What the '03-'04 Leafs should look like.
Alot of self-proclaimed Leafs experts seem to think they know what they’re talking about.
The Leafs were never going to get Hatcher, and they’re not going to get their hands on Fedorov. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a die heard Leafs fans but every year when Free Agent season rolls around leafs fans seem to think the Leafs are going to get every star on the market. You don’t have to get the superstars.
The Leafs didn’t get Hull 2 years ago, they didn’t get Blake last year, nor did they get Holik, Kasparaitis, etc. McCabe for Boughner? Re-signing Housley? That’s stupid. However, Tucker for Witt sounds good, but it wont happen.
This is what should happen:
– De Vries is never going to be a Leaf, forget about it.
– Lindros is on the block, who care? dont start with that crap again.
– Sign Nieuwendyk and if Gilmour’s knee heals, bring him back for one more year, re-unite Dougie, Joe and Roberts.
– Sign Arvedson
-Trade Green and Berg for Zhitnik.
Stick Captain swede between the russians. Put Roberts on the left of good friend, Nieuwendyk and Power house Owen Nolan on the right. Plant gritty Gilmour as the 3rd line centre and put checking Arvie on his left with a scorer in Renberg on the right. The fourth line would be a cancer to any opponent. Huge checking Simon on the left wing, aggitating Tucker back at centre and scrappy Domi on the right.
As for defense, put McCabe back with Kaberle and you got a checking/scoring duo. Put Marchment with Yushkie and anybody that gets across the blue line is gunna leave bloody. Put scrapper Bealk with hard nosed Zhitnik.
This is what the lines will look like:
Antropov – Sundin – Mogilny
Roberts – Nieuwendyk – Nolan
Arvedson – Gilmour – Renberg
Simon – Tucker – Domi
McCabe – Kaberle
Marchment – Yushkevich
Belak – Zhitnik
Thats a line up that makes sense, and the great thing about it is that its completely possible, we dont need Svehla.
Tell me what you think.