How Well Does Howard Berger Know the Maple Leafs

Well, Howie is on summer break, so what better time to look back at the very busy UFA season and grade the #1 Leaf insider…

How predicted that these would be the leaf targets:

In Goal
Curtis Joseph
STEPHEN VALIQUETTE

Score: 1/2- pretty good- except everyone had Cujo going to the leafs

Forwards:
SEAN AVERY
JAY PANDOLFO
CORY STILLMAN
MICHAEL RYDER
RADIM VRBATA
ANTTI MIETTINEN
BRENDAN MORRISON

Survey says 0/7…ouch!

Defensemen
Mark Streit
Ron Hainsey
Paul Mara
Brooks Orprik

Score 0/4..yikes

Now, in fairness to Howie, he didn’t say they would sign all these guys. In fact, what he did say was:

“a practical approach would see Fletcher add perhaps four players to the roster: A back-up goalie; a skilled forward (preferably a centre man), and two serviceable defensemen. Most of which are available among the second tier of free agents this summer.”

“The Maple Leafs will likely target players from this group when the bell rings at 12:01 p.m. on Tuesday”

1/13 no matter how you score it is not very good. Now, either that means Howard has no clue what he is talking about or conversely, Cliff has no clue what he is doing right? Of course the last option is that the Leafs tried to sign some of these guys but failed miserably(but what kind of story would that be?!!)

Interesting to note that the average age of the those listed is just a hair over 29. Cujo’s 41 doesn’t help the averages out, but even still, I think Cliff’s acquisitions were collectively younger then that.

Enojy the Falls Howie, hope you are back for Sundin’s big news on the 1st!

COMMENTS

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    why would he know the leafs? he only has a job b/c of them.

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    ouch