There's a fortune inside your head, all you touch turns to lead...
As Peca lay on the ice in Chicago, I started thinking about JFJ's acquisitions and how so few of them have panned out for the Bleu et Blanc. My first reaction was that Howard Carter was the architect of this team and Tutankhamen isn't pleased...consider:
- Peca: 35 games played, fractured tibia, Gary Glitter's got a better chance at a comeback
- Lindros: 33 games for the Buds, torn wrist ligament ended it all
- Raycroft: currently 34th in Save Percentage; 31st in Goals Against
- Belfour: currently 26th in Save Percentage; 19th in Goals Against; bought out at $1.5M
- Tellqvist, dumped for a 4th round pick, has more wins with Phoenix than the Leafs do in December
- Suglabov: 10 GP, 0G /0A /0pts, 4PiMs; -4
- O'Neill: 110GP; 30G /32 A /62 Points; -13
- Kubina: Sprained MCL in game 4; $5M for 0G, 4A, 14PiMs, +0
- Allison: Broken hand ended his season, currently unemployed
- Khavanov: left the NHL, now playing with Davos in Switzerland
At first glance this might seem like bad luck, but if you dig a little deeper you can see a real pattern - there's been a clear failure to make informed player personnel decisions down at MLSE.
The only surprise about an injury ending Lindros' year was that it was his wrist and not his head. Allison can't get a gig playing table hockey these days; Raycroft is looking worse than Belfour whom we're still paying for, never mind the top prospect we gave up to land Raycroft. As the Leafs cough up six goals in the last two losses, cast-off Tellqvist is handing the Ducks their first shut-out loss of the season. Suglabov can't crack the line-up, meanwhile Klee has put up twice as many points (1G/8A) and is a whopping +13.
Peca at $2.5M is a signing that was looking pretty dire prior to his injury. Wonderful news that he's a great guy in the room - on the ice he's led the Leafs' PK to the middle of the pack (17th overall), he's put up typical uninspiring offensive numbers (4G/11A in 35GP) and he's taken way too many penalties this year.
Want to know something scary? That pretty much leaves Hal Gill as JFJ's lone bright spot. Hall freakin' Gill as our beacon of hope.
Based on how things have gone for JFJ to date, I fully expect Gill to suffer a catastrophic injury, to leave the NHL and go play in Europe in the next few months or maybe both.
But on a more serious note, the trade deadline is looming larger for the Leafs as they struggle to qualify for the post-season. UFAs on this club include: Sundin, Peca, Tucker, O'Neill, Battaglia and Aubin. RFAs include Antropov, Ponikarvosky, Suglobov, White, Colaiacovo, Wozniesky, Harrison, Bell, and Kronwall.
Someone has to decide what to do with these bodies.
Given his record to date, do we really want it to be JFJ? Does anyone think this is the guy who's going to take the Leafs to the next level?
3-6-1 in December. Outside the playoffs looking in. No cap space. Merry Christmas Leafs fans...