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
But now they want to pick an organization that looks successful for a moment in time and skim their management team for surefired success. Same old same old. There is no plan in place to make this organization better. I'm betting before Burke is even in the door the Leaf brass will be arguing among themselves whether they should fire them all and hire the Wings staff, who weren't even on the radar one year ago. Well guess what, the Wings did it by patience and growing their own team from the ground up. And when they were too old, they didn't drop everyone and start again, they were loyal to those who were loyal to them and picked up players who would be stars in four years, not marginal players off a career year who would be bums in one year.
I say either hire a permanent GM now or let the acting one act. Buy out Tucker, let Sundin walk, but keep the rest of the big salaries and make them work for it. Keep Raycroft and get his head back in the game, even if it means management having to stand up to the fans like Burke does in Anaheim. Draft, trade and beg your way to a few young stars and work on a system that works for the team. In a few years then maybe the Leafs will give the fans more things to cheer than jeer, but until then let them play.
The best thing that could happen though would be for the Teacher's Fund to stop hiding behind all of this and pretending they aren't happy with all the money they are making off this franchise. I'd like to see them make a firm committment that if they can't turn the franchise around in 5 years to at least a final 8 team, then they sell off a majority share in the organization. What killed the Leafs was indifference in ownership from Harold Ballard and the current owners are just the same. I know hockey is big business and good business despite what the Americans think, but winning is even better business.
Rick W., 2008-06-16 16:27:26
Toronto Maple Leafs....We build condo's
Brian O'Callaghan, 2008-06-16 15:41:14
Ferguson will cause more damage after bieng gone than when he was there; as we will see how efficient any manager or coach will be able to cope with a bunch of over-paid/under-achieving players such as Kubina, Tucker, McCabe and family... and won't even be able to get rid of them without a huge cost or maybe NOT at all until contract ends. Then you will see how your Ferguson was such a great manager. I doN,t see this guy getting a job anywhere else. A little bit like Mario Tremblay in Montreal.
Other teams in the league have done a good job working from within like New Jersey with their quality of draft picks, and Montreal with their quality of ex-players running the team, and many others in the league for that matter. The problem with Toronto is that its always dramatic; and always looking for players that fit in "popularity wise"; c'mon Tucker, Blake, Wellwood and company to win the cup...ya ok!
Rick, 2008-06-12 09:46:13