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Are the Leafs pulling off good moves?
Mon, November 24, 2008

The Maple Leafs have traded Carlo Colaicovo and Alex Steen to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forward Lee Stempniak.

Stempniak, 25, a native of West Seneca, N.Y., scored 27 goals two seasons ago.

This season, he has three goals and 10 assists through 14 games.

Is this a good move for the Leafs? Have your say in our forum.

Colaiacovo, Steen dealt to Blues



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I'm a Habs fan first and foremost. 'Fletcher the Facilitator' reminds me a bit of Bob Gainey when he first took over in Montreal. One of the first things Gainey did was buy out the deadwood on the team and replaced them with youth from the system. He then brought in Alexi Kovalev and the team seemed to turn around overnight.

Fletcher seems to be doing it this way as well. I don't know who's in the Leaf farm system but he is cutting away the deadwood. And while Sundin may be on his way out, I read elsewhere that Joe Sakic might be coaxed into finishing his career with the Leafs. If this comes to fruition, Fletcher might just land his 'Alexi Kovalev.'

Apparently, Brian McCabe survived the buyouts probably because his buyout would probably make a pretty big dent in the Leaf salary cap. But, if I were Fletcher, I'd move him the first opportunity I got.

No, we wouldn't take him in Montreal (inter-division trades are rare to none anyway) because, as harsh as it sounds, we need good defencemen.

I like watching Fletcher the facilitator go to work. He knows the game, the players and the business. It might take a few years, but at least the club has identified what has to be done.

We went through the same thing in Montreal. Good luck!!!
Rick L, 2008-06-25 22:17:17

I see while I was on vacation people have started to hate each other alot more around here. And by reading some comments, Pete's been the most sensible one here.
Jimmy, 2008-06-25 17:51:44

There's only one way to rebuild. Look at the Penguins. That team is definately not for the birds.
Doug, 2008-06-25 17:45:49

I think you can file the Clemmensen cut under the heading "I Have To Be Seen Doing Something" to add to the Tucker, Wellwood and Raycroft moves, which were no-brainers and cost them the least. Fletcher knows he (or whoever ultimately takes over) is stuck with the Blake and McCabe deals, and should consider himself extremely fortunate if he can find someone to take Kubina. Not that he's a bad D - but he's certainly nowhere near being a $5 million one!
DisgruntledFan, 2008-06-25 14:02:35

Cliffhanger must curse aloud JFJ (and Peddie under his breath) every time he makes a move. There are so many more Laffs who should be shown the door eg. Ponikarovsky and Carlo, that I have feeling this is just the first wave of the departures.

Cliffhanger don't part with any more draft choices. This free agency era will never a winner in TO make. Its 1st and 2nd round draft choices over 3 or 4 years. There is no other way.

Has JFJ been charged with fraud and impersonation yet?
Ron, 2008-06-25 13:23:21

it will be a treat to see yet anouther leaf traded away...only to come back to our building playing for anouther team and bite maple leaf ass!good luck kyle...
PAUL, 2008-06-25 12:39:58

why did they cut Clemmensen loose? he is a solid golie and a great backup and i don't think he's too expensive either...
Peter, 2008-06-25 12:29:48

So far I like what I am seeing in Toronto. Leaf Fans lets take stock of what you have so far.

In Goal, Toskala and possibly, Pogge. Not Bad. it could be worse you could have Raycroft in net.

Defense- McCabe, Kaberle, Kubina. Possibly, Williams, and Schenn (if he makes the cut which I think he can)Overall not too shabby. However, I see the Leafs trading Kubina for a fast strong stay at home D-man to help on the penalty kill. Sure Hal Gill was there last year, but he was too slow. Big, but too slow.

Offence - I like the 3 and 4 line. Solid. Antropov is 1 line material, where as Ponikrovsky is solid number 2 lineman. Now if you look at the young guys I see a lot of potential but that is what this coming season is for. I don't see the Leafs making the playoffs, but I do see a marked improvement on the power play and defense with Ron Wilson's system.

The big question is Do Leaf Fans have the patience for this development year.

I do. Go Leafs.
Gord, 2008-06-25 09:37:04

Nice analysis DM. But I really believe the Leafs are now among those teams who will have a hard time attracting high-end UFAs - or at least those who, having reached that opportunity, are looking for high-paying, long-term deals with teams they see as having a chance to go deep in the playoffs.

There will always be the odd pure mercenary (like Chara) who is motivated more by the money than team success, but in those cases you have to wonder about their attitude and willingness to win.

Offer sheets to RFA's is certainly one way to go, but there you could be giving up significant parts of the future in terms of draft choices depending upon the amount offered to players such as Corey Perry, Wojtek Wolski, Jay Bouwmeester, Jarsoslav Halak, Antoine Vermette, Jeff Carter, Ryane Clowe, and Brooks Laich.


DisgruntledFan, 2008-06-25 09:27:57

They put Wellwood on waivers because he is lazy. A reporter asked him why he doesnt work out in the summer, his answer was, Wayne Gtetz never did. Yes Kyle you are in the same class as a Gretz lol. He lacks heart so that is why he is a former Leaf.
Dave, 2008-06-25 08:11:25

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