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
Dale Meier, 2008-03-28 09:43:34
Dump Tucker... Blake.. McCabe, Kubina, Raycroft, and even Antropov and maybe Sundin should retire. Build up the younger kids that have played well, get some high-priced youngish talent, and then maybe, just maybe, and I know it's wishfull thinking, but just M-A-Y-B-E, in a couple of years, we'll see a Leaf team that can not only make the playoffs, but can make it to the final and a serious run for the cup, and not the one in the centre of the green for a change!
Kevlar, 2008-03-28 08:17:41
IF Mats Sundin decides to retire they have close to $5 million to spend on a UFA (or two, depending upon the type of player they go after);
IF Sundin comes back they have a 38 y/o chewing up something close to that amount (how much of a cut would he take?);
IF they can deal McCabe ($14,40,000 left on his contract over 3 years by which time he'll be 36), Blake (#15 million over 4 years by which time he'll be 38), and Tucker ($9 million over 3 years by which time he'll be 36) it would certainly make life a lot easier for the new GM - but good luck in trying to find a team willing to take those cap hits for seriously-flawed players who may not even be willing to waive their no-trade clauses (except Blake who doesn't have one - but he's untradable);
IF they can peddle Kubina, who has 2 years left at $10 million and will only be 33 when his contract expires - which they will likely do if they can find a taker since there is a small window open this summer to deal him since his no trade clause was d ependant upon them making the playoffs;
IF they can get rid of Bell and Raycroft this summer - which shouldn't be too difficult since they only have 1 year each at around #2,200,000 each.
IF they can finish a bit lower they might get a Top 6 pick. Right now they're 23rd with the only teams having much chance to pass them being Phoenix and Columbus. That would give them 25th and a 6th pick. Of course, both Phoenix and Columbus see the same scenario.
And IF your uncle had different equipment he'd be your aunt.
George O'Leary, 2008-03-28 07:58:59