Leafs to shop Gunnarsson?

In a perfect world, Burke would like to use his blue liner surplus as bait for a possible trade for forward help. Gunnarsson is a likely candidate and will be showcased while playing with Phaneuf.

Franson has an encouraging upside and would seem to be in the team’s long-term plans. Aulie, meanwhile, is just a phone call away, especially if Gardiner has some hiccups once the regular season kicks off and the bullets start flying for real.

Komisarek, who has been less-than-advertised since signing as a free agent in 2009, has looked quicker during camp. The thinking is that his veteran influence makes him an ideal partner for Gardiner.

Gardiner showed some warts in his game on Saturday, the second of back-to-back outings against the Red Wings. But it was his fine performance 24 hours earlier at Joe Louis Arena on Friday that showed just how promising he can be, scoring a goal and an assist against a very strong Detroit lineup.

“I have to say he’s been the surprise of camp,” Wilson said. “He certainly has earned a spot.”

How long the smooth-skating Gardiner stays with the parent club remains to be seen. Either way, given what we’ve seen so far, his natural talents alone makes the Beauchemin trade seem like a coup for the Leafs.


74 Responses to Leafs to shop Gunnarsson?

  1. KingCanada says:

    Bozak has potential and is young yes..you have to give something to get something.  Burke has been rumored to be interested in Turris and Doan.  Maybe you throw in Gunnarsson and another asset going the other way and the trade starts to seem more likely.

  2. Boston_Bruins says:

    How much they're expected to play doesn't factor in. Rask did drop off last year (with a fai share of bad luck) but he still put up very good numbers and is only one year removed from that amazing rookie season.

  3. Boston_Bruins says:

    You're right. I actually have no idea how I put him that low. I don't think Ehrhoff is anywhere near top 10 though.

  4. hockey_lover says:

    3. Hours. 36. Freaking. Minutes.

  5. hockey_lover says:

    Youre telling me. It was just ridiculous.    6 or 7 rounds, its thin?  Good christ. After the 4th round, it was kinda lame.

    If Stapleton and Carkner can get 10pts each, I'll be happy lol

  6. JoelLeafs says:

    Interesting placement for the two Richards'.

    Also, I'd put Grabo on there way before Kessel.
    Also: Thorton ahead of the Sedins? Odd. 
  7. reinjosh says:

    Pff, that's nothing. My 14 team, 32 round draft took almost 3 months. 

    Granted we had 24 hours per pick…
  8. blaze says:

    I really don't think Dallas has any shot in the West at all this year. You're right though I'm sure they will wait a few weeks to see where they're at before moving their captain.

    I'm sure money issues are still a concern in Dallas and after missing the playoffs last year with Richards I just can't see any hope without this year. I expect Dallas to start the rebuild this year keeping some of the younger pieces.

    The more I think of Morrow the more I think he's a perfect fit for the Leafs, exactly what the Kessel line needs. With the relationship between Joe Nieuwendyk and Burke I think that a deal could probably be worked out.

  9. Boston_Bruins says:

    Thornton's really upped his overall game. I think the Sedins are overrated. And they always disappear in the clutch. Thornton was guilty of tha before but he's been much better in the playoffs lately.

  10. Leafs_Wallace says:

    Seabrook, Markov, Streit, Staal, Elder Timonen, Kronwall all ahead of Phaneuf??? Put them on the same team they all play behind Dion. Markov is 14th and Kaberle doesn't make the list, they're basically the same player expect one is injured half a season every year. 

    I don't get how Myers is so high, he has the potential but he isn't there yet.

    Seabrook wouldn't be a # 1 blueliner on any team in the league, this list favors players simply because they're young and ignores accomplished players.

  11. toronto77 says:

    we got destroyed on the PK in the two games against buffalo and the last game against detroit. if he is a face/off specialist than that is half the battle. he doesn't have to be much of a penalty killer, we got 3 other players on the line that can handle that. something as little as winning face/offs will help our PK emensley.

  12. toronto77 says:

    maybe i wasn't clear, but when i said trade gunnarson for parise i didn't mean straight up, we'll package him to get a more realistic deal. if your trying to make me look stupid, i know there is a log jam on denfense, hence trading a defencemen. DUH! like shit man, the point of me sayn we should trade gunar is because of the log jam. if we trade gunar for boyle we'll clear up the defence a bit more but than get the same problem in the bottom 6 forward positions.

  13. hockey_lover says:

    lol thats a bit ridiculous.  32 rounds?  Were you drafting trainers and equipment guys?  😛

  14. reinjosh says:

    It's definitely thin haha. But its abut comparable to yours. And its a keeper league. The damn draft took forever though. It was painful.

    We didn't draft Tim Stapleton though 😛
  15. reinjosh says:

    Yeah I figure that's where I am. It's the "I don't really care, it looks like an unnecessary move, but maybe it will help" type deal I guess. 

  16. reinjosh says:

    Yeah I figure that's where I am. It's the "I don't really care, it looks like an unnecessary move, but maybe it will help" type deal I guess. 

  17. reinjosh says:

    "It sucks for Cody Franson, but the worst thing the Maple Leafs could do with Mike Komisarek is sit him at the start of the season. If you do that immediately, you lose him. They might as well just send him to the AHL. Play him and see where it goes. What Komisarek must do is play simple, which he hasn't done since he came to Toronto. The contract is the contract. That's done, you can't change it. If he tries to live up to that every shift, it's going to be a mess."

    Yeah sometimes things aren't as simple as you think. 
  18. hockey_lover says:

    See, there's your problem man. Not enough Tim Stapleton. Any draft is a fail with out some "Staple."    No?  Anyone?  Bueller?  😛

  19. KingCanada says:

    Wow I checked capgeek and they actually have the lowest payroll in the league…somethings up financially for sure.  Also Brendan Morrow has a NTC so I dono if he would waive it to come to Toronto…

    If they rebuild tho they dont really have much of a young core outside of Eriksson, Benn, Goligoski, Daley, Lethonen…with Glennie, Campbell and Oleksiak as prospects.

    I dono, I just dont see them rebuilding…there wouldnt be much of a team there if they did and they would finish deadlast.  Tough sell in Dallas for sure…they arent in Edmonton lol.

  20. KingCanada says:

    Well I guess we value our goalies differently.  In my pool if the guy doesnt play then ur leaving points on the table.  Need starting goalies who play roughly 60 games with good stats to be succesful. 

    Ull be happy to know I drafted Thomas with my first pick however.  Hopefully Rask doesnt play TOO much…

  21. KingCanada says:

    Well IMO since were talking fantasy (and not overall defensive play) Erhoff was 7th in pts and tied for 6th in goals by a defenceman last season. He also takes many shots which is also valued in fantasy. Had a great playoff and now hes on a new team with alot to prove. I just think he will have just as good of a season.

    I am definatly not saying he is a top 10 D overall in the NHL but as far as fantasy hockey is concerned he is…since were talking offence here.

  22. KingCanada says:

    Well our 8-9 defencemen are all NHL quality defencemen IMO.  Our 4th line and our extra forwards are all able to step into the Marlie ranks if you ask me so having a logjam down there is not the end of the world especially when your talking about 6 figure contracts or 2 way deals.  Not to mention we will soon see Blacker and Percy in a few years.

    Im not trying to make you look stupid but you seem to have a very REAL bias towards Leafs.  Dont get me wrong here Im a Leafs fan first as well but looking at it realistically I see him as the odd man out with Liles and also the emergence of Gardiner.

    I also would love to see a guy like Parise in blue and white but I dont think Burke will wait that long if the team struggles.  And those superstars will not be available in the first half of the season.

  23. Militant says:

    I don't know.

    When does Tim Thomas start a season as the Bruins starter and actually end the season as the Briuns starter?

    I know his GAA is usually pretty good, but his stellar seasons are the ones when he goes into the season trying to take over the starting job.

    Anyway.  That's what it seems like.

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