On Sunday, the moving truck loaded up and moved out six Toronto players while their Maple Leafs teammates watched in disbelief.

Two trades, ten players, and the promise of more to come, and if the pieces of the plan continue to fall into place, there will be more dealing.

Alexei Ponikarovsky survived the first trade tsunami, but its unlikely he’ll be able to dodge the next wave.
Like Hagman and White before him, Ponikarovsky attracts a lot of attention from teams interested in his size and offensive ability, and although he wasn’t needed to swing either of the weekends trades, it is very likely he will be used to beef up Toronto’s draft cupboard.

Veteran defenceman, Garnet Exelby’s and shifty forward, Lee Stempniak’s names can also be found in the out-box, however if Burke is able to move both, neither is expected to fetch the same return.

For Ponikarovsky, at worst, the Leafs are hoping for a second round draft pick.

Like Ponikarovsky, Stempniak and Exelby are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents this summer, however both still carry hefty tickets. Stempniak is making $3.5 million this season ($2.5 cap hit), while Exelby is on the books for $1.7 ($1.39 cap hit), so moving these players isn’t a simple process.

NHL sources say the Edmonton Oilers are pushing hard to move out bodies, but Oilers GM Steve Tambellini hasn’t reached a point of desparation where he’s willing to sweeten the pot to make a deal.

For example, the Maple Leafs would likely move either Exelby or Stempniak for Oilers captain Ethan Moreau, if Edmonton throws in a draft pick to soothe the pain of swallowing Moreau’s contract which includes another year at $1.75 million and a $2 million cap hit.



  1. ChyldProdigy says:

    I would do that move for no less than a 2nd rounder, which I doubt they will give because it is likely to be a very early 2nd.  2M isn't that much to eat really, so if I were them I'd keep Moreau and the pick.
    He certainly would be a so-called 'Burke type' player, but too old and slow for my liking.

  2. TimTheBone says:

    i also heard the Habs are talking with the oilers… that same rumor that eklund dished out… maybe this is one of few eklund rumors hes heard right about

  3. Magleaf says:

    why do we want Moreau?

    if we do this how bout we give them poni to and take taylor hall from them haha 

    dont worry that was a joke

  4. JoelJoel says:

    This is a stupid rumor. Both teams suck and need to improve. Neither will likely give up any picks (unless there were some to come in return). Any trades would be simple tweaks to the roster. Edmonton seems poised to blow up the team, and Toronto seems content landing big name players and growing from within. I would be very very surprised to see the Leafs and the Oilers dealing with each other at all.

    Why the fƱck would the leafs want Moreau?

  5. leafmeister says:

    Stempniak for Moreau and a 2nd would be the only thing I would accept. That 2nd looks like 31st overall, so I doubt Edmonton would do that. So I doubt this happens. Unless Burke is willing to accept a lesser pick. Moreau might be a decent fit on a 3rd line.

  6. dumbassdoorman says:

    I don't see either team, or certain persons on each looking to help each other….or in this case the leafs via that purposed trade. who knows though anything can happen, right?

  7. bbruins37 says:

    kovalchuk gone in the next couple days. ive heard some reports that the thrashers are letting people negotiate, and some that they arent. if they are, that return is going to be astronomical.

  8. leafmeister says:

    I can't wait to see what he will fetch.

  9. glotz_99 says:

    Stempniak for Ethan Moreau and a 2nd rd pick


    Exelby for Ethan Moreau and a 3rd rd pick

    I would make either one of those trades, Moreau is just a cap dump ( 2 mil for 1 more season) and Leafs are better off getting draft picks from Edmonton than any other team.  It's kinda like the Primeau trade from last year.

  10. cam7777 says:

    This is pretty much the exact same thing I suggested the Leafs do with New Jersey.  Stempniak for Pandolfo and a 2nd.  Except, it actually makes sense with the Devils, because they would be far more willing to spend their picks, being that they are 2nd in the Eastern Conference, and not last in the league. 

    Salary deals like this don't have to be done now.  Maybe they do salary deals with Stempniak and Exelby involved, but there's no rush to get guys like Moreau.  I think I would only do these trades with guys that you have no problem dumping in the minors (Nilsson, Pandolfo, Preissing, Sopel, Koistinen).  The Leafs could probably take picks back for all of these guys in summer in exchange for prospects they don't intend to keep around (Brent, Gilati, etc…).  But guys like Moreau, captain type players, don't deserve to just be dumped in the minors.

  11. nordiques100 says:

    the oilers are in absolute cap hell.

    they have 14 players signed and 45 mil committed.

    they'd have just 11 mil or so in cap space to re-sign:


    granted, some of those guys may come really cheap or be cut altogether.

    but grebeshkov made over 3 mil and is a threat to go overseas.

    brule has been one of their better players. he should get an ok raise. gagner and cogliano havent done well, but will likely get more guaranteed base money.

    so something has to give. re-signing all these players will cost them over 11 mil and they're still going to have to

    a) include players like eberle, their top draft pick, perhaps another prospect or two.
    b) improve the overall team that's likely set to finish in the bottom 3.

    so no doubt the team would love some expiring contracts for whatever they could give up in terms of players with some expensive deals.

    souray is out. he was almost going to be moved but may not be ready to play til after the deadline. that may hurt his value/chance to move

    vishnovsky is a 5.6 mil hit for 3 more years, but worse is horcoff at 5.5 for FIVE more years!

    likely on the go then since these 3 are too pricey or too hurt are:

    osullivan – 2.9 mil
    nilsson – 2 mil
    moreau – 2 mil
    staios – 2.7 mil

    their departures would open almost 10 mil in cap space. if they magically found a taker still for souray and vish, that would be a miracle.

  12. mojo19 says:

    Ken Hitchrock fired by Jackets.

    Now we just simply fire Ron Wilson, and hire Hitch. Could wait til the summer (at the latest cuz Hitch will get scooped up).

    Hitch is the defensive oriented coach this team needs. A team that is defense heavy needs a defensive minded coach. Look at what Tippett has done in Phoenix.

  13. cam7777 says:

    It's Burke that demands the team not play defensively.  It's one of his three principles for running the team, that they play a high-tempo, offensive style in order to justify the price of admission.

  14. cam7777 says:

    The team is just going to have to come to terms with having Horcoff around for a few more years.  No one is going to take that contract, even if he has a solid season next year.  He might be an ideal center for Hall and Eberle though – he is extremely fast if nothing else.

    Someone will give up a failed, or project prospect to put Staios in the lineup for a year.  To get rid of Nilsson, they will have to surrender a pick to someone, and take back nothing of value.  Moreau should net a return of some kind – a 4th or 5th rounder if nothing else (or maybe you include someone like stone, polutny, dubny, in order to off-set the 2 million dollars).

    What do you think of this for the Oilers:

    To EDM: Cristobal Huet, Akim Aliu, 2nd in 2011
    To CHI: Nikolai Khabbibulin

    The Hawks save almost 2 million in cap-space moving forward, for a goalie they are likely far more comfortable with.  Let's face it, the only reason they didn't keep Khabby is because they were stuck with Huet.  On top of that, Bulin's injury history is actually a plus for the Hawks, who are comfortable with Niemi, and would gladly replace that salary with Crawford's for long stretches of the year.

    I don't think they should rush to change their defense.  Souray is always hurt, but why bother trading him while his value is down?  The team isn't going to turn it around in one season, so why even bother with the complete flip?  Keep Souray till next year's deadline, when hopefully his value will improve.  Try to package, Gagner, Cogliano and O'Sullivan to make 1 top line center (Brad Richards? Nathan Horton? Jason Spezza?  Jeff Carter? Lecavalier?).  Problem is that most of those centers have NTC's and likely wouldn't lift them for Edmonton.

    I wouldn't be shy with any other assets though.  The future is Hall, Eberle, PaarjarviSvensson, Gilbert; possibly Hemsky and Penner, and unfortuneatly Shawn Horcoff.  To sum it all up – I think the organization can afford to bury Nilson, Moreau and Staios if need be.  They don't need to rush moves for Souray and Visnovsky.  Horcoff is unmoveable.  Only their prospects, Penner, and Hemsky should be untouchable (and even then, only sort of).

  15. leafy says:

    I'm with you 100%. I've never been a Wilson fan. I'm not saying he's a bad coach but he strikes me as such a prick, unless he's completely different behind closed doors.

    I'm not one to defend the media but aren't people growing tired of his constant paranoid rants with the media?  Most of the time it's totally out of the blue and uncalled for.

    Re Hitch, I was really disappointed when we missed him the last time after he left Philly. Just bad timing.

  16. mojo19 says:

    Another positive about JS Giguere: He's 2nd all-time (tied with Brodeur) in Overtime wins. Giggy and Marty have 45 OT wins each, Luongo is 1st at 49. OT is the Leafs worst situation, just saying….

  17. mojo19 says:

    Only 6 active NHL coaches have Stanley Cup rings. (would be 7 but Noel is now in for Hitch) Which means a cup eludes 24 of the active NHL coaches.

    Here are the 6 who have won:

    Mike Babclock, Dan Byslma, John Tortorella, Randy Carlyle, Jacques Lemaire, and Marc Crawford.

  18. mojo19 says:

    Make that 7. Laviolette is back, forgot.

  19. redlight2424 says:

    I think atlanta is stupid not to let teams negotiate with kovy they would get more return from a team if that team would sign him for a long time.

  20. leafy says:

    Still no Cup for Pat Quinn. Oh so close in 1980 and 1994.

  21. leafy says:

    It's incredible Luongo is first considering he spent all those years in Florida.

    Importantly Giguere and Phaneuf bring credibility to the Leafs. I'll bet everyone is more relaxed and confident since their arrival.  Now next step, need to get some top 6 forwards. Probably this summer.

  22. cam7777 says:

    Deadline Moves:

    To LAK: Garnet Exelby
    To TOR: 3rd in 2010

    To NSH: Alex Ponikarovsky, 3rd in 2010 (LAK)
    To TOR: Jonathan Blum

    To BUF: Lee Stempniak
    To TOR: 2nd in 2010

    Plus I expect Burke to make a salary dump trade or two, bringing in veterans like Preissing, Sopel, Koistinen or Pandolfo, and take back a pick in exchange for his troubles.  Going the other way would be prospects the organization has lost interest in (ie. Tim Brent).

    Leadng up to Free Agency:

    To Phoenix: Mikhail Grabovski
    To San Jose: Peter Mueller, 2nd in 2011 (TOR), rights to Jimmy Hayes
    To Toronto: Joe Pavelski

    To Anaheim: Tomas Kaberle
    To Toronto: Bobby Ryan

    On July 1st / Summer Time:

    -sign Alex Ponikarovsky, 4 years, 12 million
    -waive Jeff Finger; re-assign to Marlies (AHL)
    (do the same with any other salary dumps)

    Alex Ponikarovsky (3.0) – Joe Pavelski (3.8) – Phil Kessel (5.4)
    Nikolai Kulemin (2.25) – Nazem Kadri (1.75) – Bobby Ryan (5.0)
    Viktor Stalberg (0.85) – Tyler Bozak (3.725) – Fredrik Sjostrom (0.75)
    Wayne Primeau (0.85) – Chris Hanson (0.975) – Colton Orr (1.0)

    Dion Phaneuf (6.5) – Francois Beauchemin (3.8)
    Mike Komisarek (4.5) – Jonathan Blum (0.942)
    Carl Gunnarsson (0.8) – Luke Schenn (2.975)

    J.S. Giguere (6.0) – Jonas Gustavsson (1.8)

    CAP HIT – 57.667 million
    (including the 1 million dollar Darcy Tucker buyout)

    It appears to be over the cap, but really, we have so much money tied up in bonuses, we would end up being significantly under the cap.  As long as Wilson can turn Bozak into a solid 2-way center, and make Stalberg either a solid checking line winger, or a decent top six scoring winger, then I think the rest of that team is pretty set.

  23. cam7777 says:

    Hopefully that lineup would have us competing for a playoff spot,  And then next summer (2011), days before free agency:

    To WSH: Viktor Stalberg
    To TOR: rights to Alex Semin, 2nd in 2011, 5th in 2012
    (assuming Stalberg has a good year next year)

    To PIT: Francois Beauchemin, Tyler Bozak
    To TOR: Jordan Staal

    -resign J.S. Giguere, 2 years, 8 million
    -resign Luke Schenn, 5 years, 15 million
    -resign Carl Gunnarsson, 2 years, 2.8 million
    -resign Fredrik Sjostrom, 3 years, 3 million

    Alexander Semin (6.25) – Joe Pavelski (3.8) – Phil Kessel (5.4)
    Nikolai Kulemin (2.25) – Nazem Kadri (1.75) – Bobby Ryan (5.0)
    Alex Ponikarovsky (3.0) – Jordan Staal (4.0) – Fredrik Sjostrom (1.0)
    Wayne Primeau (0.85) – Chris Hanson (0.975) – Colton Orr (1.0)

    Dion Phaneuf (6.5) – Luke Schenn (3.0)
    Mike Komisarek (4.5) – Jonathan Blum (0.942)
    Carl Gunnarsson (1.4) – Keith Aulie (0.733)

    J.S. Giguere (4.0) – Jonas Gustavsson (1.8)

    CAP HIT – 59.15 million

    Cap would have to rise about 2 and a half million, but I think we can count on some kind of increase by then.  Point is, we have the assets in place now, to put together a pretty stellar team in 2-3 years time. By the 2011 or 2012 season, we could be back in a position to be shopping for rental players.  Although, in my situation, we'd be shopping, ironically, for someone like Kaberle….

  24. dumbassdoorman says:

    Always enjoy reading your well thought out trade ideas…..not sure about the three teamer though. First three team trades can be hard to make, next not sure Phx would want to take on that much salary. Especially if ownship isn't sorted out by then. I would love Ryan, however I do not think we Ducks only trading partner. Chitown has cap problems and if they could get Campbell plus plus we might be out of luck? Like the resigns and line make ups though. Time will tell I guess…..here's hoping!!! Plus I still think Poni ends up in Pitt and Kabby with the Panthers…..just a hunch though……lol.

  25. Do_U_BeLeaf says:

    Why not just trade Poni stright up for Crosby, I think your a little off on these trades.

  26. cam7777 says:

    ha, like what?  you can't drop massive criticism like that and then not explain.

  27. cam7777 says:

    I think that one person willing to spend a King's ransom on Kaberle is Joe Neuwyndyk in Dallas.  I think that he has talked to Burke, expressed his interest, and that is why Burke is not concerned at all about making the move at the deadline – he must know he has a solid offer on the table from the stars.  if the Ducks don't want Kaberle straight up, they can have whatever Dallas is offering (probably Benn, Niskanen/Grossman, and a 1st), and we can add to that if need be.  The point is that the values aren't far off.

  28. cam7777 says:

    Oh, I suspect you're not understanding the Stalberg/Semin thing.  Well, Semin is going to be an unrestricted free agent next summer, but Washington will keep him until after the playoffs, and then try to trade his rights.  His rights aren't nearly as valuable as a contract for him would be.  Assuming Stalberg becomes a decent NHL'er next year, he could easily be worth a 2nd.  He's young, cheap, and fast as hell – built for the new NHL.

  29. glotz_99 says:

    Good trades, I hate to burst you bubble but Bobby Ryan is going to get locked up to a long term deal in the offseason or sooner, especially after the season he is having this year.

    I hear Atlanta is shopping around Colby Armstrong and Columbus Raffi Torres, I'm not suggested we go after them know, but what do you think about signing them in the off season, we could use some help up front.

    Hey ya know Burke is allowed to sign players that are other than American. hahaha j/k

  30. cam7777 says:

    Well, I don't know if you haven't heard, but Ryan is not negotiating with Anaheim as of right now.   It sounds like he is going to test his unrestricted free agency.  If that's the case, dealing him for something that can help their team now is probably better for Anaheim.  They have a very deep pool of prospects (Mitera, Palmieri, Gardiner, Sbisa, Mikkelson, Holland, and of course, they have two first round picks this year as well), and have everything you could ask for as far as an established core up front – this is not a team interested in letting Ryan for draft picks.

    Also, Ryan's actually had a less impactful season than last year.  He has put up very good numbers, but most followers of the Ducks (myself included) will tell you that Ryan's play is as much a benefit of having Getzlaf as his center as anything else.  And that is precisely the problem with the negotiations – Ryan thinks he's legit, and management thinks his numbers are inflated by his teammates.  I guarantee you that if Burke has any interest in Pavelski and Ryan, that Kessel will be speaking to them all throughout the Olympics.

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