Not sure how this quite fixes into the overall scheme of things, but so far, this is how it looks:
Giguere - gone, but Reimer resigned (with Gustavsson still available - and Scrivens resigned)
With youth in position in goal, it should be interesting to see how they fair, and also what they do when the team hits a dip. Everyone seems to trust the excellence of Reimer, who could be the next Kirk Cameron of Christianity in Toronto. Think about it.
In any case - Reimer will be more consistent than Giguere because he'll be more healthy, and Gustavsson will be on a short leash with Scrivens as understudy. Should be exciting to witness.
Tim Brent - gone, but they sign free agent Tim Connolly, which is an upgrade, for sure. Yet, in a different trade package, the Leafs also brought in Matthew Lombardi to fulfill some duties at centre ice as well! Two new centres will help ease the transition to fulltime major league status for Nazem Kadri and Joe Colborne.
Taking pressure off young talent is tremendously important - and adding two pro centres who can fill the first and second/third spots (Tyler Bozak will take the third/second spot - and the penalty kill) sounds good to me.
Brett Ledba is traded away to Nashville - but John Michael Liles is acquired for a second round pick- major upgrade! (Even the Denver Post dislikes the trade, which means Toronto really got the best out of this deal.)
But that's not all, the defense also brings in Cody Franson is 6'5, 213 lbs. He's got great upside, and working behind Schenn, Gunarsson, Aulie and Phaneuf, he'll have plenty of time to craft his skills - all the while Mike Komisarek feels shame for being the Garnet Exelby/Jeff Finger of the Maple Leafs for the 2011/12 season.
Outgoing: a second round and fourth round picks in the 2012 draft, AND Robert Slaney. Who the hell is he?
With these signings and trades, the Leafs have made excellent upgrades already. Not bad, and in fact, very cool. Will this make them contenders? No - but it does improve their defense, centre and goal positions, which is GREAT.
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