Author Archives: Trade Man
Tim Wharnsby – Globe and Mail
Then the Toronto Maple Leafs general manager departed for Montreal with Leafs executive David Nonis in the hopes of increasing their odds to make a trade at the 2009 NHL entry draft on Friday and Saturday.
GM Burke plots Leaf makeover
Roloson no closer to re-signing with Edmonton
Bruins talking it up – Trades, picks in air
Florida Panthers still might get something for free agent-to-be Jay Bouwmeester
The Draft starts off with the Islanders selecting hedman to the suprise of many fans
The Lighting select Tavares, the avalance get the no brainer in Matt Duchene, and the Thrashers select a skilled gritty winger in Evander Kane.
The kings select Brayden Schenn and the coyotes go with the big d-man Jared Cowen.
The leafs make a trade. They trade down to 11th with nashville. The leafs trade the 7th pick to the preds for the 11th, 42nd and 72nd picks( This isnt original, I read it in another article and liked the idea)
Toronto selects Zach Kassian with the 11th.
The leafs trade kaberle to florida for the 14th pick, 44th pick and shawn mathias(Maybe too much return)
The Leafs select Ryan Ellis/John Moore, whoever is still available
This leaves leafs with 42, 44, 50, 58, 68 and 72 in first 3 rounds
They then select olivier roy with 42nd, alex chaission with 44th pick, Brayden Mcnabb with 50, Taylor Doherty with 58, alexander avtsyn with 68, Ben Hanowski with 72
By Botchford – Vancouver Province
Marian Gaborik has bought a house in the Vancouver area, The Province has learned.
What this means come July 1, when he is set to become an unrestricted free agent, is speculation at this point but it’s a safe bet the Slovak likes the city and could be angling for a contract here.
So far, it’s not unlike last year when Gaborik’s former Minnesota Wild linemate Pavol Demitra was seen visiting Vancouver weeks before he became a free agent. Demitra eventually signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Canucks.
Burke also in pursuit of Bouwmeester
Brian Burke is the Jim Balsillie of General Managers: He just won’t give up.
Sportsnet.ca is reporting that the Maple Leafs GM is still hopeful to make a deal to move up in the draft, with the aim of drafting either John Tavares or Victor Hedman.
Meanwhile Steve Simmons of the Sun reports that the Leafs might target UFA Jay Bouwmeester, but would likely not get into a bidding war for the 25-year old star blue liner.