My first fanpost so be gentle. There won't likely be big changes, other than the college kids and one or two free agents. I figured out the salary cap. I am at 57.3 including Raycroft and Tucker. Over, but not sure about Bozak's cap hit so I'm going to be happy with this. Spend to the cap, as BB says.
(4.5-4.5-3.5 for 12.5)
Maybe the speed on this line will create some chemistry. Anyway, there is a spot for Rick Nash on this line for 2010-11...
(2.5-3-.85 for 6.35 quite the bargain basement line!)
This line worked really well down the stretch, and I think Hagman is the most flexible of the three in terms of where he plays. This combo gets the most out of the three.
(3-.5-.875 for 4.375)
There could be some good energy here. Hanson is supposed to be a guy who sits in front of the net and picks up garbage. That would be a great complement to Hagman's wheels and Mitchell's shovel in the corners. A grind line that can score.
(.6-1.4-2 for 4. Gave Laperriere a bit of a raise)
Bozak is the 13th forward. ($4M apparently, with bonuses?)
Stajan, who I think is great, goes to Colorado for a second rounder
Tlusty had half a good year in the minors. He might get called up at the deadline if Blake/Poni gets traded.
The Leafs' defence is actually not too bad. What we need is more depth. You need a good 8-10 D men in the depth chart to survive a long playoff run.
This is an affordable, viable top-two right here. Why trade them? Well, maybe because their value is higher now than it might be if Kaberle has another sub-par (by his standards) season, and Kubina's no-trade locks back in at a certain point, doesn't it? If either of these guys is traded, the Leafs need to get a first rounder out of it. But I don't see it happening.
Schenn will be a first-pair guy eventually, but having him in the second tandem now gives him more time to develop--which he's already doing quite well. White is a good partner for him, as he's got the offensive side, but is also reliable on the back end.
Van Ryn-Finger (3.35+3.5)
Not bad for a third pair. As most have been saying, Finger might be paid more than you would expect, but the fact that we don't hear from him is a good thing. Third-pair defencemen are like children: they should be heard (crunch!) not seen. He seems to take care of that. Hopefully the new physio/trainer/medical staff can keep Van Ryn together.
He's a solid plug. If one of the top two get traded he can move up.
Draft pick: probably Cowen, better to let him play in the A/W.
If the Leafs could pick up Beauchemin, that would be huge, but I decided that since I don't know the numbers, I would not include him.
Allaire, a fixed groin, a lightened load (50 games) he should be back on form.
Keep him. He would be good for 30 games, and a reliable back-up. Unless he wants to be number 1 somewhere else, but he might want to take this season to prove himself (as the end of last year didn't necessarily return him to his previous level of reputation).
Pogge: Keep him, let Allaire work with him, give him a big load in the A.
I think the Monster will go to the Avs. If he does come to TO, pencil him in in place of Gerber.
A more interesting exercise (just because I think there will be much bigger changes) will be to guess what the Leafs will look like in 2010-11. Add Nash, Tlusty, Stalberg, Bozak and DiDimenico for sure, which means Stemps, Blake, Poni and Hagman become expendable. Fourth line needs to get younger, though.