Leafs Need to Concentrate Most of their money to Wingers

For the past two years, Toronto’s 1st line wingers have been Nik Antropov and Alexei Ponikarskey, who have been playing with Mats Sundin. Antropov who continues to miss large portions of each season with nagging injuries and after over six years in the Leafs organization he has not scored more then 20 goals. Nik is not a first line player. Same can be said about Alexei, who has been able to stay healthy for the most part of the season, has not being able to be constintent with his point production. Alexei is also not a first line winger.
The Leafs should pursue free agents like Paul Kariya and Ryan Symth, to play along side Mats Sundin. The only thing blocking this from happening is the Cap. John Ferguson would be wise to perhaps trade away Byran McCabe to the Islanders in exchange for negoitating rights for Ryan Smyth. If this happens and Symth signs, the Leafs have a possible chance in also signing Paul Kariya. If Kariya does not work out then the leafs should pursue players like Petr Skyora or Mike Comrie. Either way the leafs should also have enough money to bring back Curtis Joesph as a backup. If all this could work out for the leafs, they would be a serious contender come October.

The Leafs Line could like this

Symth Sundin Kariya

Antropov Wellwood Ponikarsky

Steen Stajan Tucker

Kilger Pohl Deveraux

Defence

Kubina Kaberle

Colaiaclovo White

Gill Kornwall

Goal

Raycroft
Joesph


32 Responses to Leafs Need to Concentrate Most of their money to Wingers

  1. 42wellwood42 says:

    Foget about CuJo!!! Toskala is here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

  2. Benson15 says:

    you can add Toskala and Bell to the lineup

  3. Toonces99 says:

    Bell makes 2 million a year..there goes the money and there goes a star UFA

  4. Glucker says:

    Current lineup:

    Antropov Sundin Ponikarovsky
    Steen Wellwood Bell
    Tucker Stajan Kilger
    Deveraux Pohl Newbury

    Kaberle Kubina
    McCabe Colaiacovo
    Gill White

    Toskola
    Raycroft

    my predictions, Rayzor is out, with some D-prospects, for Draft picks and cap clearing

  5. gregpb says:

    My guess is the Oil lose out on Redden and Pitkanen and end up trading fwith the Leafs.

    To Oilers: Kubina and Robbie Earl

    To Leafs: Joffrey Lupul and 2008 5th round pick.

    Leafs opening day lineup:

    Tucker               Sundin       Lupul
    Ponikarovsky      Wellwood   Antropov

    Bell                    Stajan       Steen

    Kilger                 Pohl          Devereaux

    Kaberle   McCabe

    Gill         White

    Stralman Coliacovo

    Toskala

    Raycroft

    More realistic than getting Smyth and Kariya. No shot at either of those guys.

  6. sydeburnz says:

    But they said they were gonna spend to the cap so you can probly throw in a Kariya calibre player as well

  7. leafmeister says:

    Yeah were not done yet for today. I have a feeling that Kubina will be somewhere else by the end of tommorow at least. Edmonton if they cant get Redden or Pitkinen will be the best team for him.

    Toronto
    Lupul, Islanders 1st rounder, Staios

    Edmonton
    Kubina, Coyotes 4th rounder, conditional 5th rounder, Raycroft

    That would free up enough to get Kariya or Smyth(hope not) then our lines would look like this

    Bell-Sundin-Kariya
    Tucker-Wellwood-Lupul
    Poni-Steen-Antro
    Kilger-Stajan-Pohl

    Kaberle-McCabe
    Staios-Colaiacovo
    White-Gill

    Toskala
    Cujo

  8. rollinfatty says:

    that's not horrible but why would you put bell over most of those players? didn't he get like 20 points last season with joe thorton? for part of it at least… i'd put kilger ahead of him. otherwise those lines are alright.

  9. JuicemaN says:

    If JFJ can pull that off he'll have made up for a lot of his mistakes…if we can score lupol that'd be GOLD…GOLD JERRY GOLD!!!

  10. leafers4life says:

    There are reports that rayzor is in the middle of being traded for a top line winger

  11. gregpb says:

    What type of top line winger can we honestly get for Razor? Hear any names?

  12. leafmeister says:

    If Bell was to produce with anyone it would be with those 2

  13. RealisticNick says:

    Of course the Oilers will trade for Rayflop when they have Roloson and Markanen who are better than Raycroft.  And Markanen is a cheaper back-up.  Try thinking of the trade from the other teams perspective, not just what you want to get and what you want to get rid of.

  14. goleafsgo1316 says:

    this deal the leafs made today gave them a 30 year old goalie who will most likley take over the number 1 job in Toronto and a 26 year old power foward who has some offence potential. However this team is still missing a fluid goal scores. JFJ needs to move either Kubina or McCabe in order to go after a goal scorer like Ryan Smyth, Paul Kariya, Brendan Shannan, Jason Blake or maybe even make an offer sheet to Tomas Vanek.

    This was a good deal for the leafs, but in order to be a serious contender they still need to add a pure goal scorer, who you can count on to score atleast 30 goals

  15. goleafsgo1316 says:

    this deal the leafs made today gave them a 30 year old goalie who will most likley take over the number 1 job in Toronto and a 26 year old power foward who has some offence potential. However this team is still missing a fluid goal scores. JFJ needs to move either Kubina or McCabe in order to go after a goal scorer like Ryan Smyth, Paul Kariya, Brendan Shannan, Jason Blake or maybe even make an offer sheet to Tomas Vanek.

    This was a good deal for the leafs, but in order to be a serious contender they still need to add a pure goal scorer, who you can count on to score atleast 30 goals

  16. leafmeister says:

    Paul Kariya is by far the best option. He is cheap, talented, and can score consistantly.

  17. leafmeister says:

    Rayzor is better than Markanen and he is younger then Roloson. He can split the time with Roloson. He can put up 37 wins that is not easy.

  18. LEAFS877 says:

    I agree with you that Poni and Alexei should be on the SECOND LINE AT BEST, (I don't know how they got to the top line anyway).
    So it is viable to say that we have a couple gaps to fill when it comes to the forwards.

    That's why we need a good forward like you said.
    But for fug sake not Ryan Smyth.
    Let's add Bell to the lineup

    Problem solved?
    Or is there room for improvement?

    Poni and Antropov were re-signed so that's 2 more spots that can't be improved this off season, and battaglia and Deveraux provided some good scoring. This will only allow us to acquire one more forward and judging by the lack of interest that has been shown by JFJ in regard to Peca, he might get away – kind of like Lindros.

    This means that we will likely get an UFA to fill the gap.

  19. lukeleim says:

    sign Ladislav Nagy 3.5 mil per
    Trade Hal Gill to ???? for 2nd round pick of 2007.

    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Mats Sundin – Nik Antropov
    Ladislav Nagy – Kyle Wellwood – Darcy Tucker
    Mark Bell – Matt Stajan – Alexander Steen
    Chad Kilger – John Pohl – Boyd Devereaux
    ——————————————–
    Ben Ondrus – Kris Newbury – Wade Belak

    Tomas Kaberle – Pavel Kubina
    Carlo Colaiacovo – Bryan McCabe
    Andy Wozniewski – Ian White
    —————————————
    Staffan Kronwall – Jay Harrison

    Vesa Toskala
    Andrew Raycroft

  20. 42wellwood42 says:

    To Toronto: Nikolai Zherdev
    To Columbus: Nik Antropov, Andy Wozniewski

    Toskala!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  21. leemon says:

    now that toskala is a leaf and vokoun is a panther.can you say……..
    Raycroft to nashville!!!!!!!!!!!well thats what i hope anyway, piont is we need to clear some salary.

  22. MogilnyFan1990 says:

    I know that Bell is 2 mil/year, but what about Toskala? I went on a site and it said 1.375 mil/year, but is that what he is being paid currently?  Or did he get a new contract and or extension? 

    IF Toskala is 1.375/year, I think that JFJ made a nice trade.  Sssuuurreee we COULD have had Alex Cherepanov or Esposito, but if Bell scores 30 goals this year with Sundin and if Vesa wins 40 something games this year, this deal could turn out to be very smart,  no?

  23. Aetherial says:

    For the deal to be a good one, you have to re-sign Toskala. It will cost much more than what he is making now.

    If they don't resign him, it will just be another in a long list of ridiculously bad moves by the Leafs.

    If he plays up to the standard he has shown thus far, and he resigns for a reasonable amount,  then it is not a bad trade.

    Only time will tell on this one.

  24. mojo19 says:

    Yeah Mogilnyfan1990, the potential is there. Vesa could come in and have a solid record, and put up a sv% over .915, and a GAA of 2.33 or something like that and Bell could definitely rebound and put up 25-30 goals (11 last season, 25 before that, 21 before that). And this could look like a smart move overall. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

    Leafs 4th or higher in the East 07-08

    I HEART VESA!!!

  25. lukeleim says:

    Nikolai Zherdev's value went down the tubes. McLean made it know more than once publicly that he's been nothing but a headache. Andy Woz for Zherdev would probably be enough, though the new GM of Columbus said he wasn't likely trading him.

  26. Seanbond14 says:

    We all should be logical at this point. its very rare that fergie dose anything right so lets go back to basics here. He keeps signing wastes of time like antro. EVERY body wants to see the leafs land a good winger for mats! hopefully a canadian one. Kayria is the weapon of choice if he will come cheap. If not were looking at another lack luster sub par year with the squad we got. No goalies will save us. You know why. Cause raycroft and toskola will only play as good as the team in front of them.

  27. mojo19 says:

    Re: Only play as good as team in front – I think Toskala can steal a couple games.

    Re: Antropov – He's awesome, you have no clue what you're talking about or didn't watch any leaf games last year.

    Re: Kariya – Antropov is better than Kariya, you talk about being 'lack luster' and then you criticize Antropov and think Kariya would be t he answer. lol. Give your head a little shake please. I want another strong forward too, but I'd prefer someone a bit meaner than Kariya. This is why the 6'4" 220 lb. Bell was a nice acquisition.

    Doug Gilmour said he thinks Bell will be a great player for the leafs. Gilmour was given up on in St.Louis and Calgary before becoming a star in Toronto. Bell has all the tools to be a star, if you, like me don't believe he will, you have at least believe he can be a productive 2nd line player. Speed and size, I love it.

  28. sikboy21 says:

    We need to clear salary NEXT YEAR when Vesa gets his fat contract.  By then, Raycroft's 2 years will be up and we'll have all kinds of options.  'cept on defense…

    Mark Bell I don't see as a first or second line winger and I do not expect even 20 goals for him.  I like him tho, much like how I like Kilger.

    Poni is great at helping a star do his thing – not everyone on the line has to be a superstar – most of the time you have a dynamic duo and a grinder.  Poni is that higher-level grinder.  He's great at getting the puck out of the corners and forechecking.

    What's missing is a guy who can play off Sundin and improve Sundin's play.  Sundin does a great job of elevating those around him but no one on the team can make Sundin's job easier.  Just one guy.

  29. sikboy21 says:

    Trade Hal Gill?  Why?  Because you don't like him?  Look at the numbers!  He's got a greatt +/- comapred to the team.  He's also been the best PKing dmen we got.  Everyone talks about how speedy wingers get around him but it doens't happen that often.  The problem we had last year was not defense.

  30. sikboy21 says:

    No one's going to touch Kubina.  Stop dreaming.

  31. sikboy21 says:

    No one's going to touch Raycroft.  He's got one more year on his contract and then he's UFA.  The trading in TO is pretty much wrapped up.  Most of the guys you want to trade away are undesirables with fat contracts.  NO SALE.

  32. RealisticNick says:

    So the Oilers are going to spend more money on another goalie in which they do not even need?  Even if they were to trade for him Markanen would have to be going the other way as I doubt they will be wanting to pay for 3 goalies and one not even play.  And if he is going to Toronto there will need to be more going to Edmonton.  Again it has to make sense for both teams.

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