A Planned Aprroach…Yes another leafs article.

I have been away from this site for a while.
And it is kinda sad to see not much has changed.
Although, there is less leaf talk which is a good thing. Not that I am about to help that.

Based on this years available signings and the consequence of the CAP going up dramatically, I would propose something a little out of the ordinary.

This is not a pipe dream, we get everyone article.
It is a valid approach.

The leafs have between 9 and 12 million to spend this offseason.
Based on this I think it is only fair to try to stay in these parameters.

I offer two scenarios, one in which we deal McCabe.

First, keeping McCabe (or rather unable to trade him).
I would persue Briere as much as I could. A full season removes his stigma as a band-aid boy. I would persue him as much as I could to stay competitive. He is in his prime and ready to show what he could do. He really has only had two truly shortened seasons in the last five years. And unlike some players, stayed active during the lockout. As long as his salary remains in the 7 million and under range he is a good idea. As he has room to grow. Anything more than that, and he is too costly.

Assuming we have paid 7 Million for Briere I would persue Hartnell and Handzus. Two reasons here. First, Hartnell is a budding powerforward. He is young, skilled, and gritty. Leafs fans favourite. Second he is still in an affordable 3 million range. He has room to grow at age 25, and could be our next Tucker for years to come. Maybe not as talented a goalscorer as Tucker has shown he can be as he was in his junior days; Hartnell is probably a more balanced player with comparable skill, and less apt to take stupid penalties as Tucker is, especially for being mouthy, or taking a dumb instigator or fighting penalty for taking on a guy he has no chance against. Not too mention we now have two pests.

Handzus, is a great option for Secondline Center. He is an affordable Powerforward that can help dominate a game. Having him between Poni and Antropov would make one menacing line. All three would be well above 6ft, all capable of scoring around 20 goals a season. All are punishing checkers from bodyweight alone. This also frees Sundin to Play with Briere. Either Centering or on the wing. Both are able to switch and would create great matchup problems. Failing to sign Hanzus, I would persue Bertuzzi. Again, a huge guy that can produce, and has at a superstar level. And could be affordable around the 3 million or less. Getting both is probably possible, but dangerous because you could loose one or both and between 4-6 million of CAP space should they both go down to injuries. They might be written of as Long-term injuries, but then you have priced yourself away from other talented FAs before the season. Bertuzzi would take spot on the wing and Antropov would be the new center. Still deadly, providing they are all healthy. None are expected to be superstars, but all are capable of 50 points and between 15-25 goals. Could be a even more punishing third line.

My proposed lines would be this:
Briere/Sundin/Wellwood.
Tucker/Steen/Hartnell
Poni/Handzus/Antropov or Poni/Antropov/Bertuzzi
SBattaglia/Stajan/ +1

Plus one could be any mix of:
Pohl Kilger Williams Newbury Deveraux.

This could push our spending to over 12 million depending on the prices overpaid for free-agents as they always are. At there respective maxes Briere 7, Handzus 3, Hartnell 3, that puts us at 13 million. 1 Million more than Top cap space. But a perusal of recent reports by experts will make you aware that the leafs have been stockpiling there defense and are bursting at the seems. One-three guys could be dealt and thus giving us more than a million at the top to afford free agents. Trading one of these prospects for a back-up goalie also takes care of that problem.

Scenario two, trading McCabe.
Would free-up 5.75 a year. I would use this money to do the same scenario up top, with the exception of Hartnell. I would use the other available funds to get a better back-up, as well as a more prolific forward like Kariya, Forsberg, Blake or Tkatchuk. We would also maintain some space for a deadline aquisitions that will at least help us get into the playoffs, if these guys can’t find a way to do it already.

Futhermore, I would start stacking picks for 09 draft at the off chance or acquiring TAVARES. This guys is maybe not as good as Crosby but will by most accounts be close. He is the type of Franchise player we have not had. And I would put all effort into making his acquisition possible. He would come in NHL ready in the same years we could bring in Kulemin, Williams (if he does not get a spot this year) and Pogge, for a new Era in Leafdom, developed, not payed for.


25 Responses to A Planned Aprroach…Yes another leafs article.

  1. Scottman75 says:

    I really like your thought process for the first scenario, especially your arguement for Hartnell.  I have two concerns about Briere.  The first is the Wellwood factor.  Kyle is similar to Briere in size, style and potential abilities.  Some would argue that its good to have two similar players but I feel that we should have one or the other but not both.  Secondly, as Briere gets older, he will be prone to more injuries based on his size and playing style.  If however, this scenario came to be, I would be happy as Sundin would now have some talent to play with.  (Personally I would really like to see Gomez on Sundin's side)

    As for your second scenario, McCabe is not going anywhere unless his wife let's him…. 😉

  2. TimmyHoHo says:

    I think that moving McCabe would be one of the best things the Leafs could do this off-season, but if you can't move him or get value then I think moving Kubina should be plan B.  

    As I have said in other posts, I wouldn't be surprised if the boo's are getting to McCabe.  I know everyone is thinking the Islanders are the most likely destination, but it's possible he could be traded to the Rangers or the Devils.  Personally I think trading him to a division team or conference team would be ideal as we could take advantage of his weak defensive play.  Getting a young player could be the best value for a guy like McCabe as it is really a salary dump.  I would love to steal a guy like Marc Staal from the Rangers, but it isn't likely and I try to be realistic.
    My number one choice would be to try and trade McCabe or Kubina for Turco.  Their backup rookie Smith had amazing numbers and the Stars need offense; so, throw in a pick (even a first) or two to make it appealing and the Leafs could move Razor to the bench and let him learn from one of the best.
    I think next up is Hartnell.  Still about 10 million in caproom as I believe McCabe and Turco both make 5.7million (cap numbers always seem different on every site though).  Hartnell will be a three year deal because he would qualify for the new UFA status at 28 (I think).  Probably 2.5, 3, 3.5 for an average of 3million a year for a hard hitting 20 plus goal scorer.
    Next choice is to maximize talent, with about 7 million to spend.  I like Peca (1.5?), Bates(.5mil), Colaiacovo(1.5mil).  Down to 4.5 million.
    Next up is the tricky bit: Kariya or Bertuzzi…whoever is cheaper.  I think Bertuzzi will bouce back from injuries and grossly inconsistent play, but Toronto will be like coming home as well…pressure could make or break his career at this point.  Kariya might be the best fit with Sundin talentwise I think, but for either of these guys we would need a "Play for the Leafs"-discount.  The ideal situation would be a 3-3.5 million a year for 1 year. If they are asking too much then I would be just as happy getting Roberts back for year or even Guerin if Roberts returns to Pittsburg.
    All said and done you get this…
    Kariya/Roberts/Guerin-Sundin-Hartnell
    Poni-Wellwood-Antropov
    Tucker-Peca-Steen
    Deveraux-Stajan-Battaglia
    Extra forwards: 2 of Pohl, Belak, Ondrus, Newbury, Williams, Tlusty, Earl or Kulemin
    Kaberle-Kubina/McCabe
    White-Gill
    Colaiacovo-Kronwall
    Extra: 1 of Wozneiwski, Harrison or Stralman
    Turco
    Razor
    extra: Racine, Pogge (not ready yet)
    Solid.  Hitters and scorers…talent and grit.  Dependable and deep goaltending.  Looks like a playoff bound team to me.  Ready to replace Sundin next year with Marleau or Iginla as 2008 free agents.
  3. TimmyHoHo says:

    Then I guess we sould give McCabe's wife the same treatment as Edmonton gave Prongers… 😉

  4. Glucker says:

    ok just looking through your ideas…
    4 for Hartnell(some1 is bound to offer that to him, and he will take it)
    McCabe for Turco wouldn't work, seeing as Turco was the only reason they made the playoffs, unless you made it a really one sided deal that involves a certain forward prospect and a certain goalie prospect.
    Peca-2-2.5
    Colaiacovo-1.5(agreed)
    Battaglia- 0.5(agreed)
    Karyia-4.5

    Roberts is no longer 1st line material, he would be solid on a line with tucker and peca though

  5. GoalJudge says:

    I am actually hoping that McCabe pulls a Corson or a Domi and sleeps with somebody elses wife.
    That way he doesn't care where he goes, and we have more that one option.
    But JFJ if your reading (cuz you must use sights like this to supplement your lack of brainpower) this ONE option, ONE, is enough. Make the deal.
    Doesn't matter who it is for…make the damn deal.

  6. sufferingleaf says:

    The same type of article over and over again. Everybody get together and write just one article together.

    But first stop dreaming.
    1)Mcabe is going NOWHERE he has stupid no trade clause and no team is dumb enough to take him at his salary.

    2) We are NOT signing any top free agents the Leafs big signing was Sundin. Except for Joseph the Leafs have NEVER spent big money on getting a superstar and it WON'T happen this year either.  

    3) What we will do is over spend on a over the hill player like every year and bring in more 3rd and 4th line guys because thats what this team is a collection of 3rd and 4th liners. 

  7. lukeleim says:

    Trade Hal Gill, Ben Ondrus, Jay Harrison and John Pohl to the Vancouver Canucks for Matt Cooke and Michael Grabner

    Sign Ryan Smyth 6 million, Mathieu Garon 1.5 million, A. J. Thelen 550,000

    Let Travis Green, Yanic Perreault, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Bates Battaglia and Jeff O'Neill test UFA

    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Mats Sundin – Nik Antropov
    Ryan Smyth – Kyle Wellwood – Darcy Tucker
    Alexander Steen – Matt Stajan – Boyd Devereaux
    Chad Kilger – Michael Peca – Matt Cooke
    ————————————————————
    Kris Newbury – Wade Belak
    Prospects: Brent Aubin, Nikolai Kulemin, Jiri Tlusty, Jeremy Williams, Michael Grabner, Robbie Earl

    Tomas Kaberle – Pavel Kubina
    Bryan McCabe – Carlo Colaiacovo
    Andy Wozniewski – Ian White
    ————————————–
    Staffan Kronwall

    Prospects: Dimitri Vorobiev, Phil Oreskovic, Anton Stralman, A. J. Thelen

    Andrew Raycroft
    Mathieu Garon
    ——————-
    Justin Pogge

  8. KingCanada says:

    Corson and Domi slept with a teamates wife?!? WHOOOO

    i knew Comrie did it to Salo's wife in Edmonton but didnt knwo of 2 of my own leafs were dogs.. dissapointing..

  9. Aetherial says:

    Sad, but very true.

  10. Glucker says:

    I'm thinking the Leaf's D-core should be kept… after this UFA season, it's gonna be one of the cheapest in the league. Timonen just got 6.3 over 6 years… our biggest contract is McCabe at 5.75… and personally, i'd rather have McCabe over Timonen, 5-10 means he can't handle big guys, and as a PP-quarterback, he's gotten less points then McCabe. I also agree on getting many draft picks. what the Leaf's should do is stock up on as many big named UFAs this year, and trade them off for 09 draft picks b4 the season starts. remember, the Salary cap means nothing until the season starts. Sign and trades are rare, but they should be used as much as possible by the Leafs this summer to stock up on future talent. Sign Briere for 7 mill, and trade him off for a 1st rounder in 09, cant think of to many teams that wouldnt go for THAT trade

  11. GoalJudge says:

    Corson did Mogilny's, and Domi broke his marriage with Belinda Stronach.

    Both effectively killing there careers and career oppurtunities out of hockey.

    Actually, Corson is playing in UK I think, but hardly a step up or even a side step compared to the NHL.

  12. GoalJudge says:

    Hartnell has now signed for 6years at 4.2 with Philly. Along with Timmonen.
    Nashville got there first round pick back.
    What a dump, and what a message to Bettman.
    Leiopold is willing to trash his team to send the message to Bettman.
    All good to me though because if they come to Hamilton and suck next year, they have the shot at Tavares.
    I don't care how much they dump, as long as they end up in Hamilton.

    However, in light of Hartnell's signing I would now focus on Handzus and  maybe Bertuzzi.  Going for a dominating size factor.

  13. TimmyHoHo says:

    4.2 for Hartnell actually, good call.  Crazy Flyers, the guy is a good player, but not worth 4.2 a year.  

    Dallas needs to change their entire outlook because they are old and can't score.  McCabe isn't young, but he would help them in the goals department and Dallas has one of the best young backups in the league.  Smith played 4 games for the Stars last year, maybe they think he is ready.
  14. lukeleim says:

    Pavel Kubina, Alexander Steen and Robbie Earl to the Edmonton Oilers for Joffrey Lupul and Andrew Cogliano…

    EH???

  15. lukeleim says:

    Trade Hal Gill, Ben Ondrus, Jay Harrison and John Pohl to the Vancouver Canucks for Matt Cooke and Michael Grabner

    Sign Ryan Smyth 6 million, Michal Handzus 3.5 million, Mathieu Garon 1.5 million, A. J. Thelen 550,000

    Let Travis Green, Yanic Perreault, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Bates Battaglia, Michael Peca and Jeff O'Neill test UFA

    Ryan Smyth – Mats Sundin – Alexander Steen
    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Michal Handzus  – Nik Antropov
    Matt Cooke – Kyle Wellwood – Darcy Tucker
    Chad Kilger – Matt Stajan – Boyd Devereaux
    ————————————————————
    Kris Newbury – Wade Belak
    Prospects: Brent Aubin, Nikolai Kulemin, Jiri Tlusty, Jeremy Williams, Michael Grabner, Robbie Earl

    Tomas Kaberle – Pavel Kubina
    Bryan McCabe – Carlo Colaiacovo
    Andy Wozniewski – Ian White
    ————————————–
    Staffan Kronwall

    Prospects: Dimitri Vorobiev, Phil Oreskovic, Anton Stralman, A. J. Thelen

    Andrew Raycroft
    Mathieu Garon
    ——————-
    Justin Pogge

  16. lukeleim says:

    or…

    Trade Hal Gill, John Pohl and Ben Ondrus to the Vancouver Canucks for Matt Cooke

    Trade Pavel Kubina, Alexander Steen and Robbie Earl to the Edmonton Oilers for Andrew Cogliano and Joffrey Lupul

    John Pohl, Andy Wozniewski and Nikolai Kulemin to the Minnesota Wild for Brent Burns and Benoit Pouliot

    Sign Ryan Smyth 6 million, Tom Preissing 3.5 million, Mathieu Garon 1.5 million, A. J. Thelen 550,000

    Let Travis Green, Yanic Perreault, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Bates Battaglia, Michael Peca, Jay Harrison and Jeff O'Neill test UFA

    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Mats Sundin – Nik Antropov
    Ryan Smyth – Kyle Wellwood – Darcy Tucker
    Matt Cooke – Andrew Cogliano – Joffrey Lupul
    Chad Kilger – Matt Stajan – Boyd Devereaux
    ————————————————————
    Kris Newbury – Wade Belak
    Prospects: Brent Aubin, Jiri Tlusty, Jeremy Williams, Benoit Pouliot

    Tomas Kaberle – Bryan McCabe 
    Tom Preissing – Carlo Colaiacovo
    Brent Burns – Ian White
    ————————————–
    Staffan Kronwall

    Prospects: Dimitri Vorobiev, Phil Oreskovic, Anton Stralman, A. J. Thelen

    Andrew Raycroft
    Mathieu Garon
    ——————-
    Justin Pogge

    unrealistic, I know…

  17. Scottman75 says:

    Hartnell just got away from us…

    Sorry GoalJudge…

  18. Glucker says:

    they wouldnt have been able to sign the guys, so they traded them for a pick, it was a good move by Nashville… or they coulda let them walk and taken nothing back… would that have been a smart move IYO?

  19. Glucker says:

    nah, moving our D has become a bad idea

  20. sikboy21 says:

    You sign and trade like that and you'll be lucky to ever get a player to sign with you again.

  21. sikboy21 says:

    Pipe Dream.  Edmonton would accept this because?

  22. aj_furf says:

    If you want to turn the clocks back about 17 years..you'll remember that Al Iafrate left Toronto after Gary Leeman slept with his wife

  23. Toonces99 says:

    Overpaid……way overpaid, both of them.

  24. BieksaForMVP says:

    None of the trade's make sense at all. Maybe there fair, but don't make any sense (there not fair though, so yeah). 

    Also you have John Pohl in two different trade's.

  25. BieksaForMVP says:

    Please stop posting this.

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