Non-Playoff Teams Summer Outlook IV

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Part four in a seven-part review takes a look at the teams that failed to reach the postseason and what kind of impact each of them will have on your keeper-league squad. This week, we take a look at Toronto and Chicago.


Toronto Maple Leafs
Possibly on the way out…
John Pohl will not be re-signed, and Dominic Moore is also unrestricted, but the big news will be the decision by Mats Sundin. Will he retire or sign on for another year? Matt Stajan and Kyle Wellwood are both RFA’s, but are unlikely to receive any offer sheets. The team may buy out Andrew Raycroft and they are looking to trade Pavel Kubina and/or Bryan McCabe.

The team will be looking to add…
The Leafs want Anton Stralman and Staffan Kronwall on the roster full time, so space will have to be cleared. They also need another stay-at-home type similar to Kronwall – five offensive defensemen plus Kronwall will not cut it. The Leafs will also need a first-line center if Sundin moves on, or a second-line center if he re-signs. Nikolai Kulemin will be a 55-point player next season manning the wings and Jiri Tlusty should also take the next step. The team also hopes to draft someone who can step right into the lineup such as a Nikita Filatov.

General fantasy outlook…
Sundin staying in Toronto will help in the short-term, but his retiring will help in the long term as it will force the team to bring along and rely upon prospects. Do not be surprised if Mark Bell bounces back from a brutal couple of seasons to notch 45 points. Overall, the Leafs will not make the postseason again next year, but finally they have some direction.

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Chicago Blackhawks
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