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Toronto Maple Leaf News and Rumors
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.
OK I’ve read some reports that Bobby Ryan won’t be speaking to Anaheim for the rest of the season about his contract and have read that the leafs will be keeping a close eye on his progress this season as he is a rfa at seasons end..
Everyone says we wont be able to get him do to the lack of picks we have and prospects, but i have a proposal…
What are your ideas for the rebuild for the leafs?
Mine are after 3-11-5
First we need to trade
This is what we should do first
Trade Toskala, Finger, Ponikarvosky to Anahiem for Gigeure,1st 2010
Trade Mayers to Atlanta for 4th 2010
Resign Gusstavson 3y 6.9M
Yes, it is still the summer, and the last thing anyone wants to think about is February, but who can resist some Toronto Maple Leaf trade speculation? Yesterdays move has brought in some mixed views from all Leaf fans. I feel that although Stralman has some top 4 potential, he was likely never to reach that in Toronto’s suddenly deep blueline. The return of that trade made me start thinking about the trade deadline and some possible moves. I am not going to predict any specifics, but the Leafs have 10 players entering UFA status at the end of next year, so assuming the Leafs are sellers some of them should be gone. Burke has said that his goal is to make the playoffs, I dont think he feels that any small move will get this team to 8th spot, or else he would be making them. Anyways, assuming the Leafs finish roughly where they did last year they will be sellers at the deadline. Here is a list of Leafs going into UFA status next year.
As a long time TML fan I have come to notice every year Toronto pushes for a playoff spot until around the trade deadline when they give up. This year I was hoping to grab IMO one of the best forwards in the draft. Brayden Schenn. However draft day came as a dissapointment. No disrespect to Nazem Kadri. But by not being able to draft Schenn. Why not trade for him? I think one of your “lesser Defensmen” packaged with something could bring Brayden to the blue and white.
Burke made it clear he wanted Brayden Schenn in a leaf uniform in the next couple of years. TSN even caught his disgust on camera when the Kings drafted Schenn this year, but Burke hasn’t given up on the Schenn brothers in Toronto. Rumor is Burke is currently working out a deal which would see Toronto send Tomas Kaberle and Jiri Tlusty to Los Angeles in exchange for Alexander Frolov, Brayden Schenn and the Kings 1st rounder. Frolov put up 59pts in 77 games and has been on a decline in the past couple years. In the WHL Schenn put up 88pts in 70 games. The Kings hope to make the playoffs next year meaning their pick will likely be in the 10-16 category. In Return they recieve a top 2 defenceman in Kaberle who usually puts up at least 50pts and a promising young forward in Jiri Tlusty who put up 66pts in 66 games for the marlies and added 4pts in 14 games for the Leafs this past year.
Common sense tells us that the Leafs will trade at least 1 of their Dmen away to get a forward(s). Brian Burke was on TheFan 590 today and did absolutely nothing to dismiss these rumors.
I suggest we look at a couple options about what we could get in return for some of them.
First off lets look at Toronto Defencemen
As a leaf fan, I cannot see how our team is going to penalty kill let alone score goals. One thing that I think Burkie should do is this:
I Everyone, the following is not a rumour Its just my opinion about the draft, Free agents and of course my 2cent idea of what Leafs plans are for coming up summer.