Morris_Shatford wrote:Luongo may not be a goaltender that wins you a cup; but he is a goaltender who can help get you there and right now mission critical is the playoffs.
I think a lot of Leaf fans overrate the need for more help up front;
The Leafs scored 231 goals this season, that's more goals then:
Rangers, Panthers, Devils, Caps of the Eastern Playoff teams, and St. Louis, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and San Jose of the Western Playoff teams,
Whereas the Leafs allowed 264 goals which was second worst in the NHL next to Tampa and their 282.
While the Leafs forwards are unspectacular scoring isnt the Leafs biggest problem, its their goaltending by miles.
I think Luongo gets a bad rep based on Vancouver expectations. I mean Kesler has been crap for 25 games including the playoffs, but it's Luongo's fault at this time. I wouldn't mind Lu here, he'd definitely settle the goaltending down and give us a steady back end.
When it comes to Lu though, I believe he has a NT clause and I'm pretty sure if he's not happy with the media scrutiny in Vancouver, he's not gonna want to come here. The team that makes the most sense is TB which sucks for us. I think we should try for Lu/Schneider/Bernier this off-season for sure. Those should be the main 3 targets.
As for the need up front, when was the last time a team one with a guy like Bozak as the lead Center? Bozak had a fine year. This goes back to the Sundin era and how he always got stuck with mediocre wingers for the majority of his time here. Skilled guys lift other mediocre players up a notch, but they can't make them stars. You're right that scoring is not a major problem, although under Carlyle this team will be less risky but there is still a need for top end skilled players in that top 6, Bozak and Kulemin and McArthur aren't really gonna cut it in your top 6. Although the last two could be valuable on a second line. I think with a third line mix of scoring and grit though and upgrades to your first and second line, those two might not be needed.
Here's another name who's having an unbelievable playoffs despite his team being down - Jordin Staal, big centre, plays as a second/third line kind of guy, could you pull off a deal for him and see if he'll fit between Kessel/Lupol. Plus he's good enough defensively that Carlyle will love him.