Leafy's Trade Deadline Coverage

From now until the deadline, you’ll get at least an article a day from Leafy. Sorry guys. Here’s my instant analysis on the latest goings on.
First, we’re going to have to expect a Red Sux-Yankees style arms race in the West, except it will be among more teams. You’ve got every real contender in the league in the West. Detroit, Dallas, San Jose, Anaheim, and to lesser extents, Colorado, Vancouver, and Calgary should be in the mix. As for Minnesota, they’ve never been a terribly active team on the trade front. Don’t expect them to make any big moves, unless…..

They can get Forsberg. Forsberg is apparently interested in Minnesota, Minnesota is apparently interested in Forsberg. He’d be a good addition, and would give them room to trade Pavol Demitra, as it’s been speculated they’ll do all year. If they add Forsberg, and were to not trade Demitra, that’s some excellent depth down the middle with Forsberg, Demitra, and Rolston. I’ve said for a while that good centers can make a team.

The best player available is clear. Rob Blake is a big, strong defenseman, who can play big playoff minutes, has won a Cup, and an Olympic gold medal. Interesting to note, in that tournament, the anniversary falling on a Sunday for the first time since it happened this year, on the 24th, Rob Blake was not on for a single goal against Canada. If I’m a team like Philadelphia, or Ottawa, or Anaheim, or San Jose, or Detroit, he’s the number one player I’d look at. I think San Jose is the most desperate for a defenseman at the moment, and I see them giving up too much for him.

Dallas generally makes some sort of a mid-level splash this time of year. They have no first round draft pick this year, thanks to the Mattias Normstrom deal. Would they trade next years pick to get goal scoring? I hope so. Rumour has it that the Stars are looking for a goal scorer, specifically Toronto’s Jason Blake.

The Leafs are likely going to fire sale. TSN’s coverage will be pretty interesting with JFJ there. It will feature Mr Ferguson analyzing the tearing apart of his team, possibly including Mats Sundin, Darcy Tucker, Tomas Kaberle, Bryan McCabe, Hal Gill, Pavel Kubina, Jason Blake, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Nik Antropov, Matt Stajan, Kyle Wellwood, Alex Steen, Ian White, Andrew Raycroft, and Chad Kilger.

Now, most of those players are untradeable. Look for Ponikarovsky and Antropov to be dealt, as they’re not maing a load of money. I love Chad Kilger, but honestly, who’ll be shocked if he’s waived? I won’t.

Those who will likely be kept around are Jiri Tlusty and Vesa Toskala, while the Leafs will recieve many offers for Tomas Kaberle, but I still wouldn’t expect to see him leave Toronto. He’s a great bargain, and he’s a guy to build around. Once Sundin is traded, Kaberle has to be named captain. He’s in his prime, not turning 30 until about a week after the trade deadline, and is really, Toronto’s loan star player. He and Toskala are really our best players at the moment.

The other sellers include the Blackhawks, Islanders, Kings, and Oilers. Tomorrow I’ll do more on those teams. Toronto happens to be intersting and in the news. I’ll also talk about what the Senators will be interested in doing.

-Bill


27 Responses to Leafy's Trade Deadline Coverage

  1. dcz28 says:

    Rob Blake has said he won't waive his no trade clause to go to an Eastern conference team.

    As for the Leafs well the only one i would take on the Wings is Sundin but Detroit won't pay a Forsberg type price so nobody from the Leafs will be going to Detroit.

  2. beckfan05 says:

    Tomas Kaberle.

    If any team inquires about him then they should have to surrender at least 2 first rounders, a top prospect and a 40 goal scorer.

    Thats because Leaf fans think that hes a top 5 defenceman. He'll probably have a better career than Ray Bourque.

    Even if he has 1 more point than Tobias Enstrom

  3. Habfanforever says:

    There is no way Toronto should trade Kaberle. Of course every player has a price tag and his is very high but considering his salary, his age and what he brings to the table, he would be a good player in which to build a defense core around. However, stranger things have happened but it would take a 1st, a 2nd a roster player and a prospect to get him out of TO and I'm saying that's the LEAST he is worth. With today's new financial certainty era of hockey, such trades have become more and more scarce.

  4. A-Train24 says:

    Are you serious?

  5. arigold says:

    I don't know about Ray Bourque, but he will have a great career.

  6. broc says:

    I don't see the point of keeping Kaberle around. The Leafs obviously are about to undergo and complete tear-down of the team- and try to rebuild with draft picks/prospects.

    Sure, Kaberle is a great defenceman. Even better, his contract kicks ass. That's 2 great reasons he might fetch as much as Sundin at the deadline. Why not try to get a Bobby Ryan or someone along those lines? It's so difficult to trade for top prospects, so if the Leafs have 1 or 2 players to do this- they absolutely MUST. What's the point of blowing up the team but keeping 1 player who would net an incredible return?! That's just crazy. The bomb must go off, and no one can be spared if they are serious about turning this franchise around from the ground up.

    Keeping Kaberle in Toronto doesn't benefit Toronto at all besides giving them 1 good player for next season. There is no point to it.  What good will Kaberle be on a last place team next year? Answer= none!

    They'd be best to try to tank next year and land Tavares!

  7. beckfan05 says:

    Yeah, great career. He's never scored more than 11 goals in a season and he's already 29 but he'll have a great career.

    Hate to have you as one of my scouts.

  8. leafy says:

    "Once Sundin is traded, Kaberle has to be named captain. He's in his prime, not turning 30 until about a week after the trade deadline, and is really, Toronto's loan star player. He and Toskala are really our best players at the moment."

    Very accurate statements in my opinion.

    I hope Dallas bites on Blake.  I like the way Blake plays even if he's not scoring, but at this point, we need to get rid of the large contracts for as many picks/prospects as possible.  It's well known Dallas pursued Blake last summer.

    I agree it's unlikely the Leafs will trade Kaberle.  He's just too good to toss away in a firesale, and I can't see a team like NY giving up 2 blue chip prospects in this cap era.

  9. arigold says:

    Ok, not Lidstrom numbers, but to deny that he's a great player, and that he has already, and will continue to have a great career is ignorant.

  10. markjohnston says:

    your sarcasm mixed with douchbaggery doesn't make for a funny or worthwhile post.

    I don't think anyone (besides you in a fully jackassed manner) is comparing kaberle to borque.

  11. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Actually, the statement isn't accurate at all. I misspelled "lone".

  12. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I misspelled "lone" and now feel stupid. 

  13. mojo19 says:

    The GM's seem to like him, they've picked him to go to a few all-star games. And being one of the best offensive d-men statistically over the past 5 years, makes him a pretty valuable player.

    Here are the total points accumulated by the top offensive d-men over the past 5 seasons (exception: Pronger who missed almost an entire season a few years ago, so I took his stats from 6 seasons ago)

    Gonchar 309 pts
    Lidstrom 301 pts
    Zubov 266 pts
    Pronger 263 pts
    Niedermayer 258 pts
    McCabe 245 pts
    Kaberle 242 pts
    Blake 232 pts
    Timonen 231 pts
    Schneider 230 pts
    Boyle 228 pts
    Redden 208 pts
    Visnovsky 199 pts
    Chara 189 pts
    A.Markov 184 pts

    Only a 3-5 point per season difference between Kaberle and Niedermayer, Pronger, Zubov over the past 5 seasons. And you don't consider this to be elite???

    And to talk about how Kaberle's career high in goals is 11. Consider this: Rob Blake has only hit 60 pts in a season once. That was in 1994, and he's only hit the 20 goal mark twice (last time in 1998). And he's was considered an offensive machine from the blueline. Kaberle provides that same consistant offense from the backend every year.

  14. KingCanada says:

    WOW ok there i dont think u acn say Blake is the clear best player available, wat about Sundin?  He is having a much better season then Blake is, Blake is starting to show his age, Sundin isnt, much better player to aquire IMO.

    Everyone thinks that the Leafs will be blown up but they wont.  Mark my words you will all be dissapointed.  Sundin MIGHT be on his way out but thats no garanty.  Everyone else excluding the RFAs have contracts for next year.  Now that doesnt mean that because you have a contract next year that u cant be traded.  5 players have NTC and those 5 are the guys that make the most money on the team, excluding Jason Blake (Sundin, Kubina, McCabe, Kaberle, Tucker).  They ALL have NTC because they dont want to leave, im willing to bet that at least 4/5 of those players remain Leafs, especially Tucker, hes not going anywere.
     
    Im going to guess that only 3-5 Leafs get traded away and it will be minor besides Sundin, you will ALL be dissapointed.

    My trade casualties include Sundin, Kilger, Gill, Poni, Antropov, doubt anyone else goes unfortinatly

    I hope to god im wrong…

  15. Kyleton says:

    If Toronto trades Sundin they will not name a captain until Sundin Officially is not returning to Toronto.  IF that happens then a new captain will be named.

  16. dcz28 says:

    Actually yesterday one Leaf fan on hockeybuzz compared him to Lidstrom and Bourque saying Kaberle would be in their league when his career is over and he would be a sure bet HOF after his career is over.

  17. beckfan05 says:

    There is nothing that Kaberle does that makes anyone say WOW.

    Lidstrom has won his trophies as well as Neidermayer Blake and Pronger. And to compare Blake now is ridiculous because hes 38!

    Zubov has been a scoring machine his whole career. Chara as been a brusier on D.

    I think if you want to compare Kaberle to the greats and elite then you should compare by age, not just over the last 5 years or so. Compare him to what they did up till 29. Thats fair.

    I mean, is this guy a stopper on the blueline like a Lowe or a Langway as well?

  18. mojo19 says:

    I'm not comparing Kaberle to those guys in their prime though. Are you that thick? I'm saying he's one of the games elite d-men. His numbers say it all. He's put up almost the best numbers of any defensman in the past 5 years. The only 2 significantly better offensively *in the past five years* are Gonchar and Lidstrom. Therefore, adding Kaberle to the Rangers would be giving them one of the elite, top offensive D-men IN THE GAME TODAY!

    Its not like you'd be trading for Blake, or Niederymayer at the age of 29. You'd be trading for them NOW. And as of right now, Kaberle brings the offense.

    My point about Blake was just to counter your arguement that since Kaberle has never scored more then 11 in a season he's not that good. I just used Blake as an example because he was so great for so long, but still only put up two 20+ goal seasons. So its not like a lot of d-men score much more then 11 goals in one season. I was just showing you that your point should be thrown out.

  19. EasternHockey says:

    Yeah, dream on.  That's not how life works.  If Sundin leaves, Sundin will NOT be returning.

  20. markjohnston says:

    well then!

    I guess all leafs fans think that.

  21. mojo19 says:

    Actually he’s right. If Sundin is traded they won’t name a new captain immediately. They’ll wait until Sundin is either re-signed, or signs an extension with his new team, or signs with a different team after July 1st. Until any of that happens, the Leafs will not name a new captain if Mats is traded before the deadline.

  22. ericthered1961 says:

    N.O.T.H.I.N.G……THATS WHAT THE LEAFS WILL DO BY THE DEADLINE- SAME OLE FACES- SAME OLE BULLSHIT- no mystery folks you’ve been fed the same ole crap for the last 41 years- smarten up.

  23. toronto77 says:

    the only reason to keep kaberle is not because they have one more good player next season, but that they have an amazing defencman to teach the younger prospects so that they can learn from them. Coliaicovo and Stralman will likely be our defensive stars in the future, Coli i think can already take the leadership on defence, but stralman may need one more season of learning from kaberle in order to become one of our top 2 defenman.

  24. greatlife15 says:

    I hope they dont trade Kaberle he’s a top 10 (if not top 5) defenseman in the league and he’s a great neutral zone puck handler. He’d also be great to have to help out any younger defensemen who might enter the fray.

  25. greatlife15 says:

    It's okay Leafy. We all make mistakes.

  26. dcz28 says:

    I never said all Leaf fans thought that…you said you didn't think ANYONE would compare Kaberle to Bourque but i found it funny that a Leaf fan had just done that when i asked him if he was seriously comparing Kaberle to Lidstrom and Bourque. Another Leaf fan jumped in and made a joke about what he said but he maintained his position.

    I just had to prove you wrong when you said you didn't think anyone would compare Kaberle to Bourque is all…i could probably post a link to his comment if you want but it's not really worth the time since i've argued over players worth with him for quite a while in another thread.

  27. leafy says:

    Just one question Beck, how many times have you watched Kaberle play?  Be truthful. 

    I would hope that you haven't watched him all that much, because I'd be very concerned about your judgment if you're making the comments you're making if you've watched him play.

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