Monday, October 01, 2007

Maple Leafs Make Final Cuts

Out of training camp go Jiri Tlusty, Jay Harrison, Simon Gamache and Scott Clemmensen, among others, and that wraps up the line-up heading into the regular season. With injuries Kyle Wellwood and suspensions to Mark Bell, the team will take on some extra talent and give guys like Wade Belak and Chad Kilger some longer term shots at a roster spot.

Tlusty, Harrison and Gamache were really looked upon to make the roster, as the coaching staff hoped that they could infuse some new blood into a line-up that the rest of the league somewhat knows and can coach against. Unfortunately, Paul Maurice didn't seem to get the results he wanted from these guys and off to the minors they go.

Jason BlakeMats SundinAlexei Ponikarovsky
Darcy TuckerJohn PohlAlex Steen
Nikolai AntropovMatt StajanBates Battaglia
Wade BelakChad KilgerBoyd Deveraux
Kyle WellwoodMark Bell
Tomas KaberleBryan McCabe
Ian WhitePavel Kubina
Carlo ColaiacovoAndy Wozniewski
Derrick Walser
Vesa Toskala
Andrew Raycroft

Remember... these are line combinations, rather than their possible pool priorities at the moment. I'll let Paul Maurice do all the line combos from here.

Salary cap wise... this line-up will hover between the $46 - $50 million mark, depending on when Wellwood and Bell can return to the line-up. It's going to be a very expensive year if the Leafs don't make the playoffs.

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