Trade Deadline: Leafs Edition

It’s deadline day and the Toronto Maple Leafs are definitely sellers the question remaining is what can Brian Burke receive for his wares?
The first Leafs deal came prior to the deadline just a night before:

Trade 1:

Toronto acquires Luca Caputi (W) and Martin Skoula (D) from Pittsburgh in exchange for Alex Ponikarovsky.

Analysis:

Luca Caputi is a decent prospect (23 years old) showing size at 6’3 200 LBS, has 23 goals this season in the AHL with 2 points in 4 NHL games. He will be in the lineup Thursday night hoping to be wearing the number of one of his favorite leafs, Wendell Clark’s number 17.

We lose Ponikarovsky who wanted a 4 year deal a lot like the stajan deal (3.5 mil a year for 4 years). GM Brian Burke said no and decided to deal the inconsistent winger.

Skoula requires no analysis as he was a salary dump and was later traded.

Trade 2:

Toronto traded Martin Skoula to New Jersey for a fifth round pick in 2010.

Analysis :

Toronto flips Skoula for a 5th round pick in 2010, effectively getting rid of the salary dump by Pittsburgh and getting something in return. Overall a very slick move, as their was no room for Skoula on the leafs defense.

Trade 3:

Maple Leafs traded Lee Stempniak to Phoenix for Matt Jones (D) , a fourth round in 2010 pick and a seventh round pick in 2010.

Analysis:

Underachieving, but hardworking Lee Stempniak was not going to be resigned. The leafs lose another one of their top scorers but at this point they pretty much no longer need mid-to-veteran aged players locking up their skilled positions.

Matt Jones is sidelined indefinitely with a concussion and has an expiring contract, another salary dump as the coyotes didn’t want to and couldn’t afford to keep dead weight contracts.

Receiving a a 4th and 7th for this years draft helps Toronto in the sheer number of draft picks for this year if not in quality. Overall a very good deal for a rental player of Lee’s ability.

Trade 4:

Toronto traded Joey Macdonald to Anaheim for a seventh-round pick in 2011.

Analysis:

Getting rid of a contract that in the AHL for a pick for next year, frees up some playing time for Reimer in the Marlies and helps to add more picks down the stretch.

Trade 5:

Pittsburgh traded Chris Peluso (D) to Toronto for sixth round draft pick 2010.

Analysis:

A strange deal sending NCAA Offensive defenseman Chris Peluso to the leafs. According to hockey futures he is undersized at 5’11, 180 but Ian White was similiar size however the talent of Peluso is in question as I really don’t know much about him. Maybe this was supposed to be part of the Poni trade?

Overview

So this year the leafs have 3rd, 4th, two 5th round picks and two 7th round picks.
For a total of 6 picks.

In 2011, the leafs have a 2nd, 4th, 5th, two 6th round picks (a conditional from Anaheim that becomes a 3rd if Pogge plays 30 games with any NHL team by the end of next year) and two 7th round picks.
For a total of 7 picks.

Burke is cleaning house, making a bigger more North American style team. He has shipped out most of the old regime and replaced them with rookies for this season. Now we can see what some of these new players have in them.
Hopefully we have some surprises in the new players we received as well as current rookies, and the new scouts Burke added draft well or it will be another long year next year…


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