Let us also assume that they qualify/resign White, Bell, Kronvall, Harrison, Woz, Steen and Poni and do not resign Peca.
McCabe – 5.75
Kubina – 5
Kaberle – 4.25
White – 900K
Kronvall – 700K
Wozniewski – 475K
Bell – 700K
Doan – 5 million
Nagy – 4 million
Tucker – 3 million
O’Neill – 2 million
Steen – 1 million
Poni – 1 million
Kilger – 900K
Stajan – 800K
Wellwood – 800k
Williams – 550K
Suglobov – 550K
Pohl – 450K
Raycroft – 2 million
Aubin – 525K
Assuming the depatures of Gill, Antropov, Belak, Telly, Peca, Sundin, take place – and Harrison and Westrum are signed to two-way deals and begin the year in the AHL, the total payroll would be 40.35
That means the club is even younger, cheaper than before both on the blueline and on the forward lines and that the only veterans they have are the young veterans. but here’s the thing, the Phoenix-Toronto trade is a little unrealistic. i am trying to think of what else Phoenix would want besides Sundin, Colaicovo, and a 1st rounder (in other words, who would Toronto replace Antropov with that would make the deal more enticing? – Suglobov? Ponikorovsky? Perhaps even Tucker?)]]>
1) trade Gill to anybody for anything.
2) trade one of Aubin or Telly if possible
3) say goodbye to Peca in the offseason – along with Belak, Antropov (if a trade is available for any of these guys, then go for it).
4) and yes, trade Sundin – preferably for a first rounder but more realistically, to another team like the Coyotes who are also dumping salary. so:
Sundin, Coliacovo, Antropov and a 1st rounder to Phoenix for Nagy and Doan and a 2nd rounder.
5) make a decision on resigning Tucker and O’Neill – the leafs will probably be able to afford Tucker for 3-4 million and O’Neill for 1.5-2 million after moving the likes of Sundin, Gill, Aubin/Telly, and Peca.
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Doesn’t seem so good? well the cap space will be increased. the team will be made that much more younger and will be decentralized (well, the big bucks are still with McCabe, Kubina, Kaberle, Doan, Tucker, and Nagy – but that is still more good players than what is on the team right now).
and look at the subtractions and additions:
subtractions: Sundin, Antropov, Coliacovo, Peca, Belak, Gill, Aubin or Telly.
additions: Doan, Nagy – and more prominent roles for Steen, wellwood (both moved down the middle), Williams, Suglobov, Harrison, Woz, and Kronvall (given a spot on the team), and Bell/White (given a top-4 D-spot).
and, most importantly, in the meantime, the leafs will buy themselves more time to develop and rebuild their farm system – which takes time.]]>
on a completely different topic. The Leafs need to make some decisions in the coming weeks on players like Belak, Telly/Aubin, Gill, O’Neill, Antropov, and even Peca and Tucker. Combined these players take up close to 10 million in cap space. some are free agents at the end of the year and would deserve more money, others dont belong in the NHL, others need to be let go because of performance, etc. but what is really interesting is what is going down in Phoenix. with the start they are having there are a lot of players on that squad who are going to be available – the most prominent being Doan and Nagy. With questions surrounding whether Sundin will return or not, and with all that cap space that could be freed up with the players mentioned above, the Leafs should take a serious look and a serious run at Doan and Nagy.
yes, both are free agents at the end of the year and will be looking for 4-6 million each. but they are both wingers, and we all know the leafs have loads of centremen but no wingers. with these two guys around – and with Steen moved to the centre spot, the leafs have an opportunity to load their wings and cut some cap space/trim the fat at the same time until they can develop their own talented wingers from the AHL (Tlusty and Earl are a ways off and there will be more drafting necessary).
this would inevitably mean that the leafs will have to trade a guy like Sundin at some point.
just speculating at this point, but this is the kind of stuff that the leafs have to consider.]]>