Leafs should re-acquire Owen Nolan

The Toronto Maple Leafs are missing three wingers currently, Darcy Tucker, Alexei Ponikarovsky, and Kyle Wellwood. Center isn’t as much of a worrying point, because Matt Stajan can always move up. Wing has been a problem for the Leafs since back when they had a 60 million dollar team, with their top three wingers, Nolan, Roberts, and Mogilny often hurt. Now the Maple Leafs are facing some injury problems, and there’s a cheap affordable option.
Owen Nolan.

Nolan may not want to return, because of the absolute douchebaggery of John Ferguson junior, but he’d be a valuable addition. He’s having a solid year on a weak Phoenix Coyotes team.

There’s also the Sundin factor. Sundin would raise his numbers incredibly, he’d be a great force when playing more physical teams if the Leafs can sneak into the playoffs. He’s been improving as the season goes along, getting back into shape, and on a line with Sundin would be able to pop in 20-25 goal.

He’d be a rental player, so it would be hard to gauge his value, and at this point, after the 8-0 thumping of the San Jose Sharks, would the Coyotes even want to trade him.

Even you are watching the Capitals-Coyotes game (I’m looking at the score sheet on Sportsnet) you’ll see he’s got two points in a game the Coyotes lead.

Overall, I think if the Leafs can snap up the power forward, they should.

24 Responses to Leafs should re-acquire Owen Nolan

  1. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    I disagree, look at what the injuries have done so far. Devereaux has played great, Newbury has his first NHL goal, and Ondrus is playing a great physical game. The Leafs will not win the cup this year, so injuries bring oppritunity. Maybe if a few more guys go down, we can See what Williams and Westrum can do with the big club.

  2. DeathCab says:

    The Leafs need youth with a hint of veterans to help nurture the young ones.  What we don't need is to repeat the mistakes of the past.  Nolan, at the price the Leafs paid, was a mistake the 1st time he was a leaf, and if they gave up anything to bring him back, it would just be another mistake.

    What's with you and your apparent hard-on for the aging veterans of the Quinn era there Leafy?  Move on.

  3. Alozo07 says:

    Leafy you must not know hockey well enough to know that with the injury mike peca sustained and the length he will be out, we could sign a free agent. And nolan being old and often injured, why dish out those kind of dollars for him, why dont we just sign eric daze, most likely for under a million. He has had past injuries,  but nobody has been willing to give him a second chance he so desperately deserves. Hes big he can score, and hes not really old hes 31 as to Nolan who is 34 and plays like he is 36. Daze was once NHL all star game MVP.

  4. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Leafs Payroll:

    Mats Sundin ($6 840 000)
    Bryan McCabe ($5 750 000)
    Pavel Kubina ($5 000 000)
    Tomas Kaberle ($4 250 000)
    Mike Peca ($2 500 000)
    Hal Gill ($2 100 000)
    Andrew Rayflop ($2 000 000)
    Darcy Tucker ($1 596 000)
    Jeff O'Neill ($1 500 000)
    Chad Kilger ($1 000 000)
    Nik Antropov ($1 007 000)
    Carlo Colaiacovo ($901 740)
    Matt Stajan ($800 000)
    Kyle Wellwood ($800 000)
    Alex Steen ($770 180)
    Alexei Ponikarovsky ($725 000)
    Wade Belak ($675 000)
    Jean Sebastien Aubin ($525 000)
    Bates Battaglia ($500 000)
    Brendan Bell ($450 000)
    John Pohl ($450 000)
    Tie Domi ($1 250 000)*
    Ed Belfour ($750 000)*
    TOTAL: $41 164 920

    CAP SPACE: $2 836 080

    Owen Nolan costs $1 225 000
    If Eric Daze costs $1 000 000

    That's less than the cap space we have, and I didn't even have to subtract Peca, also consider that a lot of Nolan's salary has been paid out.

    If we did both..




    Problem is, Daze sucks. I'd be happy with this until Pecks gets back.




    And once Pecks comes back.




  5. 92-93 says:

    leafy, this is dumb even for you.

    Owen Nolan?

    after what happened between him and JFJ/MLSE???

  6. Sundinrocks13 says:

    Sundin already has 18 g in 34 games so I think with out Nolan he could easily get 30 goals atleast. We should be rebuilding, but if we are trying to make the playoffs, I would rather get somone other than Owen Nolan. He's probably going to get injured anyway.

  7. PaulK123 says:

     Actually JFJ was on the fan today and he said that after all of the salaries average out the Leafs only have about $500,000, Raycroft showed what he is capable of in yesterdays win against Boston, if he plays like that most of the time he will be unstoppable!

  8. koolcracker says:

    I thought Daze was hurt again. Anyways, I'd take him for half a million of the Peca money, why waste cap space?

  9. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Peca is out for a long time, Nolan would not help this club, we have too many 2nd line players we need a 1st line player like Doan.

  10. 42wellwood42 says:

    I think it would be a good thing for the Leafs. The Leafs arn't going to win the cup with only rookies and one vetran, Sundin. Sundin and Nolan would be a great line.

    First Line:
    Wellwood Sundin Nolan

  11. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Doan is so *****ing over rated, and Nolan IS a first liner.

    Ya, he has played 9 more games, but he hadn't played in 2 years when he started the season.

  12. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    That's just bull shit, Raycroft made one good save, and a bunch of shitty ones. Rayflop sucks, and will always be an over rated crappy back up goalie. I'd rather have Tellqvist in net.

  13. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    The difference between Nolan and Daze is $725 000, most of which has already been paid out by the Coyotes.

  14. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Also, it's $500 000 at the moment, with the minor league call ups. Once Antropov, Wellwood, and Poni are back, and those guys are in the minors, it'll be more, I mean, I did already show you guys the math.

    The cap is complicated, and anything really can be done to manipulate the cap around the deadline.

  15. 92-93 says:

    1) the leafs are not going to win the cup this year anyways

    2) the leafs have more than one veteran on their squad.

  16. lukeleim says:

    What a horrible, unrealistic idea. Just wait, so far the call-ups have filled in great. Wellwood should be back Saturday… the lines should look something like this:

    Alexander Steen – Mats Sundin – Jeff O'Neill
    Matt Stajan – Kyle Wellwood – Darcy Tucker
    Bates Battaglia – John Pohl – Boyd Devereaux
    Ben Ondrus – Kris Newbury – Wade Belak

    Tomas Kaberle – Pavel Kubina
    Carlo Colaiacovo – Bryan McCabe
    Hal Gill – Ian White

    That's right! Chad Kilger may get scratched once Wellwood is healthy. Bates Battaglia has been playing better out of the two left wingers and the call-ups have been playing excellent. The 4th energy line played great against Boston Monday night. Devereaux has 3 pts in as many games.

  17. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Wellwood, Deveraux, Steen, and Newbury all suck…. Battaglia too.

  18. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Kilger in there too. I say:

    Alexander Steen – Mats Sundin – Jeff O'Neill
    Chad Kilger – Kyle Wellwood – Darcy Tucker
    Bates Battaglia – Matt Stajan- Boyd Devereaux
    Ben Ondrus – John Pohl – Wade Belak

  19. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    oh boy. why does Wellwood suck, why does Steen suck, what have Battaglia and Deveraux done to you other than give 110%, and Newbury plays 2 minutes a game, how can you complain about that!

  20. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    not true, Poni, Wellwood and Antropov are on IR so their salaries dont count agaist the cap right now, but you still have to account for them because they will be back. Heres the math for you:

    Peca-2.5 (he could return so you have to take it into account)
    Total:41.4 million
    Plus: Belfour buyout 0.8 mil (split over next season), Domi buyout 0.8 mil, Allison bonus (overdue from last years cap) 0.5K.

    TOTAL: 43.5

  21. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    23 points is a ist liner hmmmm, well with Poni, O'neill, Wellwood, Tucker, and Sundin with more points, I guess we don't need a 1st liner. Doan has 30 goals and 66 points last season, and is having a rough time. Put him with Sundin and he'll do much better. Put Nolan with Sundin and he'll get injured trying to fit Maurice's system.

  22. lukeleim says:

    Ondrus – Newbury – Belak line was the best line last night.

  23. DeathCab says:

    Wow Leafy.  For a guy that claims to be a Leaf fan, you sure don't like any of the current roster.

    I suggest you pick a new team to cheer for, or just stop *****ing about every little thing the Leafs do.

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