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The Toronto Maple Leafs have a grand opportunity in the next few weeks to start righting some of the wrongs they’ve displayed the last several years.
The team practically has a blank canvas to begin retooling and reshaping the entire organization. In fact they can start taking small steps to correcting decades of mismanagement, misguided direction and futility by making some key moves in the next few weeks and months.
Its going to take time and patience on everyone’s part, from ownership, to management, to the coaching staff and even from the fans in order to see something good over the next little while.
Five years out of the playoffs and 42 years of losing however has led to patience being worn thin. But in very short order, the team can start the process of doing what it takes to build a successful franchise.
Slam Sports is reporting that the Senators are not looking to blow up their team however it is noted that they may be open to dealing some of their players who are set to become unrestricted free agents.
Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun speculates on what will happen to Mike Cammalleri.
Mlive.com is reporting a bunch of RedWing news including the fact that the Wings have just signed Zetterberg to a amazing 12 year 72 million dollar contract … WOW.
A big reason for the success of the San Jose Sharks this season and in recent years has been due to the team’s ability to build within via the draft.
Currently the team has 13 players on the roster that came via the draft:
1994 – Evgeny Nabokov
1997 – Patrick Marleau
1998 – Jonathan Cheechoo
1999 – Doug Murray
2001 – Marcel Goc, Christian Ehrhoff, Ryan Clowe, Tomas Pilhal
2003 – Milan Michalek, Joe Pavelski
2004 – Torrey Mitchell
2005 – Devin Setogutchi, Marc Eduoard Vlasic
Obviously some of their 1st round selections have pulled their weight. Marleau and Setogutchi are two-thirds of arguably the best line in hockey. Michalek anchors the team’s 2nd unit. But they’ve really succeeded in other rounds finding gems like Vlasic, Clowe, Pavelski, Cheechoo, Nabokov, who are key core players. The first round, especially the high picks bring the foundation, the other rounds form the team. Having success in both regards gives a team a great chance to be as successful as the Sharks are today (6 regulation losses in 45 games).
The Courier Post on-line is reporting that Flyers could make some moves to bolster their defense before the trade deadline to make a playoff run this upcoming post season.
The ocregister is reporting the Duck general Manger Bob Murray “may have to make some drastic moves if the team does not improve quickly.” The two big names that are mentioned are Scott Neidermayer and Chris Pronger.
Much of the talk leading up to the trade deadline has been rumours circulating that Vincent Lecavalier could be headed to the Montreal Canadiens. There are many reasons for this, such as the fact that it’s the 100th season of the team and what better way to celebrate than taking a big run at a cup, led by a French Canadian star.
But the fact of the matter is the Habs are in the running because they’ve succeeded in large fashion building up a deep and talented organization.
When one speaks of building via the draft, the Habs are often mentioned as they have shown great success going this route after some tough times before the turn of the century.
Currently the Habs have 15 of their picks in the lineup:
Everyone knows I love the Hall of Fame debates. Do you remember a few years ago, when Dick Duff got in, and while statistically he wasn’t of that caliber, the old guys all said “if you ever saw him play, you’d know why he got in”? Well, this is another case. His numbers don’t tell you the whole story. Though, they do tell a good part of it.
The turnaround by the Boston Bruins into one of the league’s elite has come as a mild surprise. But truth be told, the team has used all means to build a quality squad to compete and they should serve as a model that teams should follow.
The key for the B’s has been the draft. 9 regulars have come via the draft and have been key contributors to the team’s rise.
1995 – PJ Axelsson
2003 – Mark Stuart, Patrice Bergeron
2004 David Krejci, Matt Hunwick
2005 – Matt Lashoff, Vladimir Sobotka
2006 – Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic
Scott Burnside of ESPN provides a great listing of the players who could be available prior to the trade deadline. Some of the names on this list are the names that are often mentioned right here at HTR however it is always fun to see names such as Kovalchuck, Steve Sullivan, Gaborik and others mentioned as possibilities to be moved.
Tampa Bay Online is reporting that the off again on again Lecavailer trade rumors appear to be once again … on again.
TSN.ca is reporting that there should be a conclusion to the Martin Gerber saga today. One highly speculated rumor is that Murray will ship Gerber to the Flames to become Kiprusoff’s backup.