Raking Leafs

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


Could Tavares Be Leaf?

According to David Shoalts of the Globe&Mail, JFJ has offered John Tavares a contract to play for the Marlies, in the hope of retaining the young gun's services.

Can you say diversionary tactic? Yes, I can. And it's working.

I wonder if Lou even thought of trying this.


Blood is in the water, and the scavengers are starting to circle the struggling Leafs and JFJ...

What's wrong in Toronto? - Ryder - What's Right?

Fire Ferguson - Simmons - Shut Up, Steve!

Who would replace JFJ? - Wharsnby - Premature Speculation

Desperate Times for JFJ - Magder - Don't forget who put him in this situation

Burke to Maple Leafs?... - Berger - Burke started with alot more in SoCal

Time to Trade Sundin - Houston - Only at the deadline, if at all

Toronto Deserves Better - Tolensky - Damn straight!


More on Shots - David Johnson

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  • At 1:35 PM, Anonymous PPP said…

    Wait, we're still 3-4-3?! DAMN YOU JFJ!

    Seriously, I might pass out if this comes to pass.

  • At 1:55 PM, Blogger ninja said…

    Right?! I feel like a kid on Christmas morning right now. No more wallowing in mediocrity for this fan's team. Top flight talent is on the way!

    And the NHL is to blame. By not allowing Tavares into the draft, the league created a situation where teams and the player both are willing participants.

    But the other teams aren't going to like this much. Not one bit.

  • At 2:02 PM, Blogger JP McGovern said…

    Does this help the NHL club? From what I can tell this only helps the minor league team (which is commendable, but...).

    Am I reading it wrong?

  • At 2:11 PM, Blogger ninja said…

    I don't really know. Is it even possible is the first test reality will impose.

    It could help the Leafs in two years, if my math isn't too off.

    David Johnson posed an interesting scenario in the comments over at Mirtle's blog, about no other team drafting him because he was already Leafs' property, then the Leafs drafting him thus eliminating the need to wait for the three year contract to expire. Sounds tempting if that turns out to be the case. Though, I imagine another team would throw a pick his direction to block the Leafs from doing that.

  • At 1:51 PM, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said…

    1) Why would the kid take this? To ride busses for 3 years getting cheap shotted by every minor league goon who comes along
    2) Then he has to wait till he's 23 instead of 20 to be a RFA and get the really big bucks they pay guys coming off their entry level deals these days


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