Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Maple Leafs pass on Patrick O'Sullivan

I’m just wondering why the Maple Leafs didn’t put in a claim for Patrick O’Sullivan who was put on waivers this week by Carolina. O’Sullivan was picked up by Minnesota which means the Leafs who are lower in the standing would have passed on him.

O’Sullivan appears to be the type of player that the Leafs would take a chance on. He saw very little action with Carolina which is why they put him up for grabs after signing him as a free agent this fall. He is only 25 and therefore young enough to invest in for ¾ of a season. O’Sullivan would have been a cap hit of $448,000 which is less than half of what they are paying Darcy Tucker to sit at home and play with his kids.

O’Sullivan has a similar history to Clark MacArthur who the Leafs signed for $1.1 million this season. O’Sullivan was the 56th pick in 2003 while MacArthur was the 74th. MacArthur has played 228 games in the NHL and accumulated 51 goals and 55 assists. While O’Sullivan has played 290 games and scored 55 goals and 95 assists. O’Sullivan had a bit of a breakout season in 2007-08 when he scored 22 goals so he has some offensive potential which is in great need these days in Toronto. However, like MacArthur, he is on the smallish side and not strong defensively. But at this price, why not?

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