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.

  • GiuseppeM

    I just want to give him a big hug!!!

  • Hammertownleaffan

    Gillis interview post-deadline looks like he’s at a golf course….his team should be joining him there in a couple weeks

  • mr_hanie

    So Leafs did not make a big trade. So What. I am resigned to the fact that the Maple Leafs will not win the Stanley Cup this season. I am at peace with myself.

  • dlb eh

    sums it up

  • mcloki

    i can see riding it out with this group.

  • mlclearwater

    IF he had’ve traded guys for picks those wouldve been assets we couldve used to upgrade through the draft or trading picks in the summer. Now the ufas will just walk and like he said, we aint contending for the cup this year. Bizarre and patient work from Nono on this day

  • mr_hanie

    CanuckUKinToronto I still say Raymond may score in overtime in the playoffs.

  • PEIleafnation

    so july 1st Raymond out  leo the lion in, franson out…Reimer traded at the draft

  • peterbleafs

    lol I rarely look at the standings but Vancouver is out of it! lol Now I get the context of all you guys.  I love watching teams I hate suffer. :)

  • mr_hanie

    MikeGartner11 mr_hanieCanuckUKinTorontoor Borcheski (sp.) inthe 7 game in overtime

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Here’s Holland’s chance to send a statement that he should be a top 3 C on this team next year. Hope he runs with it.

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Here’s Holland’s chance to send a statement that he should be a top 3 C on this team next year. Hope he runs with it.

  • peterbleafs

    PEIleafnation Can the Leafs still bring in Komarov this year?  We still have his rights correct?

  • loomx

    If Nonis doesn’t think this team is a contender then why not sell?  Saying your team is “not bad” is not exactly a vote of confidence especially when every other hockey team in our division got better.

  • wendelsway1

    Anthony Petrielli  Oh man, so do I, Anthony……I think he can….hope I’m right  :)

  • 4evrblue

    this music guy is a fuckhead

  • BPsotka

    loomx  Anything can happen. Not a favourite is different than not a contender- there are 16 contenders.

  • mr_hanie

    loomx Yeah right trade Kessel, JVR and Phaneuf and tank……

  • RickC1983

    The Leafs need a lot of help to compete for a cup but you can’t really make those kind of deals today. if we do nothing during the off-season then I’ll be mad.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    RickC1983  Pretty much.

  • loomx

    BPsotka loomx  He just said we’re not a contender. Pack it in boys! We’re done. But wait, let’s not get picks for pending UFAs that are going to walk.

  • Pent_House

    loomx still crying

  • wiski

    Do you think we could have dumped clarkson on the Ilse for vanec?

  • mapleaf13

    I think the questions now become:
    1) Do we roll 11 forwards and 7 d-men every game from here on out and into the playoffs?

    2) Will Carlyle stop dicking the young guys around now that the deadline has passed? (playting time for Holland, D’Amigo, Ashton)

    3) What do we do with Holland if Bolland comes back as our 3C?

    With everyone healthy I’d like to see us try:

    JVR-Bozak-Kessel
    Lupul-Kadri-Kulemin
    Raymond-Bolland-Clarkson
    D’Amigo-Holland (extra shifts for Kessel/JVR/Lupul)
    Gunnarsson-Phaneuf
    Gleason-Rielly
    Gardiner-Franson
    Ranger

    I think D’Amigo would be way better than McClement 5-on-5 and there’s a decent chance we wouldn’t lose much on the PK.  And a D’Amigo-Holland-one of Kessel/JVR/Lupul line could be an asset 5-on-5, whereas any McClement line is a minus line (or best case even +/-).

  • Reversethecurse13

    Bruffins Anthony Petrielli  This. Is the fucking problem.

  • oednep

    Anthony Petrielli

  • loomx

    RickC1983  THEN SELLLL! Is Raymond going to be back? No. Is he goign to play well in the playoffs? He never has. Is he going to walk? yes. So trade him!

  • loomx

    RickC1983  THEN SELLLL! Is Raymond going to be back? No. Is he goign to play well in the playoffs? He never has. Is he going to walk? yes. So trade him!

  • Shift_Disturber1

    https://twitter.com/mirtle

    https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/441314612227887104

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

  • PEIleafnation

    peterbleafs PEIleafnation not this year..hed have to go trhough waviers but yes own his rights and can get him signed b4 july 1st…aftr they are done for the season

  • BPsotka

    loomx BPsotka  That’s like trading Bozak last deadline. We didn’t, people were afraid to see him walk, and most are really glad he didn’t get moved.
    I just think the returns weren’t worth the trades this year, look at the low prices for forwards.

  • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

    Nonis we’ve seen what theyve got- where have you been. They are good, they will slowly in time get better but we are so obviously lacking in some areas that time will never fix.

    Nonis = lame duck GM

  • wendelsway1

    MikeGartner11 loomx  Playoff experience is a valuable thing to a young team needing experience……only one team can win the cup, and plenty of “contenders” haven’t.

  • peterbleafs

    Shift_Disturber1 This one deserives a fuckoff Carlyle and Nonis

  • Hammertownleaffan

    Shift_Disturber1  …..what?

  • RickC1983

    loomx  Seeing the prices today Guy’s like Kulemin/Raymond would probably have only fetched mid-round draft picks. Rather keep them than have a couple extra 3rd/4th rounders.

  • BPsotka

    oednep Anthony Petrielli  That’s true.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Lou already in Sunrise for the press conference LOL

  • Reversethecurse13

    Shift_Disturber1  Fuck sakes. I couldn’t give two shits about a trade. But i do demand the best roster to be put out there. And Bodie on the 3rd line with 11 Forwards … IS NOT THE GOD DAMN BEST ROSTER!

  • Hammertownleaffan

    Shift_Disturber1  If I have to watch Clarkson’s dead weight kill that second line one more time….

  • Alec Brownscombe

    loomx RickC1983  For a 3rd round pick? Who cares? May as well keep him and try to make the playoffs.

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Bruffins Anthony Petrielli  Playing on L3 tonight

  • lister

    Alec Brownscombe loomxRickC1983   Exactly.

  • ProfessorRance

    loomx RickC1983  A 5th round pick is really going to make a difference….

  • BPsotka

    Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs  Still sarcasm?

  • Great Dane

    https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke

    https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/441314139235831808

    https://twitter.com/APetrielli I think they’d be a contender in this horrible East with one move: firing Carlyle

  • Reversethecurse13

    BPsotka Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs  No he’s seriously stupid

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Datsyuk being out 3 weeks makes me feel better.

  • Captain Morgan

    loomx RickC1983 For what????  His scoring means more to the club right now as the kids mature into scorers…not a draft pick tht matures five years from now or more.

  • BPsotka

    Reversethecurse13 BPsotka Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs  damn. 8 for 26 this month.