but i dont think i will be eating my words.
i think, in contrast to my negative views on Gill and Kubina, i have a very positive view of the leafs offense because of the firepower they have from the blueline (and i was fine with pre-Kubina firepower, i liked Coliacovo, McCabe, White, Kaberle and their offensive talents).
people are putting way too much emphasis on a lack of offense this year, but the leafs will be fine there.]]>
Gill’s abilities on the PK are fine. but not worth 2.1 million, not worth 3 million, and not worth taking a roster spot from the numerous kids that the leafs have that could probably do just as good a job as Gill, without Gill’s size. From what i saw in boston, Gill doesnt even use his size that well and it slows him down too.
for a brief moment, i’ll be one of those ‘this-is-what-JFJ-should-have-done’ guys:
JFJ got rid of all the right guys – Berg (retired), Khavanov, Richardson.
JFJ should NOT have signed Kubina – redundant offensive defensemen – and certainly not for 5 million and 4 years. i’ve already stated my opinion on Gill.
so, 7.1 million back on the table. JFJ should have signed McKee for the 4 million he got in St. Louis and for about 3 or 4 years (McKee isnt worth that much, but then again, he is the shot block king. also, Mckee made comments about coming to toronto but his agent said that the leafs werent interested because of which hand he shot the puck with).
the leafs – to satisfy that urge for an unnecessary offensive defenseman – should have signed Markov – who got 2 million in Detroit i believe – for one year. he’s abrasive, and yes, sometimes injury-prone.
so the leafs have what they NEED – a shot blocker, solid top-4 D-guy – and some sandpaper. they have an additional 1 million on the table to sign a guy like Dumont or Carter (if they wanted to), and trade Antropov/Telly.
they have a better defence, and have about 14 million tied up in their three top Defenseman.
OR, JFJ could have just got McKee and that’s it and focus on the forward lines. that’s all the leafs needed IMO, but instead they loaded themseleves with defensemen they didnt need and paid too much for.
is the leafs’ D improved? sure.
but its marginally better and way more expensive.
i feel sorry for the next GM in toronto.]]>