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
"It'll be interesting to see if O'Sullivan attends training camp if still unsigned next week. And no, I don't believe the Kings are shopping him, nor do I believe (since some of you asked me) that GM Dean Lombardi will trade him to the Maple Leafs for Mark Bell, Mike Van Ryn and two mid-round picks."
Are some Leafs fans really that naive?
Gary O., 2008-09-09 10:04:25
Memo to Fletch. Use the cap space to bring in some firepower. Please, please get rid of Carlo, Devereaux, White, Battaglia, Williams and Ponikarovsky. Its just to painful watching these guys try to play hockey. You are in desperate need of some goal scorers.
And one more thing, 2008-09-04 09:50:07
That might be ok for a team looking for one veteran player to add a bit of depth to their roster, but for a team in Toronto's position it makes absolutely no sense at all.
Gary O., 2008-09-03 08:52:21
feels like the summer just started around here. the weather doesn't look like the hockey season is just around the corner. :-)
true enough, Edmonton and calgsry at least put up a fight.
the Hens have a whole bunch of problems, starting with secondary scoring and a puck moving defence. they haven't addressed any of it.
as for the Leafs, i think the are ready for a free-fall. if anything this season will show what kind of players Antropov and Pony are. there will be no Sundin to hide behind.
but we should wait and see, anyhow...
Peter, 2008-09-03 07:48:53
Long time no see. Have a good summer?
Yes, the Sens were the last to go, but they were laughable in the final at best. Edmonton and Calgary both took it right to the wire.
True, they had more problems to deal with than Emery. Grit was a big issue but that was adressed somewhat with the additions of Ruutu,Neil and Smith. I don't like Ruutu or Neil but they do add some sand. Alfredsson and co. should be fine, they just need some secondary scoring, and for Gerber to play well. He should since Emery is gone.
No matter how you slice it though, the Sens aren't what they once were. The conference belongs to teams like Pittsburgh, Montreal and Washington now.
Leafs will still suck this year though. I wonder if they have their eye on Tavares? Time will tell...
Norbit, 2008-09-03 02:58:46
All successful teams start building from the goal, out. In this case, the Leafs get a fine young blueliner who will fit into an even younger defence corps that Cliff Fletcher has been building.
The rebuilding of the Leafs had to start somewhere and Tucker and McCabe had to move if this was to happen. Fresh attitudes and blood has to be injected into that dressing room. The Leafs are becoming an even younger team now and while there might be a few rocky seasons in the near future, it has to happen if the team is to develop properly.
We went through it in Montreal until Bob Gainey came on board. He took his time, surrounded himself with competent hockey people and developed the youth in the system. Looks like the Leafs might be on that road now.
Rick L, 2008-09-02 22:25:05
Another approach would have been to just tough it out, play/beat McCabe with a chain and dream of a high pick as the Laffs keep losing. I don't think Fletch is doing much more than cleaning house. He isn't building anything approaching what Tampa Bay or Ottawa have accomplished. He seems to be trying to build a team that will squeak into the playoffs by a point or two but like I say don't count on that happening for at least 3 more years.
Laff scrutinizer, 2008-09-02 19:15:27