It's been a long time since I have posted regularily about the league and my beloved leafs who once again, find themselves packing up early for a long summer.
My upcoming posts will look at scenarios where the leafs have to look at to improve their club in the off-season. I know a lot of writers and radio/tv talk show hosts think the only way is to fire JFJ and bring in a new GM to cleanup his "mess." However, I don't think that will be the case. Think about it. Many have sugested that the "board" controls Ferguson. But the obvious is in front of you...they are the ones who have agreed on all the contracts he has put through - inlcuding McCabe, Kubina, Gill, Tucker, Kaberle, and Raycroft. You can probably include Sundin in that list too, for this summer. Rightly, or wrongly, it doesn't seem as though JFJ will let him go.
Here's step one of the plan (kind of obvious):
Do NOT re-sign any of the following free-agents
BELAK - buy-out if you have to!
They will save approx. $6.625 million in payroll.
Stay tuned to the blog for more scenarios on how to help the leafs this summer.