July 04, 2008

Who's Next?

Now that most of the dust has settled, it's time to focus on who's next for the Toronto Maple Leafs. With over $8.5 million left in salary cap space, the roster is yet to be finalized.

The big fish, and my dearest, Mats Sundin, is still on the market. We learned a lot about good old Mats in the last three days. We learned that it isn't, and never was, about the money.

It looks like Sundin didn't even flinch over Vancouver's two-year, $20 million offer, which would have made him the highest paid player in the league. That says a lot. That says, at least to me, that he's coming back to Toronto.

Now that Marian Hossa is a Red Wing, Detroit's out of the picture. Markus Naslund is the newest New York Ranger, so the Rangers aren't in contention for Sundin either. If we're to believe that only four teams made actual contract offers for Mats' services, that leaves Vancouver and Toronto.

Here's how to persuade Mats to make the right decision and come back home: sign Jaromir Jagr.

I mean it. Now that Naslund is heading to New York, Jagr's checking out. Just imagine #68 in the blue and white. How sweet would that be? I know, he's on the downside and had one of the worst statistical seasons of his career last year. But that only proves that he's a perfect fit for the Toronto Maple Leafs (see: Lindros, Eric).

Jagr can be brought in to provide veteran leadership. Check that, he's not much of a leader. Sulks a bit too much. He can be brought in to play sound defensive hockey. OK, he's not much of a back checker. I'll be honest, I just want the 35-year-old Jagr in Toronto to play on a line with Mats Sundin, score a boat load of goals, and make what should be one brutal season a little more interesting and exciting.

In my fantasy, we bring both of them into the mix on one-year deals at $6 million each.

Of course, my Jagr fantasy cannot become reality unless the Maple Leafs trade Bryan McCabe and his $5.75 million per year salary. Umm, good luck with that, Fletch.

Fletch also still needs to sign restricted free agents Matt Stajan and the newly acquired Mikhail Grabovski, making it even more unlikely that Jagr will be joining the Maple Leafs.

Jeez, I really should have thought this through a bit more, eh? What can I say, I'm excitable.

So, uh, how about that Brendan Morrison guy? I think he'd look good as the second-line centre behind Mats...

8 comments:

general borschevsky said...

Hey Eyebleaf. I actually came across that same picture of Jagr yesterday so it's funny to see it 2days in a row (and a little disturbing).
Jagr would be good for selling sweaters, and he can be exciting to watch, but the last thing he'll ever do is carry a team on his back. Mostly I find Jaromir to be supremely frustrating, and things have been frustrating enough around here.
Cheers, eh!

Anonymous said...

I wish we could land Morrison, but it seems as if he thinks he is worth more than 4 mill a season....i don't think so.....we will have to do with our Marly line-up....is there such a thing as the Lottery Cup....oh yeah there is....It's called John Tavares.....

Bhattorious

eyebleaf said...

general: looks like it was only a pipe dream and that's what it shall remain, as Jammy Jags is off to Russia...can't blame him at that money...but it's still sad if he does go. i'd rather he stick around and go to pitty

bhatti: there is no way anyone gives morrison $4 million. he'll get $2.5-$3 if he's lucky...i know you're in full out tank mode, but there's no guarantee in sucking. jut ask the celtics. they had to make that garnett trade because they didn't win the lottery even though they had the best odds to do so. things worked out for them, but you know something like that wouldn't happen to us (getting the equivalent of KG, Allen and Pierce)...i'm rambling now. thank you.

Frost said...

I really worry about the Leaf's scoring abilities this year. I had hoped a guy like Jagr could be picked up to provide some scoring ability. As it stands i'm pretty sure the only guy on our roster to ever score 30 goals is Blake, and a repeat of that seems unlikely.

eyebleaf said...

i'm with you frost. if sundin comes back, we should be ok, but by no means an offensive team, hence the jagr fantasy.

if blake gets 20 goals this year, i'll be happy...

antropov has got to bag at least 25 to prove to all the haters that last year wasn't a fluke.

and poni should be good for at least 20, if he can figure out how to finish a bit better...

Culinarian said...

So much for the Jagr hopes in TO, but more importantly to my hockeypool team. Sontified.

eyebleaf said...

bro, i totally forgot you have him in the keepra league...that's fucked up, man. he screwed you! propose a vanek for jagr trade to bunsy. maybe he doesn't know what-ta-gwan.

Anonymous said...

LOL...i will Tell Him....no cheating allowed...

And i didnt say Morrison would get 4 mill...i said thats what he thinks hes worth.....

Lottery Cup...

Bhattorious