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    for Richard Petiot.

    Brian Burke takes on salary in order to replace the Leafs’ lost 4th rounder. He also adds a 6’5, 210 pound blue-liner in Andy Rogers who is a former 30th overall pick. Rogers’ career to date has been maligned by injuries, but there’s still hope that Rogers could become a solid depth d-man down the road.

    Jamie Heward and Olaf Kolzig are both out indefinitely with injuries at the moment.

    Brilliant, and hilarious, move.

    Gord Miller on TSN: “including Richard Petiot actually makes this, by definition, a hockey trade.”

    The contracts of Kolzig (2.5M) and Jamie Heward (475K) expire at season’s end. By taking on Kolzig and Heward’s salary, the Leafs replace the lost fourth rounder in ’09 and add an intriguing, if long-shot, prospect. Tampa Bay were not facing cap contraints but there’s been plenty of talk of financial issues troubling owners Len Barrie and Oren Koules.

    This essentially boils down to spending in the neighbourhood of $500K for a 4th round draft pick.

    On the whole, the Leafs replace their relinquished 2nd and 4th round picks as well as add an additional 2nd rounder. The conditional pick included in the Antropov deal will be determinate upon the Rangers’ success in the playoffs, according to Pierre Lebrun.

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      Just six months ago many a grapevine was carrying rumor of NHL expansion while I lamented the integrity of a revenue bound salary cap. Even into the new season few had foreseen the sheer gravity of the global economic downturn and its impact on jobs, housing, businesses and every facet of life down to sport. Now as international markets stutter into a depression that many an analyst believe could change the face of modern capitalism forever, the NHL seems to remain steadfast in addressing it’s minor successes as opposed to it’s crippling and potentially devastating financial model.