Czerkawski on Waivers

As per what everyone was thinking, the Leafs are in the process of ridding themselves of Mariusz Czerkawski.Also, the Blues have placed Jesse Boulerice on waivers.

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44 Responses to Czerkawski on Waivers

  1. PaulK123 says:

    I think all of you know what this means, the Leafs are going to re-build. If they weren’t going to the Leafs would keep him to put in trades.

  2. intothevoid001 says:

    so since czerkawski is on waivers, this is the deciding factor in the leafs rebuilding? i don’t think thats the case. i think the management changed there mind about him for whatever reason, thats all there is to it.

  3. intothevoid001 says:

    though why they wouldn’t try and trade him for even a draft pick boggles my damn mind. another stupid stupid mistake from a very stupid mangament.

  4. flyersfan_92 says:

    I haven’t really seen him play this year is he awful, or just not playing much??

    Would he be a good second line scorer on a deep team or is he done?

  5. wingerxxx says:

    They shouldn’t have signed him to begin with. He has had a few nice seasons, and is a moderately skilled player…and is a nice guy by all accounts…but he hasn’t played top level hockey in a while now. This should put the final nail in the coffin of his career. He is good for scoring a few goals now and then, but is just not a difference maker. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, no team with Czerkawski as a top line right winger will be much of a threat to win the Stanley Cup.

  6. Marky2Fresh says:

    He wasn’t bad at all, 2nd or 3rd liner but very capable. Quinn just wouldn’t play him

  7. LeafsLegacy says:

    he was hot (a streak of 4 goals in 4 games), but hes useless now, he has been workin on his defencive play, but still useless

  8. CaptainModano says:


    Quinn hardly gives this guy a chance but plays Domi all the time even though he’s got 1 goal in 50 games or something.


    Does anyone else see anything fish about JFJ’s new team and old team dropping a player on the same day?

  9. CaptainModano says:

    I meant fishy, lol

  10. Huller says:

    if toronto doesn’t win this game against the habs, i think i am correct in saying that they won’t make the playoffs. Even if they do the wil obvisualy have a hard time anyways

  11. toronto77 says:

    definalty worth picking up at the deadline, for any team going to the playoffs….thank you stupid quinn for not playing him.

  12. thatleafsguy says:

    Czerkawski…….why did it take this long to waive him? Mogilny sitting in Albany wasting away, if only the Leafs didn’t sign Allison, Belak, Antropov, Czerkawski, and Khavanov, they would have had enough money to bring back Almo and possibly Nieuwy and Robs and would definitley be in a playoff position right now……I dunno whats going through management’s heads.

  13. thatleafsguy says:


  14. Realistic says:

    Just because is placed on waivers, does not necessarily mean he is being given away for free…sometimes deals are made based on a waiver claim.

  15. GaryPuck says:

    I think he will be a good addition to a team heading to the playoffs. He was a low salary (500k) which makes him even more attractive to pick up off waivers.

  16. dijon45 says:

    What were they thinking??? The guy plays 3 games straight on a line with sundin and he gets 3 goals. Then they bench him for so long and then finally put him on waivers. I feel bad for the poor guy. He did great for the leafs and i hate to see him go like this. Also, How can you call up a guy from the minors fly him to toronto and then tell him to forget it and send him back down to call up some one else. Make up ur freakin minds. Gosh. Anyways thats my two cents.

  17. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    thank you for proving leafs management is brilliant.

  18. djstoop_id says:

    Yeah, but the guy has the same problem anywhere, so I wouldn’t go as far as saying that the Leafs are the real problem in this case (although hiring in the first place was pretty bad).

  19. mojo19 says:

    Maybe they don’t want to get rid of him intothevoid001. They probably are trying to send him down to the minors so that they can save the cap money on his contract, but in order to do that, he first has to clear waivers.

  20. 92-93 says:

    it is amazing that there is this much uproar over Czerkawski being waived.

    he shouldn’t have been signed in the first place. period. this is a good move and all the leaf fans out there that are upset over this, i’m just happy that you are not ever going to be a leaf GM.

  21. 92-93 says:

    how many more chances is this guy going to get? how many more teams is this guy going to play subpar for?

  22. habsoverserver says:

    What a waste of money on czerkawski and lindros. They would have done much better to get Yanic Perreault for league minimum.

  23. gohabs73 says:

    is “Almo” Alexander Mogilny??

    if so, i don’t think you need a lot of money to bring him back…

  24. afanofthelakings says:

    If noboby wanted Alexandre Daigle, noboby will take chakkarezskoskiny… ?? that guy 😉

  25. afanofthelakings says:

    like it’s goinig right now, Leafs are gonna win tonight

  26. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Say it ain’t so! The Polish Prince is no more.

  27. 92-93 says:

    just a comment on the Belfour – to – Edmonton rumours.

    i just don’t think its going to happen. Cujo – yes. Roloson – maybe. Biron – maybe. Belfour – no …

    UNLESS, toronto adds Tucker to the deal. then i think the leafs have the edge on the other teams. Edmonton would be willing to add Belfour’s contract for next year if they could get a guy like Tucker for the playoffs this year and next season (and his contract being 1.6 million). otherwise, trading just Belfour to Edmonton should not really appeal to the Oilers at all.

    the options then for JFJ are:

    1) trade Belfour and tucker and lose the latter but also lose Belfour’s contract so that you don’t have to buy him out next season

    2) don’t trade Belfour and buy him out (but keep Tucker).

    if the leafs could get Conklin and a defenceman like Staios or Spacek (or a prospect like Syvret) in return from Edmonton – i’d trade Tucker and Belfour.

  28. 92-93 says:

    you really shouldn’t be listening to some of the above comments.

    Czerkawski is/was AWFUL.

    he didn’t play much – true. but when he did, he stunk. didn’t do ANYTHING. now these other guys will say – ‘oh, but we didn’t give him a chance to play, usually it takes him 20 games to start scoring’ or some other BS.

    No – this guy just sucked. he didn’t do much on the ice, got a few goals playing beside Sundin and that is about it. amazing how easy it is for some leaf fans to give crappy guys a break and make excuses for them. i guess we are used to it with the likes of Hoglund, Berg, Belak, Renberg, etc.

  29. 92-93 says:

    sorry, but no – keeping Niewuy and Roberts – even if it did get them into the playoffs this year – would not have been a good idea.

    its time (finally) for youth. the vets you mentioned would have taken sports away from guys like Steen and Wellwood. i’ve had enough of those guys, its time for a change. why can’t some leaf fans accept the fact that the leafs need youth and that this year is supposed to be a transition year?

  30. 92-93 says:


    boy, that’s really slanting the info quite a bit there.

    they guy socres in 3 straight games? yeah, BECAUSE he was playing with sundin. what did he do in the other 16 games? oh, i dont know, how about 1 assist.

    that’s right. in 19 games he has 4 goals and 1 assist. that’s it. forget it. i’d rather have a marlies guy like Ondrus (who played well tonight) or Williams or even Battaglia than have this guy up. shouldn’t have been signed in the first place.

    good riddance.

  31. 92-93 says:

    this is true.

    i was also lobbying the leafs to pick up Samuelsson (who is with Detroit and doing well) and Carter (who is doing well with the Sedin twins).

  32. NinjasOnly says:

    I hope they replace him with Tony Danza.

  33. Aetherial says:

    Uh, What if no one was going to offer him that pick because they KNOW that the Leafs will put him on waivers?

    You can’t always blame the Leafs management. The other teams are not stupid either.

    What bothers me about this is that they are probably not anticipating getting rid of a forward.

  34. Aetherial says:

    I am betting someone gives him another chance at that salary. They won’t be able to resist the scoring depth potential heading into the playoffs.

  35. Aetherial says:

    That is a real tough call. Do you try to hard to unload Belfour that you give up one of your very tradeable assets for less than you might get otherwise?

    If they get a good prospect and a pick out of the deal, I guess it is OK.

    Otherwise, I think you might see Eddie in the nest again next year. I really wonder if the Leafs will want to eat the buyout. If it isn’t Eddie, then who? Who is a much better starting goalie that is likely to be available next summer?

  36. thatleafsguy says:

    not really, just imagine this team with that trio aswell as Wellwood and Steen. we’d be unstopable. you would have had youth on defense by not siging khavanov, belak or berg, aswell the forwards that shouldn’t have been signed…..there would be plenty of space for the youth.

  37. thatleafsguy says:

    Why would the leafs want conklin he is a useless third tit.

  38. 92-93 says:






    [Wilm, Belak, Czerkawski]

    … ok, MAYBE space for Wellwood when Sundin went down with an injury —- maybe.

    but no steen, steen doesn’t get a chance. the line-up is slower and just as injury-riddled with Niuewyndyk and Roberts in and out of the line-up as Lindros and Allison.

  39. thatleafsguy says:

    cut czerkawski, belak, antropov and possibly domi and replace with steen, ondrus, Lindros, maybe under different cir*****stances lindros doesnt get hurt……

  40. thatleafsguy says:

    I was thinking more like:





    [Wilm, Ondrus, Domi]




    [Harrison, Kronwall….etc.]

  41. 92-93 says:


    good riddance!

  42. thatleafsguy says:



  43. 92-93 says:

    good, czerkawski is gone. but the disease of apathy is still alive and well in toronto. i get the feeling that the cronyism in leafland and the favourtism from Quinn and MLSE is making certain players (correctly) think that they know they can play like crap or be one-dimensional players and not worried about being traded:


    “It will play out. We’ve got all summer, we’ve got all the time in the world. I’m not concerned. I’ve never done a contract before in the middle of a season so it’s no big deal.”

    “It’s something you can’t control,” McCabe said. “I love it here, I want to be here, as does everyone in this room. But you can’t worry about it. It’s the same thing every time the trade deadline comes and goes every year. I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.”

    “Meanwhile veteran pugilist Tie Domi implied that if he the Leafs try to trade him, he will not report to his new club, even if it is a Stanley Cup contender. It appears clear Domi simply would walk away from the game. “I’m not going anywhere,” Domi said. “I signed here to retire here. I will retire a Leaf. “I think they would talk to me if they were considering (trading me). I wouldn’t (agree to go).”

    and they are both right. neither have to worry or be held accountable.

    in the meantime, guys like Harrison and (today) Ondrus are getting sent down after playing better for the Leafs (Harrison in his own end anyways). lets hope that Harrison will be called up after the injury to his hand heals. he is supposed to playing for the Marlies in the next week or two.

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