Is Tellqvist finally going to be traded?

The Tennessean reported that there were two Maple leafs scouts in attendence at recent Predators games. With Vokoun out 6 weeks with a hand injury its believed Nashville is shopping for an affordable temporary back up to Chris Mason and Mikael Tellqvist would certainly fit.

What kind of return could the leafs expect. One would think nothing more than a draft pick but then why would they send scouts to Nashville? Maybe its J-S Aubin who’s being traded with a guy like Josef Vasicek (1 g, 0 a, -5 this season) coming in return. He hasn’t been a great fit for Nashville and played 5 seasons for Paul Maurice. Speculation on my part, but a deal like this could make sense.

52 Responses to Is Tellqvist finally going to be traded?

  1. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    i've heard is more likely to be telly to phoenix right now. The coyotes want a short term backup. I expect them to go for a big name in the offseason, like Nabokov of Giguere

  2. Uncleben says:

    I can actually see this happening, but despite working with Maurice for 5 seasons, I don't know how he'd fit with the team itself… personally I'd like to see Hartnell go.

  3. habswinthecup-again says:

     You are not going to get Hartnell for Tellqvist.

  4. leaflova says:

    I dont think its just gonna be telqvist, i wouldnt be surprised to see steen gone also. Maurice benched him during the whole 3rd period beacause he can't score and well the only goal he got wasn't even nice, heck it was kind of a fluke, im gonna be honest im not gonna miss steen if he goes and i also wont miss telly

  5. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    i'd like to see the leafs look at some of Nashvilles younger talent. Maybe Tellqvist for Franson or shafigulin.

  6. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    i dont think either player is worthmuch

  7. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    steens value is… zero. keep the guy. give him rehabilitation stints and stuff like that.

  8. 92-93 says:

    i dont think he ever said 'Tellqvist for Hartnell.' that is an assumption on your part. he didnt make an official trade proposal and i would think that most people would be adding other players and draft picks if they were to propose a Telly-Hartnell deal.

  9. 92-93 says:

    i am CERTAIN that steen isnt apart of ANY deal right now.

    see? its this kind of talk that gives me an idea of just how fickle some Toronto fans are … Steen struggles at the start of the year … and just played his 100th game in the NHL … and leaf fans think that he'll be dealt.
    give me a break.

  10. 92-93 says:

    zero eh?

    again, give me a break.

  11. mojo19 says:

    Beleive me, Steen's not going anywhere, if he was, Pronger would be a Leaf right now.

  12. 92-93 says:

    how many posts do you think there are going to be on this thread from people who say 'they won't get anything for Tellqvist because he is useless blah blah blah.'

    my prediction, at least 10.

  13. 92-93 says:

    well people seem to forget that a very good GM in Kevin Lowe wanted Steen and Kaberle for Pronger. it should say a lot about Steen's value. Also, Maurice has said on many occassions that he is very impressed with Steen and thinks he is going to be a star. he is just going through some inexperience issues right now.

    -22 years old.
    -51 pts in 100 games.
    -coming off a solid rookie campagin and suffering from the sophmore jinx (which, i guess, no one in the history of sport has ever suffered)
    -is being criticized by Maurice for being too defensive minded
    -is usually on a checking line with Peca guarding the other teams' best players.

    i am just amazed at how people are writing this kid off right now. THANKFULLY, these people are not GMing for the leafs.

  14. ranger_fan says:

    Tellqvist could be placed on waivers and no one would even pick him up. He is damaged goods and a liability to any goal crease

  15. Garny says:

    I'll take Tellqvist….he played pretty solid in his only start this year…yes  he's a career backup with a pretty good salary so i would take him….not that montreal is going to bid for him but hes provving he is gonig to be a dependable backup….those games last year weren't all his fault the team in front of him was in disarray and as for Steen….just wait he will blossum(don't trade him because it will bite you in the ass down the road)

  16. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    trade value is zero

    value to the leafs is high.

  17. DJTOKid says:

    I think just a draft would be great for Tellqvist, free up a little bit of cap room to use at the trade deadline. Try to get a 2nd or 3rd round pick, and then go after what you need at the trade deadline. Maybe Forsberg, Datsyuk, or Tkachuk could all be possibilities and great fits to make a run at it all. Assuming the leafs keep up the good play and are fighting for the playoffs.

    Whatever happens Vasicek for one of the goalies wouldn't be the best of deals I would think.

  18. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Goaltenders in the new nhl not named brodeur and Kippersoff tend to be increadibly streaky. Having said that, for the moment Aubin's trade value is higher than tellqvist. Nashville has 2 very good goaltenders, so when picking a third string guy, they'll take the one that comes cheapest. Suggesting Tellqvist will be traded.

    A few weeks ago, scouts from a few teams watched a Colorado Nashville game. And now, leaf pro scouts are watching another nashville game. Suggesting Nashville may have a few plyers they are trying to move.

    trading tellqvist would be a move be ferguson to open up roster space and not risk losing a good young player (like harrison). Nashville would never trade any roster player for a third string goalie who is likely to play no more than 3 games all season. Therefore, one might assume that tellqvist and another leaf roster player will be traded for a Nashville player. The Preds are stacked with many young forwards, while the leafs are blessed with many young defencemen. The preds also have a hole in their defence core. Greg Zanon is currently the number 6 defenceman, but (and nashville fans can correct me) i've heard he's getting very little icetime. possible trades may look like this.

    To Nashville: Tellqvist, Bell
    To Toronto: Vasicek

    To Nashville: Tellqvist, belak
    To Toronto: Tootoo

  19. mojo19 says:

    Tootoo is useless and so is Belak, but I guess both those trades look interesting.

  20. PhanufRoxs says:

    I wouldn't be suprised if Telly goes to Vancouver, because of Sabourin's very poor play in the few starts he has gotten this year.

    To Vancouver: Tellqvist, Tucker, Bell
    To Toronto: Morrison, Edler, Cooke, 1st rounder

    Vancouver would get  a better deal, but I don't think Tucker will resign, so he would only be good for the rest of the season, and all the GM's overate Mo

  21. 92-93 says:

    you are saying that because Steen is off to a slow start in just his 2nd year in the NHL that his trade value is low?

    no. youre dead wrong there. sorry.

    There are a lot of GMs that would love Steen (lowe was the latest example in the offseason but there are many more out there).

  22. 92-93 says:

    … i mean really think about it.

    its a cap era. 44 million. and you have a guy like Steen, with a huge upside and future in the NHL, making 700K and will be easily qualified in the offseason. he would bring a decent return, as would Wellwood or Stajan.

  23. 92-93 says:

    I wouldnt throw Bell in that first deal. and if the leafs did do that, they might as well add in a high draft pick as well and go for Hartnell or Upshall.

  24. 92-93 says:


    the focus here, and youre focus, started out with Tellqvist and then it balooned outside of reality and included larger names.

    that is to be expected on a site like HTR. still, the Leafs won't be dealing Tucker until the deadline. Telly is a guy that could/should be traded now. And the trade you propose, Toronto is DEFINITELY getting the better deal with Morrison, Cooke AND a 1st rounder.

    but, it all breaks down with the fact that the leafs
    a) don't have many solid wingers in their organization (or, at least not many that are NHL ready)
    b) they have way too many centres (i.e. they dont need Morrison).

  25. thatleafsguy says:

    I have been away for a while, but 92-93 it sounds like you are about to burst a capillary having read this entire thread. Is HTR wearing you down? LoL

    Breath buddy, breath!

  26. thatleafsguy says:

    Tellqvist, Harrison for Hartnell

  27. thatleafsguy says:

    Yeah, I'm sure we are going to give you Tucker and Bell for an over paid and over rated centre, a plugger thats not worth his 1.5 million dollar contract an unknown prospect and a 1st rounder, when we have a winning team chalked full of centres already and the potential to do some damage in the playoffs. Why you would think that Toronto would make a deal knowing that Vancouver gets the better end of it is beyond my understanding of human nature and its battle with intelligence or lack there of.

    Congrats on waking up a sleeping giant.

  28. jody200411 says:

    LOL!!!! Go back to bed buddy. Harrison is on waivers if anybody wants him, and Tellqvist is less valuable than my fart that I just let go. hahah why are some (not all) Leaf fans so dumb anyways? Hey why not give the Habs these two guys for Patrick Traverse. Tellqvist would make for a Nice backup with our ECHL team.

  29. Stuv_Dogg says:

    Simple-minded Habs fans shining through again.

    The reason why nobody is picking up Harrison is because they would have to keep him with the NHL club for a full year or waive him again if they wanted to send him down to the minors.  So, simpy, it's not as cut and dry as you might suggest.  But, I can understand if you don't think about all these details because your little head hurts when you do.

    And isn't it ironic that you'd ask why some Leaf fans are dumb when your insight into Telly is summed up by, "Tellqvist is less valuable than my fart that I just let go"?  Way to show a keen mind for the game and adult discussion, but what more can we really expect from a Habs fan?

  30. 92-93 says:

    you know you are totally right.

    i was just having a bad day yesterday and then made the mistake of clicking on the HTR site in a bad mood.

    where's that paper bag? (they should have an emoticon that has some guy breathing into a paper bag, that would help, symbolically at least).

  31. 92-93 says:

    I am going to have to say ‘ouch’ for jody200411. shot down big time. as for Telly being ‘worthless,’ there’s not much to respond to. anyone who knows anything about the game knows that is not true. even the dumbest reporters and hockey journalists out there are not as some of the more dumb guys on this site. which is to be expected i guess.

  32. jody200411 says:

    "The reason why nobody is picking up Harrison is because they would have to keep him with the NHL club for a full year or waive him again if they wanted to send him down to the minors"

    EXACTLY… because nobody wants Harrison in their lineup for a full year. If they did, they'd be willing to depart with a defenseman, just to make room for him. And yes, Telly is useless. He has been touted as the goaltender to replace Cujo, then hes the goaltender to replace Belfour, bla bla bla…. The guy can't even make a team where "red-light" raycroft, who likes to allow 4+ goals per game is starting. Somewhere in the distance I can hear the faint laughter of the Boston Bruins who have received one of the best goaltender prospects in the league. And please dont fire back with a "Raycroft is on the allstar ballot" comment because you as well as I, know he shouldnt be there! Honestly, I think that Aubin is a pretty good goaltender and should be starting for this team.

    "but what more can we really expect from a Habs fan?"

    Im not a Habs fan I was refering to Patrick Traverse because he sucks. However, I like the Habs MUCH better than the Leaves, that seem to fall in the winter every year these days. Im a Red Wings fan by the way. Yes, twice the team that Toronto will ever be.

    Oh, and seriously…. Would you trade Hartnell for Tellqvist and Harrison? I dont think so, thats all im getting at.

  33. jody200411 says:

    **See coment at 12:55:46 EST**

    How was I shot down there Bud? Or do you just think that way because youre both Leaf fans….. "duuuuuhh we have to stick together. No other fans have went so long without a cup.. Duhhhh"

    Telly is not worthless? HAHA! youd never say that by looking at your starter.

    By the way, what does 92-93 stand for, your birthdate?? Or is it the last time a Canadian team won the cup? Which was the Habs

  34. jody200411 says:

    **See coment at 12:55:46 EST**

    How was I shot down there Bud? Or do you just think that way because youre both Leaf fans….. "duuuuuhh we have to stick together. No other fans have went so long without a cup.. Duhhhh"

    Telly is not worthless? HAHA! youd never say that by looking at your starter.

    By the way, what does 92-93 stand for, your birthdate?? Or is it the last time a Canadian team won the cup? Which was the Habs

  35. 92-93 says:

    here is a more diplomatic answer for you.

    i think the leafs can help Steen get out of his offensive funk and part with his overly defensive consciousness by doing two things:

    1) put him on the right side or left side of Mats with either Poni or Wellwood. Steen would then be more susceptible to go towards the net and shoot the puck more and knock in a few easy ones to get his confidence back.

    2) put him on the 2nd PP unit and play that PP unit more often (along with Stajan or Antropov or Poni and O'Neill). Last year he got time on the PP and scored 9 PP goals. this year he is not getting as much.

    i think once he gets a few goals, he'll be fine and start doing the more 'reckless' things that he did last year. Defensively, he is playing better than he did last year and his positioning is better too. but that is because of being on the checking line with Peca. he has to now bridge that part of his game with the part that was more opportunistic in the offensive end last year.

  36. 92-93 says:

    what is wrong with you dude?

    Raycroft has a GAA close 2.00 and a Save Percentage above .900 … but you'll simply ignore that and say that he gives up 4 goals a game.


    Telly is a .500 goaltender with a GAA around 3.00 who was barely given a shot behind a poor team last year. Stats and circumstances that many GMs wouldnt mind having as an option for 500K a year. but you'll ignore that.


    then you try to simply dismiss my opinions as simply adhering to the brotherhood with other leaf fans … and yet i disagree constantly with many leaf fans on this site. but you ignore that fact too.


    and then you neglect to recognize the symboilic importance of 1992-1993 to the Leafs franchise, a year that represented a return to contention after nearly a quarter century under Harold Ballard. so you don't read the history books or understand symbolism.


    you just continue to be loud, stupid, and proud while i'll continue to be more subtle and understand that not everything is black and white. you continue to bash the leafs because they are the toronto maple leafs (nothing sounds so stupid as that), while i'll continue to critique my team when it is necessary and try to have an unbiased and realistic view of its players.

  37. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    oh boy. keep the toilet jokes to yourself. tellqvest is a cheap reliable backup. but not worth hartnell. (not that i'd want him)

  38. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    oh boy.

    grow up. he's sticking up for his fellow mature human being.

  39. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    i say, trade one dumb d-man, for a dumb young forward. We can play the forward 2 minutes a game, but its harder to play a d-man 2 minutes a game. And i think Tootoo can be sent to the minors too. thats huge with the cramped leafs roster.

  40. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    raycroft has been average as a starter. i'd place him 15th-20th among goaltenders.
    rask was too much to give up.
    tellqvist was never expected to step up as the started, until last year whewn they needed him. he's a reliable backup.
    detriot is a great team, but don't be an idiot and use that to take shots at the leafs every 5 seconds.

  41. PhanufRoxs says:

    Hey since all Leaf fans (not all, but some) have such good trade idea how about this one

    To Toronto: Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Roberto Luongo, Marcus Naslund
    To Vancouver: Alex Steen, Jay Harrison, Telly, John Pohl

    That's fair for both teams (It might make the Canucks not the worst team in the league, but VERY,VERY,VERY,VERY likely they'd be the worst team in history

  42. mojo19 says:

    First of all, I recognize that was a joke. But having said that. Raycroft is about as good as Luongo, the most overrated goalie in the league and the highest paid goalie to accomplish nothing in his career except play on a bad team and face a ton of shots to make him look good.

  43. leaflova says:

    It doesnt look like Telqvist is going to go to Nashville, acording to, nashville just got Michael Leighton off of waivers. So why would they need another goalie?

  44. lukeleim says:

    Sources tell TSN that Michael Tellqvist has been traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Tyson Nash and a draft pick.

    unless the draft pick is high, this is an obsolutely terrible trade… Tyson Nash will play with the Marlies as a depth forward.

  45. lukeleim says:

    ps. on a good note, harrison cleared waivers

  46. leaflova says:

    maybe there will be a big trade between the leafs and the preds, a trade that doesnt include, Telqvist

  47. lukeleim says:

    it turns out to be a 4th round draft pick… still do not find the need to acquire tyson nash.

  48. lukeleim says:

    Jeff O'Neill, Alexander Steen & Toronto's first-round pick of 2007 to Nashville for J.P. Dumont & Alexander Radulov

  49. 92-93 says:

    obviously Phoenix didnt think that.

    the leafs clear 590K in cap space, have Nash in the minors (big deal i know), and get a pick that will likely be between 90th and 100th overall in the next draft.

    so i guess he has some value after all.

  50. 92-93 says:

    no, and again this is the mentality that i think some people need to get out of.

    the leafs cant just swoop in and take in a prized prospect like Radulov. and the leafs can also ill afford to be giving up 1st rounders or playres like Steen.

    I like Steen, i think he'll do better as the year progresses and i think the people are writing him off are a joke. but he aint worth Radulov. and i dont want to see the leafs lose their first rounder this year, in a draft that is supposed to be very very deep.

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