NHL trade deadline: Maple Leafs among teams looking to trade

Tick, tock. The NHL trade deadline is a week away.

It’s one of the two times of year, as Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is fond of saying, when his fellow general managers make their biggest mistakes. (July 1, a.k.a. Free Agent Madness, is the other.)

Why does Burke say that? Because only one team wins the Stanley Cup. But ever year about 20 of them think that if they make one or two moves — add some grit, add a goalie, some size, a puck-moving D-man — they’ll be in good shape.

The temptation to mortgage the future — or to save your job — for a shot at the Stanley Cup is huge. So throw in a prospect, throw in a draft pick. Go ahead, overpay.

Some will make trades for the playoffs. Some will make trades for the future. Some will make trades they regret.


RICK NASH: Previously believed to be untouchable, Nash bolted to the top of every contender’s wish list as soon as Columbus GM Scott Howson told reporters: “We’re open to all options to improve the team,” suggesting anyone on his team was available. Nash is big, strong, can score, and is still relatively young. A $7.8 million cap hit (until 2018) means Columbus will have to take back some salary. The Jackets need a goalie, a blue-chip prospect, in any package for Nash.

RYAN SUTER: The chatter has died down considerably after Suter said he wouldn’t sign a new deal with Nashville before the trade deadline. But the same issues apply: Can the Predators afford to let him walk as an unrestricted free agent? Can they afford to sign him? Can they make the playoffs without him? The Flyers would be a perfect fit. Preds need scoring up front. Chosen two spots ahead of Phaneuf in 2003, Suter will look for a hefty raise from the $3.5 million he’s earning this year.

JEFF CARTER: Nash’s teammate in Columbus has long been thought of as on the way out. A bad fit from the start, Carter has a long-term deal — 11 years at $5.27 million a year. It’s a reasonable cap hit for a player in the prime of his career and a solid scorer.

LUKE SCHENN: If Suter’s not available, the Leafs defenceman becomes a valuable alternative. Schenn provides a stay-at-home, hard-hitting defending style that teams need in the playoffs. Schenn’s relationship with coach Ron Wilson is sometimes brought into question, and some believe he’d welcome a trade to Philadelphia for a chance to play with his brother. The Leafs need scoring and size and would only move him for that.

SAM GAGNER: An intriguing possibility for any team. The former first-round pick had been shuttled aside by the Oilers organization, frustrated at not getting a chance to play with Taylor Hall. Once he did — only very recently — he’s showed he can be a top centre. The Oilers love Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and may want to trade Gagner while his value is high. Still young, he’d bring the Oilers a considerable return.

RYAN MILLER: A disappointing year for the Sabres, and much of the blame has been heaped on Miller for his less-than-stellar netminding. It may be time for him to part ways with Buffalo, with Jhonas Enroth showing he has the stuff to be a No. 1. Miller would be an intriguing get for any playoff hopeful (Chicago, Toronto, Washington) that currently has goaltending issues.


95 Responses to NHL trade deadline: Maple Leafs among teams looking to trade

  1. habs79 says:

    You can't trade a goalie like Price, especially when you have nothing behind him, and really no options in the free agent market. The importance of a goalie is never really appreciated like it should be. It's a fact all Habs fans should know. Patrick Roy carried them to 2 stanley cups. Then got traded for Martin Rucinsky, and a couple of pylons. Then they had Halak who carried them to a conference final. Now they had to trade him because they had Price, however they should have done better than an average prospect and a guy who will probably never make the NHL on a regular basis.

  2. TimTheBone says:

    Hmmm… I actually completely forgot of his UFA status… point taken.,… changes things….

  3. TimTheBone says:

    only if Remier or gustavvson are on their way out,,,, no point picking a solid back -up off waivers just to create slight controversy which in T.O would be blown up….. might be distracting to the team when they are battling for that 8th spot

  4. habs79 says:
    Well the first thing Montreal needs to do is worry less about what language management speaks and more about them being F!@#$%G idiots. So first you hire a smart GM then you let him hire whatever coach they want. Then you rebuild for 2 years waiting for Gomez, Gionta, Kaberle, Markov, to come off the books. Then you can once again make your moves to get a CUP.
    As for PG the only players he should be allowed to trade are the UFAs.
  5. mapleleafsfan says:

    Miller over Rinne? 

    You can't be serious.
    Miller isn't even a top 5 goalie. 
  6. TimTheBone says:

    It's been brought to my attention that MTL actaully would not be able to out-bid that possibly ….. not to my liking anyway….. soooo…..

    also how does bringing in Gill a UFA this season make it hard to resign Suter…. Gill is purely for playoffs as he is a solid playoff performer… if suter leaves Hal signs another one year,…. or he could walk at seasons end… I think gill is just depth and insurance

  7. mapleleafsfan says:

    Wouldn't cut Howard from the list. Maybe he's not proven enough, but he's up there this year. 

  8. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    Habs are NOT AT ALL close to competing, lol, they are horrible!

  9. TimTheBone says:

    I think Crawford is Legit….. Good coach, good style for our team moving forward and above all for the francophone media and politicians and a lesser extent the fans … HE SPEAKS FRENCH!!!…..

    gomez should be bought out next year worst case… try trading gomez and to a team looking for the cap floor but buy-out as last choice…. gionta isn't a 5 mil/year guy anymore but its hardly a horrible contract and one i can live with for three more years if hes healthy… Markov will never be the same after two/three knee surgeries and should NEVER have been re-signed for that money or if anything else not for three years… one at most… kaberle is alright.. i have no huge objections… he's playing just fine….

    if we can draft in the top 5 this year, and perhaps land Forsberg…. going into the next season with our current line-up minus the free agent walkers we should be able to make the playoffs…

    Cole Desharnais Pac
    Gionta Pleks Bourque
    Darche Eller ________
    Geoffrion White _______

    Kaberle Gorges
    Subban Emelin
    Diaz Weber

    looks alright for the time being… in three years when gionta kaberle and markov are off the books and hopefully Tinordi Gallagher Forsberg are all in the line-up and playing well we should be able to swing some serious SH*t…..

  10. TimTheBone says:

    he's playing well… but he's got a serious good defensive team in front of him…. and he actually only got edged out by quick….. Quick is slightly higher in my opinion… i stopped at 10….

  11. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Isn't that basically what Erik Cole is getting?

    And yeah, you have to give something, but no way is it as steep as Nash nor not near the same value he had during the summer.

  12. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I would up their offer and go MacArthur (whose signed at a decent price for awhile), Kadri (a very good prospect, but will most likely bring what Carter can do), Gustavsson (they need someone in net), and a conditional first (either 2012 or 2013 like Calgary did a few years back).

  13. TimTheBone says:

    what the guy has an off season this year and you crucify him??…. come on get real man…. he's been considered one of THE best for years and for good cause….. he has an off season and look how much the team struggles…. the sabres has been all Miller for years… on a strong team the guy wins the cup….. say what you want in comparison to rinne but saying miller isnt top 5 is ludicrous…..

  14. TimTheBone says:

    people like to Sh*t on the Habs a lot… a lot of things need to change with the organization.. I'm well aware but too many people are blinded season after season by standings and stats…. athletes are human and humans make mistakes and have "off" periods during careers… but realistically MTL has alot of good pieces to compete…. they also have alot of bad pieces… most of which being the contracts and not necessarily the player himself…  it hasnt been a great season for MTL by any standard but its not an accurate indication of where they should be at… many players this season are under-achieving and many key players have been injured for long periods of time….

    i know you like to give Lafleur a hard time on here and generally like to sh*t on us habs fans but you won't cause me to attack you like lafleur takes pleasure in doing…. i simply talk hockey on here and try to be as realistic as i can… even while sometimes having a bias towards my team….

    so have a nice day bud!

  15. mojo19 says:

    I don't know… He's 3-5-0 with a .878 Sv % and a 3.40 GAA. If you can't win at least half your starts playing for the Red Wings and keep that GAA down below 3, I don't really want you.

  16. TimTheBone says:

    yeah Halak needed to be traded…. but i agree we should have been able to land more than what we have gotten… even though eller has been turning a corner in his career and may be a solid 2b centerman… we still could have landed abit more… he was traded way too quickly

  17. mapleleafsfan says:

    It really isn't. Miller's a solid goalie, but look at his numbers… Only one season have they been great. That's the same season as his miracle olympic run… He is very overrated from one great season. Aside from that, he's good, but not elite. I used to think he was elite too, until josh laid it out on here once. His numbers are solid, that's it. 

    It's not like Buffalo has had a god awful team each year either. Nearly everyone on that team is underachieving, not just miller. 
    Thomas, Lundqvist, Price, Rinne, Quick.. All consistently better. I'm sure there are others, but I just wanted to lay out 5 and can't be bothered to look up the numbers on others. Either way, he's good, but not elite.
  18. mapleleafsfan says:

    Fair, he hasn't had as many good seasons as the others I suppose. He's a vezina candidate for sure this year though. His numbers are awesome (after this season he will have 2 seasons with a save % that Miller has only beaten once ;), but detroit isn't comparable to buffalo so I'll give you that)…. I also think you are underrated quick if he's your last on the list… Check out his stats. It's not like LA is a huge powerhouse either. Consistently improving and only what, 25? 

    He's 4th on the list of goalies I'd take, after Lundqvist, Rinne, and Price. Quick flies under the radar pretty hard.
  19. mapleleafsfan says:

    I think if you put it in perspective it's not that bad. I think it's safe to assume by 2020 or w/e the cap will be up fairly significantly. 5 million will seem pretty low then. Especially when players like Kessel need a raise and will obviously get more than what he gets now (5.5)… Plus by the time he's into his 30s and slowing down, his actual salary drops, so you can dump him on a team that just needs to hit the floor without spending as much. If he returns to form, 5 mill for a 30-40 goal scorer is peanuts. 

  20. TimTheBone says:

    well actually to be fair… without actually laying out all the numbers…..

    of the five you listed only two are consistently better than Miller… those two being lundqvist and rinne…. even Thomas who most people (without argument) would have in the number 1 spot does not have consistency… his numbers a few years back were pretty bad or on par with Miller.. its really only this year and last where it seems that timmy has stepped it up late in his career…. Prices numbers are overall better but not far off Miller….. quick is only slightly better aside from this season…. Miller is elite… if those five are elite he's in the conversation….

    its not like buffalo has had powerhouse teams either….. Buffalo is always better with miller in nets… its not a matter of being over rated…. i honestly think hes better than his numbers suggest… but he is elite… goalies like him arent a dime a dozen…..

  21. TimTheBone says:

    on an interesting side note…. looking at his numbers i realized something….Prices best career season after the halak trade where he proved to everyone of being able to be an elite goaltender and carry a team…. his numbers this season in a year where the team is really underachiveing and bombing… Prices numbers on are par with the last…. its no secret that price has played well all season but i never looked at the numbers …. theres alot of 2-1 and 3-2 games we've been losing….

  22. mapleleafsfan says:

    Fair enough.. I personally don't see him as very top of the league, but the argument is definitely there.

  23. LeafsCaines says:

    In school, nothing to do and bored as f**k
    So,  back to the goalie topic..I think King Henrik and Rinne are the best two in the game. I dont know what it is with Rinne, i really like him hahaha. Plus, they're both my goalies in my pool so that helps 😉

    So Eklund was reporting Hemsky is on the way to Nashville, my principal tells me he read if was for Ryan Ellis (have no clue where he read it). I know Hemsky can be a game changer, but Ellis..really? I'd keep him around. Also, the Leafs really need to make a trade here now, somebody who can score and is gritty AKA= Ryan Clowe (gotta love us newfs hahah). I know Burkes been after him for awhile but jesus, hurry up and get him.

    Man. NHL12..its impossible to get Crosby! hahahah. Getzlaf, Coulburne, E.Johnson, J.Blum and 1st = no good.

    Any body on twitter here? Follow me @cainesjonathan   NYI follows me haha.

    PS= New to this site, this is like my 10th comment so haters, take it easy. Cheers!

  24. dumbassdoorman says:

    LOL…….in school, wow, good use of class time man

  25. thisgamewelose says:

    Seriously, this site is much better to be browsing while at work. 

  26. LeafsCaines says:

    Yeah, when you're in grade 12 and your math average is 87, english is 90, bio is 89 and the rest are "shit courses"..i can spare some free time to check this site out 😛

  27. reinjosh says:

    Haha I loved browsing it during my internship last summer. Only problem was that after like the first week of July it sort of died until late August so I had to live without it for like a month. 

  28. reinjosh says:

    I can't believe I actually had to say that to a Habs fan. I never though I'd be telling a Habs fan not to trade Carey Price…

  29. reinjosh says:

    Montreal isn't in a bad position if they play things smart. 

    They have a nice young core that they can build around with Price, Pacioretty, Subban, Plekanec, Eller, Gorges and Cole. Plus you have some decent prospects in Leblanc and Beaulieu and Tinordi. Toss in some decent peripheral players in Diaz, Emelin, Bourque and Desharnais and things aren't terrible. 
    The biggest issue is the money around Gomez, Kaberle, Gionta and Markov. 
    Getting rid of Cammy was big. Kaberle should not be too difficult to get rid of. In fact I think you could actually get some decent value from him. Take away the awful Carolina start (which everyone on Carolina went through) and he's playing at a 45 point pace in Montreal. Contrary to some views, his demise is far from here. 
    Gomez you can probably bury for a year or buy out. I'd probably hold onto him for the next season, whether in the minors or on the team. I don't think Montreal will be doing anything for a cup then anyways so he doesn't hurt the team. Worst case scenario he doesn't play any better and you can buy him out with only one year left. Best case is he works his way to a trade in the summer with only one year remaining.
    Then you only have Gionta and Markov and those two contracts can be managed (although I still think you could move Gionta pretty easy if needed).
    Add in a top 5 pick this year, like Forsberg or Galchenyuk (although I want him to drop or be on any team but the Habs) or even somehow get Grigorenko and your in an awesome situation. 
  30. reinjosh says:

    To be fair, Miller gets overrated because of his Olympic year. He's not a top 5 goalie in this league and only ever was once in his career. He's a good goalie but he's not top 10. 

    Goalies like him aren't dime a dozen for sure but there are otehr goalies that are better than him. Rinne, Price, Lundqvist, Kipper, Quick, Thomas…
  31. mapleleafsfan says:

    Sh*t you make me feel old, and I'm still probably one of the youngest on here.

  32. reinjosh says:

    Haha how old are you?

  33. mapleleafsfan says:

    22, maybe I'm wrong, but I just sort of assumed everyone was older lol

  34. reinjosh says:

    I think there is definitely a group of older people and younger. I'm 21 and I know LeafNation is younger too. Mojo is one of the older younger guys I think.

    And forgive me if I'm wrong but Boston-bruins, hockey_lover, dumbass, danny_leafs are all older guys. 
  35. mapleleafsfan says:

    Yea that's what I sort of assumed… Group of us in the University/College age range and then the group of older guys… Either way, Highschool feels like a long time ago now haha

  36. KingCanada says:

    LOL if you consider 25-26 "old"

    Me and Mojo around same age..

    I know theres way older dudes on here talking about games/players I cant even remember.

  37. TimTheBone says:

    thats what I'm saying….. there's more good pieces than bad… the team could be in a very good position as early as next year if managment is just smart….

    Kaberle's contract isn't really a bad one… people only have that mind set because of his awful start in carolina… he's actually played solid for us during his stay so far…..

    If Markov can come back next season … and play the majority of it at half his normal level I'll be a happy man….

    Gomez im praying someone wants at next seasons start that needs to reach the cap floor…

    Gionta i can live with for the remainder of his contract… he's a fine player…

  38. TimTheBone says:

    Well theres been plenty of other examples… but I really believe that Miller is a better goalie than his stats would suggest… He plays lights out and gives the sabres a chance to win each and every night much like the way price does in MTL….. (this year not included, he's had some rough outttings)…. I'm the type of guy who looks at more than just a players stats… as I know you are too Josh…. but I just see more in Miller than a mid lvl starter in the NHL…. he's the kind of goaltender that would bring a strong team to that next level and he's just never had that team in buffalo…. and yes i easily put him top 10… sorry

  39. TimTheBone says:

    just to be clear man… that list is in NO ORDER at all… i literally just went down the first list of like 17 and just deleted certain names…. its not a numbered top ten list… not by far

  40. TimTheBone says:

    i'm 25…. and I believe Lafleur is one of those older Francophone bloggers on here….. Like i'd guess late 30's if not older….

    if he's young than he sure does watch alot of espn classics….

  41. LeafsCaines says:

    Yeah, ill be 18 on St.Patty's day so a lot of stuff is past my time hahaha. Just learning it all now, past couple years.

    Anybody else think Downie is a nice pickup? Wish Leafs would have gotten him, another player that i like for some reason haha

    Yeah, any of you young fellas got twitter? ; ) LOL

  42. LeafsCaines says:

    Yeah, ill be 18 on St.Patty's day so a lot of stuff is past my time hahaha. Just learning it all now, past couple years.

    Anybody else think Downie is a nice pickup? Wish Leafs would have gotten him, another player that i like for some reason haha

    Yeah, any of you young fellas got twitter? ; ) LOL

  43. mapleleafsfan says:

    Just figured by your last comment to be honest.

  44. thisgamewelose says:

    I'm 28.

  45. KingCanada says:

    He sounds like a cancer in the dressing room to be honest.  Gotta be concerned about a 24 year old who can put up points/PIMs and is already on his 3rd team…

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