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What trades need to be made this NHL off-season?
Tue, June 17, 2008

The NHL's entry draft is the showcase event but make no mistake, the league's 30 GMs arrive in Ottawa this week for another reason as well.

Trade talk. "There's no doubt that a lot of teams are looking to do something," interim Toronto Maple Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher said Tuesday. "There will be a lot of dialogue." Some years the entry draft serves as a platform for several blockbuster moves. Other years, it's quiet.
Full story: NHL trade talks escalate

What trades need to be made this NHL off-season?



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I don't like this Jamal Mayers deal. He's 33 and cost a third round pick. Kilger for Mayers). He was a 4th round draft choice when he entered the league. A few days ago Cliffhanger said no more trades for aging vets! Why not draft lots of young players and hope to find a nugget?
Ron, 2008-06-20 08:52:39

And so the Leafs tradition of trading away parts of the future for a veteran continues with the acquisition of Mayers for their 70th pick. Need they be reminded that Zetterberg was drafted something like 220th?

They need to BUILD for the future, not deal it away for a quick fix that won't make any difference in their immediate future.
DisgruntledFan, 2008-06-20 08:25:29

I think that the Leafs have done themselves in over the years of trading prospects for overpriced vets as plugs in their lineup. They better hope they can coherse Sundin et al to leave for the greater good. It'd be the nicest thing they could do to repay their beloved team. Dallas will try to vie for a 1st round pick. Expect Lehtinen, Ott, Boucher and some of their prospects to be offered up in exchange for a #10-20 first round pick.
Chris B., 2008-06-19 13:46:06

I must agree with Brian O. getting rid of the front office should be the first order of business for the leafs. I cannot for the life of me see the team improving as long as these men are involved in any capacity. After that little bit of biz unload the deadwood. Kyle Wellwood, Andrew Raycroft and Brian McCabe should all be gone. As for Sundin, I am reserving judgement. If he comes back remove the "C" and give it to someone who can light a fire under these perennial underachievers.
Roger K, 2008-06-19 12:49:54

Is Fletcher up to the job???

The Leafs need to have solid goaltending and defence and they are not there.

They have the chance to get rid of some high salaries and I would start with Blake. But any consideration to dump Tucker eliminates all the energy that the team shows, even on his bad nights. A good coach with support from the cash boxes of MLG Board will help but don't know whether Fletcher has the b---s to make it happen even in this decade

dbs
D.B.Stinson, 2008-06-19 11:17:01

Heck, LA are idiots if they turn down a trade for Malkin. Other than potentially Stamkos there's nobody else that's a sure-fired star like Malkin. I'd try to wiggle out of trading Cammalleri if I could but I'd still make that trade.

Their argument about the future doesn't make sense because Malkin is still a kid so he's here for a while if you keep him happy.

It's nice to see Pittsburgh trying to keep Hossa but the knock on him until two months ago was that he wasn't a playoff performer, so I fail to see how getting that monkey off his back makes him more desirable than Malkin.

The only way I see them making this offer is if there is a bit of friction between Malkin and their designated star Crosby. Hossa seemed to click with Crosby quite well, whereas Malkin always plays way better when Crosby is not on the ice. When Sid got hurt, Malkin was the best player in the NHL bar none. I'd say that kind of potential is worth taking a flyer on. C'mon LA, your history of bringing along and retaining talent is not that good so take the sure thing.
Rick W., 2008-06-19 09:41:51

You have a lot more faith in Spezza, and Hartsburg's ability to "turn him around" than I do Doug. And $7 mil per for the next 4 years is an awful steep price to pay if he doesn't improve his game because then it will be even more difficult to deal him.

Emery is a buy-out simply because no team will likely want to give anything up for a $3 million goalie who's nothing but trouble.

As for Sundin - the Leafs can't trade him. Not only is he a UFA come July 1, but he's already turned down a trade under his existing contract so why would he agree to one now just to give another team the right to "negotiate" with him?

He can negotiate with 30 teams come July 1.
DisgruntledFan, 2008-06-19 07:49:25

If the Leafs want to model themselves after a class organization like Detroit then start by signing Sundin for as long as he wants to play. Toss the Muskoka 5 over the side of the boat and get as many young eager players from Ontario into the line up and let Sundin lead the way.
jim, 2008-06-19 00:08:17

Who is this guy Morrison who is running the Laffs draft table and why hasn't he been fired yet?
Ron, 2008-06-18 21:58:49

Sens would be stupid to trade Spezza, without the new coach at least attempting to work with him this year. He helped (and won) the Canadian Juniors to be accountable, play hard and respect - there is a good chance, that there will be a new Spezza this year.

But Ottawa needs to get rid of Emery (draft pick) and let the others stay Free Agents.

Sign a top 6 forward and 2 top 6 defensemen. Let Redden cry and go home - but - they would be dumb if they let another team out bid for Mezaros.

Montreal isn't in such a deep situation, couple people could help, but team is solid.

Toronto? With all due respect they need to get rid of half their team, find a way to keep Sundin, but I cannot see him in the Blue, if Toronto cares so much - trade him to a contender and let him win a Cup.

The leafs have 2-3 more years before they hit the playoffs...
Doug, 2008-06-18 21:05:52

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