Keenan Trying to Re-Create the Leafs?

Late last night I decided to tune into sportsnet to see if the leafs had acquired Eric Lindros. As you should probably all know by now, the Toronto radio stations have been all over the “Lindros to Toronto” rumours for the past couple of days or so. The FAN 590 even went as far as stating that the two sides had already reached an agreement, and were simply just ironing out the last few details.

Sure enough however, Lindros had yet to accept JFJ’s offer, which is what I had expected…After all, from the FAN 590’s point of view, the Leafs have already acquired Lindros approximately 35 times in the last three years (Oddly enough that probably isn’t an exaggeration). While watching sportsnet however I did learn of something that I personally found rather interesting. Nick Kyprios confirmed something that Bill Watters, his colleague from sportsnet and host of “Leafs Lunch” on MOJO 640 had mentioned earlier that day, which was that Mike Keenan had a meeting with Alexander Mogilny in L.A in an attempt to lure Mogilny over to the Panthers.

I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Mogilny went to Florida, seeing as how it is quite clear that Mogilny will not be returning to the Leafs this season, as they are still bitter over paying him such a great deal of cash over the lockout. According to (, Mogilny’s agent J.P Barry has yet to receive and likely won’t see any interest from the Leafs camp. According to Barry, “(They) have not heard anything from the Maple Leafs regarding Alex.”

Florida would probably be an attractive location for Mogilny, as they still have the money left to pay him what he wants, and is currently the new home of two former leafs in Joe Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts. Which brings me to my next point, With Roberts and Nieuwendyk already on Keenan’s squad, and now with the possibility of Mogilny joining as well…it appears that the Panthers may be lead by three ex-leafs who (other than Sundin and Belfour), were the core of the leafs the last couple of seasons.

Keenan and his Panthers appear to be taking a page from Pat Quinn on how to build a playoff contender by targeting veteran talents (let’s not forget the addition of Gelinas as well). Although many of you readers may be quick to point out that this strategy hasn’t worked for the Leafs thus far, there is one thing that the Panthers have working for them this season. The Panthers have something that the Leafs obviously have not had the past few seasons, which is talented youth for the veterans to lead.

With the combination of these high-profile veterans, mixed in with the talented crop of young players that the Panthers have the benefit of possessing, the Keenan/Quinn strategy just might be successful this year.

29 Responses to Keenan Trying to Re-Create the Leafs?

  1. dudemar says:

    Very interesting….

  2. mikemodano9 says:

    its an interesting article….but it won’t pay off….panthers aint going nowhere past the first round(that’s if they make the playoffs)

  3. mush124 says:

    Even if the panthers pickup mogilny, they still aint going anywhere. Good teams have depth, and florida has zero depth.

  4. Maximus says:

    Mogilny is almost 37 and is ALWAYS hurt. I do not think that these vets who all seen better battles will help as much as people think. These players may be great leaders, ect…but I doubt they will vault Florida into contention. I would not want to be a fan of a team were once great players want to come to retire. If they get Mogilny, and I also heard Messier, that would give them four or five players (20% of the team) that are possibly signing their retirement papers with the Florida Panthers. I think that is too many.

  5. CaptainInsano says:

    Geez, why are the Leafs compared to everything?

    Why aren’t the Bruins considered to be re-creating the Leafs for bringing in Leetch and Fitzgerald to join former Leaf ‘bluechip’ prospect Brad Boyes (not to mention that they just had Potvin and Travis Green)?

    Nashville brings in Markov to join Sullivan – THEY’RE re-creating the Leafs, too.

    And if the Leafs bring in Carter and team him with Allison, I guess they’d be recreating the Kings, Bruins, and Capitals.

    Or if they brought in Lindros to join Belfour and Quinn, they’d be recreating the 2002 Candian Olympic team.

    I guess the Rangers are trying to re-create the Penguins/Czech national team for having Jagr & Straka (& Rucinsky & Malik).

    It’s coincidence more than anything: Roberts, Nieuwendyk, and Mogilny are quality veterans with experience in big games, it just happens that they used to be Leafs.

  6. jacksheit says:

    Nice!! a comment to shut up leaf fans *thumbs up*

  7. CaptainInsano says:

    Heh heh I live in Toronto and I am a Leafs fan, I just don’t think hockey revolves the Leafs.

  8. Tweek says:

    yep, that sure shut us alllll up, thanks

  9. 19Yzerman says:

    “Mogilny will not be returning to the Leafs this season, as they are still bitter over paying him such a great deal of cash over the lockout.”

    Being bitter for paying him during the lockout is like being pissed at the gas station attendent because you ran out gas on the road some where. The leafs should bitter towards themselves for signing a contract agreing to pay him any money during a lockout. Is that what happend? Mogilny had a contract to be paid during a lockout?

    I heard that Being payed during a lockout was something Federov wanted and was offered by the Ducks which the Wings chose not to match.I have not been able to prove or disprove this being so. Anyone heard of this?

  10. DTucker_16 says:

    Meh…that’s what the media’s saying anyway ^^

  11. DTucker_16 says:

    lol, well I personally don’t believe that hockey revolves around Toronto, I do understand that there are 29 other teams out there. I’m also not one of those fans who believes that everybody is going to Toronto, so I hope that people will spare me the “GRETZKY AND ORR TO TORONTO” jokes.

    Let me make something clear, I’m not saying that Keenan absolutely loves the Leafs and wants to build his ENTIRE team on the leafs model. All I’m stating is that Keenan must have liked something about the leafs last season, as you can’t argue with me that he didn’t sign two of the leafs best players last season, and now may possibly be on the verge of signing another of their core players.

    Thanks for your comments.

  12. N25philly says:

    Does this mean that every player in the league wants to play in Florida now?

  13. 19Yzerman says:

    Yea same here on Federov. I would like to find out more about any players being paid during the lockout if there was any. Those players and agents could giuness beer commercials “being paid during the lockout???” “Brilliant!!!!”

  14. Nevyn says:

    Mogilny was payed during the lockout because he was injured before the lockout playing for the leafs and not cleared to play during the lockout. I don’t know if there was extra complication where the leafs had trouble scheduling a medical exam with their doctors so they could clear him (and stop paying him).

    I can’t see JFJ being mad about that though. But teacher’s pension reps and Tenanbaum might not be thrilled about it. Toronto can justify spending to win or spending some to lose but sell out. But as witnessed by the no-buyouts and the fight with Nolan, they can’t stand paying someone to be locked out or to get out of a contract.

  15. bartsch says:

    Those who are near the end of their career, evidently.

  16. 19Yzerman says:

    Oh NO!!! I hope that Stanley needs tan crap was a one year thing. Someone tell those people Stanley needs a Philly Cheesteak. LOL

  17. Aetherial says:

    I believe the League refused contracts of that nature.

    Mogilny got paid because he was hurt, on the ice, the season before the lockout.

  18. DTucker_16 says:

    Yeh…I’m not sure about Federov, but I know for sure that Mogilny was paid over the lockout because of his bad hip.

  19. CaptainInsano says:

    Fair enough, I know what you’re saying.

    Roberts and Nieuwendyk long-time friendship makes it no real surprise that they wanted to play together.

    If Mogilny signs with the Panthers AND they trade for Berg AND give Antropov an offer sheet … then I’ll see a Leaf connection.

    I was trying to make the point that if there are guys who played for one team and then end up playing together on another team, doesn’t necessarily mean that the new club brought them in trying to emulate a particular organization.

    Keenan would have gotten Yzerman and Shanahan if they were available, but as it turns out there weren’t a ton of reasonably cheap, proven veteran leaders on the market who still have something left in the tank.

    If Nieuwendyk played for Dallas or NJ last year and Roberts played for the Sens, Keenan would have still wanted them.

    Just happens that they were Leafs.

  20. Oilerz says:

    Why would you want to recreate a losing team?

  21. mikeribeiro says:

    good call !! And watch them this year…boy they will suck !!

  22. vindictiveb says:


  23. skidragoon says:

    Sportsnet a few days ago reported mogo wants to stay in toronto and would accept a 2 million a year salary. I think he could be worth that as long as he plays. Anyways GL to you Almo 🙂

  24. NemiNA says:

    Very well said.

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  26. JeffBurnz09 says:

    Why is it that people keep relating Niewendyk to the Leafs like he’s been there his whole career? He played there for one season. He won the cup in Calgary, made his name there, went to Dallas, won the cup and playoff MVP there, and then won another cup with the Devils. He’s not exactly Mr. Maple Leaf.

  27. DTucker_16 says:

    Because he played in Toronto last season…

  28. Stuv_Dogg says:

    Yeah. Add a couple of “Leafs suck” and “Leafs are not going to sign anybody” and “Leaf fans are dumb” comments and we can finally recreate every other article on this website.


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