The Leafs have a lot of good potential young D-men. Some will pan out, others will be career 5-7 D-men.
I think it is too early to tell which ones are which. I would not trade any of them if it were possible.
I would only trade one if they got some future in return… NOT for a rental player.
I repeat, The Leafs are more than 1 or 2 players away from being contenders.]]>
With respect to Bell (23), Harrison (24), Kronwell (24) and Andy (26) they aren't worth that much to the Leafs right now and their becoming a little too old to be considered good prospect for the future. There is no way all of these guys can crack the line up in the next couple years, as we already have McCabe, Kubina, Coliacovo, White, Kabarele and Gill, so you can trade one or two of these these mediocre prospects. That being the case there value to the organization is that their tradeable commodities. These player will be less valuable as they get older, and will take the spots of other potential prospects the leafs could develop. So using to get a guy like Roberts is hardly out of the question.]]>
The Leafs aren't. Period. Even with the best rental on the market they aren't.
It is that kid of thinking that got us to this level of mediocrity where we get excited when the "squeak" into 8th place for a day.
Buffalo (if healthy), Ottawa, Nashville, Calgary, Anaheim… they are teams that may be one key player away from the cup.
The Leafs are not in that league.]]>