The off-season moves made by the Leafs are puzzling to say the least. The strangest was the hiring of Ron Wilson as head coach. Wilson is a defense first, hard nosed, no nonsense coach. He will be able to install a system that the Leafs have needed for years.
Most of Leafs Nation would like to see the team finish last in order to get the top pick in the '09 draft, myself included. Ron Wilson is NOT a last place coach, and if the Leafs finish last then he will be the reason. He would be the reason because he would not be coaching to the best of his abilities, taking it easy if you will to allow the spiral down. He noted at his presser that the Leafs would be getting worse before the get better. What does that mean? Will he be lax in his first year to allow that to happen and risk losing control of the team and tarnishing his reputation? Or does he take what he has got and run with it?
As a Leafs fan who would like to rebuild through the draft, I have to admit the Leafs are not moving forward that way. If you look at the team now, with a few adjustments they are a team that can compete for a playoff spot which doesn't bode well for a draft style rebuild.
There is a lot of talk right now that Sundin could very well return to Toronto, and McCabe won't waive.....so you really have no choice but to go for it. I mean why finish 9th and pick 12-15 when you could make the playoffs and even with a first round exit you pick 16.
What would you do with the line up if Sundin comes back and McCabe won't waive? Leave me your thoughts and ideas.......mine
Kulemin - Sundin - McCabe**
Steen - Stajan - Tlusty
Hagman - Grabovski - Antropov
Mayers - Bell - Hollweg
Kaberle - Finger
Colaiacovo - Stralman
White - Kronwall (Schenn)
So what do we do with the excess of players Blake, Devereaux, Ponikarovsky, Kubina? I think Kubina will be moved, also think that Blake is unmovable due to his contract, so he may have to be a Marlie under my plan.