Fan's View on Possible Leaf Moves
This post is purely speculation, as a true leafs fan this is what I believe is the best option for the buds for not only next year but for years to come.
This post is purely speculation, as a true leafs fan this is what I believe is the best option for the buds for not only next year but for years to come. Some, if not all of my ideal moves will be questioned but this happens no matter what. I will do my best to keep in mind the salary cap, by using figures from similar players to decide an appropriate amount awarded to signing new players.
With the recent acquisition of Mark Bell there have been a couple rumors that the Leafs would like to re-united Bell with former Chicago Blackhawk Kyle Calder. Calder who last season played in 78 games racking up 14 goals, 21 assists for a total of 35 points could come at a decent price and could be a good fit in the blue and white. Last year Calder was paid $2,950,000. He would most likely sign for around $1.75 to $2.5. Another first/second line winger that is speculated to sign with the leafs are Jason Blake and Todd Bertuzzi. Both are solid wingers, Bertuzzi has been in a downward spiral ever since the incident with Steve Moore but maybe a stint with buds could change that around. I do not think Blake is a good fit in with the leafs, mostly for person reasons which have nothing to do with his skill I just don’t want him playing for the leafs.
I believe that Peca is going to be like Lindros was last year, a final option. I believe he will sign somewhere else, I think the leafs best bet is to sign Todd White. White is a good hardworking, defensive center like Peca who could come at a cheaper cost.
I also believe the leafs should try and get a skilled winger for Sundin to work with. Calder, Bertuzzi and Blake are all skilled but Mats needs to point getter to help take the pressures off of him. Which leads me to who I think the Leafs should pursue the most Ladislav Nagy. An offensive threat that plays the wing, I believe him and Sundin would make an amazing duo. If Nagy’s price is too high a possible second solution could be a Petr Sykora.
Finally, with the RFA’s being released today I think Toronto should make a stab at Michel Ouellet and/or Derek Roy. I think these young players are going to be leading point getters in the league for years too come.
Again, this is all pure speculation and I obviously don’t expect all of these moves to happen, maybe one or two of them at the most. But if I were in charge this is how I would want my roster next year to look.
Poni- Wellwood- Antropov
Ouellet- Stajan- Suglobov