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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
It was Brian Burke’s best chance to napalm his roster, finding another GM equally as desperate for a huge shakeup.
Thanks to a nine-game losing streak (although it ended Saturday night), Darryl Sutter became that guy.
That’s the way it goes in a cap world. You create your core and hope it works. It’s clear his wouldn’t.
You take your step back – like Tampa did with Brad Richards – and hope the added flexibility gives you a chance to find the right fit.
I understand Sutter is getting roasted is Calgary, but let’s see what he does with the added space.
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.
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.”
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.
from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
Little wonder that a gleeful Raycroft took a mini-lap of the ice at the final buzzer, pumping his fist, or perhaps waving at the crowd – the same folks who jeered him so lustily in blue-and-white. He did the same when he replaced Luongo to start the second.
“I heard way more boos than that when I was here,’’ he deadpanned afterward in the triumphant dressing room. “That was nothing.’‘
As reporters crowded around his locker, a teammate told Raycroft: “Shove it up their ass, Razor.’‘
Figuratively, he’d done that already.
“I would have went all the way around if I could,’’ Raycroft said of his little victory jaunt. “I was excited. I didn’t really think about what I was doing. I couldn’t keep still.’‘
more and watch Raycroft enjoy the moment below…
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
Two players now have expressed a desire to be traded away from the foundering club—centre Jamal Mayers and defenceman Garnet Exelby—and Wilson isn’t thrilled with the timing of the requests.
On one hand, the besieged head coach said it doesn’t bother him that players express a desire to be traded if they want out, adding that it happens all the time.
But his worry is that their unhappiness will spread. And the last thing the 17-27-10 Leafs need is more negativity in the dressing room, especially with back-to-back games this weekend against the New Jersey Devils on Friday in Newark and the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday back at the Air Canada Centre.
“What you don’t want is to have a pity party where guys who don’t like what’s happening to them suck other people into the same black hole,” said Wilson on Thursday after practice. “That’s an age-old problem on teams, pity parties: ‘I’m not playing well, so I want to make sure that nobody is playing well and I feel better because I have everybody in the same boat with me.’ “
from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,
For the rest of the season, and especially leading up to the March 3 trade deadline, it will be hard to view Leaf players as anything but commodities.
For a non-playoff team on which futures are on the line, the big game won’t be so much hockey as it will be guessing who stays and who goes.
Against the visiting L.A. Kings on Tuesday, for example, the final score was 5-3 for the impressive young team from California.
But the important result was that a player like Niklas Hagman improved his stock on the trade market while goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, a restricted free agent this summer, only created more questions about where he might fit with the Leafs.
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Rugged Maple Leafs forward Jamal Mayers believes he has at least a few good years left him in, but doesn’t see Toronto in his future.
Leafs general manager Brian Burke granted Mayers agent, Pat Brisson, permission to speak to teams in an effort to generate trade interest.
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