney $2.1 million (1 year remaining)
Total Salary: $6.433 million
So before you all jump to conclusions and say this is going to be horrible think about it from both sides.
First off, they get back a quality number 2 defenseman who just needs to get the ice time to prove his worth. He also is a player who rarely sees the press box because of injury, and with the defensive injury woes that Minny saw this past season, Pavel could be a great pickup for them.
In the net they now have the money that they needed in the goaltending department to sign Backstrom to about a $3 million deal. He and Raycroft together would come to $5 million. If you consider keeping Manny in Minny would have over $7 million committed to goal for the wild this is a great move for them.
So the Leafs get a top 10-15 goalie in the NHL (check his stats). And as we saw from last season, even though we were letting up some of the least shots and providing some of the most in the league we were still getting outscored, so a true no. 1 goalie would be a godsend for the Leafs. Also the 2 year contract at that price takes 1 year off of what Kubina’s salary would have bit into, it also leaves the possibility open for Leafs prospects such as POGGE to step up when Manny’s contract is over.
Secondly, Keith Carney is not a great defenseman, and he is overpaid, but there is only 1 year left on his contract, and he is a pretty good defensive defenseman that the Buds could really use. He had 17 points last season and was a plus 22. These numbers would be very helpful to the leafs lineup. The 1 year contract also allows the possibility of “your boy” Anton Strallman coming up next season or the season following.
This deal works for both teams. Minny gets a contract to match Manny’s, and it fills a hole on defense for them.
Toronto get a great goalie, and gets rid of a high paid defenseman who they really dont need.
People will look at this trade as being lopsided going either way, but in the end it is a matter of two desperate teams (in terms of salary issues) making a trade in the new NHL to match salaries to abide by the CAP issues each team faces. Now both these teams will be able to spend money where they need to.
Tell me what yall think.