Free washing machine | The Leafs’ next GM?
In nine years at the helm of the team, this general manager has reached the second round twice, but never further. He lost in the first round three times, but also missed the playoffs four times, almost half of his reign.
This club has also broken through top 15 combined in the NHL just twice in nine seasons. This team was at the bottom of the standings when he arrived in 2014, it must be mentioned, but he benefited from the very fact of the fourth overall pick of the rich repechage a few months after his appointment, and he also inherited a center with 19-year-old already established on the first line after being drafted sixth overall in 2013.
After a surprising first season in 2014-2015, with a third-place finish in the Pacific Division and a first-round victory, his team fell back in the standings the following year (26the overall), but was at least able to draw a sixth overall in 2015.
With this trio of youngsters drafted in the top six between 2013 and 2016, our man spared no expense to win. He even had to fire four coaches in six years, between 2015 and 2021, including one who was lost to a skeleton in the closet.
Among his worst contracts on the free agent market: 29 million over six years for a 30-year-old forward who has never reached the 40-point mark in a season; 28.7 million for a 30-year-old winger who after a year was traded for another overpaid forward, after a season of 19 points in 63 games; 18.5 million over four years for a winger whose contract was bought out after 25- and 22-point seasons; 9.4 million over three years for a center whose contract was bought out after two years and 28 points in 86 games; 9 million for two years for a goalkeeper who ended his reign as an assistant after only one year.
That manager lost his job a few weeks ago, after his second playoff shutout in three years, a third in six seasons.
The first of the members of his young core then cost a first round pick to get rid of him. In GM’s defense, he was worn down by injuries.
The other went on to a rival club for a second-round pick and a prospect. He had never flourished with his team. That second-round pick was traded to a rental player last year, and the prospect also switched sides, trading a first-round pick for a solid forward in his thirties.
The third core member also plays for another club. But unlike the other two, he had demanded a trade. In return, we got a 29-year-old forward, 55 points, including 15 goals, in 79 games this winter, also a 29-year-old defenseman, third in the hierarchy of defensemen, and a first-round pick in 2025.
The third member of this core just reached the Stanley Cup Finals with the second. He has 21 points in 16 games since the start of the playoffs — second in NHL scoring, soon to be first — including four game-winning goals. The other traded for the second round pick and prospect is his steady center. He has 11 points in 15 games and is averaging 21 minutes per game. match.
Our fallen manager leaves to his successor, appointed this week, an experienced club, of course, but whose first two strikers, one first aged 32, another almost 30, will be under contract until 2027 and 2031 respectively, to annual salary of DKK 10 million and 7 million A club that only has one player under the age of 26 in its team top 9 on the attack or his first quartet of defenders.
A team whose first two centers, the first scorer and the second defender will be entitled to full autonomy at the end of the next season.
An organization that drafted only one first-round pick in 2022, a second-round pick, had no first-round pick in 2018, and whose first-round pick in 2017, 16e overall lost on waivers at age 23 last year and now has a spot on his new team’s top defensive pairing.
This manager, Brad Treliving, is favored for the job of general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The three Calgary Flames core members that have been traded in recent seasons are Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkachuk.
Trainers Bob Hartley, Glen Gulutzan, Bill Peters (for previous racist behavior) and Geoff Ward lost their positions under Treliving.
James Neal, Blake Coleman, goaltender Jonas Hiller, Troy Brouwer and Mason Raymond are failures in the free agent market. Juuso Valimaki is the defenseman lost on waivers.
On the Treliving defense, the Florida Panthers are in the Stanley Cup Finals after coming up one point short of the Flames in the regular season. On the other hand, Calgary won four fewer games. The Flames have won just 38 games in regular time and lost 17 in overtime.
They come to 21e rank in the overall standings for regular season wins and is 38-44 overtime and regular season losses combined, compared to 42-40 for the Panthers.
Andrew Shaw blames Kyle Beach
Kyle Beach is the architect of his misfortune, says former Blackhawks and Canadiens hockey player Andrew Shaw during his appearance on Chris Nilan’s podcast, The Raw Knuckles Podcastthis week.
“I have nothing bad to say about him, but this story should never have gone this far; As a 20-year-old, I would never have put myself in such a situation. I don’t know what happened in his case, but he put himself down. »
Shaw also defended Joel Quenneville, fired from his coaching position and then out of a job, for covering up Beach’s sexual assault at the hands of then-Hawks video coach Brad Aldrich.
“They sabotaged Quenneville’s (career). It’s a matter for management, not for the coach. He must use all his strength to give the team the opportunity to win the Stanley Cup.”
Shaw’s comments have already sparked a lot of anger on social media.