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Burkie has yet again managed to bring i a high level player and took nobody in the organization under the age of 25 and no draft picks to do it.
I find that and the fact the Dion is 24 and Aullie will also be an NHL d man is only 20, make the trade very positive for the leafs moving forward. The fact is on a team with legitimate offensive players, Stajan Hagman and White will produce like the third line centre, second line winger and 4-6 D man that they are. Somebody HAD to score some goals for the leafs, and so the guys getting PP minutes and getting first line and top pairing ice time were the guys to do it. I am not saying these players cannot be useful parts of a winning team, but their stats are greatly inflated playing on such a poor offensive team.
Sources tell TSN the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames are expected to announce a trade that will send Calgary centre Olli Jokinen and forward Brandon Prust to the Rangers in exchange for forwards Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins.
Phil Coffey – NHL.com Sr. Editorial Director
And just like that, what had been a sleepy NHL trade market gets a huge jolt of caffeine.
Not surprisingly, Brian Burke was at the epicenter of things. Burke, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager has long said that trades are good for the NHL because they create great interest. Well, he sure did his part in getting tongues wagging Sunday morning, while in the process adding some very important pieces to the Maple Leafs’ future.
Ales Kotalik has left the Rangers after being told that he would be traded, The Post has learned.
Kotalik, the 32-year-old winger who was signed to a three-year, $9M free agent contract this summer, accompanied the Blueshirts to Phoenix for the first game of their three-game western tour but did not accompany his teammates here for tonight’s match against the Avalanche.
So Atlanta general manager Don Waddell will not allow clubs interested in acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk to speak to the winger’s representative about a contract extension before a trade is completed.
We were told a while ago that Waddell doesn’t want agent Jay Grossman to control the process, but we are duty bound to suggest that might not be such a bad idea given the Thrashers’ track record in these matters.
The Leafs “are” also on the verge of acquiring veteran goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere from the Anaheim Ducks, pending his waiving a no-trade clause, a source told ESPN.com.
The Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes are cooling off, just at the wrong time for Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell.
With only two weeks until the Olympic break and a roster freeze that runs Feb. 12-28 — up until three days before the trade deadline — sources say Waddell’s phone isn’t exactly ringing off the hook.
At this point, it would appear more teams are out of the running than actually vying for Kovalchuk.
The belief is the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers both looked into acquiring the potential unrestricted free agent, but don’t consider themselves contenders.
The Leafs have acquired Keith Aulie, Dion Phaneuf and Fred Sjostrom from Calgary for Matt Stajan, Ian White, Jamal Mayers and Nik Hagman.
There is another deal pending with another team as per Brian Burke during his press conference.
Kent Hughes, the agent for Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier, did react to a Hockey News story that said if Vinik takes control, he could ask Lecavalier to waive his no-move clause as a way for the team to cut costs.
Lecavalier, 29, with 14 goals and 52 points, is in the first year of an 11-year, $85 million deal that pays $10 million this season.