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
Wouldn't THAT make for some interesting dialogue in this forum?
George O'Leary, 2008-04-02 10:27:38
That would severely limit what they could pay any decent players left on (or new to) the roster for the next six seasons.
In the pre-cap days, buying them out would be no problem as the one thing this organization has is cash. But now, with the cap, that would put them squarely behind the 8-ball for too many years.
Getting someone dumb enough to take them on trades remains the best option, and even there the Leafs would have to eat a portion of the contract for several years much as Washington had to do with Jagr.
George O'Leary, 2008-03-31 11:39:15
It made sense to get rid of him before the trade deadline because of what the Leafs could have gotten for him. Now, they get nothing in return for him anyway, so they may as well hold on to their top point-producer as their re-building phase starts.
For reasons only he knows, he genuinely seems to have no personal Stanley Cup ambitions for himself. Thatís hard to fathom for a super-star-calibre NHL player, but there it is. So let him keep hanging around.
Both McCabe and Tucker need to go for sure. Other teams had already figured out how to deal with 'One-Trick McCabe' and his slapshot from the point the year JFJ gave him his long-term, big cash contract. Unfortunately, he's proven time and again that he doesn't have any other tricks.
As for Tucker, he hasn't been the same player since coming back from his last injury. It seems like it made him overly-cautious and changed his whole on-ice personality and 'in your face' kind of playing approach. He doesn't even stand at the side of the net to tip in goals anymore.
Jeff, 2008-03-30 17:28:12