charlio lemieux· Premium Member
Last big UFA for EDM was Souray.Toronto is a high pressure city to play in, just like Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver, and so on. Those teams are bringing in high end talent here and there, and the leafs will in time as well. One of the big things the leafs need to do for this is to begin putting up winning seasons. They don't have to be a top seeded team, just make the playoffs and I'm sure you'll start to see bigger names be more willing to join them for the chance to win. Burke is a business man and honestly he will do good things for the leafs. As for Wilson I cant comment on because I don't know a lot about him as a coach. I have never liked the leafs, for whatever reason they have always been one of those teams I have hated and it might go back to the first NHL game I saw where they beat the coyotes 3-1 in 97. That made them the devil in my eyes as a child which has held for me now haha but I do like their roster. They have a young, solid team and which age and wisdom they could likely become a great team. I wouldn't underestimate them this year because I feel they will actually make a strong push for a playoff spot. Will they win the cup? Probably not a chance in hell, but to me they look how a rebuilding team should and appear to be right on track for their future.
Most of Vancouver's main pieces are either through draft or trade.
MTL's best recent signing was Cammy, who according to some would have signed in TOR if the leafs had offered a bit more.
Ottawa signed Gonchar.
No one is signing the big superstars as UFA's. 90% are staying with their teams, and the others are getting overpaid by the Rangers.