GM's Playbook: Toronto Maple Leafs Full Off-Season Gameplan

Bobby KezneikCorrespondent IApril 30, 2010

TORONTO - APRIL 6: TheToronto Maple Leafs salute the ACC after their last home game of the season after an NHL game against the Philadelphia Flyers  at the Air Canada Centre April 6, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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2009/2010 Regular Season Record: 30-38-14, 15th In Eastern Conference, 29th In NHL

General Manager: Brian Burke, Coach: Ron Wilson

Average Age: 27.1

Cap Space: $3.352 Million

Needs: Top Six Forwards, Top Nine Forwards

Current Roster: Forwards: Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak, Viktor Stalberg, Luca Caputi, Christian Hanson, Colton Orr, Wayne Primeau, Brayden Irwin, Nikolai Kulemin, John Mitchell, Fredrik Sjostrom, Rickard Wallin, Mikhail Grabovski, Jamie Lundmark, Defense: Dion Phaneuf, Luke Schenn, Tomas Kaberle, Mike Komisarek, Francois Beachuemein, Carl Gunnarsson, Garnett Exelby, Jeff Finger, Goalies: Jonas Gustavsson, Jean Sebastien Giguere

Top Prospects: Nazem Kadri, Keith Aulie, Jesse Blacker, Mikhail Stefanovich, Jerry D'Amigo, Chris DiDomenico, Jussi Rynnas, Ben Scrivers

2010 Draft: 3rd Round Draft Pick, 4th Round Draft Pick, 4th Round Draft Pick(PHX), 5th Round Draft Pick, 5th Round Draft Pick(NJ), 7th Round Draft Pick, 7th Round Draft Pick(PHX)

Trade Bait: Tomas Kaberle, Mikhail Grabovski, John Mitchell, Jeff Finger, Christian Hanson, Garnett Exelby

What's The Gameplan? General Manager Brian Burke will certainly have to back up all of his talk about acquiring that top six forward he's mentioned for time now. The Maple Leafs are currently not active in the first two rounds of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Leafs are in serious need of adding offensive threats up-front. They should be looking towards trading some of their players to dump salary and possibly sign a couple of free agents (second-third line players).

Possible Trades? The Toronto Maple Leafs have plenty of disposable players such as Jeff Finger, Mike Van Ryn, Garnett Exelby. The Leafs will likely let Mike Van Ryn walk which should open up more options for Brian Burke. Trading away Jeff Finger who is currently at $3.5 Million Per Year. Trading him away for pretty much anything will increase their cap movement ability at $9.7 Million Dollars. Wayne Primeau is also a free agent and letting him go will give the Maple Leafs $11.1 Million Dollars free.

-Should the Toronto Maple Leafs trade elite defense-men Tomas Kaberle in exchange for possibly Bobby Ryan, a possible deal would look something like this: Tomas Kaberle, Mikhail Grabovski, John Mitchell FOR Bobby Ryan.

-The Maple Leafs would be free $7.637 in just letting Grabovski, Kaberle, & Mitchell go. Considering they get Bobby Ryan in return and then sign Ryan, he will likely ask for a $2.5 - $3.5 Million Dollar Contract.

-Should the Leafs sign Ryan at say $3 Million Dollars, the Leafs would still have $15.737 Million Dollars free for a possible signing on Colby Armstrong who will likely ask for $2.0 - $2.8 Million Dollars.

-With still over $13 Million Dollars available, Brian Burke may want to target defense-men Dan Hamhuis or Paul Martin to fill Kaberle's void.

-Should Brian Burke sign Dan Hamhuis to say a $2.3 Million Dollar contract, the Leafs could spend their remaining $11 Million Dollars possibly on Raffi Torres, Chris Higgins, Mike Comrie to fill some third line holes. Predicting that Brian Burke signs Raffi Torres to a $2.6 Million Dollar contract, the Leafs are still $8 Million dollars over the cap.

2010/2011 Toronto Maple Leafs Roster:


Line One: Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak, Nikolai Kulemin

Line Two: Viktor Stalberg, Nazem Kadri, Bobby Ryan

Line Three: Raffi Torres, Luca Caputi, Colby Armstrong

Line Four: Christain Hanson, Brayden Irwin, Colton Orr


Line One: Dion Phaneuf, Dan Hamhuis

Line Two: Francois Beachumein, Carl Gunnarsson

Line Three: Mike Komisarek, Luke Schenn

(Mike Komisarek & Carl Gunnarsson possible line switch)


Jonas Gustavsson, Jean-Sebastien Giguere