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Win Win Situation For JFJ.

Its the day after the NHL trade deadline and many members of Leafs Nation (corny term for Leaf fans, hate it) may be ready to serve up John Ferguson Jr.’s head up on a silver platter, but lets look at it from another perspective. In listening to JFJ speak after the deadline passed yesterday I got the feeling that he did want to pull the trigger on a couple of deals, but was unable to do so. Is it possible that Ottawa outbid Toronto for Arnason? Yes. Is it possible that the JFJ laid the ground work for a deal involving Ryan Malone in the off-season? Yes. But most fans are upset at JFJ for either not buying or not selling; when in fact this was possibly the best move the Leafs could make pretty much standing pat, pardon the pun.

The Leafs Roster/Salary situation next season

I don’t know exactly where people get the idea that the Leafs have 20-25 million to throw around on free agents. I have taken a look at their situation, made a few reasonable guesses, and assessed their salary and what they likely have to spend. IN some cases, I am not positive about salaries or whether the player is under contract (Kronwall, Tellqvist?). My estimates on re-signings may be a bit high or low, but OVERALL, this should give a pretty accurate picture:

My initial reaction to what the Leafs did.

What the hell happened there? John Ferguson didn’t get younger, he didn’t load up to make a playoff push/run, he didn’t cut ties with bad players, and kinda semi-rebuild. He did nothing.

JFJ Has a 'Plan'

JFJ Has a Plan

Mar 9, 2006.

Beating the Habs Wednesday night must have inflated JFJ’s renewed optimism leading him to believe that his struggling Leafs can make the playoffs. A noble attempt. Here we see the organization behind the decisions at Deadline 2006. Restructure – as opposed to rebuild – or make a bid for the playoffs. Fans cried for the former. MLSE called for profits … oops, I meant, playoffs.

Enter Luke Richardson. Bye Ken Klee.

This must have been part of the ‘plan’ JFJ spoke about prior to the season’s onset. This was where the Leafs were to have a plan in place to be competitive. Not only this year, oh no, but into the future as well. He expressed, said sentiment, of long term moves in recent interviews at Deadline 2006. Then, turned around and picked up a veteran.


Morris off the Block

TSN.CA is reporting that the Coyotes have re-signed Derek Morris to a 3 year, 11.75 Million contract.

Theodore to the Avs!

Breaking news…According to Sportsnet Theodore has been dealt to Colorado for David Aebischer…

Oiler's Goalie on Waivers….

According to, the Edmonton Oilers have placed Goaltender Mike Morrison on waivers. This is apparently a sign that they are looking to pick up a legitimate number one goaltender……..In my opinion, I am shocked that G Mike Morrison is placed on waivers, considering his solid play. Can one shootout loss really mean the end of Mike Morrison in The City Of Champions??? Interesting.

Bruins acquire Czerkawski

The Boston Bruins acquire Mariusz Czerkawski off of waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

A quiet deadline day for the Habs?

It’s looking more and more like this Thursday, March 9, the NHL’s trade deadline, will be a lot quieter than it usually is. While many fringe teams are still deciding if they are buyers or sellers, it’s pretty clear for Bob Gainey and his staff that the Canadiens are buyers. But does Gainey want to disrupt the chemistry of his team, who have gotten at least a point in each of their last 9 games going into tonight’s dance with the Leafs? Does he have to offer what other teams will want in exchange for what the Habs need? Is it worth giving up some good prospects for an iffy playoff run?

Czerkawski on Waivers

As per what everyone was thinking, the Leafs are in the process of ridding themselves of Mariusz Czerkawski.

News on the Flyers and more

You can silence the rumors on Bertuzzi to the Flyers, Clarke has stated that he has not been in contact with the Canucks and the team could never afford his salary. Now the question is if you can believe him.

NYI to be sellers

The Brooklyn Eagle reporting:

Mike Milbury & Coach Shaw stated after the Olympic break that the Isles needed to pocket 8 out of 10 potential points over the five games leading to the trade deadline. Hitting this total of 8 points would determine if the Isles would be buyers or sellers at the deadline. Following the loss last night to Washington, the best they could hit would be six points over the five games and therefore are now going to be sellers.

Quinn has had to go for 3 years now

I hear a lot of people hopping on the “get rid of Quinn” bandwagon. Well it’s about time. I have been saying this for at least 3 years now. The Leafs have had some marked success in the last few years, but it has had nothing to do with Pat Quinn. Only in Toronto will one of the greatest players in the game get the same ice time as the average Joe on most teams. And only in Toronto will he be lined up with the worst and most average players on the team. Mats Sundin is a potential 90-point getter, even more, but he doesn’t get the ice time, and he doesn’t get the linemates, and he hasn’t for almost 4 years now.

Mark Parrish Traded?

RDS is reporting that Mark Parrish has been traded, but they don’t know where yet.

McCabe Rejects Offer

TSN is reporting that Bryan McCabe today rejected the Leafs’ latest offer of a reported $16M over 4 years.

Who Will Be Buyers, Who Will Be Sellers?

Lately people have been wondering which teams will be buyers and which will be sellers and which will make little or few moves (neutral):

McCabe Information to fuel the fire –

Bryan McCabe did OFFICIALLY reject a contract:

4 years at $16.5 million.

Watters and Kypreos claim that no new offer sheet was ever sent to him, but that part is speculation.

Recchi and Leclair on Block

The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly called every team in the NHL and has said that left winger,

John LeClair and right winger, Mark Recchi are both availible.

Norstrom Re-signs

Chalk off yet another big name from this summer’s free-agent market.

Veteran star defenceman Mattias Norstrom has agreed to a $8.5-million US, two-year contract extension. The Kings had not yet made the announcement official but a source confirmed the deal.

Toronto and Phoenix close?

Okay, take this for exactly what it is, a rumour.

Phoenix has been knocking on Toronto’s door recently, and now seems to be stepping up into the Ed Belfour talk. It appears as though Phoenix is seriously trying to get Ed Belfour from Toronto, and has a package of players that they would be willing to move, in exchange for the right pieces from the Maple Leafs. Reports out of Phoenix are indicating that the Coyotes would ship Mike Comrie, Curtis Joseph, and one of either Paul Mara or Derek Morris to Toronto, but their list of demands is high. In return, the ‘Yotes want Belfour, along with two young bright spots in Toronto’s depth charts, Kyle Wellwood and Andy Wozniewski.