Should the Toronto Maple Leafs "Blow it up"?
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01-29-2013, 07:07 PM
Join Date: Mar 2006
JFJ had his Muskoka 5 and talked about having a big 4 on D (he needed one addition to Kabs, McCabe and Kubina). In theory it was nothing wrong with it but the talent on the team was really weak with only Sundin as a true top player. And years of trading away first and also second round picks meant the prospect pool was really shallow.
Well that all changed when Burke came to town and blow it up to give the team a new direction. He talked about truculence, guts and glory, fighters, big hitters etc etc. And then he sent 2 first selections to Boston for a soft, one way goal scoring winger. He also managed to get Dion out of Calgary. He pumped him up as our defensive savior, the one who would lead the troops to battle etc. To bad Dion dont possess the charisma or the hockey IQ required to be that kind of leader.
And now Nonis is the GM and if he decide to blow things up or not I dont know. I think any GM will want to hang on to the talent they got and try to build from there and seeing as he have been Burkes right hand man for all these years I guess he is ok with what Brian have done.
Planing to lose is not really in any GM´s mind set, only the current Oliers spring to mind. But lose we do anyway and we might not get the 1-3 picks where the elite talent can be find but we have already and will continue to draft skilled guys who hopefully one day can make a difference, at least be there to be a better supporting cast to who ever we manage to sign in free agency.
The team is further away then just a #1 in net and a defensive veteran along with a solid top 6 center away from becoming contenders, but the above might at least get us in to the playoffs.
What direction Nonis will take and how the team will benefit from playing under Carlyle I dont know. When Burke was GM and Wilson the coach it was run and gun for 60 minutes, except when we played Boston of course because then our gritty and truculent squad that Burke had assembled where no where to be seen. Carlyle is a much better coach and if he does not work out we already have his replacement lined up with the Marlies.
Burke did do one thing and that is that he changed direction in our drafting and with several of the minor trades. We dont have many players in the system one can consider blue chip talent but there is finally a lot of young leaders with good character and that can go a long way when we keep rebuilding. When HF ranked the 50 most talented players still considered a prospect we only had one on that list, Rielly. And sure with him and Gardiner we at least have two top 4 puck movers going forward. And if Kadri can keep developing we will have a 2nd line playmaker who can take over from Grabovski in due time. But other then that there really is not much else and to be honest, almost every single franchise have a bunch of young developing prospects in their system but few have ones that will push their teams forward and neither does the Leafs.
I want the team to make the playoffs but to be honest I would also favor trading away what we can above the age of 24 and take it from there. But I suspect Nonis will mostly stick with what he have and replace them once drafted player become ready to take over. A slower but probably a more healthy approach.
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