5 down hopefully no more to go

What are we gonna do if Kubina is gone for a long time?The Toronto Maple Leafs could be without the services of defenceman Pavel Kubina for a prolonged period of time.

The team revealed Tuesday that the veteran blueliner suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament after a knee-on-knee collision with Todd Bertuzzi in Monday’s 2-1 shootout win against the Florida Panthers.

Kubina didn’t return to the game and had great difficulty making it to the dressing room. He will have additional tests to determine the severity of the injury to his left knee.

Kubina is the the fifth injured defenceman for the Leafs since training camp. Defencemen Andrew Wozniewski (shoulder), Carlo Colaiacovo (head), Staffan Kronwall (ankle) and Brenden Bell (foot) remain out for Toronto.


He might be gone for a long time, what are we gonna do?

13 Responses to 5 down hopefully no more to go

  1. wingedim says:

    They need to bring up one of the kids to fill the gap for the short term. Belak showed in game 1 he cannot play D anymore. He’s strictly a forward now. Granted he didn’t play any pre-season games so maybe it was just the rust, my concern is that he got 2 stupid penalties in both shifts he played before he was benched. I think he’d end up doing it again.
    At this point, it’s too early for a trade to off load one of the goalies. (Telly) as most teams have not played their backup yet and no goalies have gone down long term yet, so I don’t think a trade is a viable option at this point.
    Dependant on how long Kubina is out and the extent of the injury, it could mean LTI status for him which would allow for some ‘cap relief’ and the ability to sign a couple (few) players to fill the gaps.
    Someone pointed out that this could be a blessing in disguise for Carlo Coliacovo when he returns as well so long as he can remain healthy. Although he’s not eligible for return until next month.

  2. GoalJudge says:

    As much as I like Kubina and I hope for his sake that he is not gone for too long…
    …the leafs should look forward to him being a long term injury and getting the associated cap relief.

    Promoting one of the AHL studs seems to be best, I second the opinion on Belak (after all we have Brad Brown if need be), and with the little wiggle room they have left, go after a LW for Sundin’s line.

    Wellwood is doing wonders so we keep him where he is.
    I don’t think his production should tail off too much, but a little, as he is known for second year breakouts.

    Sundin and Wellwood would do well to have someone else to be able to finish plays, PONI just ain’t cutting it and O’Neil is better off where he is, and so is the team.

    Trading one of their D-prospects (hopefully Colaiacovo, but that’s my preference) and whatever else for someone else’s cap relief sounds good to me. Any LW that MIGHT produce is worth a shot. That or a rookie that has no bad habits and has a sky-is-the-limit-based-on-linemates type talent a la Colby Armstrong (no I’m suggesting trading for him).

    That’s if Kubina is a longterm injury. If not, then I say give Kilger the shot.

  3. leaflova says:

    what about antropov, you dont hear anything about him??is he healthy?or is he injured?

  4. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I thought he played the other day?

  5. Oley says:

    I heard on the news today that kubina will be sidelined for only 4 to 6 weeks.

  6. leaflova says:

    no i dont think so look at the lines tey said was gonna be in the next game:Forwards:
    Tucker – Sundin – Wellwood
    Kilger – Peca – Steen
    Ponikarovsky – Stajan – O’Neill
    Battaglia – Pohl – Suglobov

    Kaberle – McCabe
    Gill – White
    Harrison – Belak


  7. Aetherial says:

    Wozniewski (who was playing very well) … down for 4 months OUCH!

    Kubina, who was also very solid, down for 4-6 weeks, depending on how well his knee responds.

  8. wingedim says:

    If the injury is as stated yes I’m sure that’s what it will be. However, I think there is more to the injury than reported (per usual from the Leaf brass) and that he’ll be out longer. If that’s the case I hope they use the LTI clause and use the cap space to pick up a couple of guys.

  9. leaflova says:

    4 months if the sudery helps, if its not successful, its the whole year!!!!!

  10. mojo19 says:

    No he hasn’t played since late in pre-season. But you’re right, I can’t find anything about his injury anywhere, or how long he’s out for, but it will be nice to get him back in there.

  11. 92-93 says:

    what are we going to do – well there is not much to do. not much cap space available. so its time for White and eventually Bell, Coliacovo, and Kronvall to step in and play strong in Kubina’s absence. that’s all really.

    i hope Maurice uses this as an opportunity to break up the McCabe-Kaberle 5-on-5 tandem in order to give White and Bell more minutes for the next few games (keep Gill and Harrison as the 3rd tandem and DONT play Belak on D, clearly Maurice is losing confidence in the latter very quickly).
    the other option is to call up Brown.

  12. LeafsLegacy says:

    Why wouldn’t we trade Antropov, for a pick, or even Gary Roberts????

  13. mojo19 says:

    As long as Antropov is hurt his salary isn’t counting against the cap. So a draft pick could make sense, but Roberts would come with a 2.25 million dollar salary, so that trade is quite impossible. Besides I’d rather have Antropov.

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