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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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Over the Cliff Fletcher should hire a top hockey mind to take his place(Brian Burke?) and management should then let the new guy bring in his own hockey people to get rid of the old gaurd and let him do his job.They should also ban no trade contracts.
Johnny, 2008-03-28 15:00:25

It's just amazing how terrible the Leafs are mostly every year. Meanwhile the Montreal Canadiens are headed for another 1st place finish and another Stanley cup.
Mark, 2008-03-28 14:14:34

Vesa is still only a 2nd stringer in my books (20th in league goals against). Laffs will never go deep in the playoffs with Vesa. Disappointed in the coaching staff as well. After an entire season they just can't seem to figure out how to play against a team that blocks the neutral zone and only uses one forechecker. Boston isn't a great team but won using this strategy game after game against the Laffs. Could the Laffs trade Vesa for the draft picks they gave up to get him?

The Sundin thing is unfathomable. By not sanctioning a trade he definitely hurt the Laffs and himself. Still the best player on the Laffs who makes the others look bad in comparison but he should have allowed the trade to happen.

I repeat: change most of the scouting and coaching staff and basically let younger players who haven't been awarded a million dollar contract have a go. It will take a couple of years but I am absolutely fed up with the current cast who keep repeating "we should have done this, we should have done that." Point is they can't do it. There are only a few players worth keeping but if a good offer (a high draft pick) comes along, there isn't one player on the roster who should be untouchable.

Clean house, Fletch!

Ron

PS. Get a few lawyers onto JFJ to sue for the return of 90% of his salary which he stole under false pretenses.
Ron, 2008-03-28 13:11:10

First, get rid of the whiners. To hear McCabe at the end of the game talk about injuries, he just needed to look at the other team, they have been completely decimated!

Second, get rid of those not willing to pay the price. Fancy soft playing doesn't cut it, they need some grit.

Third, new leadership, management, coaching and players. Quite obvious there was motivation problem until desparation mode kicked in.
Gary, 2008-03-28 12:25:24

In order to have a winning team the leafs must get better coaching rather than a spokes person.also they require asmart general manager.
richard gordon, 2008-03-28 12:03:33

They should do what they've done for the last 40 years ... wait until next year!
Buddy from Cape Breton, 2008-03-28 11:58:03

As long as the Leafs are a "corporate" team managed by profit driven indivuduals from the top down, there will never be a GM who has free reign to really dismantle this team and rebuild.

Thanks to the Frozen Five it will be a real challenge, given the lack of cap room created, to make serious changes in the near future. Fans, unite and don't fill the ACC every game to send a strong messege to management-hit them in the pocket book!

Ward


Ward Moroz, 2008-03-28 11:27:32

FORE!

Go Sens!
evilJaze, 2008-03-28 11:14:41

Bill R is onto something. I'm not a Leafs fan but it's time the fans show ownership they want a successful team. If Leaf fans boycott all games at the ACC next year it would send a clear message. But that's as plausible as the Leafs winning the cup in the next 50 years. That and like Dale mentions, it's corporate Leafs Nation that owns all the tickets, not real Leaf fans...
Peter D, 2008-03-28 11:11:07

Peter, there's nothing wrong with Mats staying with them next year - except his salary. IF they can dump McCable, Blake, Kubina, and Tucker then yes, by all means, bring him back. Even at his age. But add his $5 million salary (he'll want at least that next year) to the 18,650,000 committed to those four and you have a $23,650,000 hit on the cap for 5 guys.

Then add in Kaberle (4,250,000), Toskala (4,000,000) Ponikarovsky (2,240,000), Antropoc (2.150,000) and Steen (1,700,000) and that's $37,990,000 for 10 players.

Doesn't leave a whole lot with which to flesh out the rest of the 20-man roster.
George O'Leary, 2008-03-28 10:50:12

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