According to sportsnet.ca and tsn.ca the Leafs have signed Swedish sensation Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year $810,000 contract with $90,000 in signing bonus.





  1. Elite_Destruction says:

    No way L.A would make that move, also where is the source?

  2. lafleur10 says:

    this deal wouldn't happen for one reason,he's not a burke type player

  3. Bure96 says:

    Semin is entering the last year of his deal. You can bet he wants a ton of money. Kaberle is going to cost 4.25 million per season for another 2 years … very cheap.

    Semin is also NOT a responsible defensive player. He makes stupid decisions with the puck, and 2 of his 4 NHL seasons he was terrific, and the other 2 years (1st and 3rd year) he look like an average 1 dimensional 2nd line winger.

    We all know the price for an elite defender too. Kaberle isn't as good as Chris Pronger obviously, but Kaberle's market value is in the same ball park. 1st rounder, and top tier prospect.

    Kaberle gives this team a huge boost. He's a steady veteren, and a huge threat from the backend. We can agree he's probably one of the top 10 defensemen in the NHL, and at 31 years old for a defensemen isn't old remember. Defensemen don't hit their prime until their 29 or 30 in many cases, and it's reasonable to assume Kaberle has enough 4, maybe 5 years left to produce at a high level.

    Add another left winger to the deal if you must. Throw Nik Kulemin into the deal too.

    Washington wants a puck moving defender BADLY though. The Leafs don't need Karl Alzner, and Anton Gustafsson isn't quite a top tier prospect, and the 1st rounder is late.

    Elite defenders are hard to come, and although Semin possesses world class hands, he's needs to be more consistent (for a player with his abilities), and improve his defensive play, and STAY HEALTHY. He's injury prone. The Caps know Thomas Kaberle is a durable player, and Semin has been hurt all, but one of his NHL seasons.

    So Kaberle, and Kulemin (add a guy like MVR if you really must) for Semin. That seems fair to me. Kaberle straight up for Semin is a bit lopsided, but we all know Thomas Kaberle has superb abilities.

  4. Bure96 says:

    Kaberle is a #1 defender in the prime of his career, and Semin is a 1st line caliber player entering his prime.

    Maybe Kulemin and Kaberle for Semin would be a more fair deal, but Kaberle is going to bring in a very good return for Toronto.

  5. bigscoup says:

     Yes some were at the end of their career,and granted  raycroft, potvin and Fuhr did have a good season or so..But Anyway you cut it none of them went on to bigger and better things.Once they played in T.O their career was DONE.

  6. PTack says:

    oh yeah we still have some depth but williams had potential and is young. He'd have been a good fit considering were rebuilding. It makes zero sense to let him go this year.

  7. muckies says:

    Beauchemin is overarted, he's tough and fought Jerome Iginla and all, but he was a minus player on a very good team, he's not that fast and is coming off ACL surgery and is old and not the best skater when he was playing last year with a good knee, we'll have to see.

    I'd say the Leafs best D-man is still Scheen, nothing against the guys they brought in, the team and D is better, but it's not back flip time in Toronto. The hardest thing to get in the NHL is a great starting goalie and you don't have one, the next hardest is a legit franchise PMD and you guys will trade yours, the next is a Franchise Center, and you don't have one of those either.

    I know you have a massive man crush on Burke right now and want to message his hairy back and see if you can get his master plan out of him, but I think you guys will find your team is tough, and likes to fihgt and Don Cherry will rave about them, but your team is slow, especially slow on the corners getting beat 1 on1 on Defence, you'll have to play a conservative game once the D starts getting attacked with speed and your forwards suck, so save up your message oil until the All Star break and see how this thing pans out. 

    That being said Burke has done a good job spedning money on players that have never played a single game in the NHL, and on tough D-men.

  8. Elite_Destruction says:

    I dunno if we would want Semin on this team, We have enough heavyweights. LOL

  9. bodangles87 says:

    hahahaha nice

  10. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Kaberle will bring a good return, but there's no way it will be Semin. Kaberle has peaked. THere's no getting better for this guy, while Semin on the other hand is amazing now, and will continue to get better for years to come.

  11. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    I bet this rumour came from Eklund. THere is no chance in hell that the Kings give up this years 5th overall pick, a 60-70pt player in Frolov and a 1st next year that will likely be top 10 (face it, they have no goalie and until they get one, they're gonna suck). The kings know that Burke has a hard on for schenn and I guarantee you, the asking price is gonna be a hell of alot higher than Kaberle and Tlusty for the packaged u just mentioned.

  12. mojo19 says:

    Ya Brunnstrom had an excellent season overall. Didn't take long adapting to the NHL style of play with a hat trick in his first game.

    Quick (obvious) observation:
    realsticknick is jelous.

  13. mojo19 says:

    I agree, he shouldn't be untouchable, but I want him to stick around.

    Still our defense is impregnable.

  14. mojo19 says:

    Williams is 25, he's cleared waivers twice in the last 2 years. He's nothing to get excited about. He's kind of small. Outside of his quick release he doesn't bring much to the table. I figured we'd let him go, he would have no chance to crack our line up anyways.

    PTack, wouldn't you rather let a prospect like Stefanovich or Stalberg have a roster spot instead of an AHL player like Devereaux or JerWilliams? I definitely would. Let's see what these guys are made of. We know what Williams and Devereaux are made of. They are what they are.

  15. mojo19 says:

    True, Semin is not really a Burke type of player.

    Kaberle for Backstrom would be a more likely trade with Washington.

  16. mrdude75 says:

    The only one I see back flipping around here is you back-flipping over the chance to slam the leafs. It's just positive moves to turn a franchise around. The past 10 years have deteriorated our team so now its nice see somewhat positive growth. I was unaware fans were not allowed to be optimistic.

  17. mojo19 says:

    Great move signing this guy. I imagine the fact that its a 1-year deal (when entry level deals can be 1, 2, or 3 years) has something to do with the fact that Toskala's contract is expiring at the end of this year, and Burke will have to decide whether or not to renew him.

    Also the 1 year deal makes it easy to cut ties if Monster doesn't work out. I think he'll be a good goalie, and this 1 year deal will be like an audition year. Expect Gustavsson to get around 30 starts, and be more like a tandem with Toskala, as opposed to a backup who plays 15-20 games.

  18. KingCanada says:

    Jeremy Williams is NO Martin St. Louis. He actually sucks, he is a one dimentional player who can only play in the offensive zone and he can only shoot (one trick pony).

    If he is not playing on the teams top 2 lines then he does not play at all. Burke wasnt a fan of him and neigther was Wilson because Jeremy gets too comfterbal when called up and lacks major work ethic. (ever wonder why he scores in the first game then dissapears shortly after?)

    He’s 25, undersized and wasnt able to crack the lineup for all these years. Im pretty sure hes already reached his full potential and doesnt have what it takes to be a solid pro IMO.

  19. mojo19 says:

    ….. Lonny Bohonos

  20. KingCanada says:

    I like the idea but as a general rule of thumb contending teams do not trade one of their main roster players for another.

    Like Burke mentioned regarding trading Schenn to move up in the draft…this time regarding it from Washington's point of view.  It makes no sense to fill one hole by creating another.

    Washington lost Federov and Kozlov to the KHL…Semin just became THAT much more important to the Capitals.

  21. KingCanada says:

    Exactly!  Another small player who never panned out.  If he had ANY sense he would go play overseas and make a decent living for himself.  Playing in the AHL will net u 100k IF YOUR LUCKY.  Im sure the KHL would be willing to put him in the 7 figures after a season or 2 of production.

  22. mojo19 says:

    Building from the net out. Our forwards aren't anything to get too excited about, if anything it will be a fun year to see who of the younger guys steps it up (Bozak, Stalberg, Hanson?)

    But I definitely think our goals against will go down. Gustavsson and Toskala could potentially be a very solid tandem, and the Leafs could have some very solid d with a top 4 of Kaberle, Komisarek, Beauchemin, and Schenn, add Mike VanRyn, Ian White, and Garnett Exelby to round out 7, and you're looking pretty deep on the back end.

    Also with NHL calibre guys like Finger, Frogren, and Stralman there could definitely be a trade coming.

  23. quick_stick says:

    Once THEY LEFT Toronto many of the careers were done, not during… though Rhodes went on to do pretty well with the Sens for a while.

  24. KingCanada says:

    Sounds like BS to me…

    Kaberle is not worth 2 first round picks (hes not Chris Pronger..)

    And Frolov is a much better player/potential then Tlusty.

    There might be rumors between both teams because I could see LA having a need for Kaberle considering they traded 2 puck moving defencemen to Colorado in the Smyth deal (Quincey, Preissing) but definatly not at that price thats absurd…this is coming from a Leaf fan, that trade makes no sense for LA.

  25. mojo19 says:

    True. Although I think Mike Knuble replaces Kozlov pretty good.

  26. KingCanada says:

    Hey if we cant win at least we can fight.  Look at the cohones Burke put into the lineup ontop of what was already there.

    Komiserak, Schenn, Beauchemin, Finger, Exelby, Orr, Mayers… these guys can ALL fight!

    We might not lead the league in points but we might as well lead the league in eigther PIMs and fighting majors!!  Should be entertaining as hell to say the least haha.

    Bring in Tie Domi as the fighting coach!! LMAO

  27. Bure96 says:

    Fair enough. My opinion is that it's just easier to acquire a top 6 forward, then a top 4 puck moving defender.

    Washington picks up Kaberle, signs a guy like Alex Tangauy, Maxim Afinogenov, Robert Lang, Petr Sykora or Saku Koivu and then you still have a very good team.

    With a rookie goalie in net (seems weird, but Varlamov is still eligable for the Calder next year) they need to build a strong defense infront of him. Mike Green, Tom Poti, and Karl Alzner is a good start. Add Kaberle to that unit. That would be scary.

    Upfront without Semin they would still have Ovechkin, Backstrom, Nylander (he's still got a bit left in the tank), Laich, Fleischmann, Clark, and Fehr upfront. They have good role players in Gordan, Steckel, and Bradley. Add Tangauy, or Sykora to that unit, and that's still a strong group with a suddenly very strong defense, and a good young netminder.

    I unno, just thought though.

  28. KingCanada says:

    Still..they lost 2 main forwards and only added one.  They have some decent prospects but no one IMO who will replace Federov's production as of yet.

  29. broc says:

    Semin is just another selfish Russian who will bolt back to the Russian league if he doesn't get whatever he wants. No use taking a risk in picking him up. It would be like trading for Radulov.

    Early already in his career he spurned the Caps. Only when Ovechkin showed up did he decide to come back to NA too. Too risky and selfish.

  30. KingCanada says:

    I agree with the fact that Kaberle would be a GREAT fit in eigther Washington or LA.  Ive actually always wanted the Leafs to trade Kaberle to the Caps for a 1st rounder and say Alzner or Carlson.

    I just think Semin is untouchable for McPhee.  Think about it.

    Semin > Tanguay, Afinogenov, Lang Sykora, Koivu ect…in some cases better then 2 of them combined.

    He does not play on Ovechkin's line meaning the Capitals have 2 gamebreaking lines.  You take Semin away and every other teams top checking units play every shift against Ovechkin/Backstrom.  In that perticular instance I see the Capitals regressing significantly and thats why I believe Semin is a top 3 player on that team and he is untouchable.

  31. mojo19 says:

    Statement makes no sense –

    Here are some goalies who played well for Toronto, and/or had good careers after, in no particular order:

    1. Fuhr had some really good, competitive years with St.Louis.
    2. Felix Potvin didn't do well in NYI (a real 'tending graveyard) but he had a couple good years with Vancouver, had a resurgence with LA, then was a mentor in Boston.
    3. Tellqvist got his start as a back up here and went on to have some pretty good seasons as a B goalie in Phoenix.
    4. Damian Rhodes Ottawa has been mentioned.
    5. Wregget played poor for the Leafs but went on to win a cup with Pittsburgh, no? (not sure about that, but was a starter there at one point, don't know if he backed up Barrasso)
    6.Barrasso was older with the Leafs nearing the end, but played really well for us with Cujo out with that hand injury after the olympics
    7.Cory Schwab was a journeyman goalie but played his best hockey as a Leaf
    8. Glen Healey was a solid backup at the end of his career in Toronto
    9. Ed Belfour 1st round vs Ottawa 2004 – best goaltending ever
    10.Joseph's run to the final 4 in 1999….
    11.Vesa Toskala' first season with Toronto was excellent. Last year he played hurt, played poorly, but right before he shut it down he put on a show for a couple of games
    12. JS Aubin – couldn't make it long term as a starter, but his incredible run of 13 unbeaten games at the end of the2006 season will not be forgotten.

    Some guys didn't work out, sure. But you could go through lots of teams find the same kind of thing.

    Raycroft was already on the decine the season before with Boston
    Trevor Kidd was washed up, granted
    Don Beaupre…. etc.

  32. KingCanada says:

    Im hoping that both goalies have GREAT years with Gustavsson having the slight edge. The Leafs no doubt should miss the playoffs yet again so we will be sellers at the deadline. In this instance…

    Gustavsson > Toskala

    2009/10 NHL Season:

    Toskala plays his heart out, his surgery was a success but he still didnt have enough gas in the tank to counter the Monster’s (hopefully Calder consideration) season and becomes trade bait to a contender.

    The Toronto Maple Leafs then trade Toskala to the Philidelphia Flyers for a 2nd round pick (ala MTL/WAS Huet trade) when Holmgren figures out that Ray Cokehead Emery is not the answer for the broadstreet bullies.

    The Leafs get younger and add a draft pick. Vesa goes on to a sick team with Pronger/Timonen skating in front of him and goes deep into the playoffs and everyone lives happily ever after.

    The End lol

  33. mojo19 says:

    haha, ya I like that too. Burke stayed true to his word of getting the team tougher. Not that anyone expected anything less from Brian Burke.

  34. Bure96 says:

    Fair enough.

  35. reinjosh says:

    Fraincois Beachimin is not overrated. He's tough, he can score a solid 20 – 30 points a season, he is between -10 and plus 10 throughout his career which isnt too bad for a defenceman and he has always been underrated playing behind Pronger and Niedermayer. He is a 3 – 4 pairing defenceman and will play very well for his price. The Toronto defence is very solid, very mean and a better defence than it was last year. It may not be the best in the league but with 9 NHL ready and solid (relativily) players its better than most and its pretty cheap.

    Lets be real, Toskala is a starting goaltender. He definitely is not a top 10 goaltender but he is a starting goaltender. The fact is he has had 4 seasons of 20 plus wins and with the exception of this last season (where he played almost all his games injured and with a terrible defensive team) his GAA has been under 2.74 and his save percentage has been over .900. He is more of a starting goalie than Leclaire and with Gustavsson pushing him (hopefully) he shall prove he is a starting goaltender.

    And it still remains to be seen whether or not this team will be any good. But Burke has so far completed his goal. Get bigger, get tougher, start the rebuild. He has succeeded in this and he has done very well for a GM in his position. At least out team got better. Yours didnt.

    Our team really isnt that slow at all. Stop trying to make up ways to blast the leafs cause you hate them and it makes you feel better about your shitty team.

  36. mojo19 says:

    Ya, if both goalies are playing great then we could deal Toskala at deadline and exten the younger Gustavsson. Moving Toskala and adding another asset would be great, and the better he's playing the more in demand he'll be. Hopefully he goes for more than the 2nd round pick Huet went for a couple years ago, or be put on waivers like Bryzgalov. Hopefully he goes for what we gave up for him (1st and 2nd round picks)

  37. reinjosh says:

    Emery is going to pan out. Just watch. This guy has the talent and the skill and i think playing in the KHL showed him he wants back in the NHL. He will play very well.

  38. KingCanada says:

    I definatly doubt that we can get a 1st AND 2nd for him… unless of course JFJ is the new GM of trading team haha.  But it would be nice to recoup what we lost thats for sure…

  39. Habroller says:

    Are you from Quebec?

    I know you're a Leafs fan, but I also noticed over the years you know more about the Habs than most Habs fans. It's really nice to read your stuff because you provide great objective and insightful comments about the Canadiens. Not as a Hab-lover (it gets boring) nor as a Hab-hater (à la pezzy).

    Or maybe you just like to get deeply informed about all 30 teams in the League. Any plans on redoing your summer roundup of all teams this year?

  40. KingCanada says:

    Yea I think he will prove alot of us wrong too but secretly I hope he bombs.  For a couple reasons…

    1 – I HATE all Senators and ex Senators haha (fun to watch em burn)

    2 – He just seems like a jackass who isnt a team player, is late for practise and gets in trouble with cops…like seriously bro ur under the microscope..smarten up.

    3 – Last but most important…my ex GF had a HUUUGE crush on him and Ive hated his guts ever since…LOL

  41. Habroller says:

    Why not hold on to Kaberle.

    He's the last one the Leafs should get rid of. If you want a guy like Komisarek, or to a lesser extent Beauchemin, to be at their best, they need a slick defensively responsible puck-mover like Tomas to make them look good.

    Try getting rid of Finger, Van Ryn or Frogren instead of Kaberle. He's the piece that makes your top-4 look so good. Unless you want to be sure to miss the playoffs…

  42. Habroller says:

    Add Kadri and TO's 2010 1st pick and you might have a deal!

  43. 93killer93 says:

    I'm not proposing it, it is a rumor i have heard. I think it is a bad trade for LA i think a trade more along the lines of

    1st 2010


  44. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Is he a RFA after this year!

  45. Elite_Destruction says:


    Awesome interview with Burkey!!!

    He has an offer on the table for Rickard Wallin

    Also thinking about turning one of the Dmen into a forward is a thought

    Deff gotta listen to the interview.

  46. TheLeafNation91 says:


  47. Elite_Destruction says:

    He didnt say, but I would assume so yes, because he played a little bit up front last year, but who really knows.

  48. lafleur10 says:

    this is off topic  but can anybody tell me if they think the bluejays are going to trade halliday? if so what do you think they'll get in return? also how does ricky romero look as a pitcher,he's been one of my favorites, could he be a top 2-3 pitchwer in the rotation?

  49. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I think Canadians should just rally and try to get out of the AL East!

  50. Elite_Destruction says:

    I'm not sure if the Jays will trade the Doc, he's a hell of a lot better then Peavy, and the Padres could not trade him because they could not get a good enough return, so just imagine what JP would be asking! Definitely a big bat would have to be a infielder because the out field is basically set, although i wish Wells could be gone, but that won't happen cause no one will take his contract, they would also be asking for a top notch starting pitcher back with another OK one, and a shit load of prospects, thats my opinion on what they would ask, just look what Boston gave up to get Beckett they had to give up Hanley Ramirez, he is now in like the top 3 Short stops in the leauge. NYM had to give up 5 top prospects for Santana, and Doc is better then both thos 2, he is the best in the league in a lot of peoples/analyists eyes. As for Ricky Romero, he's deffinitly a future #1 if not ace of a ball club, there is talk he is in the running for rookie of the year, turns out he was a good pick, and keeping him down in the minors worked out perfectly.

    Hope that answers your questions.

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