Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Trade Deadline 2010 Liveblog

4:00 p.m. - Burke's presser has wrapped up. No real news, although he reiterated that he'd do the Kessel deal again, that the current roster should be fearing for their jobs after last night's effort, and that Caputi will be in the Leafs lineup tomorrow.

(Update: One more minor Leafs deal: a sixth to the Penguins for prospect Chris "Nephew of Mike" Peluso.)

"Being a seller sucks," Burke says. And with that, he's done for the day and so am I. Thanks to everyone who dropped in during the day.

3:40 p.m. - Funny moment on TSN, as Bryan Murray is doing his post-deadline press conference but the network cuts away immediately as soon as Burke gets near the podium.

Burke isn't saying much of interest. He gives a heartfelt thanks to Ponikoravsky for his time in Toronto, followed by a somewhat muted goodbye to Stempniak and MacDonald. There are no other deals in the works.

Burke is now doing his well-rehearsed "Tomas Kaberle has a no-trade clause" answer. I honestly think it's word-for-word what he said earlier in the year. The news is that Kaberle's agent apparently gave a list of two teams to Burke today, but there was no deal to be made.

3:15 p.m. - Joey MacDonald, who I'd forgetten existed, has been dealt to the Ducks for a seventh-round pick. The Stempniak deal was for a 4th and 7th.

Unless there's more to come, it looks like the Leafs' haul for today is a 4th, a 5th, two 7ths, and a decent prospect.

Is that enough?

3:10 p.m. - Kaberle's agent has apparently told ESPN that he's going nowhere. That's probably a disappointment, but without knowing what teams were in play and what was offered it's hard to call it a disaster.

3:05 p.m - And the NHL deadline has passed. Deals can still come in, of course, but as of right now this has to go down as one of the dullest deadline in recent memory.

2:55 p.m. - Stempniak deal is done, but no word on for who or what. Man, even on deadline day this guy is invisible.

2:40 p.m. - TSN says Stempniak "is going to go". I think a third-round pick or similar prospect would be more than enough.

2:25 p.m. - Really glad I'm still wearing the Z-Shock helmet. It made clean-up a lot easier after the Toskala trade broke and my brain exploded.

2:05 - Nick Kypreos is reporting that the Flames have acquired Vesa Toskala.

Elliote Friedman: "Were the Maple Leafs blacked out in Calgary this year?"

1:40 p.m. - Tomas Kaberle has made it official. He will waive, if the right deal comes along. Stay tuned.

1:35 p.m. - Mathieu Schneider was just traded. Hey, remember when the Leafs acquired him and everyone agreed it was a bad deal because he was so old and you can't give up young players like Kenny Jonsson for a veteran? That was in 1996. Jonsson's been out of the NHL since before the lockout.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, do we know if Chris Chelios ever bit Mathieu Schneider?

1:00 p.m. - We have our first kind-of, sort-of blockbuster of the day: Wolski for Mueller. Prelude of things to come? Let's hope so.

12:30 p.m. - There's a good discussion on twitter right now about Tomas Kaberle's apparent reluctance to be dealt. Some are defending him, but generally the consensus is that he doesn't seem interested in winning.

Here's my thoughts: I don't know yet. And I won't know until July 1, which is the first day the Leafs and Kaberle can negotiate an extension to his current deal. If Kaberle really does love playing in Toronto, and wants to finish his career here, then we should find out during those first conversations.

If he signs a reasonable long-term, then we'll know he was sincere about loving Toronto and his NTC stance will make sense. If he starts playing hardball and muttering about leaving as a UFA, we'll know he was just a guy who got way too comfortable with losing.

I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt right now.

12:05 p.m. - James Mirtle just tweeted: "The Leafs are practising at noon today and will fly to Boston after the trade deadline. We don't know who won't be on that flight yet."

Look, MLSE has a lot of money. Just this one time, wouldn't it be cool if they gave each player his own individual plane? I'm picturing 20 CF-18s all flying in formation. Then, if a player is traded, his plane peels off from the group and reroutes to his new destination. You're telling me that wouldn't make for great TV?

Do it, Peddie!

11:50 a.m. - The Ducks have just acquired Aaron Ward in exchange for a pick and Justin Pogge. That should be the domino that gets the "really terrible goaltender" market moving.

11:35 a.m. - Good point by DP in the comments: "Skoula's steadiness is going to be a big loss. His +/- of 0 as a Leaf ranked 2nd on the team."

11:15 a.m. - A few days ago, the nice folks at Easton sent me one of the new lightweight S19 Z-Shock helmets that just launched during the Olympics. The idea was that I should test it out... but I'm not playing in any leagues right now.

So I've decided to put it to an even tougher test today: I'm going to wear the helmet every time I check twitter. After all, at least half the rumors, speculation and "sources tell me" reports are ridiculous enough to make you want to slam your head into a wall. I'll let you know how the helmet holds up.

11:00 a.m. - TSN says Martin Skoula is going to the Devils. And so once again, we lose out on the dream of him winding up in San Jose so we could all make "Skoula The Gentle Shark" jokes.

10:40 a.m. - TSN is interviewing Sidney Crosby. He just described the acquisition of Alexei Ponikarovsky as "the absolute best thing that's happened to me all week".

10:30 a.m. - We have our first deal of the day. Derek Morris has been dealt to Phoenix, in a move that will no doubt be shocking for the majority of hockey fans who thought Derek Morris already played for Phoenix.

10:05 a.m. - TSN just interviewed Luca Caputi, who told them he was a diehard Leaf fan growing up and still has a framed painting of Doug Gilmour hanging over his old bed at his parents' house. Let's just say he's growing on me.

10:00 a.m. - Here's an update on where we're at as far as Kaberle goes. All updates via twitter.

Bruce Garrioch: "Tomas Kaberle is definitely in play."

Elliotte Friedman: Kaberle agent, Rick Curran: no list submitted, BUT if Toronto comes to him with offer -- will at least consider it.

Nick Kypreos: Toronto is aware of teams Thomas Kaberle will waive his no trade to go. Now likely he will be gone.

Steve Simmons: Kaberle is NOT repeat NOT in play, despite what is being said elsewhere. That could change as day progresses but Im assured there is no list

We will see...

8:30 a.m. - Welcome to the 2010 NHL trade deadline.

If you're just waking up to the news of last night's Ponikarovsky-to-Pittsburgh trade, my reaction and a scouting report from The Pensblog can be found here.

Meanwhile, there are breaking reports on twitter that Tomas Kaberle may be in play after all. If so, the day just got a lot more interesting.

Typically these days start off slow, then build to a flurry towards the 3:00 deadline and beyond. I'll be posting thoughts, links and breaking news, and will also be posting the best of the comments section so let me know what's on your mind.


  1. I would like to trade myself from Halifax to Vancouver - trade retroactive to last week.

  2. Are you wearing pants?

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  3. Well as a Rangers fan I'm confident that at some point today I'll be saying, "Wow this a great move...if it was 1997"

  4. good to see tsn has brought back the mcguire-dutchy cock-to-cock segment

  5. I think Tomas Kaberle gets traded today. Why ?

    If I asked you on Jan 30th to bet choose the likeliest scenario of the following 3, how would you respond :
    1) Leafs would acquire Dion Freaking Phaneuf for 4 guys I can't even remember anymore
    2) We would acquire another Luca C, this time with no reported heart fact the dude's all heart apparently
    3) Kaberle gets traded

    Which would you pick ? See !

    And to top it offer, Sportnet's reporting that Kaberle's given a shortlist of teams he's accept a trade to.

    I think today's going to be a very very good day.

  6. As Ponikarovsky leaves with his luggage, Kaberle peeks out the blinds, then turns to Burke and says "You know, I never cared for the guy."

    Burke says, "Funny you should mention it..."

  7. Could Caputi become the new Durno? I'm hoping so.

  8. Skoula has been forced to choose between being shot behind the ACC or being sent to Newark, New Jersey... Funny, I would have choose the bullet...

  9. Don't know if it's been brought up yet, but Caputi scored on his first NHL shift in his original call-up last year. And it was against the Habs.

    And sorry to temper your enthusiasm on the man, but... [Faceoff Factor]

  10. Skoula's steadiness is going to be a big loss. His +/- of 0 as a Leaf ranked 2nd on the team.

  11. Aw man I could have used that helmet, went full speed into the boards last week, broke my right clavical. useless RBK crosby shoulder pads.

  12. Your fleet idea is absolute gold. The tension, the drama.

    The Interviews.

    "Mike, plane #28 seems to separate a bit from the fleet, what are the possible flight plans given the range and position of the plane?"

    I would pay hard cash to see that.

  13. Poni just interviewed on AM640---somewhat excited about playing with Crosby and Malkin but really excited at prospect of getting a new helmet which may eradicate the 5 inch forehead gash he has had for the past 9 years.

  14. I can't see Kaberle lasting til July 1st with the Leafs. He's gotta go at the draft.

  15. Peca's 2014 Olympic team (AKA "this is how we'll stall for time this year when nothing interesting happens") didn't include Mike Green.

    I enjoy this new game of kicking Caps fans in the balls whenever possible.

  16. And here I thought *I* was the only one who thought "Skoula the gentle shark".. Great minds and all that (who watched the hell out of Kids in the Hall).

  17. Along with Jonsson, the Leafs gave up a 1st rounder for Schneider. The player that was picked by the Islanders is still playing... He just backstopped a team to an olympic gold medal.

  18. Pogge to Carolina, and Newbury to the Rangers?

    Could Jeremy Williams, Ben Ondrus, or Staffan Kronwall be the next to move?

  19. Downie:

    Nobody knows who you're talking about if you don't use the proper full name, including "Malkin to the Kings"

  20. Whoops, thought the first comment didn't work.
    Jokes are funnier when you repeat them.

  21. I really shouldn't read this while eating lunch. "Skoula the Gentle Shark" almost made tuna come out of my nose.

  22. I was one of those who forgot Morris was on the Bruins when i saw his name next to Coyotes logo. Good one!

  23. The only way this day could have been more hairy is if Pierre McGuire, Damien Cox and Darren Pang wouldn't have been on the TSN panel.

  24. With the Leafs' drafting track record, 4ths 5ths and 7ths are as good as 2nd and 3rds. I'm not overly pleased, but we didn't have that many GREAT assets to move in the first place.

  25. At least we all now know what the opposite of a Macguire's Monster is. It's a Stempniak.

  26. Burke: So 3:45 pm's the time you want for your presser?
    Murray: Yeah...
    Burke: Okay, 'cuz that what I'm taking.

  27. TSN's Trade List said the Leafs acquired MacDonald for a 7th. I just realized this was wrong.

  28. Deadline day---anniversary of Jacques Martin falling asleep at the wheel in Florida. In the final analysis, his failure to move Bouwmeester then helped make Phaneuf a Leaf today so raise a glass to Old Sleepy!

  29. That's right NHL, we got Anders FUCKING Eriksson now. So we might finish tenth instead of twelfth.

  30. I'll test that Easton helmet for you. I read about it on Bourne's Blog last week and am intrigued.

  31. Dullest deadline ever. Fell asleep during Burke's presser, woke up three hours later to realize there were a bunch of small deals announced, and I still didn't miss anything.

  32. Never has a day affected so many players without affecting the standings whatsoever. Just a lot of seventh defensemen who have to change their addresses.

  33. I'm picturing 20 CF-18s all flying in formation. Then, if a player is traded, his plane peels off from the group and reroutes to his new destination.

    This is officially your best line of 2010, still laughing...

  34. Leafs wouldn't have drafted Luongo anyways

  35. Odd fact: Kiprusoff is the FOURTH Olympic goalie who has Toskala as his backup(Nabokov, Gustavsson, Hiller)...

  36. Oh my god, that might be the best spam I've ever seen.

    Ah damn, it's been deleted.