Max Dumy signs a one-year, $3 million AAV contract with the Maple Leafs.
Shawn McIndoeIt’s fair to say that the second day in free agency was even better for Brad Treliving than the first. After receiving mixed (or worse) touchdown reviews from Ryan Reaves and John Klingberg, Treliving gets higher marks for signing Tyler Bertuzzi. I think the Max Domi deal would fall into that category as well.
We’ll get to the good stuff in a second, but let’s start at the beginning: It’s great to see a Tie Domi kid play against the Maple Leafs. Think what you want from the old man, but in his prime he was one of the most popular papers of the era, and his name was probably chosen more by the ACC crowd than anyone else in the story. now The two-eyed child who accompanied him in his steps. Even an old pessimist like you can really appreciate that. (Also, Sam Lafferty better give him his father’s number 28.)
Sentiment aside, the deal is good for the Leafs and has the potential to be a bargain for Domi, who will get the chance to make up numbers with talented people and care more about them than he does about himself. It would do in any other market, both of which might help. When it hits the market again next summer. Meanwhile, the Leafs are getting a solid six pack that could provide some of that offense that keeps disappearing in the playoffs. AAV is fair and a one-year duration means the risk here is low.
Ironiquement, the week-end Treliving Sera probablement salué plus fort that les memes voix qui ont passé des années à nous dire that les Leafs ne peuvent pas jouer in defense, étant donné que c’est the côté of his great life that a été battu These last days. But this team needed offensive help, along with a little ugliness. Domi can provide both. And maybe he can also add a little reminder of the days when this team was fun to cheer on.
Contract diploma: a-
appropriate rank: b +
Shawn KindMax Dumy is not a good defensive player. It’s really bad. We have to fix that because it’s the main reason the Leafs don’t like this deal. His work is, in everyone’s opinion, very bad in his end, including that of Dom Luszczyszyn, and always has been. Partly for this reason, the Leafs are his sixth team. The numbers indicate the player, and short wingers who don’t play defensive plays are generally not favored by coaches. Duly noted.
If Domi was a defensive stallion, we wouldn’t have this discussion. It’s going to be a year or two on a huge long contract. When we’re cruising around a curve, as we should, it’s impossible to consider it anything other than a huge win for Toronto – and that’s regardless of family ties.
What has been consistently lost in the Maple Leafs’ rhetoric over the past few years is that when it came game time, they didn’t just need to pack up, keep goaltending, or play solid defense. They need to produce points – and they need it from outside the Core Four. It was great for Toronto, no doubt, that Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews each put up a half-dozen against the Panthers. The fact that they didn’t do that is problematic. But one way to guard against that – an area where the 2022-23 roster fell short – is to put some attacking punches into the lineup.
Dom talks about it. He is versatile and can play in a pinch, although in combat Bertuzzi is not essential. With Chicago last season, Domi had 49 points in 60 games (1.9/60). In the playoffs with Dallas—a team with a deeper attacking pool—he had 13 in 19 games (2.47/60, second on the team behind Rob Hintz).
Are there risks? certainly. His defensive issues may have nullified his offensive production; They certainly did in the past. But the potential, plus the tendency to react after the whistle, if it’s something you like and think the paper lacks, is more than worth the money. Think of it this way: how else would they have spent it better?
Contract diploma: a
appropriate rank: a-
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