The events that unfold with Leafs management over the next few weeks will likely telegraph their long & short term intentions. If, at the time of the draft, they keep Nonis & or Carlyle, plus Kadri & Gardiner, then it would look like they are going to re-tool this team and build around what they deem to be the core.
However, if Shanny decides that after looking in the cupboards, he sees not much optimism for sustained long-term success, he may replace both Nonis & Carlyle, as well as gut the current roster...save for a select few he deems the future core.
So the question here is this- do you feel the Leafs are close to being a legit all-around team that is ready to contend...thus only needing some re-tooling? Or are you of the opinion that this current organization needs a full & complete purging (top-bottom) in order to become a successful on-ice product?
IMO, a little tweaking and re-tooling only makes us slightly better...maybe we squeak into the playoffs, only to make 1st round exits. If feel this team is far from being a contending team...that they need much more than just a #1 C & #2 d-man (which depletes our assets/depth anyways). If they did a proper rebuild they could truly establish an identity, and draft/bring in players that fit the system they are running with. No more of this patchwork garbage we've seen. Next year's draft is a stud class, whereas unless they draft top 3-5 in this year's draft, it's a crap shoot as to whether or not they get a legit 1st line, elite type NHL player.
If any team can afford to do a proper re-build, it's the Leafs. 95% of other franchises would loose their fan base if they committed to a complete re-building plan, as the losing takes it's toll after 2-3 years. But the Leaf could win 10 games all year and still sell out...us fans are just that numb & will still buy tickets.
I don't want to see another year or two of no playoffs, but I also don't want to keep watching this team fail in the same areas & tangibles year-after-year-after-year (poor drafting, poor player assessment, poor systems, poor leadership, poor effort and discipline). The Leafs have some solid pieces and might not be that far off if they did some purging...look @ Colorado...few saw them as a top 3 NHL team this during the pre-season. Most expected them to be better and more intense with Roy behind the bench, but they developed a system and committed to it. Leafs need to follow suit (LA, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Anaheim).