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
Man are you out there. Do you think the Leafs have won the cup anytime in the last 15 years?
Dude you talk alot of crap for someone that roots for a team that is at the bottom of the standings.
There future isnt looking any better either. No good young prospects in the junior leagues or there AHL team except for maybe Pogge but the jury is still out on him.
Wayne, 2008-04-11 14:07:06
very interesting assesment form somebody who's probably from monteal where they think they are so special! don't forget thet since '93 the habs missed the playy-offs more than the Leafs, and they didn't get enywhere near the Cup since then.
Peter, 2008-04-10 14:30:05
Your way works, but don't you think that the average joessss should stand up and say that they're not going to take it anymore?
I think that's the only way the suits will listen.
Andy V., 2008-04-09 20:10:20
Its much easier than you have stated. Stop going to the leafs games and stop buying their product. Everyone else will see the numbers and figure it out. Pepsi or whoever wont pay much to have their name on the boards if noone is showing up. I blame the fans just as much as the management for the pitiful shape the team is in now. While I agree its good to support the team no matter what, its gone on long enough.
Dwain, 2008-04-09 14:26:27
Agree with the G&M article that categorized current Laffs into albatrosses, traders and keepers with two exceptions. Minor disagreement - Devereaux, he of the American Idol name and looks, is not a hockey player and shouldn't be kept. More important is what to do with Toskala. He cost the Laffs so much in terms of draft choices and an albatross named Bell that I can understand how difficult it would be to trade him for what he cost the Laffs in the first place. But after watching him make the same mistakes over and over again (dropping to his knees and not stopping the shots over his shoulders) I think he should be traded or bought out. After all his GAA ranks him 20th and establishes him firmly as a second stringer. Laffs cannot go deep into the playoffs with Vesa. I will not criticize a young no-name goalie who comes in next year if he gives it 100% and doesn't make $4m like Vesa.
And one more thing. The scouting staff, Shawn Simpson and Don Granato et al. should be canned quickly. Who are these guys anyway? I have heard of Tony Granato but who is Don? JFJ's brother in-law? Fletch needs some help from knowledgeable people to make some good draft choices and JFJ's brother in-law is too busy counting his big fat salary to spend any time assessing hockey players. It costs $486 for a family of four to take in a Laffs hockey game. A fool and his money are easily parted, I guess.
Any other organization would be pursuing JFJ for fraud and misrepresentation. Its not too late; JFJ should be forced to return 80% of his salary and Peddie should be careful that an investigative reporter doesn't start digging.
Ron, 2008-04-09 10:10:52
I'm a Habs fan and my Dad, god bless him was a Leaf fan. He never got to see his team win another cup before he passed. Now it's 41 years and counting since 67.
The only way the Leaf Nation fans can get change is to have the management fully accountable and answer for their failure.
Hockey is a business and because most of the Leaf's money comes from advertising, merchandising, and corporate ticket sales, the fans in the Leafs Nation are apologized to only for the show.
Leaf Nation and Leaf Fans need to organize and unite.
Organized quickly but efficiently:
1- set up a fan commission.
2- recruit the largest fan base possible.
3- start a letter writing campaign or email to MLSE
management, demanding a cup winner in the next 8 years, and gradual - visble improvement until then.
4- research the companies that advertise with the hockey club.
5- contact the media and let them know of the commission and their mandate. TSN and CBC in particular.
6- organize and threaten to boycott the advsertisers
unless they come on board,
demanding top product to market their stuff. This is done through letters and emails.
7- obtain the corporate ticket list and do the same with these companies.
8- contact city officials and try to involve them as the Leafs image as losers does little to promote the city.
9- continue contact with the media to update fans of progress.
10- promote a policy of refraining from purchases of merchandise at the games.
11- Write a letter campaign
or email to the NHL head office advising of the fan commission,and it's mandate. As many signatures as possible- or swamp them with individual correspondance.
A lot of this can be up before the start of next season.
Starting now means a lot of fans will gladly join and your fan commission will have a large groundswell. Remember the region has about 7 million people - lots of fed-up Leaf fans.
If the NHL, rhw advertisers or corporate sponsors feel there is a threat to their almighty $$$ dollar $$$ and possibility of losing money because of a serious campaign; they will order the Hockey club to ice a winner ASAP. The 2 most secure NHL franchises are Montreal and Toronto - god forbid there be any threat to this.
Leaf Nation - Good Luck!
Andy V., 2008-04-08 22:06:35
Pedling PEDDIE will peddle yet another inferior product, as usual with the most grandiose promises.
The curse of Harold Ballard is intact!
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-04-08 21:54:06