Leafs Acquire Olaf Kolzig, Jamie Heward, Andy Rogers & a 4th in 2009

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for Richard Petiot.

In the move, Brian Burke is essentially takeing 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 he will join the Marlies and be a part of the organization.

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 a long-shot prospect. Tampa Bay was 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 fourth round draft pick.

On the whole, through their deadline work, the Leafs have replaced 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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Alec Brownscombe is the founder and editor of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He’s published five annual magazines on the team entitled “The Maple Leafs Annual” with distribution in Chapters and newsstands across the country. He also co-hosts “The Battle of the Atlantic,” a weekly show on TSN1200 that covers the Leafs and the NHL in-depth.

Alec is a graduate of Trent University and Algonquin College with a diploma in journalism. In 2014, he was awarded Canada’s Best Hockey Blogger honours by Molson Canadian.

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