Leafs 08-09 Timeline

Just for fun, starting now predicting the Leafs every move until this time next year.

Sept. 1 2008- Toronto trades defencemen Bryan McCabe and Alexei Ponicarovsky to the Florida Panthers for Mike Van Ryn and David Booth.
-The Leafs pull the deal everyone expected when it comes to Van Ryn and McCabe but the Poni and Booth comes to the surprise of everyone.

Oct. 5 2008- The preseason ends with the Leafs line up looking like this-


Finger-Van Ryn


Oct 22.- Toronto loses its first 6 games.

Nov. 16. Toronto continues to lose, but Kulemin has 8 goals already.

December 23. Vesa Toskala shines as Leafs have there first winning streak. Antropov tops Leafs scorers with 28 points, 14 goals.

Jan. 1 2009. Leafs are a solid last in the East, fighting St. Louis for last in the league.

Feb. 2 2009. Leafs still losing, but the Kelowna Rockets are tearing it up, they are favorites for the memorial cup.

Trade Deadline- Toronto trades forward Nik Antropov, to the Vancouver Canucks, currently sitting 10th in the west, for Vancouvers 2009 first round draft pick, and Patrick White.
Toronto trades Mark Bell to the Phoenix Coyotes for their 2nd rounder in 2009 and there 3rd in 2010. Bell had 15 goals and 34 points. This moves Jiri Tlusty to the top line where he and Alex Steen catch fire.

Final Standings-
1. Monteal Canadiens- 110 points.
2. Philadelphia Flyers- 106 points
3. Washington Captials- 98 points
4. Pittsburgh Penguins- 105 points
5. New York Rangers- 103 points
6. Ottawa Senators- 96 points
7. New Jersey Devils- 93 points
8. Carolina Hurricane- 90 points
9. Boston Bruins- 90 points
10. Buffalo Sabres- 88 points
11. Florida Panthers- 87 points
12. Atlanta Thrashers- 86 points
13. Tampa Bay Lightning- 80 points
14. Toronto Maple Leafs – 74 points
15. New York Islanders- 73 points

Leafs scoring-
Alex Steen- 24 goals- 61 points
Jason Blake- 29 goals- 55 points
Matt Stajan- 18 goals- 49 points
Nik Hagman- 21 goals- 43 points
David Booth- 23 goals- 42 points

Youth Scoring
Jiri Tlusty- 14 goals- 36 points
Nik Kulemin- 17 goals- 35 points
Anton Stralman- 5 goals- 11 points

June 26- Draft Day. “With the 3rd overall selection the Toronto Maple Leafs select from the Brandon Wheat Kings Brayden Schenn.” Thats right Leaf fans Hedman is off to the Island and Tavares is the newest St. Louis Blue. Recent memorial Cup winner Luke Schenn’s little brother is the Leafs future top line center. Vancouver fell out of contention landing the Leafs the 9th overall selection as well. They use this to select Jared Cowan, once considered a top 5 pick, he had fallen because of a poor season.

The Leafs prospects now look something like this,



July 1. Free Agent Frenzy Begins, Toronto signs defencmen Jay Bouwmeester to a whopping 7 year deal worth 7.4 million perseason.
Toronto resigns Nik Antropov to a 2 year deal with an annual salary of 2.6 million dollars.

July 15. Tomas Kaberle waives his no trade clause and is immediatly dealt to the Buffalo Sabres for there first round draft pick in 2010, Hecht and Nazim Kadri (11th overall pick in 2009).

August 15. Pavel Kubina waives hit NTC as well as one of the key factors keeping him on T.O was his buddy Tomas Kaberle. Toronto trades Pavel Kubina to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Brooks Orpik

Leafs Lines

Schenn-Van Ryn


33 Responses to Leafs 08-09 Timeline

  1. Frank181 says:


    k kramer

  2. leaffaninva says:

    WOW – if only Disney had your imagination

  3. Archion113 says:

    More accurate then the last leafs article, thats for sure!

    I like what you did.  Realistic and down to earth.

    Fun read.

  4. prospectiv says:

    Who wins the Cup?

  5. mojo19 says:

    Not bad, but you really think Antropov will only make a half a million dollar raise next summer after the cap has gone up by so much since he last signed his deal. Nik will look for $3.5-4.5 range next summer.

    But overall that was a fun read. I think the Leafs will mess it up somehow though and finish in 12th in the East, and get the 6th pick overall….

  6. Bure96 says:

    Are you sure the Canucks would trade the 9th overall pick in a deep draft, and a former 1st round pick for Nik Antropov of all people? Not a chance buddy. Nik Antropov is worth about as much as R.J. Umberger is. Maybe a 18th-27th pick, and a decent prospect. Plus with Antropov being a pending UFA NO WAY Antropov is worth a top 10 pick, AND blue chip prospect. The Canucks in a half rebuilding phase right now. Unless a good 4 or 5 points away from 9th place then there's no way the Canucks will move any top prospects, or high picks for players. Maybe 2nd rounders, and maybe a guy like Pat White could be available, but no 1st rounder's unless there leading the division.

    Why the hell would Pittsburgh trade Brooks Orpik for Pavel Kubina? They just gave him a big contract (But make's less then Kubina) and is there only defensive defender, other then Hal Gill.

    And i'm pretty sure Jay Bouwmeester wouldn't sign with a team that just finishe d 3rd last

    Mark Bell to Phoenix is doesn't make sense. They already will have Turris, Mueller, Hanzal, Jokinen, Doan, Tikhonov, Carcillo, and Boedker in there top 8, Bell doesn't fit in there at all. Plus, with Mark Bell's legal issues, why the hell do you think he's gonna put up 15 goals this year? He's been garbage for two years now. Phoenix is a rebuilding team still, and definitely could use that 2nd rounder.

    It would make way more sense if you said Mark Bell was trade to a team like Pittsburgh for a 3rd and 5th rounder. No way Mark Bell is worth a 2nd rounder.

    And pretty much your saying Nik Antropov has more value then Kaberle. Kaberle is an elite defender, and has more value then Antropov, yet the Leafs get an equal, maybe better deal for Antropov then they do for Kaberle.

    Dude, Jared Cowen just won the Memorial Cup. Not a chance he falls out of the top 6.

    And how many teams have EVER had THREE picks in the top 11?

    And Nik Antropov although isn't worth a 9th overall pick, and good prospect, he's worth 4 million, not 2.5. Like come on, that's a joke.

    I'm sorry man, but that was a terrible article. Most people on heer agree with me too (at least about most of it).

  7. tucksfan says:

    as good of a team that montreal has, i dont see them winning the east again this year. If it was not for huet last season for his play up until the deadline, montreal would not have won the east. this is what i think will happen in regaurds to the standings.

    1st-New Jersey (brodeur will shine)
    11th-Tampa Bay

  8. leafmeister says:

    The pick that the Nucks would deal is at the deadline, they would be starved for goals and Antropov fit the bill perfectly. They would have no idea that there pick would be Ninth overall and had hopes that Antropovs goals would bump them up. Teams get desperate at the deadline.

    Jay Bouwmeester would not sign with a team that finished 3rd last if it was a short term contract, but he is young and clearly part of a long term solution.

    With no injures and top line minutes there is no reason why Bell cant put up 15 goals.

    You never know what can happen in a season, Jimmy Hayes, once considered a top 10 pick, fell to 61st. Micheal Del Zotto once pegged 4th overall, fell to 20. Trust me anything can happen.

    You are taking this way to seriously.

  9. pezzz says:

    god, that was a bad bad article. too much too complain about, I won't waste my time.

  10. nordiques100 says:

    if we're talking about timelines, the first thing the leafs need to do is decide what to do with the front office.

    this wait til next year to figure it out makes zero sense now after the guy they kept saying was just interim, made major changes to the staff, hired a coach long term and made significant roster moves and financial decisions.

    not really caretaking or clearing the decks moves if you ask me.

    the organization needs a firm long term plan. everything they are doing is totally short term. its stupid.

    therefore the first thing they should do is make fletcher long term. have him around for 3 years instead of just 1. with the commitments they made in the coaching staff and the contracts they handed out, it only makes sense to have fletcher around to see most of this through.

    is it not stupid to have him do all of this, only to hire someone else and have them make changes yet again? it just makes sense now to have fletcher finish what he started.

    i think giving him more term will help him be more patient. being on a 19th month contract has probably made him have no qualms about taking a stab at a Jeff Finger as it wont be his problem in 12 months. or moving 2nd rounders in 2009 and 2010 knowning he wont be making those picks anyways. thats someone else's problem to replenish those picks.

    the term will make him more accountable and force him to think long term and those repercussions.

    right now i think fletcher is just all over the map. i think being around longer would allow him to come up with a plan and a vision of how the team could be in 3 years or so rather than trying to sort of do that (getting schenn) while trying to make the team semi competitive now (still pining for Sundin) so that he wont go out like such a loser.

    until they decide this, the leafs should do nothing.

  11. Kramer says:

    The Leafs should hire a woman GM!!!  If she makes advances to other GMs, she could get great value on trades.  And if even 1 GM gets the hots for her, we're talking some big time steals for the Leafs.  If I was running the Leafs, I'd fix the team in no time.

  12. cam7777 says:

    he is signed with the organization long term though.  just because he won't be the gm after this year (most likely), doesnt mean he wont be helping make all those decisions.  i'm sure he's not just sporatically spending money to make himself look good this year.  if he was, he would've went after Hossa, and Campbell. 

    that said, i don't really like the job he's doing either.  it seems to me like his plan is to find all the pieces, and let the new gm find the superstars that can drive the team forward.  but that just seems a little backwards to me.  it's like building a car without knowing what kind of engine is going under the hood.  wouldn't it be better to find the superstars, and then build pieces around them?

  13. ericthered1961 says:

    wings for sure this year….barring injuries

  14. ericthered1961 says:

    Good article- fun read…..and quite possible in a parallel universe.

  15. ericthered1961 says:

    Lol….that was awesome Kramer…..some of the best Leaf advice here

  16. tucksfan says:

    lmao. Jay Harrison for Nik Lidstrom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Berkezt says:

    Some good points but Van would never trade two first round picks for Antropov.  If anything the McCabe trade links to, is making more room for Sundin to comeback and maybe another trade, thats about it.

  18. Kramer says:


    Here's more info on Big Foot.  No, not Nik Antropov or Zdeno Chara.

    Two dudes found a real Sasquatch in the woods.  This proves I was right bout a conspiracy going on.

    The government has been producing an army of Chewbaccas!!!!!

  19. hockey_what86 says:

    Chill Out ppl , This is just for fun so lightin up and have some  , 

    Great and fun read leafmeister post some more entertainment , its fun stuff like this that keeps me lookin at this crappy site

  20. leafmeister says:

    Thanks, you are the first person to get the degree of seriousness to this article.

  21. mojo19 says:

    What!? I gave you your props leafmeister

  22. leafmeister says:

    Shit sorry….Yeah you got the degree of seriousness too. lol

  23. pezzz says:

    oh…you were kidding?? then I'm the idiot here loll

  24. leafmeister says:

    I wasnt kidding per say, it wasnt serious though. If it was actually a serious prediction than I probably would have had your reaction. lol

  25. Kramer says:

    Why doesn't somebody – ANYBODY – make a trade?

  26. lukeleim says:

    Goaltenders: Vesa Toskala, Curtis Joseph

    Defensemen: Bryan McCabe, Pavel Kubina, Tomas Kaberle, Anton Stralman, Ian White, Carlo Colaiacovo, Jeff Finger, Staffan Kronwall

    Centermen – Matt Stajan, Alex Steen, Dominic Moore, Boyd Devereaux, Mikhail Grabovski

    Right Wingers: Nik Antropov, Jeremy Williams, Jamal Mayers, Nik Kulemin

    Left Wingers: Jason Blake, Niklas Hagman, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Jiri Tlusty, Mark Bell, Ryan Hollweg
    Trade Bryan McCabe and Alexei Ponikarovsky to the Florida Panthers for Mike Van Ryn, Kenndal McArdle and the Panthers' 2nd round draft pick of 2009.

    Trade Mike Van Ryn to the New Jersey Devils for Dainius Zubrus.

    Mark Bell – Nik Antropov – Dainius Zubrus
    Jason Blake – Alexander Steen – Nikolai Kulemin
    Niklas Hagman – Matt Stajan – Jamal Mayers
    Jiri Tlusty – Dominic Moore – Boyd Devereaux
    Ryan Hollweg – Mikhail Grabovski

    Tomas Kaberle – Pavel Kubina
    Jeff Finger – Anton Stralman
    Ian White – Carlo Colaiacovo
    Jonas Frogren – Staffan Kronwall

    Vesa Toskala
    Curtis Joseph

    Prospect Depth: 

    Darryl Boyce – Chris DiDomenico – Jimmy Hayes
    Kenndal McArdlie – Mikhail Stefanovich – Jeremy Williams
    Dale Mitchell – John Mitchell – Tyler Ruegsegger
    Alex Foster

    Luke Schenn – Dimitri Vorobiev
    Phil Oreskovic – Korbinian Holzer

    Justin Pogge
    James Reimer

  27. leaky37 says:

    Truthfully as a Leafs fan that misses only a scattered game. I think that Antropov will turn into a pure goal scorer "if" he can stay healthy and believe that your trade with the Canucks may make sense. I don't believe they will get a 9th overall pick out of it though, maybe a mid first rounder. As for Mark Bell, I don't believe that he will score 15 goals and fetch 2 picks from Pheonix. IF he do score 15 goals and 34 points, thats great, but I don't believe that a 34 point, 2 mil dollar player is worth that.
    Where/What did they do with Ian White? I can see him fetching maybe a 3rd round pick from a team that needs a PP quarterback .  With the additions of Frogren, Fingure and Shenn I don't see room for White anymore so he can play in the minors for most of the year and then be traded for a 3rd or 4th round pick or be added to another trade.
    I like the fact of picking up Brayden Shenn. I thnk this Kid is the real deal and maybe playing with his older bro may bring the best out of both of them.
    I don't see J-Bo signing with us…As much as I would like to see him in a leafs Uni! Maybe "IF" he is a part of the McCabe deal "if god loves us" will he possibly sign/resign with us.
    I believe that Kaberle can fetch far more the Hecht, a low first and a prospect. Maybe something like:
    To Buffalo
    Tomas Kaberle
    Ian White
    To Toronto
    Thomas Vanek
    Jhonas Enroth
    Luke Adam
    2nd round pick

    If Kaberle could of fetched Jeff Carter and a First from philly I believe this is a fair trade

    Overall I believe this was a good article to read…
    Go Leafs Go

  28. lafleur10 says:

    keep dreaming…………especially in technicolor that deal with buffalo would never happen vanek has a n.t.c  and why would you guys want enroth when you have the great pogge plus that so called deal would cost you more than kaberle and white it  would cost you your 1st r.d picks in each of the next 2 years! plus white and kaberle! vanek is buffalo's franchise player and best player so those picks would be the starting point!also you mentioned that you thought that this is fair because your laffs almost got carter and a 1st r.d. pick from pjilly! well let's look at it like this! vanek is a way better player than carter so that's why your deal is obviously unfair for buffalo and is bias toward the leafs! so i gave you a different prospective on this from a habs fan point of view!hell if we were going to trade for vanek and you were going to propose your kaberle ,white deal we (the habs) could easily top that deal and get vanek! but good points though!

  29. JuicemaN says:

    I understand what you're trying to do but it's a pointless article cause 95% of it won't happen.

  30. lafleur10 says:



  31. JuicemaN says:

    Wow….What a typical loser hockey fan you are.

    I'm thinking you're one of two things…you're either younger than 18 which would explain your immaturity and loser'esk attitude to come onto a Leafs board and try to start a fight


    You're a *****y Habs fan who's overly-excited because your team has finally begun to ice a good product after 15 years of mediocrity.

    And the best part is, I'm a Leaf fan that FULLY supports the Habs organization and have nothing but respect for the franchise, but then there's losers like you who make Habs fans look like immature idiots.

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