Posted 06 July 2012 - 11:31 AM
Talk today around Leafs nation is that Carlyle wants to try JVR as a centre. He played some centre in his career before the NHL. Its an interesting dilemma..Everybody talks about going an acquiring a number one centre, like its easy.There is a handful of centres in the NHL that i consider top notch Franchise First line centres. Most of those guys are untouchable and they arent going anywhere.Guys like Crosby, Malkin, Getzlaf, Thornton,Zetterberg,Datysuk,Sedin, Stamkos.There are a few other that you can mention with these guys. There is no way you are going to get one of them. If you do, you would have to trade the whole Leafs and Marlies..Probably throw in the TFC as well.So some of the other second tier guys like Marleau(not a true centre), Stastny are rumoured to be in trade talks..HOwever how much more of an improvement is that over Connolly, Bozak, Lombardi..Assuming Grabo is the second line centre.Its very tough for Burke, Im sure he will make a move but it needs to be a blockbuster..I would be happy with Marleau or Stastny for the right price.Its amazing all those years we needed wingers and secondary scoring when we made the runs in early 2000s...Now we have secondary scoring and the main piece that is needed to compete is Mats Sundin and Eddie Belfour.I think the team and organization has 6 centres that can be comfortably slotted on the second or third lines..but that top guy is elusive..GET ER DONE BURKIE
Leafs 2011-2012 North Eastern Division Champions.