Why go crazy this year?

With all the talk of the Leafs throwing money around like drunken sailors hitting port for the first time in six months I just want to try and throw a little tidbit for you to ponder.

The Leafs are apparently looking to land a player like Drury or Gomez for around 7 million as a replacement for Mats when he decides to hang em up. To me this would be a mistake, while both are exceptional players the 7 million price tag screams franchise player which both (in my humble opinion ) are not. The Leafs would be best suited going after much more affordable avenues such as Kariya at four to four and a half, then add maybe Todd White for anywhere between two or three million. Two great players for the price of one Drury or Gomez. With the adition of Toskala this should make the Leafs a playoff contender.

Next summer Joe Thornton could and should hit the market. This is where Leaf management needs to go all out and sign the native of Ontario, Mats five million will be off the books giving them 5 million to direct Thorntons way and with a little luck Kubina and Mcabe have stellar years making them very enticing trade bait for teams in a league with a drought of quality top four defencemen, freeing up another 5 mil. which gives you 10 million to play with next summer(assuming the cap stays the same). Thornton for 6 or 7 million 3 or 4 million to try and sign Mats to a home team discount which he might be inclined to take if they sign Thornton and make themselves a contender for a chance to fulfill his dream of winning a stanley cup in Toronto. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

You’re thoughts?


7 Responses to Why go crazy this year?

  1. DeathCab says:

    Good to see I'm not the only Leaf fan hoping that the Leafs stay clear of the big names this year.

  2. TimmyHoHo says:
    Why go crazy this year?  Why not?  Get some talent in and force some underachievers out.  If the Leafs are going to dump picks then they should view fee agency as their draft.  Get guys who have a few years at a high level left and move some guys to other teams.

    I would like to see some real changes to the Leafs lineup.  Some players this year could really setup next year when we will want to demonstrate to FA's that Toronto is serious about challenging.  If we want to sign Thornton or Marleau next year then we need to make some moves this year.

    Nobody would be too upset to see McCabe go…that is pretty clear.  The NMC makes this unlikely, but possible.  Kubina is a possibility to leave as well as Gill.  Raycroft could be on his way out too due to a starters pay cheque and a backup's numbers.
    If the Leafs make any moves I think they will involve Smyth, Kariya or Bertuzzi.  If the Leafs move a big pay cheque then they would have room to make a move for more than one guy.  The Leafs could even move Kubina AND McCabe if they are able to sign Hannan.
    Kariya(5)/Smyth(6)-Sundin(5.5)-Bertuzzi(3.5)
    Poni(2.25)-Wellwood(1)-Antropov(2.25)
    Bell(2)-Peca(1.5)-Tucker(3)
    Kilger(1)-Stajan(1)-Steen(1)
    –>Deveraux(.5), Belak(.8)
    (forwards are about 30M)
    Kaberle(4.5)-Colaiacovo(1.5)
    Hannan(4)-White(1.5)
    Stralman(.8)-Kronwall(.7)
    —>Woz(.5)
    (Defense is about 14M)
    Toskala(1.5)
    Cujo(1)
    (Goalies are about 2.5, barring an extension to Toskala)
    The total is about 46-48 million which allows some wiggle room for later because this team will want to add a veteren for a playoff run.
    —>Gone are McCabe, Kubina, Gill, Pohl and Raycroft.  If we kept any of these guys I would prefer Raycroft because I think he has some upside still.
         This team has balance and grit.  I think it is unlikely, obviously, that the Leafs would be able to persue so many free agents and make these moves, but this is a huge upgrade from last year's team.  
         I could see McCabe to NYI, Kubina and Pohl to Edmonton and Gill and Raycroft to LA.  If the deals were in place pending the choices of FA's the Leafs could make these moves,but that would mean that JFjr doesn't have his head up his ass…and I'm not so sure he doesn't.  Since these are salary dumps we couldn't expect to get too much back, maybe some second rounders or mid round picks which we could use in the 'deep' 2008 draft.
  3. TheSource2659 says:

    Just so everyone knows these are none of Ek's rumors and this is things he's hearing from player agenst and stuff like that.

    Raycroft is apparently on his way out look for LA or St,Louis to be the targets also its about 75% confirmed that Curtis Joseph will be back in Toronto to backup Tosakla.

    Also it looks like the deal is all but done and could be announced in the next hr or so maybe a little later tonight as Kubina looks to have been shipped to Edmonton. No word on the return yet.

    Also it looks more and more that Briere will land in Montreal and Drury in Buffalo. I would also completley expect the Leafs to sign Paul Kariya tonight at midnight. But as we all know it cant be announced till tommorow.
    Anyways if anyone knows anything else or hears anything else please feel free to email me at vegeta2659@hotmail.com.

    The Source.

  4. leafmeister says:

    Pls dont take this wrong because its not how it sounds but what are your sources?

  5. DJTOKid says:

    Sounds all too good to be true. Ridding of Raycroft and Kubinas contracts would be awsome. All I would expect for Raycroft is draft picks, and that would be great from a team like L.A. or St.louis. As for Kubina to Edmonton, there would HAVE to be salary coming back, maybe Lupul, Pisani, and/or Moreau. But that would free up salary cap as well, which again would be very nice. The Leafs could go even crazier july 1st.

    very excited to see how this all pans out.

  6. TheSource2659 says:

    I dont take it the wrong way at al mostly other things that I read I use but also I am friends with Donald Baizley (Agent for Paul Kariya: NO HE WILL NOT SHARE PLAYER INFO WITH ME JUST RUMORS.) But thats mostly it I just go on rumors really like Eklund except mine are credible lol.

    Anyways does that answer your ?

  7. Aetherial says:

    I don't know why everyone assumes thornton or Iginla or the like is available next year.

    Thornton has re-signed as of this morning and Iginla may be resigned already.

    A LOT of big name free agents will probably re-up with their teams.

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