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Toronto Maple Leaf News and Rumors
Billy Sweatt, a 21-year-old prospect from Colorado College, officially became an unrestricted free agent when he failed to reach a contract agreement with GM Brian Burke and the Maple Leafs.
Toronto acquired Sweatt’s rights from Chicago in the offseason trade that sent Kris Versteeg to the Leafs
When you have missed the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season and are void of high draft picks, there’s not much hope to sell in an NHL off season.
So many Maple Leafs fans will buy into the notion that Canada Day truly could be free-agent frenzy for the team and that their wheeling-dealing general manager will somehow do something to spin this thing around.
Reality, on the other hand, is considerably more sobering.
So last season wasn’t a great thing to watch for leaf fans (actually it was quite abismal) but things should be looking up with a future with players like these:
Dion Phaneuf:Still only 25 and one of the youngest leafs to be named captain
believe me this guy IS NOT a one and done.
Luke Schenn: 21 and will feed off of the captains lead
TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs do not have a first- or second-round pick at next month’s NHL draft, but that has not stopped the team from trying to land top-ranked prospects Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin .
Leafs D Tomas Kaberle will be moved before the draft. He submitted a list of three teams — possibly the Rangers, Bruins and Flyers — where he’d be willing to go on deadline day. Kaberle would rather not play in the Western Conference …
It’s deadline day and the Toronto Maple Leafs are definitely sellers the question remaining is what can Brian Burke receive for his wares?
Its about that time again. The leafs are going to be missing the post season (again) and are now “sellers” at the trade deadline. So…let’s have a look at who is available this year…
So many inventive ways to lose.
That will be part of the inscription on the epitaph of this Maple Leafs season when it ends without a playoff berth, as most certainly will be the case.
The danger in evaluating the individual components of a ruined hockey season sometimes lies in assessing too much value to the few who have actually performed well.
Yes I know, the season isn’t over, the Leafs can still make a miraculous run to the playoffs and end the 40 year drought, yeah yeah yeah. Anyone who has watched this team without Leaf goggles on knows that they are absolutely hopeless. The goal scoring this year has been decent, the defense has been improving, and the goaltending has been horrendous. Gustovsson plays respectably, but he is not good enough to make this team respectable. Toskala has been terrible, no other word for it, we can usually count on him for one weak goal per game if not more. But with every problem comes a solution, and whadda ya know? Another Leaf article giving one.
Anyways, the Leafs off-season wish list is long, and it will take a lot of signings or trades to get it done. Assuming they don’t resign any UFAs here is what they need.
The last thing Tomas Kaberle wanted when he agreed to a below-market contract with the Maple Leafs was any kind of attention.
That was the plan. Sign for less. Slip under the radar. Let the high-priced help take whatever heat was around.
Alright. It has been just about 3 months since one of the biggest blockbusters of the off-season went down. After a few weeks of rumors, Burke finalized a trade which acquired a young, goal scoring phenom and signed him long term. Oh yeah, and he gave up a 2010 1st, 2nd, and 2011 1st. It is a steep, steep price, and with Kessel being injured for the first month of the season, and the Leafs having a horrendous 0-7-1 start to the season, Leaf fans were not happy about the deal.