Is there any way JFJ had a good offseason?? Well look at what he did do instead of what he didnt do.
He went out and got a 40 goal scorer which the leafs definitly needed in Jason Blake
He got a better goalie than Raycroft which the fans were begging for in Vesa Toskala
He also got a 3rd/4th liner which has had a couple of 20+ goal seansons in Mark Bell
He even got a replacment backup in Clemmensen which shows in Black and White that Raycroft will be dealt at deadline.
According to TSN, the Chicago BlackHawks have traded F Radim Vrbata to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for F Kevyn Adams in an 1-for-1 swap.
According to the NYIslanders website, defensemen Andy Sutton has signed a 3-year deal with the team.
No financial terms have been announced but Sutton was believed to be seeking a 4M$ per year contract (can you say OVERPRICED?) when free agency began… should be interesting to find out how much he got.
Here is part 2 on the importance of drafting and developing with the focus on the organizations in the Western Conference.
Most Leafs fans right now have been blowing around quite a lot of trade rumors. So I just thought I would conjure up some possible (sensible) trades that John Ferguson Jr. could do (and probably won’t because he’s John Ferguson Jr.)
Just so you know, I will no longer be writing Leafs articles here at HTR. I’ll stick to other NHL teams while here, but my Leafs writing will stay exclusively at a blog I am setting up. Sticking to that topic, if there is a a sports team you’d like to write about, any sport, any league, please PM me with a list of the places you write, and I’ll see what I can do.
Anyways, now that I have made hundreds of Leaf fans and HTR members ecstatic beyond belief, here is my current NHL team rankings, which I’ll repeat at the beginning of the season, and then at the end of every month thereafter.
I was just watching some footage from the 06-07 season and was wondering what was the save of the year?
Peca looking only at Rangers at this point and should know by today if the Rangers feel the same way he does about his fit on the third line.
The leafs might not be the best team in the NHL right now, but the future is looking pretty good. Right now I’m going to show you what tomorrow’s Leafs have in store. (1st being the best)
Looking at the Leafs 23 man roster, and how they should produce this season.
The importance of drafting and development is perhaps second to none in building a winning franchise. We have seen in both the pre and post lockout era that teams are willing to spend and spend big to give themselves a better chance to win the Stanley Cup. But bottom line is that if you cannot bring in good young players who can grow with the team you wont be successful. As some teams have proven, you cannot buy a championship. Just look at the two finalists from last year’s final. Both the Ducks and the Sens were deep in home grown talent that contributed greatly to their success.
NHL.COM has posted that the Sens have picked up Luke Richardson.
How many smiling Leaf fans are reading this?
Leaf fans, I may have found a solution to the latest rumors / problems the Leafs have been dealing with.
The first is this constant notion that Raycroft is going to get traded to LA for Cammalleri. I really don’t think it’s going to happen simply because Cammalleri got a low contract and might not get traded at all now. IF in fact he is on the block, then arises the second issue, competition. Other teams are in on this thing too and I really don’t think Raycroft alone is enough to land us Cammalleri. I said from day one that I wanted to keep Raycroft because he provided the pressure behind Toskala to simulate the situation in San Jose and to have him there just in case Toskala falters or gets injured, both of which are still entirely possible.