Deadline sets stage for summer intrigue

The trade deadline picked up steam as 3 p.m. ET closed in but some of the biggest names in the rumor mill stayed put. It makes for a slower deadline day but sets up an interesting summer.

Parity had a lot to do with it and Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi points out that part of the issue is teams who would have been sellers in the past believe a real turnaround isn’t far away. The conventional thought this year was the lack of sellers meant the prices were too high. He suggests that the prices weren’t high enough to interest teams like the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders to pass on re-signing their potential unrestricted free agents and spin them off.

“The prices weren’t high enough and teams were saying, ‘Let’s sign him because he’s a good player. He fits in with what we have to do next year,'” Lombardi said. “That was something that was predictable that was going to evolve. Here you are six years into the cap, there’s parity. That’s why you don’t see a lot of juice here.”

243 Responses to Deadline sets stage for summer intrigue

  1. dumbassdoorman says:

    if it was like NHL12 our leafs would still suck, great gamer I am not….lol

  2. toronto77 says:

    Agree 100%

  3. reinjosh says:

    Of course I'll give teh guy a shot. Can I not like the move though? 

    And yeah I was a little hard on the guy last night. Those were my initial thoughts on the deal. I'm still not happy Eakins wasn't given a shot (even if they had gone interim until the AHL season was over) but I'll give Carlyle a shot. 
  4. reinjosh says:

    Unfortunately, I think this signing sealed the fate of Eakins. He's not going to be an AHL coach much longer, especially if he goes to have some success with the Marlies this year. This was the perfect time to add a coach who understood the players, who knew the system and the organization and one who fit the team style almost like a glove. 

    I think this will end up being a mistake. Whether Carlyle doesn't work out (I think this is less likely) or by having Eakins leave and turn out to be the next Boudreau or Bylsma. 
    I'm willing to give Carlyle a shot. I like his track record. But I don't think it was the right choice. 
  5. dumbassdoorman says:

    That is exactly what I was thinking, I mean if we can hold onto Eakins for another season Awesome, however he is said to be on the short list of many teams if a coaching change is required.

  6. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    Getting a # 1 center is top priority, and Lupul plays well with Kessel, consistently too, they're fine together, I don't think Parise would think well with second line minutes, but anyway if it was as easy as NHL 12 oh my record setting stanley cup wins… <3. 

  7. 93killer93 says:

    So the Leafs are bringing in Dave Farrish who was the assistant in Anaheim. How long until the Getzlaf/Ryan rumors come back at full force. 

  8. dumbassdoorman says:

    As hard a s I have been on Ron Wilson I wanna say this, he is a good coach, just not for this team. I believe he will coach again, but teams will be shy for a while his rep has been soiled…..and Josh is right about Eakins, we will regret his depature in the future.

  9. MystifoLeafs says:

    I wish this was NHL 12. Hell I made Kulemin a 50+ goal scorer in that game. 🙂

  10. reinjosh says:

    Well he's said all the right things so far. I've liked how he's handled the media. I'm pleased so far with the way things have gone with the hiring (even though I would have preferred Eakins).

    Also, I apologize to all the non-Leaf fans on here for the mass of comments on this. We do care about your teams too haha. 
  11. Steven_Leafs says:

    that flying W was pretty wicked, damn good thing they scored though. lol

  12. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    leafs should send down gardiner, frattin and crabb so marlies definitely win the cup.

  13. Steven_Leafs says:

    they will when the season is over. It wouldn't really be fair to them or to ticket holders for us to send down our better prospects just to do it.

  14. glotz_99 says:

    Hey am I the only leaf fan on here that thinks Carlyle will make a great head coach for the leafs. He is a veteran coach, who was able to lead a young rebuilding team into the playoffs his 1st year in Anaheim, the conference finals his 2nd and won the cup in his 3rd year. Only mike bab***** has won more postseason games since the lockout. For everyone who thinks eatkins was a better choice look at Ottawa when they hired an ahl coach, clouston.  then they hired a guy who knows how to win in the NHL, Paul Maclean from Detroit and look how he turned it around. If he gets the leafs back into the playoffs you'll be loving the guy in a month. 

  15. TimTheBone says:

    you clearly have not understood a damn thing i said…… you quoted a sentence that i did not say … even if you werent quoting word for word…

    and please go watch the replay again for me …. i know that youre trying to get at the whole defense making the first head man pass thing… but you'll notice that on this particular play… there was no first pass… one man carried the puck from end to end and only made the first pass to the third man in the slot, who then one touched it back , then the first man made another pass cross crease for the goal…. a total of three men who were involved in this play from start to finish…. the fourth and fifth men did absolutely nothing besides skate the length of the ice… no pass… no pick… no distraction… no screen… literally nothing… so i'm sorry but no they had nothing whatsoever to do with this play….

  16. TimTheBone says:

    i agree

  17. JoelLeafs says:

    Uhh, I haven't really noticed too much anti Carlyle chatter. Some rooting for Eakin (seems we'll likely lose him now), but I think most are fine with the replacement. Well, unless you ask LN91… he seems to think he is the only person in the world that wanted Wilson fired. 

  18. JoelLeafs says:

    Encephlization and other brain-to-body ratio measures only apply to mammals.

    And no offence, but one case of anecdotal evidence doesn't really weight in very much against the whole of the scientific consensus. It's sorta akin to saying "it's cold outside today, guess global warming is a myth"
  19. TheLeafNation91 says:

    No…I said, at the time, I was the only one going to give a guy a shot.

  20. Steven_Leafs says:

    I never said that I was right, I merely made a point. Of course I could use your deduction to my favor if I really wanted to (exception to the rule stuff and whatnot).

  21. Steven_Leafs says:

    Those 2 players may have not touched the puck but their presence there is huge. Using a 3 on 1 as an example, if the defender tries to take both of the non-puck carriers then he reduces his coverage on each of them, if he focuses mostly on one of them than the other will be wide open.

    Maybe you can argue that if you took away those 2 players, the Jets would still have scored the exact same way, there is no guarantee they would have.

    Besides no one was saying it was a brilliant Mighty Ducks play that got everyone involved, they just mentioned it was cool. No need to make a big deal out of it.

  22. reinjosh says:

    Yeah, the only one…

  23. JoelLeafs says:

    Steve: thank you for knowing how hockey works. Seems like the above two have a really hard time with it.

  24. JoelLeafs says:

    No worries, like I said I wasn't trying to be a dick. I hear what you're saying, it`s all good, I get your point. 

    Also, LN91 has a vag. 
  25. JoelLeafs says:

    Well, him and 91, I'm sure.

  26. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Cool story bro.

  27. Steven_Leafs says:

    dammit, I'll never get those dirty dirty thoughts about LN91's vagina out of my head. thanks a lot. lol


  28. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I mean Carlyle. Granted, many people are unsure of the decision, but I'm atleast going to give the guya  chance.

    You guys were all upset that it was not given to Eakins, and some even mentioned it was a dumb move and suggested he's not that good of a coach.

    Geese, the guy has more cups then Toronto does in the last 50 years…

  29. Steven_Leafs says:

    haha thanks, I try to be knowledgeable. 

  30. TheLeafNation91 says:

    That's…Juust creepy.

  31. TimTheBone says:

    well i'm really not trying to make a deal out of it… Joel just seemed to think that a smart a$$ comment to try and belittle me was a msart thing to write… thats fine i like i said i don't care about his opinion of things besides hockey.. i'm here to talk hockey…

    I could argue many different scenarios of this p[lay sure… many different outcomes could happen… "what ifs" are always fun but what i'm getting at is this play had nothing to do with the fourth and fifth man in on the rush… they did not affect the play in any way shape or form… no defender was focusing attention on them,… no one was trying to take out the second and third trailers….you had one backchecker fairly close to the third man…. the lone defenseman was playing a typical 3vs1….

    yeah it looked cool having all five guys rushing forward but as in my main point media outlets were playing it off like it was a play of the year candidate when essentially it was a simple 3vs1 that happens quite often…

    Oh and the presence of those guys (4th and 5th men in) wasn't big at all in this particvular play…. they had nothing to do with it….nothing…

    and i wasnt attacking people opinion of the play on here…. i was saying that the media folk were making a big deal of it…

    I really hope i'm clearing my thoughts out for you….. I realize that Joel is just hard headed and thinks anyone with a different thought than him is wrong….

  32. TimTheBone says:

    simply insulting someones post and not trying to articulate your view just shows your colors…..

    try to understand my point instead of just being simple minded instead….

  33. reinjosh says:

    I seriously question your simple reading skills. 

    In my first comment I mentioned how I didn't like the decision, but come the morning I would fully be ready to give him a shot. Then I posted another comment, saying how he's doing all the right things and making me comfortable.
    I never once intimated, inferred, or explicitly said that I wouldn't give him a shot. Just that I would have preferred to have Eakins (and after hearing Burke's reason's for not hiring him, I actually totally agree on hiring Carlyle). You can disagree with a decision and still give it a shot. 
    But continue to think you were the only one…
  34. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I'm not saying you…I said a fair amount.

    I would like to hire Eakins as well, but putting a rookie coach in a messed up situation can cause a major disaster.

    Saying you prefer someone else is inferring you do not like the decision and are already putting Carlyle in a negative situation.

    Come on, you were the one that taught me about being positive about every situation, so do it!!!

  35. reinjosh says:

    I agree with that reasoning. It's solid.

    And no it's not. You can disagree with a decision and still give it a shot. I don't even think most people disagreed with the decision. They just preferred to have Eakins. That didn't happen so whatever. I would bet almost everyone who said they wished Eakins was hired, have no problem with Carlyle, but rather don't want to lose Eakins.
    That's what my problem with it was, that I thought Eakins would be a better fit for this team. I still mentioned I'd give him a shot. I've already liked what I've seen from Carlyle and he's already winning me over, and it's been less that 48 hours lol.
    And the world really is ending if your telling me about being positive lol. 
  36. JoelLeafs says:

    Nope just you lately. There was a time when you had something to say, and it was nice. Now you seem to rotate between: "I'm so right, I called everything" "Leafs sucks, leafs suck leafs suck" and "everyone said this, but they were wrong"

    Trolling is trying to evoke a negative or confused/angry response out of others for your own amusement. You seem to do this more than contribute to the dialogue. 
    Yes, we often disagree, but what bugs me is your arrogance, self-righteousness, and inability to respond to what was actually posted. 
    Tim, you're no troll, not sure where you got that idea from. 
  37. JoelLeafs says:

    I just enjoyed seeing the flying W. I'm sorry that you disprove of the media pointing out an interesting play that very rarely happens. 

    Frankly, they are professional athletes, I think they knew what they were doing and if it was such a bad idea to bring the D up, they wouldn't have done it. The result was a goal, and a cool looking one, if you ask me. 
  38. TimTheBone says:

    I didn't dispute the fact the goal was a nice one… It was… very nice play by any standard….. I just hate when Media latch onto such a miniscule aspect of something like this… it happens quite alot in MTL with the media here… and it annoys me to no end…

    Yeah sure you don't see 5 vs 1 very much if at all…. but when you strip the play down for what it was … like i said it becomes a simple 3 vs 1 the next5/6 players behind the play are now out of the action and don't change anything one way or the other….

    Again yeah its cool to look at and if that 4th or 5th guy had recieved a pass and passed it on himself i probably wouldn't have anything to say other than that was cool…. but it's just blown away by media outlets and made into such a grandiose thing… I guess it's their job to create excitement and/or controversy but sometimes i wish some people would ease up

  39. TimTheBone says:

    I misinterpreted things…. my bad

  40. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I know…Were screwed.

  41. mojo19 says:

    Wait, wait…. did TheLeafNation91 just call someone ELSE creepy? Haha, from mr.Private message himself. Too funny.

  42. mojo19 says:

    I wanted Carlyle all along. Let Eakins keep grooming the kids, he's doing a great job. Why steal from our farm system to feed the big, broken machine? 

    If we lose Eakins to another team at some point, so be it. He's not the next Scotty Bowman. He's a good coach who deserves a shot, and at some point will probably get one. Not a big deal. As of right now, we have both, so enjoy it.

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