After the way Pat Quinn praised the play of Matt Stajan after the Ottawa game Fri night, I wonder how what happens in the waiver draft might affect his immediate future. It's a safe bet that Robert Reichel and Tom Fitzgerald will be left unprotected in the waiver draft. If one of those two players were mercifully picked up by another team, I think Matt Stajan will make the opening day roster. It's highly doubtful that Reichel will be picked up but some team out there, like a young rebuilding team may like Fitzgerald. If a spot opens up it may be Stajan's to take, not Alexei Ponikarovsky's. Quinn was really high on the way Stajan played in the 2-0 loss and it sounds like he wants him on the team, there's just no room for him, and that's too bad. It's a shame we have some dead weight and no way to shed it.
I cant see there being any interest in either Reichel or Fitzgerald.Stajan spending a year on the rock is ok,he'll get the icetime he needs there.He and Ponikarovsky can be injury call-ups depending on whether its an offensive or defensive gritty type that needs to be replaced in the line-up.Ponikarovsky even last year i felt he deserved a spot on the 4th line based on his hustle and style of play.If i had been coach i most definately would have had him in the lineup in place of belak,fitzgerald,reichel,corson and for a time tucker as well.He always gives 100% and that carries alot of weight with me.
yeah by smith from chicago , he likes are x leafs that are foreign, except sullivan that was too small ( yeah right ) would'nt like to have him back
guys who say this crack me up. Sullivan is too small and not defensive enough for a bottom 2 line role, so he needs to be in the top 6. The only teams where he is going to be on the top 6 is on crappy teams - like Chicago. When he was put on waivers it was because NO ONE WANTED HIM - much like Nathan Dempsey. Smith picked him and dempsey and Korolev up because his team was so crappy that even these guys are an improvement. This kind of player transfer happens all the time. Sometimes you get lightning in a bottle - e.g. Sullivan who is reinvoragted on a new team - other times you get squat - most times you get squat.
Sullivan is good but has major downsides, including his size and defense - he is not good enough to play for the Leafs on a top line and not the kind of guy to fit on the bottom 2 lines.