Dave Perkins has an interesting article in today's Toronto Star (05/11/06) commending JFJ for keeping the young kids at last year's trade deadline.
I originally wrote a very long piece on this, but I'll cut it back to two essential points:
- The Leafs were pretty much capped out at the trade deadline. I would love to know how JFJ could possibly have traded away youth (who make no money) for veterans (who make lots of money). It simply couldn't be done.
- Was anyone, anywhere, pushing JFJ to trade any youth at last year's deadline? No. The pressure was for him to deal all of the UFA spare parts for something (anything!) before they walked. Instead they walked, the Leafs got nothing for them and the team still missed the playoffs.
Perkins commends JFJ for doing the only thing he could do (keeping the kids) and is absolutely silent on JFJ's real shortcoming at the trade deadline. Nice work, I look forward to future columns from Mr. Perkins like:
- Starting Brodeur: Julien's Brilliant Coaching Mind
- Wilson's Decision to Keep Joe Thornton Paying Off
- Riccardi's Choice of Retractable Roof Good Move for Jays