Final Leaf Notes of the Year

This will likely be my last Leaf article till October, I might write some news, or analysis of signings in July, but there won’t be any more Leaf articles by me for a few months at least.This is the end…

I know this isn’t an actual source, but Locutus of Insider-Rumors.blogspot.com posted on hockeynations.com that Tuesday will be Tie Domi’s last game, because he realizes he can’t do it in the new NHL, and he wants the team to succeed. It’s sad to see my favorite player go without a cup, but that’s what happens when you spend your career with Toronto.If he had gone to Dallas in 02, he might finally be winning a cup this year.

In Defense of Pat Quinn

I’ll admit I’ve been very critical of Pat Quinn over the years, but I will hate JFJ even more (if possible) if he fires Pat Quinn. Quinn has made this team great for years, one failed year, and people are wanting him to go, keep him aboard, he has a great system that the players love. He is to the Maple Leafs, and fellow Yankees fans don’t jump all over this, he is to the Maple Leafs and hockey, as Joe Torre is to the Yankees and baseball. Over the years, there’ll probably be a few players, including Ed Belfour who will or have signed here because they love Pat Quinn.

More sad goodbyes, and a good riddence

A sad goodbye to Ed Belfour, I love the guy, but his time has come. It’ll be good to see him in the hall of fame in 2009 (unless they FINALLY decided to induct all those guys I’ve wanted in for years) it’s too bad McCabe and well… the rest of the defense other then Leetch let us down in 04, or he’d have a cup here. I hope we’re not saying a goodbye to Eric Lindros, give him one more year, play him on Sundin’s wing, he’s too slow to play centre in the new NHL, and was good for a few shifts with Mats this year. We need speed down the middle in the new NHL, so Welly and Stajan are the way to go. A sad goodbye to Nik Antropov and Aki Berg, I liked Berg despite his crappyness, and Nik Antropov is pretty under rated, I liked him. A good riddance to Wade Belak, I’ll see him in hell the big baffoon, who’ll likely be waived/sent down, and it looks increasingly likely that Allison and McCabe will be let go of… The Leafs are 13-0-2 without Allison this year, and McCabe’s defensive blunders have given me headaches for years, good friggin riddence.

Who I’d keep

The current Leafs that I’d like to see back with the team this year are Sundin, Lindros, Tucker, Ondrus, Wilm, Domi (However unlikely), Steen, Stajan, Ponikarovsky, Wellwood, Kilger, White, Kaberle, Colaiacovo, Harrison, Tellqvist/Aubin (only one).

Don’t let go of Sundin.

Who I’d like to add

If I were to say some names of guys that have a good chance at hitting the open market and testing it, Patrik Elias, Curtis Joseph, and Pavel Kubina would be great fits in Toronto. And Roenick would be fun to have. My unrealistic want for this summer is Brendan Shanahan, always liked him. Carter would be a great, cheap pickup to any team also.

Don’t worry Leaf fans, next year will be better

Barring a major boner by the organization, we’ll be in the playoffs next year with the right moves. Just read the ten reasons for optomism in the Star. Good article.

So anyways, that was a nice venting, I’ll see you all next season.


12 Responses to Final Leaf Notes of the Year

  1. wingerxxx says:

    The support of Lindros is a little admirable, but pretty unfounded. The only thing that he managed to prove this year, is that he is only capable of playing 40 to 50 games a year of good old fashioned Eric Lindros hockey. Other than that, he has gotten too slow, too fragile, and will be another year older this coming year. Add that to the fact that Toronto has good depth down the middle, and that Lindros has never been a very good winger. Most of the things that makHe has turned into the kind of acquisition that has epitomized the mistakes the Leafs have made with personnel in the past. He’s a novelty piece, nothing more at the moment. Which is too bad, because I liked him as a Ranger. But for crying out loud…if you are a rebuilding team like Toronto pretty much is, take a pass.

    McCabe, defensive blunders aside, is going to help the Leafs win more games, than lose. They have to at least attempt to keep him. I don’t think that Quinn is a terrible coach, but not the absolute best choice right now. McCabe needs to be resigned before doing the whole free agent thing and making runs guys like Elias, because there are going to be lots and lots of teams in the running for players like this in the offseason. Roenick would be a completely unnecessary acquisition.

  2. toronto77 says:

    Lindros is not only too slow to play center but also too slow to play with sundin. People are saying that Suglobov is the new face of our future, when sundin retires he will be the next player to look to, well then, put suglobov with sundin next season so that he can learn from him, and put another eurpean player on the other side of sundin.

    I have nothing wrong with bringing mccabe back, aslong as kaberle, white, coliaicovo, harrison are with the team next year.

    Williams, pohl and suglobov will most likely be with the team next season.

    I’m missed the leafs v.s buffalo game, but I saw that a buffalo player was immatating a golfer, who was that?…..wat an immature *****.

  3. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Lindros is a great guy, and was great for the team this year, he also wasn’t as slow as people thought.

    I don’t mind the idea of Richardson comming back… just thought of that.

    Sugues seems like a good kid, but I have a bias against all-Russians after the 2002 Olympics when they didn’t go to the medal ceremony cuz they got Bronze.

    That was the ever important to the team, Andrew Peters, who by the way, admit to using steroids last summer.

  4. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I realize Roenick would be unnecessary, but I love Roenick! He’s so god damned cool.

    I don’t think you saw the play where Lindros got hurt, a player two handed him in the arm, wasn’t a Lindros injury problem thing.

    Lindros rocks! I have his old Flyers jersey. 😀 I used to really hate him, but that’s cuz my dad and my uncle hated him, and I knew nothing bout hockey… now I hate my dad and my uncle…

  5. Marky2Fresh says:

    Nik Antropov is pretty under rated

    What??

    Seriously, he takes at least 1 needless hooking or grabbing penalty a game. He’s slow, does not check (back or fore) and coughs up the puck more times then McCabe on his worst night.

  6. Viller02 says:

    Id be pissed off if Roenick signed in Toronto, hes my best player, and I absolutely hate the Leafs organisation. Oh well, if he does indeed sign there, keep your head up for Gauthier this time.

  7. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Gauthier is a dirty shit! See what he did to Vinny and Welly??? Damn, he should die.

  8. Bacon077 says:

    “This will likely be my last Leaf article till October”

    Thank goodness, maybe there are some important things that can be written?

  9. Freeze says:

    At this web site it really doesn’t matter. There will be a couple of dozen other Toronto scribes ready to write their pointless drivel about the Leafs. You can’t ever really escape it here.

    This site should be called http://www.FrustratedLeafFansWithEmptyThoughts.com.

  10. wingerxxx says:

    I did see the play. And there is a reason that players go after Lindros like that. It’s the style of play that he has. There is no way I take him on my team, coming off an improperly treated wrist injury. Simply no chance. There is no telling how his wrist will be, even after surgery.

    Lindros did indeed used to rock. 10 years ago. He’s had some bad breaks in his career, and I think that he gets a lot of heat for things his father caused. He’s not a bad person at all. He was a good Ranger, and I’m sure he’s good in the Leafs locker room. BUT….

    You have to face the reality of the situation with him. He has not had a good season in 5 years, when he was in his first year with the Rangers. Since then, it has been completely downhill for him. That is not an accident.

  11. wingerxxx says:

    He is a below average winger. Even this year, when Quinn put him on wing, he looked out of sorts. He must play center to be effective. Look at his numbers from 02-03, when the Rangers were pretty much playing him on the wing full time, taking the occasional draw. He played atrociously.

    That’s not all his fault, he simply is not suited to playing wing. His creative gifts are better utilized at center. Toronto simply has no business taking Lindros on, with his massive injury problems, and the fact that there will be better players out there to look into, this offseason. I know it’s nice to have a guy who came back home to play, play for you, but you’ve got to be realistic about it as well.

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