Where do the Leafs look now? Leaf_Expert Says.."Still Plenty of Fish Left"

With the trade of Alexei Kovalev to the Rangers the Maple Leafs are now forced to accept it and move on, and look for another player that can be obtain in their hopes to win the Cup. Following is a list of the best of the potential FORWARDS that could be traded, either to the Leafs or somewhere else, by this years trading deadline, along with my predictions on the odds (out of ten) that it will happen.

1. Adam Oates — Likely won’t be moved. But if Anahiem falls out of the playoff race near or at the deadline, the Ducks may want to unload the aging playmaker and his contract. Leafs may want him to be on the second line centre which they may be still in need of, but the Leafs are now in the need of a forward that can score goals, rather than a playmaker.

ODDS OF BEING TRADED: 4/10

ODDS OF BEING TRADED TO LEAFS: 3/10

2. Steve Rucchin — Again more likely if Anahiem falls out of the race for the playoffs. He has apperently been mentioned in trade “rumours”. But are any of the rumours true? I think he could be the best player that Anahiem could be moving. A player that will be a second line centre on any team. He is a solid point producer, who is probably their best defensive forward. Leafs could use an all-around talent to compliment Roberts on the second line.

ODDS OF BEING TRADED: 4/10

ODDS OF BEING TRADED TO LEAFS: 5/10

3. Miroslav Satan — With the sale of the Sabres still on hold, while the search for a buyer continues, the Sabres may have to wait to trade players. Satan is a sniper, that is 28 years of age, and will be highly sought after by teams wanting a proven scorer. The question is though, will he be traded if the NHL is still running them? Probably not, since he is their top player and trading him would make the team less attractive to possible buyers (for the Sabres). Please note: his odds of being traded will go up if the Sabres are sold.

ODDS OF BEING TRADED: 6/10

ODDS OF BEING TRADED TO LEAFS: 6.5/10

4. Chris Gratton — Valuable second line centre, who is an all-around talent, he hits, defends, and is a solid player to add if a team is in big need of a second line centre. Leafs could use some help at centre, but there are other players available.

ODDS OF BEING TRADED: 4.5/10

ODDS OF BEING TRADED TO LEAFS: 4/10

5. Chris Drury — Was rumour to be going back to Colorado at one point, but likely not to move anywhere now. Another all-around talent, but now that Calgary has him, why would they think of letting him go?

ODDS OF BEING TRADED: 3/10

ODDS OF BEING TRADED TO LEAFS: 3/10

6. Jarome Iginla — Calgary apparently wants three solid/quality NHLs back in return. Is that’s Button’s way of saying he is not available? Some crazy G.M. could make such an offer, Leafs coul be one of them, with an overload of players with Roberts back soon. Best all-around player available? Not this season, but for years to come he will be one of the best all-around talents. Not many teams have an over-abundance of players to meet Button’s request.

ODDS OF BEING TRADED: 3.5/10

ODDS OF BEING TRADED TO LEAFS: 4/10

7. Craig Conroy — Solid offensively, defensively, occasionally plays physical. Could he be traded if a good offer is made? Is he available? Not likely to be moved in my opinion. Another all-around player that is to most teams just another second line centre. With so many of them available, he should stay put.

ODDS OF BEING TRADED: 3/10

ODDS OF BEING TRADED TO LEAFS: 3.5/10

8. Ron Francis — Soon to be 40 year old centre is yet another centre that does it all. Carolina is done this season, so with not much time left in his career would that be enough reason to consider trading him? Asking price would be high, with him being proably the best centre that could be available.

ODDS OF BEING TRADED: 2.5/10

ODDS OF BEING TRADED TO LEAFS: 2/10

9. Andrew Cassels — Jackets are showing off Sanderson, so why not try to get something for Cassels? He will likely stay with the Jackets, since he has done so much for them.

ODDS OF BEING TRADED: 3/10

ODDS OF BEING TRADE TO LEAFS: 2/10

10. Geoff Sanderson — Is available. Not to many players are available this year because so many teams are fighting for a playoff spot. Jackets aren’t going to make the playoffs this year, but might want to keep the players they have for an attempt at the playoffs next season. Trading Sanderson gives them some more money they could potentially spend in the offseason, so him leaving via trade is quite possible. Leafs need scoring and he be what they need.

ODDS OF BEING TRADED: 6/10

ODDS OF BEING TRADED TO LEAFS: 6.5/10

11. Ziggy Palffy — One of the best available forwards for trade. Strickly for an upgrade in offense is on label of the box with him in it.

ODDS OF BEING TRADED: 6/10

ODDS OF BEING TRADED TO LEAFS: 6.5/10

12. Tony Amonte — At 32 he’s not what he once was, but still one of the best players that could be available in a trade. Won’t average a point-per-game, but that doesn’t mean he can’t play on a teams top line. Great defensively, solid offensively, doesn’t hit though. Is available more and more as Phoenix falls further and further back of 8th place.

ODDS OF BEING TRADED: 5/10

ODDS OF BEING TRADED TO LEAFS: 4.5/10

13. Owen Nolan — Asking price is apparently high, but it should be high, but their should certainly be a limit on what G.M. Lombardi can ask.

ODDS OF BEING TRADED: 5/10

ODDS OF BEING TRADED TO LEAFS: 4/10

Leaf_Expert’s view:

So the Leafs lost out on Alexei Kovalev, there are plenty of fish left in the sea for the Leafs have great shots at catching….

FORWARDS:

Owen Nolan (Sharks): What I have wanted the Leafs to aquire ever since he was drafted and I’ll take him over Kovalev anyday. Nolan was being shopped around prior to the all-star break.

Ziggy Palffy (Kings): The further the Kings fall, the more likely he’ll be dealt.

Bryan Smolinski (Kings): Is in the same position as Palffy, only less important.

Miro Satan (Sabres): Skill is very simular to the style of Kovalev and is know to have a little bit of back checking in him. The Flyers are said to covet Satan.

Jarome Iginla (Flames): GM Craig Button would need plenty of cash and three able-bodied players to replace Calgary’s franchise.

Geoff Sanderson (Columbus): After a great start numbers have gone down for the Sand Man.

Ray Whitney (Columbus): Is the Jackets captain and has teriffic skill. Is and un-restricted free agent at seasons end and may be a little too steep for the Blue Jackets to commit to.

Valeri Bure (Panthers): Has a reputation as an underachiever and a female in a mens league.

Shawn McEachern (Thrashers): Numbers have gone down a bit, but is a great presence in the dressing room.

Chris Gratton (Sabres): Has never lived up to to high expectation but does give solid scoring and good physical play.

DEFENCE:

Bryan Leetch (Rangers):The Kovalev deal has sky-rocketed the Rangers payroll and there is no space left for the all time Ranger. Does have value for leadership and experience.

Bryan Marchment (Sharks): Leafs have shown interest in the past and is a great hard workin physical defensmen. Can punish opposing players.

Bob Boughner (Flames): Flames co-captain and solid physical defensmen.

Aaron Miller (Kings): Very stay at home with physical and shot blocking assets.

Dmitry Yushkevich (Kings): Is still lost trying to find his way home, can anyone help this lost person with directions.

Bill Houlder (Nashville): Experienced, cheap, smart, and aging pretty fast.

Alexei Zhitnik (Sabres): Is one of the best coverage defensmen in the league. Would be a salary dump but is definetly all the Leafs would need for the blue line(or any team for that matter).

Aaron Ward (Hurricanes): Rugged defenceman is blowing out of the Hurricane fast.

Glen Wesley (Hurricanes): Would only be another Lumme only with a good instegater upside.

Lyle Odelein (Chicago): Is a great physical defensmen with experience in all game situations.

W.C.


96 Responses to Where do the Leafs look now? Leaf_Expert Says.."Still Plenty of Fish Left"

  1. titans says:

    OH JESUS CHRIST!! WHATA BUNCHA RETARDS YOU LEAFS FANS ARE! WHEN THE HOLY HELL ARE YOU DOPES GONNA REALZE THAT THE LEAFS DON’T MAKE TRADES!! EVER!! SO STOP THIS RIDICULOUS CHATTER AND GO BACK TO MORE MEANINGFULL TASKS…LIKE…I DUNNO WHAT THE HELL DO YOU PEOPLE DO UP THERE ANYWAY!?!?

  2. matrix2003 says:

    I read your profile over at wowhockey, and it says tour 25 years old? You act about have that. I hope Sadam and/or Iraq bomb “your” house, ignorant ass.

  3. leafsrule31sucks says:

    I dont think that you really know what your talkig about. I bet the leafs could get iginla for kidd.

  4. titans says:

    Fuck you you ignorant fuck!! I hope you die of painfull horrible cancer you piece of shit! I not only hope you die of painfull horrible cancer, I hope you whole fuckin family does the same! In fact I hope you whole family gets fun over by a bus! TWICE!!

  5. titans says:

    Please excuse my potty mouth, I’m having a bad week. Although I still wish cancer on matrix2003 and all of his immediate family, I mean it in a much less foul mannered way.

  6. OldNord says:

    Come on! You said about Iginla: “Calgary apparently wants THREE solid/quality NHLs back in return” and you quote :

    Iginla beeing traded 3,5/10

    Iginla beeing traded to LEAFS 4/10

    Not make sense!!!

  7. BabyLeaf says:

    I’m not gonna hold my breath for the Leafs to make any trades. This way I won’t be disapointed if they don’t.

    That said I still would love to see Palffy and Yuskhie in Leaf uniforms. Don’t think it will happen, but hey I could be wrong, there’s a first time for everything.

    Bring Yushkie back home Pat!!!

  8. Kraftster says:

    Dude how could you possibly compare a franchise that has been around as long as the leafs to a relatively new franchise in the panthers. Wow….I shake my head at that…haha

    and Florida is definitely a very decent young team. I’d watch out for them the next few years here. Luongo is the next star in goal no doubt in my mind!

  9. Slovakiaz says:

    Oates – we’ll see … it depends on playoff chances of da Ducks … if traded then WHERE ??? Nowhere
    Rucchin – no way
    Satan – depends on deep pockets of new owner, but if traded – NJ (Berglund, danton and 1st)
    Gratton – ??? maybe Avs ? probably not
    Drury – no way
    Iginla – where ??? maybe to Avs, but some of the Star players have to retire after season :) Roy or Forsberg !
    Conroy – no way
    Francis – he can be traded to Pens only, if they’ll play da playoffs, if not – no trade
    Cassels – no way
    Sanderson – maybe Avs
    Palffy – will be traded if team which pick him will pick up some portion of his next year salary – that’s the only chance
    Amonte – to St. Louis for Koivisto and Boguniecki
    Owen Nolan – if traded then to Leafs
    Leetch – no way
    Miller – good d-man, will not be traded
    Yushkevich – maybe heading back to Toronto
    Odelein – no way
    Boughner – ??? i don’t think he’ll be traded, maybe if some of contenders lost some d-man to injury
    Zhitnik – the same as Satan, Philly maybe …

    Avs will make some trade, i think big one … some excellent offensive player (cause Forberg ain’t gonna play forever, maybe 2 more years – Iginla) and D-men if Skoula will be traded to Flames) … it’s the only way I can see it … the Avs need to get some young excellent player from next generation who will carry the franchise on his back, and that’s only Iginla outthere !!! That’s my prediction !!!

  10. Slovakiaz says:

    Iginla, Drury – Skoula, Tanguay,Vrbata and 2nd …

    Iginla – Skoula, Tanguay and 2nd …

    Iginla, Boughner – Skoula, Tanguay, Reinprecht and 3rd …

    Iginla and 3rd – Tanguay, Vrbata, Reinprecht and 2nd

  11. OldNord says:

    If I am Craig Button, I do that trade pronto

  12. chewy says:

    Interesting rumbling out of Toronto that says the Flames have asked for Forwards Darcy Tucker and Nik Antropov, Defenceman Wade Belak, and minor Leaguers D Carvelchio and F Brad Boyes, and $1 million in cash for Jarome Iginla, Bob Boughner, Rob Nerdermayer.

  13. jacosta says:

    That Iginla to Colorado trade actually does make some sense. Pierre LaCroix is said to be retiring and is always known for making a big move at the dead line. Especially now that his son is said to replace him as GM. I’d look into that one.

    But as for the Leafs.

    Pat Quinn unfortunately will not be going for a big offensive forward. I think he feels strong with his forwards. 4 goals against Edmonton last night (but the still lost by one.)

    Therefore look for Pat to try and get the cheepest he can and look for no one from the current roster to move. All of you guys constantly post that it will take a Tucker or Antropov to make any deals. So many of the trades made inthis past decade have been no bodies or up and comers. So you don’t have to make an equal offer tomake a trade. Especially to non contenders.

    So look for Quinn to go for Bob Boughner. He can offer a Karel Pilar and a pick and that will be enough. And if you think I am stupid lookat what the rangers gave to Pittsburgh and even what the Leafs offered. (ponikarovsky, Pilar Belak and a pick )

    Second I think he may even go after Yushki, for the fact that he would come in and do nothing to the team chemistry. He would be a positive addition, but don’t look at him being resigned int he off season unless he gets rid of his agent.

    If Pat quinn goes for a forward he will try, I repeat try for Satan but since they are in the same division it wont happen. Therefore look for someone else that can go for picks and prospects like a Geoff Sanderson. Quinn likes these types of guys, guys that will back check and will play hard throughout the playoffs.

    No Nolan, No Palffy, Not even Miller

  14. Tradedude says:

    for God sake, us leaf fans can’t control what gets posted by leaf ‘expert’ so he calls himself.

    Go back to being a philly fan, cuz boston sucks. face it!

  15. Tradedude says:

    iginla for kidd, WTF R U SMOKING? i dont even think we could get a 9th rounder for kidd. man ppl out there r just so patheticly dumb.

    and if u were reading with ur eyes not ur ass, than maybe u’d read that i said, i’d like to see them play for the leafs. LIKE not WILL. figure it out einstein

  16. Tradedude says:

    Ok. This is my suggestion trade with Calgary.

    To Calgary: Tucker, Pilar, 3rd round pick in 2003 & 2004

    To Toronto: Conroy, Boughner

  17. Aetherial says:

    Were you not paying attention to the Kovalev deal?

    Why take on Mogilny?

    The Leafs will not trade Mogilny

    The Leafs are one of the few teams that can afford Palffy

    The Kings will get less than you think if they *dump* salary!

    Dumping salary doesn’t mean you make a good hockey deal AND reduce payroll! It means you make a sh*t-poor hockey deal but dump salary.

  18. Aetherial says:

    Uh, I don’t think he was serious.

  19. Aetherial says:

    Not funny man.

    Neither is his bombing comment.

  20. Aetherial says:

    Well Patrick wanted 2 solid front-line NHLers.

    Didn’t you people learn anything from the Kovalev trade?

  21. Aetherial says:

    ROFL!

    The Leafs will never make that deal. Too much of the current team, WAY too much of the future for a 30 goal scorer, a steady unspectacular D-man, and an average at best forward.

  22. Aetherial says:

    Calgary won’t do it.

  23. leafsrule31sucks says:

    I wasnt but it sure is easy to get under the leaf fans skin.

  24. swedishvoice says:

    Always remember a team can tarde any player, usaly the guy you leas expect… Havelid i an NHL top 20 D-man. White is now one of the great blueliners in the leuge, ok he does not score but he make shure that the other team does not score on you. Thats right why would the devs want Mogilney back? Don’t know… but i know that Gomez wants him back.

  25. swedishvoice says:

    First: Mogilney was droped before.

    Second: Who cares, it can be payed off.

    Third: Centers are easyer to find than blueliners.

  26. swedishvoice says:

    First: Mogilney was droped before.

    Second: Who cares, it can be payed off.

    Third: Centers are easyer to find than blueliners.

  27. TML51 says:

    titans is right. The Leafs don’t trade…at least not big blockbuster trades. That stopped with Cliff Fletcher and the Toronto/Calgary trade back in the early 90’s. Toronto’s latest trend is building with free agency. Though they didn’t land any big name forwards…they got the Eagle…something everyone forgets when they bitch about no free agents coming to Toronto. Compare Cujo and Eddie now. Smart aquisition. To defend Quinn somewhat, he may not make big deals, but he’s savvy enough to know what is good for the club without selling the farm.

    As a leaf fan, I hate to sound like a wet rag, but don’t expect to see any huge trade by the deadline by Toronto. They do need another trigger man and a solid defense player, but I think it will be no one that anyone here is speculating.

  28. WeStSiDe says:

    I cant stand ignorant people such as you titans, you stereo type all of Leaf fans and act like a typical american, who obviously knows nothing about Canada… yes, FUCK YOU!

  29. WeStSiDe says:

    Most dont, just like the Jagr trade, just like the Bure trade… All teams say they want this and that in the end it just doesnt happen.. Comes down to who can take the salary…

  30. WeStSiDe says:

    I think the Reason Quinn is reluctant to make those blockbuster trades is becuz most of the time it invloves a big core of your team your breaking up and he feels her has the core there, but he wants to add that player or 2, that is why free agency suits him better, except last year holik and kasp chose nyr, which doenst look so bad now…

  31. habsoverserver says:

    That’s fine but your headline was “still PLENTY of fish left.” Maybe it should have been “not many fish left.” Either way, the Leafs have as good a chance if not better than anyone else of winning the East, even if they do not add. If NJ, and Ottawa stand pat then so can the Leafs.

  32. matrix2003 says:

    The second part of the article isn’t mine, it’s Leaf_Expert’s. It’s another combining of articles.

  33. BWbullies says:

    It is pretty hard not to stereo type leaf fans when you have “leaf expert” writing all the columns about the Leafs. You have to admit he is really not even close to being an expert, a fool maybe. I bet you are a typical canadian who knows nothing about the US. And actually Canadians are also americans. If I’m correct canada is apart of North America……

  34. BWbullies says:

    Who is Coliacovo?

  35. BWbullies says:

    Wow, I can’t believe it a Leafs fan has more confidence in the Flyers then me (a Flyers fan).

  36. TML51 says:

    You’re right. Trick is getting someone without breaking that core or upsetting it too much. Quinn shows faith in his guys and they perform for him. The Leafs need trigger guy, but I’m sure there are lot better deals that Kovy, and guys who would fit better in the Toronto “core”. Case in point, the Rangers who have some of the leauge’s elite talent, but can’t perform as a team. Should be interesting!

  37. habsoverserver says:

    Sorry I didn’t realize.

  38. swedishvoice says:

    Course it’s off the wall it’s puer thougt… but u have to agree that the leafs will have to do something to shake things up.

  39. amazing_jesse says:

    Screw that action! Keep Iginla, we’ll pick him up at the police auction when Calgary goes under.

  40. amazing_jesse says:

    Screw that action! Keep Iginla, we’ll pick him up at the police auction when Calgary goes under.

  41. amazing_jesse says:

    This will be a unique year.

    The Leafs, Flyers and Avs are going to make some HUGE trades this year.

    Islanders, Blues and a few others are going to make some additions too.

    This is the second to last year under the old CBA and teams are restructuring big time — there will be lots of inventory for those teams with money to make a last big push under the current CBA.

    This year is going to be fun to watch and this web site will have it all.

  42. Slovakiaz says:

    i’m looking what i wrote and hehe it’s little stupid, but other trades are good, i think :).

  43. Gorn says:

    When I read Mogilny for White I just about bust my gut laughing. Havelid a solid blue liner? +1 this year and -13 last year. Under 6′ and 189 lbs – really can’t say he’d be able to move giant like Koivu from the front of the net let alone Bertuzzi.

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