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Posted 7:25 AM ET | Comments 12
Now some may think of this as a surprise but I personally believe a player not of Nash's caliber is what the leafs need. Don't get me wrong though, I would love to see Nash playing for the leafs. Here's what I think the leafs need.

1. A Scoring leader, preferably a veteran, and one that doesn't cost much. Think Bill Guerin, Mark Recchi, Teemu Selanne, Ryan Smyth. Now obviously none of them would be traded but the cost would be much lower for caliber like that while you still get scoring and secondly leadership. The leadership will be handy in mentoring, that way the losing streaks won't be so dramatic.
Top Players Potentially: Ryan Smyth, Tuumo Ruutu

2. Goaltender: No not Jonathan Bernier who could be a great move, but unfortunately will probably not be easily acquired. I say Steve Mason, why this is a goaltender who has the requisite skills but is obviously shaken. Thus his stock level will be lower. This makes it a low risk move because Reimer and Gustavsson would probably stay. Toronto presents pressure, a change of scenery, and a better defence overall compared to that of Columbus. This means for low risk Toronto may acquire the old Mason. If not he's easily expandable come free agency.

3. Lose Koisarek, Lombardi and potentially Franson. Now I love the move when Burke acquired Lombardi and Franson, the reason for this is fetching return. Dangling Franson or Lombardi might help them gather a much more needed piece, if not than keep them. Komisarek well an improved year but still needs to go, he is low man on the totem pole and paid too much.
February 16, 2012 12:43 PM ET | Delete
SO you think that adding: Ryan Smyth and Steve Mason, while removing Franson is a good move for the future of this team?Sorry, but I think you are waaaaaayyyyy off here.
February 16, 2012 1:12 PM ET | Delete
Sorry you suggestions are dumb. Your not getting any of the players you mentioned. But do agree to dump Komisarek and Lombardi. Franson stays.
February 16, 2012 1:36 PM ET | Delete
they already tried that...his name was andrew raycroft... remember him??? another calder winner and that was it...exact same as mason get your shit together before you make another dumb blog....enough said
February 16, 2012 3:35 PM ET | Delete
I'm not even sure why anyone cares what the leafs do. They aren't making the playoffs this year anyway nor anytime soon. No goaltending, weak defense and Kessel/Lupul are overacheiving big time. that will end soon enough.
February 16, 2012 5:12 PM ET | Delete
hitman youre a dumbass. you know nothing. stop talking. enough said
February 16, 2012 7:02 PM ET | Delete
your an idiot
February 16, 2012 10:25 PM ET | Delete
at least i know the difference between "your" and "you're". was i wrong? did andrew raycroft not win the calder and then disappear? is that not what has happened to steve mason? i thought so
February 17, 2012 12:12 PM ET | Delete
Maybe you could trade for mark recchi or bill guerin. Oh wait, Retired... :p
February 17, 2012 7:35 PM ET | Delete
I'm not gonna call you an idiot. I'm not even going to criticize you. Komisarek is a useless piece to this team. Toronto needs consitent goaltending, which at some point WILL get from Reimer, and one more top 6 forward.
February 18, 2012 3:01 PM ET | Delete
I've noticed a lot of Raycroft bashing, what I don't understand is that he tied the franchise record in wins but it was more the lack of consistency the Leafs have always had a problem with. We have a big top line in Colbourne coming up soon, another 2nd or 3rd line player in Kadri, and a ton of solid D. It may take another year or two but toronto is only going to improve as long as burke doesn't over pay to get a player who will only be around for the rest of the year or next
February 18, 2012 11:24 PM ET | Delete
ya raycroft has continued his stellar hockey career....3.06 gaa 896 save %...not bad for a backup goalie in the nhl....oh wait thats for the texas stars in the AHL!
February 19, 2012 9:48 AM ET | Delete
o ya the year he "tied" the record he played 72 games to do it had a 2.99gaa and a 8.99 save % awesome awesome goalie wish we still had him...
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