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When thinking ahead to what the Leafs need to do this off-season what I usually think of is get a number one goalie, get a top line center, clear some cap space, and draft a top prospect with the fifth overall pick.
First up, the Leafs have to get a number one goalie. The easiest way to change that would be to acquire of veteran number one goaltender who could take the teams reigns while mentoring either Reimer/Gustavsson/Scrivens for the next few seasons.
It is apparent that all three goaltenders have potential but none are ready to be considered a true number one just yet.
I would like to see the Leafs trade for Nicklas Backstrom seeing as his price would not be as high as Kiprusoff's or Miller's. The Leafs could trade Scrivens, Franson and next years 2nd round pick for the veteran net minder.
Up next I would like the Leafs to finally try and trade for Paul Stastny as has been speculated for the last few years.
I think a package consisting of Nikolai Kulemin/Clarke MacArthur, Colby Armstrong, Nazem Kadri and potentially a late round pick should be a good package for the Avalanche's center.
In order to clear some cap space the Leafs will need to trade away some contracts like Armstrong, Connolly, Komisarek and Lombardi.
It doesn't matter how they do it as long as the Leafs find a way to trade at least one or two of these players away for picks/prospects. Ideally the Leafs should be able to trade Armstrong and Lombardi this off-season.
Lastly the Leafs will need to draft some top prospects in the upcoming draft.
The fifth overall pick puts the Leafs in a position to draft one of Grigorenko, Galchenyuk, Forsberg or Faksa, all of whom are considered top talents in this years draft. Preferably I would like to see the Leafs draft Filip Forsberg, a big and fast power forward who can play both center and on the wing.
I would also like to see the Leafs trade up from the 35th overall pick to a position where they can draft Martin Frk, a talented scorer, who plays a very gritty style that the Leafs wanted when they signed Colby Amstrong, and what they have in current prospect Brad Ross. However, Martin Frk has the potential to be a bigger offensive threat than Ross.
If the Leafs are able to do what I hope they can, their roster will look something like the following:
Lupul - Stastny - Kessel
Mac/Kuly - Grabovski - Frattin
Crabb - Bozak - Connolly
UFA - Steckel - Brown
Phaneuf - Komisarek
Schenn - Gardiner
Liles - Holzer
Along with that the Leafs will also have prospects like Filip Forsberg, Martin Frk, Joe Colborne, Greg Mckegg, Brad Ross, Jesse Blacker, Jerry D'Amigo, Spencer Abbott, Jerry D'Amigo, Tyler Biggs, Stuart Percy and Carter Ashton waiting in the wings in case of injuries.
I think these changes will make the Leafs a real playoff contender for years to come.