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By now it is common knowledge what the price for Kevin Shattenkirk is. The St. Louis Blues want a roster player, can’t miss prospect and a first-round pick. Apparently, the Blues have been attempting to complete the legendary sign and trade to maximize his return. Now that would work…if Shattenkirk would stop refusing the deals. The most recent offer would have seen Shattenkirk signed to a 6 year $42 million contract, and then dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Shattenkirk does not have any clause on his contract currently, but he does play a role on trade negotiations if Doug Armstrong wants to continue with the sign and trade route. This might be a problem for the Leafs in the off season. Doesn’t it suck when other defenceman get paid a lot? With Subban’s deal and Burn’s deal kicking in next season, Shattenkirk is most likely looking for something similar.
No More Shootout
Not just saying this because the Leafs have left a lot of points on the table: the shootout needs to end. Two reasons. Objectively, 3-3 overtime has been one of the greatest creations in the NHL in recent history. Although coaches are trying to implement structure into it, the open ice always results in both teams trading chances. After that, we go to the shootout which has lost its flair over the years. Subjectively, the Leafs are 1-7 in the shootout. They currently have 68 points and sit 3rd in the Atlantic Division. If they are .500 in the shootout, they have at least 71 points putting them one back of Montreal for the lead. The Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals have also left points from the shootout (both 1-5). If the standings are going to continue to be this close, to have one’s playoff berth be based on how many shootout wins they have would be unfortunate.
Don’t Trade Nylander
Do the Washington Capitals still regret trading Filip Forsberg? Probably not as much now since George McPhee isn’t with the team anymore, it’s still fun to talk about. In yesterday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche, Forsberg scored a hat trick to lift the team to a 4-2 victory. That’s pretty solid, right? What if I told you he had another hat trick the night before? Forsberg is the first player to score a hat trick in back to back games since Burrows in 2010. The left winger now has 22 goals and 42 points on the season. The two players that the Capitals got in return being Martin Erat and Micahel Latta who had a combined 6 goals for the team. As it stands now Latta is in the minors with a different organization and Erat is out of the league. Just a message to those who believe the Leafs should trade William Nylander.
What do you think?
Have you had enough of the shootouts? What do you feel about them being deciders of the playoffs? Will Shattenkirk even be dealt at the deadline? Can the Leafs learn from GMs past? Let me know what you think down below.