Will JFJ Keep Pace in the East?

With the Senators bolstering their lineup yesterday, acquiring proven sniper Peter Bondra, and the Flyers, who’ve stocked up, but lost Roenick for the season, and the Bruins coming on as the NHL’s hottest team of 2004, the Maple Leafs are still holding a spot at the top of the East, however, if they don’t make a few changes soon, they could find themselves on the outside looking in quicker than most think.The Leafs have, to put it bluntly, played some of their worst hockey of the season, the past 6 or 7 games. The abscence of Ed Belfour has revealed many holes that need to be filled in order for the Leafs to be a serious Cup contender.

I watched the first two periods of the Leafs/Bruins game last night, with the exception of Owen Nolan, and Matt Stajan, the Leafs looked flat, unorganized and confused. For as much as you can say that it’s not Trevor Kidd’s fault…he has as much responsibility as every other member of the team.

The whole team is playing like crap; I can’t tell you why, but I can think of a few things that might happen. JFJ is going to pull of some hefty trades pretty quick. He’s going to have to, with the likes of Ottawa picking up Bondra, and Philly picking up Burke, the East gets stronger every week. There are holes that need to be filled in Toronto.

I’m not going to suggest any trade possibilities, because that’s a waste of time on this site. Instead, here’s who I think the Leafs would be smart to go after, if they are serious about a long playoff run.

Jeff O’Neill Bob Boughner and/or Glen Wesley from Carolina

Brendan Witt from Washington

Marchant from Columbus

The Leafs need some depth forwards to challenge teams like Ottawa and Philly. They also need some responsible, stay-at-home guys on the blue-line to tighten up the defence. I think this lineup would be solid for the Leafs in the playoffs…








I really think that JFJ is going to pull the trigger on something pretty soon. He has to keep pace with the likes of Ottawa and Philly before his fans and the media get on his case. Something’s gotta give sooner rather than later…


58 Responses to Will JFJ Keep Pace in the East?

  1. gman says:

    ha ha ha, I’m a twit? I’d like to know why, I’m curious.

  2. HabsNick says:

    ::low blow::


  3. madhippo says:

    Whatever bud, your P’o’S (Piece’O’Shit) HAbs would love to get their grimey hands on Renberg and likely Reichel. Remember, Bobby is playing for a new contract which means he will play smart and hard (as hard as a euro can play). Renberg has hands of stone, but he has a great work ethic and is a great grinder who will go into the corners – a place where 2/3 of your sissy team will not venture.

    Go watch Ribeiro and Koivu sissy fight each other to see who the bigger bitch is 🙂

  4. BayStBully says:

    I like Reichel too, he’s a very solid two-way player. Doesn’t put up huge numbers, but consistent. It’s just fashionable to be hard on him now.

  5. mckintz says:

    Craig Johnson is a good checking line center and all you leaf bashers need to go to hell

  6. mckintz says:

    you guys just talk out of your asses around here. aki berg is +1. how many mistakes can he make. hes a good solid d-man. doesnt score much, but hes a stay at home guy. i wouldnt give up kaberle, i wouldnt give up berg, and i wouldnt give up belak. however marchment would look good anywhere but T.O.

  7. mckintz says:

    Big freakin deal they got Bondra. It makes the Sens better offensively, but it also makes them a lot more european. They need grit to win. They may out-flash opponents but they still dont like the rough stuff. I admit though it was a very good move to bring in simpson, but they really should look at some size and toughness because Rob Ray is not the answer. They also need to find a better goaltender, possibly Manny Fernandez or Olaf Kolzig. I am a leaf fan so i am inclined to hate the Sens, but i would really like to see this rivalry go to the next step.

  8. mckintz says:

    First of all ladies who cares who owns the team. And for the complete jackass who said nobody wants to play for the Leafs, you better pull your head out of your ass before playoff time man. Pronger said he would like to play for the Leafs, and can you tell me how many players have left the Leafs on bad terms. Last one I can think of is Potvin. It really pisses me off when some ass clown like you steps up here and talks like he knows whats going on. You are just another little pansy leaf basher who has nothing better to than whack off with a magnifying glass and a pair of tweezers.

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