Forwards Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz were sent to Toronto on Saturday as the Maple Leafs traded defenceman Jesse Blacker and draft picks to the Anaheim Ducks.

Holland, a centre, will report to the Maple Leafs and Staubitz has been assigned to the American Hockey League’s Marlies.

The Ducks receive a 2014 third round pick — it could become a second round pick if certain conditions are met — and Anaheim’s 2014 seventh round pick, which was originally acquired by Toronto in a trade for David Steckel.

The Maple Leafs need help at centre with the loss of Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland to injury and the three-game suspension of Nazem Kadri.

Holland, a 22-year-old native of Caledon, Ont., was originally Anaheim’s first choice, 15th overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft. The six-foot-two, 194-pound centre played four games for Anaheim this season, scoring one goal and adding two penalty minutes.



    • LN91 says:

      He’s played well everywhere he has went…Improved his stats each year in the AHL, PPG player before traded here, I think he needs more time in the NHL to further his development.

      Anaheim could not give that, they wanted to give him top-six minutes to develop him further (not bottom-six), but Toronto can right now. It’s a good deal for the Leafs, replaces the loss of Colborne with a better player.

      • mapleleafsfan says:

        Agreed, this is a really solid trade. He was a mid first round pick, has size and a good shot. We gave up spare parts for some solid potential. If he doesn’t work out, it’s fairly irrelevant, and at least our C depth looks a bit better now.

    • LN91 says:

      Also, I love how the Ducks play and the type of players they draft…So, hopefully, he becomes a good second-line center for the Leafs someday.

      If this fails, well…Leafs next best option is Carter Verhaege (n) who is tearing up the OHL.

  1. leafs_wallace93 says:

    It seems like people have been saying Jesse Blacker is a year or two away for the last ten years. You know when I guy leaves whose name your just sick of hearing in any context? Like a Todd Warrinar or Mark Bell,

    • mojo19 says:

      Ya Blacker was once a promising prospect – 2 years ago at camp, the first week the debate was “will it be Blacker or Gardiner who cracks the squad?” But he just hasn’t taken the next step. Percy, Finn both way more promising than Blacker, so maybe we sold him off while he still had some trade value.

      As for Holland, I love how Nonis has brought in another Toronto kid. I believe Holland is from Caledon. This kid was drafted at 6’2″ but has since grown another inch. Not sure if he’s filled out, hopefully he’s not playing at the 185 lbs he was drafted at! But if he ends up being a 200-205 lbs 6’3″ centre, he could turn out to be a great 2/3 centre in the next couple years, and a guy who can step in and play at an NHL level right now, which of course we needed.

      Overall, can’t imagine anyone complaining about this trade.

      • LN91 says:

        6’2 and 195, only 22, can still fill out.

        From what I’m reading, more of an offensive player then a defensive one. So, it’s either top-six or bust for him essentially.

        I did read that Carlyle was aiming for JVR to go back on the wing…So, I really do wonder what the lineups will be tonight.

  2. leafy says:

    I told you a trade was coming for sure.

    For my next prediction, I’ll announce that next week.

  3. leafy says:

    CBC needs to fire Glenn Healy.

    • leafs_wallace93 says:

      Why? I love Healy, every time they cut to him you know you’re about to hear something ridiculous.

      CBC needs to cut opinionless bores like Cassie Campbell, Kevin Weekes and PJ Stock.

      • reinjosh says:

        Stock is my favorite. I actually think he’s the best commentator on panel.

      • toronto77 says:

        I hate Glenn Healy, and even PJ Stock, there were times when it was just him and Andi commentating together and he was hitting on her so bad, I felt so embarrassed for the guy, he looked like an insecure high school kid.

        I even hate ALL the commentators on TSN! they act like those annoying nerds in high school or something.

        I love Darren Millard along with Nick Kypreos and Doug MaClean on SportNet, best hockey analysts in the country! I love listening to these guys, anyone listen to hockey central at noon? they are hilarious as well as being informative.

    • Gambo says:

      I almost miss Pierre at times when listening to Healy. Can’t stand him.

    • leafy says:

      Also great to see Harry Neale again. Now that guy was the best color man ever. Neale with Bob Cole were the best play-by-play tandem. The only other duo that compares is Dick Irvin and Danny Gallivan.

  4. mapleleafsfan says:

    Well the Leafs looked awesome in the first period, then it went pretty downhill. The third was brutal. Holland didn’t play much, but he seemed decent enough. He was good on the draws at least. JVR was flying, good to see him back on the wing.

    Side note, how come so many people vote on the polls? I feel like there are 10-15 fairly regular posters on this site, but the polls get 70-100 responses. Who just comes to vote in the polls haha. This site could use more posters.. And maybe some non-leaf fans.

    • leafy says:

      I’m starting to lose patience with Randy Carlyle. He is not a good coach in my opinion. Simple as that.

      • mapleleafsfan says:

        The way we play with leads is painful, and we rarely have sustained offensive pressure. The first period was actually really good to watch, I haven’t seen the Leafs hold the puck in the other teams zone in a long time. Our goals are almost all off the rush, or on the PP. We rarely get good cycle 5on5 goals.

        As bad as Clarksons production has been, I really like what he brings. He was clearly under Moulsons skin tonight, he’s good on the boards and he hits like a truck. He’d be a nightmare to play against in a 7 game series. Still brutally overpaid, but he brings a good element to the team.

    • LN91 says:

      Holland played well, especially for a player that literally arrived a few hours before game time and never had any practice, even contact with the team.

      I actually liked the way he played alot.

      • reinjosh says:

        What I liked most about him had absolutely nothing to do with him (and that’s not to say he didn’t play well for a guy joining a brand new team without any contact at all). He moved JVR back to the wing.

  5. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    I love what Clarkson has done for this team. Exactly what the Leafs needed. Production is down, but you can see him starting to get more chances and he will find the net. Yes, he is overpaid, but we needed him badly.

    As for Holland, this is a great trade by the Leafs. 6’3″ centre who will play physical, has some offensive skill and can skate. Notice how he wore Liles number as well…that is a huge message sent to Liles. I’m sure JML would except a trade to anywhere to get out of Toronto.
    The Holland trade also sends a message to Kadri IMO. Leafs are getting tired of his crap I think. Talent is there in Kadri, but so is attitude that keeps showing up. Instead of getting a cheap vet centre, Leafs traded for a young centre talent who carries a $1.2 mil cap hit, is an RFA end of season and has top 6 talent. He is also bigger than Kadri and better on draws. I am not saying the Leafs are shopping Kadri for sure, but it also wouldn’t surprise me.

    Watching Reimer compared to Bernier reminds me of watching Scrivins compared to Reimer. Both get the job done, but one makes it look much easier. Enough playing time has happened to compare and no doubt in my mind that the Leafs are looking at Bernier as the future(current) number 1. Reimer may be gone by the deadline if Leafs can get a good return.

    STL is apparently searching for a goalie, as they are not convinced of Halak/Elliot. Not sure if a deal for Reimer is there though with Halak and Elliot both UFA’s. Edmonton or Calgary still seem like likely destinations if Reimer moves

    Would anyone do
    Reimer and Liles(Leafs retain $1mil of contract)
    Dubnyk, Petry, 2013 3rd

    • leafmeister says:

      If Reimer goes to Edmonton, I, and hopefully Nonis, would want one of Hall, Eberle, Yakupov , RNH, Justin Schultz or the 2014 1st. One of those forwards is unlikely, but the 1st rounder could certainly be in play. Reimer’s age, play and the Leafs negotiating position should be able to fetch the 1st plus another solid asset, if not, just keep Reimer.

      • lafleur10 says:

        you’ll likely get ales hemsky and the oilers 2014 1st rd pick or something along that line,you will defiantely not get eberle,hall rnh or yakupov

        • mapleleafsfan says:

          Agreed no chance we could get any of the big 4. If we could get Hemsky and a 1st, I’d still do it in a heartbeat (don’t think we could though). That first is likely top 5. I’d probably just flip hemsky for picks straight away too. That would be a good haul IMO.

    • Gambo says:

      Who would have thought the blues would be looking for a goalie after Halak and Elliot had that incredible 2011-12 season haha.

      I really don’t think that the Holland trade has anything to do with Kadri. They needed a center badly and they got one. It was a good trade.

      And Liles is number 26, Holland is 24.

    • reinjosh says:

      This isn’t a message to Kadri. It has absolutely nothing to do with Kadri lol. Saying it’s a message to Kadri is a pretty big leap. It’s merely a young player not getting a chance on his team. Why wouldn’t you want to give that kind of player an oppurtunity? Nonis has been long against giving up picks or young players for vets. This isn’t any different. They needed someone with offensive potential in the short term and if they could potentially get a bigger center why not. But I wouldn’t expect him to play physical. Anaheim fans say that’s just not his game and his PIM totals throughout his career point to that being true. Like the trade but if you’re expecting it to be for a physical centerman and to send a message to Kadri, you’re way off.

      ALso Calgary won’t be making much in the way of moves for goaltending. Berra while not statistically great, has impressed technically. They’ve signed Ramo longer term and both won’t get thrown under the bus for a team not expected to do anything. Plus their goalie of the future is Jon Gillies. He absolutely dominated the NCAA last year in his rookie season.

      And I don’t want any part of dman from Edmonton. I know you have this weird love for Petry, but he’s just not good. I’d rather just buy out Liles in the offseason (since we’re apparently going to retain salary anyways) and get full value for Reimer than do that trade.

      • realistic_leafs_fan says:

        I never said to trade pics or young players for a vet, but considering the Leafs traded for a young former first rounder with size, over a vet does mean something since they earlier actually traded pics for a vet…Bolland. And physical doesn’t necessarily mean a Clarkson type, it just means willing to use his size.
        I also never said they traded for Holland to send a message to Kadri. I said the trade “also” sends a message to Kadri. In other-words, shape up Nazem, because now we have another young centre talent who may be NHL ready and you have competition for your job.
        So if Kadri is untouchable even if Holland plays very well, What other centre will they possibly trade then Josh? Bolland? Doubt it, he has more than met their expectations. McClement? great third/fourth liner and penalty killer and not the same type of player as Holland…doubt it again.
        Bozak? Wish he had never been signed, but since they gave him a 5 year deal and a NTC…not likely. Plus, the above three are all veterans. That leaves Kadri, and as I said, that doesn’t mean they are shopping him, but if Holland proves himself, they might.
        So Calgary would rather have what they got over Reimer? Really? Not saying Reimer will go there, but I can’t believe if they have a chance to get him, they wouldn’t try. As for Gillies, sure he has been great in the NCAA. I also remember the Leafs goalie of the future was the “Monster” after dominating the Swedish elite league.LOL
        Edmonton has some decent D-men, they are just not a good group together. As for Petry, he is a cheap RH, Gunnar style D-man, so yea, I wish we had him because I think he would fit in well in T.O. BTW, I wouldn’t use what Anaheim fans say as a reference to how Holland plays(personally I don’t take much stock in what another teams fans say), I mean Edmonton fans wouldn’t trade Petry for Phaneuf, Chicago fans said Bolland is washed up, Toronto fans…say lots of stuff.lol

    • toronto77 says:

      I would much rather keep Kadri over Bozak, but Kadri can bring back more in return. If we trade Kadri then we are set with 4 C’s in Holland, Bolland, Bozak and McClement. I strongly believe that the leafs should make a package deal for a defence men. Perhaps trade Kadri, Gunnar and Reimer for one, that would get you a great d-man!

      And I would not make a deal with either one of Calgary or Edmonton, they have absolutely NOTHING that we need right now.

  6. toronto77 says:

    This is a solid hockey trade for both teams, they both used depth at one position to strengthen depth at another.

    I keep telling everyone, the leafs may not need a Crosby, Stamkos, Toews, Tavares, Getzlaf type of no.1 C to win the cup. With wingers like JVR and Kessel a no.1 C like a Brown, Backes, Callahan, Bergeron might be good enough, and that is where Holland might fit in.

    I like this trade regardless of the leafs current suspensions and injuries. Holland could be a very decent top 6 centre men. I wasn’t too big on Blacker either, with Gardiner, Rielly, Percy and Finn in the organization there is no chance in hell Blacker has a shot to make this team anytime soon. I wonder if now my dream of trading Bozak now comes true.

    For now the C position is ok but what happens when Bozak and Bolland return from injury? Holland could go down to the minors but not if he makes a strong case to stay.

    Bang for your buck, Bozak is the worst centre men:

    Bolland @ 3.3
    Kadri @ 2.9
    Holland @ $870,000
    Bozak @ 4.2

    trading Bozak would also make some room to re-sign phaneuf.

    • realistic_leafs_fan says:

      I have tried to argue before that great wingers can help make up for not so great centreman and have gotten nowhere on that one T77. I agree with you, we have the kind of wingers that can make our centres look good.

  7. doorman says:

    We may not need a great centreman, but we sure as hell could use one who wins a lot of draws. I know this is Bozaks strength some will say, but I don’t think any of our centre men win the important draws nearly enough.

    I like the Holland trade and directly or indirectly it is a message to Kadri as well as any other fwd. It says we are always looking to get younger and better. I believe this should always be the message though. And, no I am not saying they should trade Kadri, but he has to play smarter. He has taken some horrible penalties and cost his team because of this lately.

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