What Toronto should do…

First of all, I would like to give a shout out to nordiques100 for a very well written article on the state of the Maple Leafs and the MLSE. As passionate Leaf fans, we hold them in the highest desideratum, and sometimes it peaks our interest to fantasize about players coming to our team to bring the one thing that has been missing for the last 39 years….the Stanley Cup. They are going through what is commonly referred to as a slump, but that is no reason to excoriate them, this happens with all teams, at some point, around the league. It has been close to a decade since Toronto has failed to make the playoffs but I think it may be time to be capricious, to change our game plan so to speak.

It is irrefragable that Toronto is been at best mediocre in the last decade. For years they have taken the “sign overpaid free agents” route and look where it has gotten us. While they have shown flashes of dubiety, it has resulted in early playoff exits and no hope for the future. Now, I believe minority owner Larry Tanenbaum is passionate about the Maple Leafs but the other owners may be too lucre about their organization. Players like, Jason Allison, Jeff O’Neill, Ken Klee, Aki Berg, Alexander Khavanov, Tie Domi and Ed Belfour have been an en*****brance and a hindrance to team development. At the risk of being recondite, I think they may have to take this season with a grain of salt and simply cut their losses.

Trust me when I say, that I am just as guilty as everyone else when I hear a rumor that may not even have a shred of truth to it, to exploit and fantasize about it. That being said, a few collective suggestions from people in and around this website that make sense to me:

After reading my whole little speil on preserving young talent, this rumor may not make sense to you from my point of view, but bare with me. I was listening to Bill Waters (and I know he’s not the most resourceful talk show host) and he mentioned that Chicago announced that no player is safe. Chicago apparently, previous to the trade freeze, had been quietly offering Mark Bell and Tyler Arnason for Nik Antropov, Matt Stajan & a prospect. I like Matt Stajan alot, but the chance to receive Mark Bell and get rid of Nik Antropov is almost too good to pass up. Also, Nashville apparently wants Aki Berg and is prepared to give up a 2nd or 3rd round choice. Somehow trade Jeff O’Neill.

Under contract for next year are Mats Sundin, Darcy Tucker, Alex Steen, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Tie Domi, Wade Belak, Thomas Kaberle & Staffan Kronwall. Total salary of $15 million.

I am almost positive that they will resign restricted free agents Kyle Wellwood, Carlo Colaiacovo, Mikael Tellqvist, Jay Harrison, Andy Wozniewski, Chad Kilger & Clarke Wilm. Bringing the cap to approximately $21 million.

It is becoming more apparent that with the recent signing of Thomas Kaberle that Bryan McCabe will follow suit and will surely want at least $5 million. Which is suppose I understandable, but personally I would spend that money on Ed Jovanoski or Wade Redden. But waiting till July 1st may prove cost-worthy as they may not be able to sign either and McCabe may be lost in the process. And, although with his limited games as a Maple Leaf, I think they will retain Eric Lindros at a reduced salary. Call up Robert Earl (who is our best offensive prospect, and will be fantastic) from the Wisconsin Badgers. Now they have a cap of approximately $28 million.

Come July 1st, let go of Jason Allison, Ken Klee, Alexander Khavanov, Mariusz Czerkawski and Ed Belfour.

Assuming all this goes occurs (which is in the realm of possibility), they have a roster of:

Bell – Sundin – Lindros

Steen – Arnason – Tucker

Kilger – Wellwood – Ponikarovsky

Earl – Wilm – Domi

McCabe – Kaberle

Colaiacovo – Harrison

Kronwall – Wozniewski

Tellqvist

Rask or Pogge

Use remaining cap space to fill in voids on defense and perhaps goaltending (Brendan Witt? Curtis Joseph?). Thusly, they cut the proverbial fat so to speak while still maintaining a playoff contending team while slowly developing their promising youngsters. Ergo, it is not absolutely imperative to bring in top name free agents or conjure up ridiculous trade rumors that are completely one-sided. Though one thing is for sure, this stance at mediocrity must be dealt with.


15 Responses to What Toronto should do…

  1. The-President says:

    If the Leafs can make a trade to minnesota for Gaborik that would be incredible.

    perhaps Allison, Pogge, and a 1st for Gaborik

    This is what their lineup could look like

    Bell/Sundin/Gaborik

    Tucker/Arnoson/O’neill

    Kilger/Steen/Ponikarovsky

    Wellwood/Wilm/Domi

  2. BleedinBlueTillDeath says:

    I would do a

    Stajan + Antropov for Mark Bell and Tyler Arnason deal in a heart beat! Although I love Stajan, he is being wasted in Toronto, and he deserves much better. Also if we added more to that deal (like a prospect or 2), and Chicago added Calder, we could have lines like..

    Bell – Sundin – Lindros

    Steen – Arnason – Tucker

    Calder – Wellwood – Ponikarovsky

    Kilger – Wilm – Ondrus/Domi/Belak/Hoffman

  3. The-President says:

    NO, We don’t need Calder, Bell and Arnoson are fine, in this deal we should also deal for a dman. Cullimore sucks, we should go for Vandermeer.

    Stajan, Antropov, Wozienewski, and a 2nd for Arnoson, Bell, and Vandermeer. This will move toronto in the rignt direction, and secure their future, as well as giving chicago some talent in return.

    Bell-25

    Arnoson-26

    Vandermeer-25

    for

    Stajan-22

    Antropov-26

    Wozienewski-25

    2nd round pick

  4. intothevoid001 says:

    don’t forget about Pilar

    whats going on with him? last i heard he was gonna try to play in europe and come back next year

  5. Aetherial says:

    The words lucre and dubiety are used incorrectly in your post.

    Put away the thesaurus.

  6. The-President says:

    Here is what the Leafs should do for this season and next:

    1st off here is a blockbuster trade:

    Sundin

    McCabe

    Belfour

    Pogge

    2nd rounder

    to

    Florida for:

    Jokinen

    Bouwmeester

    Luongo

    These players no longer want to play for Florida, and Mike Keenan is a retard so both go hand in hand… This trade would provide Florida with some proven veterans, and Leadership, something they have been missing for the past oh I dont know 5 years.

    Next:

    Trade

    Antropov, Stajan, Kronwall, 3rd rounder for:

    Bell, Arnoson, and Vandermeer.

    Then:

    Trade Allison, Wellwood, and a 1st rounder to Minnesota for Gaborik.

    Trade Klee, Lindros, Berg, to what ever teams would be interested in them, but if thats not possible just let them walk next summer. Along with Belak get him the hell out of here!

    Before all of you people bash this post, We need a cup not a pretender, we need to get serious, we need to be able to compete with the elite teams and not get shut out 8-0 to Ottawa, Wow we beat Atalanta in a blow out, well guess what Atlanta is just what we are as of now, a PRETENDER!

    JFJ needs to get off his lazy ass and turn this team into a serious contender and he needs to make drastic changes, not just tinker around with the line up and trade for guys like Asham, thats not going to please Leaf Fans, and thats certainly not going to bring us closer to the Cup. For Once I want to hear a sports commentater say the Leafs are Favorites to Win the Cup! It must feel good to Be a Canes, Sens, Wings, Canucks Fan.

    Here would be the Leafs Cup Contender Lineup:

    Bell/Jokinen/Gaborik

    Tucker/Arnoson/O’neill

    Kilger/Steen/Ponikarovsky

    Pohl/Wilm/Domi

    Kaberle/Bouwmeester

    Coliacovo/Vandermeer

    Harrison/Wozienewski

    Luongo

    Tellqvist

  7. bish says:

    toronto needs to get rid off oneill, allison, czerkawski, antropov, and any of their terrible defenseman (berg, klee, khavanov). i suggest looking to trade allison to a team like ottawa or calgary looking for a centre. oneill could go almost anywhere. i think the leafs really REALLY need a consistent defenseman and a star winger who can play with mats sundin and darcy tucker. marian gaborik would be excellent

  8. PaulK123 says:

    JFJ shouldn’t make any moves for UFA’s becuase

    this season is a loss, and you all know this year

    won’t be the year the Leafs win the cup. We should focus on re-signing ,Matt Stajan, Bryan McCabe, Kyle Wellwood, Carlo Colaiacovo, Mikael Tellqvist, Jay Harrison, Andy Wozniewski, Eric Lindros and Chad Kilger. The cap would be at about $29 million dollars. With the salary cap set to go up to $43 million dollars, the Leafs would have about $14 million dollars in cap room.

    With this cap room the Leafs should focus on signing an all-star winger to play with Sundin,

    a second or third line center, a veteran defensman, and a goalie. For a winger the Leafs could sign Elias for $4 million dollars. That’s $10 million dollars left. The Leafs should then

    sign Brandon Witt for $2 million dollars. That leavs the Leafs with $8 million dollars in cap room.For a center the Leafs could go for Tyler

    Aranson for about $2-3 million dollars. That would

    leave the Leafs with $5-6 million dollars for another goalie. Possibly for Cujo, Manny Legace,

    or Roberto Luongo.

    Look at the Leafs next year:

    Steen____Sundin____Elias

    Tucker___Lindros__O’Neill

    Ponikarovsky___Arnason___Kilger

    Wellwood____Stajan____Earl

    Domi

    McCabe___Kaberle

    Witt__Coliacovo

    Harrison__Wozniewski

    Kronvall/White

    __Luongo-or-Legace-or-Joseph__

    __Tellqvist__

    That team can challenge for a cup!

  9. lukeleim says:

    time to rebuild…

    Mats Sundin & Ben Ondrus to the Detroit Red Wings for Henrik Zetterberg

    Ed Belfour, Clarke Wilm & Andy Wozniewski to the Edmonton Oilers for Andrew Cogliano & Danny Syvret

    Jason Allison & Staffan Kronwall for Jordan Leopold

    Aki Berg to the Nashville Predators for the Predators’ 3rd-round pick in 2006

    Alexander Khavanov to the Vancouver Canucks for

    Tyler Bouck

    Nik Antropov, Kyle Wellwood, Marc Moro, Mariusz Czerkawski to the Chicago Blackhawks for Pavel Vorobiev & Tyler Arnason

    Tucker – Zetterberg – Steen

    Ponikarovsky – Lindros – O’Neill

    Vorobiev – Arnason – Domi

    Kilger – Stajan – Bouck

    ————————-

    Pohl – Belak

    Prospects: Jeremy Williams, Robbie Earl, Roman Kukemberg, Andrew Cogliano

    Kaberle – McCabe

    Leopold – Harrison

    Klee – Colaiacovo

    —————–

    Belak – Brown

    Prospects: Danny Syvret, Ian White, Phil Oreskovic

    Tellqvist

    Aubin

    ——-

    Racine

    Prospects: Tuukka Rask, Justin Pogge, Todd Ford

  10. lukeleim says:

    avg. age: 24

    salary cost: 27 mil (estimate)

    next year salary cost: 33 mil (estimate)

    cap space left: 12 mil (estimate)

  11. lukeleim says:

    off season signings: Patrik Elias, Ed Jovanovski & Curtis Joseph

    Next Year’s Line-up:

    Steen – Zetterberg – Elias

    Ponikarovsky – Lindros – Tucker

    Vorobiev – Arnason – O’Neill

    Kilger – Stjan – Domi

    ————————-

    Bouck – Cogliano – Belak

    Pohl – Williams

    Kaberle – McCabe

    Leopold – Jovanovski

    Klee – Colaiacovo

    ——————-

    Harrison – White

    Syvret

    Joseph

    Tellqvist

    ———–

    Pogge

    Rask

  12. MaltE says:

    POGGE? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? He is the best leafs prospect right now with Rask, and you’re going to throw in Allison (Which we just got) and a 1st round pick?????!?!? Please tell me you are just kidding because the leafs would never give so much for Gaborik with 24 goals and 20 assists? Highly Obsurd in my opinion

  13. Leafs2005 says:

    Why would the Leafs give up so much young talent in Pogge and a 1st round draft pick for someone who they can pick up, for no compensation in the offseason.

  14. tmltpc says:

    i think ur in love with gaborik more than carlita

  15. Leafs2005 says:

    I think he is a huge upgrade over Thomas Steen or Darcy Tucker as a number 1 winger

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