Raking Leafs

Mixing metaphors and casting cliches about hockey and the Maple Leafs for the ether's pleasure since MCMLXVII.


Nice title

When I returned to my unflushed toilet, notepad, and pen, I found this. Some shit just writes itself I guess!
Judging by the tone of the author of the post, I'm guessing the title isn't an homage to yours truly. Hey, I can't fault the guy. He's from Cornwall, which stinks so bad it could drive one to distraction. Some shit indeed writes itself. However, it must be said that if you can get past the anti-Leafs slant, it is a great read. Reality Check [via] has compiled a top ten of Dubious Leaf Facts. Most interesting;
2 - For the Leafs the Entry draft has never held much consequence. Maybe that is why they traded their #1 pick in '91 to New Jersey five games into the 1990 season for well travelled defenseman Tom Kurvers. They were 0 and 5 at the time, and for reasons still not known, panic struck. Kurvers was decent enough to keep the Leafs from last overall. Too bad. The first pick that year was Eric Lindros. NJ used Toronto's 3rd pick to choose Scott Neidermayer. First rounders that year included Peter Forsberg 6th, Alexei Kovalev 15th, and Markus Naslund 16th. One may suggest that hindsight is 20/20, but foresight is priceless. Pay for an expensive scout - he may tell you that a certain draft down the road is loaded!
Ouch. Scotty D would've been nice. But atleast the Habs fan author could agree JFJ has been correcting the mistakes of the past.

Addressing what prompted this dubious list, I'm not sure how I feel about Belak getting re-upped. His skill-set is limited to put it mildly, but that is no surprise. Belak is a known quantity. But to compare simliar talents still holding a roster spot in the new-NHL (Eric Goddard, John Erksine, Dan LaCouture, Eric Boulton, Eric Cairns, Andre Roy, et al) Belak is practically a renaissance man. Forward and Defense?! Give the man a raise! Oh, right.

Wade's value to the team is probably attributable to the ridiculous eight games against division rivals. It should be six, but whatever. Belak's salary, assumed to be about $665k, doesn't look so bad when you consider Andre Roy is getting paid $1m per year. The 'yippee, it isn't the worst contract in the league' defense isn't bullet-proof, but give me another sentence or two.

I checked the remaining salaries of the above listed players, and the nearest comparisons (games played, # of MAJs, +/-, and pts) were in the neighborhood of what Wade was paid last season or less, and have a few less year of experience. Most comparables on the Major Penalty leader board are new to the league and signed for the minimum. The Leafs don't have much toughness in the pipeline, so keeping Belak around is somewhat of a need.

The tripe that Belak is being overpaid is just that. At $665,000, or slightly more, Belak is a serviceable tough guy, who most likely will play approximately two-thirds of the season. Good enough for me.


  • At 5:02 PM, Blogger MetroGnome said…

    If you want to feel really good about Belak's contract through comparison, take a look at what Phoenix is paying Laraque (with the an added NTC to boot!).

  • At 10:57 AM, Blogger ninja said…

    Yup, George owes his agent a really nice x-mas present this year and next.

  • At 1:27 PM, Anonymous Zanstorm said…

    Hey! There's a game of Meet the Blogger tag going on. Now I've just tagged you. Please post 5 wacky and/or cool things about yourself, and then tag 5 other people! I believe Mike Chen started this!

  • At 12:21 PM, Blogger Barakk said…

    lets see if Belak can win against the heavy weights

  • At 10:20 AM, Blogger ninja said…


    Hope I didn't break the chain. I'll try and come up with something soon. I've been in CO fly fishing the Frying Pan river for the past week, and now I have to dig out at work.


    Agreed. Last season he didn't win the big bouts, but has in the past. So hopefully...

  • At 5:43 AM, Blogger reality check said…

    The Domtar plant in Cornwall closed in March and it still smells the same. Could be all the old Leafs jerseys around town!

    Actually the city has been getting better smelling with each passing season. Now that the plant has left, it's clear sniffing all the way. Come back anytime and bring your grinning nostrils.

  • At 11:03 AM, Blogger ninja said…

    Well played, sir.

    I had a good time during my visits to Cornwall, and enjoyed the romantization of the smuggling culture. Its hard to not like that old school, frontier, bootlegging feeling.

  • At 2:54 AM, Blogger reality check said…

    LOL, no kidding - and it lives on to boot!

    The pride of this place for me is how well our youth girls hockey teams do across Ontario in tourneys. We have a class program.

    Great blog BTW and very well written. As a Habs fan who wished the Leafs better days, I should make more regualer stops here. Keep up the good work!


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