According to sportsnet.ca and tsn.ca the Leafs have signed Swedish sensation Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year $810,000 contract with $90,000 in signing bonus.





  1. Elite_Destruction says:

    Also Last year at this time Tim Lince***** had 10 wins, this year at the same time Romero has 7, only 3 less, and one of Tims wins he didn't start the game so really only 2 less, and look at Tim this year, I'd say Ricky is definitely a keeper in my opinion. Also they both were drafted in the first round Romero 6th over all Lince***** 10th.

  2. mojo19 says:

    Making the playoffs this year, or not isn't really important. You're right, we should hold onto Kaberle but anything that would make sense long term as a trade should be considered.

    Burke will be looking 2, 3, or even more years down the road. That's why a deal for a guy like Kessel would make sense for the Leafs. But you're right it doesn't make sense to just trade him for a 1st rounder and a prospect if that's all thats out there, and based on Burke's comments, he won't.

  3. Nevyn says:

    As many quality pieces.  The truth is that most leaf fans have little idea what to realistically expect from most of these offseason acquistions (the college signings, the draft picks, Gustaffson). And players like Exelby and Orr are Burke's style and can hit, but can they play? We'll see.

    Not saying that these moves are bad, Im just saying a fan who has suffered as much as we have should have learned not to tempt fate by crowing before a game is played.

  4. Nevyn says:

    As many quality pieces.  The truth is that most leaf fans have little idea what to realistically expect from most of these offseason acquistions (the college signings, the draft picks, Gustaffson). And players like Exelby and Orr are Burke's style and can hit, but can they play? We'll see.

    Not saying that these moves are bad, Im just saying a fan who has suffered as much as we have should have learned not to tempt fate by crowing before a game is played.

  5. Nevyn says:

    It all depends.  My bet is that JP is under orders to take a big time prospects deal if it is out there for Halladay (under orders because JP would still want to compete in 2010 … except he wont be GM anymore).

    The great decline of Wells and Rios and the slowness to develop of Snider and the top farm prospects, plus the delays in McGowan's recovery, make gambling on winning next year very risky, and if they dont they just might not be able to keep Halladay anyway.

    The only real questions are whether someone will offer enough  (I expect that someone will) and whether the best offers come from out of the division, and whether he'll waive his no trade for where they want to send him.

    It would be a real gut-check to have to move him in the division (on the other hand imagine the bidding war you could start between the Yanks and Sox).

    Romero has looked pretty darn good so far.  But you have to be careful with rookie pitchers because 1) no batters have seen them and 2) they are prone to wearing out late in the year, sophomore slumps and sophomore injuries.  My guess is if we trade Halladay, none of Mar*****, McGowan, Romero, Litsch, Cecil is reelly going to take up that 20 game winner mantle, but if they can keep a stable of them healthy, the rotation depth could make them quite competitive if they can get some big bats.

  6. the_word says:

    I want to 'message' his hairy back? How does that work exactly? How does one text an abstraction of the whole of the individual? I think you've brought a fetish practice I couldn't even conceive of to my attention.

    I don't care if its Burke or JFJ or Donuts Nonis, the Leafs signed the two UFAs I wanted while picking up quality prospects beyond the confines of the draft. I'm attracted to capable individuals.

    You're right though, Beachemin is overrated, he's only awesome in the context of playoff hockey and he doesn't prance around all season padding meaningless stats (fun fact Beauchemin was an intergral part of the Anahiem Ducks blueline that walked all over the Ottawa Senators on route to the franchise's first Stanley Cup). I wouldn't expect someone stuck watching the Sens for years to recognize great blueline. Enjoy the emergence of Brian Lee (he'll be a household name by years end for sure).

    Long story short, I'm tired of all the lectures from people who have no clue what a good defense entails. Playing fundamentally sound and physical makes for a great squad.

    You think Schenn is our best defenseman? I'll be sure to file that under who gives a shit along with the rest of the Beauchemin/Komisarek hate.

  7. the_word says:

    Lets try that game with, say the Habs…

    Carey Price,
    Marc Denis
    David Aebischer
    Yann Danis
    Jose Theodore
    Jeff Hackett
    Mathieu Garon
    Stephane Fiset
    Jocelyn Thibault
    Andy Moog
    Pat Jablonski
    Patrick Roy (demanded to leave)
    Andre Racicot
    Brian Hayward
    Ron Tugnutt

    NJ is the only exception to the rule.

  8. the_word says:

    You're over looking the fa… Nah, forget it, you're beyond irrelevant on HTR, I'm done with you.

  9. the_word says:

    What more could Burke do? He got creative and aggressive without sacrificing flexibility.

    No one is crowning the Leafs, we're simply making significant strides fowards.

  10. nordiques100 says:

    it will be interesting to see who gets shipped out now.

    i have to think, unless a big time offer comes, kaberle stays and its van ryn and finger out the door.

    thats a 6.5 cap savings if they move.

    that would leave:


    here, either white again finds himself up front or is also moved, but while small, i think he and stralman for that matter will excel with all the bruisers on d now.

    so who would have interest in van ryn and/or finger?

    maybe a van ryn for raffi torres deal would make sense for both the leafs and jackets.

    both are often injured but would fill needs of each team if healthy. the jackets need a right handed defenceman and a guy who could help their PP and offence in general.

    torres is an aggressive forward with some skill, combined traits missing from the leafs current top forwards.

    at issue is the injuries of course, but also the differences in cap hits. 2.25 for torres, 2,9 for van ryn. van ryn is owed 3.3 mil, torres 2.7. is the small difference going to make a difference to the jackets? both are playing out their final years on their contracts.

    as for finger, his contract is gross. that would hold things back for sure.

    i think anaheim would have been interested……..had they not been saddled with the giguere contract.

    washington would do it…….if the leafs take back nylander which would be a step back in my opinion. at least here, the leafs would have a forward. maybe they could convince nylander to play in europe, still pay him the 9 mil or so he is owed and not take the cap hit. thats ideal but maybe far fetched.

  11. hockey_lover says:

    Cause YOU have the best understanding of what a "good defense" entails?


  12. muckies says:

    Beauchemin was a good D-man when playing beside Pronger or Neidermeyere, I'd like to see how he is on Toronto where he doesnt have the 2 best D men in the league playing with him. We'll see how good he is, Mike Commodore got a better contract so I'd say the demand from GM's for his service wasnt that great. Anaheim looked amazing without him this year (especially in the playoffs) and almost beat Detroit, so I don't think they'll miss him that much, especially if they could have had him for 3.5 million, why didn't they take that integral part of their Cup team back?

    And while I enjoy Brian Lee developing into an every day D-man, you go ahead and have a great time watching Jiri Tlusty play NHL hockye and take photos of himself. Don't even start comparing Ottawa's farm systems to Toronto's.

    Burke's building from the net out, blah balh blah, doesn't change the fact you guys have D-men that will probably see you play one of the most boring systems in the NHL, off the glass, flip pucks and not enough skill to generate any type of attcking exciting hockey. Not that there is enopugh skill anywhere to do that on the Leafs, but especially now you guys will have  ahard time moving the puck up the ice.

    You guys have built a crease collapse team that will try and win games on the PP. Gonna be a long season in Toronto I think, but you guys will at least have fights to watch right? The Vancouver Canucks of the east, minus the goalie and the top line, or the tough 2nd and 3rd line players, or any up and coming star prospects.

  13. muckies says:



    San Jose as well could be in there.

    But Toronto has had great goalies the last 15 years, that's whyt hey were so good with the Eagle and Cujo, Vancouver is the NHL goalie graveyard, even Luongo cant seem to make it work.

  14. zackman13 says:

    finger's contract is two-way! he can play in the minors as an emergency back-up plan if injuries strike!

    it is not a bad contract, but a bad amount of money. fletcher convinced him to a two-way deal so if we demote him no big deal. does not have to clear waivers.

  15. I-BE-LEAF says:

    From the NHL CBA: “Players who sign their first contract at age 18-21 are required to sign three-year Entry Level contracts; players age 22-23 will be required to sign two-year deals; and players age 24 will be required to sign a one-year Entry Level contract.”

  16. TheLeafNation91 says:

    but who would want Van Ryn and Finger…

  17. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Bsck to Coloarado

  18. the_word says:

    Shhhhhhhhh, I'm talking to people.

  19. the_word says:

    Again, I'm going into this season with zero expectations. Don't understand why I, along with other Leafs fans have to keep repeating this sentiment.

    Beauchemin was a great third defensemen to anchor a top four, not looking for him to make a push for the allstar game.

    Will our defense be boring? I hope so, after watching the last four years of offensive minded defensemen that couldn't be expected to hold a four goal lead while being overly aggressive in terms of the rush (I'm so happy never to have to see Kubina get confident and try to sloth the puck end to end again). I welcome simply straight foward defensive responsible hockey. Its a good recipe for success and I'm sure it'll provide enough open ice hits for the highlight reel. When was the last time the Leafs were a dominant defensive team? 92-93, and there wasn't a single superstar defensemen on the team.

    Outside of Cowen, what do you have in your system? We have a lot of good looking prospects. Of course not all will pan out, however given the sheer number odds are we have a few gems.

  20. lafleur10 says:

     thanks ELITE_Destructon ,you've answered my question and i appreciate it! i sure hop the jays don't trade doc,but with the reports on tsn saying that ricciardi(i hope thats spelled right) wasn't actively shopping him but just seeing what's out there it very well could happen,i agree with you on them getting rid of  wells too,it seems since he signed that big deal he's went down hill? i don't know if you see the same thing,it could be just me. thanks for the update on romero too! i really hope he continues to develop like you said

  21. lafleur10 says:

    thanks  for answering my question

  22. muckies says:

    All top 6 D-men

    Elliot will probbaly back-up Leclaire, Lehner is a great Swedish prospect

    Obrien (Rob neidermyer type, not to exciting)
    Capurrosso (very good rpospect, small but Cogliano like projection)
    Petersson (huge skill, could be a draft day steal, compared to Slava Kozlov)
    Zach Smith (Awesome western league 3rd liner/ Talbot type)
    Cody Bass (prototipaical 4th line center, PK guy)
    Sifverberg (great addition, calm player with great hands, 2nd line projection) 
    Derek Grant (massive body going to college, tore apart his western league this last season, another potential steal)

    So we lack of elite forward prospects, but we'll see what we get back in the Heatley trade, our Defense is stacked not to mention Gryba.  We'll be moving some bodies like Schubert, Picard, Auld, and maybe a few more and what we'll see how those returns pan out.

    Kadri I like, but Cowen will be a better NHL'er for sure. He's gonna look like a steal at #9, I'd say he was a top 5 talent after the big 3 and Kane.

    The Toronto system isnt that great, and I'd say Burke could have done better at the draft. He isn't known to be a great draft day GM. Ottawa at this point is miles ahead as far as NHL talent and prospect talent goes, in every position.

  23. Elite_Destruction says:

    Ye man no problem, and hell ye Wells went down hill even last year he sucked, he seemed to get injured a lot last year, this year has not been yet, so that is a improvement, but his numbers are just not where we need them to be, however he is getting hot as of late, but i think its too little to late for us, as for Ricciard, your right he's just listening to offers, not really asking teams what they would give and such. A littl of topic but I'm REALLY IMPRESSED with Hill, this guy almost ended his career last year, and comes back, and tares it up, also impressed with Lind, and Scutes!

    Ps. Lets hope Rolen can continue his hit streak 😛

  24. Rico420 says:

    I was partial of Jiri Dopita

  25. mojo19 says:

    I think lots of teams would want Mike VanRyn! He's good. I wouldn't even mind keeping him. With Kubina gone, who is going to play on the PP with Kaberle (I hate when Wilson puts Stempniak back there).

  26. the_word says:

    If I didn't know better I'd say you're making up half of those names.

    Needless to say, I'm not in a position to comment on Ottawa's farm system in an informed manner. Again, I happy with what the Leafs have done under Burke, so I'll retreat from the whose is bigger contest for the moment.

  27. RealisticNick says:

    Oh I’m jealous for sure genius, I wish my team that has two better NHL tested goalies didn’t sign the biggest question mark since Brunstrom.

  28. leafmeister says:

    Any team can list all of their prospects and give projections, having a bunch of potential 2nd and 3rd line guys hardly makes your farm system anything good. I can do that with the Leaf prospects and make it look like we have a great farm system.

    Gustovsson – Best goalie outside the NHL
    Pogge – He has struggled, but he could end up being alright as a goalie who splits time, stranger things have happened.

    Kadri- 1st line potential
    Bozak- Highly coveted free agent
    Stalberg- Hobey Baker Nominee, tore it up in college.
    Jimmy Hayes- Once projected in the top 10 of last years draft. He has been compared to James Van Riemsdyk and has 2nd line potential.
    Chris Didominico- Made Canada's WJC squad, an honor non of Sens prospects had.
    Mikhail Stefanovich- tore it up in junior last year, questionable work ethic but top 6 potential.
    Jiri Tlusty- He was rushed in to the NHL, but we have salvaged his career with one year in junior, he looks NHL ready and should be able to make the squad and contribute next year. Top 6 potential.

    Five of those guys have been recognized by a non bias source, be it winning an award, making the world junior squad, being highly a highly coveted free agent, or being considered a top end prospect by scouts at the draft.

    I will give you this, because Schenn and Stralman are no longer considered prospects, the Sens have better defensive prospects. I will take the Leafs forward and goaltending prospects any day of the week.

  29. bleedingblu says:

    Wow…. puff puff give buddy!

  30. mojo19 says:

    I'd rather take my chances with untested Gustavsson and Vesa-T than have to deal with Price and Halak.

  31. RealisticNick says:

    We will see when next season is over if that thinking has changed.

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