Sports Matt Martin is done as a Maple Leaf, so what do they do with him?

17:23  12 february  2018
17:23  12 february  2018 Source:   msn.com

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What do the Maple Leafs do with Matt Martin ? If they don’t have him there for a game the whole thing might collapse. So what happens now? As quoted above the Leafs may be looking to move Matt Martin in a trade before the deadline.

Matt Martin is a hockey player. Not just that, he’s an NHL hockey player. But the Toronto Maple Leafs , for all If the opponents play just as hard with him or without him, and if they don’t bother with fighting in the way that But now? You’ve got a guy who is doing everything you’ve asked him to do , and it

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It appears that the team has moved on halfway through a four year deal.

In 31 Thoughts last week, Elliotte Friedman dropped this line:

I also think the Maple Leafs would keep money to help Matt Martin find a new home. No doubt they have checked with the Islanders.

Friedman is well connected and often hears things, but this was phrased as his own thought so I’m not going to take it as gained information on his part.

It did bring up a good question though. What do the Maple Leafs do with Matt Martin? It’s been a while since he played and even Mike Babcock has hinted that Martin is being passed over by the most recent call up, Kasperi Kapanen

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Friday’s morning skate all but confirmed that Toronto Maple Leafs superstar Auston Matthews would miss his sixth consecutive game when the Pittsburgh With such lengthy layoffs, there’s simply no way either Leivo or Martin are game-ready, no matter the amount of skill work they ’ve done on the side.

If the Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t protect Matt Martin , he would’ve been taken. They signed Matt Martin as a free agent last year and they wanted to keep him and that makes total, total He’s on the roster for a reason, a purpose, and no other player in the Leafs system could fill the hole like he does .

“Marty is a real important guy and, obviously, a real good guy,” Babcock said this week. “You don’t want him out of the lineup. In saying that, though, Kapanen is an elite penalty killer and has real good speed. We’ve got real good tempo. Those are hard decisions you make.

In my mind, the team has moved on from him. Last year Martin dressed for all 82 games, and added five goals and four assists, or $278,778 per point. He’s been a much better player this year, in 47 games he had three goals and eight assists ($158,847/point). However he’s sat for a few games here and there before ultimately losing his spot in the line up when Kasperi Kapanen was recalled from the Toronto Marlies.

In the last game against the Ottawa Senators the Maple Leafs dressed the following forward line up:

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One of those players is New York Islanders forward Matt Martin , who according to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period and Arthur Staples of Newsday, has attracted interest from the Toronto Maple Leafs , among other teams.

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Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander

Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Mitch Marner

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Connor Brown

Leo Komarov - Dominic Moore - Kasperi Kapanen

This has been the typical forward lines since Martin was sat out. Kapanen has now equaled Martin’s 16-17 season points in his first 14 games this year, and should pass Martin’s 17-18 points before the season is over. The addition of Kapanen to the fourth line now gives the team more scoring depth and provides a new face for the special teams as well.

Another factor is that Nikita Soshnikov is going to have to be returned to the Maple Leafs soon. The Leafs were granted an extension on Sosh’s AHL rehab assignment but when it’s over there will be one too many forwards, unless someone magically gets put on IR the day before Sosh is due up.

Yes, Josh Leivo is there too, but he must be some kind of structural foundation for the pressbox by now. If they don’t have him there for a game the whole thing might collapse.

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Matt Martin was signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs with a pretty nice four-year, million dollar contract. For all we know, he may be drafted in the Las Vegas expansion draft. The main thing to take away from this is that the Leafs have him right now, and they need use him to their advantage if

1. Matt Martin is a healthy scratch Friday at Carolina for the first time in his Toronto Maple Leafs tenure, as the club’s forward-line You want to make plays when they ’re available, but as a fourth liner, you want to get pucks in and be responsible. That’s what the coaching staff wants and expects.

So what happens now? As quoted above the Leafs may be looking to move Matt Martin in a trade before the deadline. We’re halfway through year two of the contract, with two more years at $2.5 million against the cap. This year he has a $753,000 cap hit for the rest of the season, and next year he’s owed a $1.5 million bonus on July 1st, and a base salary of $750,000. The year after it’s the same salary and a $1 million bonus.

The Leafs could trade him, someone may want him. Friedman said Islanders, and he was very popular there with the fans and teammates, and everyone around the team.

They have about $4.8 million in cap space right now, so Martin is a drop in the bucket. Looking for the next two years their cap space is wide open. If we don’t retain salary, in my assumption we would be looking at a minimal return, a 6th or 7th round pick, maybe an older AHLer like Stephan Gionta if they want to drop a contract (they are at 44 right now though, so it’s not an issue).

If we retain the full 50% for the next two years, and send him away with just a $1.5 million cap hit you could take back a B/C level prospect or maybe a 3rd round pick. Then you’ll have $1 million on the cap for the next two years, which isn’t a lot, but it’s not a good look to be paying someone to play elsewhere.

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Matt Martin is done as a Maple Leaf , so what do they do with him ? Pension Plan Puppets - 12 Feb 2018 As quoted above the Leafs may be looking to move Matt Martin in a trade before the deadline.

You could buy him out if there are no takers, but this is worse than retaining salary. According to CapFriendly there would be $2 million on the cap the next two seasons, and then $250,000 the two after. So, buying him out seems like a waste of money.

Do they waive him, cross their fingers someone wants a free Martin and dump him on the Marlies? The Leafs have done this with veteran players before - hello Brooks Laich - but we won’t save too much cap wise that way. However, if he clears it may be easier to trade him since he’s already cleared waivers and the buyer won’t have to worry about that.

There’s no easy answer but the clock is ticking.

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