Like Brian Burke, I had plans this weekend, albeit none as noble as his visit to Kandahar, Afghanistan, so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do this week. The Leafs made a number of significant moves, making a number of solid additions to the roster throughout the weekend, while staying clear of the million-dollar madness that some teams were getting involved in. They may have missed out on Brad Richards, but it’s becoming more and more clear that he was pretty much set on New York from the get-go. The additions of Tim Connolly and Matthew Lombardi may not have brought in the top-tier center that Leaf fans wanted to see, but add a great deal of depth down the middle, something the Leafs were sorely lacking.
Over the next few days, I’ll be discussing a number of things, including, but not excluded to: Clarke MacArthur’s new contract (given out this afternoon), the unloading of Brett Lebda, where I think Cody Franson fits in on the Leafs’ new-look blueline, how I see Tim Connolly being handled this season, as well as some updates from the Leafs’ ongoing development camp, where players like Jesse Blacker have reportedly been turning in some very solid efforts.
For now, I’m out to cap off my holiday weekend with a few more cold ones and my beer league softball game, but I’ll be back later tonight to dive into all this madness.
PS – those of you who are lucky (or should I say unlucky) enough to follow me on Twitter were able to get my much-anticipated reactions and comments on most of this weekend’s goings-on – give me a follow at twitter.com/editorinleaf – I may not be the most active Tweeter out there, but my new smartphone makes it much easier for me to stay in touch with everyone and everything. Go Leafs!