The Toronto Maple Leafs are right on the edge of a playoff berth, and on the outside looking in. With the playoffs looking more and more unlikely for the team is Toronto looking to keep their captain and team leader Mats Sundin or trade him and realize it is time to start looking ahead to the future?
According to TSN, the Chicago BlackHawks acquired Kyle Calder from the Flyers for Lasse Kukkonen and a 3rd Pick (2007). They then traded Calder to Detroit for Jason Williams.
To CHICAGO: Jason Williams
To DETROIT: Kyle Calder
To PHILADELPHIA: Lasse Kukkonen + Chicago’s 3rd Pick (2007)
According to TheFourthPeriod.com Vancouver and Chicago have confirmed that the Blackhawks have sent Bryan Smolinski to the Canucks for a second-round pick.
According to TSN, they also acquired former Canuck Brent Sopel from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2nd and 4th round draft pick.
TSN reporting the Caps have off -loaded Zednik to Long Island for a 2nd rounder in 08′
According to ESPN.com’s Rumor Center, for Insiders only, the San Jose Sharks may be trading Evgeni Nabokov and the Florida Panthers could be interested in acquiring him.
TSN.ca reports that Gary Roberts may be traded today if he waives his no-trade clause. The team acquiring him is neither Toronto or Ottawa. Details to follow; TSN is suggesting the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Tsn.ca is reporting that the Blue Jackets are shopping Bryan Berard as he has now asked for a trade. Berard is set to become unrestricted this offseason and may be one of the cheapest pickups at this trade deadline. TSN.ca is suggesting that his asking price is a mid level draft choice … affordable if you ask me.
DetNews.com is reporting that Bertuzzi and Guerin will not come cheap. They are suggesting that the asking price is still way too high for these guys and it is going to take … you guessed it …. Picks and prospects to land these guys as well.
In what I willl dub the dumbest trade of this season (at least until now), the Thrashers received Keith Tkachuk for their entire future. I recently posted an article about the Craig Rivet trade, in which I stated that Montreal ripped off San Jose. I believe that the Blues have done the exact same thing to the Thrashers. Although Tkachuk has 20 goals and 23 assists in 61 games, Atlanta gives up Glen Metropolit, who has 12 goals and 16 assists in 57 games, a 2007 1st round pick, a 2007 3rd round pick, a 2008 2nd round pick, and conditional 2008 1st round pick (if Tkachuk re-signs with Thrashers).
According to the Toronto Star, the Toronto Maple Leafs and forward Darcy Tucker are close to a new multi-year deal
GM Bob Gainey finally pulled off his first mediocre (I can’t call it big) deal of the year, sending Craig Rivet and a 2008 5th Round Pick to the Sharks for Josh Gorges and a 2007 1st Round Pick.
My question to all of you Habs fans is “How on earth can Bob Gainey keep ripping other teams off like this? “
Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced today the acquisition of defenseman Josh Gorges and the San Jose Sharks’ first round pick in 2007, in return for defenseman Craig Rivet and a 5th round pick in 2008.
If the leafs need anything right now its a scoring winger, and a shoot-out artist, a list of trade options would be: Brendan Bell, Staffan Kronwall, Andy Wozniewski, every draft pick except the 1st rounder, Wade Belak, Travis Green, Kris Newbury, Aleksander Suglobov, and perhaps J-S Aubin