With the Leafs on the outside looking in (though the Marlies get their playoff shot starting this week...) here are some posts that may be worth another look if you're looking to relax and do some Leaf reading...
- Do you remember when you got your first Maple Leaf sweater?
- Commenting on some thing I sensed Leaf management was feeling as the 2011-'12 season got underway (It's interesting to look back and see what the mood was at the time...)
- Brian Burke and the "I" in team
- 10 issues now facing the Leafs going forward
- My look (before this season even got underway) at whether Luke Schenn was worth more to the Leafs or another team
- 12 reasons why missing the playoffs this particular season hurts so much
Not long ago I posed a question just to (as I sometimes do here) throw it out there for thoughtful discussion and a bit of old-fashioned debate: are Leaf fans interested at all in either or both of Iginla and Kiprusoff?
I know Iginla has one more year on his current contract at 7 million. Kiprusoff has more time on his deal, I believe (two years?). But what is clear is that Calgary is changing the face of its roster, and for the first time, it looks “real” that Iginla will be elsewhere next season.
I can’t imagine he will seek huge dollars or a silly term after the 2012-’13 season. Does anyone think the long-time Flames captain could provide a touch of veteran experience and a bit of leadership to a roster that woefully needs it? (Unlike Calgary, we have already a lot of young players…what we don’t have is leadership and a strong veteran presence…) Iginla has not been able to lead the Flames to playoff success in recent years, but perhaps the Leafs now have a better young core that he could work with (and lead?) than the Flames have had the past few seasons.
Too, we are certainly looking for a goalie, as much as I like Reimer (I realize not everyone does…). I’m sure we’d prefer a young, cheaper option in this cap world but Kiprusoff can still flat out play. He won’t be great every night, but we’ve seen him pull the Flames out from the dumpster many times in his fine career in Calgary. And I sense he still has something in the tank. At least he hasn’t had a lot of playoff wear and tear over the past few years, eh?
Anyway, it’s just a point of discussion in what is otherwise a fairly quiet time for Leaf fans. I’m not suggesting either guy is a solution to all that ails the roster. And yes, they are “old” by hockey standards and both have played a lot of tough hockey over the years. But they are classy veterans, not a phrase we have been able to use in relation to the Maple Leafs and our roster in some time.