Changes needed

first move: fire john *****in furgason (jfj) he has not produced any star talent and has overpaid for some of the crap that wear a leaf uniform.
second move. Gotta move McCabe some way…i know he has a no movement clause but if u tell a player ur not wanted here anymore he’ll probably waive it…what u can get is a whole different story..
3rd move gill he does not block shots, hit, move the puck and gets caught in the offensive soon….as he did today when the flyers scored the first goal.
4th move stajan…he’s young has some value so we could get something for him….there is no room for him on the leaf roster….sundin, wellwood, peca and pohl….and i would not switch anyone one of those guys for stajan..

Needed…..grit, shot blockers, smarter defensive players and a winger or two

here is what i would do….

first look to acquire horton…young star player who is unhappy in florida

trade: stajan,white, McCabe (might not be possible but we can try) 1st pik, 2nd pik an young player(eral, williams..etc not tulsty or kuliemin)for horton, bouemester and van ryan (salary high)…van ryan is being overpaid a bit so its somethin that could work for mcCabe if we sweetin the deal a bit…I know this deal would be tough to make but the point i am makin is we need to make a BIG change and acquire some super stars if it means givin up our young players….we can fill the holes left by those players with good free agents who would not cost a lot…but aquiring a super star will force us to spend 6-7mill on one player. to get something good u gotta give up something worth value…McCabe an’t….but we can try….deal does not have to look exactly like this but along these lines.

trade kronwall, gill and steen for jason smith and torres an high pik……yes i know steen is young an has potential but so does torres an he has more grit, toughness and can score 15+ goals aswell and smith is a cheap, shot blocking rock at the backend……

trade van ryan late pik for boyton…..boyton had a rough season but he is a number one D man his value has dropped and he is still only 28….an would provide the leadership that we lost when sevhla an yuskevich brought…..

trade Kilger young player( know he has done a good job but battaglia an deverouex provide the same for a cheaper price) for jamel mayers

hartnell tough left winger for 2-3mill a season
cujo – mill
peca – 1.5-2mill
poni an antropov – 1.2-1.3
horton – 3.5

Line ups

Hartnell – 2.5 Sundin 4.5 Horton 3.5
Poni – 1.2 wellwood – .9 Antropov -1.3
Torres- 1 peca – 1.5 tucker 3
Battaglia – .6 Pohl .45 Mayers .9 (i think)

Kaberla- 4.25 Kubina 5
Boumester 4 (sign long term) Boyton 2.9
Carlo – .9 Smith 1.9

Raycroft 2
Cujo 1

= 43.3 mill add 1mill for for subs Deveruex, pilar or waznoski

45 mill rounded up

Gives the leafs 2mill to play with might lose mill dependin on what happens with sundin situation but still this team will fight, scrap, score, block shots and play with heart…..i know we got players tied up so moving them could be hard but its still do able…..look at lou in jersey up against the cap and managed to move waste and that no one would want….creativity is needed for that a new GM is needed because jfj has failed

10 Responses to Changes needed

  1. Hoondog2 says:

    I don't see any improvement in that team, it might even be worse.

    Can we please concentrate on this season.  2 wins and we're playoff bound!

  2. the_word says:

    A fairly ambitious off season plan, and I'm not sure if its really that deseriable. 

    I like the idea of trading Steen though (allow me to step back upon my soapbox).  Steen has 0 goals in his last 12 games, began the season with 1 goal in his first 33 games (gotta loves those players who start and finish strong huh), is still the Leafs worst foward for coughing up the puck, doesn't block shots, doesn't play with any sense of urgency or passion despite his numerous slumps and is perhaps the Leafs biggest disappiontment this year. 

  3. lukeleim says:

    Some ideas you propose I really like… Though I don't think this team is much better than this years version of the Toronto Maple Leafs. If we're going to blow up the team like you obviously feel is needed…

    Offseason Transactions:

    Andrew Raycroft, Andy Wozniewski, Nikolai Kulemin & the Leafs' 1st round pick of 2008 to the Florida Panthers for Jay Bouwmeester, Brady Calla & Tyler Plante

    Hal Gill to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Penguins' 3rd round pick of 2008.

    Ben Ondrus, Pavel Kubina & John Pohl to the Edmonton Oilers for Joffrey Lupul, Marc-Antoine Pouliot

    Sign Niklas Backstrom, Curtis Joseph, Vitaly Vishnevski & Todd Bertuzzi

    Let Travis Green, Yanic Perreault, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Bates Battaglia & Jeff O'Neill test UFA

    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Mats Sundin – Nik Antropov
    Darcy Tucker – Kyle Wellwood – Todd Bertuzzi
    Alexander Steen – Matt Stajan –  Joffrey Lupul
    Chad Kilger – Michael Peca – Boyd Devereaux
    Kris Newbury – Marc-Antoine Pouliot – Wade Belak
    Prospects: Brady Calla, Jiri Tlusty, Robbie Earl, Brent Aubin, Jeremy Williams

    Tomas Kaberle – Bryan McCabe
    Jay Bouwmeester – Carlo Colaiacovo
    Vitaly Vishnevski – Ian White
    Karel Pilar – Staffan Kronwall
    Prospects: Dimitri Vorobiev, Anton Stralman, Phil Oreskovic, Jay Harrison

    Niklas Backstrom
    Curtis Joseph
    Justin Pogge
    Tyler Plante

  4. Leafinc says:

    Defensive end they are a lot stronger bouemester botyon and Smith are A LOT better on the back end then, McCabe, Gill and white….an jus by improvin the D you have made a huge difference. Also even if the leafs do win the 2 games what do we achieve a rough first round?….i am a diehard fan……but if the leafs win then jfj probably stays and that won’t help us next yr

  5. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Both this one, and the one before me include trading Gill, and a 1st round pick. Both are very deisable assets.

    Mine looks like this:

    Trade Kubina, Raycroft, Suglobov, Harrison to LA for lumbering 6' 7" prospect Brian Boyle (a guy who could potentially play between Antropov and Poni), and a 3rd round pick.

    Sign Boucher to a two way deal, he can challange Pogge for the starting job with the Marlies.
    Sign Thibult 1 year 700K
    Sign Backstrom 3 years 4 mil
    Resign Williams at 500K (3 yrs)
    Resign Kulemin at 500K (3 yrs)
    Resign Colaiacovo at 0.9 mil (3 yrs)
    Resign White at 0.7 mil (2 yrs)
    Resign Poni at 1.5 mil (4 years)
    Resign Antropov at 1.5 mil (2 years)
    Resign Devereaux at 0.7 mil (1 year)
    Sign Morozov at 3 mil (1 year)
    Sign Drury at 5 mil (3 years)

    Total cap hit 46 mil




    Marlies potential callups, Boucher, Earl, Westrum, Harrington

  6. mojo19 says:

    18 more wins and we've got the cup. Also Mayers isn't under contract with ST.Louis after this year so theres no need to trade for him, you can sign him without giving up anyone.

    Also, the buzz around town is that JFJ is trying to resign Devereux and St.Louis is having contract talks to renogotiate Mayers' contract, which he's expected to get over a mil per season

  7. Leafinc says:

    according to TSN and the Hockey News Mayers is resigned for 3yrs….an secure jfj tryin to resign guys he gotta be FIRED…. he has dropped the ball and lets bring someone with experience…..Neil Smith is an option..

  8. leafs-man says:

    this is making the team worse

  9. ShadysBackRJ says:

    simply put; horton, bouwmeester, and smith wont be traded

  10. Enigma says:

    according to many sources in the past he’s the reason the leafs didn’t land Pronger. Jfj valued him a lot and didn’t want to part with Kaberle and steen to get a potential norris trophy winner. Yet another reason to fire John Ferguson.

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