Off-Season Game Plan

Alright so as we all know the Leafs have have roughly 11 million to spend this off-season. I personally believe the Leafs shouldnt drop the bomb and sign players like Drury,Briere, Smyth and so on but they should sign key players that will fill out certain roles and will add depth to the roster where we could have 3 consistant lines rolling and a great 4th checking line.

I personally believe the only player the Leafs should re-sign is Ponikarovski, White and Coliacovo and obv Sundin around 5 mill, I hate to say it but Antropov has to go, i loved his game this season and i love that everyone is finally starting to jump on the wagon with this guy cuz he has personally been my favourite for a while now but hes to injury-prone and can be inconsistant so therefore dont resign him nor do Peca,Bates,O’neill,Perrault and so on.

Now I’ll start with the number one thing the Leafs need, a capable #1 Starter who will challenge Raycroft throughout the season. That guys name is Manny Fernandez. With Harding ready to come up and play as a backup for Minnisota and after Backstrom had that great year while Fernandez had a decent but not jaw dropping season, one would think Minnisota would rather keep Backstrom over Fernandez that being said i can see the Leafs landing Fernandez at the Draft in a trade looking somewhat like this.

To Toronto – Fernandez + 2008 3rd Round Pick

To Minnisota – Stajan + Pohl + 2007 2nd Round Pick

To Toronto – Mayers + 2007 3rd Round Pick

To St.Louis – White + 2007 4th Round Pick

With The Deal the Leafs add on 3 Million to their payroll and get a #1 Goalie, while Minnisota drops cap space to go out and pursue free agents such as Briere/Smyth.

So now that the Leafs have roughly 8 million to spend this off-season for 4 players, Heres what they should do:

Walker – 2,000,000/2 Year Deal
Maltby – 900,000/2 Year Deal
Hartnell – 2,000,000/1 Year Deal
Morozov – 3,000,000/2 Year Deal

Morozov Sundin Tucker
Ponikarovski Wellwood Hartnell
Walker Steen Deveraux
Mayers Kilger Maltby

Kaberle Kubina
Coliacovo McCabe
Stralman Gill


Now i know alot of Leaf fans wants to see big names coming over to Toronto like Kariya, Smyth, Briere, Gomez and so on but do the Leafs ever make big spashes in free agency? no its always 2nd tear players like Walker and Hartnell, guys who will get you 20 goals and no more then 25. Also this year i felt as if the Leafs were i guess you can say “pussies” they were out hit on many games and didnt have that style were so used to seeing when Quinn was in town. We were out thrown around in key games especially in rival games like Buffalo and i hate to say it Ottawa and Montreal. So therefore i decided to add grit by bringing in guys like Hartnell, Walker, Maltby and Mayers. I gave away White simply because Stralman has to come up sometime especially when he was compared to a young Niklas Lidstrom, he deserves a shot.

Note: Maurice depended on Kilger to take a lot of faceoff’s in their own zone over the course of the season so he can easily be switched to center in where he started off his career

I also wanna say will any of this happen, i can see some of it happening but Morozov wont, the Leafs wont trade White but i can see the Hartnell and Walker coming into Toronto.

Thanks for your time.

25 Responses to Off-Season Game Plan

  1. LeafyMcLeaf says:


    Only players I'd take back next year are Tucker, Stajan, Kaberle, and Colaiacovo.

  2. Go_Leafs_14 says:

    That seems reasonable, draft day spash wouldn't be to bad etheir.

  3. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    sorry to do this, but i don't like this plan.

    "I hate to say it but Antropov has to go, dont resign him nor do Peca,Bates,O'neill,Perrault and so on."

    Battaglia is a better 4th liner than mayers in my oppinion, Peca is key, he needs to be resigned. When he left the pk dropped like a bomb. O'neill, Perreault are likely super anxious to collect the cash on the UFA market.

    "That guys name is Manny Fernandez. With Harding ready to come up and play as a backup for Minnisota and after Backstrom had that great year while Fernandez had a decent but not jaw dropping season, one would think Minnisota would rather keep Backstrom over Fernandez that being said i can see the Leafs landing Fernandez at the Draft in a trade looking somewhat like this.

    To Toronto – Fernandez + 2008 3rd Round Pick

    To Minnisota – Stajan + Pohl + 2007 2nd Round Pick"

    The goaltending market is thin this offseason. I expect Fernandez to go for a top line forward like Murray from Boston.

    "To Toronto – Mayers + 2007 3rd Round Pick

    To St.Louis – White + 2007 4th Round Pick"

    Again, Keep Bates and White.

    Walker – 2,000,000/2 Year Deal- only one year
    Maltby – 900,000/2 Year Deal- Excellent Idea, but Detroit will no doubt keep him
    Hartnell – 2,000,000/1 Year Deal- Bad idea, not worth it
    Morozov – 3,000,000/2 Year Deal- Great idea

  4. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    I like the leafs core. Sundin, Antropov, Poni, Steen, Stajan, Wellwood, Tucker, Kilger, Peca, Battaglia, Pohl, Devereaux, Williams, Kaberle, McCabe, White, Colaiacovo, Gill all deserve to be back.

  5. tucksfan says:

    even if white was available for trade for mayers nothing against mayers but white has alot more potential and i find to be already a better player. and stajan+pohl for fernandez i dont think so. stajan is the best centerman we have next to sundin (im counting wellwood as RW cuz most of his season was played on the wing) and pohl has good potential as well. we dont need fernandez neways raycroft will develop into a pretty good goalie.i say we get a winger for sundin a backup for raycroft and possably a second center and move wellwood to wing for sundin. say smyth, garon and gomez. and keep antropov if he stays healthy a possable 25+ goal scorer




    divide season 50 gms raycroft 30 garon

    it probly wont happen knowing JFJ but this is wut i would try to do

  6. 42wellwood42 says:

    A better idea…..

    Re-sign key players:

    Sundin – 2 years, 7-8 million
    Ponikarovsky – 2 years, 3 million
    Colaiacovo – 3 years, 2.7 million
    White – 2 years, 1.4 million


    To Toronto: Brian Gionta
    To New Jersey: Kubina, Kilger, Pohl, 1st round draft pick

    Other players to trade: Raycroft, Belak, and Wozniewski for draft picks and/or prospects.


    Backstrom – 2 years, 6 million
    Holmqvist – 2 years, 3 million
    Bertuzzi – 1 year, 3.5 million
    Hartnell – 2 years, 6 million


    Bertuzzi Sundin Gionta
    Tucker Wellwood Hartnell
    Ponikarovsky Stajan Steen
    _______ Devereaux ________

    Kaberle McCabe
    Colaiacovo ________
    White Gill


    Cap: 40.8 (With the 0.7 from the Belfour buyout)

    Also this leaves 3 spots (2 forwards and 1 defensemen) for the young players to compete for in training camp (Tlusty, Kulemin, Williams, Newbury, Stralman, Kronwall, etc) So they cap will probably go up to around 42.5 million leaving us 4.5 million for the trade deadline or another UFA signing if we need it.

  7. FarFromFreedom says:

    to Tucksfan : .. there is NO possible way you could sign Gomez and Smyth at the same time! Gomez will be around 6-7 smyth around 5-6 .. do the math the only way you can get both is if you trade sundin/mccabe or kubina.

  8. leafmeister says:

    I think that they should go out and get a big name, specifically Paul Karyia. He the forward that will compliment Sundins talent the most of the rest of them that isnt Danny Briere(they are sayinig 8 mil. him) It would cost alot but he is quality and a winger so of the four we would only sign Maltby. Also resign Antro but not Peca
    so say Kariya 6.5
    and Maltby for .9 mil.
    so the lines would look a bit like this

    Kariya-Sundin-Tucker Kariya because he is Paul Kariya and Tucekr because Sundin benefits with someone who can go into the corners hard and get the puck to him

    Antro-Wellwood-Poni Awesome chemestry

    Steen-Pohl-Kilger Balanced line

    Battaglia-Stajan-Deveraux Good 4th line

    For the Defence




  9. FarFromFreedom says:

    Kulumin wont be at Leafs training camp he signed a one year deal with his previous team, Tlusty = AHL yes .. NHL no.

  10. mojo19 says:

    You never know with Tlusty. He is an awesome player, and he was the talk of training camp last year. I could definitely see him earning a spot. Its unlikely but don't rule it out.

  11. 42wellwood42 says:

    Yes. I hope he makes the team as well as Kulemin. I no he signed a contract with his Russian team but I heard he will be coming to training camp so you never no… As with the defencemen's spot I would like to see Stralman come up. Then that team would be sweet. Maybe top 5 in the East! 😀

  12. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Not McCabe, certainly not Steen or Pohl. Deveraux is a piece of shit.

    Sundin needs to go. The Maple Leafs were 4-3 without him and 36-39 with him.

  13. tucksfan says:

    i heard gomez is asking 4-5 on hockeycentral and smyth 5-6

  14. tucksfan says:

    thats cuz they always tsep up without a big name they had a winning record without kaberle how bout trade him as well. we need sundin and he desevrs to be in toronto

  15. tucksfan says:

    i like it xept 4 the lines id say

    kariya-sundin-wellwood sundin can do better down low and get to welly whod find kariya

    tucker-antropov-poni  anrtopov started his nhl carrer as a centerman

    steen-stajan-deveraux  proved to be good energy line this year and can score

    kilger-pohl-bataglia-good chemistry and finished checks

    keep D the same

  16. Sedin23 says:

    even if Gomez is asking for that much hell get offered more.

  17. Sedin23 says:

    I like it, except the Devils won't and can't take Kubina's salary.

  18. Toonces99 says:

    Your article is not bad…some things l don't agree with, but to each his own, credit for taking the time to write it….from all the FA's the l see this summer, the Leafs need to break the bank and sign Gomez…this guy can flat out play hockey,…great skater, great hands, and has great vision..(just ask Mogilny)….although he is primarily a playmaker and leafs need a goal scorer, let Gomez set up Sundin or Tucker etc…..I truly beleive this guy is going to be the prize of the free market this year….2nd Chris Drury, l like the way he plays, he can score, pass, good on the faceoff, but he did something in Sunday's game that l hadn't seen too much before and that was stand in front of the net and take a beating….with Connelly (sp) back and getting healthy, l think Buff will sign Briere and let Drury go….congrats to the team that signs him, good actually very good hockey player…..those are my two pennies for what it's worth…..go leafs go…..

  19. Sedin23 says:

    And Smyth got offered 5.6 mill. by Edmontno, and that's when he was taking the "hometown discount" thing, so I think he'll get more then 6.0.

  20. leafmeister says:

    Steen, Stajan, Deveraux needs to be split up, they are way to soft

  21. leafmeister says:

    I agree with the Devceraux part but Sundin deserves to play for the Leafers next year. About the leafs record with and with out him, had he been out longer it wouldnt be chicago getting 1st pick.

  22. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    steen, pohl, devereaux were unsung hero's for the leafs.

  23. 42wellwood42 says:

    I added Kubina because Rafalski is a UFA and if he goes they will need another defencemen like him and Kubina only makes 0.8 million dollars more and other players like Mogilny and McGillis who make 5.7 million together will be gone. So they would have the space to take Kubina's salary 😉

  24. leafmeister says:

    Oh yeah and the reason the 1st line is the way it is is because what if a line with a cheap shot artist like Chris Neil is out then you need someone like Tucker out to put him in his place when he does shit like that.

  25. mojo19 says:

    In Antropov's last 64 NHL games played he has 48 pts.

    His +/- is always at or near the top of the team, and he handles guys like St.Louis well in the defensive zone. GIVE HIM A 4 YEAR DEAL! Believe me, if he was on some other team leafs fans would be saying how much we could use a guy like him, and for around 1.5 mil? Good deal.

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