Strangelove wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:23 pm
Paddy, rumour is Lou is going to offer-sheet Matthews next year... 7 years at $16M AAV.
(Isles have all their picks for the following draft, so they're good to go on any/all offer-sheets)
Matthews will likely accept to get away from The Cock... and back to the good old US of A.
an offer sheet next summer, that's why he is refusing to sign this summer)
And no doubt he'll get one of his Old Boys Club pals to offer-sheet Marner at the same time.
Oh could you imagine!!!! I hope it's true. I speculated from the get go that Matthews would not be the Leaves franchise center beyond his second contract. The signing of Tavares in Leavesville reinforces any rumours that Matthews wants, or will want, to depart for a team based in the USofA.
The Islanders have ton of cap space this year, and will have an additional $12+M clearing next season. They could offer sheet Matthews and Marner at the same time themselves. Nylander also has had a bunch of chemistry with Matthews, they could offer sheet him now as he's still an unsigned RFA.
Imagine if that happened. An offer sheet to Nylander now, then to Matthews next season! If I was Lou I would offer Nylander $8Mx7 right now, then just let
him talk to his buddy Matthews over the season and plant the bug that a big time offer sheet is coming his way next summer.
Hell, I almost feel as if Benning should drop an offer sheet for $7M on Nylander. The guy has put up back-to-back 61 point seasons at 22 years of age.
Baertschi - Horvat - Boeser
Virtanen - Pettersson - Nylander
With Beercheese being replaced by someone better in a year or so.
The compensation of a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, though keeps it at an almost.
Although Tanev + 2nd + Baertschi for Nylander I would do in a heartbeat.