A Question For The Leaf Fans

A Question For The Leaf Fans

Listening to Leaf fans rant about the lack of scoring wingers, solid defenders, and good goaltending really gets me wondering what proposed solutions to our unstable Toronto Maple Leafs would really help our team and more importantly be a realistic option. Fans complain about the likes of O’Neill, Allison, Lindros, Berg, Klee and Khavanov but which team would be willing to acquire these liabilities.

Klee, who is obviously overpaid, still puts in a solid effort night in and night out. He is not the typical top four defender that some fans may expect but as a fifth or sixth defenseman he would be a very valuable asset to the team. Berg and Khavanov on the other hand are complete liabilities and are receiving valuable ice time that the young Toronto Maple Leafs prospects deserve. Trade them, waive them, do whatever it takes to dump these two contracts.


Lindros and his 1.5 million dollar salary was a bargain until he was injured. He is still at the top of the list of even strength goals after missing almost half the games played up to this point. Allison wouldn’t attract many teams with his bonus filled salary that he does not deserve even though he’s almost on pace for a point a game. He’s horrifically slow and is a liability at even strength. Hopefully some desperate team in need of a second line center offers something useful in return so the Leafs get at least a little something to work with. O’Neill is currently struggling with the Leafs but will not be traded at any cir*****stances. He asked for a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the off season to be closer with his family after the tragic loss of his brother. Hopefully he’ll step up his game a notch after being scratched for the first time this year during the 4-2 victory over New Jersey.

My Scouting Report:

Steen: B+

Has been pretty solid all year yet does go into some scoreless slumps. He is solid defensively and plays well on the wing with Mats Sundin.

Projection: first line winger

Sundin: B-

Lately has stepped it up a notch. Is a great leader and will not be traded. Fans won’t realize how valuable he really is to this Toronto Maple Leafs team till he’s really gone.

Wellwood: B-

Has a great scoring touch. He’s very flashy at times but is a little soft. He may not fit in with the leafs at center in the future. Wellwood would interest a lot of teams if he were included in trade talks.

Projection: Second Line forward

Tucker: A-

Tucker has been one of the Leafs most valuable players this year and is leading the team in scoring. This

Player along with McCabe have proven the time they were injured that they are far more valuable to the Leafs than expected.

Projection: Top six forward

Lindros: B

Before Lindros was injured he lead the team in even strength goals which the team is in lack of. He provided the team with a great second line center and is missed more than some assume.

Projection: second line center

O’Neill C-

He has struggled greatly this year. He has the worst plus minus on the team and hasn’t been scoring as of late. He is a liability in their own zone and for the most part of the season has been on the third line.

Stajan: C

He’s been really good on the penalty kill yet hasn’t produced a lot of points this year.

Projection: Third Line center (defensive Forward)

Ponikarovsky: B

He lead the team with short handed goals. The team has only lost one game when he has scored. He is a great 3rd line winger is valuable to the team.

Projection: Second line winger

Antropov: C

He hasn’t been playing that horrible this year. Is above average in his own zone and sometimes helps in the scoring department when needed. He often takes stupid pointless penalties.

Projection: Second Line Winger (3rd line Center)

Allison: C-

Slow. He isn’t good enough to be the second line center and is too pricey to be the third line center. Even strength he is a liability but is valuable on the power play.

Projection: second line center

Kilger: C

Kilger surprisingly is leading the team in even strength goals! He has played exceptionally well this year and is one of Toronto’s better forwards this year believe it or not.

PROJECTION: 3RD LINE ROLE PLAYER

WILM: C-

WILM HAS BEEN A SOLID PLAYER FOR THE LEAFS THIS YEAR. A DECENT FORTH LINE CENTER

DOMI: C-

PROJECTION: FORTH LINE AGITATOR

POHL: C+

POHL FILLED IN NICELY WHEN THE INJURY BUG HIT HARD.

PROJECTION: 3RD LINE CENTER

BELAK: D

BECAUSE HE CAN PLAY BOTH FORWARD AND DEFENCE HE’S ACTUALLY KIND OF NICE TO HAVE ON THE TEAM. HE FILLS SPOTS NICELY WHEN NEEDED.

PROJECTION: RESERVE FORWARD/DEFENSE

CZERKAWSKI: D

HASN’T REALLY PRODUCED OFFENSIVELY BUT AT TIMES SHOWED US HE CAN STILL SCORE AT THIS LEVEL.

PROJECTION: RESERVE SCORING FORWARD

DEFENSE

MCCABE: A-

HE HAS BEEN ONE OF THE BEST DEFENSMAN IN THE LEAGUE THIS YEAR AND WAS REWARDED WITH A PHONE CALL FROM GRETZKY. HE AND KABERLE HAVE BEEN THE BEST POWER PLAY DEFENSE PAIR THIS SEASON HANDS DOWN.

PROJECTION: FUTURE NORRIS TROPHY WINNER

KABERLE: B+

STRUGGLED A BIT WHEN MCCABE WAS INJURED BUT HAS PLAYED SOLID ALL YEAR OTHERWISE.

PROJECTION: TOP DEFENSE PAIRING

KLEE: C

HAS BEEN SOLID AT TIMES BUT STRUGGLED ON OCCASION.

PROJECTION: 5TH OR 6TH DEFENSEMAN

KAVANOV: D+

FOR A WHILE HE WAS THE ONLY DEFENDER ON THE LEAFS THAT HAD A MINUS RATIING. BEFORE HE WAS INJURED HE STEPPED IT UP A NOTCH.

PROJECTION: 5TH OR 6TH DEFENDER

BERG: D+

TOO MANY 5TH OR 6TH DEFENDERS ON THIS TEAM.

PROJECTION: 5TH OR 6TH DEFENDER

COLAIACOVO: C+

HAS PLAYER EXCEPTIONALLY WELL WHEN IN THE LINEUP

PROJECTION: POWER PLAY SPECIALIST

KRONWALL: C-

WILL NEVER BE A TOP FOUR DEFENDER.

PROJECTION: 5TH OR 6TH DEFENDER

Woznowski : D

PROJECTION: RESERVE DEFENSEMAN

HARRISON: B

HAS PLAYED WELL SINCE BEING CALLED UP

GOALTENDING:

BELFOUR: D+

GOES THROUGH HOT AND COLD STREAKS. MOSTLY COLD

TELLQVIST: B

HAS PLAYED GREAT WHEN CALLED UPON.

PROJECTION: AVERAGE NO. 1 GOALTENDER

players to build the team around:

Tomas Kaberle

Bryan McCabe

Alexander Steen

Ian White

Carlo Colaiacovo

Jeremy Williams

Justin Pogge or Tuukka Rask

Darcy Tucker

Players to trade for the right return:

Kyle Wellwood

Mats Sundin

Ken Klee

Jason Allison

Alexei Ponikarovsky

Nik Antropov

Mikael Tellqvist

Staffan Kronwall

Andy Wozienwski

Eric Lindros

Jeff O’Neill

Tie Domi

Clarke Wilm

Chad Kilger

Justin Pogge or Tuukka Rask

Jay Harrison

Players they desperately need to get rid of:

Ed Belfour

Aki Berg

Alexander Khavanov

Mariusz Czerkawski

Wade Belak


22 Responses to A Question For The Leaf Fans

  1. The-President says:

    This should be their line up

    First of all trade Allison, Wellwood and a 1st for Gaborik

    Then trade Belfour, Pogge, Klee, Kronwall for Giguere and Salei

    Then trade Khavonov, Wozienewski, Domi, Czerkawski for Jackman and Malone

    Then trade Stajan and Coliacovo to NJ for Langenbrunner and Martin

    Waive Belak and Berg

    Heres the lineup

    Langenbrunner/Sundin/Gaborik

    Tucker/Lindros/O’neill

    Ponikarovsky/Steen/Antropov

    Kilger/Wilm/Malone

    Mccabe/Kaberle

    Salei/Martin

    Jackman/Harrison

    Giguere

    Tellqvist

    This team would be a contender no doubt about it

  2. joechoda says:

    i would like to take this opportunity to say

    GO LEAFS GO!

  3. koolcory77 says:

    allison should be atleast a B, not a C-

  4. lukeleim says:

    so your trying to say he’s been more valuable to the team than sundin? He’s been strong on the powerplay but he hasn’t been valuable in any other way to the leafs.

  5. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Did your caps locks get stuck? I agree with all your desperately need to get rid ofs…but I wouldn’t trade any one else but Allison… He’s bad news. When he got hurt we went on a six game win streak, and since he came back, we’ve lost 10 or 11 and won three.

    He’s a locker room cancer. Dump him for a low pick.

  6. The-President says:

    Don’t hate, just because your last post sucked, none of it made any sense, go ahead and see what I wrote in it

  7. The-President says:

    There really is no reason to post if your a leafs fan like myself, we get no feed back, if their were so many leaf fans on this website where are they?? It really sucks writing an article and getting like 2 opinions

  8. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I saw… I’m not gonna argue, you can’t be as dumb as you seem, you also hate Sid the Baby…

  9. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Also, most letter grades are supposed to be based on expectations, comparing to expectations, Ed Belfour gets an “f”, while Colaiacovo would get a “B”,

  10. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I don’t know where the Leaf fans are, but 92-93 is ussually here.

  11. lukeleim says:

    I can see why you think Colaiacovo deserves a B but Belfour has been great at times so he deserves at least a D-ish.

  12. burnz30 says:

    I’ve seen every Leaf game this year and I have to disagree with some of your rankings. Just because someone has low stats doesn’t mean that they are doing poorly. You have to consider the role that they are playing, are they doing it well? The most obvious one I think is Kilger,he should be higher. He is one of the few Leafs that finishes his checks every chance he gets. Also, I am pleasantly surprised at his offensive output, and I think that he’s done a good job on the PK. His strong play this year got him some playing time with Mats. He’s one of the few guys this year that I am really enjoying watching! He deserves at least a B. Stajan’s production is so low becuase of his lack of playing time and his linemates. He is averaging only about 9mins a game. Far too low. Quinn should be playing him more. I think that he has done well when given a chance, and done a good job checking. His stats may deserve a C, but his lack of playing time and his weak linemates is what is hurting him. Pohl did a marvalous job in his short stint. He was on the ice in all the key situations. He was only sent back because of the waiver situation – if he played any more games, he’d have to clear waivers and he wouldn’t. That’s why he got sent back. Really enjoyed watching him too. I think that you have rated Sundin and Allison too high. Sundin is the Captain and leader of this team and hasn’t produced enough this year. He has to take a large portion of the blame for the team’s perfomance this year. I am pleased with his grit he shown lately, but the Leafs were counting on him for more offense then he’s provided. He’s probably a C at best. Allison has been nothing but a liablilty. Although he’s almost a point a game he gives the puck away far too much. Even when they don’t result in a scoring chance against, it takes the momentum away from the Leafs. He’s far too slow. He’s got to be a D or lower. I think Wilm has done a good job on the PK, he blocks shots, hits, wins faceoffs and plays hard. Can’t ask any more from him. C- is a bit low for him. He’s done his job fairly well. Domi doesn’t hit, play defence, score or fight. C- is way too high. He’s got to be a D- at best. I don’t even want to watch Domi anymore. He’s taking too much time away from Stajan and Czerkawski, who has done pretty well too. He’s only gotten into 18 games and has 4 goals. I haven’t heard any complaints from him regarding playing time. When he does play he was playing mostly 3 or 4 line mins. I think that he should be playing more, he can produce more offense than some guys getting regular/significant mins (IE Antropov).Colaiacovo has really stepped it up this year after his re-call. Very impressed with his play. Really hurts to have him out of the lineup. threw some of the best open-ice hits all year (remember the one on Guerin) He’s shown some great progress this year. Hope he’s back soon, and back to normal. We really need him. Harrison has been great in his short time, hope they fine a way to keep him around. Really like watching him too. Don’t have too much to disagree with about the rest of your rankings.

  13. The-President says:

    I seem dumb? Go ahead name one instance where i have seen dumb..

    I know I hate Canada’s Poster”CHILD”

    I like the fact that you like the Leafs, but don’t go as far as saying I’m the dumb one!

    All I got to say is no hard feelings, only because your a Leaf Fan;)

  14. The-President says:

    Does ANYBODY AGREE WITH THIS POST, is there anybody out there???? Please comment on what I wrote above—Jesus Christmas!!!

  15. lukeleim says:

    do you think minnesota will actually want allison?

    Will JFJ wana jackman back after already trading him away?

    the trade to the ducks is alright but hard to say if burke will accept anything like that… maybe, Rask, Wozienewski & Wellwood for Giguere alone… then trade belfour seperately.

    stajan and colaiacovo for langenbrunner and martin is a good trade.

  16. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I figure Colaiacovo’s doing his job if he can take out Bertuzzi.But Belfour is the absolute worst starter in the NHL. I’d rather have Mike Morrison at this point.

  17. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    My last post was entirely hypotheticals. No one’s proposed trades are realistic, I just figured, if they work on my NHL 06, they’re good enough for an article.

  18. The-President says:

    I hope your joking

  19. wht_trsh says:

    Given a chance I think Czerkawski would be huge contributor to the leafs.

    The leafs first line should look like this

    Czerkawski Sundin O’Neill

    And Quinn stick with your lines, quit changing them every shift!!!

  20. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    To a degree, I’m just saying, this is everyone’s crack at building the Leafs, and no one’s being realistic. Realistic is like Antropov, Kronwall, and a 5th for Brendan Witt.

  21. 92-93 says:

    i think there are a lot of leaf fans on HTR – like myself – that read ALL of these articles but are getting sick and tired of reading the same thing and a bunch of ‘plans’ that usually involve a tremendous amount of (unrealistic) trades and signings.

    i’ve posted my own plan but in response to another article. but to see almost every Leaf fan post a plan AS AN ARTICLE is getting a little tiring. that being said, at least this article talks about the leafs as they are right now.

  22. 92-93 says:

    i am – reading everything. don’t know if i have anything to say though. it seems like its all been said before.

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