TERRY KOSHAN – TorontoSun.com

Now that Brian Burke has started to clean house, who could be next to go from the Maple Leafs? Tomas Kaberle? Alexei Ponikarovsky? Lee Stempniak?

Kaberle said there was nothing new on his front, and would have to waive his no-trade clause.

“Nothing has changed on this side,” Kaberle said. “I want to remain a Leaf.”

Ponikarovsky and Stempniak know they could have a one-way ticket out of Toronto before the NHL trade deadline on March 3.

“It’s up to them,” Ponikarovsky said. “We will see. I am just another guy who has to play and show them I want to be here. I’m not thinking about it.”

Ponikarovsky and Stempniak both will be unrestricted free agents on July 1, so Burke conceivably could get draft picks in return.

“I am not living in fear of a trade,” Stempniak said. “But when teams aren’t winning, you expect changes. You don’t expect something of that magnitude (the two big trades on Sunday).”


95 Responses to WHO IS NEXT?

  1. mojo19 says:

    Luke Schenn was so awesome tonight. I think bringing in a cool guy like Phaneuf made Schenn not want to play like a puszy. He was definitely looking more like the Schenn of last season.

    Listen to Ron Wilson's press conference too. Here's a simple prediction that I'm sure you've all thought of: Dion Phaneuf to wear the 'C' come next season.

  2. leafy says:

    I haven't seen it yet on any of the news services. Maybe a false alarm?

  3. leafy says:

    Chicago is shopping for a blueliner. Exelby is one of the names mentioned.


  4. mojo19 says:

    I agree, but if he keeps progressing (he's only 23) I think the sky is the limits with this guy. I see him as a future great 3rd liner like you're saying, but could possibly be a 1st liner as he approaches his prime. He could be 30 goal scorer, who plays hard at both ends of the ice and hits.

  5. mojo19 says:

    I just read it on the ticker on sportsnet.ca

    It said the Kings are on the verge of acquiring Garnett Exelby

  6. the_word says:

    Best part of tonight's performance is that we witnesses the blueline we were promised at the start of the season. Beachemin, Schenn and Phaneuf all played physical and were aggressive.  We kept the play along the boards, vintage Wilson style.

    I think a routine serving of twenty minutes of Ian White really hurt us. For intance, the PK looked great against a top ten PP.

  7. the_word says:

    Are we getting Schenn or Doughty?

  8. leafy says:

    I see. I wonder what we'd be getting.

  9. the_word says:

    I like watching him celebrating in front of Dale Hunter.

    Richards is among the best two way players among first line centers in the league.  Again I don't understand the hate for a guy who pot 90 points and who could sign between 5-6 million.

    Bet you'd perfer to reunite Marleau and Wilson for 7 million and watch him put up 38 points that bring in a franchise player like Richards.

    Kesler is no franchise.

  10. TheLeafNation91 says:

    heard it was for a fouth

  11. reinjosh says:

    oh yeah. great pickup by Fletcher. He started out the year a little slow but has just been getting better as the season went on.
    If Burke trades him, I might be a little mad

  12. reinjosh says:

    McKenzie is calling Bullshit on the trade
    Sportsnet is not reliable at all.

  13. mojo19 says:

    I guess we'll wait and see what happens.

  14. mojo19 says:

    Richards is no franchise either. Ya Marleau is way better than Richards, although i've never been the biggest Marleau fan either.

    I did enjoy Cal Clutterbuck taking of Richards' head tonight though. Admire your pass Brad!

  15. reinjosh says:

    Well now that we have our version of Pronger and Nieds to take the pressure off Beau, he should start playing like we were expecting.
    To me, Komisarek is the guy that is most expendable on the team but I just don't see him getting moved. Think burke will roll with a defense that costs 23 or so million (assuming Finger is waived) dollars.
    Gunnarson and Aulie I think could fill the other two spots next season.

  16. mojo19 says:

    Definitely. Sjostrom's block and keeping the Devils D-men way back and to the outside was good too. I don't know a lot about Sjostrom, but from what everyone is saying he's a great guy on the PK. Based on tonight I would have to agree.

    And getting back to the big aggressive defense you were talking about – if it ends up being Kaberle who's dealt, I think Dion, Luke, Francois, and Komi could be just a beast of a top 4 D, provided Luke plays the way he played tonight. Too bad Exelby didn't work out because I thought he actually looked really good tonight too and threw some big hits, he would have been a good #6 after Gunnarsson

  17. reinjosh says:

    reason why we wont trade him
    tonights game

  18. the_word says:

    Yep, Richards totally rides the coat tails of Thoronton and Heatly, Marleau is his own man and picks up his game in the playoffs.

  19. the_word says:

    Lines of communication between the Kings and the Leafs is a good sign though, especially if they're trading lists.

  20. reinjosh says:

    Funny how thats actually working out. A few years back everyone was saying he was the best player outside the NHL and that he was a top 6 forward. Then just like so many others, he didn't perform up to his leafland potential. Now he might one day just do that.
    I say that he develops into a fast, two-way second line winger.

  21. mojo19 says:

    LA is loaded with prospects and has a young team, making trading prospects an option for them.

    I liked Exelby's game tonight a lot too. Hope someone was watching from LA, that's all i have to say.

  22. mojo19 says:

    at the risk of sounding homophobic: Brad Richards is gay.

  23. mojo19 says:

    I would be fine with that. In fact, i'd say he's pretty much almost already there.

    I HEART 41

  24. reinjosh says:

    Maybe we trade for or sign (after July 1st) Lombardi. The three of them would be one of the fastest lines in the NHL and could work together really well.

  25. reinjosh says:

    he a douche that rides a motorcycle?

  26. reinjosh says:

    10 bucks says thats what happened with Mayers. He upped his game because he wanted to get traded and rather than have Toronto through in a random to make the salaries closer, Sutter asked for Mayers because of his two games.

  27. mojo19 says:

    Matthew Lombardi is so fast, and tenacious. I think the ship has sailed on him being a real offensive threat, but as a more defensive minded player, i would love that as a third line.

    Sjostrom – Lombardi – Kulemin

    Speed demons

  28. mojo19 says:

    hahaha, no that's a fag, there's a difference. lol

  29. the_word says:

    Yep, I'm trumpeting Kaberle but by no means am I against Schenn.  With Kaberle out we'd have a 92-93 (Ellet, Gill, Macoun & Lefavre, no puck movers there) type blueline with Phaneuf setting the tone.

    I was excited for Exelby at the start of the year but I think I perfer my 5th, 6th and 7th defensemen to be fairly invisible and by the book (Gunnerson, Frogren, even Belle).  Exelby is always hunting for big open ice hits.

  30. mojo19 says:

    I would also rather trade Komisarek before Kaberle, but I guess we'll see what happens. As of right now it does feel a little excessive to have all these guys, to say the least

    Phaneuf – Beauchemin ($10.3 million)
    Kaberle – Komisarek ($8.75 million)
    Gunnarsson – Schenn ($3-4 million with bonuses)
    Exelby – Finger ($4.9 million)
    $28 million in defense, and a goalie earning $7 mil, we better set records for GAA.

  31. mojo19 says:

    Mayers did have two great games, its true. If nothing else, he proved that, if he's properly motivated, he's able to turn it up a notch and make an impact on a hockey game. So for a team looking to make the playoffs, he would still be somewhat appealing.

  32. cam7777 says:

    he'll start burying those in another city though, and I think other managers will notice that.  much like with stajan actually returning a worthwhile prospect in his portion of the calgary trade, i think we will be pleased with what stempniak returns.  and then stalberg will replace him in the lineup.

  33. cam7777 says:

    That's too much for Mueller.  Dreger says the asking price is just a young roster forward.  Give them Grabovski and be done with it.  Buffalo is rumored interested in Stempniak now too, so holy hell, we might be able to pry something decent for him from someone.  Burke is the only guy besides Edmonton  and Carolina actually willing to deal cheap, expiring roster forwards, because everyone else thinks they have a chance.  No one wants anything from Edmonton, and Whitney and Cullen are getting priced out by their strong play of late, and Whitney's desire to resign in Carolina.

    Take that 3rd out of the Chicago trade – Poni > Byfuglien, Exelby = Sopel, they throw in the third for the Byfuglien exchange being lobsided, and it costs them a 2nd to dump salary both this season and next.

  34. cam7777 says:

    He might hit that anyways.  He's been pacing himself that way since around the 40 game mark (maybe a bit earlier).

  35. mojo19 says:

    Good point. There's nothing wrong with having a big 4 with that kind of make up.

    That being said, look at the Flames. Bouwmeester, Phaneuf, Regehr, and Sarich were that exact mold, and they had really good goaltending, but they didn't exactly dominate the standings. And that's with an elite forward in Iginla, and some good support guys around him.

    This is essentially the build we're going for, let's hope a different mix of guys will work out for us.

  36. leafy says:

    This guy in the Sporting News believes Kaberle will be dealt next.


  37. reinjosh says:

    Yeah that would be my reasoning. Lombardi would be a great addition to that line.

  38. cam7777 says:

    Stamkos is untouchable, but if he reaches July 1st 2011 with no contract, there's not much the Lightning ownership can do.  Burke would talk to him, Stamkos would clearly decide to play in Toronto, and basically force Tampa into a trade.  At that point, it would be nice to have Schenn in our corner.

  39. TimTheBone says:

    Dude you have Poni in your line up with Byfuglien as well as Blum….Both of which you included in trades with Poni…..

    soooo my question is how the hell do you manage to keep Poni and land Byfuglien and Blum????

  40. leafmeister says:

    Finger and Exelby are gone. I like Kaberle, but his value is too high not to trade. Komisarek wouldn't bring in half the return Kaberle will. Kaberle can get us a top 6 forward and a 1st, or a top 3 forward. If we iced Kaberle, Beauchemin, Komi, Phaneuf, and Schenn then Kessel would be totally hung out to dry. Also Schenn would not get the proper ice time so he would continue to struggle.

    On another note, do you think a deal based around Kaberle for Wojtek Wolski would work? He could feed Kessel the puck.

  41. zackman13 says:

    it says to tell poni that a contract is waiting for him come july 1st, so he's assuming that poni will sign back with the leafs in te summer

  42. dumbassdoorman says:

    if he keeps playing this way I am sure he will wear the "C" this season. This team is screaming for a captain…..might have just found him!!!!

  43. dumbassdoorman says:

    I do not for one think Wolski is enough. There would need to be more. i mean is he really a numberr one centre? Not to bring up rumours but I would rather take a flyer on Mueller and see what else Kaberle could bring.

  44. TimTheBone says:

    oh my bad… i stopped reading that paragraph after the first two lines…..

    but still doesnt explain Blum AND Byfuglien…. poni was included in both trades…. hmmmmm………

  45. mojo19 says:

    Wolski is a fine young player who has been better and better in the last couple years, but I also would want more than that for Kaberle.

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