Keith Tkachuk to Toronto?

This rumor is actually real. I expect the following deal to go down within the next 5-6 days.

To Toronto:
Keith Tkachuk

To St.Louis:
Matt Stajan
Brendan Bell

I’m not 100% sure, but Kevin Gibson from Hockeybuzz says so and hes a heck of alot more reliable than Eklund anyway, and some of Eklunds rumors come true. I’m not saying I agree with this trade, I’d rather not give up Stajan for an aging Tkachuk, but unfortuanetely we have John Ferguson as our GM. Expect this deal to go down.


17 Responses to Keith Tkachuk to Toronto?

  1. mojo19 says:

    Even if the rumor is true, keep in mind other offers will be made for Tkachuck and theres no guarantee St.Louis will go for the package the leafs are offering over the 5-10 other offers they're expected to receive.

    However if this deal does happen, I like it, because Stajan isn't all that amazing and is replaceable. He's a good guy and is loved by leafs fans, but is overated, many people say he will win a selke in his career….hmm….

  2. Cimolini says:

    Would Rather have Bill Guerin. Remember when Tkachuk showed up super-over weight to training camp? Then remember how Paul Maurice pushed his boys to get out of "Pat Quinn" shape and into GOOD shape? Is Tkachuk in good enough shape to play in Toronto's System?

  3. mojo19 says:

    He is. He's super talented and a big force. I would rather have Guerin too, but if Tkachuck plays the best he can, he's pretty amazing. Plus he plays the big man game down low and as a left winger could be a more talented version of Poni on the top line with Sundin.

  4. lukeleim says:

    rather see John Pohl and brendan bell for tkachuk… maybe throw in a 3rd or 4th rounder.

  5. baltic_thunder says:

    This trade is only pliable if it were for either Stajan or Bell.

  6. 92-93 says:

    nope.

    no thanks.

    the only trades the leafs should be involved in are more minor ones or trading Tucker and one of Kubina, McCabe, and Gill (and we know those won't happen because of no-trade clauses and ridiculous contracts that no other GM wants. we also know the Tucker deal won't happnen either).

    at this point, the goal SHOULD be to shed some cap space for the next UFA period while SIMULTANEOUSLY trading certain assets (re: Tucker, etc.) for younger players, prospects, and/or picks.

    the leafs may or may not make the playoffs (my position is and has always been that they will not). and if they do make the playoffs, they likely won't get far (forget about the Oilers last year). if they are going to do nothing at the deadline, i'll be happier with that and having Tucker on our team down the stretch rather than seeing JFJ trade a guy like Stajan.

    and i hear he is interested in Brewer. huh? where would he fit? the only way that happens is if Kubina or Gill is going the other way.

  7. polastem says:

    Meh, Leafs and Blues are starting to have a bit of history in trades since Fergie showed up: See: Pohl, Khavanov, etc. I could see this going down if it were three weeks ago and Toronto was a  little more solidified in a playoff spot. Not now though, and I really think the Blues will get more for him, lol. A lot more. But as for Stajan, he just never really got better over the years, he's a third line player at best, he's not that great on faceoffs and he coughs the puck up often at the worst times possible, most recently "overtime vs. Islanders, he did it twice in one shift". Bell is a great defenseman, won defensive player of the year in the CHL when he played for the 67s. He's not exactly a low budget player, he'll be great no matter where he plays, but White and Coliaicovo are outplaying Bell. Maybe Toronto is trying to free up some space for new players next year, or maybe their depth is proving that they don't need a Bell or a Stajan. That being said, if Stajan is being shopped, along with Bell, maybe the Leafs will get something in return for them at the deadline on Tuesday. See ya.

  8. polastem says:

    ALSO! I heard the Leafs were interested in Smyth, and all of a sudden, they are chasing Brewer…. see the connection? It will be interesting to say the least, since the Blues just offered Brewer a contract extension today. Maybe that's the Blues final attempt to get him signed before shipping him out? And maybe the Leafs are trying to land Brewer to package him to the Oils? Maybe they aren't even after Smyth, maybe they want Cogliano or Shremp and they think they can ship out Brewer and maybe Stajan or something for one of them? All I know is that the Leafs need to make an attempt to get their next franchise player, personally, I think it's Wellwood, but they need someone Wellwood can play with.

  9. mojo19 says:

    "rather than seeing JFJ trade a guy like Stajan." ? Who cares about Matt Stajan, forget that he's a hometown boy. Every team in the league has a guy like Matt Stajan, hes not special, hes a solid third line type guy, he might in his prime have a couple years where he's a real assett, but hes nothing to hang onto. If trading him could land Tkachuck as a rental I say do it. I really think you are under rating big Keith.

  10. 92-93 says:

    Matt Stajan is a very good player. he is as young as Steen and is a very good passer. sure he is third liner material … AND he is young, AND he is cheap.

    youre right, if he is a real asset in a couple of years, he'll bring in a good return. thus, the leafs should keep him. however, we all know that the Leafs are not good in terms of trading guys who have hit their peak for younger players and prospects (re: McCabe and Tucker).

    Tkachuck? no i think i'm fine without Keith – and why trade for the rental when the leafs are not going anywhere anyways this year?

  11. 92-93 says:

    actually that is pretty interesting. who knows. there have been rumours about the leafs making a deal with a western conference team for a ‘big name player.’ but that is pretty vague and there are some who believe that Guerin and Tkachuck are big names (whereas i think Smyth is a big name guy). in any case, i dont see the leafs doing anything at the deadline with the exception of trading Bell. and if another Leaf D-guy goes down that might either squader Bell’s departure OR see the Leafs trade for Brewer.

  12. leaflova says:

    Not Stajan, he is doing really well this year, him and O'neil are playing so good, why would you want to deal him? He is having a career year!But like you said we have jfj as a gm… well hopefully he will get fired this year

  13. leafhater says:

    Rumour has it that the leafs are pursuing Owen Nolan for Wellwood and a first round pick,I believe the leafs organization will do this trade.

  14. mojo19 says:

    Hey now you're bringing me down. We have a shot this year as a dark horse, we just need to heat up at the right time. But We'd have a much better chance with Keith Tkachuck in the line up. Besides you wanted to trade for Nagy as a rental, when did you change your mind?

  15. mojo19 says:

    Funny that Kubina gets hurt and rather than throwing Bell back on the blueline and inserting a forward to the line up, Maurice dresses Bell up front again and calls up Wozniewski.

    Also Keith Tkachuck is slightly better than Ryan Smyth. The only reason I’d prefer Smyth is that he’s younger than Tkachuck and I’d try to resign him long term.

  16. dstntml says:

    Wellwood has nowhere near the potential to become a franchise player. He will be a solid #2 center, nothing more, he is small and one dimensional. Steen will be a better offensive player than Wellwood, and he is also better defensively, I actually see them both becoming 70-80 point scorers, but Steen will be a better goal scorer, and Wellwood a playmaker, but neither of them are franchise players.

  17. dstntml says:

    Wellwood has nowhere near the potential to become a franchise player. He will be a solid #2 center, nothing more, he is small and one dimensional. Steen will be a better offensive player than Wellwood, and he is also better defensively, I actually see them both becoming 70+ point scorers, but Steen will be a better goal scorer, and Wellwood a playmaker, but neither of them are franchise players.

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