There are so many things wrong with the Yannic Perrault trade I don’t even know where to begin.
For your consideration:
A) The Leafs are in a dog fight to make the post-season. Sitting in 10th place, they have a crushing schedule ahead of them and have to leap frog at least three teams to finish in 8th.
The biggest problems facing this club are:
1. Weak team defense
2. Inconsistent goaltending
3. Horrific penalty killing
B) The GM has gone on and on (and on and on) about the need to build from within. He has been very public about his plan to re-stock the cupboard and develop those cheap, young kids who can contribute.
C) The Leafs have a preponderance of centres and there most pressing need at forward is clearly a quality winger to play with Mats Sundin
Is there anyone that can take points A, B and C and conclude that the logical next step is to deal a young defensive prospect and a second round pick for 20 games worth of a soft, career minus centre that spends less than 30 seconds a game on the PK?
Anyone see the value in a second round pick and a prospect for a UFA who will leave for nothing in the off-season? Oh, and for those of you who don’t think a second round pick is too high a price to pay, the Leafs dealt a second rounder at the deadline for Aki Berg and the Kings ended up with Mike Cammalleri.
And finally, this has to put an end to the rumour that JFJ will lose his job if the Leafs don't qualify for the post-season. Because if that were true and JFJ's lone move was to deal for Perrault, this team is in far more trouble than I ever imagined.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007