Monday Blues – Update: Leafs acquire Primeau for Stralman

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    Kicking off the week with another update on a whole lot of nothing around the NHL: The Leafs get ripped in ESPN’s Ultimate Team Standings, P.J. Axelsson signs with Frolunda, CBS Sports assigns offseason grades for the Northeast Division, and Kaberle bought out?

    • Update #1: Rumors of a Calgary -Toronto trade involving Anton Stralman.
    • Update #2: RDS confirms it. Stralman and Stuart to Calgary for Wayne Primeau.What the heck?
    • Update #1: NHL player agent, Ben Hankinson, is twittering that the Maple Leafs have traded defenseman Anton Stralman along with the newly acquired Colin Stuart to the Calgary Flames in exchange for centerman Wayne Primeau. Good Lord.
    • Update #2: RDS confirms that the trade is legit. What the heck?
    • The Aftonbladet is reporting that former Bruins forward P.J. Axelsson has signed a 4 year deal to play for Frolunda of the SEL. You can cross off another potential option for the Leafs penalty kill unit.
    • CBS Sports is handing out offseason report cards for the Northeast teams, and the Toronto Maple Leafs received the second highest in the division with a “B”. The writer proceeds to criticize the fact that the Leafs “did not have a credible offense last season, and haven’t done much to change that over the summer”. Strange words to direct at the league’s 10th highest scoring team. Speaking of credibility…
    • Alright, that was a dirty line to include in the intro snippet, but it appears as though Carolina has bought out defenseman Frantisek Kaberle. At 35 years of age and coming off a disappointing season in which he played just 30 NHL games, it’s difficult to envision him landing anything more than a veteran role for an AHL team. If Burke plans on keeping Tomas around, perhaps it might be a nice move to bring his brother into the organization to shore up the Marlies defense core and provide a little extra depth.
    • In the 2009 ESPN Ultimate Team Standings, the Toronto Maple Leafs find themselves ranked 120th out 122 NHL, NFL, NBA and MLB teams as determined by “how much franchises give back to the fans in exchange for all the time, money and emotion the fans invest in them.” The rankings are based on criteria such as a “Bang for Buck” index, ownership, affordability, stadium experience, players, coaching and title track. Their highest ranking was 58th overall for coaching, and not surprisingly, they were deemed the least affordable ticket of the 4 major sport leagues in North America. Ouch. The Toronto Blue Jays find themselves in 34th, while the Toronto Raptors are in 105th.
    • Speaking of the Blue Jays, those of you who to switch over to “baseball mode” for the summer are well aware of the ongoing situation with the possible trade of franchise pitcher Roy Halladay. A lot of parallels to be drawn between the Kaberle situation and the Halladay situation: a pair of stars being dangled as their franchises head in a different direction, the desire for “blow me away” type offers, looming trade deadlines, and a couple of GM’s who are not expecting anything to happen.
    • Lastly, Lyle Richardson of The Hockey News suggests the Leafs should package Pogge together with a defenseman like Ian White in order to acquire a scoring forward. The question is: What team could use a defenseman along with a young goalie prospect? My gut still tells me Colorado is the best fit.

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