The Leafs left this weekends NHL Draft with a few extra pieces then when they arrived, an impressive move by Fergusen picking up Toskala to shore up the Leafs goaltending and adding gritty winger Bell from the Sharks and still drafting Oshawa Generals winger Dale Mitchell a 40+ goal scorer this past season in the third round equals a great weekend in Leafland. The situation now is this the Leafs have 8 capable defensemen that can play everyday in the NHL and if you include Swedish defensemen Stralman to the crew of McCabe, Kablerle, Kubina, Gill, White, Colaiacovo, Kronvall and Wozniewski that would make nine. The Leafs are still looking for a scoring winger and are close to the potential new cap of about $48 million, if you take into consideration that they are looking to offer Toskala a new contract that could see them pay the Finnish goaltender an average of 3 million a season. This would only leave the Leafs with around $4 to $5 million to play with and a Ryan Smyth signing would cost the Leafs at least $6 million a season, rumours swirl that the Leafs are looking to unload either McCabe or Kubina this off season but as of yet have not had anyone bite, Stajan & Kilger could also be had for a price. The Leafs plan B could be the signing of Jason Blake who could be had for much cheaper price than Smyth but is also 34 years old and would cost the team at least $4 million a season. Another rumour going around is that the Leafs are interested in re-signing Peca so no matter if they go after Blake they will still need to make some room available under their cap and dealing from a position of strength is the viable solution to this current dilemma but the question remains which defensemen will it be Kubina? or McCabe? the latter will have to also waive his no trade clause. The Leafs will need to take some action and hopefully before the July 1st shopping season, we need scoring and have to do what it takes to get it even if it means going over the CAP temporarily and figuring out what to do after, so it is writing and hopefully it will be done.
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