Connolly waived implications:
Bozak and Kadri are going nowhere. Sorry Smashian, maybe you can start rooting for the leafs.
Here's my guess
Toronto still in and Nucks are asking/getting
Gardiner/Biggs and a 2nd
That deal never made sense to either team anyhow.
Moving Connolly is a natural progression. Lombardi and Connolly had to go if the Leafs want to improve. It was time to bite the bullet and dump them for whatever they could get.
They now have those guys' salary to pay Bozak to stay.
They are better off with Grabovski, Bozak, Kadri, Colborne and Steckel.
Nothing is stopping them from making a move for better depth players.
I still wouldn't be surprised if Bozak were dealt as well.
If I were Nonis, I'd be asking Rogers if they're serious about their billion dollar acquisition. If so, give him the go ahead to buy a quick rebuild.
Next I'd be wrapping up Phaneuf and calling Garth Snow.
What will you give us for that veteran blueliner you need, and to take back Dipietro in the deal?
The answer should be enough to make the Leafs a considerably better team immediately and going forward.
One of their handful of quality young centers, a good young blueliner like Hamonic, and futures...
Buyout Dipietro immediately (someone is going to have to) - and then turn around and give Gillis that phone call with another handful of assets in hand - a few of which he may be considerably more interested in.
Hope they don't do it though - I like them just as they are...
I'd rather see Gillis and the Aquillini's cut the Leafs out of the middle and go straight to Long Island themselves.
Right now would be the best time to buy a couple extra assets and futures. Blow that window open and keep it that way - perhaps worth the investment - is a 7% injection of capital worth it for the $350ish miilion franchise.
I'm not an economist, I'm a fan, but...
Dipietro, a young center (take your pick, they have a bushel), a young blueliner (Hamonic), a young RW (Okposo) and enough picks/prospects to pay for the rest of that massive buyout.
Edited by oldnews, 17 January 2013 - 11:02 AM.