Nessessary Changes For The Leafs Off-season

First things first, I have to point out some of the Leafs faults during this season.
First: Not being able to bounce back after a big win. Yes I know how much this frustrates you but it is true the leafs have a serious over confidence issue. Think about anytime beat someone by a 5 or more goal difference they lost the next game.

Second: Honesty the only Leafs who can hit are Tucker and Kilger. Poni and Antro can get the odd good hit in but no one else. Facing a hard hitting team wears them down and they have a hard time winning.
Third: THEY CANT BLOCK SHOTS! now this problem dispite the caps lock is not as big as the others but it needs to be taken care of. If they just got someone like Jay Mckee they could easily not have this problem anymore.
Fourth: Inconsistant special teams, one game the penalty kill will be perfect the next they wont kill a penalty. That is probably the biggest problem ive mentioned so far. Same deal with the Power Play.

Now for realistic moves:
To St. Louis: Andy Wozniewski and a 3rd rounder
To Toronto: Jay Mckee

To Boston: Bryan Mccabe, Matt Stagan
To Toronto: Glen Murray, Andrew Ferrence
Yeah its questionable but Boston needs a hard shot from the point besides Chara and Mccabe could be the answer, also because of Charas presence he wouldnt be relyed on so much defencivly. Stagan has good potential, but doesnt have a carreer in Toronto.

Now for Signings:
Let go of Perrault and O’neill (Peca if nessessary)
Sign Drury 4.5
Kirk Maltby 1.0

The lines would look like this:

Kilger-Peca(If cap wont allow him to stay Move Steen as centre)-Antropov
Steen(Or Deveraux)-Pohl-Maltby



Peca(or Drury)-Maltby-Mckee-Kubina
Drury(or Steen)-Kilger-Ference-Kaberle

That Team is vastly improved from this year. Someone tell me if I got the Cap right I dont know about my calculations.
The Peca stuff can get some what confusing but im sure youll get it.

8 Responses to Nessessary Changes For The Leafs Off-season

  1. mojo19 says:

    I always like the idea of trading McCabe signing Drury, but it won't happen.

    Also I totally agree with what you're saying about not having guys who block shots. We miss the old days when we had all those heart guys who would go out there and do what it takes to win, Corson, Fitzgerald, a younger version of Green, Roberts, before that we had Valk, and we went deep in the playoffs all those years, now we don't have the types of guys who go that extra mile to win. Hopefully Stajan and Steen become these guys.

  2. the_word says:

    The Leafs biggest problem this year is that their horrible playing with the lead.  That stretch in mid season where they fell from 4th in the conference to 12th was a result of constantly blowing third period leads.  It happened again two weeks ago in Buffalo, and almost happened again against Pittsburg and the Fylers.  The Leafs need role players to fill out their rosters.

    Yes, the Leafs fowards are soft, this isn't that big of a deal on the top two lines, but the Leafs lack grinders on the 3rd and 4th lines.  Affordable solution, re-sign Mike Peca (thats a only a start).  The Leafs need to make some difficult decisions on guys like Devereux, Steen, Stajan, O'Neil (ok this one not so difficult) and Pohl.  If the Leafs are to improve, they needs to be a shake up on the bottom six fowards. 

    Maltby would be a great pick up.

    Jay McKee is injury prone, and this season has 0 points in 23 games and is -12.  He's hardly worth the 4 million dollar price tag the Leafs can't afford anyway.

    Drury is getting at the very least 5.5 million a year and probably will sign somewhere for 6-6.5 million, again the Leafs don't have that kind of cap space.

  3. leafs-man says:

    this will never happen!!!
    -peroualt probobly won't be returing
    -O'neil has played his last game as a leaf
    -Drury will get more than 4.5 M probobly 5.5 M
    -Boston won't trade murray. he is their best player and everyone knows what happend when they traded Thornton.

    What I would do:
    -re-sign all of their free agents except peroualt, o'neil and battaglia.
    -Trade Kubina and stajan to Edmonton for a prospect and a pick. (Edmonton has alot of intrest in kubina as they tried to sign him in the off-season and aquire him at the deadline)
    -sign Roberts 2.5 M
    -sign Ray whiteny 5 M-he is the canes' leading scorer with 82 points




  4. leafmeister says:

    All good points 4.5 was just to give you an idea

  5. leafmeister says:

    Dude Savard or Bergeron is easily their best player Murray is expendable

  6. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    yeah way over the cap, McCabe only goes if its to long island

  7. Glucker says:

    i like the idea of ference and mckee… but this is far from realistic, drury is gonna ask for 5 mill at least, and mccabe cant be moved

    stajan will be great, wait for him, and i seriously doubt that the team you have there will be under the cap

  8. Glucker says:

    we dont need to trade stajan, but yea, i like getting rid of Kubina, he's good, but not 5 mill good.
    also, we all love the idea of roberts coming back and winning the cup with us, but honestly, his 2.5 will be better spent on backstrom

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