Deadline Day Recap: Nope, nothing was doing in Leafland

Deadline Day Recap: Nope, nothing was doing in Leafland

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Neither buyers or sellers, with limited cap space, some expiring contracts they’re playing wait and see on and a market that favoured rental buys, it’s  of little shock there was  zero trade activity by the Toronto Maple Leafs today. Three of the Leafs‘ Atlantic Division opponents (Montreal, Ottawa, Detroit), meanwhile, made additions to their lineup this afternoon.

The Leafs were known to be looking for a hockey trade, with salary in-salary out, in what was primarily a rental market. Said Nonis: “We tried to make hockey deals to improve our team long term. In the end, [with what was available] we would’ve been making a trade, a splash, but we wouldn’t be getting better.”

Marcel Goc was mentioned earlier today as a possible target as a depth center who has done well under tough assignments, can play big PK minutes and chip in some offense at 5v5.  He went to Pittsburgh for a 3rd round and 5th round pick.  The one issue with adding someone like Goc is that he would likely be a rental and it may have resulted in Peter Holland getting cast aside for the remainder of the year. In the end, the Leafs held onto all picks and didn’t add anything at either defence or center ice, which Dave Nonis apparently kicked the tires on. If the Leafs were to match that Pittsburgh offer, it would have left them without a 2nd or 3rd round pick for the 2014 draft.

The Rangers will be sporting new addition Martin St. Louis in the lineup tonight while the additions to the Maple Leaf lineup will be Carter Ashton and Peter Holland, recalled this morning. The Leafs could stand to improve just by making those easy additions to their bottom six,  leaving it be and seeing how it goes.  Dave Bolland remains the wildcard; Dave Nonis still seemed reasonably optimistic today that Bolland just needs a little more time (as opposed to some major setback, thus the visit to the specialist, although it remains to be seen).

None of the defencemen that moved today or yesterday struck me as meaningful difference makers on a struggling Leafs defence, although at the price of a 4th-round pick I might have tried rolling the dice on the injured, right-handed shutdown veteran Stephane Robidas (when he’ll be back, and how effective he’ll be once he is, are unknowns). Pressing to manufacture a deal at the deadline is recipe for a terrible trade. The Leafs got no better, but they also avoided forced moves and likely mistakes. Dave Nonis’ reputation as a patient man, for better or worse, and not a big “deadline guy” will remain in tact after today.

Two teams in the Atlantic Division were more aggressive in their desire to get better, with Montreal and Ottawa adding Thomas Vanek and Ales Hemsky respectively. Tonight’s opponent and another team nearby in the Eastern Conference standings, the Rangers, added Martin St. Louis. Atlantic Division foe Tampa Bay  downgraded in the now with Callahan coming back for St. Louis, but will get Steven Stamkos back tomorrow night. The Leafs weren’t exactly in the market for a scoring winger, of which there were plenty available this Deadline. Their needs were at center and defence and there wasn’t much available on those fronts. Detroit added center David Legwand just as the Deadline passed today, but his cap hit and general fit in the lineup made it a mismatch. Detroit are also without Datsyuk and Zetterberg, so it’s not like Legwand makes up for that. The Leafs were neither buyers or sellers and weren’t in a position to add a rental for futures while taking on a significant cap hit; that prevented them from getting involved today.

“The team we went into the Deadline Day with is the team we’ll go down the stretch with.”
– Dave Nonis

Let’s see what they’ve got.


Full presser here.

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]

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495 comments
ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

Aaron Portzline @Aportzline 13m

So, that 2nd round pick #CBJ got from #LAKings for Gaborik? It's not just a conditional pick, but a pick w many conditions. Ready for this?

It is Toronto's pick originally. When Leafs traded pick to #LAKings in Bernier deal, they retained right to use pick in either '14 or '15.

 Then the #Leafs traded a second-round pick to #Ducks for Holland, and gave Anaheim the option they retained in deal with #Leafus. Woof! So..

 Indirectly, Anaheim holds first option on that pick. The #Ducks must let Toronto know before '14 draft if it's going to use or push the pick

Reversethecurse13
Reversethecurse13

So Nonis sounded like a pretty confident guy at his presser. Knows that the team would have to play pretty badly to miss the playoffs.


Brophy asked him what needs to be improved in order to make the team a Cup contender, and Nonis just squirted the question by saying anyone who gets into the playoffs is a potential cup contender these days, which is true.

I'm sure Nonis is ready to make some deals come the draft, and we'll have a good idea of where the team is by the end of the season/playoffs.

Cameron19
Cameron19

So, Holland and Ashton won't be in the line-up tonight?

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

So who plays net for the Flames?

rockydundas
rockydundas

So I have a co-worker who is a Canucks fan...when the Lou trade went down, his facebook status was "Fuck you Gillis" and moments later his profile picture changed to a Toronto Maple Leafs logo. Thought I'd share...it made my day!

sharp_angle_shot
sharp_angle_shot

Garth Snow is channeling Harold Ballard big time. The Isles will never progress with Snow at the helm. Wonder what Bossy, Trottier and co are thinking about Garth.  

mike_84
mike_84

Not sure if we have any South Park fans on here but I bought the new game stick of truth and its bloody awesome. 

mike_84
mike_84

Anyone hear about any deals that came close to happening? 


Also so can we add VAN to potential landing spot for riems yet?

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Reversethecurse13 No doubt true.  Leafs have looked mediocre the last two games, but were even worse in December/January before they went on a tear.  All a matter of getting hot at the right time.  If Bolland comes bak, obviously well rested and in form, if Gardiner and Franson can find their form from last spring, if Bernier or Reimer can rediscover their best play, if guys we know can provide secondary scoring actually do so - this would be a very difficult team to handle in the playoffs

Zep2
Zep2

3 ways, every mans dream. Reality sucks

rustynail
rustynail

@Cameron19  ya they will was just a paper deal to make them eligible for Marlies playoffs

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

@Cameron19  Sure they will who else would be. We are only carrying one extra forward (Orr)

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

@Cameron19 Think moving them down was just a paper transaction so they could qualify for AHL Playoffs. burned 2 of 4 call up spots (from here to end of reg season) to do so.

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

@wiski Canadian content is shit by and large for the most part.

Bruffins
Bruffins

@rockydundas  

thank you for explaining to me why so many Leafs fans are dumb asses.... they are all converted Nucks fans

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

@mike_84  They are probably going to test Markstrom out a bit and see how that works.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@djamon @MaxwellHowe But....if the Leafs only get 5 call ups? .... is ensuring those 2 qualifying for those playoffs worth burning those 2 call ups?  I mean, isn't it all about the Leafs first?  Maybe there are emergency callups permitted?? 

djamon
djamon

@MaxwellHowe Sent down and back up. As said, it was to allow them to be eligible for the AHL Playoffs.

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

@Sharky_77 @Shift_Disturber1  Not sure if it is LTIR or just IR though. I'm sure they aren't planning a deep run in the playoffs this season so it will be ok. LOL I was just curious myself