Trade rumblings: Leafs

Brian Burke has made big deals in January. For example, Dion Phaneuf was acquired on Jan. 31, 2010, and Joffrey Lupul and Jake Gardiner were acquired Feb. 9 last season, three weeks before the trade deadline.

Burke likes to get a jumpstart on the competition.

“I do try to get my lineup set well in advance of the deadline,” Burke told Friday. “I’ve never been a deadline guy. So January is when I try to make a splash.”

How’s it going on that front now?

“We are listening to a lot right now, and there is a good chance something will happen, but I don’t think it’s going to happen today or tomorrow,” Burke said. “This is like hunting. Sometimes when you’re hunting, you get a feeling you’re going to stumble on something, or birds are coming in and you get a sixth sense something is about to happen. I don’t sense that here right now. We’re talking to a lot of teams about a number of things — mostly we’re listening because we like our group — but I can’t sense if something is imminent or not. Right now I’d say it’s not.”

As we always say at this time of year, that can change in one phone call.

The Leafs’ trade priority is to add a piece up front for the top-six group.

“Our forward group is small,” Burke said. “If we can add some size up front, we would.”

To do that, the Leafs are willing to move a defenseman, the area on the team where they have the most depth.

There have been rumors about the Leafs looking at goaltending, but Burke shot that down.

“Not a chance,” Burke said emphatically. “We’re not talking to any teams right now about getting a goalie.”

42 Responses to Trade rumblings: Leafs

  1. lafleur10 says:

    once a big trade is made it'll be like a domino effect we'll see alot of trades in late january and february and the deadline will be alot of much ado about nothing and tsn,sportsnet will be doing alot of talking and little breaking trades on there shows as usual on trade deadline day

  2. JoelLeafs says:

    Are the Habs buyers or sellers?

    They could use some scoring, and maybe another vet defenceman. Does the Kaberle trade take them out of the picture?

    Now, I know you'd all love to see a certain contract shipped out of town, but I can't imagine any team taking that on. Well, perhaps, but MTL would have to send some major compensation that way.

    If Getzlaf moves, Anaheim is retarded.

  3. reinjosh says:

    So Nashville has had 8 straight sell-outs…

    And last season they had a 94.3 percent seat filling average…
    Slowly but surely becoming a hockey market. Awe yeah!
  4. JoelLeafs says:

    It's all in the jerseys!

    Also, off topic, but can we talk about how good Lupul has turned out? Did anyone see that coming? Hard to believe he was essentially written off by the Ducks less than a year ago.

    Also, the Irony in the fact that Burke drafted him, and the initial injury that led to his back surgery and subsequent blood infection that completely devalued him (he was thrown in with Gardiner and the 1st for Bauchemin like it was nothing) came in a game against the Leafs.

    It feels weird having possibly the best active pair in the league in Kessel and Lups – and the fact that neither of them is a C… Imagine them with a certain Ducks Captain centering the line. Last pairing I can remember on the leafs that even came close to being called the best in the league was Sundin and Mogilny.

  5. hockeylegend488 says:

    I think burke has definatly made calls about the availability of getz and bobby ryan. Either would be a great addition to the leafs but im not convinced Burke could pry one away ( clearly some teams would pay more). As good as they are our first round picks for the next 3 years shouldnt be available anymore as we did for kessel. 

    secondairy scoring is available at a more realistic price. 
  6. JoelLeafs says:

    I say Getzlaf or nothing. Ryan would be nice, but would not get the mins he needs in To.

    I somewhat disagree about Burke though. I think Getzlaf is exactly the type of player he'd pay anything for. He knows very well how rare is it so have a player with his abilities become available, especially without that player being a UFA in a team bidding war.

    Fingers crossed…

  7. 93killer93 says:

    I really hope they start spending to the cap.  With a few key additions they could become a legitimate contender. 

  8. lafleur10 says:

    it all depends on this current home stand  where we 6 of the next 7 at home and this month of january if we can win 5out of 7 games( a tall  order) and close the gap on the 8th place team we'll be buyers,but however if we continue to struggle like we did then i think we're sellers the kaberle trade doesn't necessarily take them out of the picture because markov will go on LTIR and that will free up his money and give us a bit of relief,not alot but some,i'd like to see moen,gill,a.kostitsyn ,weber,campoli ,all traded away on or before the deadline,and a few others too but those will be the guys most likely moving for picks and prospects with kostitsyn the only real player that could land use at least a 1st or 2n r.d,pick i agree if anaheim trades getzlaf they're done big time!

  9. TheLeafNation91 says:

    How about we change the "goal horn" first?

    I liked the 2009-2010 one much better.

  10. hockeylegend488 says:

    If burke could even trade luke shenn keith aulie our first 2012 and colbourne or kadri for getz ide be all for it provided we had a 5-7 year agreement in place

    lupul kessel and getz could get this team in the playoffs, and i know it sounds like were giving up alot of D but guys like phaneuf would just have to get the puck up ice and the rest would happen.
  11. hockeylegend488 says:

    Im also curious if the Pens will contend or give up this year with injuries now to crosby malkin and that other guy.

    ide suggest there kinda getting tired of stall always being hurt when they need him. Some teams who have a decent player could pry him away ide think. 
    I dunno mabye ales Hemsky and a second round pick may be enough.
    The oilers should target kris letang if available, even if something like this had to happen ales hemsky and ryan jones etc
  12. toronto77 says:

    I also hate that stupid wow oh song they play after every goal.

  13. toronto77 says:

    The leafs could possibly grab Getzlaf from Anaheim, but I think the price will be too steep. Derek Roy from Buffalo would be a lot more cheaper and Regier is looking to move him. He has been ok this season, last season he was filled with injuries and the two season before that he finished above 65 points, maybe he just needs a change of scenery. With two talented wingers like Lupul and Kessel, you may not need a talented player like Getzlaf, for the asking price I think I would go with Roy.

    There is also:
    Paul Stasny in Colorado
    Brassard in Columbus

    Other than that I don't think there are any other centremen that will come available to help the leafs.

  14. reinjosh says:

    Yeah he's been amazing. I wonder if Burke even thought he would have been this good? He went high and all and was said to be one of the best snipers in his draft but top 5 in the league for a season good? I don't think anyone could have seen that coming. Good on Burke for giving the guy a shot though. 

    It's very weird that the two of them are arguablly two of the best 5 players in the league this year and hands down the most consistent. Leafs and most consistent forwards just aren't two things I would have thought at the start of the season.
    Frig, I remember people saying Lupul was probably a lock for 20 goals and could hit 25 goals this season. He's almost on pace for 40! Like where the hell did that come from.
    I almost wonder if adding a Getzlaf might hurt them? It seems weird to say but maybe they rely so much on the two to be the primary players that they don't need a center? If that makes any sense. At the same time thinking what they could do with a proper top line center? Oh baby. 
  15. glotz_99 says:

    Only problem is Burke said they are looking to add size up front so I doubt they would be interested in  Derek Roy

  16. mapleleafsfan says:

    Hey guys, I just started looking into sabermetric stuff and find it really interesting.. I know a few of you talked about it before and someone (maybe bruins?) posted a link to a video… I think it was about sabermetrics.. Anyways, if anyone knows the link or what I'm talking about and can post it again I'd appreciate it. 

  17. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    Columbus vs Anaheim had some nice highlights. Battle of the bottom was actually nice to watch.

  18. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    Why can't we wait for Colborne? Next year he'll be up here for sure, and he could be the guy for us. I'm more then happy enough to be patient with him. I'd rather wait for a home grown center then going out to trade for one to be honest… I know most Leaf fans want the playoffs right away with contender status. But honestly I think it's better if we let our players develop. Colborne could be a 70 point center for all we know.

  19. senators_choke says:

    Normally I agree with Kelly Hrudey more than Glenn Healy, but this time, I'm gonna have to side with Healy.

    On Saturday before the game, Healy said the Leafs need to go with the hot goal (Gustavsson) but Hrudey felt they need to get Reimer some work.

    Hrudey needs to look at the NHL standings. They're tighter than a duck's ass. Gotta keep going with Gus as long as he's hot.

  20. TheLeafNation91 says:

    How about we stick Reimer out on 5-on-5 play and then put in Gustavsson on the PK?

    Guaranteed shutout each game since one player struggles on each aspect.

  21. Steven_Leafs says:

    I'd rather have both, lol.

  22. reinjosh says:

    I like it. The perfect strategy.

  23. reinjosh says:

    The Penguins have to be the unluckiest team in the league. Crosby and Letang out, now Staal and Neal are for an extended period of time. They just can't catch a damn break. It's ridiculous how often their key players are injured. If they make the playoffs AGAIN they have to be considered one of the teams few elite teams. 

  24. reinjosh says:

    Arniel was finally fired. It only took losing 7 – 4 to the second worst team in the league for Columbus management to realize they didn't have the right coach…This is why Columbus has been so bad in recent years. They have the absolute worst head office in the League. 

  25. TmLeafan says:

    How would everyone feel about this trade:

    TOR: Chris Stewart
    STL: Gunnarson, Macarthur, 2nd rd pick, 3rd rd pick
    I do doubt that Stl does this because he may be struggling but he fits in with their group so well and they are legit playoff contenders in the West.  But he is exactly what the Leafs need he would play in our top 6 and add some size, I think he is good for 30 goals a year. 
  26. dumbassdoorman says:

    Not this guy….i want them to miss the playoffs, because i would rather see Wilson fired lol..I don't overly care for that a$$clown

  27. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Guaranteed wins.

  28. dumbassdoorman says:

    So how awesome is it the Dustin Penner has hurt himself eating pancakes lol

  29. lafleur10 says:

    they gave up erik johnson to get stewart so if burke offered that doug armstrong would laugh him right off of the phone he's would say start with schenn + or phaneuf+ and i'll listen.

  30. TheLeafNation91 says:

    You're messed if you think thats Chris Stewart's value. One of the best df

    And it was not Chris Stewart only lafleur, know your hockey, they also gave up a top rated prospect in Shattenkirk and a second.

    Chirs Stewart is not worth a valuable prospect in Schenn and looks like a Norris contender in Phaenuf +.

    You really need to understand players bud, and I'm saying this nicely.

  31. reinjosh says:

    And he could be a the next Steckel for all we know. Better to get the proven top line center over the unknown. 

  32. reinjosh says:

    The guy who is on pace for 18 goals and 33 points is worth Phaneuf and Schenn? get real lafleur…

  33. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Just to egg him on more…


    If we go by his rules, Phaneuf is greater because his rookie season was far superior than Subban's. He had 20 goals…While Subban had 14.

    Also, Phaneuf's actually a plus player…While Subban is a career negative.

    Doesn't he understand how absurd he sounds at time? Don't get me wrong..He's a decent guy, but he needs to know outside Montreal a bit more.

  34. TmLeafan says:

    Yea Shattenkirk was a huge part of that trade.  I think it was a bad trade for the Avalanche that doesn't mean that Burke has to also make a bad trade. It may not be enough for Stewart but Gunnarson has significant value.

  35. toronto77 says:

    I agree with you 110%. If we can get to the playoffs with the team we have right now than don't make any changes. We don't have to go far, making the playoffs for the first time in 6-7 years, i'm sure no one will complain, even if we lose 4-0 in the first round. So many young players on this team will get their first playoff experience and will be a HUGE learning curve for next season. Plus Colborne will be more developed and ready.

  36. toronto77 says:

    I agree 100%. I am all for playing the hotter goaltender. If I were a coach I would treat a backup as a backup, straight up. I would play my number one goalie every single game, except for when he is injured or struggling a little bit. I am a strong believer treating a backup as strickly a back up. I am not saying Reimer is the leafs back up, they are pretty evenly no.1's on this team, but Gus is way hotter right now.

  37. hockeylegend488 says:

    dunno if la got hosed worse in that or the ryan smyth trade however it be nice to send them hemsky for voynov too

  38. blaze says:

    Though I'd rather Getzlaf I've got to think Staal is more likely. The Leafs more than anything need that top line center but my gut says Burke won't be able to pull this one off and will be forced to settle with adding some size to the forward group. Really not a bad outcome anyways as maybe a bit of patience is the way to go.

    If Burke does aggresively pursue a number 1 center Getzlaf seems unlikely. Murray mentioning that the big 3 are available sounds more like a verbal kick in the a*s to his team than anything. Rutherford claiming Staal was going nowheres is much more common before a big trade.

    Really Murray shouldn't move any of the big 3. Maybe Ryan but even still it seems counter-productive. They have lots of money coming off the books in the off-season and will be much younger next year. Draft a Yakupov or Grigorenko who can probably play next year. Snag a mid-level UFA such as Ruutu,Kostitsyn,Gaustad etc. and the Ducks could easily be back in the playoffs next year. Doesn't make sense to move your stars who are still so young.

    As for Carolina with only the star in his prime it would make much more sense to move. Staals high cap hit would lower his value somewhat compared to Getzlaf. The Canes are in a much better position to do a full rebuild. Grigorenko-Colborne(perhaps?)-Sutter could be a nice young trio down the middle next.

    Anyways don't see Burke landing either unfortunately but if he's got a chance for one I would expect it to be Staal. Now something more likely than either is that Getzlaf doesn't get moved, but at the end of next season decides to test FA. If Getzlaf hits the open market that's when Burke has a very good shot at snagging him.

  39. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    what? so trade schenn! schenn is NOT that good at all. He's average.

  40. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    more like guaranteed stanley cup!

  41. reinjosh says:

    I agree with you. Even if Murray is considering moving one of the big 3 (I don't think he is), his proclaiming it only drove up the price for each one, making it virtually unlikely to happen. 

    Now I actually think trading one of them would make sense. With Getzlaf and Perry both coming to Free Agency, and both of them looking like they could get 7 – 8 million dollars a year. If you can get a top prospect, a good young forward, a good young defenseman and a first rounder, that's a pretty damn good price. This core isn't exactly working right now and hasn't since they won a cup. 
    Losing Getzlaf virtually ensures that they get a top 3 pick so grab a Grigorenko, Yakupov, Forsberg and then use the other pick for a good dman. Add on DSP, Etem, Schultz and you're looking unspectacularily good. Team has depth at every position, has youth, has incredible talent and they have good cap space moving forward.
    I can see why Murray would do it. Plus you give Bobby Ryan the time he needs to reach his top line potential. 
    You get something like this
             – Ryan         – Perry
    Blake – Grigorenko – Kulemin
    DSP   – Cogliano    – Etem
    Palmieri –              – Belesky
    Beauchemin – Fowler
    Schenn    – Visnovsky
    Schultz   – Sbisa
    That's a pretty nice looking lineup. 
  42. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    No offense but it doesn't look that much different from the one they already have going this year. Losing Selanne and Koivu is huge, I don't think Kulemin can replace it that easily, and Grigorenko is probably better then Koivu but I think he might get the top line spot later into the season, they could go and get a 2nd line center during free agency.. I don't know really, i don't think we're getting Getzlaf.

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