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@Ian from Etobicoke @doktordave Really though, the one thing that this team needs is the one that nobody is offering in a trade, a guy like Lucic. It remains to be seen if Bolland can be that kind of take-charge front of the net guy. I suspect that is why they paid so much for Clarkson...so who knows what he'll be in a play-off round. The player they need most may already be wearing a leaf jersey and just hasn't shown up yet.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Alex Edler – 2014 Trade Deadline Targets
@Ian from Etobicoke @doktordave I earned that ian. It has been a while since I posted here using this set-up.
As for Gagner, I just think he's a good player trapped in a bad organization. Five years of tanking has killed some of his "compete". I think on a good exciting team, the guy breaks out.
Who is out there that the Leafs might look at? Edler seems a significant stretch. If we are looking at the Canucks, then maybe I buy into the Kesler talk, our first is not going to be a gem, but then again, we don't have a second. Kulemin's name might come up as a part of an offer, but do you ship out your best two-way player going into a play-off year, I don't think so. Kadri? Not unless we are getting back a first round pick (unlikely). I don't see it happening. So what teams might deal? Edmonton, Calgary, Buffalo, the Islanders, Ottawa, Florida. You can scratch Ottawa and Buffalo from that list, Nonis no doubt remembers the many hours of people looking at the Kessel trade, and neither GM wants to make Toronto stronger. Edmonton is still trying to decide if they have a plan, and don't know what they want. If the leafs wanted a rental and had the cap space, maybe a Ryan Smyth could shine in the play-offs, but almost anything is too much to give up if you have to play the salary balancing game. I still like Gagner, but I don't see how you make a trade. Calgary? Brian Burke pulling the deals? Maybe something can be worked out there. Nonis got robbed with the Colbourne fire-sale last fall, Would a guy like Cammelari shine in Toronto? He might, but they passed on him a few years back when he took Montreal's offer and he hasn't grown much since. Not really a Randy Carlyle type guy either. Reimer might have his most value in a trade with Calgary, but who do you get back in that exchange? Then there's Florida. I see two veteran players who could fit in great on the right side in Toronto with both having some leadership value. Boyes or Upshall. Upshall has good 2-way skills and could really go on any line in a pinch. Boyes is smart and just finds ways to score. I still think it sad that the Leafs drafted him, but he never got to shine there.
Sorry guys, Brennen was who I meant. Brain cramp. I still remember seeing him play in the Q and the AHL, the guy is a natural quarterback, but as always, toughness is a question.
1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Are the Leafs any better after two weeks of mayhem?<!--:-->
@Pent_House @doktordave "wiggle it" = deke = deceptive shift before shooting = get the goalie moving laterally. With Gabro, I think it depends on what part of the season. He was right about the way the coach used him. anyway... Bolland, Clarkson, Bernier in. Gabro, MacArthur, Komisarek, Kostka, Komorov, Scrivens all out (Komisarek barely counts as he really didn't play this past year). If we look at the IN vs OUT, I'm not sure that we are much better off. I think our Second line is better, but mainly we seem to be counting on continued progress through players maturing. PLUS I think we are in for trouble once one of our two goalies wins the #1 job, I don't see the other as a contented #2.
I like the Brenner pick-up and I think he will surprise a lot of people if he gets the right coach in the AHL.
@Pent_House @doktordave Not through traffic. Bozak is great at the dish-off or the tipped shot, but ha can "wiggle it" when he gets open ice (witness the shootout success). Gabro would occasionally break tackles to get a shot. Tried too hard last season to shoot more likely because of his slump (I think).
Nobody has mentioned that Bozak was the only play to score in a shoot-out for the Leafs all season. I think that speaks to his skills vs Kadri and Gabro...what they have that he has less of is speed. The other two are a little better at going to the net, but Bozak's meal ticket is good passing and smart faceoffs.
I can recall a handful of games where he was the best player on the ice. You can bet that in Pittsburgh they are calling his agent right now. Boston and Ottawa are likely as well, and Montreal would love to have him except that they've burned that bridge pretty bad already. What I like about the guy is that he plays big on guts a lot of the time when other guys would fold.
1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Goodbye Grabovski<!--:-->
Nonis better have something special up his sleeve, you don't replace that sort of heart and skill very easily. Sure he was over-paid and Carlye's use of his skills was nuts. But Gabro went along with it like a good soldier.
Anybody signs him for $3.75 or less will be getting one huge bargain. I just hope he doesn't go to Boston, Buffalo or Ottawa. He'll likely be a huge star if a team like Detroit grabs him.
I think this works well if we keep Bozak or we land Lecaviler. Under pat Quinn we had lots of Centers and I think with injury woes and key face-offs it will pay to have 5 or 6 guys who can play center in a pinch. So who do we have to replace? We dealt Frattin and I think Bolland slots into things where Frattin did previously. MacArthur seems very likely gone, but if Colborne is ready, then he might see action on the wing. Bozak is still a maybe, and perhaps he decides that with Briere and Lecavalier on the market, he might be wise to find a good chair before the music stops on July 5?Gardiner has to have locked up a spot in the playoffs, Reilly will get a shot, but the plan is likely 1 year in the AHL. Biggs will get a crack at making the team in camp, but unless they only want him to hit, it would be stupid to pass up on the AHL. Do we have a spot to chase Lecavailier? Does Nonis have any interest still in Clarkson, or Stalberg? Would Nathan Horton be of any interest? ( Personally I think he's too fragile and looking for a long-term contract to cover his next concussion). It is going to be interesting. One final note. Just for fun, I think I'm make Gillis an offer on Luongo now. Bernier + Grabovski for Luongo and Horvat.
1 year, 3 months ago on <!--:en-->Leafs draft Carter Verhaeghe in third round<!--:-->