Possibilities for The Leafs this summer…

I am not here to tell you what the leafs are going to do this summer because pretty much no one out there can predict what such an unpredictable organization is going to do over a summer coming off a disappointing year. I am going to tell you in this article some of the more likely possibilities that actually make sense unlike the ones other people like to ramble on about but have no chance of happening in a life time.


Now in my opinion the reason for such a bad season this year was inconsistency by the team and a lot of times the goaltending. Ed Belfour was not the Eagle we all knew him as in previous years. He had a tough time getting in a groove in the new NHL and couldn’t seem to make the big saves to steal games like he use to. Belfour went 22-22-4 in 49 games this season with a 3.29 GAA and .892 SV%. Some may argue this is because he was playing with the injury all season and finally decided it was too bad to play anymore. I think it was the year off at such a veteran age. Now that Belfour got hurt, the leafs put forth there trust in Mikael Tellqvist. Impressing in his few previous starts in previous years it looked like the shot he was probably looking for was finally here. Only one problem he blew that shot. Failing to win the two most important games of the season for the leafs during crunch time Tellqvist lost back to back contests in Montreal in games he looked terrible in. Tellqvist finished the season with a record of 10-11-0 in 26 games with a GAA of 3.13 and a SV% of .895. So in came a man by the name of Jean Sebastien Aubin and he was brilliant. In fact he was so brilliant he left the leafs only 2 points shy of the 8th and final spot in the eastern conference for the last playoff spot. Aubin went 9-0-0 in 11 games with a GAA of 2.21 and SV% of .924.With that said your looking at your new potential back up next season for the leafs(and you can even add in the fact they re-signed him at the end of the year for 1 more season). Not bad for 11 games everyone’s probably thinking why didn’t he play the whole season for the leafs and that’s something only Pat Quinn and JFJ know. Now u might be wondering why I am only considering him as the back up and not a starter.

Well with the leafs likely to bite into Belfour buyout option and with Tellqvist’s poor play I think all odds point to a free agent signing for the next number one goalie of the leafs. Now you ask well who’s that going to be. I think the answer to that question is a man by the name of Evgeni Nabokov from San Jose. Now I know he didn’t have much of a season this year either but I think there is some key factors you must look at. He is an UFA on July 1 and coming off the poor season he just had with San Jose after the injury and practically losing his number one job to Vesa Toskala he might now exactly be looking at top dollar. He will make $5 375 000 this year but my bet is that coming off that bad season he will likely get signed for about a million less (anywhere from $4 – $4.5) million. Because he can be had for less then he’s already making and everyone has a bad year hear and there is still a lot of potential in this kid and I think teams know that. This is one of the reasons why I think the leafs will take a look at a guy like him. The other reason is his age. He is not old but not young at the same time. Nabokov 30 might be the right fit for these leafs to bring in for the next 3-4 years because in 3-4 years goaltending should not be a problem for the leafs when Pogge and Rask are ready to take centre stage in Toronto. Nabokov would be able to bring these guys in slowly over the next few years and teach them while he still hits his prime years as a goalie himself.


On the scoring front this summer I think u can expect but few changes. Scoring goals did not seem t be a problem for the leafs this year as much as keeping them out was. You can expect a few minor changes to be made with guys like Clarke Wilm, Jason Allison and Eric Lindros all free agents. The only one I can see even getting an offer from the leafs is Lindros strictly cause of his size and power as a forward and the fact that he did stay healthy and by that I mean when he was injured it never had anything to do with previous injuries it was other unlikely injuries you wouldn’t of expected. With this I think you will see some of the young leafs talent get a shot. Guys like John Pohl who put up respectable numbers with the Marlies last year or guys like Ben Ondrus who was used for a good portion of the season. Another possibility is Jeremy Williams who was brought up for the last game of the season and scored a goal. One more player the leafs will have to consider is Alexander Suglobov. Acquired from New Jersey at dead line day for Ken Klee Suglobov contract states he must be given a shot with the big team next year or else he may walk away as a free agent or have the right to ask to be traded. If when all is said and done and for the right price and there is money left over then sure I think u will see take a run for the probably this year’s biggest free agent Patrik Elias who will likely get close to the max. The only other guy I can see the leafs taking a stab at is Jason Arnott. This is because he might be a prime fit for Toronto. Bringing leadership and consistency to a team that didn’t seem to have much last year for likely around $3.5 million might just be a fit for the leafs.


With Aki Berg already on his way back to Finland next year and the unknown status on where and what McCabe will decide to go or do the leafs may be looking at a few holes to fill on defense this summer. To add even more sub tractions to that Luke Richardson and Alexander Khavanov are both free agents as well and I cant see neither get re-singed possibly Richardson as a 7th defenseman with experience. The leaves three possibly four holes on defense. If McCabe leaves Toronto for better money your best bet is to see Toronto go out and sign either Wade Redden or Zdeno Chara most likely Redden. I say most likely Redden because I think Ottawa will make a bigger pitch to keep the big Chara who is a steady defenseman like Redden but has a little more goal scoring touch in my opinion. Redden can likely be had for $4.5 million at the most and considering this is what the leafs were willing to pay McCabe the leafs will likely be taking a hard look at getting him if they can’t re-sign McCabe. As for the other two open spots there are many candidates for them. Just to mention I don’t think Wade Belak is on that candidate list as he is only ever called upon in desperate time anyways look for him to be dealt or let go. Now back to the other two open spots I think the best bets for these spots are some of the leafs younger talent. If Carlo Colaiacovo gets healthy this summer id have to believe this would be the year he crack the leaf line-up. After failing to do so two previous training camps Colaiacovo looked good with the leafs this year until he suffered yet another concussion. The last and final spot may be tough to say who get it. Four kids who all played for the leafs this year on call up stints from the minors and all impressed the management staff in Toronto and certainly the fans have a good shot at the last spot. These four rookies I am referring to are Staffan Kronvall , Jay Harrison, Ian White, and Brendan Bell. Since Staffan Kronvall, Jay Harrison and Ian White played the most and in my opinion impressed people the most one of these three has the best shot at making it.

With a much younger team with a lot more speed expected to be put together this summer as u can see the leafs have some big decisions to make and how to solve them. For anyone who took the time to read my very first column on this site I appreciate it and from one leaf fan to another I look forward to seeing what the leafs do this summer. Comments on your opinions are greatly welcome so feel free and leave one.

134 Responses to Possibilities for The Leafs this summer…

  1. the_word says:

    Carlo Colaiacovo and Stajan for Gaborik.

  2. DJTOKid says:

    I’m proud of you, big guy!!!!

  3. 92-93 says:

    for someone of Gaborik’s age and skill – i actually would not mind trading one of Stajan or Wellwood for Gaborik (especially considering the rise of Pohl and Williams). this would have been unfathomable for me to say such a thing, but for Gaborik, why not?

    as for Coliacovo, his health would probably prevent such a trade, maybe White and/or Bell would be more realistic (along with a high end draft pick and/or even a roster player like Tucker).

    St.Louis was considered an ‘untouchable’ by Feaster in a recent interview, but take that with the grain of salt of course.

  4. DJTOKid says:

    I know it sounds a bit cheesy… But I honestly think all the leafs need up front is the speed and vetren additions of recchi and sanderson. Look at what they did last year not playing with much other then crosby. The most appealing part of this would be the price. Would certainly leave alot of money for a goalie and the defensive core. Recchi will probably go back to pittsburgh, but if it could happen it wouldn’t hurt.

  5. the_word says:

    You’re a loser

  6. Toonces99 says:

    Please no more endorsements for guys that well past their prime….Recchi and Sanderson….come on….What could these guys possible bring to TO. Scoring…nope….defense…nope…experience…

    maybe, but this is no longer an experience league it’s a speed and scoring league….they bring neither…..please no more has-beens here, lets start fresh and bring in some youth to get the wheel going…if we are close to the playoffs and the leafs need a vet to put them over the edge then maybe, but until then no more crazy suggestions…..oh and by the way, why in the world would these guys come here..they won’t want to be part of a rebuilding club and they have no ties here…..

  7. DJTOKid says:

    Is that good?

  8. DJTOKid says:

    How can you say goeff sanderson has no speed? Do you know who he is, you must cause you know hes old. Old guys can’t play in the new nhl can they? Brindamour, peca, numminem, pronger, shanahan all terrible cause there old right? The only thing the leafs need upfront is wingers with speed. They would be adding 53 goals to there team. Even if it is only for one year to help development then fine. The idea is neither crazy or stupid, its a cost efficient way to solve the leafs forward problems and would leave alot of cap room for a goalie.

  9. the_word says:

    no sophistry, don’t flatter yourself., no, no not really, I was done After the first comment. why do you think I’m trying to keep you awake?, was that zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing!, I’m proud of you, big guy!!!!, Is that good?,

    Wow, clever, insight posts, you’re like a desperate annoying little kid who needs the last word but nothing to say.

  10. the_word says:

    Brindamour, peca, numminem, pronger, shanahan are all far better than Sanderson and Recchi, so you can’t compare them. Recchi (in Pittsburg) and Sanderson are top fowards on their teams and still aren’t any good. Allison put up much better than them (and I’m not even trippin, kno wat I’m saying g) and he was not a good fit for the Leafs. The Leafs don’t need another meaningless season of signing veterans to short term contracts.

  11. 92-93 says:

    I know its a little annoying to some people here on HTR – well one guy, Gretzkin – that i post entire articles… BUT i like using them as a departure point for discussion and i DO provide the source (http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Toronto/2006/05/31/1607948-sun.html).

    Also, heck, we leaf fans dont have a lot that we can do right now other than speculation so when real news drops, why not discuss it?! today’s news IS real news believe it or not becuase it concerns the future of the Leafs and the very recent past of this franchise as well:

    “The Maple Leafs have dumped amateur scouting director Barry Trapp, a key hiring of former GM/coach Pat Quinn. “I’m totally disappointed that my contract won’t be renewed ,” Trapp said last night from his home in Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask. “Disappointed, because I thought our staff had done a good job (since he was hired in April 2002). I have no idea why I was let go.”

    Trapp followed Quinn out the door after Ferguson fired the latter in mid-April. Trapp was told he was gone on Sunday, a few days before Leafs scouts gathered in Toronto for the National Hockey League junior prospect combine. “I was hopeful I would be kept on, but I was a Quinn hire,” Trapp said. “You hope (personal) things like that don’t enter into it, but that’s the way it can go in this business. John obviously wants his own people in there.”

    Trapp, 64, arrived here a few weeks before the Leafs picked Alex Steen 24th overall in the first round in ’02. But the club made unsuccessful trades involving first rounders trying to win a Stanley Cup and was without a No. 1 until goaltender Tuukaa Rask at 21st last year. This year they are 13th overall.

    “First, I’m proud of the players I worked with who came up and helped this year (such as defenceman Ian White),” he said. “I’m proud that Justin Pogge is the top goaltender in the Canadian Hockey League and that (forward) Robbie Earl was MVP in the NCAA’s Frozen Four.”

    Good job Barry Trapp. you’d have to think that Ferguson’s backround as a scout and in scouting departments that he knows what he is doing. however, Trapp did a great job – i mean, look at those names, and look at what little he had to work with. don’t forget that a lot of the drafts he was picking guys the Leafs had traded away their top round draft choices and a whole bunch of other picks.

    in other news, Tuukka Rask is going for his compulsory military service in Finland and he is expected to be in the Leafs training camp in September 2007. The leafs have a year from tomorrow to sign him .. .and they will of course .. otherwise Rask goes back in the draft pool.

  12. 92-93 says:

    The Leafs’ draft record since 2002 under Trapp:


    24 ALEXANDER STEEN 3/1/1984

    57 MATTHEW STAJAN 12/19/1983

    74 TODD FORD 5/1/1984

    88 DOMINIC D’AMOUR 1/28/1984

    122 DAVID TURON 10/4/1983

    191 IAN WHITE 6/4/1984

    222 SCOTT MAY 1/8/1982

    254 JARKKO IMMONEN 4/19/1982

    285 STAFFAN KRONVALL 9/10/1982

    [Wow.Steen and Stajan have worked out magnificently. but White at 191, Immonen at 254, and Kronvall at 285 are just flat-out amazing picks considering where they are at. Too bad Immonen is tearing up the AHL with the Rangers’ farm team now. May, Turon, D’Amour, and especially Ford don’t look like they will amount to much.]


    57 JOHN DOHERTY 3/25/1984

    91 MARTIN SAGAT 11/11/1984

    125 KONSTANTIN VOLKOV 2/7/1985

    158 JOHN MITCHELL 1/22/1985

    220 JEREMY WILLIAMS 1/26/1984

    237 SHAUN LANDOLT 10/2/1984

    [Not much is known about this draft class outside of Williams, who is by far the Leafs best prospect down the middle (at 220th, again an amazing pick). But Doherty and Mitchell are still too far away to in terms of their development, and Sagat is proving to be a bit of surprise. According to Maurice, Sagat has made improvements by leaps and bounds and Maurice has stated that he thinks that Sagat is going to be in the NHL one day, making significant contributions. Not much is known about Volkov – i think he is still playing in russia, Landolt isn’t expected to do much.]


    90 JUSTIN POGGE 4/22/1986


    157 DIMITRI VOROBIEV 10/18/1985

    187 ROBERT EARL 6/6/1985

    220 MAXIM SEMENOV 2/9/1984

    252 JAN STEBER 10/19/1985

    285 PIERCE NORTON 6/7/1985

    [This will prove to be a groundbreaking year for the Leafs future. not just because of Pogge – the goaltender of the year for the CHL – or Earl, but for Vorobiev too, who many believe is the Leafs best defensive prospect. the reason why you dont hear to much about him is because he plays in europe (hopefully that changes this year), and he plays well at every facet of his position, but not spectacular. he is well-rounded and WILL be with the Leafs in the next couple of years in my opinion. Kukemberg is with the Marlies now but I am not too high on this guy. not much is expected of Steber, Semenov, or Norton, but of course its way too early to tell (the same could be said of Pogge really).]


    21 TUUKKA RASK 3/10/1987

    82 PHIL ORESKOVIC 1/26/1987

    153 ALEX BERRY 3/6/1986

    173 JOHAN DAHLBERG 2/3/1987

    216 ANTON STRALMAN 8/1/1986

    228 CHAD RAU 1/18/1987

    [Last year’s draft yielded Toronto’s top prospect – Tuukka Rask, who by most scouting accounts, is expected to exceed Pogge at his position. The rest of the group is still too soon to tell. Berry was injured this past year but has the pedigree of a future NHL-er. Rau played well in the NCAA and not much is known about Dahlbreg or Stralman since both played in Europe (although JFJ seems to be high on the former).Where is Oreskovic? did he play for the Battalion again this year? He’s expected to bring a big, nasty, tough presence to the Leafs in the future. but i still cannot get over the fact that the Oilers picked Syvret just before toronto, who had to settle for Oreskovic. Oh well, i guess we have enough two-way defencemen.]

    2002-2005 Draft Class line-up








    As you can see, there is a shortage of right wingers, hence, why Suglobov was picked up and why I am thinking the leafs going after and trading for Gaborik (or other RW prospects like Fehr or even Anaheim’s Corey Perry).

  13. the_word says:

    its cool, keep’em coming

  14. the_word says:

    Suglobov was the best they could get for Klee, my guess is NJ made the intial call for Klee, the Leafs go out and get Richardson, then turn Klee

  15. Toonces99 says:

    How in god’s name do justify comparing Geoff Sanderson to Rob “the Bod”, Peca, Numminem, Pronger and Shanahan….You’ve got to be kidding me….when you come up with a more worthy response then l’ll respond, here are some stat’s that might change your mind (which you should have known before you wrote anything)Geoff Sanderson make’s somewhere in the range of 2-2.5 Million per year (if they signed him right now he would be in the top 5 of the leafs pay scale), you still think that it’s cost effective? He got 46 points last year (same as Wellwood and Stajan, and they only play 8-10 minutes per night and get paid much less…oh and are MUCH younger) still think it’s cost effective?….he was -15 last year (Allison was -18, but got 66 points in 60 games,), still cost effective?, he averaged 14 minutes per game, still think it’s cost effective? I have more, shall l go on? ….we don’t need a 3rd or 4th line winger…we need a first line winger and Geoff is NOT that…not even close, your turn.

  16. DJTOKid says:

    Sanderson MADE 2.5mil you could probly pick him up for 1.5mil a year. Cost effective. He’s never played with a player the caliber of Mats Sundin. If he doesn’t play with Mats then he would help the young guys down the middle, Wellwood’s a good set up man. Sandersons plus minus was better then Allisons and he was on a worse team. Figure that out, bud. Sanderson was a second or third line player in phoenix with limited minutes like you said, and he still scored 25 goals. figure that out, bud. Mark recchi has more career points then any of those players mentioned above. He still puts up 28 goals, he doesn’t skate slow. Figure that out, bud.

    With all the holes that needed to be filled in the leafs blueline and goaltending, I can’t see alot of money being used up front. All these Gaborik, bertuzzi, st.louis, elias rumours going around seem difficult to fathom with the payroll the leafs have. I would rather have a high profile goalie and two experienced, speedy, and cost effective forwards then some doubtful goalie and one number superstar winger. need a goalie to win a cup not one winger. The two wingers mentioned would add depth for up to two years. Whats wrong with that. Figure that out, bud.

  17. DJTOKid says:

    And you don’t? Your like a grumpy old man who needs his diaper changed.

  18. DJTOKid says:

    well when you tell everyone your taking riddilin i reffered to that as “us” the readers.

  19. DJTOKid says:

    There was some talk about Eric Daze earlier. Does anyone know his official deal with whats wrong with him? The leafs could have the RE-HAB line Lindros-Allison-Daze. What the heck would Daze be worth?

  20. 92-93 says:

    who will the leafs pick at 13th overall?

    They need a skilled winger in their system.

    TSN has predicted that they will select either Jiri Tlusty, Bob Sanguinetti, Bryan Little, or Chris Stewart.

    ISS has LW Mike Forney ranked 13th:

    1. Erik Johnson, Defense

    2. Jonathan Toews, Forward

    3. Phil Kessel, Center

    4. Jordan Staal, Center

    5. Peter Mueller, Center

    6. Michael Frolik, Right Wing

    7. Nicklas Backstrom, Center

    8. James Sheppard, Left Wing

    9. Bryan Little, Center

    10. Kyle Okposo, Right Wing

    11. Alexander Vasyunov, Left Wing

    12. Bob Sanguinetti, Defense

    13. Mike Forney, Left Wing

    14. Jiri Tlusty, Left Wing

    My choices would be Sheppard, Tlusty, and Little. I would love to Backstrom or Frolik but neither guy will be available. Chris Stewart is another possible pick.

    obviously, it would be incredible if the leafs could trade up (re: my earlier suggestion: Antropov, 13th pick overall to Florida for 10th pick overall and 5th round/130th overall pick to Toronto).

  21. the_word says:

    I can see where you’d get me confused with an old man, I know I must come across as wise. Your last post was marginally better, but I’m sure you can do better than that.

  22. the_word says:

    I told you to take your riddilin, can you read? No you echo my wit, and write some overly emotional BS filled with exclamation points and accuse others of being morons because you don’t agree with them and you need to compensate for the fact you can’t articulate yourself in an appropriate manner to get your point across. So keep’em coming, or maybe you should try talking hockey again, but I’m aware thats unlikely because your prone to getting fustrated whenever you attempt to express your ideas.

  23. the_word says:

    You make a great point, hey while we’re at it lets sign Dave Ellet & Todd Gill for some depth on the blueline, and bring in Gilmour and sign Potvin (an experienced goaltender) between the pipes. Or think about this Recchi, Lindros and Fedorik, the crazy eight line returns.

    And why would Sanderson take a pay cut to move to Toronto? Thats makes no sense and Recchi isn’t coming to Toronto. So this plan of yours is difficult to fathom.

  24. Toonces99 says:

    Come on…give your head a shake….Recchi and Sanderson, and your plan is only 2 years long, there goes your career as an Actuarial Analyst, are you kidding me…please stop the insanity and write something that’s more worthy of a response.

  25. DJTOKid says:

    No, no, not wise, grumpy… like your dentures hurt, your diaper rash is driving you up the wall, and your pissed caused the viagra isn’t working. Tell me though were you Walter Matthau or Jack Lemmon in that movie?

  26. DJTOKid says:

    The plan is not two years, you only need the guys in the line up for two years until youth develops. There aren’t alot of young wingers who are free agents out there, so either way they need to fill those holes in there line up. I hope they can get lagenbrunner or samsonov but they will come at a much higher price.

  27. DJTOKid says:

    What bout Eric Daze? you wanna crap all over that idea too? Or is that a plausable idea? Do you know what his deal is? Is he worth anything? I’m curious to hear what you think about that.

  28. the_word says:

    Daze had an unorthodox shot which goaltenders have picked up on over the years. Daze wouldn’t be a good pick up.

  29. the_word says:

    And I’m grumpy, I guess you don’t need viagra being the BJChurchStreetKid and all and hey where the rest of us don’t get a Stantely cup parade enjoy, you’re people get to celebrate one annually. Tell me have you audition for a show with Andy Dick?

  30. Toonces99 says:

    I don’t want to make it seem like l’m crapping all over you ideas’, but we have to be more practical now, stray away from the tendencies of the past and change the direction of the team to succeed for the future, if not now?, when, this team has to start getting away from the has-been name’s, and put pieces together that may work, l’m not a GM or a coach, but l’ve been around this damn team long enough to see the problems they’ve had in the past based on the players they’ve brought in and what they’be done. I, just like you and many that write here, want this team to do well, but also start to sign and draft properly. Don’t you ever wonder why Toronto can’t have a Syd the Kid, or Alex the Great or a Iginla, or Kovalchuk a player that can change the out come of a game everytime they step on the ice, those will come if they start to do things in a more practical fashion. The only one we have that may be close is Sundin, great player, but he is not in the same league as those others that l named. (that is my opinion) As far as Daze, personally, l don’t think he would fit in…he’s a big boy, 6,5 or 6 230+LBS, but l would be weary of the injury he sustained last year, also played very little the year before the lock-out. Again a player coming off of a major injury, the Leafs need to get away from that.

  31. DJTOKid says:

    how you gonna question my sexuality?

  32. flyerjim says:

    The Leafs possibilities are few and far between after the recent McCabe debacle (not necessarily the money, but the terms!). They don’t have enough money to acquire any superstars in any point of their careers.

    Redden will be a Sen next year and probably quite a few years after that. Chara will walk….all the way to New York. With Washington picking up half of Jagr’s tab, the Rangers can, and will, spend the max to have him play on Broadway next to Fedor Tyutin. Gaborik is too expensive (thank Brad Richards), Gagne is staying put (at around 5M per yr), Elias is too much (see- “Richards”) and the list goes on and on of top tier help out of their price range. Let’s not forget that buying out Belfour will eat 1.5M off the cap for the next 2 years.

    They need Desjardins- he’s reliable, availabe and cheap. He can play with a young guy like Coliacovo and on the second PP unit. Ken Klee or Hal gill could be solid additions too.

    For goaltending they’re F****D! Nabokov is resigned and more than likely heading to T Bay for St. Louis. They’re probably looking at a Andrew Raycroft or Dan Cloutier or (believe it or not) Patrick Lalime??! His stock couldn’t be any lower- 2 years ago Don Cherry claimed this guy was the steal of the league. He’s serviceable until Rask or Pogge can step in.

    Up front is weird right now for the Leafs. They’re old and young at the same time….nobody really in their prime. Maurice should be able to create some chemistry by stabalizing the lines. Sundin and Steen need a big guy that can go in the corners for them. Maybe this is where they can spend the rest of their cash. Taking Raycroft and Glen Murray off of the Bruins hands could be a fairly easy task, not giving up too much youth for it.

    Bye bye Antropov.

    The second line with Lindros and O’Neill could use someone like former Leaf Mike Johnson. He’s 30, and can contribute. The rest is set with Wellwood, Suglobov/Ponikarovsky, and Tucker adding an energy line as well as Stajan, Ondrus, etc, etc filling out the cast.

    Face it….it’s going to be another up and down year for the Leafs but they could have a shot to make the playoff in the 7 or 8 spot next year if they spend wisely. They’re 1 for 2 so far, Lindros is a bargain at $750K, McCabe….not so much (10M is too much to have wrapped up in two second teir defencemen)

  33. the_word says:

    There is no question.

  34. the_word says:

    I don’t like Desjardins, ever since he publically trashed Lindros and stole the C in Philly, he’s a sellout, he’ll do whatever he can to get the max dollars, so I doubt he’ll come cheap. The Leafs don’t need to pick up Philly’s bagage anyway. And the East is wide open (keep in mind, Buffalo and Carolina were the top two teams) with a few changes and solid goaltending the Leafs can compete with anyone in the conference. I mean look how they finished their year, what killed them was when McCabe was injuired and they placed their fate in Belfours hands.

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