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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.
TSN.CA is reporting that the Coyotes have re-signed Derek Morris to a 3 year, 11.75 Million contract.
Breaking news…According to Sportsnet Theodore has been dealt to Colorado for David Aebischer…
According to www.tsn.ca, 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.
The Boston Bruins acquire Mariusz Czerkawski off of waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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?
As per what everyone was thinking, the Leafs are in the process of ridding themselves of Mariusz Czerkawski.
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.
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.
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.
RDS is reporting that Mark Parrish has been traded, but they don’t know where yet.
TSN is reporting that Bryan McCabe today rejected the Leafs’ latest offer of a reported $16M over 4 years.
Lately people have been wondering which teams will be buyers and which will be sellers and which will make little or few moves (neutral):
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.
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.
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.
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.
I grew up watching Leafs games with my father. We went to games whenever we could afford/find tickets, we watched the games while he called business clients and I did my homework and we got dressed up in our best blue and whites every playoff game.
As deadline day approaches, now only three more days, all of us hockey fans and sitting back and patiently waiting for our favorite NHL team to pull the trigger. With all the big names floating around we all crave that speedy cener to fill out our top line or that rugged 6’0+ Defensman to step in and lead our core. I’ve been sitting back here for days now, watching Leaf fans (and other teams as well) post their fantasy deadline deals and rumors that they want to become reality. So I thought…. this would be a great time to make my first post on HTR. I felt the need to post what I want my favorite team to do on deadline day. If anybody read or payed any attention to my (sometimes dumb) comments, you would probably know that my favorite team is the Montreal Canadiens.
According to the Toronto Star, Eddie Belfour’s days, as have been speculated, may be over.