Gretzky age 23-26.
Howe age 22-24, 27, 40
Jagr age 23, 26, 28, 33
Lemieux age 22, 23, 27, 29
Messier age 25, 26, 28
What are these ages? The ages in which these players had their highest point totals. I don't care what the accepted assumption is, forwards peak between 23-26 for points. Stamkos is 26. Not to say he can't have his best season next year, but do we really want to pay for past production? Plus, Stamkos may will win us too many games next year.
Let's be real, the Leafs are going to suck again next year. Just like the Sabres suck again this year. Yes, we may have Brown, Kapenen, Marner, Leipsic, Matthews, Nylander all playing on the Leafs next year. But, we may also only have Nylander up there.
Whether we like it or not, we are not making the playoffs next year. Let's not jump ahead and tie ourselves to a player for 7 years at 10-11 million per. He is not Toews. He doesn't have three cups. He is not going to carry the team on his back to a Cup next year.
Instead of signing Stamkos, I have another idea...yes these are assuming the other teams accept these offers.
1. Don't sign Stamkos.
2. Trade Reimer to MTL for 2nd rounder, re-sign July 1 for two years
3. Trade Ottawas 2nd rounder and MTL's 2nd rounder for Demko
4. Trade Kadri for Shattenkirk in June
5. Draft Chychrun
6. Buy out Lupul
Two years from now...
JVR Nylander Marner
Johnson Bozak Brown
Kapenen Komarov Timashov
Leipsic Gauthier Bracco
This is a team with potential. What do you think?
- always beLEAF