I'm sorry then, my mistake. It was hard to understand what he was trying to say. I can, however, assure you that the Leafs would not take this and run. They have no need for Ference at all, and they have many players that are similar to Kobasew. The Leafs simply have no need for either of these players. They wouldn't do this deal.
You would be right... But Kobasew and Ference aren't garbage.
Ference is probably useless to Toronto... Kaberle, Kubina, White, Schenn, Van Ryn, and Finger are all upgrades over him.
Kobasew, on the other hand, is cheap, and is the type of player Burke likes. He can score and plays very physical and can play both wing positions. He'd probably be on the Leafs 2nd line.
There's not a doubt in my mind Toronto does this, if for nothing more than to flip these 2 at the deadline for picks. They could easily get a 2nd for Kobasew and a 3/4th for Ference.
That for a fringe AHL goalie prospect?
I'm sorry, but the Leafs would never do this deal. It's pretty clear that management has not given up on Justin Pogge. Maybe the majority of the Leafs posters on here have referred to him as a bust, but luckily for the Maple Leafs, their opinions have little to no impact on what the coaches and general manager choose to do. The Leafs simply would not make this deal. They're looking to upgrade on forwards this summer, hopefully through free agent signings. So please tell me where Kobasew fits in. Here is there current forward lineup:
Other then Kaberle and Schenn their all overrated and overpaid garbage IMO
Ian White is one of the most underrated players in the league. You clearly have no idea what you're talking about. Pavel Kubina is a solid 2-way defender who got 40 points this season. He can hardly be considered garbage.
He's better than Stempniak, Kulemin, and MItchell at this point. I'd say he and Hagman have about the same ability.
Like I said, I think they do this even if they flip the 2 players for picks or prosects at the deadline. Even if Kobasew was in a 3rd line role he succeeds. Like this season, for example.
I don't know... You're closer to the situation tahn me, but it just seems like a no brainer to get a cheap top9 forward and fringe top4 D-man for a goalie prospect who looks to be a bust.
It looks like a no brainer to you because you don't watch much hockey. You don't acquire Kobasew to replace youth on your team. It's against the philosophy of developing young talent and using their cheap cap space (when they are good) to make a run at bigger things.