January 18 Maple Leafs Trade Rumor and News Post

With all of the trade talk surrounding the Leafs and all of the transactions that they have done this week I thought that it would be fun to create a thread where all fans could get together to post on the newest rumors and moves that the Leafs could be about to make.  Topics such as Luongo, Connoly and others are all open to discussion.


47 Responses to January 18 Maple Leafs Trade Rumor and News Post

  1. Trade Man says:

    I don;t usually make threads like this one but with the excitement of the season about to start and all of the moves that the Leafs have made this week I thought that it would be kind of fun.

    Personally I think that there are many teams that would take Connoly this season it just depends upon how much of his contract the Leafs are willing to eat.

    • mojo19 says:

      Looks like you were right. Back to the Islanders, the team that drafted him.

      Anyone remember who he was traded for? I believe he was moved with Taylor Pyatt for Mike Peca before the 2002 season. Part of the Islanders rebranding. They also traded for Chris Osgood that offseason and Alexei Yashin.

      Result? They finished with the 4th most points in the East (but bumped down to 5th because of weak SE division winner awarded 3rd). And the Leafs bounced the Isle’s in the 1st round in 7 games. Adrian Aucoin was a beast, Steve Webb was a super pest. Epic series.

  2. doorman says:

    I think you are right and the amount they are willing to eat will be directly related to the return IMO

  3. Trade Man says:

    You woudl have to think that he is worth more than a draft choice

    • doorman says:

      he is worth more then that depending on when he is traded, IMO. If he goes down to the AHL and plays well, it is his ticket to a second chance and maybe another contract?

  4. glotz_99 says:

    Even if the leafs could get something similar to what they got for Lombardi (4th rd pick ) and in exchange the leafs eat half his contract, I would do it. He’s gone after this year anyways as long as they trade him to the west so we don’t have to see him.

    • Trade Man says:

      Ok yeah so trade him for nothing but I still can;t believe that the Leafs are dumping this guy who at least provides some depth. Is Kadri really ready for a breakthough?

      • glotz_99 says:

        He doesn’t fit into Carlyle’s system so the leafs are better off replacing him with someone with more grit like Komarov or Orr. Kadri looked good in the warm up games but who knows if he will be able to consistently produce. A lot of people have really given up on him but I think he’s due for a breakout year.

      • mojo19 says:

        I agree that Connolly (like Luongo) would have made the Leafs slightly better this year, but for what? We’re not winning any Stanley Cup so why not let the young players have a chance to play, get some ice time and see how it goes?

        I like the youth movement, and I like what Nonis is building here. At least there seems to be some long term vision in place, not just attempts at a quick fix.

        The Islanders on the other hand have stocked up on a handful of high picks like Tavares, Okposo, Niederetter, most recently Griffen Reinhart, and they seem to be a better fit for a veteran like Connolly at this stage of their ongoing rebuild.

        • Trade Man says:

          You really can;t be throwing in the towel before teh season has begun can you. While yes he would be better on the Islanders are you really saying that you would rather give up on players before the season begins so that the team can really suck to get the top pick.

          • doorman says:

            I don’t see it as throwing in the towel, I see it as sooner or later you need to see what you have so you can see your needs going forward. I think Kadri will be a nice player, one with a learning curve, i no longer believe he will be a star. Same with Reimer, I mean is he the before Gionta hit reimer or after? Some will laugh, but I wonder if a washed up Ty Conklin is worth bringing in? He has always been a good soilder, always.

          • mojo19 says:

            Well Trade Man, when you’ve been a Leafs fan as long as I have, you’ve seen the quick fix attempts and they never work. You have to build something by drafting some good players.

            Even look at the Rangers. They tried and tried in the early 2000’s, bringing in stars like Lindros, Theo Fleury, Pavel Bure, bringing back Kovalev, etc. But it didn’t work. They now have a great team and look at all the home grown talent, with a handful of free agents and players traded for to push them.

            The time for the Leafs to sign free veteran free agents like Connolly, Komisarek, these types of middle of the road guys, is not now. It only takes away opportunities from younger players.

  5. leafs_wallace93 says:

    I think Colbourne is getting moved up, his size and skill will work well with Kulemin and Komarov on a third line. Skill, size and pest all good ingredients.

    • nordiques100 says:

      I think Colborne will be spending the rest of the season with the Marlies.

      I think he’s fallen down the depth chart in the organization and needs to show he is part of the future.

      With the series of moves, with Aucoin gone, with Kadri with the big club, with the losses of Scrivens, Kostka, Holzer for now on the backend, it will be up to players like Colborne to step up. Same for Ashton, D’Amigo and McKegg.

      He struggled with injuries last year. He needs to show he can handle the grind, show some consistency and put up some numbers in a bigger role before he gets a shot with the Leafs.

      These bigger guys, they take a while. I wouldn’t rush him or expect much right away.

  6. mojo19 says:

    Pumped for tomorrow’s games!!!

    I heard Kostka was paired with Phaneuf at practice this morning? That would be a bit crazy I think, but hey, who knows. I think they’ll probably end up going back to steady Carl Gunnarsson as the game goes on, but maybe Kostka will prove to be something special.

  7. 93killer93 says:

    The Leafs currently have 4 Ontario born players on the team. Don Cherry would be proud.

  8. 93killer93 says:

    MacArthur and Lupul named alternate captains. McClement gets an A if any of them are injured.

    • mojo19 says:

      Correction. MacArthur and Lupul named ASSISTANT captains, McClement is an alternate.

      Pet peeve of mine, people think alternate and assistant are the same thing, but alternate refers to the players who are next in line, ie. McClement. “A” stands for assistant. It’s a common mistake.

    • nordiques100 says:

      The 4 Ontario players, the letters all belonging to Canadian born players, that to me is great. It’s how it should be for what is often referred to as Canada’s team.

      Carlyle is shredding any previous influence Wilson had.

      • toronto77 says:

        That works huge for Kadri, he made some comments after the game about having a coach that believes in you, which probably means that Wilson just flat out did not like Kadri. As this season goes on and on we may unravel more about how Wilson was with the team and probably how it let to an 18 wheeler going over a cliff.

        What we may unravel is that Wilson was just a straight up dick, and all the players hated him.

  9. leafs_wallace93 says:

    I know this is last minute but can anyone recommend any sites for a fantasy league with decent payouts?

    I’m a total newb for this stuff.

  10. mojo19 says:

    Good game tonight. Kostka looked great. Komrad Komarov looked very solid too.

    Quiet debut for JVR. Scrivens looked good.

    Kessel looked amazing.

  11. LN91 says:

    St. Louis is scary good

  12. leafs_wallace93 says:

    Under Maurice and Wilson it wasn’t that we lost, it was how we lost, no lead was safe and we’d routinely get blown out.

    I can’t remember the last time I felt comfortable watching the Leafs with a two goal lead. Caryle getting the Leafs to play a system should do wonders. I was a bit concerned that he’d put the reins on Kessel and not allow Kadri to be creative but the top line looked great last night.

    Also Kessel has become great at sharing the puck, he’s becoming equal parts playmaker to goal scorer.

    • doorman says:

      Kessel is actually seeming to find his way back to his own end with regularity as well. Not sayi g he couldn’t back check a little harder but he did break up a couple plays last night. Get him digging hard I. The corners and we cod see one hell of a player!!

      • mojo19 says:

        Ya I agree about Kessel. I think Carlyle is going to do wonders for him and turn him into a responsible two-way player in a way the Ron Wilson never could. Wilson’s system of publicly ridiculing Kessel didn’t payoff, who would have guess it?

        Carlyle seems like a coach who communicates well with his players, as evidenced last year when he had that “what’s wrong, guys” talk with the team during their terrible slide. Something Wilson never contemplated.

  13. leafs_wallace93 says:

    Lupul is extended five-year, $26.25 million.

    So basically the Grabovski extension. I think locking up both Garbo and Lups as cornerstones is extremely risky. I don’t see them as championship pieces but I don’t despise either contracts, they’re both trade commodities in terms of a salary dump.

    • doorman says:

      Neither one is making cornerstone type money either though. Look at the elite players and their salaries, these are upper end complimentary player type contracts.

  14. toronto77 says:

    At the beginning of a normal 82 game season I would not be saying this but at the beginning a 48 game season, who cares? even though we only played one game and we actually won, I still say we should tank.

    Nonis may not want too but if he were smart he would, especially if we isn’t under a lot of pressure to make the playoffs. GM’s who tank on purpose are taking the coward approach but Nonis may not have to try that hard considering the team may finish 12th-15th in the conference.

    The leafs weakest position is centre and this years draft is as deep in the centre position as its been in the last 5 years. if they finish low enough they can grab MacKinnon or if not than at least Monohan, and if Nonis trades some roster players at the deadline for 1st round picks than he can grab 1 or 2 of Lindholm, Nichushkin, Lazar, Shinkaruk, Gauthier, Wennberg, Hovart, Compher, Domi

    To a playoff contending team:
    Franson, Kulemin

    To Tor:
    1st round pick in 2013(Gauthier)

    To another playoff contending team:
    Gunnarsson, Frattin

    To Tor:
    1st round pick in 2013(Domi)

    At the end of the 1st round we can have MacKinnon/Monohan, Gauthier, Domi to add to Colborne and McKegg. That should make our Centre depth a lot stronger.

    Then at that point I would say we can stop putting so much emphasis on getting younger rebuilding and start trading some of our prospects for more NHL ready players.

    next season’s line up:

    Lupul – MacKinnon/Monohanv – Kessel
    JVR – Grabovski – Kadri
    Komarov – Bozak – MacArthur
    Brown – MccLement – Broll

    Phaneuf – Rielly
    Gardiner – Kostka
    Liles – Holzer

    • doorman says:

      I would prefer Barkov to Monahan personally. But I here you and while he may not be tanking which I don’t actually believe in, he at least letting the kids play this will cause us to have a bottom five finish, IMO. It will also allow us to see what areas need the most addressing.

    • Steven_Leafs0 says:

      you want to give up Franson, Kulemin, Gunnarsson and Frattin for 2 low 1st round picks? No chance in hell.

      I could understand giving up guys like MacArthur and Bozak to get a low 1st rounder since they are UFA and we are losing anyway but don’t give up 4 decent young NHL players for draft picks that have a 50/50 shot of turning into NHL players. Very bad idea.

  15. Please wait at least 15 games before wanting to chuck the season away.

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