NHL Trade Deadline Day: Is there anything doing in Leafland?

NHL Trade Deadline Day: Is there anything doing in Leafland?

We unwrapped a vanload of presents on Trade Deadline Eve. What’s left for Deadline Day? Perhaps the biggest moves of all, which are likely to be the deals that move Ryan Kesler and Martin St. Louis out of Vancouver and Tampa Bay respectively.

Half of the league’s teams completed a trade yesterday, with the Leafs in the inactive half, besides waiving Trevor Smith to open up some cap space. We’ll find out by noon if he’s clear to join the Marlies (he’s their Captain, technically) for the first time since October. He could also come right back up if nothing transpires before the Deadline and Carlyle still wants him in his lineup.

Any of the players the Leafs might consider selling are more valuable here than gone based on the going rates. Dustin Penner has 32 points in 49 games and was moved for a 4th round pick to Washington yesterday. Raymond has 36 in 63, and both are pending UFAs on cheap one-year contracts.

If the negotiations with Bolland are so cold it’s clear nothing is getting done, the Leafs could probably only expect a mid-round conditional pick dependent on how many games (or playoff games, or something) he plays as a rental; such was the nature of the Stephane Robidas deal to Anaheim yesterday.

There wasn’t much sense in dealing many of these players to begin with, but in Reimer’s case, for instance, there’s been goalies flying around the League the past few days and there are still a few available (Halak). It’s not a sellers’ market.

As for any “buy” options, there is not a whole lot of talk out there about the Leafs and potential targets. We did get the news last night that Dave Bolland is seeing a specialist today and will fly back to Toronto afterward. That doesn’t appear to be a good sign as far as his timeline for a return goes.

Peter Holland should be able fill the 3rd line center role while the Leafs await Bolland’s return, if it’s to ever come, but there might also be some consideration put into a depth center who can  help out on an ailing penalty kill.

As far as defensive help, the Leafs saw Stephane Robidas, Mike Weaver and Andrew MacDonald get traded for a collection of picks (Robidas for a cond. 4th, Weaver for a 5th, MacDonald for a 2nd and a 3rd) and opted not to get involved.

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Targets? Or Lack Thereof

Here’s a list Brian Lawton floated yesterday on Twitter:

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Nothing there makes much sense.

  • Andrew MacDonald: Traded to Philly since the tweet.
  • Tomas Kopecky: The 32-year-old winger makes no sense for the Leafs (or anyone) on a $3,000,000 AAV contract that still has one season left after this. He’s been out hurt with a concussion since late February. 6’3, 203 lb forward as 12 points in 49 games, averages 1:47 on the penalty kill (third among Panthers forwards). 
  • Jordan Leopold: A tad rich for the Leafs’ cap space at $2.25 mill and is signed through 2014-15, which doesn’t make him a rental (which is all the Leafs would want of him, if interested at all). The 33-year-old defenceman averages 15 minutes a night on a deep St. Louis defence core. +2  with six points over 24 games. Broke his hand early in the New Year and missed 24 games, currently day-to-day with an ankle injury. Has a modified No-Trade Clause.
  • Jordan Nolan: Not sure why the Kings would deal him as he’s been a reliable homegrown fourth liner for them and was a part of their Cup run. Skates around 9 minutes a night. Signed in the summer for 700,00k per year through next season.  Doesn’t kill penalties.

 

I’m not sure whether or not Marcel Goc is available in Florida. He’s taken on a significant role for the Panthers, playing 17 minutes a night (that’s pretty much tied for the team lead among the destitute Florida forward ranks, playing between Upshall and Fleischmann as their 2C at the moment) between 4v5 and 5v5, but his contract is expiring. His $1.7 million is something the Leafs could probably make work. He can hold his own at 5v5 and chip in some secondary scoring (has 11 goals and 23 points in 62 games) while playing over 2 minutes a night on the penalty kill, where the Leafs could certainly use assistance. Granted, the Florida penalty kill is the worst in the League, but their save percentage is bottom 3 at both 5v5 and 4v5. If Leafs management is worried that Bolland might not be seen from this season, he’s someone who could do a decent job stepping into the roles they were hoping Bolland would come back and fill.

Anthony wrote last week about his interest in Brian Boyle, who has the same contract ($1.7 million, expires July 1) as Goc. He plays around 13 minutes a night for the Rangers, including 2:05 on the penalty kill  (tops among NYR forwards), and can chip in a little at 5v5 as a 6-foot-6 body down low. The Rangers’ PK is a little more respectable than Florida’s at 11th in the League, but goaltending makes a world of difference. Would the Rangers move their top penalty killer if they feel they can’t get a contract signed? Seems unlikely as of now, with the Rangers in a playoff spot, and his name hasn’t come up much in the rumour mill.

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The Leafs, with Trevor Smith sent down and assuming they activate Bolland off LTIR eventually, have about $1.2 million in space to play with. If the news is really negative on Bolland, maybe it at least adds some cap flexibility. Most likely, though, the Leafs are going to be very quiet today (AB4).

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
1906 comments
hometeem
hometeem

deadline over now or at 5

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

James Mirtle @mirtle 7m

Appears the Leafs recalled Holland and Ashton and then sent them back down today. Not sure what that means for their status tonight.

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

any lineup looks for tonight yet?

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

I see some bitching, which I understand since it's like Christmas and we didn't get any presents, but in all seriousness who in the East did something that made themselves THAT much better (today) or addressed a major need?

I think the Blues did what they needed and everyone else did moves that just augmented their rosters.

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

Rentals were dirt cheap today. 

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

Gillis is on the golf course today? And people were freaking out when Burke marched in the gay pride parade on this day

ingy56
ingy56

LOL Gillis at the golf course. Ownership: "We got this today"

CallumConnorKnight
CallumConnorKnight

Habs fan calling the Vanek trade the most "EPIC" deadline day trade in history.

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

Gillis looks like and sounds like a mess haha. 

CallumConnorKnight
CallumConnorKnight

Jaroslav Halak.. didn't have time to pack..

Jaroslav Halak.. didn't have time to pack..


ingy56
ingy56

@hometeem  At 3 pm EST, but as long as teams sent e-mail to NHL offices by 3 the deals can still be finalized after. 

loomx
loomx

@DJBrianBurke  Tampa is still a playoff team that gets Stamkos and Filppula back so they're better. Rangers, Washington, Habs, Sens, Boston, Philly all got better to different extents. Fuckin Florida got better.

Captain Morgan
Captain Morgan

@Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs Don't we already ahve two stars and the possibility of two more becoming stars?  Kessel And Van Reimsdyk...then your pick of Kadri, Rielly and Gardiner...not too mention Berneir and Reimer...take a ten pound vailium man and relax, this team has assets already!!!

loomx
loomx

@wiski  Except that 1- 5 teams in our division and more in the other division got better and those are the teams we'll have to go .500 against and 2- Moves to make us legitimate contenders could've been made in the summer instead of signing David fuckin Clarkson.

djamon
djamon

@wiski  But we should have traded Mayson Raymond for a 3rd!!

vji67
vji67

@wiski  it's almost like Anthony's looking at the team...objectively. Can't say the same about all the other panicked Leaf fans. 

mcloki
mcloki

@wiski  thank you for being the voice of reason

djamon
djamon

@Gilbey93  Buffalo did awesome. Raped St. Louis and NYI. So many high picks over the next 2 drafts.

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@Gilbey93  And they have Hackett I believe up and coming. With that young blueline they will be solid.

djamon
djamon

@loomx Every team in the NHL got better...even though they just traded with each other.

djamon
djamon

@Gilbey93  Oh God...really? Lethal? Vanek won't change their fortunes one bit.

loomx
loomx

@Gilbey93  WSH got Halak too. Hemsky is much better than Conacher.

djamon
djamon

@BPsotka Uh oh...I don't think it was sarcastic. Sad, eh?