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What's your reaction to NHL trade deadline day?
Mon, February 25, 2008

Aside from a December deal that saw Anaheim move Andy McDonald to St. Louis for Doug Weight in a salary-cap related move, the four-player transaction between the Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes mercifully gave hockey fans a trade that actually had some serious news value.

The question is, will Monday's deal kickstart more moves between now and the Feb. 26 trade deadline? Have your say in our forum.

Will the NHL trade deadline be very busy?



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whoa..jimf..chillax!! all this pent-up frustration because the Leafs traded Belak?? tsk, tsk. And where, may I ask, do you live???
Dianne, 2008-02-26 15:11:41

What a blockbuster wade belak for a fifth rounder,no wonder fletcher was brough in here.Only in toronto
Terry, 2008-02-26 15:03:45

Norbit

I agree with you 100% I don't understand why the country seems fixated on a team taht is slowly going down the crapper. However it is pritty grim in oil country. I believe rather than lookin to next year for the oil maybe for like two to three years. If you look the young line is accually having better success than the older guys. Give them some time to get used to each other and know what each other are thinking and we will see bight thing out of them. Roloson wants out so if Lowe can find a team with room for 3 mill he should let him go. Give the guy some respect its like the team is kinda givin him a slap in the face. After all the play off run the other year was really the rolli show.
Dwain, 2008-02-26 15:02:09

The Leafs trading WADE BELAK all 683K in cap space for a sack of potatoes aka 5th round pick is a total joke. A pure NHL enforcer who can play defence and forward, never a dressing room problem is all about the LEAFS appearing to be doing something at trade deadline. Now Matti et all can pick up for themselves. So who is going to be our enforcer now KABERLE. Im a LEAF fan (dont tell anyone) and this is just another bone headed move by an organization run by the Teachers Pension Fund. BEYAK will become a usefull third or fourth liner, just watch! Time to start cheering for another team I think and while Im at it THORNTON,MARLEAU and company will win Lord Stanleys hardware..
mike donovan, 2008-02-26 12:59:39

Trade Emery. Whether i hate the leafs or not is irrelevant. What really happened is tucker and his lowly-in-the-standings-team managed to beat the bejesus out of the Sens last night for what reason? The forward lines were getting chances, but how are you supoosed to win games if you're goalie keeps letting them in. I'm tired of Ottawa getting a goaltender that is great one season and lets us down big time the next. Keep Gerber in from now on. Emery did not play well at all last night and If I am wrong then we need to get BIG on defence...period.
gerry madden, 2008-02-26 10:29:50

No more than about 10 trades.
gordholio, 2008-02-26 09:41:12

Thanks Ben TO. You are right! It was Nashville. After a while those fringe American based teams become a blur to me.
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-02-26 07:18:52

As much as I laughed at Jimf's comment , it was kind of off topic. I don't care what happens to the Leafs or their city either but I do understand why Sundin decided to stay. It is slightly selfish but he has given so much to the city that he deserves the right to retire as a Leaf . As for any other last minute trades ...i would like to see Montreal pick up Tanguay or preferably Hossa. Hossa would be a HUGE addition and would help Montreal in their push for another Stanley cup. How ever any deal like that would cost them some young talent but if they could sign Hossa it would all be worth it. Montreal hasn't had a player like that since Guy Lafleur. played!
Morgan Whatmore, 2008-02-25 15:11:36

Vince, I think you meant the Nashville Predators - and they didn't get far either
Ben TO, 2008-02-25 13:20:32

If the leafs are serious about rebuilding; they have to also change the culture of the team. The no trade contracts have to go. Although, I would consider keeping Kaberley because he is young enough to be part of the future, and his personality is accommodating enough to fit into the future team culture.The new team chemistry will revolve around the new young players that they will draft over the next few years. The core players who add the leadership dynamic of the present team must go. It has to be this way for a couple of reasons. 1st and foremost to lower the winning percentage to the level that will allow high draft picks to be available to the team. 2nd to create a vacuum in team leadership to allow the new younger Leafs to develop the future team culture.

In the new NHL that has the salary cap, this is type of team development that has the best chance of success. We've seen many teams, such as previous Leaf teams, and the Rangers etc. that have tried to buy players and forge a team that way, but they haven't been successful, I think because the team chemistry was fractured; because the core of the team didn't grow together.

Doug
Doug, near Ottawa Canada, 2008-02-25 12:58:58

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