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Toronto Maple Leafs: Who Shall Remain?

February 2nd, 2009 | by torontosportsmedia

Lets Make a Deal

Let's Make a Deal


Our good pal Nealio on the east coast posed the following:

The Challenge:

Name 5 players who you would keep after the deadline not named Schenn or Grabovski with a 5 words or less explanation why. Please add your list…here is mine and then Nealio’s

1. Hagman- No Trade Clause :)
2. May- Luke Schenn’s mentor
3. Finger- Steady D Man
4. Stralman- Young, Cheap & has potential
5. Nikolai Kulemin – Young Cheap & has upside

Nealio:
Stajan: Hasn’t peaked yet, leadership qualities
White: Smart, effective, workhorse, young, best-moustache
Moore: Best bang for your buck
May: Toughest ‘vet’ we have left
Finger: Toughest stay home D man

To me, Stajan, White and Moore are all assets who are at their peak in terms of value. If you can get good value back, you deal them….It’s not, you know, personal….

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10 Comments

  1. Scott says:

    I like that Finger made both lists. He’s got some unrealized offensive potential too. Another of the late-blooming American D Man college-type.
    I hear he’s not a bad fisherman either. What’s not to like?

    White might make a good trade-chip, that moustache has at least 5 or 6 playoff goals in it.
    -SL

  2. admin says:

    Scott, that’s all fine and good…..but, you didn’t put in your list..

  3. Scott says:

    here goes:

    Finger: nuff said
    Kubina: that contract has better trade value next year
    Hagman: he can score, looks angry for a blonde
    Moore: he smells like Selke
    Toskala: Pogge is number 1, just not yet.

  4. Dan says:

    Stajan – Still young, good price, production
    Van Ryan – Just stay healthy
    Finger – like the hits
    Moore – has the heart
    Antropov – when he comes back in the summer

  5. Scott says:

    and apparently I’m too drunk for 5 words. It’s only Monday.

  6. cynic says:

    how about a list of 5 players we are stuck with

    Blake – contract makes him untradeable
    Finger – same as Blake
    Toskala – no real value
    Kubina -same as Blake
    Kaberle – won’t trade him until draft

  7. 1. Captain Jason Blake

    Regardless of how high his fist pumping value is right now, I doubt any team is going to want to risk having to deal with “adjustment” or “confidence building” periods. On top of which his salary is just a couple million to high. This is one player it won’t hurt to keep around for a solid 20+ goals for the next three seasons.

    2. Grabbo

    If anyone tried to move him, he’d shank them with a pinapple knife. Plus we got a deal on him and he’s 5th in rookie scoring.

    3. Ian White

    I hated White last year, blamed him for everything I couldn’t pin on Woznewski. But I think he’s buying into the Wilson Burke system and picked up his game. Although he could probably be moved, I’d just hate to see that happen.

    4. Moore

    Any player that can help Jason Blake get a puck in a net must be a miracle worker.

    5. Kabs

    Broken Hand = Bad for Business

  8. Stralman – potential Kaberle replacement. Despite size.
    Van Ryn – brings something intangible to this team
    Mitchell – I like this kid’s potential.
    Williams – essential rebuilding cog
    White – tremendous value

  9. blurr1974 says:

    Hagman – NTC + awesome
    Moore – Selke and captain potential
    Kaberle – Bigger asset on draft day
    Kulemin – Lots of unrealized potential there
    Tlusty – Same reason as Kulemin

    great list. I’d like to keep Finger as well, but rules are rules, so there’s five.

  10. Stephen says:

    Problem with the leafs as we have been reminded with the inductions this year, is that intagible, character. So who to keep, to build that culture

    Van Ryn
    Moore
    Finger
    May
    White (pains me to say that as I hate the porn stache)

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