Leafs Year: 2008-2009
It looks like the Leafs won’t get much help next season from the prospect Pool. Pogge and Earl need more time with the Marlies. Stralman is a few years away from playing in the NHL, Williams needs a good healthy year before being called up, Tlusty and Aubin will join the AHL ranks next season, and Kulemin has signed a 1 year deal in Russia for Next season.
So this means the Leafs need to go UFA crazy this offseason to keep pace right? Wrong. One common feature of all of the prospects I mentioned, is that they should join the big club the year after next. So THIS offseason the leafs need to work on keeping the pieces of this team in tact, long term.
Sundin 2 years 5.5 mil per year
Antropov 3 years 1.5 mil per year
Poni 3 years 1.5 mil per year
Colaiacovo 3 years 1 mil per year
White 3 years 1 mil per year
Devereaux 1 year 0.75 mil
Battaglia 1 year 0.75 mil
Stajan 4 years, total of 5 years 1.5 mil per year
Steen 4 years, total of 5 years 2 mil per year
Wellwood 4 years, total of 5 years 2.5 mil per year
Morozov 3 mil 1 year
Garon 2 mil 1 year
Suglobov, Harrison, Kubina to Columbus for Foote and a 3rd round pick.
Cap hit of 48 mil (including the amount remaining on Belfours buyout)
So this team is average at best, probably wont make the playoffs. Who cares, look at the 08-09 squad.
Call up some guys with 2 way contracts
The Leafs now have 39 mil spent, only needing 1 more player. They can offer a guy like Heatley 7 mil, and with a slim 46 mil cap you have:
Raycroft and pogge have had 3 years to mature, young guns can provide spark to the team (or if some aren’t ready you can resign Pohl, Battagia, or Devereaux)