Raking Leafs

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In Mo I Trust

With the recent surge (I hate this word, surge, but wanted to draw attention to it, as it is the flavor of the year because of the political pipe dreams of one President of the United States) up the Eastern Conference standings comes the requisite discussion of what trades the Maple Leafs might make before next week's trading deadline. Some say, trade from your strength; a defender for a forward. Others say, standfast, it ain't worth it.

And I say, listen to the guy who got us here. Coach Mo let it be known recently that he'd prefer no trades to be made, and to make the push for the playoffs with the players that have been with the team all year. Us againt the world, cohesiveness, knowing his players and the players knowing him, however you want to characterize it, this is the 8th place team that Maurice has sculpted from a collection of parts generally thought to be out-matched in the Eastern conference. Making the dance is still far from a given, but the team is trending upward in spite of a myriad of injuries to key contributors, all under the guidance of Coach Mo.

JFJ, you get kudos for getting Maurice to coach the team. So please don't try and save your job by making a move just to make a move. Screw what the Toronto media bandy about as what the team needs. What the team needs is to listen to its coach. And that includes you.



  • At 11:49 AM, Blogger PPP said…

    My high school coach spoke before the beginning of one season and said that we would only succeed insofar as the entire team bought into his systems.

    Maurice has brought the players to a point where they realize they will only succeed if they play his way and that is to be commended.

    Yesterday at lunch three friends and I had the exact same discussion with regards to trades. We were all leery of the trade not just for chemistry's sake but for fear of what the other teams might want. Right now, it's Tlusty or Steen and thankfully JFJ is saying that those names are non-starters.

    Seven more days and I can sleep comfortably again.

  • At 5:40 PM, Anonymous pete said…

    well said

  • At 1:42 PM, Blogger PPP said…

    Duhatschek thinks that JFJ will make one move max and it won't involve a roster player.

    That is good news.

  • At 2:17 PM, Blogger ninja said…

    Agreed. I could see shipping one of the three Marlie D to Pittsburgh or someone who needs D for a second rounder.

    I just couldn't handle making a push to stock up for a big run this year.

  • At 11:48 PM, Blogger MF37 said…

    I agree that JFJ should not be buying anything at this trade deadlne. But that said, if it really is a sellers market and prices are that high, I think JFJ should sell off his UFAs.

    Can't afford Guerin, I'll sell you a Tucker a bit cheaper...need goals? Here's a Jeff O'Neill. Want some depth and defense upfront, take Peca (please).

  • At 10:26 AM, Blogger ninja said…

    Last night I dreamt JFJ moved McCabe for Marc Savard, so obviously, I don't know what to think anymore. But I'm coming around to the idea of selling for 1st and 2nd round picks.


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