Leafs Need To Re-Build!!!!

For the past 40 years us Leafs fans have not been able to witness a Stanley Cup parade down young street, we have had terrible ownership in the form of Harold Ballard, and some controversies. When MLSE took over their goal was one thing, and that was to make money! It was not to put a contender on the ice, it was to make to ONLY make the playoffs!

The Leafs have two very desirable assets who will be UFA’s this year in the form of Mats Sundin and Darcy Tucker. Darcy Tucker is at his highest value right now and unless we don’t do something with him now, JFJ will probably give him a 5-year/30 million dollar contract! Do you want that? He has to go, and he has to go this year!

Mats Sundin wants to win a Stanley Cup with Toronto, but every game his chance of doing that slowly dissolves. Unless we get a stud, young forward on our team we have no chance of winning. You can get a player like that and more for Sundin!

Both of these players are UFA’s and this may be the Leafs last chance at re-building! So I have thought of some possible trades for these two players. The Leafs should also try to dump McCabe on the Islanders, here are the trades:

MATS SUNDIN

To Anaheim:
Mats Sundin

To Toronto:
Bobby Ryan
1st round pick

Anaheim want to go deep in the playoffs and Sundin can help them. Bobby Ryan is the stud player they need to build their team from the ground up, the draft pick helps to.

DARCY TUCKER

TRADE 1:

To Calgary Flames:
Darcy Tucker
Jay Harrison

To Toronto:
Dustin Boyd
Richie Regehr
1st round draft pick

Good trade for Calgary, Tucker is their type of player, they aren’t losing any roster players for him so it won’t affect their playoffs run. Dustin Boyd and Robyn Regehr great players for a re-building team! The draft pick helps to!

TRADE 2:

To Edmonton:
Darcy Tucker
Jay Harrison

To Toronto:
Raffi Torres
Danny Syvret
1st or 2nd round draft pick

Edmonton is once again getting their type of player, Tucker would go great in their system, help them make the playoffs. Toronto gets a young winger, a stud defenseman, and a high draft pick!

Tucker is an emotional player so he will probably request a trade to the West, so he wouldn’t have to face the Leafs for that year. Here is the Leafs line-up after both trades:

BRYAN MCCABE

To Islanders:
Bryan McCabe
Nik Antropov

To Toronto:
Sean Bergenheim
Ryan O’Marra
1st round draft pick

The Islanders wanted McCabe in the off-season but he re-signed with the Leafs before July 1st. This would benefit both teams.

Assuming the projected standings are correct here are how the draft picks would turn out:

New York Islanders Pick: 10th Overall
Anaheim Ducks: 28th pick Overall
Toronto Maple Leafs: 11th pick Overall
Edmonton Oilers: 13th Overall
-or-
Calgary Flames: 15th pick Overall
(if the Leafs trade Tucker to Edmonton they get Edmonton pick, if to Calgary they get Calgary pick.)

That is alot of first round picks, lets get to work

With the 10th overall pick the Leafs draft: Brandon Sutter
With the 11th overall pick the Leafs draft: Logan Couture
With the 13th overall pick the Leafs draft: David Skokan
-or-
With the 15th overall pick the Leafs draft: Jacob Voracek
With the 28th overall pick the Leafs draft: Maxime Tanguay

(The Leafs do not get both the 13th and 15th overall picks, it matters who Tucker goes to).

Lets look at the Leafs line-up a couple of years down the road:

If Leafs trade Tucker to Oilers:

Ryan__Steen__Torres/Boyd (depends if Tucker goes to Oilers or Flames)
Pohl__Stajan__Wellwood
Kilger__O’Marra__Ponikarovsky
Sutter__Tlutsy__Earl
Extras: Newbury, Ondrus

Kubina__Kaberle
Gill__White
Coliacovo__Syvret/Regher (depends if Tucker goes to Oilers or Flames)
Extras: Woznewski, Bell, Kronwall

___Pogge___
__Raycroft___

That is a much better Leafs line-up with lots of prospects down the Marlies and is more focused on the future or present, please not all of those trades are speculation, not rumors.


13 Responses to Leafs Need To Re-Build!!!!

  1. wingedim says:

    I'm not sure you'll be able to get a 1st rounder for either. Especially with the Tucker trades you speculated. As much as I'd love for that to happen I don't see it.
    I'm gonna steal 92-93's thunder here, but JFJ isn't that shrewd nor does he have the spine to make those kinds of deals. ESPECIALLY going up against Burke I think you'd be lucky to get a 4th rounder out of Burke with reasonable player.

  2. wingedim says:

    Besides JFJ has publicly stated, he's not going to be making any big deals this year.

  3. wingedim says:

    Besides JFJ has publicly stated, he's not going to be making any big deals this year.

  4. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    unrealistic. you'll never get 4 1st rounders. other teams would not like those trades.

  5. Ovechkin2006 says:

    That's just stupid. No way they will get that many first rounders and they will have no veterans to lead the young guys. Another thing is that with all those young players, the leafs salary cap will be low so they are bound to get some good players in the near future

  6. Ovechkin2006 says:

    That's just stupid. No way they will get that many first rounders and they will have no veterans to lead the young guys. Another thing is that with all those young players, the leafs salary cap will be low so they are bound to get some good players in the near future

  7. lukeleim says:

    Hal Gill to the Nashville Predators for the Predators' 3rd round pick of 2007.

    Darcy Tucker to the Edmonton Oilers for Andrew Cogliano & the Oilers' 1st round pick of 2007.

    Nik Antropov & John Pohl to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Nikolai Zherdev.

    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Mats Sundin – Nikolai Zherdev
    Alexander Steen – Matt Stajan – Jeff O'Neill
    Bates Battaglia – Travis Green – Boyd Devereaux
    Chad Kilger – Kris Newbury – Wade Belak
    —————————————————–
    inj: Kyle Wellwood & Michael Peca

    Tomas Kaberle – Pavel Kubina
    Bryan McCabe – Carlo Colaiacovo
    Ian White – Brendan Bell
    —————————————
    inj: Andy Wozniewski

    Andrew Raycroft
    Jean-Sabastien Aubin

    Offseason Transactions:

    Let Travis Green, Jeff O'Neill, Michael Peca & Jean-Sabastien Aubin test UFA

    Sign Curtis Joseph, Paul Kariya, Scott Gomez, Mike Johnson & Vitaly Vishnevski

    Paul Kariya – Mats Sundin – Alexander Steen
    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Scott Gomez – Nikolai Zherdev
    Chad Kilger – Kyle Wellwood – Mike Johnson
    Bates Battaglia – Matt Stajan – Boyd Devereaux
    ———————————————————–
    Kris Newbury – Andrew Cogliano – Wade Belak
    Ben Ondrus – Jiri Tlusty – Aleksander Suglobov

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

    Andrew Raycroft
    Curtis Joseph
    ——————
    Justin Pogge

  8. lukeleim says:

    It's difficult to say whether or not the Leafs would be able to sign these players while keeping they're team salary under cap; But, these I believe are realistic transactions… This team could really dominate.

  9. DJTOKid says:

    I totally agree with a plan like that, get rid of the high salried veterans and bring in a youth movement. Then add Leadership through free agency, a Drury, Briere, Gomez, Kariya, or Bertuzzi would add alot of leadership for the young guys.

  10. lukeleim says:

    I figured either Bertuzzi or Kariya… then either Johnson or Carter. Both options would result in great leadership.

  11. mojo19 says:

    JFJ stated he's not going to make big deals? Shocker….

  12. mojo19 says:

    Bertuzzi or Kariya, Carter or Johnson fine. NOT Curtis Joseph. Why are people still talking about bringing that heartless clown back to Toronto?

  13. JuiceBox says:

    This is impossible due to the Salary Cap…Scott Gomez is going to get at least 5 million, Zherdev is on the hook for 2.5, Kariya will ask for at least 3.5 which with those 3 players that is 11 million along with Sundin at 6.33 next year McCabe at around 6, Kaberle at 4.5 and Kubina at 5 million that is over 32 million on 7 players, not going to happen.

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