What are your thoughts on how the Leafs' roster is shaping up? Who should stay and who should go before the trade deadline? Have your say in our forum.
Pogge gets little support from Leafs
I hate the Leafs but I like their drive.
Some of the NHL fat cats could take a page from their book.
Lot's of Tigers at the ACC these days.
Probert, 2008-11-10 18:15:30
That was a disgusting display by your Habs last night!!! I don't mean hockey-wise because all good teams have off nights - penalties killed them. I'm talking about Montreal players chirping the Leafs (e.g. normally classy Koivu even got into it with Grabovsky, hits from behind, etc.) - the league's a joke if there's not a suspension for the hit on Van Ryn, now out for an extended period with his injuries.
Montreal is a great organization, but the players made the Habs look like something out of the movie Slapshot last night - totally classless!!!
Jake, 2008-11-09 12:58:16
6 points between first and last right now so nobody is shining buddy.
John, 2008-11-06 00:22:56
Overall though they try hard and any team that does that is bound to succeed. No team sees them as a pushover anymore so keep up the good work guys.
John, 2008-11-04 23:19:23
Here's what I like:
1) Departure of players such as Devereaux, Battaglia, Williams, Pohl and so may others from last year's roster that just were not able to perform at the NHL level.
2) Marginal players such as Colaiacovo and White have been benched. I've always said that White is too small and Carlo never seems to be in shape. Maybe he doesn't have the physique to be a hockey player.
3) Players on this roster have to follow Coach Ron's instructions or they don't play. Big difference from last year when Coach Mo would tell McCabe or Colaiacovo or White what to do in the last minute of the game and then watch in absolute horror as they did the exact opposite.
4) Coach Ron is doing a real good job with not a lot of talent. Hats off to his tough love approach.
Here's what I don't like:
1) Vesa is still not coming up big. Laffs are outshooting the opposition but Vesa isn't winning the games by standing on his head. He's a good 2nd stringer.
2) There are a lot of journeymen defensemen on the Laffs (Finger, Van Ryn, Frogren, Kubina) and if the Laffs could somehow find a stud defenseman they could trade away 2 or 3 of the above without missing a beat.
3) Not much scoring power and players who are paid to put the puck in the net (Blake and Grabovsky) aren't performing.
Although Sundin would help in the goal scoring dept, he is still trying to assess which team has the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup and that is where he will go.
But this is a big improvement. Despite the fact there are still huge mgt flaws, if Laffs hang on to their draft choices, rely more on Coates and Nieuwendyk over Penny and Morrison to assess hockey talent they could have a good team in 2 or 3 years.
Ron, 2008-10-30 09:27:50
But if ut was supposed to be a serious comparison then re-think it. Ottawa was without Alfreddson, Fisher, and Kelly for the entire series (OJ, ALfie came back for games 3 and 4 but played them on one leg). Take away 3 of the top Pens forwards and I doubt that series would have ended up the same way.
It's one thing to not like a team - that's understandable - but don't let that cloud your analysis. Bookies must love you.
Gary O., 2008-10-29 09:52:52
Sens will once again beat the Leafs for the season but be out of the playoffs early. Habs will go much farther.
Trev, 2008-10-27 14:41:46