Moore and May- Where Are They Now?

“However, it’s difficult to believe Moore will sign in Toronto, even though both parties would like that to happen. It is believed the two sides remain about $1 million (all figures U.S.) apart per season, a gap that is just too wide to be bridged.Moore, based on his breakout season with the Leafs, is thought to be looking for roughly triple the $900,000 he earns this season with a desired two-year deal in the $5 million range. While that seems steep, there are those who believe Moore could command more than $3 million a season on the open market this summer. It is thought the Leafs would happily keep Moore if he would agree to a three-year pact at about $4.5 million, a deal that would average about $1.5 million per season.” Toronto Star, March 3, 2009

One word. Oooops.

“”Brad will provide character, toughness, and he is a proven winner,” Burke said in a statement. “We look forward to the veteran leadership that he will give our team.” January 7, 2009
“With Brad May it’s not just the toughness element which he does bring, but more importantly the leadership he brings to the locker room where the younger guys can see a guy who prepares properly and approaches the game properly and has the leadership skills. the hardest part of being a leader, is coming into a new group mid term and trying to be a leader- But i have seen Brad operate before and the one guy on our staff, Keith Acton pushed harder for this then anyone else…This isn’t a Brian Burke project, I love him as a player but he brings other things, he is very positive and that is very important to a young team, he never comes in a pouty, or in a bad mood. Every day is a great day to Brad May. I want a positive influence for those kids, a guy who pays a terrible price to win on the ice, a guy who practices hard. He is not a great hockey player, but he does a lot of things well and i think our team needs to see those things, how to prepare and act like a professional hockey player.” Brian Burke PTS January 8, 2009

Three words, why not now?

If you are Dominic Moore, don’t you wish you could turn back time? Talk about money you will never, ever, ever get back. Someone will get desperate and sign him. It may be a 2 way deal it may be a tryout, it may be a long way away. The old saying about a bird in the hand……… One has to wonder who was driving that boat, the agent, or Mr. Moore. The real question is, would he dare come crawling back? Would Burke be the bigger man and take him back. Imagine the savings he could get now?

If Brad May is all the things mentioned above, then wouldn’t this be the year to have him around? If Phil Kessel has “issues” don’t you want him around Brad May? If he roomed with Luke Schenn, don’t you want him around Bozak, Hanson and Stalberg? How much money would he demand? How much ice time would he want??

Lots of questions as we head down the stretch of training camp….

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Pension Plan Puppets
September 22, 2009 12:48 am

Why not Brad May? Because there are other players that can provide what he did and much more. Not really a mystery.

Orr is tougher and Primeau kills penalties.

Guido
September 22, 2009 9:53 am

And the Leafs have no need for Moore .. The one thing they have on this team is Centres …

lilgrnmen17
lilgrnmen17
September 22, 2009 10:15 am

Don’t see any room for Moore really, no matter how cheap he may come. I feel bad for him but he blew it; I suspect that is agent-related. As for May, I think that is a legitimate question, and I tend to think he would make an excellent 13th man. It’s not his play that would necessarily improve the Leafs (not that I think he would hurt them), but rather his influence, attitude, and approach to the game. With so many young guys in the organization, he would be a good leader behind the scenes.

CD
CD
September 22, 2009 10:26 am

I too think that it was just bad advice from his agent. Moore really seemed to like Toronto and Wilson’s system but greed and an overestimation of his market value got the better of his agent and Moore took the bad advice. Sad to see really. I sort of wish he’d come back for a year though as he did thrive here.

As for May….he seems like assistant coach material…maybe do what lilgrnmen says and take back for cheap to mostly sit in the press box while grooming him for coaching.

lt67
lt67
September 22, 2009 12:05 pm

Moore and/or his agent blew it…period. And it may be the first time that the media and general public completely agreed with each other…honestly, I cant think of 1 person at the time that didn’t say “what a moore-on” (sorry). @Guido…I’d add to your comment by saying “of that type”. We may have lots of centres but we don’t have a true #1. We have lots of (and the league has lots of) Moore type guys…Stajan, Mitchell come to mind.

As for May….hard not to like the guy…but to PPP’s point…we acquired others that can do what he does on the ice and more. His leadership is not required as much as it was before ’cause we added that too (Komisarek, Beauchemin, Primeau….).

kidkawartha
kidkawartha
September 22, 2009 12:30 pm

I most definitely see room in this organization for May, just not on the ice. Is there an assistant coaching position on the Marlies available or what?

dennis
September 22, 2009 1:01 pm

I May be wrong (nyuk, nyuk) and I defer to your (plural) hockey smarts, but wasn’t May’s trade conditional that if we kept him for a second year we would owe the Ducks a later pick in 2010? If this is correct, perhaps that is why he is no longer here, as we have others to cover his role without the loss of picks.

Al from Burlington
Al from Burlington
September 22, 2009 2:01 pm

Some goofball of a customer I have who “claims” to be tight with Bill Watters told me that May’s family did not move to Toronto from California, and he was told at the time of the trade, it was the balance of last years season only.

I do not know if the guy is full of it or not, but he seems obsessed by his “inside” info for some reason. Sad really.

Brad
September 22, 2009 3:05 pm

Don’t forget that if May resigns in Toronto, we sacrifice a draft pick.

No good.

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