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So at the end of the day, the Leafs wind up with a stud defenceman and an expensive goaltender on the downside of his career; kind of a good-news, bad-news scenario.
-Mike Brophy of Sportsnet on the moves the Leafs made today. More from Mike.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that Coyotes forward Scottie Upshall will be out of the lineup indefinitely after sustaining an injury to his right knee during the team’s game versus the Calgary Flames on Jan. 28. A follow-up evaluation and MRI by the Club’s medical staff confirmed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). An ACL surgical procedure is expected to be scheduled.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Fact is, it was logical for Calgary to trade from its position of strength – a deep defence – in order to fill in gaps elsewhere. Just because the Flames rolled over Edmonton 6-1 Saturday night doesn’t mean they have completely righted the ship just yet. The pressure is on – to make the playoffs and then win some rounds when, or if, they get there. But this isn’t enough for a core asset, not nearly enough - and cannot be explained away as simply a move to shed $6.5-million worth of Phaneuf’s annual salary. On some levels, it looks like a panic move, borne out of desperation for a quick fix.
In the end, that Sutter would give up on Phaneuf at this comparatively early stage in his career is probably the most surprising part of the deal. That he couldn’t get more for him in return is probably the most disappointing.
via the Twitter of Helene Elliott,
Jean-Sebastien Giguere has waived his no-trade clause and officially will be dealt to Toronto very soon
added 12:56pm, from Darren Dreger’s Twitter,
Giguere to Toronto for Toskala and Jason Blake. Done!!
added 1:05pm, TSN on the trade…
added 1:08pm, Burke says there was never a discussion about a first round pick being involved (from the Ducks). He doesn’t know where that came from.
per Darren Dreger’s Twitter,
phaneuf to the Leafs
added 11:35am, from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
The Ducks are set to trade Jean-Sebastien Giguere, the franchise’s all-time winningest goalie, to the Toronto Maple Leafs and it’s expected they will receive goalie Vesa Toskala and another veteran player in return, the Orange County Register has learned.
Giguere received a telephone call when he reached the Tampa Bay Lightning’s practice facility, where he learned of the potential move. The 32-year-0ld was in uniform but did not take the ice as players and coaches hugged him before he took the team bus back to the hotel.
added 11:42am, Watch the press conference below.
added 11:45am, Multiple reports are Giguere to Leafs for Toskala too.
added 11:58am, via Dreger Twitter,
Phaneuf, Sjostrom and Auley to Toronto for Hagman, Stajan, Mayers and White!!
added 12:03pm, Trade wrap-up at TSN.
added 12:04pm, Burke says another deal should be announced within 30 minutes.
added 12:19pm, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has a breakdown of the press conference in case you missed it.
added 2:35pm, Dion on the trade via Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,
“Well, it’s definitely a shock, but I’m very, very excited about going to Toronto and being a Maple Leaf. It was definitely a shock, but it’s part of the business,” he said.
“I found out this morning. The toughest part is saying goodbye to your buddies and the relationships that you’ve made. You guys actually found out before me.”
A Wings win over the Penguins today would help answer that question.
Pierre McGuire trys to answer that questioon too and view the today’s NHL schedule below…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
• Remember when everybody was so high on Ryan O’Reilly and how the Avalanche had stolen this kid in the second round of the draft? The 18-year-old centre is struggling big-time: one point in his last 29 games, even though he’s still averaging close to 17 minutes a game. Should he be back in junior?
• With every contender looking for defence help, count on somebody trading for Mathieu Schneider, who’s toiling in Manitoba right now. He’d help a power play. And do you suppose any team will take a flyer on Chris Chelios…
• The Penguins need a winger for Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby, but frankly, they need help on the back end more. You can’t win a Cup with a marginal blue-line, not over the two-month playoff haul. Sergei Gonchar is playing with a bad foot and their second best guy, Brooks Orpik, has a body that looks like it has been through a car wreck. Problem is, they have no cap room right now, and GM Ray Shero wants to keep $1 million or so available at the trade deadline. The Penguins need somebody like a Barret Jackman, but I don’t see the Blues moving him.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
• This could be the final season for Glen Sather in a dual role as president/GM of the Rangers. The belief is he’ll remain president with Mark Messier taking over as GM.
• The Carolina Hurricanes may have asked D Niclas Wallin to waive his no-trade clause so he can be dealt to the San Jose Sharks.
more of the same…
via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,
Source tells me “major changes” coming today for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
could be a very interesting today. the Hiller extension may play a role in todays Leafs shake-up.
added 9:19am, via Darren Dreger of TSN,
While details are few, sources say the Toronto Maple Leafs are on the verge of completing at least one trade today that will be viewed as a “major change.”
Specifics as to whether the deal will be for an upgrade in goal, or for offensive help, weren’t provided, however this deal and potentially others are very close to being completed.
When asked if these “major changes” were imminent, the source replied, “they should start happening today.”
added 10:25am, via the Twitter of Jeff Marek,
Brian Burke calls press conference for 11:30EST at the ACC.
added 11:09am, Dreger adds to his Twitter,
Something enormous is about to go down. Working on it
from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
Mike Komisarek received some unfortunate news Saturday night that will almost certainly end his hopes of competing in the Vancouver Olympics with Team USA.
The big Leafs defenceman’s injured shoulder will keep him sidelined up to another seven days – a span that will push him past a deadline to prepare for the Games….
Burke, meanwhile, has several choices to replace Komisarek.
Candidates include Pittsburgh’s Alex Goligoski, Anaheim’s Ryan Whitney, Atlanta’s teenage blueliner Zach Bogosian and Carolina’s Tim Gleason.
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