Hockey Trade Rumors – Feb 28, 2011 – Trade Deadline Day

MacArthur likely to stick with Leafs

Ladislav Smid on Blackhawks’ wish list

Sabres acquire Boyes from Blues

Senators likely to be on the move

Brad Richards is willing to waive his no move clause

Liles not going to the leafs

MacArthur likely to stick with Leafs

Clarke MacArthur will likely be a Maple Leaf by the time Monday’s trade deadline passes.

Contract talks are ongoing between the club and MacArthur, who is on a one-year deal, and he would only be traded if the Leafs get an offer that blows away GM Brian Burke. The likelihood of that happening was diminishing as of Sunday night, a source told the Star’s Kevin McGran.

The Leafs are under no pressure to sign MacArthur before 3 p.m and might be content to go to arbitration over the summer with the restricted free agent. They believe they can get the right winger signed for $3 million U.S. a year, perhaps on a two-year deal.–macarthur-likely-to-stick-with-leafs

Ladislav Smid on Blackhawks’ wish list

The Chicago Blackhawks are still keen on acquiring Edmonton Oilers defenceman Ladislav Smid to be in their third defensive pairing for their playoff drive, sources say.

But the Oilers are playing hardball because they have spent five years developing Smid, who came to Edmonton in the July 2006 Chris Pronger trade along with Joffrey Lupul and several draft picks.

Although his play has grown a little stagnant, Oilers brass aren’t crazy about trading Smid — unless the Blackhawks give up one of their high-end prospects.

The Oilers would be keenest on American-born blue-liner Nick Leddy, who went 16th overall in the 2009 NHL entry draft and was Minnesota high school player of the year. Edmonton had him on its short list, but when Magnus Paajarvi became available at No. 10, they grabbed the Swede instead.

Leddy was traded from the Minnesota Wild to Chicago for Cam Barker last season and has been up and down between the Blackhawks (25 games) and their American Hockey League farm club in Rockford, Ill., (22 games) for salary cap purposes. When Leddy and the Blackhawks were here a few weeks ago, Leddy was in their top four, playing ahead of Brian Campbell. He’s on the small side (five-foot-11, 190 pounds) but can really skate. He also can move the puck.

Sabres acquire Boyes from Blues

Brad Boyes has the talent. It’s not luck when a player scores 76 goals in two seasons. The forward just has to rediscover how to use it that often.

He’ll be getting the chance in Buffalo.

The Sabres acquired Boyes from St. Louis late Sunday night, sending the Blues a second-round pick in the June draft. The 28-year-old right winger/center is in sixth season and has one year left on his contract, which has a cap hit of $4 million and a salary of $4.5 million this year and $4 million next year.

“For us, he’s someone that if he can slide into our forward group and contribute offensively, then that’s what we’re looking for,” Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said by phone. “He was one of a few players that we’ve talked about. We were looking for someone that could contribute for the balance of this season and a minimum next season, and given the marketplace at the deadline, he was one of the guys we were looking at.”

Boyes was a scoring machine from 2007 to 2009 with the Blues. He led St. Louis with 43 goals in 2007-08 and was tied with Paul Kariya for the team lead with 65 points. The following season, Boyes led the Blues in goals (33) and points, with a career-high 72.

He dipped to 14 goals and 42 points last season, and he was tied for third on the Blues this year with 41 points (12 goals, 29 assists).

“It’s not just the goals,” Regier said. “I certainly think the goals were there and they’ve dropped off, but it’s also his ability to make plays, his ability to play in and around the net. He’s got very good hands. He sees the ice well, can make plays, and I think that’s probably the shift you see in him statistically this year is probably gone from more goals on one end to setting the goals up on the other side.

Senators likely to be on the move

Here’s a look at who could be wearing a new sweater by the end of today:

Chris Campoli: He’ll be a restricted free agent this summer. For the money he got this season, $1.4 million, he has been an offensive disappointment with only three goals and 11 assists.

Will he be any better at 27, 28 or 29 than he is at 26 or is this as good as it gets? The Senators have probably already answered that question.

Perhaps we’ll find out the answer today.

Filip Kuba: The New York Rangers were interested, but have probably found their answer with Bryan McCabe.

Kuba’s problem is threefold: He’s 34, has had a terrible year (only nine assists and is minus-26) and he has a year left on his contract at $3.7 million.

It’s not difficult to figure out why other GMs haven’t been wearing out Murray’s phone.

Murray will likely have to take back some money to trade Kuba.

Chris Neil: He’s out with a lower-body injury and that will likely hinder the chances of a trade, but he is a valuable commodity: a tough, hard-nosed player.

The question, though, is this: Is he too expensive?

He has two years left on his contract at $2 million a year. Does he bring enough to a team to justify that?

Maybe not. He has only three goals and 12 assists this year. Also, he’s 31 and his style of play is invariably going to lead to more injuries.

These are considerations the Senators have likely already arrived at themselves. Other teams, too.

Brian Lee: He might be the easiest player to get rid of. He can play, he’s young at 23 and he’s cheap at $875,000.

A number of teams have been scouting him and they’ve liked what they’ve seen. The irony is delicious. When the Senators had him sitting in the press box in the first half of the season, they couldn’t get a nibble for him. Now they may be wondering if they should keep him.

Pascal Leclaire: You can’t blame Murray for trying. At the very worst, nothing happens. At best, he gets a draft pick. But no one is going to take the 28-year-old goalie off waivers. Indeed, Leclaire’s injury history has almost certainly ended his NHL career.

For Murray, this is almost as bad as the Dany Heatley fiasco. The Senators paid Leclaire $3.8 and $4.8 million and got close to nothing in return.

Brad Richards is willing to waive his no move clause

Plot thickens. If you’re wondering if Brad Richards is willing to waive his no move clause? Yes, but only one team

Liles not going to the leafs

Source tells @ESPN_Burnside that the Avs have told the Leafs that Liles isn’t moving to them

331 Responses to Hockey Trade Rumors – Feb 28, 2011 – Trade Deadline Day

  1. frankinboltonleafs says:

    If you're gonna sucker a guy with your glove on…don't skate backwards with your hands up sayin' " I was just joking". Just calling it like I saw it.

  2. leafy says:

    Damn that useless Ottawa. Losing to the Rangers just to screw the Leafs.

    Not too worried about Carolina. The team I'm worried about is Buffalo. Their one of those teams that's better than their record, just like I predicted in early January when they were way down in the standings.

  3. albertateams says:

    Although I doubt the Devils can make the playoffs, how crazy good have they been playing 19-2-2 is insane. If they some how squeeze in that would be a crazy hard opponent for Philly. They are 9 points back but have 2 games in hand, they'd have to maintain this crazy pace but what a difference from the beginning of the year

  4. reinjosh says:

    They can probably get in if they continue their torrid pace. Say they go 16 – 2 – 2. That gives them 92 points. Is it enough? Probably (and somehow, I bet it would come at the behest of the Leafs haha). However thats tough for any team to do. 35-4-4? That's a run of lore.

  5. reinjosh says:

    Sorry I meant demise, not behest. Curse you neverending essays messing up my mind.

  6. hockey_lover says:

    Well of course. Toronto IS the center of the universe so why NOT screw with them a bit.

    Nevermind the fact that they got rid of like 7 players before the deadline. Nevermind that they are one point out of dead last. Nevermind that they just came off a tiny win streak and were bound to lose eventually.

    Nope. ONLY lost cause it effected the Leafs. Perfectly plausible scenario.


  7. leafy says:

    Forget Scotty Bowman and Al Arbour. Jacques Lemaire is the most remarkable coach ever.

  8. leafy says:

    Ottawa hates the Leafs. Maybe they didn't lose on purpose. On the other hand, it shouldn't be completely ruled out. haha

  9. leafy says:

    Tonight is a huge test for the Leafs. Screw the points, Chicago is still one of the best teams in the NHL. The Leafs need to bring their "A" game (unlike last Saturday against Pittsburgh).

  10. leafmeister says:

    The Leafs havent brought their A game on a Saturday night since Jan 1st. True story.

  11. toronto77 says:

    Let's compare Burke's first three drafts as leaf GM to JFJ last three season's as GM.


    3rd pick, Dale Mitchell – bust
    4th pick, Matt Frattin – bust
    4th pick, Ben Winnett – bust
    5th pick, Juraj Mikus – developing nicely but probably will be traded before he gets a full time roll with the team, he can't compete with some of the other defenders in the system.
    6th pick, Chris Didominico – traded to chicago
    7th pick, Carl Gunnarsson – best pick of the draft, there will be pressure on him to take over as pucking moving defencemen after Kaberle.

    1st pick, Jiri Tlusty – I think Burke gave up too early on this guy, he was traded to carolina for phillipe paradis who was traded in a package to chicago for versteeg who was traded to philadelphia for a 1st and a 3rd in the 2011 draft. Jiri Tlusty's value sure has travelled.
    2nd pick, Nikolai Kulemin – he is the second best player to come out the second round in that draft next to Milan Lucic. He is on pace for 30 goals this season. What a steal.
    3rd pick, James Reimer – could potentially be our goalie of the future he is the main reason we are close to a playoff spot
    4th pick, Korbinian Holzer – a decent defemcemen but will probably be traded if he can't compete with the other defensive prospects in the system.
    6th pick, Viktor Stalberg – one of the fastest players I have ever seen. Traded to Chicago.
    6th pick, Tyler Ruegsegger – bust
    7th pick, Leo Komarov – bust

    1st pick, Tuukka Rask – amazing goaltender traded to boston, the performance of Reimer sure has made leaf fans forget about this horrible trade.
    3rd pick, Phil Oreskovic – bust
    5th pick, Alex Berry – bust
    6th pick, Johan Dahlberg – bust
    7th pick, Anton Stralman – great puck moving defencemen traded to calgary who was shortly traded to columbus, this could have been one of BB worst trades, do not know why he gave up on him
    7th pick, Chad Rau – bust

    Brian Burke:

    2nd pick, Brad Ross – some say he could be the next Darcy Tucker
    3rd pick, Greg McKegg – going to be a great depth player, could score atleast 20 goals a season
    3rd pick, Sonder Olden
    4th pick, Peter Granberg
    5th pick, Sam Carrick
    5th pick, Daniel Brodin
    7th pick, Josh Nichols

    1st pick, Nazem Kadri – could be a 30 goal scorer
    2nd pick, Kenny Ryan – is developing slowly
    2nd pick, Jesse Blacker – going to be a great puck moving defencemen
    3rd pick, Jamie Devane
    5th pick, Eric Knodel
    6th pick, Jerry D'Amigo – going to be a great depth player, fast legs and could be a 20 goal scorer
    7th pick, Barron Smith – could be a solid shut down defender

    1st pick, Luke Schenn – solid shut down defender
    2nd pick, Jimmy Hayes
    4th pick, Mikhail Stefanovich – traded to Dallas
    5th pick, Greg Pateryn – bust
    5th pick, Joel Champagne – bust
    5th pick, Jerome Flaake – bust
    6th pick, Grant Rollheiser – bust
    7th pick, Andrew MacWilliam – bust

    BB's first draft as GM was decent, but his last two were impressive, he can really but a stamp on this team with this years up coming draft with two first round picks, potentially two second round picks and a third

    Where can I find a list of all of the leafs draft picks for 2011?

  12. leafy says:

    One correction: At the 2008 draft, Fletcher was the GM.

    I hated the Stralman trade from day one. That would be like the Leafs trading Gunnarson today. Why would you trade a skilled young defenceman with upside? Right now he's a fairly reliable no. 3 or 4 defenceman, plays about 20 mins. And cheaper than Komisarek and Finger.

    I also had mixed feelings after the Victor Stalberg trade. That trade could also come back to bite us in the ass, although it hasn't so far. Stalberg has been average so far this year.

  13. hockey_lover says:

    Crazy to think that they didnt bring their "A" game, yet still scored 5 goals and lost in the SO.  THATS how bad Pittsburgh is right now.  Ugh.

  14. hockey_lover says:

    You have WAY too much time on your hands mate lol

  15. hockey_lover says:

    Of course Ottawa hates Toronto, much as Toronto hates Ottawa. But I cant imagine they lost on purpose. Sure, cant be ruled out but .. I dont know. Seems .. WAY unclassy.

  16. glotz_99 says:

    I'm from Windsor so I see Kenny Ryan play alot, and he is actually developing quite well. This year he has 19 goals, 34 assists for 53 points in 56 games. Other than being almost a point per game player, he plays a huge role on the penalty kill, power play, basically every scenario. He scored the game winner against the Knights a couple days ago, and always seems to be scoring those big goals and doing the little things well. Whether or not he can make the jump to the NHL or even the AHL, you never know, but he's been playing pretty good for the Spits. 

    As for Tlusty, I'm glad Burke got rid of him as he still bouncing between the Hurricanes and their AHL affiliate and not putting up great numbers, but at least he hasn't been taking more pictures of his d.ick. 

  17. Leafs_the_word says:

    It would have been interesting had MSLE green light a traditional rebuild for JFJ, he has a good eye for young talent (he did after all trade away quality prospects) and he built his reputation evaluating young players in St.Louis.  Too bad we viciously ran him out of town, I'd rather him left in the organization as a scout than Fletcher as an adviser.

    Nice read, good post.

  18. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    whats puempel rated to go? i always thought he was projected higher close to the top 10 maybe top 5 for some reason?

  19. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    i could see burke going after kaberle in the offseason and resign him without a notrade clause so theres never speculation or deadlines for trading him again, and then that would mean toronto would really stick it too boston in that trade and forsure come out winners after theres alot of people saying they won the kessel trade and the rask trade. I can see him wanting to smoke him in this trade and saying you gave us a first maybe a second and colborone for nothing and we got our defenseman back. I can see it happening

  20. palindrom says:

    good work! Could  be a main news on this site!

  21. HABSSTAR says:

    Ummm what the hell is happening to the Flyers???

  22. Leafs_the_word says:

    They're playing meaningless games against teams playing meaningful games.

    If Kris Versteeg is carrying your scoring you know that your in a nothing game.

  23. HABSSTAR says:

    I'd buy that if it was a game here or there.  But getting hammered by the Rangers?  And with 17 games left in the season?  Seems a bit early to start mailing it in.


    Come on somebody start a new leafs thread already

  25. Leafs_the_word says:

    you know you can write an article right.

  26. Kramer says:

    I don't think it's fair there's no trades after the deadline. Why can't teams make trades in March or April? Now we have to wait 3 months for big trades. Something has to be done. There's too many rules and when there's lots of rules, you get rebellion.

  27. Leafs_the_word says:

    Dave Tippett has an out clause in his contract, Burke would be well served to ask permission to talk to him this summer.

  28. nordiques100 says:

    This site should help

    The Leafs have 2 1sts, Philly and Boston. They trade their own to Boston

    They have their own 2nd
    They have the Flyers 3rd, they traded their own to Chicago

    They have their own 4th and 5th rounders

    They have 3 6th round picks, their own, Edmonton's and Anaheims

    They have 1 7th, their own. Possibly a 2nd if they do not re-sign Aaron Voros whom they acquired from Anaheim for the option to give back the 7th rounder they acquired from the Ducks a little while ago.

    Thats 10 picks, possibly 11 in 7 rounds of drafting. This includes probably 3 picks in the top 4 but all between 25-40.

  29. DannyLeafs says:

    That is why I think evaluating the trade now is necessary, there are way too many variables going forward to figure out who is the winner of the deal.

    What if Seguin struggles for 3 years in Boston, then they do what St. Louis did and move him for whatever they can get while the people still overvalue his draft position.

    What if Seguin moves on, and then breaks out for a 30+ goal 90+ point season? Does that make Boston the winner because the asset they traded for turned out to be the best player? even though he is no longer with the team?

    I think with picks you need to figure out if the values were right based on statistics and not how it all turns out. This gets overanalyzed because the pick ended up being high. We don't do this when a team trades a 2nd for a depth rental for a playoff run, then that 2nd turns out to be a star. Nobody is talking about how Tampa Bay got raped because they traded their 3rd round pick in 2003 (David Backes) for Cory Stillman, or how Edmonton got raped because they traded their first in 2003 (Zach Parise) for the Devils 1st (Marc-Antoine Pouliout), and their 3rd (Jean Francois Jacques).

    Or how about transactions that didn't happen. Is Darcy Reigher the worst GM in hockey because he had the choice between four of Edmonton's firsts (based on how it turned out it would have been Hall, Eberle, Paarjavi, and this year's first, at least 2nd overall) or Thomas Vanek at 7.14 million per season, and he chose Vanek. Essentially, this was the same as making a trade since Vanek had already signed the offer sheet, it was up to Reigher of which he wanted, Vanek or the picks, and he chose Vanek.

    I know that it likely would have turned out different had Vanek been an Oiler, but that is exactly my point. You can't evaluate trades like this based on the way the picks turned out, you have to evaluate them on the value of the assets based on statistical norms.

    I have used this example many times, but if you are the Phoenix Coyotes would you rather have your last 10 first round picks, or 5 players that have Phil Kessel's talent and ability?

    I will also go the other way with it. If all of Boston's pick bust, did they get raped in this deal? The fact is Kessel got traded for about what he is worth. It is nothing more, nothing less. 

  30. reinjosh says:

    This site is gold. It shows who owns what pick, other teams who have owned the pick if the pick was trade and what it was traded for.

  31. mojo19 says:

    Well obviously behind all jokes there is an element of truth, so I really do wonder why you have a hate on for Kadri, although I was totally joking about the racism thing, that was just a joke because you know how some people made a big deal about him being muslim when he was drafted.

    But anyway's, since you're being so defensive about it I'm starting to wonder if I was onto something. Kind of hit a nerve there… Just calling it as I see it.

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