What the leafs need to do before Sunday

Assuming that the cap hits 48 million for next season, it gives the leafs about 6 million to spend on free agents. I dont think 6 million dollars would be enough to round out the forward units. Considering the amount of depth on defence, the leafs could possibly move one or two to free up cap space, to a team that needs defenceman. Keven Lowe of the Edmonton Oliers is looking for a puck moving defenceman. With a pending deal of Joni Pitkaien going to the canes and wade redden not likely going to Edmonton, Lowe could look at the leafs.

A deal could look like this

To Edmonton
Kubina
Wozniewski
Antropov

To Toronto
Perhaps a prospect, try free up as much cap room as possible.

This deal would give the leafs around 12.5 million to spend.

They could target Paul Kariya for 5 million, and Shannahan for 3 million as well Kyle calder for 2.5 million.

Leafs Lines woud look like this

Kariya Sundin Shannan

Calder Wellwood Tucker

Poni Steen Bell

Kilger Stajan Pohl/Deveraux

McCabe Kaberle

Colaiacovo White

Gill Kornwall/Stralman

Toskala
Raycroft

This would be a stanley cup contending team


22 Responses to What the leafs need to do before Sunday

  1. Mattay05 says:

    hahahah yes Kubina Wozniewski and  Antropov for a pick in 2057. WHY would edmonton want all our crap? maybe Kubina, Woz unlikely and unfortunatly only the leafs will give Antropov a job.

  2. Peca4PM says:

    thge cap is more likely 49, that lves 7 mil……Kariya 4.5, Peca. 1.75, idsay that rounmds pout the forward units

  3. 42wellwood42 says:

    The Leafs will only get 1 more player which will be Kariya. He will fit the bill for around 5 million and we only need 1 more player.

    Lines

    Kariya Sundin Steen
    Ponikarovsky Wellwood Antropov
    Tucker Stajan Bell
    Kilger Pohl Devereaux

    Kaberle Kubina
    McCabe Colaiacovo
    White Gill

    Toskala
    Raycroft

  4. anjello66 says:

    The news around the NHLPA is that there should be a positive vote for a 50 million dollar cap. With that being said and Toronto having 43 million used that would give us a little over 7 million. From this Toronto should put away about 1 to 1.5 million in case, therefore we will have 5.5 to 6. Blake should only be a 4 million dollar player if the business goes right. And if we sign Calder he should be a 2 million do0llar player like his friend Bell. This means at the most we will have to trade one of our under million dollar players.

    This is what the leafs have to do. Since there is no hope of resigning Peca to the leafs again we must sign kyle Calder since Detroit does not want him, because he will play wonders with Mark Bell and hopefully each pull a 50 point season. Also I hope the Leafs sign Blake so he can come to Toronto and help us make the playoffs the way he helped The NYI do it last year. In order to do this we might have to drop some defense off our cap but that does not mean McCabe (because he is not getting traded) The line ups will be like this:

    Blake- Sundin- Tucker
    Bell-Wellwood-Calder
    Poni-Steen-Antro
    Kilger-Stajan-Pohl

    Kaberle-McCabe
    Kubina-Coli
    White- Gill
    (hopefully we don't have to trade someone like Coli or White, but if it comes down to it we should in order to provide a stronger offensive team)

    Toskala
    Raycroft

    This will be a playoff team even though the anti-leaf fans will believe otherwise

  5. the_next_agent says:

    The Leafs should not go after Smyth or Balke we already have a player like that, Tucker.  if we are to trade with the islanders try to get Witt.  If we cant get Witt then go after Boynton in Pheonix.  With all that extra cap space now we can go after Kariya and Bertuzzi.  This would definetly make us a contender

    Kariya      Tucker             Antropov                 Kilger
    Sundin     Wellwood         Stajan                     Pohl
    Steen       Bertuzzi           Ponikarovsky           Bell
    Kaberla    Witt/Boynton    Gill
    Kubina     Colaiacovo       White                        Raycroft
                                                                         Toskala

  6. orlandomac says:

    Guys at least have a look around before posting… and please refrain from the absurdity… it makes us all (Leaf Fans) look like fools…

    This trade will never happen…

    Enough with the Antropov crap… there are much worse players on the team… he was never a top liner.. he is a great 3rd liner… out of the lime light… he is a +57 in the NHL which is exceptional… so although he is slow… he doesn't cost you goals… He also has had decent points even though he has missed many games through injury…

    Good ole Canadian Boy Tucker is a -62
    Jeff O'Neill -115
    Chad Kilger -45
    Ben Ondrus -15 in two brief seasons
    Wade Belak -34

    Whether anyone cares to admit it or not… he is a good deal at 2 mil… as a two way 3rd liner who can replace others when needed…

    Smyth or Blake are UFA's we are not trading for them… and of the 14 UFA's on the Islanders Witt, ain't one of them…

    Boynton… after his impressive work in Pheonix was put on waivers… so if the Leafs want they can have him for free…

    Question is why?

    Our problem wasn't Defence although the case can be made for McCabe being more liable then he is worth… For the most part they were all plus players…

    and we have allot of young talent that needs ice time on D… which is further reason why so many UFA defencemen shouldn't have been signed last year… now we will have to trade them away for nothing.. as most won't make it past waivers…

    Our major problem was goaltending… Raycroft couldn't stop beachballs from 2 miles away…. normal saves by regular goaltenders were made a highwire act with him in net… we were lucky to finish so close with his ineptitude…

    That has been addressed…

    We need forwards which we should have picked up two last year instead of the D…

    With the Cap estimated over 50 mil there will be some spending money… but not that much…

    Kariya will go for 6 mil as he was on 4.5 last year… and the market will skyrocket again… as it does every year… Shanahan was on 4 mil last yr… I would say 4.5 for this year… at least… and that is only cause of his age…

    Here is the kicker you want to trade Antropov but you want to sign Calder…
    last year he was a -25 with 35 pts in 75 GP… Antropov was a +8 on a bad team with a goalie who couldn't stop a beach ball…. with 33 pts from 54 GP… and you want to give Calder a raise…

    As for Blake personally I like him… but our forwards are already too small and lightweight… or overly soft… I would still sign him to play with Sundin… but I believe the Leafs will take a good run at Smyth… that is their target… although we still need Toskala to be great to make the playoffs… overall the Leafs will get better… but I think JFJ is going to have to make some great trades to change them into contenders… I just don't believe he is that great of a GM…  to pull it off…

  7. andrizle says:

    this is what the leafs need to do:
    Trade McCabe to the Isles for Brendan Witt and another player (Trent Hunter)
    If this trade doesn't transpire go after Nick Boynton by trading either McCabe or Kubina. It would be absolutely great if the leafs could get both Witt and Boynton (two guys that are solid and not-overpaid like McCabe and Kubina) An alternative would be to try and get rid of either McCabe or Kubina and pick up Brian Rafalski. There is no need for Ryan Smyth as we have one, a cheaper one, by the name of Darcy Tucker. Jason Blake is too damn  old and not worth aything over 4  mill so hes out of the qeustion.  The leafs should try an keep Peca for  1.5 mill seeing as his penalty killing and defensive  play is irreplaceable.  The team must get rid of oneill, battaglia, devereaux, green, and perrault to free up some cap space for a top forward or winger. I suggest getting one of the following: Kariya, Hejduk, Zubrus, Marleau, Nikolai Zherdeev. These players are all tremendously skilled and are relatively cheap to go after; 4-6 mill range. In order to aquire these players we'd have to give up some players like: Kronwall, White, Pohl but it would be worth it. The new look team would be like this.
    Marleau Sundin Kariya (4.5)(5.5)(4.5)    
    Tucker Wellwood Peca/Kilger (2.5)(1)(2)          
    Poni Antropov Bell (1.5)(2)(1.5)             
    Stajan Pohl Steen (1)(1)(1)                   
    Kaberle Colaiacovo (4.5)(1)                  
    Boynton Gill (2.5)(2.5)                          
    Witt White (3)(1)                                 
    Toskala (2) Raycroft (1.5)                     
    Scrathed: Harrison(0.5) Ohndrus(.5) Wozniewsky(.5) Newbury(.5)
    24 men roster :  48 mill dollar overall team salary

    06-07 players lost: either Kilger/Peca, oneil, green, battaglia, devereux, perrault, kubina, mccabe, belak, suglobov

    looks like a playoff ready team
    likelihood of it actually happening ( NO CHANCE )

  8. andrizle says:

    are all tremendously skilled and are relatively cheap to go after; 4-6 mill range. In order to aquire these players we'd have to give up some players like: Kronwall, White, Pohl but it would be worth it. The new look team would be like this.
    Marleau Sundin Kariya (4.5)(5.5)(4.5)    
    Tucker Wellwood Peca/Kilger (2.5)(1)(2)          
    Poni Antropov Bell (1.5)(2)(1.5)             
    Stajan Pohl Steen (1)(1)(1)                   
    Kaberle Colaiacovo (4.5)(1)                  
    Boynton Gill (2.5)(2.5)                          
    Witt White (3)(1)                                 
    Toskala (2) Raycroft (1.5)                     
    Scrathed: Harrison(0.5) Ohndrus(.5) Wozniewsky(.5) Newbury(.5)
    24 men roster :  48 mill dollar overall team salary
    06-07 players lost: either Kilger/Peca, oneil, green, battaglia, devereux, perrault, kubina, mccabe, belak, suglobov

  9. andrizle says:

    Toskala (2) Raycroft (1.5)                     
    Scrathed: Harrison(0.5) Ohndrus(.5) Wozniewsky(.5) Newbury(.5)
    24 men roster :  48 mill dollar overall team salary
    06-07 players lost: either Kilger/Peca, oneil, green, battaglia, devereux, perrault, kubina, mccabe, belak, suglobov

  10. MogilnyFan1990 says:

    ya the NYR will offer Shannahan way more than 3 mill and he really wants to come back next season as a ranger, so theres no way hell come to the Leafs.

  11. GoLeafs13 says:

    marleau is a center not a winger.  also i don't ubderstand why you are putting kilger on the second line wing and bell on the third line… buddy you need to learn your hockey

  12. brott says:

    This is what the leafs need to do:

    TRADE

    Belak
    Antopov
    White

    For

    Crosby
    Stall

    I think the pens will do this trade cause in like 3 years…. both players will want uber money……  It makes perfect sense…..

    Seriously tho.

    Kubina either has to go or make him the highest paid player in the AHL.
    I don't know if the NHL does trades where 1 team eats part of the contract.  but if they do the Leafs should trade Kubina and be willing to eat 1million of his contract next year. what could 4 million get you? more then what Kubina is worth to the leafs. Gill is another junk player. leafs have a lot of young defensive talent.

    If they keep both then I think this is how the lines should be played
    Karb  Carlo
    McCabe White
    Kubina Gill

    thats for 5 on 5 PK and PP will be differnt of course.

    As for who the leafs should grab. Id love to see karyia here. Hey maybe even sign yashin to a 1 year contract thats loaded with incentives.

    Id take a spin of the Yashin wheel. Sundin wouldnt take his crap. and if is mostly incentives. itll make him try.

  13. sikboy21 says:

    YES!  Someone who makes sense.  I don't know if that player is going to be Kariya but we only need one!

  14. sikboy21 says:

    We already figured out that they pair off perfectly like this:
    Kabs and Kubs  (native buddies)
    Gill and White   (the odd couple)
    Caber and Cola (the other two)

  15. KingCanada says:

    I like that trade, id like to see Robbie Shremp come back this way if the kid learns how to be an NHL player and not just a hot dog.

    I completly dissagree with signing Calder, sure hes young but WHY is everyone so eager to give him 2.5 million, the guy sucks!  Hes never had a 60pts season (two 50 pts seasons in 7 years), only cracked the 20 goal mark twice!  And might i add this was when Chicago had pretty much no one else on the team so he got 1st line minutes.  The guy's played 7 seasons in the NHL and doesnt even have 100 career goals.

    Calder is a waste of money, dont sign him, hes a 2nd line plug at best for a desperate team, the leafs are not desperate on offense, they wont sign his ass cose he sucks.

  16. KingCanada says:

    IMO Boynton is overpaid (3 million) also and not as good as McCabe or Kubina.  Id rather bite the bullet and pay the extra 2-2.75 million for better players.

  17. KingCanada says:

    Raycroft is 2 and Toskala is 1.375, get ur numbers right

  18. KingCanada says:

    Buddy, YOUR junk!  Have u ever watched the leafs PK, Gill is always out there and clears the net nicely, he does have a few defensive brain farts from time to time but overall he is good and hes not overpaid eigther at 2 million.  And dont be so quick to judge Kubina, he played for the same team his whole career (TB) and only had one season so far with the leafs.  Hes a better player then wat he did last season, not to mention those injuries that for sure hamperred his game.  Look for a rebound season from Pavel.  Our team on paper right now isnt that bad, we dont need to shed salary that desperatly IMO.  We still have some room to sign a player or two, i think well me fine.

  19. curtman96 says:

    Absolutely agree, especially about Antropov….Probably the most realistic thing I read on this site.

  20. brott says:

    Im not saying Kubina sucks. Im saying he sucks for a 5million a year guy.  3.5 million at best. 

  21. mapleleaf92 says:

    I say get rid of mccabe, he got paid 7 mill this year

  22. brott says:

    The no trade clause messes that up. Doing that was retarded. It lets McCabe be as shitty as he wants. Why shoul dhe give 100% now? he could hurt himself. He doesnt have to now that hes garenteed that.

    A horrible choice to do that. The money hes getting is fine. its the no trade clause that F***ed us.

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