Leafs In Desperate Need Of A Trade?
This can only be good news for us leaf fans who want to rebuild. After last nights game in Washington the leafs have lost their third veteran defencmen to an injury. After trying to skate backwards in the 1st period on the pathetic Washington ice, defencemen Ken Klee twisted his ankle.
Now with another leaf injury the leafs are forced to call ANOTHER defencemen from the marlies, or to make things easier would JFJ just make a trade. After watching the two new marlies defencmen playing with the leafs which are Jay Harrison and Andy Wozniewski, i am very impressed with their play. They were able to stop Oli Jokinen on Monday, they were able to stop Lecavalier, Richards and St.louis on Tuesday and last night they worked really hard on Ovechkin and Jay Harrison was able to take a slight break away from Ovechkin WITHOUT taking a penalty, something the leafs take too much of.
After the leafs have just finished an 8 game losing streak it looks as if another one is on it’s way, the leafs play New Jersey tonight, a team that they have beaten twice, but this time they have Elias and the devils are on a bit of a hot streak. Than they play Atlanta on Tuesday, a team that they are used to destroying but the thrashers are also on a bit of a hot streak. Than the Rangers on Friday and Saturday that doesn’t look to good, than games against the capitals, sabres, sens, canadiens, isles, lightning…etc. You can very well see that the Leafs schedule does not can any easier for them and they could be out of the playoffs before you know it.
With all these injuries happeneing to the Leafs D-core it apears that defence is not their problem, it’s goals for which is the problem of the offence. With players like Sundin, O’neill, Allison, Ponikarovsky, Stajan, Tucker, and two awesome rookie forwards in Steen and Wellwood that the leafs are having problems scoring. Every leaf fan knows that if the leafs are to compete they are going to need another defencemen and a winger, but i say instead of one D-man and a winger, why not just have 2 wingers. I am quite satisfiyed with the young defence players we have now. I say we call up a D-man from the marlies now and wait for coliaicovo to come back.
What players can we aqcuire at the deadline? I don’t know but the players that we should get rid of at the deadline are Berg, Khavanov, Klee and Antropov it is time for these players to go.
Here are some suggestions for the leafs:
The leafs offence is to be determined but their defence should stay like this:
on the power play(5 on 4)
on the penalty kill (4 on 5)
I doubt that JFJ will get rid of the 4 players I suggested and will not stick with the youngsters, so expect him to make a trade very soon. Sometimes I wonder what’s even the point of writing an article if the leaf organization is not going to listen to the fans.