What I think

The leafs have 2 options,
1)keep the team they have now, and hope for a healthy year next year

2)get some juicy free agents

knowing JFJ, he’s probably gonna want to go with option 1, but if he gets fired due to the leafs (possibly) not making the playoffs, we may see option 2.

O’Neill, the guy had a better year, but has lost his confidence since the end of February, and as a result has been relegated to the 4th line, and in the last game was scratched to make room for Pohl. so chances are, hes gone… 1.5 mill of cap space added

Aubin, TO’s hero last year, Maurice doesnt like him, and doesn’t play him, which leads to him not playing well, safe to say, gone…. 525 000 added

Peca only signed 1 year, i doubt he wants to come back, and after his injury, i don’t think management wants him either….2.5 mill added to the cap space

Perreault, he may stay (will probably ask for 1.5) or he may leave (700 000 off the cap).. probably will leave though

Poni and Antro will probably both be resigned to a combined 2.5 million (thats perreault’s 700 000)

Sundin’s option will be dropped, but he will be resigned for 5.3 mill(what he would be getting anyways)… reason for this is that the option will cost the leafs his average salary, 6 mill on the cap

all others will probably be signed to similar contracts.

leafs will no longer have the domi and belfour penalties on their cap, so i think thats about 1 mill added on… so 5.5 cleared there + 2 mill more from the cap rising, the leafs have 7.5 to play with.

sign Backstrom to split the games with Raycroft, hes getting paid 725 000… so 1.5 mill seems reasonable
6 mill left, go for a star, Briere(probably not), Drury, Smyth, Guerin&Roberts, or big bert(please no)…. i prefer Briere, so lets go with that

Briere Sundin Steen/Ponikarovski
Kulemin Wellwood Tucker
Antropov Stajan Ponikarovski/Steen
Deveraux Pohl Battaglia
—————————-
Tlusty, Williams, Belak, Ondrus

Kaberle Kubina
McCabe Colaiacovo
White Gill
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Woz, Pilar, Kronwall, Belak

Raycroft Backstrom
———————–
Pogge, Racine

i didnt touch the D, because Kabs is too good to move, Kubina plays well with Kabs and is too overpriced to move, McCabe can’t move…thanks JFJ…. Colaiacovo is the future, White is the future, and Gill is good on the PK, and it’d look bad to move a guy we just signed


41 Responses to What I think

  1. Toonces99 says:

    Just a couple of points….You couldn't trade Kaberle if you tried, he has a no trade clause….As much as l think Gill is playing well, l would trade his 2.1 million in heartbeat to clear room….Sundin will sign for less than 5.3 but for more years, l'm think 4.5 per for 2 addtional years.  Backstrom will fetch far more than 1.5 mill as goalies are always a hot pick up….You have Kulemin playing on the second line….it would be safe to say he will playing in the Marlies before he hits the ice with the Leafs….Briere makes 5 mill now, will not settle for 6, will try and get the max and will somewhere….Try and aquire Alexander Semin from Washington…give them a high Draft pick and a top prospect then extend his contract by 3 years at 3.5 per…( this kid is going light up the league as soon as next year, the quietest 70 point player in the NHL, is overshadowed by "OVI" and would be a great winger for Sundin.)

  2. the_word says:

    The nice thing about Gill is that with his contract expiring we get another 2.5 million in space next summer.

    Haven't seen Kulemin, but there seems to be a buzz around this guy.  I wouldn't expect Briere to be Leafs bound.

    I think you've nailed who walks in the offseason, Aubin (I don't think Maurice ever forgave this guy for his attitude with the Marlies last year), O'Neil (healthy scratch in consecutive big games) and Perreault/Peca (maybe we keep one, definitely not both).

    So if Sundin signs for less next year, then we'll have in the neighborhood of 10 million to over spend on UFAs, let the rumors begin.  But, the question that first must be addressed is who is the GM?  If we miss the playoffs, does JFJ get the axe?  If so, that potential 10 million dollars of space becomes a little more interesting.

  3. Toonces99 says:

    As much as l don't like to beleive all that comes out of the Toronto media, l've heard rumblings that Colin Campbell would seriously consider the Leafs GM position in the event it somehow becomes available…..? If l had to choose who to keep with respect to Peca and Yanic….I'd take Peca….

  4. the_word says:

    Semin would be a nice pick up, but Washington is committed to getting some UFAs this off season at Ovechkin's request, I expect the Caps to be a player in the off season and keep their current talent.

  5. the_word says:

    I heard that a while ago too, I think Coley could be great giving his lack of expereince and great hockey mind.  I see him as having the potential to think outside the box and be a more liberal GM as opposed to JFJ whose style is very conventional to say the least.

    Firing JFJ makes sense from a PR standpoint and gives the Leafs an interesting story in the off season. 

  6. mojo19 says:

    Minnesota will push hard to resign Backstrom, but if they don't think they can trade Manny and Backstrom wants starting goalie $, he'll get it. Unfortunately I don't think the leafs are going to adress their goaltending situation this offseason except to replace Aubin with someone else like him. I like the idea of signing Jamie McLennan

  7. Glucker says:

    i didnt think that you could sign a player with an option to anything less then what they would make in that option year

    we need to keep Gill if we dont keep Peca, hes our second best PK man

  8. Glucker says:

    and what do you think of getting Guerin with Roberts?   put Roberts on the second line instead of Kulemin, put him on rotation with Deveraux/Battaglia, let them split games amongst themselves, and put Guerin on Sundin's wing

  9. Glucker says:

    they need sum1 to split games with raycroft, hes good, but we cant rely on him to be the workhorse, he was a wise acquisitions though, and JFJ has made afew… but i think hes too loyal to the players, doesnt want to hurt his relationship with them

  10. leafmeister says:

    If Peca goes then Drury would have to come back. He is also a more of a goal scorer. I would put him with Sundin and Wellwood. Then move Steen to second line centre. If Kumelin comes who says he will be second line quality.

  11. leafmeister says:

    If Peca goes then Drury would have to come back. He is also a more of a goal scorer. I would put him with Sundin and Wellwood. Then move Steen to second line centre. If Kumelin comes who says he will be second line quality.

  12. lukeleim says:

    The Leafs penalty kill this year is 28th in the league. Is Hal Gill really that valuable to the Leafs Success on the PK? Trade him for a draft pick. Getting Briere is very unlikely… Say we did sign the speedy centerman, he wouldn’t be playing wing on Sundin’s line. Though, I think signing Backstrom is a great idea.

    Say we traded Gill for a third rounder,
    and we did sign Daniel Briere and Niklas Backstrom…

    Kyle Wellwood – Daniel Briere – Darcy Tucker
    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Mats Sundin – Nik Antropov
    Alexander Steen – Matt Stajan – John Pohl
    Bates Battaglia – Chad Kilger – Boyd Devereaux

    Tomas Kaberle – Pavel Kubina
    Carlo Colaiacovo – Bryan McCabe
    Andy Wozniewski – Ian White

    Niklas Backstrom
    Andrew Raycroft

  13. lukeleim says:

    The Leafs penalty kill this year is 28th in the league. Is Hal Gill really that valuable to the Leafs Success on the PK? Trade him for a draft pick. Getting Briere is very unlikely… Say we did sign the speedy centerman, he wouldn't be playing wing on Sundin's line. Though, I think signing Backstrom is a great idea.
    Say we traded Gill for a third rounder,
    and we did sign Daniel Briere and Niklas Backstrom…

    Kyle Wellwood – Daniel Briere – Darcy Tucker
    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Mats Sundin – Nik Antropov
    Alexander Steen – Matt Stajan – John Pohl
    Bates Battaglia – Chad Kilger – Boyd Devereaux

    Tomas Kaberle – Pavel Kubina
    Carlo Colaiacovo – Bryan McCabe
    Andy Wozniewski – Ian White

    Niklas Backstrom
    Andrew Raycroft

  14. Glucker says:

    no way, you'd  take sundin off the top line, and put tucker there?…uhuh

    briere is fast and skilled, he stays on sundin's wing
    and wellwood and pohl are both good centres, give them their own lines

  15. lukeleim says:

    Offseason Transactions:

    Hal Gill to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Penguins' 3rd round pick of 2008.

    John Pohl, Andy Wozniewski & Ben Ondrus to the Vancouver Canucks for Michael Grabner & the Canucks’ 5th round pick of 2008.

    Sign Niklas Backstrom, Vitaly Vishnevski & Todd Bertuzzi

    Let Travis Green, Yanic Perreault & Jeff O'Neill test UFA

    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Mats Sundin – Nik Antropov
    Todd Bertuzzi – Kyle Wellwood – Darcy Tucker
    Chad Kilger – Michael Peca – Alexander Steen
    Bates Battaglia – Matt Stajan – Boyd Devereaux
    ————————————————————
    Kris Newbury – Jeremy Williams – Wade Belak
    Prospects: Michael Grabner, Jiri Tlusty, Robbie Earl, Nikolai Kulemin, Brent Aubin

    Tomas Kaberle – Pavel Kubina
    Bryan McCabe – Carlo Colaiacovo
    Vitaly Vishnevski – Ian White
    ————————————–
    Jay Harrison – Staffan Kronwall
    Prospects: Dimitri Vorobiev, Anton Stralman, Danny Syvret

    Niklas Backstrom
    Andrew Raycroft
    ——————-
    Justin Pogge

  16. lukeleim says:

    Offseason Transactions:

    Hal Gill to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Penguins' 3rd round pick of 2008.

    John Pohl, Andy Wozniewski & Ben Ondrus to the Vancouver Canucks for Michael Grabner & the Canucks’ 5th round pick of 2008.

    Sign Niklas Backstrom, Vitaly Vishnevski & Todd Bertuzzi

    Let Travis Green, Yanic Perreault, Jean-Sebastien Aubin & Jeff O'Neill test UFA

    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Mats Sundin – Nik Antropov
    Todd Bertuzzi – Kyle Wellwood – Darcy Tucker
    Chad Kilger – Michael Peca – Alexander Steen
    Bates Battaglia – Matt Stajan – Boyd Devereaux
    ————————————————————
    Kris Newbury – Jeremy Williams – Wade Belak
    Prospects: Michael Grabner, Jiri Tlusty, Robbie Earl, Nikolai Kulemin, Brent Aubin

    Tomas Kaberle – Pavel Kubina
    Bryan McCabe – Carlo Colaiacovo
    Vitaly Vishnevski – Ian White
    ————————————–
    Jay Harrison – Staffan Kronwall
    Prospects: Dimitri Vorobiev, Anton Stralman, Phil Oreskovic

    Niklas Backstrom
    Andrew Raycroft
    ——————-
    Justin Pogge

  17. Glucker says:

    1 i think that may be a cap killer
    2 y would you trade 3 fairly good prospects for a guy non-roster player and a 5th round?:S

  18. Gryphon says:

    Backstrom would backup Raycroft for sure!

  19. Glucker says:

    lol, that too

  20. lukeleim says:

    Michael Grabner being one of the fastest prospects in the league would help the Leafs move in the direction of a younger faster team. A couple years down the road he should be a top 6 forward.

  21. lukeleim says:

    If you haven't checked the leading statistics lately, Backstrom is near the top in every goaltending category. He may not start the season as the starting goaltender but sooner or later he'd take over as number 1.

  22. Hoondog2 says:

    Not bad, but i'd package Gill and Pohl up, and try to trade them to San Jose for Mark Bell (underachieving drastically). I'd also scrap signing Vishnevski, and put Pilar in his place (he's starting to play well down on the farm), and then let Peca walk also.  I'd also alter your lines a bit:

    Antropov            Sundin               Bertuzzi
    Steen                 Stajan                Ponik.
    Tucker              Wellwood             Bell
    Battaglia           Devereaux           Kilger

    Kaberle                   Kubina
    McCabe                  Colaiacovo
    White                     Pilar

    Raycroft
    Backstrom (may be hard to get, he's not really a secret anymore, but i'd pay up to 1.5 for him)

  23. Hoondog2 says:

    I think Briere will command upwards of 7 mil, to rich for a player of his ilk.  He's good but is he that good.

  24. MogilnyFan1990 says:

    raycroft has shown that he can play at least 70 games a season (he will end up playing 72 games this year and he will end up winning over half of those games) the tandem would be great, but i would just sign the cheapest backup goalie.  and i thought that Briere was a center? and drury is a centre too.  dont go for guerin, and especially dont go for roberts…  its the new nhl, dont bother with him.  how about Paul Kariya, Selanne, Smyth, Shanahan??? (http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=299042 says that these guys are ufas)  i know these guys will cost a lot and also probably resign with the teams that theyre playing for right now, but if Glucker is right, we would have 7.5 million.  hopefully the leafs use it wisely.  i agree that we dont need to touch the D.   

  25. Toonces99 says:

    If the leafs get some help from the NHL with respect to Sundin’s contract a la Lou Amerello (sp)…then they could let him become a free agent and resign and a mutual amount and years…..that’s on if they (NHL) agree…..

  26. Toonces99 says:

    I’m assuming you would place Guerin on the first line then? I’m not a huge fan of signing fan favorites as opposed to skilled players…..and l’m not saying Roberts is not skilled, far from it, but l would like to see the Leafs turn the corner and start fresh, bring in some new life and let this team develop it’s own identity (like buffalo for example)…having Roberts or Guerin wouldn’t hurt, but l don’t think we would much further ahead….just my thoughts….

  27. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Did you say that Sundin's option would be dropped and then you'd re-sign him to 5.3 million instead of his 6 million option in hopes of saving 700,000? If that was the case, then wrong. You don't pick up Sundin's option, he becomes and automatic free agent and the Leafs CANNOT contact him about a contract  for 1 yr after his option is dropped. So basically it comes down to either pick up Sundin's option for 6 million or whatever it is or Sundin walks and you can't communicate for 1 full year.

  28. lukeleim says:

    I really like your ideas here actually… I dont know if San Jose would want Gill if they are able to resign Craig Rivet but definately an interesting idea. I think Bertuzzi is the Leafs best UFA option considering he might come at a bargain price because he was injured most of this year. Maybe 6 million over 2 years? Smyth, Briere and Drury are all goingto command over 6 million on the market… none of which I feel deserve it. 

  29. Aetherial says:

    If they can keep Perreault for 700-750, then I would not mind that.

    Um, I don't think Gill's contract is expiring.

  30. mojo19 says:

    I agree with what you're saying, I just don't see the leafs going out and getting another potential starter this summer, and I hope I'm wrong.

  31. Glucker says:

    i got that little tidbit of info from hockeycentral @noon… i trust their knowledge of the CBA… but they could be wrong… where do you see that info?

  32. Glucker says:

    what about getting guerin and roberts?

    Guerin Sundin Steen
    Roberts Wellwood Tucker
    Antropov Stajan Ponikarovski
    battaglia pohl deveraux

    i think guerin would be around 3 mill
    and roberts 1.5
    and that giives us more spending room on Backstrom, making it more likely that we'd sign him, and compensates for my possible mistake with Sundin being resigned

  33. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    I saw it on hockeybuzz.com before the trade deadline and when Sundin's days as a leaf were in jeopardy. A 1/2 dozen people posted this with links to the nhl.com website.

  34. LeafsLegacy says:

    I like Deveraux's play of late. Realistically let Green, Peca, O'Neil, and Aubin go, and resign Perrault, Antropov, Deveraux. But picking up Briere will never happen. But I can see the likes of Drury or Smyth to play with the Leafs.

  35. the_word says:

    He signed for two years, so next summer we'll get a little wiggle room.

  36. the_word says:

    Damian Cox, wrote that the Leafs can renegotiate with Sundin if they give up the club option.  It was in 'the spin' last Thursday. 

  37. Glucker says:

    yea i think those ppl on hockey buzz are on crack

  38. Glucker says:

    both players are skilled, they would definatly improve the team, and that would give us more time to train tlusty and kulemin in the north american style of hockey

  39. Glucker says:

    they would be stop-gaps

  40. lukeleim says:

    id rather resign peca and let perreault go.. .what about bates? keep or let go; I think a player like dvorak would be a good addition… real fast, good on the PK

  41. leafs_will22 says:

    Leafs MUST go after kariya or smith but what are the chances of that anyone ?

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