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 is absolutely idiotic to trade 2 high draft choices for Grabovsky. Do you think Gainey would let him go if he had any potential? Its not Grabovsky's fault when he is told by Laffs to perform as a first or second liner when he can only produce at the level of a 3rd or 4th stringer. But now the Laffs have a problem with an "underachieving" Grabovsky and they are minus two high draft choices. Ditto for the Finger move. Here is a guy who should be earnig $1M a year at most. Now at $3.5M/year he is expected by Peddie and Fletch and the scouts to perform as a 1st stringer. He won't because he can't. Draft choices for Mayers and Hollweg? Why?
Look at the Laffs roster. There are only 6 or 7 true NHLers (2nd and 3rd liners) who are not able to match up with the top 6 or 7 players om any other team. Same dumb mistakes repeated year after year with the same arrogance in management to tell everyone that this team has been rebuilt. Who would pay guys like Ponikarovsky, Devereuax, Williams and Boyce to produce one point every 4 or 5 games? Only the Laffs. Better still who would pay to watch these guys? Only the Laffs fans.
Laffs are finished before they start, 2008-08-12 10:05:44
Between these plugs, they may have the points to match someone in the top 100 in the league. But only if you add them all together.
How should the Leafs rebuild?
1. New ownership
2. A manager not suffering from senility
3. New scouting crew
4. Fickle fans that demand the cup
5. Failure to do all of the above will result in another 40+ years of medicrity.
S.T. Collisse, 2008-08-11 12:27:46
He will be the foundation for the Maple Leafs' defence for years to come.
gordholio, 2008-08-08 08:58:18
Five draft choices gone to get the Laffs to where they are today. As well, the Finger acquisition ranks as one of the top 5 or 6 worst moves made by any club this year.
The worst part is that players who should be moved are still around. For example, Devereau, Ponikarovsky, Carlo, Williams, White will not do a thing for the Laffs this season who are well on their way to last place. But why trade away draft choices when the advantage of finishing last is to stock up on young players through the draft? Fletch's moves rival those of his predecessor for being bizarre.
Is JFJ back?, 2008-08-03 09:08:22
Its the same old problem in Laffland, no one can assess hockey talent, especially young talent which is the future of a hockey club.
I mean Finger, Gorbovsky and Hollweg are going to turn this thing around. OK Fletch you've done your thing, now head for Florida.
Give me a break, 2008-08-01 08:27:05