The Maple Leafs have traded Carlo Colaicovo and Alex Steen to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forward Lee Stempniak.
Stempniak, 25, a native of West Seneca, N.Y., scored 27 goals two seasons ago.
This season, he has three goals and 10 assists through 14 games.
Is this a good move for the Leafs? Have your say in our forum.
Colaiacovo, Steen dealt to Blues
I must applaud Fletcher's efforts thus far. Every player he has moved was a good choice in my eyes. McCabe will be a pain in the rump to move, but he is going regardless. I also like the way he is handling Sundin, who seems to take his sweet time making up his mind at the peril of not being able for the team to go forward. One more note. As this is a forum for comments on rebuilding the Leafs I am sooo tired of reading assinine comments from non-Leaf fans who say derrogatory things or that they just don't care. Solution; don't post!!!
Ward Moroz, 2008-06-28 08:48:51
Fletcher is clearly taking care of business. He'll try to move McCabe, but he knows he'll have to take the equivalent in salary back his way. Easier said than done.
It's too bad, but I think a lot of Bud fans want to see Kubina hit the road as well. The thing is, the guy was playing excellent hockey near the end of the season, but from what I read it won't be good enough for Fletcher.
However, if I'm Fletcher and Kubina is not welcome back, why not focus on Jason Smith? This is a guy I'd love to have in Montreal; however today Gainey stated he wasn't touching his top-six defencemen. Smith is a former captain and playoff warrior. And while he's at it, he might want to make a pitch for Mark Streit who doesn't seem to be in Montreal's future plans.
There's a few options for Fletcher the Facilitator right now. He'd increase those options if he could move McCabe and maybe Kubina.
Get the goaltending and the defence corps established and THEN go after the goals. Defence wins championships and offence wins fans.
Be interesting to see how this pans out.
Rick L, 2008-06-27 23:18:15
Ray, 2008-06-27 20:28:37
I agree with Jay Z's last comment!
Pete R, 2008-06-27 15:44:43