Leafs to Follow in Canucks Footsteps?

Does JFJ have the guts to do what Nonis did? or will he just flab around and do some annoying pointless thing, we will have to see, I WILL actually check money and contracts so this is atleast kind of realistic but Im not sure if JFJ would have the guts to do something like this, well here are my ideas…

Alright, I did some reasearch and found out money and things so here we go.

Some of these guys are good and they have been performing well but we have to make sacrafises to get a good team so if we let these guys go:

Peca 2.5 mil
O’niel 1.5 mil
Antropov 1.007 mil
Deveraux 0.45 mil
Battaglia 0.5 mil
Perrault 0.7 mil
Belak 0.675 mil
Aubin 0.5 mil
Sundin 7.6 mil (resign in free agency)

Trade Players:
Kubina for Foote
Gill for Smolinski

That Free’s up about 16 mil

If we can resign Sundin for as cheap as we can that gives us about 11 mil to spend.

We can sign:
Joseph 1.5 – 1 year
Drury 4 mil – 2 years
Roberts 2 mil – 2 years
Linden 0.3 mil – 1 year
Kilger 0.5 mil – 1 year
Steen 0.7 mil – 3 years
Smolinski 3 mil – 2 years


Smolinski’s signing might seem far from real but remember we traded gill, so that free’s up 3 mil, but seeing as Smolinski is a free agent at the end of the year, we could use Gills money to sign him.

Joseph would be a good backup goalie to releave pressure from raycroft and to train him, he could split time, it would be great to see him back in blue and white, Joseph was not only my idea, i got some re-ensurement from replies to my post.

Please restrain from saying things like “that is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard or “Is this a joke!” because I spent quite a bit of time figuring out layers salaries and free agents and it is not as far fetched as you may think.

Thank you, have a good day.

19 Responses to Leafs to Follow in Canucks Footsteps?

  1. Go_Leafs_14 says:

    (When I said for them to follow in the Canucks footsteps I didn't mean sign a bunch of Canucks, I meant make a big change, just so ya know)


  2. rollinfatty says:

    I'm sorry but is this a joke? I couldn't help myself from saying that but I'm actually serious. I understand that you went through alot of trouble to find salaries and what not but the players signing these contracts are not stupid and, in some respects, neither is JFJ.

    I can see eye to eye on signing Joseph and Smolinski wouldn't be too bad either but not too likely  for Gill as Vancouver have plenty of reliable defenceman along with the fact that it isn't a great deal anyways.

    We don't have to sign Kilger as he is under contract for the next two years (I don't know where you found your salaries). I would be extremely happy to sign Roberts but at the same time I would not want to sign him for 2 years as he is prone to injury, he can be the difference between a team making the playoffs or not.

    Linden 0.3? Typo? Drury for 4.0? Possible I suppose but I would expect him to go for more.

    Kubina isn't going anywhere and why get rid of Devereaux and Antropov? I might go as far as to say why get rid of Peca but I kind of want him out too.

  3. keyzero says:

    honestly speaking, I don't like bashing people but
    I have to say you did a very very poor job. I'll just say that. I'd like to say like million more "bad things" but I'll keep it to myself because I'm pretty sure others will do it for me anyways lol

    I'm actually having a difficulty where to start.

    1. so you're trading a defencemen (gill) for a center (somlinski)?
    if so, who are you trading with because smolinski is an UFA.
    and 3mil/season for him? that's waaay too much for a 36yr old.
    And even if he was under contract with the canucks, why would we want Gill when our defence is already so good.

    2. Did you type linden or did you mean lingren? or lin#@!$!#@$?
    cuz first of all, trevor linden is not going anywhere
    secondly, i belive the min salary is 450k or somewhere around there but definitely not 300k.

    3. Although 4m/season for Drury sounds about right, some idiot GM will be offering 5+m/season. probably chicago.

    4.are you sure you want to risk 2 years on Gary Roberts? He's 41 this year, and that means by the end of the contract, he's gonna be 43. Chances are, he'll retire. In addition, 2yr/season is too much for him

    5. So which one of these moves is a "gutsy move" like Nonis did?

    6. you still don't have a francise player. (maybe sundin but he's gone soon)

    7. I don't think Cujo's the answer.

  4. polastem says:

    Again, why are we trading a 5 million dollar defensemen for an older defensemen who makes near the same money?

  5. bigscoup says:

    If you really look at it, the canucks only made 1 real change and that was in goal.He is the only real diff between last years canucks n this years….sure others have been added but LUONGO changed that team.
     So if the leafs are to follow the canucks,they had better find a top nhl goalie……..GOOD LUCK……And if you think pogge is the answer you are so so WRONG

  6. Go_Leafs_14 says:

    "Again, why are we trading a 5 million dollar defensemen for an older defensemen who makes near the same money?"

    Foote is not making as much and he is better, and the canucks did let a lot of guys go and made a few changes with free agents, but i guess i did over exadurate a bit, but what do i know, im just a kid.

  7. Go_Leafs_14 says:

    I guess I did exadurate a bit for it being a big change, haha but what do i know im just a kid.

  8. Hoondog2 says:

    Sorry, but you don't know anything about Pogge's future, none of us do.  He has excelled in every league until he played for the Marlies who are terrible, and thats only because most of the Marlies of recent years are on the big club.

  9. JuicemaN says:

    We were one of the worst defensive teams in the league and to improve that we're going to trade Gill (one of our better dmen from last year who had a career year) for Smolinski?  The Canuks have zero use for Gill, they have one of the best defensive lines in the league and then have Luongo backing them up….out of all the things they need; a goalie and dmen are the last things.  they need to score.

    Trading Kubina for Foote would be ridiculous, Foote has been nothing short of terrible in Columbus and frankly isn't worth his salary any more than kubina is.

    But I respect your article and knwo what it's like to put that kind of work into it only to have people spit out dumb comments like "this is dumb" or "you're an idiot",….decent article with decent ideas but some are an extremely long shot.

  10. diehardcanuckfan says:

    maple leaf fans are a joke. thinking you can compare your self to the canucks. you'll never be that good of a club again trust me. leaf fans should move on watch oprah windfre or cindrella. cuz thats how boring the maple leafs are and always will be. leaf fans are to self centered its time to talk about other things but dont get your shorts in a bind when you dont know what 2 + 2 is.

  11. polastem says:

    lol I understand what you were getting at, but in all honesty, unless you're getting a goaltender or a foward in return for kubina, what's the point? Our young guys can fill in for trades of Gill and Kubina if we can get some of that salary freed up, or land some decent prospects in return, but what we really need is a forward and a goaltender.

  12. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    This is more comparable to Boston last season. Bosten changed the bulk of their team. Vancouver kept the meat and potatoes of the team, but brought in a top notch goaltender. Consider that Offensively the Leafs are much better than the nucks. I wouldn't touch the offense (maybe add a good 2 way player like drury). Having said that, I like the tinkering on defense.

    A vancouver like deal would be McCabe for Mason. highly unlikely, but just an example.

  13. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    kubina is a 5 mil curse for 4 years. oote is a 4.6 mil curse for one season. and Kubina needs to be playing 30 minutes a game, not 15.

  14. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Well the marlies were a young team, and it was really a trial year. Pogge should have playe in the juniors for another season. As for top notch goaltnding, Backstrom anyone?

  15. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Foote has been good, as long as he has limited ice time. plus you can't expct any offensive production out of him, so white and coli get PP time. The icing on the cake is, its a one year term, Kubina has 4 years left.

  16. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    "maple leaf fans are a joke. thinking you can compare your self to the canucks. you'll never be that good of a club again trust me."

    Well, offensively the Leafs are 6th best in th league, Vancouver is 22nd. Luongo is the only reason the nucks aren't picking ahead of philly.

    "leaf fans should move on watch oprah windfre or cindrella. cuz thats how boring the maple leafs are and always will be."

    High octane offense, league leaders in hitting, playoff hockey for the last 30 games of the season. The Leafs have been one of the most exciting teams to watch this year.

    "leaf fans are to self centered its time to talk about other things but dont get your shorts in a bind when you dont know what 2 + 2 is."

    this is a leafposing page. are you suggesting we should be talking about someone else on a leafs page???

  17. bigscoup says:

    That statment just proved my point…He has not excelled with the marlins because" they Are terrible"…..What do you think the leafs are?????
     If he was a standout goalie his stats would reflect it…they dont
      And to say he is on a weak team is a poor excuse…Patrick Roy played on a very poor team yet his stats showed he was a number 1 goalie
     pogge is a above avg goalie but, he isnot a ROY or LUONGO at best, he wil turn out as  CAM WARD clone

  18. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    I hope he turns out like cam ward, and hoists the cup at the ge of 21 (which would be next season)

  19. bigscoup says:

    bol….toronto and stanley cup should never be in the same sentance….you have waited 40 years,whats anther 40 huh

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