Trade Deadline Day – More Rumors

Reports: Ray Whitney, Erik Cole, Tomas Kaberle Among Bruins’ Targets at Deadline

Canadiens netminders staying put

Flyers talking goalie

Sens GM plans to deal

Dealing for ‘D’ fuels speculation

For St. Louis Blues, no deal is imminent

The 10 players, teams shaking up NHL trade deadline day

Florida Panthers’ Tomas Vokoun copes with rumors before trade deadline

Flyers Notes: Deal isn’t essential, Laviolette says

GM Brian Lawton: Tampa Bay Lightning not seeking to rent players

Reports: Ray Whitney, Erik Cole, Tomas Kaberle Among Bruins’ Targets at Deadline

Twas the night before the 2010 NHL trade deadline, and not a peep could be heard from Causeway Street.

After Boston’s 4-1 loss to the Canadiens on Tuesday night, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was likely bunkering down in the bowels of the Bruins front office with a Blackberry glued to his ear, trying to make something happen for his Bruins team that once again blew another third-period lead, this time to its hated rivals.

“I haven’t heard much from the Bruins front office today or tonight,” one source said as the clock neared midnight. “I know Chiarelli wants a D-man bad, and obviously, [the Bruins] need help up front, but I think he has had some deals fall through on defensemen.”

Watching his team fail to pad an early 1-0 lead and waste another solid effort by rookie goaltender Tuukka Rask may shift Chiarelli’s focus. There is one problem, though: Chiarelli’s main target, alleged to be Hurricanes veteran sniper Ray Whitney, is still holding up any possible deals with his no-movement clause because he wants to sign an extension with whatever team he is dealt to. Sources claim that the Kings, who had a deal in place for Whitney but backed out because Whitney wanted a three-year extension, may still get the coveted winger.

Late Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, also learned that the Bruins are also looking closely at Whitney’s Carolina teammate, Erik Cole, a forward they coveted last season when he was with the Oilers. The 31-year-old Cole is set to be a unrestricted free agent this summer.

Another name that started to pop up again in trade chatter on Tuesday was Blues forward and Malden, Mass., native Keith Tkachuk. However, reports out of St. Louis have maintained that he prefers to stay put.

Also, a reliable source told me that despite numerous reports, it is “not 100 percent certain” that Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle still won’t change his mind and waive his no-movement clause. If Kaberle, who played with David Krejci on the Czech Olympic team, did waive it, the Bruins likely would be first in line to acquire him, just as they reportedly tried to do at the NHL draft last June when a deal involving Phil Kessel fell apart. Kessel of course, was eventually dealt to Toronto for first- and second-round picks in 2010 and another first-round pick in 2011. The 2010 first-rounder likely won’t be available back from Boston, but Chiarelli could net Kaberle with the Bruins’ original 2010 first-rounder, possibly a second-rounder and a young roster player. The chances of this happening were unlikely as of Tuesday night, but “don’t rule it out,” the source said. “Anything can happen.”

Canadiens netminders staying put

PAT HICKEY, The Gazette

Twenty-two players will board the Canadiens’ charter flight to San Jose this morning. The big question is whether all of them will be Canadiens when the plane lands in California.

The National Hockey League trading deadline will come and go while the plane is en route and there’s no guarantee that general manager Pierre Gauthier, who is staying in Boston, won’t change the final itinerary for one or more players.

There’s a precedent in the Canadiens’ recent history. The team was flying to Edmonton on deadline day in 1999 when team captain Vincent Damphousse got the word that he had been traded to the San Jose Sharks. When the plane landed in Edmonton, Damphousse stayed onboard and was the only passenger on the return flight to Montreal.

There’s no end to the speculation about what the Canadiens will do, but it appears that Montreal will hold on to goaltenders Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price, who as at the top of his game last night. Head coach Jacques Martin said as much after the morning skate yesterday when he said the team needs both of its netminders for the stretch run.

The goalies stay because a) the team is still confident that Price will develop into a first-rate goaltender, but b) Halak is the reason why the Canadiens are still battling for a playoff spot and Montreal might need him to carry the team for a second straight season.

If you place any stock in the rumour mill, the Canadiens are either going to get bigger with Edmonton’s Ethan Moreau or smaller with Paul Kariya of the St. Louis Blues. Neither scenario makes a lot of sense, because the Habs are right up against the salary cap and Kariya makes $6 million, while Moreau’s cap hit is $2 million.

As for players moving the other way, it’s no secret that Montreal has been shopping defenceman Paul Mara, who was a healthy scratch last night. The big problem that is Mara hasn’t been healthy for a chunk of this season and there hasn’t been an opportunity to showcase him.

Flyers talking goalie

With the official announcement that Ray Emery will be done for the season, trade winds of the Flyers looking for a goalie are suddenly heating up.

A league source told the Daily News that the Flyers have looked into acquiring goaltender Dwayne Roloson from the New York Islanders.

At this point, the interest is preliminary. Roloson will be in net tonight for the Islanders, meaning a trade before the game would be unlikely. It may be something to keep in mind if the Flyers’ other lines in the water hit snags.

Here’s why that move may make sense: Roloson carried the Edmonton Oilers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006 and he is well-liked in the locker room.

The Daily News learned earlier today that the Flyers were in intense talks with Roloson last summer prior to Emery’s signing. Chris Pronger, apparently, was one of the players that went to bat for Roloson with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.

In the end, the talks stopped, the Flyers signed Emery and Roloson moved to the Islanders.

Let’s not forget: Paul Holmgren and Islanders GM Garth Snow (yes, the former Flyers goalie) are pretty tight. They even had a little wager going during the 2009 World Series between the Phillies and Yankees.

Sure, the Islanders aren’t far from the playoff hunt, but if they can nab a piece for Roloson that may help them in the future, I’d bet they’d be willing to let Roloson go, play Marty Biron for the rest of this season and use an AHL backup… assuming Rick DiPietro stays out of the lineup.

Here’s why the move might not work: Roloson is 40 and he has another year left on his contract.

Roloson’s $2.5 million cap hit is manageable for the Flyers to fit this season. If Roloson is on board, the Flyers can remove Brian Boucher’s $900,000 cap hit from the roster and send him to Adirondack.

Sens GM plans
to deal

Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Kurtis Foster could be off the Senators’ radar list heading into Wednesday’s trade deadline. And it also appears Ottawa defenceman Anton Volchenkov will be staying put.

A source says the Lightning have decided they will not trade Foster, a Carp native who is set to become an unrestricted free agent, because they feel they’re still in the race for a playoff spot.

Senators GM Bryan Murray, however, is still looking to add to his blue line before the deadline.

“You know I’ll get something done,” Murray said with a wink after the Senators morning skate Tuesday. “As I’ve said all along, we’d like to address one need on our team. Probably a depth-type defenceman. But it seems like every team is looking for that, and that’s the normal thing. I guess that’s why we drafted defencemen as much as we did in the last couple of years.

“Beyond that, I feel real good about our team.”

Murray said he’s not surprised that Florida and Edmonton were able to get second-round picks in the last two days for defenceman who are slated to become unrestricted free agents in July.

Dealing for ‘D’ fuels speculation


Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman previously had said a team never can have too much depth on defense.

But with the NHL trade deadline at 2 p.m. today, it appears to be part of Bowman’s philosophy or strategy, depending on how you want to view it.

”You can always use depth on defense,” Bowman said earlier this year. ”I think if you would talk to all 30 teams, they’d probably say the same thing. Even the teams that are deep on ‘D,’ in theory, are worried about defense.”

The Hawks would be one of those teams that would be considered deep on defense, with Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Brian Campbell and Niklas Hjalmarsson. They also have veterans Brent Sopel and Kim Johnsson.

But that hasn’t stopped Bowman from stockpiling NHL-experienced defensemen with the Rockford IceHogs, the Hawks’ American Hockey League affiliate. The Hawks’ recent acquisitions of Jassen Cullimore, Danny Richmond and Nick Boynton have fueled speculation that a move involving more notable players might go down by the trade deadline today.

The Hawks acquired Boynton from the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday for future considerations. Boynton was sent to Rockford but has 547 NHL games under his belt.

The move came a day after the Hawks traded goalie Joe Fallon to the St. Louis Blues for Richmond and goalie Hannu Toivonen. Like Boynton, both were players assigned to Rockford. During the Olympic break, the Hawks signed Cullimore and sent him to the IceHogs.

A number of Hawks have been linked to trade rumors recently, none more often than goalie Cristobal Huet.

”The scuttlebutt or hearsay is beyond all our control,” coach Joel Quenneville said. ”As players, you want to be a professional about it and go out and play. From just being around them [Tuesday], I don’t think it’s a distraction or disturbing anybody.”,CST-SPT-hawknt03.article

For St. Louis Blues, no deal is imminent

Dan O’Neill

Things were mostly quiet on the Western (Conference) front Tuesday, at least where the Blues and the NHL trading deadline were concerned.

“There’s nothing imminent,” Blues President John Davidson said late Tuesday afternoon.

The Blues did announce a minor deal after Tuesday night’s game. They picked up forward Matt D’Agostini from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Aaron Palushaj.

D’Agostini, 23, has two goals and two assists in 40 games this season with Montreal. He had 12 goals and nine assists in 53 games last season. Palushaj, a 20-year-old forward, had been playing with the Peoria Rivermen.

The Blues have showed signs of a bigger deal in the works with the trading deadline approaching at 2 this afternoon. Several league sources confirmed the Blues alerted shoppers — aka other NHL teams — that forward Brad Boyes was available. The team’s leading goal scorer the past two seasons, with 33 and 43 goals respectively, Boyes has struggled to find the touch this time around. His second-period goal Tuesday at Phoenix was only his 11th of the season, to go with 25 assists in 63 games.

But promoting Boyes’ availability is one thing, constructing an actual trade around him is another. At age 27, Boyes has two more years remaining on a four-year deal that pays him $4 million annually. In these salary-cap-crunched times, a match might be difficult to find.

Boyes is not the only veteran Blues player drawing speculative scrutiny. Forwards Paul Kariya and Keith Tkachuk, defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and goalie Chris Mason are in final contract years and can be unrestricted free agents when the season ends.

Kariya, 35, is finishing up a three-year, $18 million deal that has slightly more than $1 million remaining in the final weeks. Tkachuk, 37, is closing up a one-year, $2.15 million arrangement. Mason, 33, is finishing a contract he signed in Nashville that pays him $3 million this season, and Colaiacovo, 27, is making $1.3 million this season.*****ent

The 10 players, teams shaking up NHL trade deadline day

Greg Wyshynski

There are no Marian Hossas on the move at the 2010 NHL trade deadline. Heck, there are barely any Marcel Hossas. With Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) getting traded before the Olympics, the deadline drama has been reduced to a few huge names with no-trade clauses, a few “will they or won’t they” trade options and a collection of players that can offer strong depth support down the lineup but aren’t exactly getting their McFarlane figures any time soon (*cough*Raffi Torres(notes)*cough*).

We could see some interesting names move if the conditions are right; like, for example, if the Edmonton Oilers can trick someone into trading for a player with a contract beyond this season. The following list includes players that are expected to be moved or whose movement would bring some welcomed chaos to the deadline on Wednesday (3 p.m. EST). It also includes some teams that will be catalysts for big moves at the deadline.

Our deadline coverage begins early on Wednesday, with hourly live blogs. What trade would stun you? What trade is the most expected? And is there a player who might leave your team that you’d hate to see go?

The “shake up” list:

1. Tomas Vokoun(notes), Florida Panthers. Simply put, one of the best goalies in hockey when he’s on. According to an interview with the Miami Herald, he’s willing to waive his no-trade clause but hasn’t been asked to yet. Trading for him is trading for a goalie that, on the right team, could mean a championship. But it also means a second and final contract year of $6.3 base salary and a $5.7 million cap hit.

2. Ray Whitney(notes), Carolina Hurricanes. Problem No. 1 for Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford: His asking price of a first-round pick and a roster player is rather steep for an effective, though arguably not a star, player. Problem No. 2: Even if he finds a deal, Whitney can kibosh it with his no-trade clause. He’s a perfect fit on left wing for a team like the Pittsburgh Penguins or any team seeking a professional sniper with a ring.

Florida Panthers’ Tomas Vokoun copes with rumors before trade deadline

Tomas Vokoun practiced at Philips Arena on Tuesday morning, preparing for that night’s game as he always does. But Tuesday was anything but typical.

First, Vokoun wasn’t starting in a game in which he was in uniform for the first time since Dec. 27. He also knows that with Wednesday’s trade deadline approaching, he might have played his last game with the Panthers — although that probably is not the case.

Vokoun has another year left on his contract and is expected to start Wednesday night at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise as the Panthers play their first home game since the Olympic break. Vokoun apparently has drawn interest from Florida’s opponent Wednesday, but the Flyers are close to the salary-cap ceiling and would have to make other moves to be able to make a deal work. Vokoun has a cap hit of $5.7 million and his prorated salary through the rest of the season is around $1.2 million.

General manager Randy Sexton stayed in South Florida to work the phones until the 3 p.m. Wednesday deadline.

“It’s a little bit uncertain, but I can’t worry about it,” Vokoun said. “Right now, all I know about it is rumors.”

Vokoun has control over what happens. He holds a no-trade clause in the contract Florida inherited when it traded for him in 2007.

On Tuesday, Vokoun said he and Sexton had talked about the various trade scenarios and that Vokoun was open to waiving the no-trade clause if the situation was right.

“We agreed we wouldn’t make public any of the details,” Vokoun said. “It’s more like, if there’s a deal in place, he’ll let me know. Ultimately it’s my decision, yes or no.”

With Vokoun on the bench Tuesday, backup Scott Clemmensen got his 12th start of the season — halting Vokoun’s consecutive starts streak at 21.

• Rookie defenseman Jason Garrison was called up from the team’s AHL affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., on Monday.

Flyers Notes: Deal isn’t essential, Laviolette says

The Flyers are still trying to add a player before today’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, but head coach Peter Laviolette says the team can challenge for the Stanley Cup without a deal.

“I think if we continue to play hard and execute, we can beat anyone that we have to beat,” Laviolette said before last night’s game against Tampa Bay.

“Over the last 25 games, we’ve found more consistency on a lot more nights than not,” he said. “We’re playing with a style, and an identity, that I think is conducive to winning.”

The next six weeks, Laviolette said, “will determine our seed and our place in life – and our right to play for the Cup, really. We’ve got to get there before we can actually try to win it.”

An NHL source said the Flyers had Ottawa’s Matt Cullen, Los Angeles’ Alexander Frolov, and Columbus’ Raffi Torres among the forwards on their wish list, along with Nashville defenseman Dan Hamhuis. Atlanta winger Colby Armstrong also has drawn the Flyers’ interest.

“My gut feeling is that we’re going to get something done,” a Flyers official said.

The club source said the Flyers were content with the goaltending duo of Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher. Still, with Ray Emery out for the season, the Flyers have made overtures for another goalie.

The New York Islanders’ 40-year-old Dwayne Roloson and Marty Biron are available, but the source said the Flyers felt neither would be an upgrade.

Vancouver backup Andrew Raycroft is also available.

“The trade deadline is unsettling for everybody,” Laviolette said. “It presents possible change, and change sometimes is hard. But it happens every year at the trade deadline, so it’s just something you have to deal with.”

Clearing waivers
Defenseman Danny Syvret and winger Riley Cote cleared waivers and can be sent to the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms

GM Brian Lawton: Tampa Bay Lightning not seeking to rent players

Damian Cristodero, Times Staff Writer

Lightning GM Brian Lawton said acquiring a rental player before today’s 3 p.m. trade deadline is not his first choice. Deals like that — for players whose contracts expire after the season — can provide short-term “pop” but can cost more in the long run if the player leaves.

“I don’t want to end the day with a few rentals with nothing to show for the future,” Lawton said. “The future will be here soon enough.”

Besides, he added, the Lightning’s lack of organizational depth won’t allow it.

“We just don’t have the assets from the past built up where we can toss a few out here, toss a few out there,” he said. “We’re looking for deals that make sense moving forward.”

In other words, deals for players with contracts that don’t expire after the season.

But considering what is available, Lawton said, and the high prices, he would not be surprised if he does not find the right deal.

Lawton said the current roster can make the playoffs.

“I like this group,” he said. “You’d like to add some pop to the lineup, but I’ve said from Day 1 I like this group. I like their work ethic. I like the diversity in our group.”

So Lawton will work the phones, looking for a defenseman who can move the puck and a scoring wing. He said he has made “major” offers, and there are rumors G Mike Smith and forwards Jeff Halpern and Alex Tanguay have been discussed. But the team’s first-round draft pick, its two third-round picks, two fourths, a sixth and a seventh seem safe, and Lawton said he “would not be overly surprised” if he did not make a deal.

“You’d love to help, always,” Lawton said. “That’s the goal. I’m just not sure it’s out there with the market the way it is.”

111 Responses to Trade Deadline Day – More Rumors

  1. nordiques100 says:

    there is a 5.5 mil bonus cushion as well so between 12-17 mil could be used. there are 15 players under contract and 1 buyout.

    its almost certain that jeff finger will not be on next year's cap. that alone will push them to roughly 15 mil plus to spend and 8 to 9 players to bring in.

  2. Magleaf says:

    that doesnt seem like much.

  3. cam7777 says:

    Does that mean we can spend 5.5 millon over the cap, and deal with the bonuses later (if they are achieved).  I thought the cushion was smaller than that (closer to 3 million).  If so, that's awesome. 


    Kulemin, 3 years. 5.7 million (1.9 cap hit)
    Mitchell, 1 year, 650K (0.65 cap hit)
    Gustavsson, 2 years, 3 million (1.5 cap hit)
    Hanson, 2 years, 2 million (1.0 cap hit)
    Primeau, 2 years, 1.7 million (0.85 cap hit)

    With that, we'd have about 10 million to spend, assuming we want to use that bonus cushion (and we will, because Bozak, Schenn and Kadri will have a very hard time achieving their full amounts).  And that's assuming that we make no other trades, but I believe Grabovski will be dealt. 

    __UFA__ – __UFA__ – Kessel
    Stalberg – Kadri – __Trade__*
    Kulemin – Bozak – Caputi
    Primeau – Hanson – Sjostrom


    Phaneuf – Kaberle
    Komisarek – Schenn
    Gunnarsson – Beauchemin

    Giguere – Gustavsson

    CAP HIT – 49.4 million
    (plus whatever the cost of the grabo trade guy is)

  4. nordiques100 says:

    not necessarily. the players have to meet their bonuses. if they dont, they dont count vs the cap. so bozak for example may not reach 3 plus mil cap hit.

    but yes its a percentage. a certain amt must count, some can be carried over.

    though, in a couple of post lockout yrs the bonuses had to be under the cap max.

    if it counts or not, the leafs still have 15.7 mil to work with thanks to saying bye to finger which seems likely.

    a kaberle trade puts them around 20 mil.

    grabs gone, puts them around 23 mil. but it means more players needed.

  5. cam7777 says:

    I got the feeling today, that Burke isn't going to let Kaberle go.  Short of someone offering him a King's ransom, or something like Jeff Carter straight up, I just don't see it happening.  I got the feeling today that he was entirely sincere about the whole Kaberle thing.  He really thinks Tomas is a special player.  He's right of course, but I think we'll be acquiring our top line players elsewhere.

    I've suggested this a number of times, but I wouldn't be the least big surprized if Burke and Wilson privately told Bobby Ryan and Joe Pavelski to sit tight and wait for restricted free agency.  Pavelski credits Wilson with givng him his start, and Ryan feels much the same about Burke, who wanted to keep him when others in the Anaheim organization quit on him.  Is there any way we can turn these assets:

    Francois Beauchemin
    Mikhail Grabovski
    John Mitchell
    Mikhail Stefanovich
    Jimmy Hayes
    2nd in 2011

    Into those two guys?  Heard a rumor today that San Jose was inquiring about Mikhail Grabovski.  That's a start.

  6. cam7777 says:


    To ANA: Beauchemin, Setoguchi, Mitchell, Hayes, 4th in 2011 (TOR)
    To SJS: Grabovski, Lupul, Stefanovich, 2nd in 2011 (TOR), 5th in 2011 (TOR)
    To TOR: B.Ryan, Pavelski

  7. broc says:

    Who the heck is Chris Peluso and why did the Leafs trade even a 6th rounder for him?
    A small 5'10 Dman with 0 goals in his senior year of NCAA hockey? Is there a point to this move? It makes no sense. Perhaps Burke promised to flip a pick back to the Pens after the Pens hastily send Skoula for cap purposes.. that's the only thing I can think of.

  8. nordiques100 says:

    not on your life. the leafs raped everyone here.

    2 olympians, 2 good young players, proven nhlers, for really nothing.

    how does sj improve losing both setogutchi and pavelski? it cant be a cap savings, you've just given them like 7 mil with grabs and lupul.

    the leafs get these 2 without losing any one of bozak, stalberg or kadri? sorry but thats a bit wishful. beau is ok but not close to having enough worth to bring back 2 potential young stars.

  9. mojo19 says:

    Could be something like that. Or maybe just a move to strengthen the Marlies a little bit, create a winning atmosphere down there. Because as of right now I'd say this guy is pretty far down the depth chart…

    1. Kaberle
    2. Phaneuf
    3. Beauchemin
    4. Komisarek
    5. Schenn
    6. Gunnarsson
    7. VanRyn
    8. Exelby
    9. Finger
    10. Aulie
    11. Oreskovic
    12. Frogren
    13. Mikus
    14. Blacker

    Peluso might come in at 15, along with Vorobiev and Knodel

  10. cam7777 says:

    Hmm, I just realized you can take Setoguchi and Lupul completely out the deal.  Beauchemin and Grabovski are not nothing, either.  I wouldn't just give Grabovski away, and nor are the two prospects, especially for San Jose, who have continually traded away all their young players, picks, and depth.

    Okay, so San Jose gets ousted in the first round again, and decides for a major shakeup.  They look for options on trading Marleau's rights, and start exploring options on Setoguchi, Huskins, Clowe, and border players.  They like Pavelski, but Pavelski, like Bobby Ryan, needs only to "pull a Kessel" so to speak, and he becomes open for trade negotiations.

    San Jose will be pretty tight to the cap no matter what – it's just impossible to avoid with over half the cap committed to just 5 players.  So, let's imagine for a second that this happens; Burke and Wilson told Ryan and Pavelski to sit tight at the Olympics, and see what the Leafs can do.  With the 2011 draft being the weakest in recent memory, it's not the year for a GM to stick to his guns and claim he will match any offer sheet.  Given the cir*****stances, it's not impossible that Sharks management would consider trading Pavelski to Toronto:

    To SJS:  Grabovski, Stefanovich, 4th in 2011
    To TOR: rights to Pavelski

    Certainly, it is not an ideal return for San Jose, but in a way, it actually is.  Does this team really want to start back at the bottom with prospects when they trade away assets?  If there's any truth to the rumor that San Jose inquired about Grabovski today, I don't see this being ridiculous.  Sure, Grabovski is a downgrade on Pavelski, but they are in a bit of a bind, and they are compensated with a solid prospect and a late pick.

    Ryan pulls the same stunt, claiming he doesn't want to resign, and would prefer to sign with a Canadian team.  Bob Murray tries to shop him, but when Ryan says he would prefer to sign with Burke, publically, it destroys his trade value for other clubs (much like Kessel saying this reportedly tarnished Nashville's attempt at grabbing him).  The only advantage in trading for a UFA is that you get to sign him at a hopefully reduced price.  If a team feels trading for the rights will not guarantee them the ability to sign the asset, there's no point – it's too risky.

    Now, I think you're wrong to call Beauchemin worthless.  He's no Kaberle, but Bob Murray loves him, and insisted on him being the key piece in the Fedorov deal.  With only Visnovsky and Eminger signed past this year, it's not unlikely they could come knocking about Beauchemin.  All the UFA's are going to be super over-priced because of how awful the pool is this year.  And if Bobby Ryan is trying to manipulate the proceedings, like Kessel, Beauchemin is certainly a starting point:

    To ANA: Beauchemin, Mitchell, Hayes, 2nd in 2011 (TOR)
    To TOR: rights to B.Ryan

    Again, it's not an ideal package for Anaheim, but this with the next draft being so weak, the threat of an offer sheet is very real.  Are they going to match any offers that see Ryan making significantly more than their two major stars?  I doubt it.  With all their picks, and the back-half of this deal (Mitchell, Hayes, 2nd), they could find a replacement for Ryan with not much trouble.

    All I'm saying is, a lot of the proceedings with these two players in particular could come down to their own personal preferences.  They, like Kessel, have a great deal to say about where they go, because they are highly attractive assets.  If they want to sign with Burke, they can manipulate the situation to a certain extent.

    Oh, and of course you're going to point out that the Leafs themselve's can't actually make the threat of an offer sheet, but I'm willing to bet that with the above assets, we could re-acquire our 1st and 3rd next year fairly easily – if not directly, than by flipping assets.  I doubt Burke would have to go that route with Murray though.

  11. popkumdan says:

    were you high when you wrote this?
    I mean i agree the deadline day sucked…but wow…

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