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Having three goalies hurts the Leafs

The Kaberle Trade Watch is back on

Having three goalies hurts the Leafs

You have to wonder what the Toronto Maple Leafs are thinking these days.

With 32 games remaining in the regular season, the 12th-place team is buried below the playoff line. A late push is likely not going to matter, not when they are 12 points back with four teams ahead of them.

So why was Jean-Sébastien Giguère in net on Tuesday against the Florida Panthers? And more importantly, why was James Reimer sitting on the bench and Jonas Gustavsson sitting in the press box?

Forget that Giguère actually helped the Leafs win the game. These last two-and-a-half months are about one thing: developing players for next season and beyond. Playing a 33-year-old goaltender who is in the final year of his contract does not help the team in that regard.

So why is Giguère still playing? The idea that putting him on display will increase his trade value is a nice thought. But what playoff-bound team is in the market for a past-his-prime veteran who has a troubled groin and can no longer play in back-to-back games? That is not even taking into account his salary, which has a pro-rated value of about US$1.5-million.

This is meant as no disrespect to Giguère. The Stanley Cup winner has been nothing but a class act since coming to Toronto in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks at this time last year. He has been a mentor to both Gustavsson and Reimer. He has been a vocal leader in the dressing room. And, despite his .896 save percentage, he has been provided the Leafs with average goaltending.

But having him in net does nothing to help the team in the long run. To get better, the Leafs need to go young. To that end, they need to go with Reimer and Gustavsson for the rest of the season.

The 22-year-old Reimer, who is 4-3-0 with a .933 save percentage, is expected to get the start against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. That is good. That is a step in the right direction. But what comes next?

“I’m not really sure,” head coach Ron Wilson said. “James Reimer has played so well every game. He hasn’t had a bad game yet. So I’m still thinking about getting games in here for [Reimer], too.”

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The Kaberle Trade Watch is back on

It is that time again. With the NHL trade deadline less than a month away and the Toronto Maple Leafs well out of a playoff spot, the question is whether or not Tomas Kaberle will waive his no-trade clause.

It is a question the 32-year-old defenceman has been asked for the past three seasons. But just because he is in the final year of his contract, do not expect the answer to change.
It is unlikely Kaberle will waive his no-trade clause, even it means turning down the opportunity to play for a Stanley Cup contender.

“To end any speculation, there isn’t a list of teams,” Kaberle’s agent, Rick Curran, said in a phone interview on Tuesday. “And there will not be.”

By stating this, Curran is hopeful that the trade talk will go away. But until the Feb. 28 deadline passes, his client’s name is likely to be at the centre of all rumours.

Last year, Kaberle openly refused to waive his no-trade clause. But there were still reports that he provided the Leafs with a list of teams he would accept moving to.

Curran said that was never the case. Nor would that happen this year.

“Quite frankly, I don’t want Tomas to go through another s— show,” he said. “I hope that doesn’t happen again.”

It very well could. The veteran provides the franchise its best chance at getting better for the future. For that reason, the team has to do everything that it can to convince him to be moved — even if that means pressuring him to accept a move, something that general manager Brian Burke said he would never do.

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176 Responses to Maple Leafs News and Rumors

  1. dumbassdoorman says:

    You know at this point I just want a trade to happen, any trade, any teams……lol…..god i hate the freaking cap era for trades….this sucks bad F&$K you Bettman

  2. Leafs_RegimeofBurke_ says:

    If Burke got Stamkos offer sheet style, the whole city will bow down and suck his dick. But would he do it…I know he's got some weird stubborn morality surrounding this kind of offer.

    Also, Im not sure on how the RFA offer works…if Burke made such an offer (10yrs) and Tampa Bay found some way to keep Stamkos, what kind of repercussion(s) would Burke face other than pissing off Yzerman?

    If the only thing standing in the way is the Penner incident, thats really sad.

  3. leafy says:

    I'm not offended at all. Believe me, I'm not that sensitive. So no need to apologize. I think in the last 8 years, I've only been offended a handful of times on this site. LOL

    Obviously communicating by text instead of conversation is more challenging and sometimes the message gets lost and it's difficult to get points across. I'll admit I sometimes get frustrated with people in the communication but very rarely do I find people's comments offensive. A few people I find annoying but I won't go there.

  4. glotz_99 says:

    Ya Burke would definetly look like a dick if they couldn't sign him especially after going off on Lowe for overpaying Penner.

  5. Boston_Bruins says:

    Busta Reims

  6. nordiques100 says:

    that's what use to separate the NHL from other sports.

    trades bring news and interest and talk.

    news, interest and talk brings a spotlight on the league….year round.

    a spotlight gives the league more exposure and more "positive" news on the game.

    it balances out the fighting, the headshots, the cheapshots, the bankruptcies, that usually dominate the news and overshadow everything.

    since its only fighting, headshots, cheapshots and bankruptcies as the only real, tangible, factual news out there on the NHL, it leads a sour taste, disinterest and negativity.

    i really hate it.

  7. lukeleim says:

    Trade Francois Beauchemin, Tyler Bozak and Jonas Gustavsson to the Ottawa Senators for Jason Spezza and Brian Lee.

    Trade Brett Lebda to the Columbus Blue Jackets for the Blue Jackets' 6th round draft pick of 2011.

    Trade Tomas Kaberle to the Dallas Stars for Steve Ott and the Stars' 2nd round draft pick of 2011.

    2011 Offseason
    Resign Jean-Sebastien Giguere one-year contract 1.5 million.
    Resign Luke Schenn four-year contract 12 million.
    Resign Clarke MacArthur two-year contract 5 million.
    Resign Tim Brent one-year contract 625,000.
    Resign Carl Gunnarsson two-year contract 2 million.
    Sign Simon Gagne one-year contract 2 million.
    Sign Ian White one-year contract 2 million.

    Simon Gagne – Jason Spezza – Phil Kessel
    Clarke MacArthur – Mikhail Grabovski – Nikolai Kulemin
    Kris Versteeg – Steve Ott – Colby Armstrong
    Mike Brown – Tim Brent – Colton orr

    Dion Phaneuf – Luke Schenn
    Mike Komisarek – Ian White
    Keith Aulie – Carl Gunnarsson

    James Reimer
    Jean-Sebastien Giguere

  8. Leafs_the_word says:

    Burke's been talking the talk about a quick rebuild, I don't see another option to achieve that end.  The Leafs are bigger then Burke, he's a smart fellow, he gets it besides Burke can lawyer talk his way out of anything.

    If we landed Stamkos we'd' give up 4 first round picks to Tampa.  Worth it IMO, Stamkos is arguable the best player in the game.

    That is the beauty of it Yzerman could do nothing, he'd be in cap hell managing his team for 10 years given his buried under Lecalvier, St.Louis and Malone long term.

    The worst he could do is ignore us on the trade front (boohoo) or try to pry one of our RFAs in the future (I'm happy with compensation anyway).

    This would bring massive good attention to the Leafs, a PR home run and business dream for the Leafs, the members of the board should be begging for this.

    If Yzerman doesn't extend Stamkos by RFA season it's his own fault.

  9. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    take off the salary cap!!!!!

  10. NonLeafFansAreGay says:


    Would Be
    F***ING AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. nordiques100 says:

    we're a cess pool with a grim future.

    what a terrific line.

  12. nordiques100 says:

    i tagged you in to get the pinfall.

  13. Leafs_RegimeofBurke_ says:

    I dont like it.

    Spezza would be nice if we had a gritty scoring winger with he and kessel…but gagne and those guys would be one soft line and I think Burke would give it the thumbs down for levels of truculence. Kessel needs someone who will win puck battles and hook him up.
    And as Ive said before Leafs should keep Bozak to ultimately fill the 3rd line C position. He's been picking his game up lately, I'd like to see where he can take it.
  14. dumbassdoorman says:

    I actually like the idea of obtaining Spezza, as he is one of only a few centres that probably are avail. through trade. However, that is where I would place a guy like Ott( I only say that as I am not sure he is avail.). He can skate and isn't a bad player, first liner no. That being said he will keep opposing players honest enough to let a duo like Spezza/Kessel work.

  15. leafs_r_a_joke says:

    Spezza is worth a hell of alot more than 2 turds (Bozak and Gustavsson) and an even bigger turd in Blowchemin.

  16. Leafs_the_word says:

    thanks Nords.

  17. Leafs_the_word says:

    I'm warming up to your comments, they capture the id of Leaf Nation.

  18. reinjosh says:

    Phaneuf doesn't currently have one. It comes into affect in his 4th season of his contract according to Pierre Lebrun.

    Its just before the italicized portion of the article and in brackets. So if this is true, it woud probably kick in by July 1st.

  19. Leafs_the_word says:

    It kicks in for the 12/13 season then beause it's a six year deal that runs until the end of 14/15.  He's fair game through the off season.

    Thanks for the link and clearing this up.

  20. Leafs_the_word says:

    If memory serves me we're in the midst of going a few rounds ourselves at the time.

  21. Leafs_the_word says:

    4-1, Go Knicks Go.

  22. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    I thought I would throw out some trade possibilities, the Leafs may be able to acquire. These are moves I believe could happen and not the ultimate trades.

    From Ottawa

    Mike Fisher…$4.2 cap hit. Ottawa will be re-building and need Goalie help. Gustavsson and a prospect may get it done as the cap strapped Sens will most likely look to dump some salaries. I could see Fisher moving to the wing with Kessel and Bozak.

    From New Jersey

    A few possibilities. New Jersey is in a world of hurt and major cap issues. Zajac and Parise may be had…but for what? It's a guess. David Clarkson ($2.667 cap hit) may be had for a prospect and mid pick and would look real good on the third line with Versteeg(if he is not traded) and Armstrong.

    From Edmonton Oilers,

    Dustin Penner $4.2 cap hit may be more than the Oilers want to pay with all the younger talent they have. They may want to unload that contract and use the money for a couple of veterans to help with their young stars. Edmonton could use some toughness and leadership on the defence…Beauchimen's name has came up alot in Toronto trade talks.

    From Tampa Bay

    Ryan Malone $4.5 cap hit. Tampa needs to unload some salaries in the top six to try and afford to keep (re-sign) Stamkos. Tampa would not want to take much salary back so it would have to be prospect(s) and/or pick(s) most likely. Malone is a big body and could fill a need along side Kessel.

    From Columbus

    R.J. Umberger $3.750 cap hit. Columbus is starting to fade a bit and needs help on the back end with both experience and toughness. The Jackets also have lots of cap space.

    Of course there are other teams that are fighting for playoff spots or teams looking to re-tool or those teams looking to add a playoff piece that will show some interest. Personally I would like to see us go after Brian Boyle of the Rangers…unfortunately his up-side is no longer a secret and other teams will be targeting him since he is RFA at the end of season.

    I am not saying any of these trades are likely to happen, just that they are possible because they are not requiring multiple top prospects/picks or multiple roster players to likely make it happen.

    I am also not suggesting making any of these deals if they are sideways moves. Only if we trade from a position of strength in order to fill an area of need.

  23. DannyLeafs says:

    Ottawa might be willing to trade Fisher, but they are in desperation mode, and I think they would want someone they feel would make an instant impact. However, by deadline time they may look strictly and unloading some salary, so maybe.

    Ney Jersey is actually been arguably the best team in the NHL in the last 10 or so games. They have been red hot, and playing well together, and will likely want to see if this group continues to play well together. They probably won't shake things up too much.

    Penner makes sense. He fits a need, is likely available, and Edmonton is done and knows it. Could be the best fit.

    Ryan Malone may have a bad contract, but he won't be moved mid season. Tampa will make the playoffs, and he has a big role on that team. He plays a good number of minutes, is their most physical forwards, adds some offense, kills penalties and provides leadership. Tampa may move him this summer, but I don't think he could get moved at the deadline.

    R.J. Umberger is an odd one in several ways. He is an attractive commodity. A versatile player that adds top six offense, with size and plays any forward role. He has a sensible cap hit, and has shown a propensity to step it up in the playoffs. Not sure the jackets move him, but at the same time, they are out of a playoff spot, struggling, and he would fetch a good return. I have no idea how that could play out. He isn't old, but he isn't young enough to be a key building block if the Jackets are planning on rebuilding.

    Of all these I like the ideas of Penner, Fisher and Umberger, and have mentioned my thoughts on Malone before. If the Leafs could move Komisarek to get Malone (obviously sweeten the pot), that would be an ideal scenario for the Leafs. There is no way it happens during the season, but it could be something that is explored in teh offseason, where this type of deal still makes sense.

    Penner could add some size and offense to the top line, and Fisher and Umberger could be great as stop-gap centers that could play other roles once that gets worked out (as the Leafs would still need to look for an ideal top line center).

  24. DannyLeafs says:

    Burke would just do what he did with Kessel.

    He would talk to Stamkos, figure out what he was willing to sign for, and if he would sign in TO.

    He would Call Yzerman and tell him that he was prepared to offer Stamkos such and such a contract. This would likely open up trade discussions. Burke would likely say something along the lines of, I respect you, I won't pull the trigger on this until I've given you some time to consider the options. He would then likely make a trade offer that is larger than the compensation package required to sign him via offer sheet.

    Finally he would either go ahead with the offer sheet if Yzerman doesn't do something. If he doesn't make the trade, then he is free to offer up the contract and let it go down, knowing he did it very up front. If he makes the trade, he is free to work on getting Stamkos under contract for a better cap hit.

    We would already be giving up four 1st's I would be open to adding to that a little if it meant we got Stamkos for a cap hit of 8.5 rather than 11.5.

  25. Leafs_the_word says:

    The problem is that four first is a steep price itself, Burke can't really offer a better deal than compensation as he isn't even certain Stamkos will sign for a better hit, he gets Stamkos' rights and Stamkos is still open to get an 11.5/yr deal.  So we over pay then forced to waste cap room or worst not match and be stuck with compensation losing our picks (which would likely be high) and what we offered to Yzerman to sweeten his deal.

    I think Burke is safe to alienate the new kid on the block in Yzerman especially given that others sharks should be expected to be preying if Yzerman doesn't reel this fish in soon enough.

  26. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    Good points. although I am surprised on your take of the NJ situation. I don't think it matters if NJ is winning or losing. They will still miss the playoffs and be in cap trouble either way.

    They need to unload salaries…I wouldn't be surprised if Colin White or even Elias is moved.

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