Was it you saying the Leafs weren't winning anything with that blue line? Rielly breaking out to elite and picking up Muzzin changes that a bit. Thankfully gets Hainsey off the top pair and lets Gardiner and Dermott play easier minutes.
Still looks like Tampa are the Golden State of the league. Pens look just a bit off to me. Leafs are well in the chasing pack with them, Winnipeg, Boston, Washington. Someone will have to get hot at the right time to give the east a shake. Crosby/Malkin/Kessell, Mathews/Tavares/Marner/Nylander, Ovechkin/Kuznetsov/Oshie/Backstrom, Laine/Wheeler/Scheifele, and that damn Bergeron line are all explosive enough to light it up for a couple of weeks. Don't pay enough attention to the west to know how the hell Calgary got to be leading there. But nice to see 5 Canadian teams in playoff spots with 2 of them leading their divisions.
I really like the what Philly have done. Their bench has been really weak imo and when they’re down a starting 5 they always lose. They think their window is open so they’re not expecting those picks to be high
I think as long as they can keep the Marner deal close to 10 they'll be ok. Next year is the one year that looks super tight. After Marleau comes off the books there's a bit more wiggle room. Mathews probably left some money on the table too.
The problem Muzzin solves, apart from being an extra good D is that he's on 4.5 next year while Gardiner would be getting at least 6.5 on the FA market. So they've effectively sorted his replacement a year early for unders. Rielly and Kadri are locked in on good deals relative to their current production and Tavares took a bit of a home town discount. The one terrible deal is that contract Lamoriello gave Zaitsev. If they can offload that they're sweet.
Did you notice Mathews got his number 34 in the annual cap hit number? $11,634,000. Crosby apparently does that too.