Other than Joseph he was outbid by other clubs. There was no way he was going to give Holik 9mil a year. What a joke. Kaspiritis didn’t get paid as much but the only thing he can do is check. He can’t play the o and is nowhere near the best on d. For a marginal player to get that much money Quinn wouldn’t give it. Not to mention these players did want to be in the NY area.
As for Guerin, he said that Dallas was one of the places he wanted to be. Tax free, an American team, good money. He turned down more money from Boston so the leafs giving more wouldn’t have helped.
Amonte again, he went short on the money instead of giving him what he wanted.
Now Quinn is going after Cassels and trying to resign Domi. I think if the leafs sign Cassels then Domi would rather stay faithful to the leafs organization then go to the team who wants him most Nashville. Despite what any of you say the leafs are a lot closer to the cup than the preds.
Say Brad Boyes plays in the NHL next year. Put him on the fourth line. Perhaps trade Antropov to Tampa, the want him, for a couple of players, a deal almost happened before. Pick up a defenseman, and maybe get an even better outing out of some of the d that got their first taste of the NHL last year ie. Pilar. He showed that players that arn’t expected to do anything can.
Just look at Fedorov, one of the best players in the league and he was drafted in the third round. Usually big names are drafted higher than the 60-80 category. Also you can’t tell a players calibre until they get a chance. The leafs system may look weak now but who knows there just might be a diamond in the rough.
Although I was unhappy when the leafs lost in 6 to Carolina. Remeber half of their team was injured. Tucker played with a separated shoulder, Sundin’s wrist was obviously still hurting. Gary, Alyn, McCabe, and a bunch of others were battered and bruised. Yet they took a very defensively minded team to OT of game 6. One lucky bounce and they go to game 7 and who knows what happens. The leafs gave it their all but when so many injured players come back into the lineup its hard for them all to get hot at once. If Sundin got a run in for the Carolina series then maybe he would have been able to get his career point per game in the playoffs. With the low scoring games that puts each game in OT or a one goal win. A big difference.
Are the leafs ready for the cup? No! But I think if they went to the finals they would have competed. Maybe not signing a big name might give more determination to players like Alyn who had a load of offensive talent but was told to be defensive. Now the leafs may let him become a scorer and it will be a boost to his confidence to be a go to gut not the one sitting on the bench when the final minutes go by.
Look for Hoglund to be moved. Maybe a team might be confused by his carry on points from the Alyn and Gary show during the playoffs and offer something. Hey it happened before with boston.
Has Quinn done anything right yet. Well yeah he has, he brought a franchise that was losing back to respectability and has gotten some bigger named players in the past. He has made some good trades, McCabe, Berard before stupid Hossa took out his eye. This year he has some work to do but it is not always big change that brings home titles its faith in the grit and determination of some talent mixed in with the workers. The leafs have the workers now all they need is a few players to help Sundin and Mogilney.]]>