The Star: Maple Leafs might be better off without a season
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11-18-2012, 12:39 PM
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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.
This notion has come up here before, and makes absolutely no logical sense. If those players left for UFA, it is likely those positions would be filled with UFA, or propsects that will save the team cap space. To expect to trade every UFA before leaving the team, and getting something back is unrealisitc. Players leave for UFA, and the come over from UFA.
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