Changes on Way For Maple Leafs on The Way to The Cup

Graeme Boyce@CivilizedGraemeCorrespondent INovember 21, 2009

TORONTO,ON - NOVEMBER 14:  Matt Stajan #14 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates his goal with teammates Francois Beauchemin #22 and Tomas Kaberle #15 in a game against the Calgary Flames on November 14,2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Flames defeated the leafs 5-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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I just knew it.  Last week I noted that it'd be our luck to see a couple of losses and then see a terrific game, of course, against Washington, and in particular against Ovie, who got clobbered early by Finger to set the pace, who then got benched.  Wassup.  

In this respect, I don't mind Wallin sitting a game or two, and hope Kulemin will sit next. But Blake, Stajan and Grabovski are indeed playing very well.  Mitchell tries, and tries, but when will he connect with Kessel...?  Maybe the youngsters will be upon us sooner than later.

We've all noted, the Leafs coming together and losing recently in a manner suitable for "the movies" one day, because the Maple Leafs' winning drive is surely just around the corner.

While watching the effort against Washington, hit after hit, pass after pass, and given a bad pass here and a bad call there, it was plainly obvious the Leafs still should've won 5-1.  Is it me, or does it seem young Phil Kessel is incredibly streaky?  At moments, it seems he's a floater.  Speaking of broadcaster lexicon, have you heard the word plugger lately?

With all the talk about sending Blake, Stempniak and Schenn down to the farm, notwithstanding waivers, I still like the way the plugger Jamal Mayers plays, with heart and with emotion.  And, in that vein, I like Grabovski, but Kulemin's days are numbered, as are Hagman's, the way things are going, with Burkie spouting off about the changes he is now contemplating.

Our vaunted GM needs to bring up Stahberg, Bozak and Hanson.  Along with one of our extra NHL-calibre defensemen, whether Finger or Exelby, I'd unload - in a combo pack - both Alexei Ponikarovsky and Wayne Primeau.  I like the latter, but he truly deserves better in his twilight years.  Back in the day, teams used to trade players of equal calibre just to shake things up.

It's time.  In light of the constant Kaberle trade discussion, White is exceptional - and thus is surely great trade bait for Burke, if only to save face and retrieve a high draft pick.  Toskala has played very, very well lately and he too will look good in a trade offer with a few more games of this calibre under his belt.

Who knows?  Maybe with no changes at all, the Maple Leafs will pull off an unprecedented winning streak, get into the playoffs and win the cup.  I know.  One day.