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What are your thoughts on the Leafs' roster?
Sun, February 8, 2009

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



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Why are the Leaf on the 'front page' of SLAM? If this is news for Canada, then what about the 3 or 4 real hockey teams that are fights for playoff positions. Leafs are dead, move on
Scojo, 2009-03-31 19:37:13

Right now I'd say Carlo Colaiacovo (St. Louis), Antropov (NYR), Sundin (Canucks), Belak (Nashville), McCabe (Florida) and Moore (Buffalo) are all very happy to be where they are rather than the fishbowl in TO as each is currently in a playoff position, or a lot closer to one than the Leafs.

Tucker, it seems, is destined never to see the playoffs.
Gary O., 2009-03-31 13:36:49

My thoughts are that the Leafs suck. Oddly enough they don't even suck as badly as last year with all the high price talent. Remember last year, all the Laff fans supporting Tucker, McCabe, Podishitsy. Awfull quiet this year. ha. leafs suck.
Disgruntledfan, 2009-03-27 19:21:13

Unless Maurice has drastically changed his approach to coaching, the Hurricanes aren't doing too shabby under his toutelage.
Gary O., 2009-03-26 20:19:53

Considering the lack of first line players (or even second line players) on the Leafs, it's pretty amazing that they are a .500 team this far into the season.

Ron Wilson holds his players accountable, unlike Paul Maurice, who just kept playing them no matter what.
gordholio, 2009-03-23 05:18:44

You've got to be realistic.

Jason Blake will remain a Maple Leaf for the duration of his contract. He's a decent player, but nobody is going to trade for him for the salary he makes.

Burke is doing a decent job; you can't rebuild overnight.

The big thing about the Leafs is that Antropov and Moore (2 of their best players) were traded, yet the team is still doing well.

I think the scenario was to trade these guys and let the team sort of decline a bit and get a higher pick, but that hasn't happened.

It says a lot about the character of the remaining players, doesn't it?

The Leafs will probably get a top 7 or 8 pick and will get a pretty decent player, but not the type of guy that can step in right away like Luke Schenn did.

Also, Kaberle may be moved either to go up in the draft (top 5 spot) or for a 1st rounder and a good, young player.

Give it time. We are all tired of squeaking into the playoffs and going nowhere.
gordholio, 2009-03-23 05:17:29

The difference between the guys you named and Blake, JohnBoy, is that Blake is now 36 years old and will be 39 when his contract ($4.5 next year and $3 mill for each of the last two years) expires after the 11/12 season! That, his size, and medical problems, makes him a high-risk that only an idiot GM would take on. And JFJ is no longer a GM, nor is Mile Milbury.

Also, cap space is one thing. Attracting players with that money is something else. The really good ones want to go where they have a chance of winning the cup - which leaves the Leafs out for at least 3 more years. Those just chasing the big bucks might sign with Toronto - but they rarely make any team better with that attitude.

And finally, Burke is not necessarily looked upon with much friendliness by most of the rest of the league's GMs - in fact many hate his guts - so don't expect him to make any canoe for Cadillac deals.

He is not the genius the wishful-thinkers like to believe he is.
Gary O., 2009-03-20 15:27:12

Don't be so sure that Blake won't be gone.No one thought anyone would touch McCabe,Tucker,Antropov etc,but there is a pattern emerging.All of Fergies screwed up contracts are slowly being purged from the line-up by using creative if sometimes costly trading.Remember they still have lots of cap room without Sundins huge anchor around their necks.Expect to see a very different line up next September.
JohnBoy, 2009-03-20 13:34:36

What roster? What he had would make a good old timers team, what he has would make a good rec league team. Looks like TO fans and the Teacher Fund is in for a long wait. There other teams for the media to concentrate on but it is easier to hope for the loosers (owners and players).

Looks good on you TO (by the way they are not Canada's team).
Dave, 2009-03-17 20:30:22

Well JohnBoy, with 3 years left at $4 million per don't expecxt Blake to be going anywhere. No GM in his right mind would touch that contract with a 10-foot pole. All they can do is ship him to the minors and, while still paying his salary, won't have it count against the cap. With ticket prices being boosted 3.5% and, likely, the concessions and parking as well, they should be able to afford it.
Gary O., 2009-03-17 18:45:05

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