When was the last time the Montreal Canadiens were ranked 2nd in points in the east…It’s been a hell of a long time. So what do the Habs need to remain contenders in the East ? I would say a power forward and a right handed D-man. So how bout this…
Whats the point of holding on to Antropov, Toskala and Kaberle if the Leafs can’t build around them? The Leafs clearly have no future and the conventional wisdom in addressing the team’s many issues is trading Sundin in order to get a couple of draft picks and prospects, however this isn’t the best course of action. Shallow depth within the farm system isn’t the obstacle to future success, bad contracts are. This being the case, the most pressing concern isn’t restocking the farm system but getting rid of the likes of Blake, McCabe, Tucker and Kubina. This is a tall order, but not an imposibility. To achieve this end, Fletcher must aggressively attempt to rid the Leafs of all asset, there are no untouchables on this roster or within the farm system.
Talk won’t go away that the Hurricanes are going to move RW Erik Cole before the Feb. 26 trade deadline according to the Toronto Sun.
There’s talk in NHL circles that Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford would like to shake up things and shed Cole’s $4-million salary for next season. The Senators are interested, but GM Bryan Murray would have a tough time taking on that salary.
The All-Star break is here and a couple of teams that were predicted to finish close to last or not make the post season are proving otherwise.
A few surprises…And disappointments…
The Toronto Maple Leafs won’t be just selling off any contracts they can. They also won’t be adding players on for a long playoff push. They’re going to do a little of both and finally start this rebuilding process. It will be a Fletcher style approach though.
Tampa Bay Online is reporting that the Lightning may be willing to part ways with several of their players.
The LA Daily News is reporting that defenseman Rob Blake has to go ….
Peter Forsberg is skating again with his hometown team in Sweden. He says his ankle is good so far and that he is in constant contact with his doctor.
According to NHL official site, The Leafs placed Ponikarovsky on injured reserve with a shoulder dislocation and is expected to be out of the lineup for six weeks. Darryl Boyce was recalled on Thursday to fill the roster spot.
Call me Cliff…
What I’m going to do is write what I believe a shrewd and smart GM would do with what the Leafs have and then draw conclusions.