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from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,
The temptation is there. Within the Toronto Maple Leafs front office it’s likely bordering on something near a compulsion:
We must trade Dion Phaneuf or Phil Kessel – and ideally both – before the 3 p.m. Monday NHL trade deadline.
I’m here to say: don’t do it. This is not the time to shed the Leaf’s best forward and best defenceman.
The reason is simple: The Leafs don’t know if they’re going to draft Connor McDavid yet, and won’t until the NHL draft lottery is held after the regular season ends.
Drafting McDavid could change everything, including the potential roles for the likes of Phaneuf and Kessel. At the very least their value doesn’t diminish between now and then.
The case for getting rid of the pair is obvious: Each are symbols of a maddening, bloated, rotted present and relics of a failed past, full of wrecked transport trucks and seasons that start out full of promise before crumbling under the weight of their own analytics.
Let's get straight to the point.
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Also below a live stream of Sportsnet's Trade Deadline show which will begin at 8:00am ET.
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So late-night Twitter is a strange place, and late night Steve Yzerman trades are stranger still. This played out over the better course of an hour:
BREAKING: Braydon Coburn to #TBLightning for 1st-round pick, 3rd-round pick and Radko Gudas.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 2, 2015
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch can only pen "'almost deal'" columns after today, so he's delivering a hum-dinger of a rumor wallop this morning. Among his trade deadline day ruminations:
A guy who isn’t being talked about much who may be attracting a lot of interest is New Jersey defenceman Marek Zidlicky. Nobody is sure if Devils GM Lou Lamoriello would actually deal Zidlicky, but teams have been calling to see what the asking price is, just in case he does decide to make a move.
The Maple Leafs want to be the busiest team in the league Monday. They have been trying to deal almost their entire roster, but all eyes will be on captain Dion Phaneuf and wingers Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. They’ve also, for the past two weeks, been shopping centre Tyler Bozak and his $4.2-million salary. Toronto has a chance to make this a significant day if they make moves.
The Montreal Canadiens set up shop in San Jose on Sunday night after a long flight that left at 11 a.m. The Habs have been steadfast in their search for a defenceman since the quest for help began. They were able to help their forward ranks by picking up Devante Smith-Pelley from the Ducks earlier this week in exchange for Jiri Sekac, but the thinking is GM Marc Bergevin isn’t done. The Habs would like to get a defenceman and the belief is they’ve been eyeing Toronto’s Roman Polak and Edmonton’s Jeff Petry. Though teams have wanted draft picks in return, the talk is the Habs may be dangling goaltender prospect Zach Fucale, who was a second-round selection (No. 36 overall) in 2013.
Garrioch continues, reporting that the Sabres and Bruins may swing a Chris Stewart deal, that the Blues want to make some sort of impact and that Matt Beleskey is in high demand.
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Per TSN's Bob McKenzie and ESPN's Katie Strang, who are at slight odds about a no-trade clause:
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
That sound you just heard was Glen Sather pushing all of the chips into the middle of the table.
Realistically, the New York Rangers have about a 15-month window to get the veteran general manager a sixth Stanley Cup following a whopper of a deal Sunday to land Keith Yandle.
After falling three wins short of a championship last spring, the Rangers doubled down by parting with 19-year-old prospect Anthony Duclair, 24-year-old defenceman John Moore, a 2015 second-round pick and a 2016 first-round pick in Sunday’s blockbuster.
Arizona retained half of Yandle’s salary and added defenceman Chris Summers and a 2016 fourth-round pick, but this deal was all about the now for the Rangers.
I'll let you take this interview breakdown from Sportsnet's Jeff Simmons for what you will:
According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the Maple Leafs are trying “real hard” to move captain Dion Phaneuf.
“It’s abundantly clear that he won’t be the captain next year,” Kypreos said Sunday on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. “So the sooner they can get him out, the better. They’re trying real hard to make that deal going into (Monday).
“It’s a gut feel, but I think (by) this time (Monday), Phaneuf is a member of another hockey club.”
Kyrpeos added Phaneuf appeals to a handful of teams in need of an upgrade on the back end, but the Leafs will have to retain part of his salary in order to make any trade work.
“It’s a matter of that contract,” Kypreos explained. “As soon as there’s a number that can be agreed upon, he will not be a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.”
Phaneuf signed a seven-year, $49 million contract extension during the 2013-14 season. He will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020-21 season.
Cue the "marriage of convenience" depth trade:
added 6:40pm, Winnipeg release is below...
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