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
He has put a good scouting department together and now they are one of the deepest teams in hockey.
Rob, 2008-04-23 20:52:50
Believe it folks; losing the chance to get Burke is no great loss at all.
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-04-23 20:02:36
TORONTO HOCKEY IS A JOKE
jayzon99, 2008-04-23 19:52:28
I would say he will definitely take the Leafs GM job now, because after that pathetic first-round exit by the Ducks and the impending retirements of Selanne and Niedermeyer, Anaheim's lack of depth will be exposed and he will look bad, something Burke HATES. At least as Toronto's GM, it will be expected that they will suck for at least a couple years, whereas in Anaheim there will be a lot of scrutiny as to why Getzlaf,Perry and Pronger can't win by themselves, when anyone with a brain knows that Pronger is the most overrated cheap-shot artist in the NHL.
Burke will definitely be better than JFJ(who wouldnt?) but be prepared Leafs Nation: the change wont happen overnight. A proper rebuild for Toronto will take at least 3 years, 5 before they are contenders again, and those are optimistic figures.
Norbit, 2008-04-23 19:30:43
I would like Brian Burke to be the next GM (or both President and GM) because he is a no-nonsense sort of man. He won't be pushed around by the Maple Leafs executive and he will be tough on those players he needs to get rid of.
This is the type of man the organization needs - not some "yes" man.
Daniel-> Obviously he's not going to get a job at McDonald's. Do you realize the kind of money Toronto would offer Burke - $5m or more a season for 5 years!
Toronto is one of the 2 centres of the hockey universe (Montreal is the other) and with Anaheim on the decline now, maybe he would want a challenge.
Yes, the Maple Leafs would be quite the challenge.
He's still only 51, so he's still in his prime years.
He's also a smart man - look at the way he got around salary issues with the planned "retirement" of Niedermeyer and Selanne.
Plus he didn't match Edmonton's insane offer sheet for Dustin Penner - that was a great move as it got Anaheim a moderately high first round pick this year in a superb draft.
gordholio, 2008-04-23 18:00:13