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Toronto Maple Leaf News and Rumors
Frankly, this season is done. Sure the leafs could have an above average second half, make the playoffs and get knocked out in the first round with the team they have, but WHY? So then in 2008-2009 you bring back the same cast of clowns and do it all again, sneak in the playoffs and get crushed by a contending opponent. We must rebuild and now is the perfect time.
A combined analysis from the team report, and Hockeysfutures report, both done about a month ago.
Nik Antropov if finally trying to play like everyone predicted him to play. THis is his 8th season with the leafs and he is truly fo rthe first time, making a name for himself throughout the NHL. He has 31 points in 31 games, on pace for 82. Although, the past few seasons, some would say he was injury prone, he looks as if he is starting to control that. He is more physical, he is working harder and he tries every second that he is on the ice. I think we all owe him a pat on the back for a job well done so far this season.
First off, I want to start off this article by saying that I think Mats Sundin is one of the elite players in the NHL, and I have been a fan and still am of Mats’. But, since there has been a lot of talk about the trading of Mats, I thought I would pull together a couple trade possibilities that JFJ could make come trade deadline time, and the Leafs are out of the playoff race.
Given the improved play of the Maple Leafs recently, speculation has already started that Toronto may try to acquire a high impact player to help boost their post season run.
The Maple Leafs really need to trade Raycroft.In my opinion they need to trade him for a couple draft picks or at least a decent back up.
This week has been a good one for the Leafs, which was much need after much termoil and chaos in Leafnation during their long losing skid. Whats even better is that the Sens went on a longer losing skid then the Leafs, yet they keeping trying to rip on the Leafs.
1.Best Puck handler.
2.Helps on the pp
3.He plays great defence whenever its needed for the leafs.
According to various sources and reports, the San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs are coming very close to making a fairly substantial trade. It would consist of Patrick Marleau and a draft pick going to Toronto for Tomas Kaberle and a young forward. Possibly Alex Steen or Matt Stajan.
Hey all, brand new here hoping to inject some freaking reality. Big Leaf fan so lets get that out of the way. Also a realistic Leaf fan, we are not going anywhere with this club as it sits now. Sorry you delusional fans. Its not happening. We are a relatively decent talented team with a d-core full of the same guy. And we have a guy that is in my humble opinion, (sundin) playing at MVP level this year (without support). That said, if I was catholic I would be saying hail mary’s but Mats needs to be traded for the good of this team. I love him and would love to see him hoist Stanley in Blue and White, but not happening this year.
I recently read an article in the Toronto Sun, about Sundin being quoted to have said that he would not wave his no trade clause. I just have a few things to say to Sundin. If you truely want to win a cup with the Leafs, and if you do feel like this is where you would like to spend the rest of your career. Then you would want to do what’s best for the team in the long term.If the Leafs are out of the playoffs by the trading deadline
Fans to blame for the Maple Leafs free fall?
Many Leaf fans, as many do when in their shoes; have blamed Maple Leafs General Manager, John Ferguson Jr. for the awful play from the members of the blue & white. Some have even extended an extra finger at Paul Maurice, Richard Peddie and part owner, Larry Tanenbaum. So much finger pointing has been going on lately it’s hard to remember who we’re blaming for what and why. But thus is the life of a Maple Leaf fan. Leaf fans are the only fans in pro sports who each think that they are the actual GM, and in some ways, they’re right.
This might be a bit delayed but it has been bugging me for a while now. This wont be that long of a text but i just need to get this out there, and see other peoples input about this as well. Now there’s no doubt that Toronto has faced a majority of backup goaltenders during the duration of the season thus far, but with everyone saying that Toronto is made up of “2 career backup goaltenders” wouldn’t that mean that the teams that have faced us thus far have faced backup goalies as well?
If Mats Sundin dosen’t retire before the end of the season, sportsnet.ca reported that Sundin likes it in Toronto and wants to stay there for the rest of the 2007-08 season. And since he has a NTC, the Leafs can’t decide whether they want to trade him or not. He said Toronto is his home, and he said while he was playing in Toronto, he never considered playing anywhere else. So, stop making up rumours about Sundin being traded somewhere else!
They say that there are no simple solutions to the Leafs woes. But I’m not that sure that the answer is all that hard. Every one and their mothers have had an opinion on what the Leafs should do. Most jounalists are crying for Richard Petty’s head on a platter. It’s been stated that the leafs need to rid themselves of petty in favor of a Colagelo type manager.
We have heard countless times of how the Leafs are near the cap limit, and I have viewed a few sights but each have different numbers on how close they are. The typical amount amount i’ve seen is 200 000 of cap space left (I will not confirm this number as i do not know the true salary Figures) We also all know how much money our beloved Buds make annually, so this is why i suggest the following.
Richard Peddie has yet to become the villain that JFJ is but I can see it going that way soon. To me Richard Peddie has become the latest version of Harold Ballard. Maybe not to the extent of Ballard but he has done little to help this team.
First off look what he did to the Raptors by appointing HIS man to the post of GM of that team. Rob Bab***** was hands down the worst GM in Raptors short history. Peddie allowed the Raptors to become the joke of the NBA. Also proving he knows nothing on how to run a basketball team.
Second he appoints JFJ as GM of the Leafs. JFJ has done absolutely nothing for this team but burden the Leafs with foolish contracts and trade away the future for nothing that is helping the team now. In the last four years JFJ has dealt away three of the four first round picks in the Leetch, Raycroft, and Toskala deals. Also he has not made a single deal to further the franchise.
Well first off, i understand i will take a lot of heat for writing down my opinion but hopefully many of you see my point. Lets get right to it, Trade Sundin its that simple. Heres the reason in why i believe the Leafs should let, in my opinion the greatest leaf in the history go. This guy for countless years upon years has put his heart and soul on the crease of the Maple Leaf, He’s been a leader since day one, he may not be the most vocal but he leads by example.
I said the best thing for the leafs is some consistency, and now they have that.
Now that the weekend has rolled over, lets look at the entire story.
I’m new and I’m guessing that HockeyBuzz is a bad word around here, but Daniel Tolensky has posted a great column about “Stanley Cup Winning GMs and Some Free Advice for MLSE’s Board of Directors”. I think that he is 100% bang on. I really like the Bob Nicholson (Pres) and Steve Tambellini (GM) combo and totally agree the time to act is now, and not in the new year or the summer. Way too many important decisions to be made to wait.