Babs had some big comments for goat and shore yesterday. Said they were filling a need that the team had been trying to trade for for the past 4yrs.
Yep.He's not wrong. Shore is legit good as a 4th liner and Goat should be donating 50% of his salary to Barb for turning him into a player.
Monday Morning Leafs Report: Mike Babcock’s changing tactics with Auston Matthews, Goat’s growing importance
By Jonas Siegel
Mike Babcock is running the Maple Leafs’ bench differently this season. That much is clear even after only nine games.
One very notable change: how the Leafs coach is deploying his forwards.
No doubt with the numbers firmly behind him, Babcock is loading up Auston Matthews and John Tavares, before he got hurt anyway, with more offensive-zone starts — and fewer starts, not by accident, in the defensive zone.
“We just find that otherwise, your best players are always starting in your zone,” Babcock said last week. “Any way you look at it, the math doesn’t add up as good as if you start in the O-zone.”
Matthews’ 71 percent offensive zone-start percentage is among the highest in the league for a forward and a more-than-noteworthy uptick from 58 percent last season and 49 percent a year before.
It’s a pretty simple concept: Stick the offensive guys in the offensive zone right off the hop rather than have them slug it out in the defensive zone for a bit.
Before the broken finger that has him out until November, Tavares was at around 60 percent himself in offensive zone-start percentage, up from 51 percent last year. Instead of worrying about matching Tavares with opposing top lines, Babcock said the focus instead is “more about O-zone and D-zone start.”
Cue the emergence of Frederik Gauthier and a fourth line Babcock feels like he can finally trust, because as the Leafs coach said, “I gotta have someone else to do the other part.”
Gauthier has already lined up for 58 five-on-five defensive-zone draws so far, among the most in the league, right up there with other defensive dudes like Radek Faksa, Nick Bonino and Luke Glendening. Matthews has been out there for only 23 and Tavares, by contrast, has taken 27.
But Spezza is on the cap regardless, no? They can't waive him/send him down - they'd have to trade him I believe.Checking cap friendly last night and I think for sure we'll only be able to carry 21 guys in a couple weeks.
Guys we won't waive will be a Moore-goat-timashov 4th line, and I think Holl has won the #6D spot for now, until they want to call up Lilly.
But that leaves them only 900k in space to sit in the press box - I.e. only one player.
So only one of Spezza, Shore, or Marincin can stay.
Usually it's more urgent to keep the extra D instead of the extra F, so Spezza's future becomes a big question mark.
What is a 35-plus contract?
If a player signs a multi-year contract and is age 35 or older (as of June 30 prior to the year of the effective contract), the players individual cap hit counts against the teams cap hit regardless of whether, or where, the player is active. However, there is one circumstance in which there is a cap hit reduction, a team will receive a $100,000 relief off of the teams salary cap hit, if a player is playing in the minor leagues after the first year of their contract.