Klee a Devil

Maple Leafs traded Ken Klee to the Devils for Alex Suglobov, former 2nd round pick in 2000.

28 Responses to Klee a Devil

  1. Turnbull says:

    Suglobov: 25G + 23A in 51g with Albany this season….great deal for the leafs. A step in the right direction.

  2. corky says:

    I like it. Nice Deal

  3. Steve362 says:

    FINALLY!!! Now John has the right idea… klee isnt going to be a big part of the leafs future on defence (colliacovo,bell,white,Woz,Kronwall and harrison), and the leafs dont look like cup contenders right now… and we get a prospect FULL of potential, has the tools to become a player sort of like bobby holik.

    now if we can trade antropov and berg to chicago for arnason… we’ll free up some cap space and get a better team to make a final push for that last playoff spot

    This is one very Happy Leaf fan today!!!


  4. NemiNA says:

    K. The Devils already have Malakhov they have to pay for next year too. I laugh.

  5. nordiques100 says:

    with mcgillis….and Almo.

  6. nordiques100 says:

    it’s essentially a 4th or 5th for suglobov as richardson and klee are a wash. a fine move for sure.

    and they picked up dwight foster’s son (i wonder if he has the beard and fro like his dad LOL)

    the marlies could be decent in the playoffs.

  7. gregpb says:

    leafs new top two lines

    Kilger Sundin Steen

    Tucker Allison Suglobov

  8. Tweek says:

    This is what Ferguson should be doing, sending roster players for picks and prospects. Whether he continues this trend tomorrow reamins to be seen and although id love to see the leafs mix it up and finally rebuild I have a feeling that it wont be that simple. Hopefully Ferguson and the people pulling his strings realize this team isnt good enough to make the playoffs and even if they did somehow they would get killed in the first round, so whats the point?

  9. Steve362 says:

    that my friend is one of our problems…

    kilger shouldnt be on the top line…god love him, hes a good player but he is a third line forward on any other team in the league

  10. woodsco85 says:

    Good Job Fergy! This is definetly a step in the right direction. I look forward to what Suglobov can do for the Leafs in the future, and the Marlies right now. Klee, Good luck in New Jersey.

  11. njcup says:

    I’m a Devils fan.

    I’ll enjoy Klee. Even tho the River Rats suck, ive heard nothing but good things about Suglobov, so it should work out well for both sides.

    I keep trying to tell my friend who likes the Leafs, they need to trade away the oldsters and get young. This seems to be a step in that direction.

    I just wonder who’s gonna be the odd man out in the Devils defense….

  12. njcup says:

    Lou considers Malakov retired, so they dont have to pay his salary. Mogilny will get paid, but as long as he’s in the AHL, his salary doesnt count against the Devils cap.

  13. bleedingblu says:

    Good move! I like Klee but I think he had a little trouble adapting to this kind of Hockey… mind you…. Luke Richardson isn’t very quick and is a couple of years older but he is a leader. I believe he wore the C in Colombus. Just because McCabe wears the A on his shirt it hardly makes him a leader. Toronto’s success in the past was because of class acts in the dressing room. I hope Luke teaches McCabe, Berg, and Khavanov to play discipline Hockey… no stupid penalties and play responsibly.

    As for Alex Suglabov and Alex Foster, GREAT PROSPECTS!!!!

    They are both the top players for there teams ( former teams ). Sending Foster to the Marlies means that JFJ wants to keep Wellwood, Steen and Stajan with the Leafs.

    Suglabov played one game in the NHL for NJ and managed to score a goal. HEY … that’s a goal more that Aki Berg!!!! LOL

    Now we let Berg’s, Antropov’s, and Khavanov’s contracts expire this year to free up some cap room. Ohh…. Quinns too.

    JFJ has to figure out what to do with the goal tending situation. I think Belfour will be dealt in the summer. I really don’t think there’s much he could do with this situation when you have Vancouver and Ottawa really looking for a goalie. They have more to offer too.

    Tomorrow will be interesting! Keep going JFJ!

  14. 92-93 says:

    i want to qualify and adjust my earlier criticisms (re: before JFJ traded Klee).

    First off, yes acquiring Richardson wasn’t a good idea – even as a replacement for the soon-to-be derparted Klee – and even though the leafs are shallow on defensive depth and have injuries there to their young guys. On the whole, the leafs should be making much more bold moves – Allison and McCabe, etc. (i understand why others wouldn’t take Belfour). They should also be following up the very good moves of getting rid of Klee and Czerkawski with Berg and Khavanov and Belak but either a) JFJ thinks we need the depth on D or b) other teams don’t want them because they suck.

    HOWEVER, overall, today’s leaf moves were not that bad on the whole. (by the way: do non-leaf fans understand what i mean by when i say that this year is a ‘transition year’ for the leafs? are they seeing a pattern here? there is a free agent frenzy period at the start of the season and the leafs are forced to make smaller, less significant moves … and the same thing goes for today – while other teams are making the big moves, JFJ is doing the smaller stuff – which is fine. however, the big moves have to be made too – re: McCabe and Allison.

    if you look at it this way, we basically trade in Klee (to Devils) at 1.9 million and get Richardson at 2.1 million and on top of that get Suglobov but lose a couple of picks. I believe Richardson signed a 4-year deal back in the summer of 2002 for 11 million dollars (according to: http://www.puckjunkie.com/archive/2002_03/offseason/sfa040702.htm and http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/2002-free-car-dal.htm ). But i hope i am wrong. i hope the leafs are not stuck with this guy for next season too. in any case, the leafs don’t move that much in terms of cap space.

    the key to all of this moving is the steal that JFJ did later on in the day in the Ken Klee deal. it is PRECISELY THESE KINDS OF DEALS that the leafs need to make more of. i would have been happy getting a pick for klee but we got something better – a prospect with some potential who addresses a need within the organization: a speedy, sniper-type forward.

    Suglobov’s got 48 pts in 51 games with Albany – compare that to Pohl’s 53 points in 45 games. not a bad pick up considering the leaf’s gave up Klee. Suglobov is 2 years younger than Pohl and has a lot more potential than Pohl and he’s been. he is also rated ahead of Jeremy Williams at RW hockefutures.com (http://www.hockeysfuture.com/team/toronto_maple_leafs)

    Suglobov info from hockefutures.com (this info obviously needs to be updated – right now he leads Albany in scoring and would place 3rd on the Marlies scoring chart – but he has also played 10 fewer games than Battlgia who is second in scoring with the Marlies):

    Suglobov is the most talented winger the Devils currently have in the system, and with top goal scoring Patrik Elias unlikely to play until November at the earliest, Suglobov may have a good chance to make the Devils right out of training camp. Either way, expect Suglobov to see some significant time in New Jersey for the 2005-05 season.

    oh – and the hockeynews: “Suglobov is a solid scoring prospect that should get a shot at earning regular playing time with the Maple Leafs next season. In swapping veteran Klee, Toronto GM John Ferguson Jr. received a solid return. Essentially, he acquired Suglobov for a fifth rounder, since he dealt that pick earlier for Luke Richardson–a defensive similar to Klee.”

  15. Komic-J says:

    Being a Canadiens fan, it kills me to say it, but great trade for Toronto. I don’t know a lot about Alex Foster (in fact, I don’t see him on forecaster’s trade summary), but Alex Suglobov is a solid scoring prospect. With the acquisition of Luke Richardson, Klee’s future with the Leafs was…well, he didn’t have any.

    So far, JFJ did pretty well. Getting rid of Czerkawski, getting Suglobov…getting rid of Klee, getting Richardson…way to go !

    Alright…it’s actually starting to hurt, so I’ll stop there…

  16. 92-93 says:

    as for thursday:

    the most likely guys to be traded are Allison and Antropov (i hope). i would love to see guys like Arnason or McCauley come back the other way but its quite doubtful at this point.

    I don’t think Belfour is getting traded obviously. McCabe is not getting traded – too bold for JFJ. And I don’t even think that Berg is going anywhere because the leafs’ injury situation – although i think they should trade Berg and Khavanov anyways.

  17. 92-93 says:

    well i am heading to bed.

    but eklund is reporting that the Witt-to-Nashville deal is almost done and that the Cujo-to-Vancouver deal is almost done.

    take it for what its worth.

  18. 92-93 says:

    correction: we lost one pick for Richardson.

  19. gohabs73 says:

    Code is also reporting Cujo soon to be a Canuck.

    But he says there’s no deal for Witt to Nashville.

    He also says the following:

    Samsonov as an Oiler is getting serious

    Montreal and Buffalo have made offers for BigBert

    Flames have made an offer for NYI’s Mike York

    Code called the Roloson trade before it was officialy announced so maybe his “sources” are for real…

  20. toronto77 says:

    suglobov should be on the top line

  21. toronto77 says:

    JFJ already said he won’t trade mccabe, he’s waiting till the off season. but he should definatly trade oneill, antropov and maybe allison and try and get calder and arnason.

  22. toronto77 says:

    JFJ is waiting till the offseason to give mccabe a new contract not to trade…sorry

  23. Pock_53 says:

    should be sean brown

  24. Pock_53 says:

    sounds to me like the matvichuk injury is more serious then the devils are letting on so for the devils who are going to the playoffs it is a good move be interesting to see who Lou makes a move for for the second line some scorring help is needed there painfully obvious that w/ no Elias theres no scoring

  25. Aetherial says:

    As long as we have McCabe, I am not happy with what the Leafs do.

    Belfour, Antropov, Allison, I can forgive, because there may be no market.

    But there IS a market for McCabe. I can easily see the Leafs signing him to a 4 or 5 year, 5-million deal … and be in EXACTLY the same sad situation as Pittsburgh is in with Gonchar… but without the top-line youth Pittsburgh has.

    I have a sick feeling that McCabe has played his best hockey and we are going to get sucked in.

  26. NjDEVSFN says:


    The way LL treats his prospects, the Devils are gonna hit the wall in a few years and hit it HARD.

    The fact LL and David Conte manage to draft such prospects is astounding considering their position for the past 12 years. The Devils cant score w/o Elias, so why give up your best scoring prospect?

    I’m sick and tired of losing prospects for sh**.

    JFJ gave it to LL very very hard yesterday.

  27. Kamakaze says:

    I agree with NJDevilFan (sp?).

    I like Ken Klee, I think he is a pretty good defensive defenseman, who usually plays smart. His speed has been an issue this year, but still seems like a good guy to have around.


    This is not the Devil’s year. If they get past the 1st round, I would be disappointed (as it’s never good to see your team exit early) but definitely proud that they got that far when everyone had them out of the playoff picture entirely.

    I think they need to regroup a bit, not rebuild, but bring in some good prospects, the last few years, their acquisitions have been HIGHLY questionable, with the only real benefit coming from Matvichuk. The others (McGillis and Kozlov mainly, but also Almo) have not REALLY helped the team, and the word “BUST” comes to mind…

    With that rational, I don’t understand the point of trading one of the most productive scorers on a bad AHL team, for ANYONE other than another prospect. I mean all that’s going to happen now is the Leafs will trade him to some other team for a veteran, and then he will get REALLY good (e.g. Smith, Sullivan, anyone else?). I could maybe see the Devils not happy with his attitude, and maybe while he was scoring, he just didn’t fit in with their mentality, which I believe is a quality they hold higher than natural ability. However, I just can’t justify this. Lou needs all the prospects he can get, and for Ken Klee, who will in all likelihood not be around next year, making him a playoff rental for a team I don’t think will get past the 1st round… it just doesn’t make sense.

    I would rather have seen them trade Kozlov, get someone with some size who will use it, or a pick or something to help long-term. While I love a good veteran defenseman, this is not the time for a move like this…

    Once again, a very disappointed Devil’s fan…

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