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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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Norbit

There is no chance Burke will end up back in Vancouver. There is still someone at the top he doesnt get along with.

Detriot has Ken Holland a proven GM and Jim Nil, worked as Hollands right hand man now for years. He is ready and very capable.

Vancouver should snap 1 of them up before the Laffs get lucky and may think of it if Burke stays on with the Ducks.
John, 2008-04-16 10:13:20

Whats next for the Make Me Laffs ? Hmmmmmmmmmm thats a toughie. How about, who cares, they suck and always will.

Golf Laffs Golf :-)
John, 2008-04-15 18:57:04

Why are we/you still talking about this team? Give it up they suck, whats next? Golf the cottage etc. and then the training camp when we have to listen to the Maple Laff fans talk about how this is the season, only to come full circle and go through all of this again. So...lets have a break from the laffs.
Pete, 2008-04-15 15:19:42

A very astute writer, Andrew Cohen, in today's Ottawa Citizen made a great comparison between the Canadiens and the Laffs. He analyzed why one has a culture of winning, the other of losing. The conclusion: Laffs can only become winners when they change management and scouts and are faced with declining fan support. But will little Dick Peddie be fired? Will Joe fan stop paying $476 for a family of 4 to watch a non-competitive team?

What now options:

1) Trade the albatrosses and tradeable players to another losing team eg. McCabe, Tucker, Ponikarovsky, Bell and Rayburn/Toskala to Ottawa for Redden, Robitaille, Lapointe, Emery. Then beat the new players with a chain before putting them on the ice. Maybe make the playoffs but sure to lose in the 1st or 2nd round.

2) Tinker around the edges. Bring in Brian Burke and a new coach. Add two or thre veterans and several Marlies to the mix. Could work for a couple of years. But unlikely to go very far without new young talent.

3) Clean house. Goodbye little Dick, Coach Mo, scouting staff and in fact anyone (player, scout, janitor, trainer, massage therapist) whose contract has ever had the initials JFJ on any page. Build a team around the draft only. No free agents for the next three years. No more Michael Peca, Yannick Tremblay, Eric Lindros and so on. It doesn't work in Toronto where these players don't see any need to win because the team hasn't won for 41 years. Its a nice place to end a career. Close to home and family. Idolized by the fans. Think of it. Every Laffs' player for 41 years has never been on a Stanley Cup winning team. And Joe Schmuck pays $476 to take the wife and kids to a Laffs game to watch the spectacle year after year without complaint. As Cohen says it defies logic and economic theory where bad on ice performance equates to losses at the gate in every other city on the planet except TO. This team with a record of 41 years of losing run at the top by little Dick is worth $434M to the Teachers. Absolutely amazing.

I like what this guy Nonan and his coaching staff did in Vancouver. He could do it in TO but only with a new scouting staff and if little Dick and the other MLSE managers are never allowed near the rink or better still sent to Mexico to work as chefs for a hotshot investment specialist.

Why hasn't the RCMP raided little Dick's office to search his records for kickbacks? Why isn't JFJ up on charges?

Golf Laffs Golf!


Ron, 2008-04-15 14:04:02

I may have to eat crow on the Burke issue, because there are a few indicators that he may well sign on, or in Vancouver as they need a GM as well. He'll only go if he gets complete control of the hockey operations though, which is what they've needed for a long time: no interference from the white collar dopes.
Norbit, 2008-04-15 13:21:49

What now for the Leafs? Just like rebuilding a condemned house, rip it down and start again. After being a die hard Leaf fan for my whole life, I thought after Punch and Harry were gone that things would get better, but that turned out to be just wishful thinking. Get a solid GM for a start, you will never win on the ice without support upstairs.
Russell, 2008-04-14 15:10:38

Peter

Your lame dude, I said your out there then you say it back lol. Thats sad lol. You dont have any game.

You implied that Montreal has won the cup in the last 15 years, good observation there hammer head.

Since you cant run with the big dogs, stay on the porch lol.
wayne, 2008-04-14 11:15:09

wayne,

you are out there man! where did i exactly say the leafs won the cup in the last 15 years? sinsce your buddy, kevin is soooo good at cut and paste, maybe you should ask him to help you out with this.

yeah, i guess i forgot that only leafs bashing are allowed here.
Peter, 2008-04-14 07:35:53

What now for the Leafs ? I have the perfect answer.

Have a dispersal draft and then give Toronto an expansion team, that way they have to start from the beginning lol.
Tim, 2008-04-12 11:52:06

The Maple Leafs haven't won the Cup in 41 years, not just 15!

They really need to overhaul the team and bring in some young talent as they are pretty thin in prospect.

Justin Pogge will probably be the backup next year and Kulemin will be on the team.

Tlusty and Stralman should be much better and they will have the 7th pick, so he should be a good one, but will probably not be on the team for another year or two.

I think Pavel Kubina would bring back a 1st round pick (somewhere in the middle) and maybe a prospect. There are other trades they can make, but they won't bring back as much.

But, they need to stockpile a lot of picks.

Trading Hal Gill, Chad Kilger and Wade Belak was a good start in doing that.
gordholio, 2008-04-12 05:12:07

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