Pilar Out For The Season

According to Hockeyleaks.com and Sportsnet.ca, Karel Pilar has had another set back with his heart, and will not play this season in Toronto. He hopes to return to Europe and play in a few months, and hopes to return to the Leafs for next season.


9 Responses to Pilar Out For The Season

  1. intothevoid001 says:

    well this just sucks, i was really looking forward to him coming back… i mean, anything is better than aki berg… khavanov…. right?

  2. 92-93 says:

    this does indeed suck. as i mentioned in the ‘prospects’ thread, it will keep that 6th D-man spot open for one of Coliacovo, Woz, Kronvall (the last twoare injured right now), and maybe even Brown. this is, of course, barring Quinn playing Belak in that position, which hasn’t happened for awhile.

    it looks like this is the D that the leafs are stuck with this season. if a deal comes up at the trade deadline that looks good for the leafs in the long-term, JFJ will probably pull the trigger but its not likely considering the situation with the cap. in any case, the more experience the leafs give their young guys this season, the better they will be next season along with whoever they resign. and if they make the playoffs this year and contend like it looks like they are going to do – then that’s a huge bonus (especially considering all the predictions by some non-leaf fans earlier in the year).

  3. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    This sucks. Just when I thought Pilar was comin’ back. I even had the parade route planned. That’s it! Take the champaigne off ice, no cup for the leafs this year.

  4. markjohnston says:

    lamest re-used “joke” ever.

  5. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    who cares?

  6. mojo19 says:

    lots of people.

  7. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    No they don’t. This is the 7th post, so obviously they dont.

  8. 92-93 says:

    although it is quite evident that ‘no one cares’ about this development – even leaf fans have stayed away from this post and usually every leaf thread gets at least 200 posts – this is an overwhelmingly important thing to happen for the Leafs blueline – re: my earlier comments.

    there is now a battle brewing between Kronvall – who is returning from injury – and Colliacovo – who is improving in every NHL game that he is playing – for the #6 spot on the Leaf’s D. this IS important for a lot of reasons.

    for the first time Coliacovo is playing more than a couple of games in a row. this is huge for his confidence and in showing the leaf brass that he can play at the NHL level NOW. he’s impressed so far in the few games he’s played at both ends of the ice.

    with this spot open, it gives the Leafs a chance to play Kronvall, Coliacovo (and maybe Woz when he returns from his injury) and to cycle in the young players that will almost certainly be playing for them on next year’s squad. these guys can get some much needed NHL experience and prep them for next year – where they will be playing a larger role. my hope is that their solid play will make the likes of Berg and Khavanov seem completely useless. considering that these two (berg/khavanov) take up almost $2.5 million in salary space, it would be huge if any of their young d-guys show that they can fill these lower defense-positions.

    hopefully Pilar can return next season as a #7 defenceman (after a stint with the Marlies) and get his career back on track – he deserves that much. but regardless of what happens to him, i think next’s year’s D should look like this:

    McCabe_______________Klee

    Kaberle_______________#3 d-guy (free agent signing: preferably a mobile, stay-at-home d-guy, use the space that was taken up by Khavanov and Berg)

    Coliacovo______________Kronvall

    [Pilar or Brown or Woz]

  9. 92-93 says:

    related to the Leaf’s defensive needs – they need to trade Tucker for a defenseman.

    my suggestion is that they trade Tucker and Khavanov (or Berg) for Calgary’s Leopold and Simon (or Nilsson). its about equal amounts of money being exchanged and both team’s get their needs addressed. from a Toronto perspective, this might not happen considering JFJ’s loyalty to Khavanov (from St.Louis days) and Quinn’s loyalty to Berg (from… um, ????).

    Steen__________Sundin______O’Neill

    Ponikorovsky____Allison______Antropov

    Simon/Nilsson____Lindros_____Stajan

    Kilger_________Wellwood_____Domi

    [Wilm, Belak, Czerkawski]

    McCabe________Kaberle

    Klee___________Leopold

    Berg__________Coliacovo/Kronvall

    Belfour

    [Tellqvist]

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