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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- I can see Marner wanting Matthews money or close to it, but how do you pay him more than Nikita Kucherov’s $9.5 million a year? And in retrospect, boy did agent Lewis Gross undersell Johnny Gaudreau in Calgary at $6.75 million for three more years.

- Entering Saturday’s play, restricted free agent Patrik Laine has scored once in his past 15 games for Winnipeg, four times in his past 30 games. Can you say bridge contract?

- Buffalo needs help on defence. Lots of help. Is it enough to be interested in Nikita Zaitsev with the Leafs paying part of the freight?

- In almost any other circumstance, Randy Carlyle would have been fired as coach of the Anaheim Ducks. Except upper management is desperate for an early draft pick this season. The team is in need of young talent. Losing actually fits their agenda right now.

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One has to wonder how much money Laine has now lost due to his lackluster stretches this season. Going into the season he looked like a lock to get a long-term high dollar deal. Now, he’ll likely have to settle for millions less short term.

Winnipeg management and ownership is probably quietly thrilled. The team is still winning and getting him for less dollars should allow them to stay competitive for longer period of time.

I think Laine will be fine long-term. I wonder if another team signs him to an offer sheet just to force Winnipeg to match.

Posted by evileye on 02/11/19 at 10:26 AM ET

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