Author Archives: Trade Man

Leafs will keep working the phones

Leafs will keep working the phones even after today’s trade. Still a surplus at defense. Nothing imminent at all, but they’ll keep looking.

https://twitter.com/#!/Real_ESPNLeBrun/statuses/121370517071609857

Rangers are in need of another Dman.

Rangers are in need of another Dman. Leafs have plenty. Could Rangers be looking at Gunnarsson or possibly Komisarek? I think so.

https://twitter.com/#!/JoshRimerHockey/statuses/121549751094226944

MAPLE LEAFS ACQUIRE C STECKEL FROM DEVILS FOR DRAFT PICK

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired centre David Steckel from the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

New Jersey will receive Toronto’s fourth-round draft pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for the 29-year-old forward.

RANGERS PLACE CONTROVERSIAL FORWARD AVERY ON WAIVERS

Sean Avery’s days in New York appear to be over with the news that he was placed on waivers by the Rangers on Tuesday.

If he clears, the Rangers could send him to their American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford. According to his agent Pat Morris, playing in Europe is among his other options.

Stajan not outstanding, but OK, says Sutter

Of players needing make an impression this camp, Matt Stajan may have topped that list.

Pressed for comment about the unachieving centreman — who had a couple of nice moments in pre-season games — Flames coach Brent Sutter offered a lukewarm appraisal.

“He’s got to continue to get better,” Sutter said of the 27-year-old who represents a $3.5 million cap bite. “He had an OK camp, OK exhibition (games). Staje has been fine.”

Fine. But good enough to be one of the Flames’ opening-day centremen?

Holding down those four spots are Brendan Morrison, Olli Jokinen, Mikael Backlund, and, in Sutter’s mind, Roman Horak, who’s only 20 years old.