On The Leafs' Cheap Forward Radar: Promote a Marlie
If you’ve been following along we’ve been taking a look at how the Leafs can best address the many many glaring holes in the roster over the past few weeks. Cam looked at the goaltending, and JP took a look at #1C. I’ve been investigating how the Leafs can fill two Top 9 Forward spots as cheaply as possible. In my last post I suggested it’s time for Kadri to take Colby Armstrong’s place on the roster. This leaves one more spot open. I’d like to take a look at a few more options for a Matthew Lombardi replacement before we start looking outside the organization. As previously stated, the main thing this forward needs to be is cheap, and the best way to ensure cost effectiveness is by using players on ELC or RFA contracts.
Thankfully the Leafs have a number of options when it comes to replacing Matthew Lombardi. Lombardi had 8 goals and 10 assists for 18 points in 62 games played this past season. He also carried a $3.5M cap-hit. While he was a cost of ridding us of Lebda and acquiring Franson, he is not going to be part of the team’s future. At this point he’s simply taking ice-time away from a younger, cheaper player.