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:
Score: 1/2- pretty good- except everyone had Cujo going to the leafs
Survey says 0/7…ouch!
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!