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Well all you Leafs fans or even hockey fans in general all know about the leafs and their struggles these past few games. the Toronto Maple Leafs have lost 5 straight being outscored 25-12 over that spand and have lost 6 of their last 7 and even the game that they HAVE won in that 7 game period they shuld have lost if it wasnt for Tellqvist making 43 saves as the Leafs were outshot 45-21. If you ask me the Leafs have to do something about this and John Ferguson Jr. needs to pull off some deals because this D will NOT get the Leafs into the post-season simply because its basically Kaberle and McCabe thats running this Defence. Klee is having a shit year, Khavanov i dont even wanna get into him, he cant shoot, pass and even hit if his life depended on it, this guy is getting thrown around each night and Aki Berg..i dont know what JFJ was thinking signing this guy for a 1.2 million dollar deal!!!…I know the Leafs are hurting right now with guys like Lindros, McCabe and Tucker, their 3 top scorers but guys have to step up like we’ve seen in the past. Guys like O’niell, Allison, Sundin, Kaberle and even guys like Wellwood and Antropov. If the Leafs are gonna get out of this slump they need to make some changes, not firing Quinn he’s done a awesome job in Toronto but when i say make changes i mean TRADES!!…first of all Sundin 6 million for what? 10 Goals, 30 Points..c’mon 2 goals in the Leafs past 10 games…horrible especially when you of all people needs to step it up!!! Trade guys like Antropov, Khavanov, Klee, Sundin, Allison and just throw Berg on waivers!!…Heres some trades that i think would help out the Leafs.
To Vancouver: Sundin, Belfour
To Toronto: Jovanovski, Morrison, Salo and Ruutu or a 2nd round pick
To Boston: Allison, Czerkawski, Berg and a 3rd round pick
To Toronto: Leetch, Tanabe
To Pittsburgh: Antropov
To Toronto: Malone
To Chicago: Klee, Khavanov and a 4th round pick
To Toronto: Barnaby, Simpson
To Pittsburgh: Domi, Wilm, Kronwall
To Toronto: Recchi, Boguniecki
To Toronto: Roloson
To Minnisota: White, 5th round pick
Go out and sign Roman Checkmanic or even bring back The cat, Felix Potvin to finish off the year or just let Tellqvist finish the year and go out and sign Joseph next season for 800,000
I know some of these deals sound a bit harsh and weird BUT they make sense because all the teams i picked accept Vancouver are struggling. That trade sounds best too…Sundin going to Vanvouver, think of that line
Bertuzzi-Sundin-Naslund…Dave Nonis wuld defiently make that deal because Sundin and Naslund are teammates in the Olympics and Morrison wants out ALSO Belfour isnt sitting in Toronto, he isnt having his year with this defence PLUS Vancouver needs a goalie since Cloutier is out. For the Boston trade, rumors are going around that Boston is sending Leetch back to Toronto and Allison is going back to Boston but i thot throw Tanabe in there because he’s physical and throw czerkawski in the deal because he wont stick in Toronto..they wont give him a chance to get back to his 20 goal seasons. and as for the other trades they make sense…Malone wants in Toronto, the Leafs are tired of waiting for Antropov to become a point per game player. The Chicago trade is good because Chicago wants to unload $$ because they arnt making the playoffs and the Leafs get a guy like Tucker who can hit and score at times and Simpson for a 7th Defenceman. As for the Pittsburgh trade…whoever is reading this…your thinking that will never happen rite?…well we all know Pittsburgh defiently will not make the playoffs…and Recchi is a UFA at the end of this year and Boguniecki can hit and score…these trades gives the leafs solid defence down the middle and good scoring!!
Heres the lines with these trades!!
Tucker Morrison Recchi
Steen Wellwood O’niell
Malone Lindros Barnaby
Boguniecki Stajan Ponakarovski
I believe this lineup is WAY better then what the leafs have as of right now..especially the Defence…that Defence can win a stanley cup by itself, its solid right down the middle and it gives guys like Coliacovo to stay in the minors for one more year because they arnt ready to play in the NHL….i know all of these deals wouldnt go down in one year but they all make sense…PLUS the salary is actually better PLUS the cap is going up…Heres the amount of $$$ these guys make this season
Morrison:————- 3.2 Million
Tucker:————— 1.5 Million
Lindros:————— 1.5 Million
Recchi:————— 2.2 Million
O’niell:—————- 1.5 Million
Wellwood:———— 600, 000
Malone:————— 750, 000
Stajan:—————- 800, 000
Steen:—————– 720, 000
Ponikarovski:——— 700, 000
Boguniecki:———– 500, 000
Barnaby:————- 1.2 Million
McCabe:———— 3.5 Million
Kaberle:————- 2.2 Million
Ohlund:————- 3.5 Million
Leetch:————– 4 Million
Tanabe:———— 800, 000
Salo:—————- 1.5 Million
Roloson:———— 1.6 Million
Tellqvist:————- 500, 000
Plus the minor deals.
TOTAL TEAM CAP: 26.9 Million Dollars of cap space
With only 26.9 Million in cap space this gives the Leafs ALOT of room considering their salary right now is at 37 Million. So with all this room the Leafs can go out next season and sign big name free agents such as: Roenick, LeClair, Jovanovski, Daze, Lidstrom, Peca, Jokinen, Straka, Chara or Redden, Mara, Morris, Weight, Kubina, Friesen or even Kolzig!!…In The next few weeks before the deadline it will be interesting to see who goes where and how JFJ uses his “plan”…we shall see wont we.
So, ten days after the coach was fired,
”les glorieux”are still struggling on the ice. So what is the next step for Bob Gainey?
I am not too sure what to make of the Boston Bruins. The team for a while was draft heavy. Partially because of losing, partially because that’s the right way to do things and partially because they are cheap. Then out of the blue, the B’s seemingly wanted to contend and mortgage some of their future to win now adding players like Gonchar and Nylander to the lineup. Then the team decided to wade into the free agent game because they could, with a ton of cap space at their disposal. The team did get off to a slow start and suddenly they are practically rebuilding again moving out their top player. It begs the question; what are the Bruins trying to accomplish here? are they trying to win now? win later? win never? It seems like they are going on instinct rather than following a specific plan. It’s been why they lack any identity. It also shows on the ice. They have supported their coach who has what seems like no game plan whatsoever over their franchise player. Where the future lies remains to be seen because there is no way to predict what direction the Bruins are headed.
It’s simple after watching the Rangers lose to Buffalo what the Rangers are lacking and what they need to truly become any kind of contender in the playoff’s this year. Rumors are growing and the Rangers look to add a Quarterback for the Power Play.
Rumor has it Leetch on the move soon and ALSO…
Gonchar could be moved soon!
Piggy backing on Nords article, the Sens were built much different then their cross province rival, and it adds to the intrigue of the Battle of Ontario – the small market start up team versus the rich, historied, arrogant Leaf nation. Two teams with different building philosophies, both sucessful, with multiple 100 point seasons, but no Stanley Cup to show for it.
Mario Lemieux’s retirement means Pittsburgh is now officially Sidney Crosby’s team.
Sportsnet.ca — The ‘Magnificent’ mantle has been passed.
Heard through the rumor mill that the Bruins are thinking about trading Brian Leetch for Tom Poti. Don’t know how lagit this is, but I say go for it.
With Petr Sykora on board to join Jagr, Straka, Rucinsky, Malik, Prucha and Rozsival, could Glen Sather have more Czechs up his sleeve???
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I do realize that this is Maple Leaf overkill, however, I do want to paint as accurate a picture as possible on the status of the Maple Leafs as they stand right now. There are many rumours out there and even more suggestions here on HTR on what should be done and who should go. It is indeed interesting to hear some of the things bandied about however making a move is much easier said than done. And in reality, alot of what is being said is near dillusional. It was hard in the cap-less world to make moves, but beyond difficult now with a salary cap in place.
I dont like to be so critical but someone has to put things in perspective.
The Leafs have essentially backed themselves in a corner. To sign players with a lockout certain was ignorant. To not use the buyout clause post lockout was beyond ignorant. If they had the cap room available they would have probably addressed the McCabe absence immediately. Obviously their lack of depth did not help as they had little to nothing to offer. But their limited cap room completely tied their hands.
There are rumors thet Curtis Joseph could be leaving Phoenix, and he said to the Star a few weeks ago he’d “prolly only wanna play for Phoenix or Toronto”. Which got me to thinking, is it time for the Return of CuJo?
The Boston Bruins net is crowded, Leetch could be on his way back to the Toronto Maple Leafs or the New York Rangers, Jason Allison is sick and tired of the rumors, the Blues may be looking to dump their high priced veterans and the Florida Panthers are eager to obtain some speed and talent upfront.
One or two trades, or perhaps dropping Quinn and/or JFJ, isn’t going to do it. And yes, I was as happy as anyone three weeks ago when the Leafs were hot (I’m not one of those glass-half-empty kind of guys). After long and thoughtful consideration, here’s why we have to blow this baby up…
According to the LA times, Valeri Bure is about to go season ending surgery to repair his hip. In other news the St.Louis Blues are looking to make seperate deals that involve both Eric Weinrich and Dean McAmmond.
Seeing the effort of the Maple Leafs against the Sens, this team needs a new coach. This game was the biggest for the Leafs this year and the Leafs did nothing. This team lacks chemistry, discipline, fundamentals and heart.
Well, with the season halfway over, some more accurate predictions can be made as to who is gonna make the playoffs and who once again will just have to wait another year.
Boston.com is reporting today of rumours involving Brian Leetch being dealt back to Toronto due to Bryan McCabe’s groin injury.
The Ottawa Senators have gone a significantly different route than their provincial rivals. It wasnt as much by choice as it was by necessity. Small Market franchises have had to live and die by the draft as it was the biggest channel to acquire talented players. It was impossible for a team, that neared bankruptcy to go out an spend spend spend. the team had to draft well, nurture it’s talent and build within. The Sens have done that the last 10 years or at least after Randy Sexton left. This year the team hopes to bask in the fruits of their labour by winning the Stanley Cup.
There are five players I’ve heard the Leafs would like. Leetch, Malone, Recchi, and one of CuJo or Nabakov. I’m gonna focus on the Malone/Recchi-Domi/Czerkawski rumor.
According to tsn.ca, Brian Berard had a positive test for a banned substance during US Olympic summer evaluations last summer. Apparently, he was tested in December by the NHL, but the test was negative.