It is NOT the time to rebuild

People are saying that the Leafs should blow it up, and start again. Total bull shit. If the Leafs don’t win the Stanley Cup this year, which is just about impossible, it will be the third longest droubt in NHL history, and if Chicago wins before 2017 and we don’t, it will be the longest.Remember in 2002 when people said Canada had to win, it had been fifty years, and they had to win to keep their pride??? The Leafs are in a worse situation, everyone already hates them, there have been more NHL seasons then Olympic tournaments in between wins, and the team is a disaster.

The Leafs are not in a position to rebuild. They have to win now. I’m not even saying dismantle their farm, they just have to win this year (again, just about impossible) or next.

This means you take the best 20 players you can get on your team. Loyalties are for losers. I’m not gonna sit here and say “well… Ian White may be good someday, so we shouldn’t get Mark Recchi, who we know can still score 25 goals, cuz if down the road we need a defenseman…” (just an example) You take the best team you can. I’m saying Steen, Stajan, and Wellwood should NOT be untouchable. I like Steen and Stajan, but if you can get a better player by trading Steen, by all means do it.

And you don’t do what Quinn does, and spread the talent and roll the lines. Lindros and Sundin will produce more if they play more. You play the stars as much as you can. And the top 2 lines, should be the best 6 forwards you could have on your team.

What does everyone else think?


16 Responses to It is NOT the time to rebuild

  1. hackm says:

    Tampa got Lecavelier and Richards from the draft. Colorado had Sakic from the draft.

    You need your leader. You need to build around your leader. The Rangers won a cup and tried to buy another; didn’t work. Philly has been trying to buy one for ages; now with Richards and Carter, they’re starting to rebuild. Carter-whom no one will believe I went to school with, lol.

    Anyway, plenty of teams have tried to buy cups. Just doesn’t work for some reason. Maybe human nature, they pick names without considering chemistry. Plus, with the Cap, the only way you can buy a team is by getting people at large pay cuts.

    Which brings me to Sundin, if he wanted to be remembered for more than just failing as a leader. Why not take half? $3.5 a year, or even less? It’s all money that prevents buying a team. And true leaders probably would take the pay cut.

    Anyway, yeah, the Salary cap prevents what you are saying. Anyway, Toronto tried that.. what was their lineup before the lockout?








    a total of 9 people who’d scored over 80 points regularly in the NHL.

    Still never won a cup, even with lines like that.

    For some reason — people who play with a team from their first NHL game, care more about the team. Who knows why.

  2. joechoda says:

    O Neill was ‘guaranteed’ to score 25 goals a year, who says Recchi would?

  3. scout says:

    You do not have to blow up the team to rebuild. 4-6 new players will do it. Next year they will have room under the cap and there are many pending UFA’s.. Look at the Rangers, Hurricanes or Buffalo. Last season they were terrible and now they are capable of challenging for the cup.

    But bold steps are needed now.But we are also owned by the teacher’s pension fund. 2 playoff games are better than no playoff games.

    oh woe are we!!

  4. lukeleim says:

    you went to school with carter? wicked…jk

    A lot of my close friends played hockey with richards for the Kenora AAA stars. not a big deal…

  5. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I TOTALLY agree.

    Rebuilding has become a nice way of putting “salary dumping” or “bankrupt”.

    Keep the core players: Sundin, Kilger, Lindros, Tucker, O’neill, Kaberle, Colaiacovo, Tellqvist, Wellwood, Steen, Stajan, Ponikarovsky, Domi. That’s 7 new guys. Then I’d sign Joseph, Mitchell, Blake, Leetch, Witt, (keep up Kronwall)and on forward get Shanahan, Arnott, Jark Ruutu, and Anson Carter. I’d have Elias up there, but that’s so unlikely it’s crazy.

    That would make our lines…





    Ruutu (good for fighting against the Sens)







    That team could contend. And we could build that team this summer. Don’t know bout the salaries though, but the cap is $46 000 000

  6. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    O’neill’s on pace for 20, and he’s playing on the fourth line with Domi and Stajan…

  7. Aetherial says:


    Nice try playing the devil’s advocate here.

    Unfortauntely, the post is just stupid.

  8. bustaheims says:

    What do I think?

    I think it’s a damn good things you’re not the GM of this team. This year’s Leaf team has issues. Severe issues. I don’t know if it’s a lack of chemistry, or whether they’ve quit on Quinn or Eddie, but I do know that there are serious problems. And, serious problems require serious solutions. What does that mean? It means we don’t continue to trade away our youth for bandaid fixes. It means we don’t add veterans so we can be a playoff team, but instead we add youth and speed to become a Cup contending team. With the cap, we can’t just go out and buy our team anymore. We need to get out of this mindset, or we will never win another Cup. Look at the teams that are contending for the Cup this year . . . Detroit, Calgary, Carolina, Ottawa, Buffalo . . . what do these teams have in common? They built the core of their team through the draft or through acquire prospects from other teams for their veterans. They’ve used free agency and trades to acquire missing pieces, not to create the team.

    Do we need to completely blow up the team? No. We have some good parts in place, and some good prospects coming up. The future, for once, is starting to look bright. Regardless of that, however, this team and its fans need to change our mindset. We’re not going to win this year. We probably won’t win next year. But, unless we get away from the old ways of buying what we perceive as the best players available, we’re never going to win again.

  9. PaulK123 says:

    Your saying to give up our future and take the biggest risk ever in the NHL. What if the Leafs do

    this and don’t win the cup, 5 years down the road they are screwed! Stupid dumb@ss

  10. curtman96 says:

    How does shit like this get posted….Leaf fans need to chill and stop writing articles unless there is some actual news to report. Enough bullshit fantasies.

  11. whitee_boi says:

    Do us all a favour and go jump off a bridge. For your simple little mind there is a salery cap now. and sure you could go out and trade for recchi and opther players to make a run. then next year when ur over the cap and have no farm system to build from and wind up like st louis *****ed almost as much as the guy who posted this. THAT is why you keep players like Steen Stajan and Wellwood who are solid young guys who may some day turn into top line players. So unless you kno what the ***** your talking about stop saying this bullshit on here

  12. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    OK, LEAFYMCLEAF guy. we’ve been buying our team for the past 6 years and its gotten us nowhere. the onlybreason we have, Sundin, Poni, Kaberle, and steen is by team building. Thats how tampa won the cup last year, and how New Jersey, Detroit, and Colorado have won stanely cups in the past.

  13. Ace_Bailey says:

    How is this factual at all? It is more ludicrous than anything. As a matter of fact, I’m beginning to wonder how most of these articles are getting passed the moderators. You have provided decent articles in the past, but this is far from factual. There is no evidence to suggest that the Leafs are NOT in a position to rebuild. Pride is far past the point now. You can’t compare the pride of one hockey team, to the team that represents a whole country, especially one that plays in international hockey. “This is our game, let’s prove it” was basically the mindset of Team Canada. Team Canada is an ideology, but like it or not, MLSE and the Toronto Maple Leafs are a business selling a product. Not to mention the fact Team Canada is built around the best and brightest players the nation has to offer, while the Leafs don’t have that option. They have to trade, sign and draft their players.

    Why would developing potential talent be a terrible thing? This article hasn’t convinced me, and hasn’t brought any new information to the table that isn’t already in the minds of most logical leaf fans: Trade up.

    I’m sorry, but that isn’t very groundbreaking. I don’t recall most Leaf fans saying the youth is untouchable. Obviously if we get a good return then a trade should be in order! But have we not learned something from the Leetch and Nolan deal? The fact is, Steen’s stock isn’t very high right now. He’s young, unproven and in a slump. Having said that, we haven’t seen his upside yet, which could pay dividends when we are actually in a POSITION to win the Cup, not when we are toiling in the bottom of the Eastern Conference! As for myself I CAN cite precedent in Frederik Modin, whom now looks like a very capable player that we traded away.

    If we don’t rebuild now, the team will be in the same position for years without any significant improvement. We even NEED significant drafted players in ORDER to trade up.

    In closing, I have to say that this article is not up to your standard Leafy. This is more of a final grasp to keep the Maple Leaf ideal that we actually have a chance to win in the next few years without drafting high. It’s about time we were all disillusioned.

  14. Ace_Bailey says:

    It was a problem with Roman Mercenaries as well. Rome crumbled at the hands of illogical leaders and mercenaries who cared more about the gold at the end of the day than the country.

    This is the Leafs team.

  15. intothevoid001 says:

    good analogy there man!

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