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Is this a good deal for the Leafs?
Fri, June 22, 2007

One year after trading with the Boston Bruins for Andrew Raycroft, Leafs' GM John Ferguson made another splash Friday, reeling in Vesa Toskala from the San Jose Sharks. Toskala, 30, has one year remaining on a contract that pays him only US$1.375 million.

Forward Mark Bell also comes in the deal for Toronto's 2007 or '08 first-round pick (that's San Jose's option), a 2007 second-round pick and a 2009 fourth-round selection. The Leafs went into Friday night's draft with the 13th overall selection.

Leafs stock up via trade



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Another draft day another laughable trade. Good thing for the leafs SJ took the pick this year, or it might have been the NO1 overall pick in 2009.

Oh, and another year of looking for a player to play with Sundin. Shouldn't superstars make the players around them better. Only in toronto are washed up overrated players considered superstars.
A.J. Parisone, 2007-06-23 09:07:31

Let's face it the Leafs aren't going any where? Okay, they've got another new goalie and even if he was the best goalie in the league, he still needs a team in front of of him. The management of the team have no desire to win the Stanley Cup, they just "keep dressing up a broken window" and we the real fans are suppose to put up with it. Let's face it both these guys came with relatively small wages (very attractive to leaf management)but again give up 2 more decent draft positions(no value to leaf management). I think what all "real leaf fans" should do is hope and pray that Mr.Balsillie gets his team, brings it to some location in southern Ontario and runs it like a club should be run "TO WIN LORD STANLEY'S FINEST, and leave the suits to be entertained by the ever promising but never delivering Maple Leafs!!!!
David, 2007-06-22 23:10:14

The leafs could have drafted the number one ranked European player with their 13th selection. Instead, they do what they do best, they trade that opportunity for player who is near the end of his career. What do they do if Pogge is ready to play this year? Trade him too? These men who run the Leafs are idiots.

The best European player at 18, often becomes one of the best players in the world at 25.

Winning is something the Leaf ownership has no interest in.
peterS, 2007-06-22 22:31:55

Nice move for Toskala & Bell. Now move Kubina & grab Smyth & Kariya.
Bing, 2007-06-22 22:29:30

lets face it - raycroft stunk last year. we still need a free agent who can put the puck in the net. bell seems to have some up side, and the age of both players seems fine. a decent trade, but there's more work to be done!
Mark, 2007-06-22 19:50:13

NO NO NO - high first round pick let alone 2nd and 4th for 2 more crappy players - we need a new GM
mia burger, 2007-06-22 19:26:44

If Bell can score 25-30 goals this season it would be a great trade for the buds. Hey Bell should be bigger up grade than Jeff O'Neil. Now if we can get a bag of pucks for Antropov I'd be happy.
mike, 2007-06-22 19:18:21

Why didn't he grab vocoun???

This guy is an idiot (JFK).vocoun is a top 5 goalie you got a top 15 goalie, maybe. 2 backups =?

Could of had Luongo last year.

Go Hamilton Pred's
Brad, 2007-06-22 19:14:36

I think it's a good trade for the leafs, so nice move. Don't be misled - this goalie really is a #1 starter
reinhart, 2007-06-22 18:15:03

Good move by JFJ ,, not so sure about Bell ,, he's been bit of a slug since going to the NHL .. shud put up greater numbers !!
Keith Critch, 2007-06-22 17:14:17

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