Belfour to the Oilers?

There are rumblings around the Web that the Toronto Maple Leafs are talking trade with the Edmonton Oilers regarding goaltender Ed Belfour.

Belfour in the first period of last nights game against Buffalo looked noticeably distraught and angry after the Buffalo Sabres scored their first goal of the game off the skate of Jason Allison, who was stationary in Belfour’s crease. Belfour proceeded to smash his stick against the post and gave Allison a noticeable stare of disgust. Belfour went on to continue to play the game rattled and gave up 3 more goals with an intense odour on them capped by a goal by Thomas Vanek.

Pat Quinn then yanked Eddie from the game and inserted Mikael Tellqvist, for what seems to have been the first time in a very long time. The attitude of Belfour has been called into question as of late as his frustration increases with the Leafs incapability to solidify a win or keep the puck out of the net. The Oilers picked up 2 defensemen the other day in Spacek and Tarnstrom, leading to speculation that a deal for a goaltender is imminent. Ron Lowe has never been adamant to add payroll to the roster and that is exactly what he did the other day with the 2 defensive additions. The Leafs have a noticeable need for defensemen as they continue to go down to the injury bug and the team continues to struggle.

It is obvious the Leaf squad needs a dose of speed added to the lineup as well as defensive capable defensemen, the Oilers and Leafs make great trading partners in the making. Possible players that could be going the other way to the Leafs include, Marty Reasoner, JC Bergeron, Steve Staios, Radek Dvorak and the afforentioned Jaroslav Spacek and Dick Tarnstrom. Could this be the end of Belfour in Toronto? Leafs are strong in net for the future in Tellqvist, Pogge and Rask, but to improve, the Leafs need a major facelift.

6 Responses to Belfour to the Oilers?

  1. 92-93 says:

    you know what? i know a lot of people are going to dump on this trade speculation but i think it has the potential to develop into something credible.

    the oilers are going to be dealing away one of their excess defencemen soon (according to spectorshockey) and they desperately need goaltending. it is not likely they are going to get Roloson or Fernandez from the Wild – who are one of 3 or 4 teams catching up to the oilers in the standings. the oilers might deal with Buffalo (for Biron) or the Leafs (for Eddie) but the main obstacle to this deal would be Eddie’s contract (which isn’t that much but its enough to put the Oilers over their comfort level in terms of cap space remaining).

    if a deal is made, i could see Bergeron coming over. i doubt that edmonton would part with Spacek or Staios but you never know.

    the leafs do not need any more forwards.

  2. BeLeaFeR28 says:







  3. 92-93 says:

    no way would i trade any young guys in this deal.

    the other comment i have is that the leafs would probably want a goalie in return to develop a tandem with Tellqvist.

    so maybe Markanen (sp.) and one of Bergeron/Ulanov/Spacek for Belfour.

  4. BeLeaFeR28 says:

    Besides the oilers, here are some other possibilties















  5. 92-93 says:

    1) Leafs trade Antropov and Belfour to Edmonton for Bergeron OR Staios and Conklin.

    (leafs get a young defenceman and will have a tandem of Tellqvist and Conklin in net while Edmonton gets Belfour – who’ll play better behind Edmonton’s D – and Antropov who can play either on the wings or at Centre and is having his best year yet as a pro. Edmonton is also getting rid of Conklin).


    Leafs trade Allison and Klee to Calgary for Jordan Leopold.

    (leafs get another young D-guy while Calgary get a 2nd-line and potential 1st-line Centreman while also getting Klee who would be a solid #5 D-guy).

    some of the reasons why these trades won’t happen:

    1) JFJ just isn’t that smart – these deals are just too good for the leafs considering the implications for this team in the coming seasons (re: a young core of defensmen).

    2) Calgary and Edmonton are both reluctant to take on larger salaries (re: Allison and Belfour)

    the leafs line-up would look pretty good though. the forward lines wouldn’t be to bad considering Lindros’ increased role as a 2nd-line Centre. The D would be improved and the goaltending tandem would be the only big concern (but considering the the improved D, this might cancel out such concerns):





    [Belak, Pohl]




    [Coliacovo, Kronvall]



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