The 2008-09 Leafs

Ok. Since everybody and I mean EVERYBODY has stated their opinions/ideas/ridiculous moves for the upcoming year. I would like to take a peak to the 08-09 version of the Maple Leafs. I know it is impossible to predict but lets get the best idea we can. I say this because, frankly, the Stanley Cup will be tough to win next year for the blue and white. Dont’t get me wrong Im a huge fan, and believe thewy will make the playoffs, but I think it is a long process, so lets look at what we have. This years FA’s likely to be signed:


Peca-lets say 2 mil
Bates-lets say 0.75
Carlo we will say same as White so 0.85

Thats about it. Lets guess they move either Mccabe or Kubina, Im gonna say Kubina, for a goalie, Im gonna say Fernandez. And we wiull say they sign a top notch forward. I hope to god its not Smyth, so Ill say Kariya. And to replace Kubi well say stralman fills the role

So the 07-08 version is something like this.

Tucker Sundin Kariya
Pony Welly Steen
Antro Peca Kilger
Pohl Stajan Batres
Devereux

Mcbabe Kaberele
Gill White
Carlo Stralman

A-RAY Fernandez

not a bad team, prolly 5th or 6th place in East and a big step forward. Now lets glance to what the next season would shape up like:

UFA’s: Sundin, Pohl (possibely Bates)
RFA’s: Steen, Sytajan, Welly

So once again only minor changes. Lets say Sundin retires or mercifully is dealt at the deadline. Pohl and Bates leave, maybe they stay but lets assume they make way for younger players. (Tlusty, Williams, Earl)

The main FA the Leafs will target is Joe Thornton.
I am a huge Thornton fan, abd he has stated through his family that he would love to wear the blue and white. I have 2 questions to this.
1- is he willing to take less than the max he will be offered somewhere else, like 6 mil, and
2-is TO confident that a pleyer who has looked uncomfortable in some pressure situations (playoffs till this yr, and poor Olympic showing) will be a great contributor on this hockey mecca?
If Yes to both then bring it on.

soooooo…..

Kariya Thornton Tucker
Pony Welly Steen
Antro Peca Kilger
Tlusty Stajan Williams

McBabe Kaberle
Gill White
Carlo Stralman

Razor Fernandez

This looks like a serious cup contender, especially considering the players Steen, Stajan, Wellwood and Pony could grow into. The only question is salary, Lets assume the cap is 52 mil.

Thornton-6
Kariya-5??
Tucker-3
Welly-lets say 2
Pony-2.1
Steen-lets say 1.5
Antro-2
Peca-2
Kilger-0.9
Tlusty-0.5
Stajan-lets guess 1.5
Williams-0.5
McBabe-5.75
Kaberle-4.25
Carlo- 0.85
White-0.85
Gill-2.075
Stralman-0.5
A-RAY-2
Fernandez-4.33

This all equals 47.53 million dollars. Sounds like a contender to me.

Note: The salary for the projected 07-08 team is also under the projected cap.


3 Responses to The 2008-09 Leafs

  1. Hoondog2 says:

    The Leafs need gap fillers for 1 more year before impact players such as Tlusty and Kulemin start to graduate to the big club.  The Leafs should be looking at 1 year deals until next year.

    Trade McCabe to NYI for Hunter and pick/picks.
    Trade Pohl to move up in the draft.
    Sign Peca and Bertuzzi to 1 year deals
    Sign a good backup for 1 year.

    Tucker               Sundin                Bertuzzi
    Antro.                Welly                  Ponik.
    Steen                Stajan                 Hunter
    Kilger                 Peca                   Devereaux

    Kaberle                Kubina
    Colaiacovo            White
    Gill                      Kronwall

    Raycroft
    (Cujo, Weekes)

    This team gets the Leafs in the playoffs, and valuble experience for next year.

    It is not unrealistic to think next years team could look like this

    Sundin              Thornton              Bertuzzi
    Antro.               Wellwood             Ponik.
    Steen                 Stajan                Tucker
    Kulemin              Tlusty                 Hunter

    Kaberle                 Kubina
    Colaiacovo             White
    Stralman               Kronwall

    Raycroft
    Pogge

    This team could compete with anybody!

    I'm not saying this would happen, but we have the freedom to pursue these kind of options.

  2. TimmyHoHo says:

    If the Leafs are able to get a couple good forwards like Hartnell and Kariya/Bertuzzi for good deals then I don't think there is too much need to do much next year.  They have the potential to build a good core for the futrure with the right veterans in place.

    If Sundin retires I would love to see them pick up Marleau, who at 28 will qualify for the new UFA status, no?  That would replace Mats and allow the development of some of the prospects at centre.  
    The next stop is the goaltending situation if it isn't taken care this year.  Of course, if Razor returns to his rookie level, great, but if he isn't a borderline all-star next year with much better stats the Leafs will need to fix the situation quickly.  I think Fernandez is okay, but for the position of goaltender I think you need to get a top level guy, at least top ten in the league.  That means giving up some prospects picks and a roster player at least.
    I am pretty sure Toskala and Giguere might be available as UFA's, either would be okay with me.
  3. NEXT-HABS-SUPASTAR says:

    Pretty much the same team u guys had in 06-07 with a mistake a couple yrs ago about signing mccabe

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