The Rebuild/Tank Thread
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01-04-2008, 07:30 PM
GO LEAFS GO
Join Date: Jun 2007
I'm hoping the leafs keep losing, finish with a top 5 pick and add another good one at the deadline. I'm cheering for the leafs to lose every game I watch because I want them to be out of contention as soon as possible. That way management (hopefully not JFJ) will know they need a rebuid and starting at the trade deadline would be a great way to start planning for the future. If they are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs by then I'm sure Mats Sundin would be willing to waive his NTC to go to a contender if he's told he woul be welcomed to resign with Toronto in the off-season. The trade I would like is Mats to Ana for Edm's first rounder plus whatever else the GM can get
What I'm not hoping for is the team getting hot and being in the playoff race by the trade deadline (for the 8th seed). JFJ would probably trade away some youth or picks to try to make the playoffs and we'll end up with a very boring off-season again with the leafs not having a high draft pick (probably around 13, unless it gets traded). That doesn't improve our future very much and it would still be the same pattern as the last 3 years of just missing the playoffs by very few points and not having much to show for it. It's clear that this team is spinning it's wheels in the mud by doing this and I'm hoping management does something to change. This year would be a very good oportunity to build for the future and try to build a championship team in the future. Next year's draft also would be a big step in the right direction if they could somehow draft Tavares, he is a franchise player and has a chance to be like what crosby is for the pens: (arguably) the best player in the world with lots of potential to have one of the best hockey careers ever.
So I hope the leafs realize what tanking this year and adding another pick would do. The future would look a lot brighter with maybe adding such prospects as 2 of Stamkos, Doughty, Beach, Pietrangelo, Schenn, Bogosian and whoever else is ranked high. As for Tavares being drafted by the leafs, it is very unlikely he would but if the gm really wants him then I guess it is possible. So, say he was drafted by the leafs then I think the leafs would definetly become contenders soon enough especially if Pogge, Kulemin, Tlusty, and Stalman reach their ceilling.
I'm not actually believing drafting all of the players I mentioned above has a chance at happening although it is possible. I'm just saying that now would be the time to tank, draft high and rebuild with this draf but unfortunately I don't think we will even get a top 5 pick this year because of the way the team is run. I would be very happy with a top 10 pick this year and I would be even happier if JFJ got fired and the new gm would be good and not make stupid trades and signings that come back to haunt them like the Rask trade and every other trade he made that involved youth or picks going for an old vet and/or a chance at the 8th spot.
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