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
Colaiacovo is perpetually on the DL and Steen couldn't find the Pacific Ocean from the end of a pier in San Francisco.
That can only benefit the Leafs over the course of the rest of this season.
Gary O., 2008-11-24 14:27:49
Well, for starters, isnít this the same man the Leafs fired when he was at least a decade younger, and who was also recently let go by Phoenix? The fact is, he has never been able to adjust to an NHL where you can no longer just buy what you need regardless of the cost. A slow building process is needed, and you donít do that by giving up 7 future picks for people of questionable ability. Nor do you trade away someone like Brian McCabe despite his defensive shortcomings just to free up some salary. Certainly not when you then sign a guy (Finger) who has played 92 sporadic games in the NH: for about $500,000 less than you were paying McCabe! It just doesnít add up.
Sure, he speaks his mind. That's the benefit of being a curmudgeon who doesn't care what everyone else thinks. That is refreshing. But it doesn't make up for his lack of understanding as to how the "new NHL" functions.
Gary O., 2008-09-16 17:31:36
Indeed, even Fletch has made some suspect moves parting with 7 draft choices for very little in return. There is no light at the end of the tunnel - no talent in the minors and a bunch of 3rd stringers on the Laffs.
This is a bad organization, 2008-09-15 08:24:27
This is done, and often early like this, with the idea that, if the team works some kind of minor miracle and performs well enough to squeek into the playoffs, that columnist can go back the article and crow "see - I was the only one to write that there may be more substance there than meets the eye." If the team bombs, few it any will remember an positive article written in September.
This year it's Lance Hornby who offers the hint (Are Leafs Better Than GM Lets On? - Sept 13).
I doubt very much that Mr. Hornby will be reminding us of his column come next spring.
Gary O., 2008-09-14 09:30:13