The Star: Maple Leafs might be better off without a season
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11-17-2012, 03:21 PM
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Another typically moronic artical from Cox. His logic is highly flawed.
The only prospect that has been rushed during Burkes time here is Schenn who did play very well in his rookie season and seemed to belong. No one else has been forced onto the Leafs too soon and the classic complaint around here is Kadri isn't getting pushed onto the Leafs. So our biggest benifit is players not playing in the NHL that probabaly would not play in the NHL anyway, and contract expiring that would expire anyway. Brilliant.
Overlooks that those who have recently proven themselves at the NHL level are being forced to play at a lower level removing their chance to play against better compitition thus hindering their development (Frattin, Gardiner), overlooks Kessel loses the chance to keep his momentem going, Riemer loses the chance to regain his form, etc etc. And to top it all off we would lose the chance to negotiate with Lupul before he becomes an FA when otherwise his extention could be sorted during the season.
How can missing a season be good for Riemer, Kessel and JVR ? It's just stupidity. Cox assumes someone would be rushed when Burkes history suggests he is happy to let his prospects develope until they are ready. Last but not least, everyone loses time learning Carlyle's new system and in fact those playing elsewhere are learning someone elses system..Oh, and what of the lottery gods were to hate us and give us the 30th pick, boy that would be great.....
Even Schenn (who some people think was rushed) was already playing on the team for over a month and a half and playing well before Burke joined the organization.
The Leafs are one of the teams positioned to loss the most value to free agency for nothing after this season. Cox's article assume Lupul will just reink but what if he doesn't and we loss him for nothing instead of gaining assets in a trade. Lupul would surely bring at least a late 1st rounder in return at the deadline.
Losing Connolly, Bozak, Lombardi, Steckel and CMac all for nothing could really set this franchise back in terms of organizational assets. It appears that Burke planned on trading most of these players this season as our prospects worked their way into the lineup. Everybody trashes a guy like Connolly but he'd most likely bring a 2nd rounder at the deadline. Same with CMac. Same with Bozak. Lombardi could also potentially bring a 2nd if he got his career back on track this season. That is a lot of extra picks to add to the organization.
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