As much as I hate to admit it, I think that the Leafs are going to hit the rock hard floor of the Eastern Conference basement very soon. Let’s take a look at their offseason transactions, and try to make some sense out of the 2002-2003 roster.


The Maple Leafs have a considerably large question mark between the pipes this season. Eddie Belfour is a good goalie, but I don’t think that he is as good as Curtis Joseph. However, you must recognize the fact that Balfour has won a Stanley Cup, and Joseph has not. That Cup gives Belfour experience that Joseph doesn’t have, but I don’t think that the Eagle can step it up and win games for the Leafs like Cujo did in the past for the Leafs.

Trevor Kidd is going to be a good backup. He is as good, if not better than Schwab. No worries there.


The Leafs have a few guys that can put the puck in the net, but not enough. Sundin is going to have another 40 goal season; Mogilny is going to step it up this year as well. After that, there really isn’t too much to look at. Tucker and Hoglund will score 20-25, Green might reach 20, Reichel will get 20 if he stays in TO, and Renberg will score 20 if he plays the whole season. McCabe is the only guy on D that can score…so basically the Leaf fans are going to see a pretty defensive game this season from the Buds.



The Leafs have some decent forwards who can play the defensive role. Although Shayne Corson is slowing down fast, he is still effective as a grinder. Fitzgerald is going to help, but he’s no Gary Roberts. If Tucker and Green play with the same intensity and heart that they showed during last year’s playoffs, then the Leafs’ are set for defensive forewards…and Alyn McCauley is steady as well…but not the goal scoring dynamo everyone thinks he’ll be.


The Leafs have a top 4 defensive core that is going to be good this year. McCabe, Svhela, Kaberle and Pilar. Add Lumme and Berg as the 5th and 6th respectively…that is a pretty good line-up. Not sensationial by any stretch, but it is decent. McCabe is a rising super-star on the blueline in the NHL. It’s really too bad that he doesn’t have a partner to help him. (Imagine having McCabe and Jovanaski as your 1,2 punch…I’m dreaming, but wouldn’t it be COOL!)

Overall, the Leafs have a line-up that looks like they are going to be a tough team to play against, but I am not sold on the idea that they are going to win as much as expected. They have a decent defensive unit, but there just isn’t the scoring support needed to have a successful team. The powerplay is going to be horrible this year, with McCabe, Sundin and Mogliny being the only guys that score…that’s insane! The Leafs are going to miss Roberts very very much for the first half of the season. It’s time to start dumping the junk and picking up some quality players.

I expect that the Leafs’ fans will grow tired very quickly of the sub-par play they will see this season; causing the Leafs’ brass to make a trade…from where, I have no idea, but I suspect it will contain a BIG NAME player with a BIG TIME CONTRACT that somebody is looking to dump for a cluster of younger, cheaper players…..could that be IGGY…KARIYA…PRONGER…

Only time will tell. All we can do is wait,



Before anybody says “What are you thinking, the Leafs have nothing to trade!” I say this…take a look at how Washington acquired Jagr, or Bure ended up in NY.


  1. r_milley says:

    I say throw the season away and draft Fleury!!!

  2. bones says:

    Say what you want about Eddie, but if he does re-bound this year, and that is not an all-together out of the question if, he could bring the cup to Toronto. Take it from a Stars fan, When Eddie is confident, he is unbeatable.

  3. Tradedude says:

    man, i hope this is true, or i will be opening a can…. (on bel4 ofcourse)

  4. Leaf_Expert says:

    IN 1996 FITZGERALD WAS A NOMINEE FOR THE SELKE AWARD(best defensive forward int the league)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  5. Leaf_Expert says:

    IN 1996 FITZGERALD WAS A NOMINEE FOR THE SELKE AWARD(best defensive forward int the league)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  6. Leaf_Expert says:

    IN 1996 FITZGERALD WAS A NOMINEE FOR THE SELKE AWARD(best defensive forward int the league)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  7. titans says:

    What award was Fitzgerald a nominee for??? (jackass)

  8. slipnaughtyboy says:

    You listed Sundin, Mogilny, Hoglund, Green, Reichel, Renberg, Tucker and possibly Mccabe as the good goal scorers (potential 20+ for the Buds). THATS AN INSANE AMOUNT OF 20 GOAL SCORERS!!!! Plus your forgetting the fact of Mccauley (agreed he wont be stellar but he’ll pot 10+) and Roberts (when he comes back thats huge). Thats an incredibly weak argument, as the team hasnt changed there forward crops much from last season (where they finished 3rd in league in goals). They infact HELPED there PP by adding somewhat of a PP specialsit in right shot Svehla. He adds that secondary threat on the PP.

    The one Leaf question mark is in goal. It has been this whole offseason. They will again be top 10 in goals (maybe top 5 again), but there fate will lie in Eddie. It’s been known this whole season!

  9. aaron says:

    That’s 170 goals (approx.) from 7 players. Factor in another 20 when Roberts comes back, 10 for Corson, Domi, McCauley, 5 for whoever else, and 35-40 for the defense, and you’ve got as good an offense as anyone.

  10. DG says:

    It sounds like you’re orchestrating a funeral march for the Toronto Maple Leafs and, while you backed yourself up nicely, I don’t think the Leafs will be that bad this year.

    Will Toronto take a dip? Absolutely: Eddie “VCR Buster” Belfour is not the same goalie he once was and won’t replace Curtis Joseph at all. Their defence is still a question mark, and their offence isn’t as deep as everyone makes them up to be. Plus, Alexander Mogilny is stating he won’t be good at all this year…but, then again, Mogilny’s done that often and wound up getting good seasons, so I’m not so sure.

    Also, the Leafs don’t have enough to trade for a superstar, as the only prospect they have worth trading is Brad Boyes, and the Leafs won’t give him up. However, I think the Leafs still have enough for at least the play-offs, which means they’ll have another good run anyway (their club is built more for the play-offs). Still, getting there may prove to be difficult and it’s important the Leafs get used to fighting for a play-off spot, so they may just slip through the cracks.

    In the end, though, anything could happen, especially with the Leafs (who could have predicted they’d have the play-off run they did last year?). They’ll take a dip, that’s for sure, but I doubt it will be enough to make them miss the play-offs.


  11. Slats says:


    MCCABE HAD A FLUKE SEASON, 6 TO 9 GOALS. thats not that bad for a d man though. Mccabe has reached his peek and will level out from here.

    Leafs will not get a super star. Unless it is cross, and hoglund for Karyia.


  12. BayStBullies says:

    Ummmm hello!?!?.McCabe had 17 goals this past season.You say quote ” Leafs will not get a super star.Unless it is Cross and Hoglund for Kariya”.Ummmm ok…Glad to see that you hold Cross (who is long gone) and Hoglund (who I wish was long gone) in such high reguard.

  13. BayStBullies says:

    Actually Fitzgerald was a nominee for the tidy bowl award.You know the stuff you buy to clean your toilet with.

  14. darz says:

    that was 6 years ago!!!! he was old then, he’s older now. remember chicago traded like a 5th rd pick to get him, and didn’t bother trying to resign him.

  15. leafsrule31 says:

    ahhhh shut up.. ya bum

  16. leafsrule31 says:

    buddy your a dumbass do you even watch hockey?.. mccabe had 18 goals ( second by defenceman ) and was like sixth in defensive points.. ? fluke season?.. he was one of the top in the league. that little kariya joke died about a year ago and cross isnt even a leaf anymore. iggy resigned and did you just wake up from a coma?.. what a reeeetard

  17. titans says:

    “Buddy your a dumbass” still as unimaginative and slow witted as always huh Leafsrule31?

  18. titans says:

    Aww Leafsrule I missed you sooo much!

  19. leafsrule31 says:

    awwww… i knew you would you big queer teddy bear you.

  20. leafsrule31 says:

    hmm still living up to your supreme reputation as the sarcastic god of the internet are we?.. wow. i wish i was that cool..

  21. titans says:

    Did ya miss me snookims?

  22. titans says:

    You wish you were a real hockey player!

  23. GreatWhiteNorth says:

    100 point last year. eastern fials. nearly the same team as last year…. now rock bottom?? …… riiiiiigggghhhht.

    Usesome logic and you’ll see the truth.

  24. leafsrule31 says:

    no… and i didnt miss the big queer pet names either

  25. leafsrule31 says:

    you wish you could actually play hockey.. and not sit on the internet talking about it 6 hours a day.. can you spell mvp?

  26. titans says:

    Can you spell “last place”?

  27. titans says:

    Still facinated with homosexuality huh?

  28. leafsrule31 says:

    awwww.. and just when i thought you’d died a fantastically horrible death.

  29. leafsrule31 says:

    can you spell ” your a freaking computer nerd that spends his not designing time thinking up cool lines.. while i actually play the game… dumbass “??

  30. TML_4EVER says:

    haaaaaaa titans a fagget, LOL thats funny, leave you queer, no one likes queers, you freak, go back to your mom the bearded woman/man

  31. TML_4EVER says:

    your right, cujo wasnt even all that, i thought he was a fluke, plus, toronto did good when schwab was in net, and belfour and kidd are much better, so T.O should do fine

  32. canadianNproud says:

    I have to agree, Toronto are very disappointing, can be a better team if they put there minds to it, I think they need a bit of a reminded of what sport there playing and where they are playing it.

    I guess this shows we need some big moves up front, def and the team can be a big impact. the likes of Kariya, Jagr, Desjardin, etc would help a great deal, we cant rely totally on vets….. On the whole, it is only 6 games or so in a 82 game season, look at my English Premiership team Liverpool FC, they did a poor bigining last year and finish 2nd that season, now top at the begining of this, and thats 9 games or so in a 38 game season.. with some key players missing might I add……

    So there is some HOPE!!!!

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