What the Leafs need to do!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any messages on the site, and since I’ve become a Maple Leafs fan with the signing of Lindros this summer, I have some ideas that Toronto needs to in order to improve their team.

Let’s start off with Lindros. As big of a fan as I am of his, I am actually pretty suprised with his play thus far. I know the season and a half rest did him good, but I thought he would be a little rusty comin out of the gate, but he has played pretty spectacular.

My biggest problem right now with the Leafs is their line combinations. It’s pretty amazing that Lindros has been playing this good centering Domi and Kilger for all but one game. What is Pat Quinn thinking? I know he likes to roll 4 solid lines, but if Lindros was paired with more highly skilled players and stays healthy, he could probably end up with an 85-90, maybe even close to a 100 point season in this new NHL.

Something has to be done with the lines if this team is going to make the playoffs. Just like in New York Lindros was productive when paired with Fluery and York, but struggled when paired with the likes of Barnaby and other 3rd and 4th liners. Even though he has 8 goals in the first 10 games, Lindros is still more of a playmaker and can help the Leafs score and win more if he’s with better players.

Which brings me to the rest of the Leafs. At first I was disappointed with Allison, but then he really had a great strecth of games where he played well, but once again I’m not sure he should be treated as a 1st line center. Although Tucker-Allison-O’Neill have had a few good games, they are playing terrible defensive hockey and thanks to the Atlanta game a couple weeks ago their stats are inflated. Even though all three are around a point-per-game average, they are getting most of these on the power-play (as Quinn has them out there for at least 1:30 of every PP), and as a line they are a combined -18!!

So what’s my solution? Switch the lines up Mr. Quinn. Alex Steen has been damn impressive so far as have Stajan and Wellwood. Even Ponikarovsky has been forchecking like an animal and playing pretty good. These are the young youth and talent that need to get more ice time and give the Leafs that spark that other teams are ready for. From watching all of the games so far it it has been Lindros, McCabe-Kaberle, good goaltending, and the aforementioned young guns who have really carried the team night in and night out. Without the powerplay the 1st line really hasn’t shown me much.

As far as the defense goes, McCabe and Kaberle are already two of the top defenseman in the East and in the NHL outright. Everynight they bring explosiveness and the ability to move the puck up the ice and be game changers. Obviously they have also been a big part of the powerplay as well doing an excellent job of quarterbacking. Even though they are prone to some defensive mistakes once in a while, that is just a product of their agresssive style, they are both rocks on the blueline.

However, it is clear that the Leafs need and absolutely NEED at least one more or even two more quality defenseman. McCabe and Kaberle are going to have to play close to 30 mins a game, but when the Leafs are at the Corel Centre and Alfreddson-Spezza-Heatley jump on the ice against Belak and Berg we’ve already seen the consequences of that mismatch. So perhaps trading Antropov or one of the youngsters will be necessary in order to pick up a quality blueliner, but the Leafs should already be getting Coliocavo and Wozniewski into the lineup everynight.

So let’s give Lindros better linemates, decrease the 1st lines powerplay time, let the young kids step up, and either pick up a defenseman, or let the two youngsters fill the void. This is the only way the Leafs will make the playoffs.


126 Responses to What the Leafs need to do!

  1. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    if i were a team id rather have 1 win and 10 loses then be the laughing stock of the league

  2. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    RE-READ YOUR OWN POST:

    u said he “had 2 yrs on the island”. NOT he had 2 “GOOD” yrs on the island.

    and ether way you are wrong. the guy had 4 20 plus goal seasons there. several where he led the team in scoring.

    1 where he was among the LEAGUE leaders in pp points. and 1 all star season. i would say the leafs are UNDER using him!

  3. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    CZERKAWSKI HAS HAD:

    6 20 goal plus seasons

    5 recently with the islanders!

    1 all star season with the isles

    1 where he was among LEAGUE leaders in pp goals with the isles

    2 where he led the isles in goals

    I WOULD SAY THE LEAFS ARE MAJORLY UNDER USING THIS GUY!

  4. Neely4Life says:

    I wish they did use him more, because they would be a lot easier to beat 8-0 every game!! He sucks buddy, giveit up, he wasalright on the Island, sucked every where else.

  5. Neely4Life says:

    sorry, ment 2 good seasons, and yeah, the one allstar season, that was one of the two. 20 golas doesnt make for a good season on the first line! Why dont u think the islanders made they playoffs for like 7 years!

  6. habs_punk says:

    You gotta be a jackass about it?

    Make a Leafs post that has some substance to it at least. This is THE worst post that I’ve ever seen posted on this website. That’s real sad if the site is that desperate for activity. It’s a post about shuffling lines for crying out loud!

  7. thatleafsguy says:

    then by that formula you shouldn’t be bragging about the sens in the conference final thats my point you ignorant fool. stfu

  8. thatleafsguy says:

    you are the laughing stock of the league………1 win and some high cost talent purchased.

  9. thatleafsguy says:

    Havlats a piece of shit, so is chris neil, so hate your own before you hate others.

  10. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    or the leafs can try and play in the echl cause then they may have a shot at winning something.

  11. thatleafsguy says:

    ya if you’re a sens fan why do you front neely’s name? oh, and we’re only 10 games in.

  12. mojo19 says:

    I’d start shopping Bryan McCabe while his value is at an all-time high. I wouldn’t necessarily trade him, but see whats out there. Just something to consider.

    I think Kaberle is better anyway. Scotty Bowman also said McCabe wasn’t better than T-Kab when he was on the fan590 in Toronto not long ago.

  13. mojo19 says:

    I agree, Czerkawski has always been a streaky player though.

    I think they should play Marius with Lindros to try to get him going already. Lindros is a good set up man and C’kawski could thrive on a line with Eric.

  14. quick_stick says:

    Antropov has been playing well…Sundin will be back…they need some help for sure, particularly on D.

  15. quick_stick says:

    Hate him or not, he’s a very good player.

  16. quick_stick says:

    looking like a complete fool is the main focas of any bias fan, regardless of the team/player he’s bashing.

  17. Neely4Life says:

    lol, i do hate havlat, but chris niel is a solid player and obviosuly can do more than just fight.

  18. Neely4Life says:

    BEcause before the sens came along, i loved Cam and still do! I think hes the greatest power forward to ever play the game. Thats a matter of opinion, but i stil love him. Wore 8 my whole life, but i love the sens, and will always love em. Cam Neely is still the greatest power forward to ever play i think.

  19. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    this guy: mojo19

    IS SO SMART…I AM GOING TO REPOST HIS REPONSE TO MY POST HERE, SO ANYONE ELSE WHO WISHES TO BE EDUCATED CAN READ IT:

    “I think they should play Marius with Lindros to try to get him going already. Lindros is a good set up man and C’kawski could thrive on a line with Eric.”

  20. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    b/c palffy and czerk were there ONLY offense.

    salo was a mediocre goalie at the time. bertuzzi was horrible back then. etc.

  21. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    and again read carefully neely!

    i said he had “20 plus” goal seasons repeatedly. look at the numbers 26, 25, 30, 35. these were some of his goal totals with the isles and edmonton!

  22. Neely4Life says:

    30 golas is a good season, 20 is an ok year. playin on the first line, if u dont put up 30, ur not doing ur job. And so what if that was their only offense. And people sucked around those 2 guys for a reason.

  23. 92-93 says:

    actually, they went to 5 games with vancouver. whoops, there’s my love of stats/facts rearing its ugly head again. my bad.

  24. shapter07 says:

    yeah he was st johns best player last year. probably one of the top 5 or 6 in the league. he deserves a spot on the leafs

  25. shapter07 says:

    The pens picked up their 2nd win last night. im predicting they go 50-20 the rest of the way… HAHA they might beat out washington for last

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